20 Episode results for "Deana"
You Are God's Building
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and community was how can you say that people are different than animals and mark I believe the Holy Spirit given this great answer in that moment he said people around the world are wired for worship people around the world are wired for worship like if you were trying to communicate this to them in their context very different world views and in the on a Sunday night we had a missionaries from Thailand with US mark and Jenny Doreen and mark and Jenny live in Thailand. which is this a change your spiritual journey for the better and I don't say that lightly what we are about to talk about if this primarily Buddhist country and mark tells a story about how he was sharing with these young ladies about Jesus this culture there's this whole thing where people aren't that different from animals and there's reincarnation and and so one of the questions that came up when this all made sense in our life and we would say when this makes sense you experienced joy like you've never experienced joy before show up in a remote part of the world you would find them worshiping something if it's on a remote island you might find them worshiping like a volcano you maybe you'd say as a result of this happening in your life you began to see the world differently and what you thought was such a big deal you for the better maybe you've been on one side or the other of this tension maybe you've experienced in your life or in the life of someone you know thing that vicious nasty cycle to a close once and for all and some of US tonight when we hear this it will bring back a reminder for us where there is a drifting in and out of following Christ you're you or someone you know they they're around church if these dots connect for you and they've never quite connected before I believe that what we're about to talk about has the potential to radically change your spiritual journey the grand scheme of things you realize isn't such a big deal and your eyes were opened to some of the things that are actually happening spiritually in the world so a few weeks ago either it's been you or it's Ben someone you know I believe what we're GonNa talk about speaks directly into that situation and can help bring describing this to them and he says well have you ever seen a monkey worship have you ever seen a dog put it's paws together in prayer for a while they seem to be living the Christian life whatever that means for a while and then something happens a trigger comes up and they they are you we'll have a longing for a connection to God they have a longing for connection to the spiritual and so mark is telling these ladies this maybe you'd even say that you began to to gain new perspective on the world we're really looking forward to this great
Deanna Wilson July 17th To Dallas Tx FBI
"This is Deana Land Wilson I'm sending this voice message due to. Gary Cody Johns and Linda Lang Armstrong and Gaylon Wang Wilson. Failed to put me in the bottom of the ocean, they've got a contract a container made with a website cam and they're doing this bryce seven hundred eighty, three dollar check apart a disabled poverty girl woman because they think that they can go to Austria and become rule the after I abdicated in two thousand. Eighteen. December thirty first. I'm stall everday. I'm blown up I'm shot at no law enforcement here in Louisiana help. Everybody knows what it's about the Anti Christ in one cannot cross. Battling, but they won't ever show their face. They just send people after me. Well. If this link is broke it means they deleted my website. Or my post which he thinks he owns the Internet. He clones every site, verizon, all of that. He's getting into your credit cards. He thinks it's the kingdom cody in St in Mersal. This the United States anymore and his heaven is my witness if anything happens to me and I go into the ocean. I will take the sun and the moon with me. I told Linda when we were kids I take everything we go and I believe in that Bible only got three things left prove. Its Hale. As permanent death. What was that other thing? You must not. Working. April Dixon always team. You're GonNa have your last day today well, days debt for me. Ain't afraid of it. They can come get me I'm Sam Bob Shrinking Bashed Louisiana. Come on. Get me. Let's go to go. Because I would rather be dead. They'd have to put up with these shit a fucking country that ain't even country anymore if I was in Dallas, this shit wouldn't be going on. I'm from Dallas Lenders from Dallas. I gave her my fucking fingerprints to leave me the fuck alone. But she won't. I'm sending this to the FBI The Dallas. Police Department he's Gary Cody. Jones also murdered my son Chad blankenship involved with also he murdered my sending them to together and my daughter and they're trying to murder me. But like anybody gives a shit right because I'm just a disabled person gets seven hundred, eighty, three dollar check and don't have a criminal record slot on Netflix nobody, right? Sunette move being a lot. And I know me. This is a repeat of World War One whenever our fucking bad because of Satan. This time he ain't getting nothing. He already stole thrown British throne for his monkey. Somebody could bow down to her. And he's trying to still on I don't even have one I don't even have any money this he's going for a broke ass big with no thrown. All, torment me after he murdered my daughter. It's pathetic I. Guess I disabled people deserve that I don't see how anybody in Dallas have a conscience if they can't do something. I know it's not your jurisdiction that Louisiana has no fucking malls. They sit there and tell me I gotTa textures driver's license when it's been expired from the database, it's two, thousand, thirteen, number, one, four, six, four, seven, nine, and that bitch. Marissa, a nigger is going around excuse my language, he's black and white. Cheese made me racist here lately. Use My identification when he didn't even ballot in the state, the city that I'm in and they say I gave it to. Yeah there ain't no law here there ain't nothing from governor all the way up. If this broke, this link is broken gotten me to the ocean. You'd better start counting to the fucking days darkened. Not. Like people don't deserve shit. Always hundreds of thousands of people backing him. I've never done that nobody but I damn sure wilt into the day. This is Deana Land Wilson. I'm sending this voice message due to. Gary Cody Jones and Linda Lang Armstrong and Gaylon Wang Wilson. Had vowed to put me in the bottom of the ocean. They've got a contract, a container made with a website Cam and they're doing this bryce seven, hundred eighty, three dollar check apart a disabled poverty girl woman because they think that they can go to Austria and become ruled after I abdicated in two thousand. Eighteen December thirty first. I'm stalked everyday I'm blown up. I'm shot at no law enforcement here in Louisiana. Everybody knows what it's about the Anti. Christ one cannot cross. Battling. But they won't ever show their face. They just send people after me. Well. If this link is broke. It means they deleted my website. Or my post which he thinks he owns the Internet, he clones every site, verizon, all of that. He's getting into your credit cards. He thinks it's the kingdom cody misty in Mersal. This ain't the United States anymore and his heaven is. If anything happens to me and I go into the ocean. I will take the and the moon with me. I told Linda. When we were kids take everything we go and I believe in that Bible only got three things left prove. Its Hale. As permanent death. What was that other thing? It must not that working. April Dixon always team you're gonNA. Have your last day today will ever days debt for me Ain't afraid of it. They can come get me I'm Sam Dabo Bob. Amsterdam bashed Louisiana come on me let's go to go. Because, I would rather be dead they'd have to put up with this shit fucking country that ain't even country anymore if I was in Dallas, Shit wouldn't be going on. I'm from Dallas Lenders from? Dallas. I give her fucking fingerprints to leave me the fuck alone. But she won't. I'm sending this to the FBI The Dallas Police Department he's Gary Cody Jones also murdered my son Chad blankenship involved with also he murdered. Them, two together and my daughter and they're trying to murder me. But like anybody gives a shit right because I'm just a disabled person gets seven hundred, eighty, three dollar check and don't have a criminal record slot on Netflix nobody, right? Matt Sunette Moon being a lot. And I know me. This is a repeat a World War. Warm. Whenever fucking died because of Satan. This time he ain't get nothing. He, already stole a thrown British throne for his monkey. Somebody could bow down to her. And he's trying to steal mind I don't even have one I don't even have any money this he's going for a broke ass big with no thrown. All torment me after he ordered my daughter. It's pathetic. I. Guess I disabled people deserve that I don't see how anybody in Dallas have a conscience if they can't do something. I know it's not your jurisdiction that Louisiana has no fucking malls. They sit there and tell me I got Texas driver's license when it's been expired and delayed from the database it's two, thousand, thirteen, number, one, four, six, four, seven, nine, and that Bitch Marissa nigger is going around excuse my language, he's black and white. Cheese made me racist here lately. Use My identification when it anyone ballot in the state, the city that I'm in and they say, I gave it to him. Yeah there ain't no law here there ain't nothing from governor all the way up. If this broke this link is broken. Gotten me to the ocean. You'd better start counting the minutes to the fucking days darkened. Not like people don't deserve kit. Always hundreds of thousands of people backing him. I've never done that nobody but I damn sure. We'll end of the day.
EP 5: Before The Vision Board Party, Do This!
"Hey Prep delivering into your sister in purpose and such a date purpose peaks. I want. What's welcome I woke up to US sparked by the place where are really speaks comes together on unlocked with sparks and Mark Levin Perfect skeets? That's actually feel this far tonight. The results that so perfect question. Are you ready. Let's go. Hey Ed purpose tapes. This is Deana your system purpose and resulted and welcome to this episode of the sparked. Live so so I can't believe that Twenty eighteen is coming to a close and it was an amazing year for me full of discovery. Full of different ways to Kinda show up in the world full of different ways to Face my fears and and a more of an opportunity for me to embrace the sparked alive and for me to embrace the spark delight as a mind set. So that's really key. Okay so I think in previous exercises purpose. ps We talked about Just a bunking. Some of the myths of the spark live some of the reasons why the sparked live may may be for us some some of these perceptions that are just not true and the reason why they're not true it's because sparked light is an intention again it's an intention to have the sparked alive mindset and part of the sparked life mindset. It's really understanding and trusting it even when there may not be evidence like in our situations that are right in front of us that this life is that we are living the sparked life life right now in fact I think that was one of our mantras. I think we're a couple of episodes death a couple of episodes and so I want to dig a little deeper with that. So so one of the ways that I use to maintain the sparked life mindset and the mindset is so important because where where transformation change happens it starts with the renewing of the mind and So if if our mind said is still stuck. Tuck in some of that Non Spark life thinking or someone those mitts about the spark life that we've debunked or if Certain certain situations can get us back into that old minds at all. This happened because this is just the way life works for me. or his any and those Those thoughts those recurring dodds. That happened. That are just not congruent with Just are trusting in our knowing That we're living. The spark live from our trusting. And knowing we move into that being Again it just starts with that mind the said shift so important. And that's one of the things that I'm I learned head more of intended practice with over the past year majorly. So one of the ways that I keep an alignment with that sparked life mindset. It's for me it's right now. It's not a future state is to have a different relationship with life. That life is really working for me. And it's really cultivating some things see that And sometimes me not seem to be the easiest thing may not seem to me the most pleasant experience but nevertheless it's it's really Working for my good I do what I call an unlock review. I have a a hope program about that but I just want you the just embrace that Especially when we're looking at the end of a period of time it is so easy to go into to everything that we hope and we anticipate and we intend for the time to come and what I would invite you to than drum borrow. WPRO is to really squeeze the sponge before we go into our vision and our planning for the next year. So so I you guys know me mostly through the podcast as far as The system purpose. But then there's other side ahead of me. That's that resulted that comes from decades of experience as a strategy consultant and so as a strategy consulted one of the first first things that I would do when going to work with clients. So this is an organizational framework. An organizational setting is to get a really good clear picture her on our starting point. Where are we right now? and That is just key for you know any type of planning any type of introspection. You gotTa have a clear understanding about your starting point in about you know what that you've unlocked in uncovered so far in the present tense before you start to Incorporate like where you WanNa go and what needs to shift did you really gotta get a kind of get a good understanding of where you are. And I'm telling you purpose peeps. Oh my goodness this can be such a source of resistance existence because people WANNA go to possibility but and that's great and I'm all for that but the reason why the sparked I live Is Is So important and it's authentic is because we embrace the thanking and the truth that everything is working for us that We can uncover gyms right where we are right now. That will help us to navigate toward that future desired state. So as a purpose pete as a purpose pete. That's a result it and that's my attention for you all that you not only had that had Purposeful intentional aspect of your life. But you also Adopt some of the rigor and requirements to be a result salt. Because hey look if you are like me. You're geared toward your version of results that matter you gotTa have some type of Wherewithal here with some type of perse persevered some type of muscle around really doing what's required to achieve the results that matter so it's not just about being able to see that vision but also to be able to Really Sink into your requirements and not only just think into your requirements armaments but be able to leverage those things What you bring to the equation and Looking at how you're going to achieve the results that matter and so that's what. The sparks in our life do purpose beeps the sparks in our live. Really help us to uncover. Just what are Superhero powers what are those things that we can't help but do That that one of those things that we are called to do not just in our good to do but like we personally are called to do to lend ourselves to. And that's the part. That's a huge part of the sparked life because these things is that these things that we are that we unlock the things that we uncover about what sparks that makes us come alive. Those things give us energy booze. They're like If do you remember. I'm telling my age but you remember the Pacman a and the pacman would be kinda going along doing it. Stay in your navigating you're trying to eat as many pellets as possible but then you eat that superpower Pellett and it just gives you this the superpower and you can go with speed and and you just can do things that at a rate of speed and at a propensity that just didn't exist before what that's what happens when we are on our purpose path when we are following the sparks that life is Showing us through our life experiences and and then when we embrace those things. That's how we're able to do more with less. What part of the equation of why? We're able to do more than less with less. Because we're energized behind them were energized. We have more energy to kind of problem. Solve figure stuff out we wake up like okay. Here's another day to go back at it. We can't help ourselves because we we are doing the things that we are purpose to do. And that's a huge part of the spark line. So I want to introduce you to one of the things I do to stay in that sparked to life mindset mindset and also to uncover just what my sparks are right because A lot of times Are Sparks light hidden in plain insight. Like they're the things that we just Kinda do without even thinking about it we unconsciously competent about it. And so we kinda gotta take a step back and look at our lives and say oh. Wow that's really me operating in my gift that's really me operating in my calling. That's really me operating in the the things that I'm purpose to do. But you kinda gotta catch yourself doing it and so One of the things that I do at least once a year is to go back in unlock What that pass time period has kind of taught me and this is a really really a great thing to do especially before a lot of us? Purpose pizzas intentional purpose. peeps US resultant purpose peeps. We go into the visiting. We're looking came forward to the vision and we're looking forward to setting an intention for the next year and the things that we plan to Accomplish and those results that matter but let me tell you when you go through and you do some unlocking I oh my goodness you can kinda blessed that time Perry whenever it is and You also so kind of squeezed Sweet sponge if you will to be able to absorb what is required and what you're taking floor to the next time period and and so this is something that I do with clients Organizational clients business clients. And this is something that I would invite you to individually and with teams to. I'm just a kind of Unlock what life has What life has shown you over the past? I'm time period really really and you may think. Oh Yeah I do that. I review my goals You know I have this pattern that I'm doing but this adding more rigor to it because guess what were resulted somewhere extra like that and so this is really looking at Different sources of information to just kind of see what sparked you what sparked you so. This is like Having that type of review. But you're having at the Seoul level right nat just about all. I intended to do this and I did this. And that's great but this is taking the elevator to a different floor. This is saying that hut there were some things that were trying to get my attention over the past year and this is how I responded to it and I think in one of the previous a a previous episodes. We talked about that wonderful wonderful equation from Jack. Canfield event. Plus response equals outcome so there was some unexpected things. Some things that came through different doors at you anticipated over the past year. And you can look at your response and then you can look at your outcome so once you can kinda catch yourself Like Oh wow this is this is how life speaks to me. You needs needs unlocking uncalled your life language. If you will your sparked life language I recognize How life is speaking to me and it still still looking intentional practice and we talked about how we move from awareness to intended practice to mastery? So once you can unlock how life speaks to you through early vents through on things kinda trigger you and spark you from a deep place and require you to have more contemplation or they are they Lee You to Doing different research or reading different things that you normally wouldn't have because you just want to kind of follow the inquiry and see where it goes. That is key key component of the spark life. And you want to make sure that you engage and that type of inquiry before war you go into whatever wonderful Vision Party or vision and planning tools exercises that you do every year it is everything And so in my program of the unlocked me review we go through different sources of information. We're like The investigator in our own lives and just looking at Just like what were the things that really elite made you Stand up Lynn. Your Voice Right. Were the things that really kept your attention over the past year. What were the things that inspired you to take some type of action so whether it inspired you to Look up something whether inspired you to participate in a different grew whether an inspired you to engage in some type of extended learning whether it inspired you to Do something different in your life whether it inspired you to take a different Eight eight different exercise regime or go to a different location in the world for a vacation or just to pay attention to the different things to Kinda sparked arch you because it's one thing to say The famous quote about you know we need more people that have come alive right. Follow clues on what actually makes you come alive. And then see how you can incorporate more of that or if you like if you engage in this program it to uncover the themes that were operating in your life so that you can then translate that into your planning for twenty nineteen eighteen and beyond like. That's the total path of person and this like committed to the sparked alive and I'm lending him or herself A to those results that matter really kind of take it from A mindset to like what is your next inspired action action step or steps like what is required for you to change from how you're operating or have operated and twenty eighteen and and and prior to two thousand eighteen to. What's going to require to shift as you move into two thousand nineteen and just have a really intentional and impactful absol- Next twelve months MAZING guys so I want you to. Let's just slow that down for a second so what you can do. Even if you do not invest in that program which is like the price of a I've discounted so it's like the price of a movie that Popcorn uh-huh maybe maybe a super size drink debate and depending upon where you are in the world but I've made it really affordable for you you can go to. WWW DOT dina wiggins dot com and. It is the unlock me review. And you can do that over. An evening You can break down the Three exercises over for a couple of days. which I really Kinda like to do that? Why guys because I like to let stuff marinate Because as a resulted it's one thing to kind out of go through the motions and Through the checks. It's another goal until it with the realization mindset and with the realization mindset. This look I'm going to get The full return on investment. From whatever it is that I'm chilling and so sometimes it might be nice. Just Kinda do I'm one step. And just let that marinate overnight and then do another set of exercises an inquiry and let that marinate overnight And just give yourself that spacious in between if you have the luxury of time because I find that for me I'm GonNa talk to me and it can kind of Opened up some additional insight. That may not be living at face ace value so that I can really by the time I get to the third phase of this three phase process. I'm looking at the themes I've spent some time with at the end. Let Myself Kinda remember things that I thought were insignificant that we're really keys to success when I allowed myself some the time just to Kinda think more deeply about some acts aspects of different steps so If you do not do that And you again. You can go on the website. WWW dot dino Wittgenstein Khan and I think on the front page you'll see the unlike me review and you'll see the coupon code and the coupon Panko says for U. F. O. R. Y. O. U.. Because it's for you. It's a forty percent discount. It makes it super super affordable and ads. It's a combined format. So you will have the downloadable on worksheets to work through each of the exercises and then I come on and Dan spent some time with you and just talk to you about what. You're doing why you're doing it so that you can get the most out of each step in the three step process. Okay so if if you do not do that then what I want you to do purpose I want your homework as you are transitioning from twenty eighteen into twenty twenty nineteen. I want you to just look at your life as though you are a An investigator indicator and I want you to just look at The different things that sparked you I want you to look at the different things that And not only got your attention but gets you to take inspired action. I want you to look at the different situations in your life whether either positive or negative and I want you to write down is kind of like you know what you got out of it. What you got out of? It was a surprise. Look at it that way. What was what surprised? Is You And what you learn about yourself from that situation or experience I want you to be mindful of your purpose partners. I want you to really Think about your relationships and I want you to think about Some people that you will call all-purpose partners some people that cause your ideas to leap the people that support your inquiry whether they can get where you're going or not they just kind of say. Wow that's interesting. What's the next thing that you're going to do and I want you to kind of note? those relationships as well and then and I want you to take a look at Everything that you've uncovered what the Slough thing and just can see that. What was the theme for Twenty Eighteen? What was the theme for two thousand eighteen okay not just at the Surface level which is important about You know these were my goals. This is what I set out to do and this is what I actually accomplished. This is like Again taking the elevator to a different floor and really investigating like what was this year really about and this can take you to another level from your best thinking into the realm of This this is what this year gifted you get to you. And this is what this past year this past time period You know really lended to your insight knowledge understanding and purpose. Okay and so. That's my way of squeezing the sponge. And so you know once you do that. It's Kinda like The famous quote from Oprah. When you after you learn the lessons you move on so at that? You learn the lessons whether they're positively perceived negatively perceived. We can move on but we can take those lessons and we can build a pun. You know what we're going to experience the next coming year of the next coming season and and Again this is something to do with an organizational context. It's something to do with a personal context for yourself and just imagine that like right right. Now we're at the end of the last couple of days of the year so our sponge if you think about If he had one of those super size sponges like what you used to like And Soak down a car and you and you and you wrote on this Monday two thousand eighteen. It's pretty full and what happens when sponges are full. They can't hold any more liquid. They can't hold any more water. They can't do anything you have to squeeze it out to be able to retain new stuff off and I think that that's what can happen to us purpose especially those of us who have a commitment to lifelong learning. If we don't squeeze the sponge and say okay okay. I took all these courses. I got all this new information. What is it really mean that squeezing this month is like what is it really made at this juncture? Before I move forward so that I'm able to take in Some new information and apply the things that have stickiness to them. mm-hmm so this unlocking exercise really can help you to Unfold like what has some stickiness to it and all the stuff that happened throughout throughout the year before we blessed move-on like what has some stickiness to it that really unlocked more of an understanding of who we are how we show up in the world what we take the stand floor what moves us into inspired action so that we can take that understanding and take it into the next season and then we can recognize when life talking to less moving slowly. We can recognize when life is talking to us when life has something that is going to knock on our door. Say Hey I want you to pay attention into this. We can kinda learn what that looks and feels like in our body and our five senses So that we have more of an understanding about our relationship with life and you know when it wants to get us get art tension right and so everybody has a different experience with that I love to hear about that. I'd love to hear about What you've unlocked either doing a full-on program again? That's available at. WWW DOT com or you. Just ask those three unlocking questions and to sharpen your understanding ending about what sparks you. What makes you come alive And you know. Take the cloth in Canada. Dustin knows in Polish in those Sparks those treasures years that we've learned thus far okay. So that's all part of Livan that sparked life and squeezing that sponge and you can and you can take that metaphor and you can use that anytime that you feel that life is kind of overwhelming. You you Kinda feel like oh my goodness is something. That's trying to come forth in my life but I just don't even have the capacity to to really kind of I'm figuring out athletic. I'm this close to there but I just can't access that all k cool that's great. Squeeze the sponge. Go back and start start asking. Some introspects ships introspective questions of the last three months. The last one month the last twelve months especially if you had a lot a lot of activity a lot of stuff going on and so sometimes when we're in that member we talked about in one of the previous podcasts when that temporary survival mode We gotta do we gotTa do to get through it. Well after you get through it go back and gather your treasures Gavin Avenue. Your gemstones gathered if things had sparked you gather your. I'm learning. Squeeze that sponge and build your muscle about being really intentional about leaving Capacity you know four learning and connection and Go back and just kind of like do a review in your life. Get what you need to get and take that fourth with you and then you can really be in peace and kind in a blessed that time period and you're in a great position you know to move on and I think too that that's really also an act of gratitude is is also active gratitude when we go back to ourselves and we give ourselves with the you know the the the treasures and the things that understanding in the inside in the knowledge about ourselves that we uncover through Different mouse does in periods in our lives. And if we can adopt that is like at least an in annual practice but you know kind of also whenever we need to. These are the things that that moves from just having the sparked life mindset and so the spark live action. Set right so that we can have on longevity with this Lifestyle this way of being that we've intended okay purpose peeps all right so the manner that I want you to practice into uh To embrace in our between now and our next time together is When I unlock doc my life I unlock gratitude and love in my life? When I unlocked my life life? I unlock gratitude and love in my life. Wow this amazing just saying that out loud okay. Purpose paves someone we speak next. It will be closer to twenty nine hundred ninety S. I think I have. I think it's one more thing I wanNA come on in. I'm just Kinda share with you. But we're moving into another phase of our sparked life amp so also so thrilled to be able to share and engaged with you. I'm so thrilled to be in connection and in community with you and I'm just thrilled thrilled. Thrilled thrilled to be your system purpose. And resultant and bring those to dynamics on the authenticity of Hawaii And how I connect with the purpose peeps across the globe it brings me tremendous joy. And that's what I wish for you. Now and forevermore just tremendous indus joy in your spark tonight so until next time purpose peeps this is Deana out take and we saw. Aw Sir Bob.
Comfort in Creation
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and community through tonight and we're going to look at this through the eyes of a man from history who was overwhelmed with all these emotions bring on confusion doubt frustrations or anger comfort it may sound like kind of a we freedom from pain comfort is being separated from chains that hold us back comfort is frustration doubt confusion and anger in just a minute we're GonNa look at some verses from job in those moments we feel some are all of these emotions confusion doubt frustration us and we're here to keep Jesus Christ at the center of all that we do there are these moments in life this ability to be held in our loving heavenly father's arms despite the situation that we devastating and in that moment in that season that may be going on for weeks or months we are looking at obvious to you and me that he is not absent that he is actually present in your circumstances no matter what you're going through occur wimpy word like we think of a soft pillow as being comfort but comfort is so much bigger than a fluffy pillow comfort is has thrown my way you would explain to me what's happened to you and I would say you know what I would be feeling the exact same way if I were Sion's I also would be frustrated I'd be confused maybe doubting God and you know what I may even be angry at what life in life where we say God where are you were going through a difficulty we're going through a crisis we're going through something that's the circumstances we are facing we're saying God where are you life happens these life events happening in or anger these situations they bring on emotions and they're not overreactions you're in I wanNA show you tonight how God displays in a way that is visible away that's tangible not just theoretical God displays in a way that is before we get there let me set this up a little bit so the premise of the book of job which some add some scholars say this is the went through what you're going through right now so my goal for us tonight is that you and I that we would find comfort in situations that I'm talking about situations tonight that you would share with any reasonable person and they would say you know what if I was in your shoes I would be also feeling those same chapter thirty nine if you've got your bibles either on an APP or you have it in book form tonight you can begin to head in the direction of job thirty nine idea that Satan wanted to prove there is a degree of suffering that will cause believers to abandon their faith no matter how the seasons in life and a lot of we'd say we'd been there maybe you'd even say I am there tonight there are these moments in life where the seasons you may be talking to somebody and they're describing their situation to you and they're panicking and then you get the details and you're thinking really you're panicking over that has a threshold that if things get severe enough that you or I that we would walk away from God oldest book in the Bible written even before genesis the premise of the book the key to understanding the book is this they are here to be strengthened we're here to be encouraged we're here to allow God to speak to us and strong you are in your walk with Your heavenly father it was Satan's goal to prove that each one of us all those who are part of God's family have some threshold that if things get bad enough you walk away and so who is selected to prove this point a man named job a real person from history Jesus talked about and who's written about and other books of the Bible so in a moment in a moment job loss I his children his property his material wealth his physical health and his influence he's confused he's doubting and he is angry job says some things that maybe later he he loses his material wealth he loses his physical health he loses his influence he is frustrated they might guess is that it's probably not as not as bad as what job went through and so in this moment when job loses his family and maybe this threshold is different for every person but Satan had this premise that all believers in a moment it was all gone now I don't know what you've gone through but my guess I'm not a betting man sauce regretted in speaking about the situation he says it seems to me like people who are against God they grow old friends who actually verbally reject God they seem to have it all it doesn't make sense to me and the sation that job is making in that moment is God I'm not sure that you are ruling over this world fairly ober centrally says God doesn't make sense that here I am I've been a faithful servant of yours all this time and yet I see so they don't have any health problems they have power they have influenced they make lots of money they dance and sing their kids are successful they seem to have it all so shen there's a chance you have been there at some point in your life where a well intention friend is you're going through the suffering is that you must have sent you must have done something wrong to deserve what you are going through speaking things into your life that ultimately are not helpful see jobs friends they were saying things like the reason isn't thoughts about why this is happening and after this back and forth goes on for all this time God speaks into the situation job's friends he show they show up on the scene and they start speaking into the situation voice that I need to hear from in this situation is the voice of my heavenly father and that's what happens in jobs situation and here's where we can learn from this there is a time for you and I to turn from our own thoughts and turn from the opinions so he's lost his health he's lost his influence and God starts talking about nature God seeing someone who you care about deeply they're going through it you may never know all the reasons why to job out of a storm or a whirlwind after job shares his own perspective on what's going on after begins speaking about creation job thirty eight chapter four says John Job Thirty eight verse four turn off your noise and their noise and say all right father you hear all the voices that are going on I need to hear from you the one vigneault the book of job it goes on for many many chapters and so for thirty some chapters this conversation goes on with job talking than his friends talking and they're all offering their opinion now we don't know exactly how God appeared but we do know that he was heard clearly by job what we're told us that God spoke material prosperity why are you telling me about the lion king being in your mind is there something that I've done to cause this am I somehow to blame what could I have done differently to avoid being the situation and then you have friends speaking through so we're going to get into what God does say when God speaks into job situation he doesn't say okay job I know you've been through this suffering I know it's been very difficult and not someone who's extremely faithful might be saying God I've lost my family I've lost my health I've lost my influence I've lost my God says this where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth as God goes on he says look at the his give their opinions God speaks into the crisis and God does not give an explanation for why job is going through what he's going God may not give you a reason either there may be suffering that you're going through right now there may be a suffering that you went through in your past there may be a suffering away lions hunt look at the way lions hunt now job he was a faithful man but I I'm thinking that even it's been a crisis for you here's why God does not go there the situation you have family members speaking what you're going through and they're offering their opinions about why you ended up where you ended up at some point animals that God talks about in this dialogue with job verse Twenty Six and twenty seven God talks about an ostrich laying eggs and the strength of horses I want to focus in on one of the ars look at the seas look at the clouds how the days began how the day's end I thirty four God says here's how God does respond and at first glance at first reading it may seem like that's that's geographic videos. I was watching these videos of hawks soaring and is to go to our head towards Panama the Eagle rises to the then God goes on to talk about how an animal gives birth the span of time that it takes for an animal to develop in its mother's womb other people and allow God to speak into the situation so you may be facing difficult you may be facing a trial and you are I'm just going to confess to you right now that I spent probably thirty minutes of my day here at the office yesterday looking at nationals it is it your wisdom that makes the Hawk sore and spread its wings toward the South is at your command that the Eagle Rise Changed Directions incredibly incredibly quick way there are hawks that have the as they hunt they can dive at speeds where you're GONNA go father why would you talk about this in the midst of the crisis so joe has lost his family he's lost his is it at your command that the eagle rises to the heights to make its nest break this down a little bit so so sore Kerr and the mountains and they can glide for a long period of time without ever flapping their wings their other hawks that are built for speed and they have the ability and you know what when this happens which has been happening for hundreds and hundreds and thousands of years no animal expert goes out to the Hawks is amazing first of all it's amazing the quality of video that we have access to and how these cameras are able to catch these these birds so close into one four thousand miles and then they returned to their home when the weather warms up again watch these magnificent birds they're able to to soar they're able to go for long periods of time using the updrafts that come that naturally they're built high giving the Eagle View of its surrounding areas and protection from predators and eagles make their nests in either tall trees eldest today as migration do the red tail hawks that live in Canada and Alaska migrate as far South as Panama for the winter he talks about how the Hawks and the eagles have this ability to spread their wings and head toward the South we nights to make its Nest Eagle nests are often quite large they are three feet wide by six feet deep two hundred and fifty miles an hour to capture their prey and then God speaking to Joe he this eagles have incredible eyesight an article posted on live science dot com reports this if is can you shout to the clouds and make it rain then God says look at the animals look at the cycle of life look is to the heights to make its nest God says the job is it your wisdom that makes the hawks soar and spread its wings toward the south and say hey guys it's time to head south the government doesn't have a migration agency that goes out and alerts the hawks when the there is about to turn hey guys winter's going to be here in just a couple of months maybe time to start thinking about heading south they don't get outta microphone say it's time Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing greg from there it hunts its prey keeping watch with its piercing is what I have in the new living translation EST piercing eyes as or in some cases in cliffs check out verse Twenty Eight and twenty nine it lives on the cliffs making its home on a distant rocky in your translation say something like from afar or faraway indicating that the Eagle can see something at a great distance up the expressions on a basketball players face from the worst seats in the arena objects directly in your line of sight would appear swab your eye for an eagles you could see an ant crawling on the ground from the roof of a ten story building you could and maybe he's saying that to you as well maybe I see your heavenly father is saying maybe I see a bigger picture twenty birds of prey often have twenty slash five vision according to research posted on the national way maybe you've been described as a person with an I see a much bigger picture if God cared so much for the natural world that he would do things like give out the eagles incredible eyesight remember we said that some scholars believe that job is the first book to be written good at noticing things here is what's so incredible science is still uncovering details can distinguish more colors than human humans they can also see the UV range of light meaning they can see the urine trail of their we're talking about job for a while and then we start talking about the incredible features of eagles eyesight like where did the dots connect then you see and what you can see in front of you what you can see around you it doesn't make sense right now I get that but your heavenly father saying yeah no this did you set that in motion do you direct this to happen God saying job is it possible that maybe I know more than you know God is saying job look at the detail and precision on display in the natural world the same God who created the next add wanted job to understand that his activities in nature are similar to his control in the moral and spiritual order of the universe straight ahead and off to the side at the same time all right here's a fun fact that you can use at your next dinner party with Friends Eagles have in our current Bible some date the book of Job Four thousand years old others say it was more in the Bible more than twenty five hundred years ago all right so let's get back to it feels like we goes powerful eyesight and the ability to travel more than four thousand miles to escape winter how much more does he care for you center eagles us both monoculture and binocular vision meaning they can use their eyes independently or together listen like twenty five hundred years ago even if we take that second number today's science is confirming what was old world and put it into motion cares for you and what is happening in your life and he's asking joke about all these things does this sound at all like something that another famous person from history said someone like Jesus look at the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew Chapter six verse Twenty Five through twenty seven life
What Are The Best Boy Band Songs Of All Time?
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The Answer to the Consequences of Sin
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and community experiencing is because they've chosen to turn their back on God or it could be someone in your life and they've never been introduced to cry so they they've never save the message of Christ and you can see some of the things that have happened and you can say I see what's happening in your life maybe you've set it out loud or at least turning our back on God there are consequences for turning our back on our heavenly father ought to honor God in addition to our personal life we might see this in our city might point to the devastating consequences of I thought it and you can in your mind what's happening these negative consequences are a result of that person that you care about choosing crime and drug addiction alcoholism and we would say that many of the consequences that our city is experiencing is a result of follower of Christ you go to pick up your kids at school you don't assume that all the other families are Christ following families in fact maybe in an workplace unless you were placed like me is the Church you walk into your workplace don't assume that everyone is is and some of us are saying that Yes i absolutely see this I absolutely see that there are consequences that result from turning my back on God or or people turning their back on God maybe you've seen this in your personal life you've seen what's happened in people that you care about as they've turned their back on agreement on this statement as being a true statement but if you're not a follower of Christ if we'd have to have a cross section of people from the Milwaukee area in this air belief system may be so I want to say something tonight and those of us who are followers of Christ I believe there's going to be universal agreement or or close to university maybe they grew up in a Christian home maybe it was your home but as they've grown into adulthood as they've made decisions on their own the faith that they knew as a child kind of assume that most people in that church are followers of Christ but this is not true when we go into other environments in our life it's not we walk in have groups of people turning their back on God and then if we were to zoom out even a little further we would say that that's happening around the globe firemen were were you are on a daily basis a regular basis you've been labelled as the Christian right you've never said out loud but people have picked it up from maybe you've got a Bible tonight and I were to say this statement I don't know that there would be universal agreement where everyone would say I believe that that statement is absolutely true so here's the statement pray over this meal and so the people at your workplace wherever that may be they say oh that's that's the Christian that's the Christian maybe this is a label that you're when we walk into a church when we walk into a church we is because someone or everyone involved has decided that they're going to turn their back on God when it comes to those who are in that like I said if you're a follower of Christ I believe that you're going to agree with this and if you're not maybe you won't here's the statement there is a consequence power to make the decisions so I want to read to you something tonight that was written by a missionary who did a lot of work throughout Z.. Murder fighting lying and thinking the worst things about each other they gossip and say evil things about each other they hate God they are food proud and brag about themselves they invent ways of doing evil they don't obey their parents they are foolish the reason that countries are at war with other countries that men and women are dying in these conflicts between global leaders the screen for you this is a missionary who did a lot of work throughout Europe making observations about what happened when groups of people decided walked away from it and you would say I see what has happened in their life and then you could second directly identified that the reason they're experiencing some of the difficulties turn their back on God here we go people did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God so God left them and allowed them to have their own Europe and as I'm reading this some of you may actually recognize this writing and you may know the missionary that wrote it but he'll let's just start to read this together I'll put it up do these things themselves but they not only continued to these things themselves they also encourage others who do them does anyone know who the missionary was that wrote this Paul Paul wrote this more than two thousand years ago worthless thinking and so they do what they should not do they are filled with every kind of sin evil greed hatred it continues they are full of jealous verse that's posted on your desk maybe talk about being church on Sunday you get together around a table for a meal and you're the one that says hey guys do you mind if we if we they don't keep their promises they show kindness or mercy to others they know God's law says that anyone who lives like this should die but they only continue this this wasn't written this year this wasn't written like in the last five years this week some of us read that and we say yes God has given me his eyes and his does anyone else feel like as I'm reading though that it could have been written this week it could have been written so you can even say that out loud like I said just like you meeting other people as as you get to know them you pick on cues you pick up cues about where they stand heart to begin to understand what's happening in the world around me and and this is exactly what I see happening others might say you know what I see the greed family is placed on you because no one else is quite there and they say oh they're the they're the Christian people in our family so the answer and here's where it gets personal some of us read that and we would say as as we go to that list best for someone else we stopped the worst possibly even desiring them to fail as I was getting ready to someone else we actually want them to fail we want their efforts to come up short we want them to get caught and we can have these thoughts like I hope that eventually there's come up here just a few minutes ago thinking about that particular part of what I wanted to share with you tonight at some time we have these feelings where we don't want the best written about the world the city where we live many of us would say these words reflect exactly what we see happening around the globe wins when we've had feelings of hatred towards another person there's moments when we've been jealous there's times we've lied and if we're honest oh gossip let me get in on that. I've got some things that I would like to contribute there are times when we instead of believing the these observations about what happens when a culture turns its back on God that Paul wrote two thousand years ago it could've just as easily ah the gossip at work or school so so there's a group of people that would say yes I see all those problems in the world but I'm not quite sure that I would connect that to a relation in our country in our city and maybe even in our own households if you want to read it yourself it's Romans chapter one as I'm thinking about it though I can absolutely understand why people would think that I can identify with people who would say that taking young people where they stand on Church and they then carved out the group of young people that said that church is either group called Barna they do b. r. a. and they do some really incredible inciteful research on on what's happening with faith and with culture and if you're chip with God some of us would say that those two things are absolutely connected and others are saying yeah those are the problems in the world but I'm not sure that a rejection of God is I don't want all my mistakes to catch up with me and I hope that there's no one that's desiring that for me Ah why why do you think that and among the top reasons it's not relevant I find God elsewhere and the hatred I see the guy I read about murder and there's fighting and lying and Gossiping and people thinking the worst about each other I practices are out of date and are not relevant and here's why how many of you walked in with an iphone tonight or some other kind of smartphone like just hold them up right that we are not just an outside observer but actually we've been a participant there are moments when we've been the greedy one okay you have told us the researchers you've said that churches either not very important or not important at all why do you think church is out of date and those of us who are followers of Christ night that maybe kind of causes a tinge in our stomach sittard out of date today in fact some of you remember a time some of you moms may remember a time when it was against medical then catches up with them I hope they're mistakes catch up with them but a man convicted of that thought that line of thinking because out of date it feels so relevant we would we would it would sound silly to us if a doctor would would suggest that a baby born in a sterile there is a newer version of the phone that you're holding right now how many of you have walked out of the apple store with not important at all or not very important so they took that segment of the people in the survey and they ask them this question the question was why version that is already less than the newest version available we live in a culture in a society where everything very president in our society well these researchers at Barna just recently they had a question for young people and they started off the survey by by because all remember we said that that letter that Paul wrote to the Romans it could have just as easily been written today industry if you're into trends and and numbers and that kind of stuff I really encourage you to check out barner research it's current it's up to date and they tackle a lot of the things that are oh are now outdated there now irrelevant right if you were still doing things the way that you did them five or ten years ago so in a culture where everything they haven't changed and you know what the answer hasn't changed the answer hasn't changed irrelevant outdated this that was written newest parts of this were written two thousand years ago this is still current there's there's moments when we've been a bystander well other people are Gossiping we're not just on the gossip train were driving the gossip train I can understand why people would say why that's a concept that is difficult for us to get our mind around or why a person who's outside uh goes out of date very quickly there there are medical practices that were happening ten or twenty years ago that would be in verse twenty eight through thirty two that was the portion of the letter I just I just read to you the point is this okay so there's this research detour medical practices to our education to the way that you do your job if you've been in the same job for more than five or ten years the practices at your job five or ten years and they rejected people who believe the message and the tension against believers it wasn't subsiding in this city so the problems the challenges the results of rebellion against God and is out of date where everything is irrelevant very quickly it's so everything changes we are saying although everything else operating room with no other family in the room we would say that that's outdated that's not relevant so in a culture where everything around us from our technology see Paul wrote Romans to followers of Christ pressing forward in a culture that rejected the message the answer to the consequences of rebellion have not changed all these years later the faith of Christianity was said it's a difficult concept for me to get my mind around okay let me connect the dots here here's why it's still relevant Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing actors for dad to come into the delivery room when the baby was being born that was only just a few decades ago now we would say that that practice is absolutely haul him up for me if you walked in with a smartphone this whole those up from me tonight how many of you your phone is out of date tonight how many of you have a phone going away in fact it was increasing does that sound familiar to anyone else in this room so in that same letter Paul wrote this Romans Chapter One verse sixteen for I am not ashamed of this good news about Christ it is yes they're wanting to know more they're wanting to understand more about who Jesus is and what a relationship with Jesus means their life we also remember this there's not a person on this planet who God does not love life so if all these consequences are the result of turning against God the greed the desire that everyone would choose him not by force but by free will let's let's wrap this good news tells us how God makes us right in his sight this is accomplished from start to finish by faith breath we see the broken nece how do we make right Jesus Christ so we see what happens elect pre chosen few did you catch Paul says it is the power of God at work saving everyone love for the Christians to just go away but you know what there's also people that passionately loved Jesus Christ people that are sitting in this room others in this community Jesus the answer to the world's problems the answer to the nation's problems the answer to the city's problems the answer to the everyone who believes the power is available for everyone verse seventeen the good news tells us how God makes us Pastas I'm not ashamed a matter shamed and here's why there is power in the name of it in the answer is the answer the power is available not just race there are people that passionately love Jesus Christ and then you know what we have people who are in between we have people in between who are right in his sight this is accomplished from start to finish by faith as the scriptures say it is through faith that our righteous person has in a world and a culture that rejects Christ and actually I think this is better said not as culture as a whole because yes there are individual against God at the same time we know the answer how do we press forward flip a few pages in your Bible his desire is to have a relationship with each person and it's a relationship that's not by force like put a weapon to your head choose Jesus so how do how do you and I how do we press forward in a culture and a world in a city eh a neighborhood maybe even our own house how do we press forward where there are all these consequences of rebellion the gossiping and the murderer and the lying and the fighting and thinking about the worst about other people how can we make things right the Israel's and groups in our culture in our community that want nothing to do with God and they're actually adamantly against God there adamantly against Jesus never had got intended it to be God gave us this free will because love is a result of free will the free will the choose it's this is an incredibly counter intuitive statement did you catch this we can rejoice when if you're following along and look at Romans chapter five verse one therefore since we have been made right in God's sight by faith you and I we can actually rejoice we can have joy when we face uh-huh in your own life the answer has a name and his name is Jesus one is made you ashamed or embarrassed because you have made the personal choice to declare Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior we can rejoice to when we run into problems and trials for we know that they help us develop endurance because of our faith Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand and we confidently enjoyed good news God did not design you for disappointment God did not set this up for you to constantly be disappointed uh-huh and trials why for we know that they will help us develop endurance endurance the circus in a culture that turns its back on God and this is this is an endurance that's not self manufactured run into problems and trials we can actually because God loves us so much because he sends his Holy Spirit to dwell inside of US dances around us may not change your heavenly father gives us endurance so an endurance god-given endurance helps us move forward fully look forward to sharing God's glory so we're able to press forward in a world where there are consequences of rebellion because God has given us for their words in the next couple of verses so the first way that you and I we are able to press forward in a world where so many you have a freedom from the eternal consequences of spiritual rebellion because you've made a choice to place your faith and trust in Christ I two we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us and you can see there that have highlighted the word peace and I'm going to highlight it's God given jump down to verse five last I for tonight and this hope will not lead to disappointment for we the trial that you see facing you right now I would encourage you to pray the scripture say Father in heaven you tell us that we it's a confidence and a joy confidence and enjoy that there is more than the struggles of this world there is hope for now and there's a hope for eternity we're facing the worst of situations your world was literally turned upside down fell down around you you know it's powerful to pray scripture what I mean by that is when you are in that moment and maybe maybe you're going as we talk about this I think we're mind goes is to these really kind of worst case scenario this were someday there will be no more suffering and there will be no more pain verse three only be explained by how much your heavenly father loves you in fact he designed us in his own image he sends the Holy Spirit to us that means the me that joy that your word talks about and some of you tonight you actually have a testimony in this area where the Holy Spirit is literally God dwelling inside you the Holy Spirit is literally God living inside of you oh how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love isn't this is Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit Jesus is the answer it means that the Holy Spirit is inside of us so literally the answer to the world's problems is dwelling inside of you the answer to the world's problems is literally dwelling inside of you act God where so many reject Christ we know the answer is that God gives us a piece he gives us a piece to advance its the peace inside of you can rejoice when we run into problems trials I don't see how I could possibly rejoice given what I'm facing right now but you there is a hope because of what Jesus has done for us and because of this we can look forward to being in the presence of our heavenly father in a place the presence of God literally dwells inside of you so don't miss this we said that we can see that there are father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ follower so awards says it so father I'm asking you to give that to me right now as I'm facing this problem trial I'm asking you to give and you would say that God gave you this joy that came from that could not come from another person it could only come from him it could albums in this world that are a result of rebellion against God and the answer to those problems in the world in our country and our sitting in our own life there's something right now we're you would say that it's very difficult or possibly even impossible to rejoice in the problem nations and maybe you're thinking tonight that Paul has written this inspired by the Holy Spirit he says that you and I we can have joy facing tonight father you know the trials that people are facing tonight father I pray that you would give them your endurance you would give them when we face problems and we're thinking of these like worst case scenario situations and we're thinking maybe some things but I don't all right isn't this cool so Paul says he got has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts word of God is living inside us giving us joy and love that cannot be found anything the world has to offer speak up when Your Holy Spirit promises to speak up when when you call upon us to say something to speak life into someone who is on that path of destruction you've been there where something doesn't end the way that you thought it should end or something ends too soon or a life is taken when you know God spirit literally to dwell inside of us that you give us the answer to literally dwell inside being father I pray over the situations that are represented in this room I don't know them all but you do you know the problems that people in this room are get to you the more that we see the results of what happens when friends family groups nations turn their back on you for that as we grow closer to you that you give us your is you give us your heart and you give us your mind for the world the closer that we meaning that you do not have to go to a temple you do not have to make a pilgrimage you do not have to kneel in front of a statue or whatever to be in the presence of God I think it would be possible and whatever scenario you're going through in your mind I don't think it would be possible for me to have joy in that moment do with you and father we see the destruction and we know in lives of our friends and lives of family members we know that in many in this room we'd say they were heartbroken were heartbroken to see a world that has decided that they don't want anything your piece you would give them your confidence and you would give them a joy joy that is not manufactured by their own will or their own could begin to see a a supernatural turn around if they would just place their faith in you so father I ask that you would give us a confidence would you take that life at that time it doesn't make sense and we think how is it possible to have joy in that moment the power of God at work saving everyone who believes the Jew first and also the gentile in or maybe some and father I'm also thankful tonight we're also thankful that you don't live in a far off place completely disconnected from this planet you sent your thank you so much for being with us with a life together podcast this week it's even better when we get to see you in person life is best lived in community you're invited join us on Wednesday evening here at Oak Assembly of God we are a church that exists to reach our world for Christ as we lead people just like you to discover and become who God right but a joy a confidence of peace and in an endurance that is without doubt given did you find US Online at oak ag dot Org Slash App let him weebelow testimony taste good night.
Pursuing Passionate Marriage
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible study and community a healthy marriage is often easy to start and challenging to sustain in the early part of a relationship she can order whatever she wants even if it's the same thing so we're going to look at some verses tonight submissive and I order something that I really didn't want to eat but now as our relationship has progressed I can order whatever I want with me tonight or I'll take lots of notes so I can tell him all the things the Pastor said when I get home tonight night again pg thirteen conversations somebody like Ooh what are we gonNA talk about Jennifer ludden talking about this beforehand but I'm just GonNa go ahead and tell the story so early in our and I know that at least someone in here is thinking Oh good my husband really needs to hear this I'm glad he's can agree on and some of you have lived this a healthy marriage is often easier to start and then more challenging to sustain aw on that spectrum I believe that God's word has something to say to each and every one of us tonight something that I believe we all people who are remarried we have people who are widows some of you would say that I'm single and I'm really enjoying that single who are engaged people who are newlyweds people who are not so newlyweds we have people who've been through a divorce we have been people who we have period of of life right now that single season others are saying I'm single and I want to be married let me just tell you tonight that no matter where you fall and we have people here every place on the relationship spectrum we have people who are single people who are dating people judge we are went to Italian restaurant and she ordered what she was going to order and I was going to order the same thing do these qualities in our own marriage and then no matter where you are in your relationship spectrum tonight I'm going to request an urge that you and I would pray these in and out of these verses what I'm going to ask us to do is identified the qualities of a healthy marriage those of us who are married that we would I'm very easy early in the relationship then like a few years down the road you're you're saying don't touch my food we're in talk for a few minutes about about marriage and what the Bible has to say about marriage Zimbabwe has a lot to say about about marriage there's just lots of petting and whatever you WanNa do i WanNa do no you pick the restaurant whatever you want we'll be I would say pg thirteen did a quick scan of the audience they don't know that that impacts anybody but just want to let everybody know moms and dads she said no you can't order what I'm ordering then we because we get one try each other's food and I said well this is what I want to eat and so I was qualities over married couples that we know and these verses that we're going to look at tonight come out of song that's where I wanna go here you wanted to have some of my let me give you some of my food eat off my fork all those things the Bible reading planet one year Bible online dot com and each and every Wednesday I teach out of the verses that are leading up to that Wednesday so this last weekend as we jump into this evening's Bible study state four warning this conversation in the original Hebrew essentially means the greatest song written by Solomon Son of King David and he lives of Solomon or in your Bible it may be song of songs we encourage everybody to be in the word every day and we as a pastoral staff and we only got two days and Song of Solomon it's here and it's gone that's what we're going to look up tonight Song of Solomon our Song of songs served ruled about a thousand years before Jesus Christ was on this Earth Salomon wrote a lot of songs in fact the royal record keeping now it's I kings chapter four verse thirty two so all the songs that Solomon wrote this is identified as his greatest and others are already jumping in and you're saying wait a minute how is it possible that Solomon can be an authority on a committed relationship between husband us however this verse illustrates unconditional love this is the voice of the bride and greatest struggles is actually nothing new in these verses are this verse the Bride says that she has the dialogue between a man and woman and occasionally there are some voices from surrounding friends so let's just go ahead and start looking at these qualities and then when we get I have been pretty good back then because I kings chapter four tells us that Solomon wrote one thousand five songs you want to look that record with them I will put them all up in a list and the first quality of marriage that is identified in Song of Solomon Comes in chapter one question for sure it's possible that Solomon was writing this about his first wife possibly before he even became king what we do know what some issues with a negative body image she says don't stare at me because I am dark the sun is dark and my skin in wife because Solomon had seven hundred wives in three hundred concubines we don't know the answer to that in these versus she says don't stare at me because I am dark and we see here one of today's here's why she feels this way see and this time in world history it actually was better to be Pale because Pale the reason that she has negative body image well here's what's true the standard of what is beautiful and what is attractive changes over time if we go by human standards the song that is about marriage a song about committed relationships between between two people some of Your Bible her mate speaks into this situation this is chapter one verse fifteen he says how beautiful you are she says I have a Suntan don't stare at me now today those some of us are saying we pay a lot of money to go to Ken business that you don't have time to take care of yourself she feels ashamed and she feels inadequate because again her skin my darling how beautiful your eyes are like doves even though she expresses that she feels here where she says I couldn't care for myself my own vineyard some of you are gonNA identify with this she's saying I was so busy taking care of everyone else's is darker in color she says that she she feels a sense of unworthiness now look at how versus six don't stare at me because I am dark the sun is dark in my skin my brothers were angry with me the stuff that I didn't have time to take care of myself and some of you feel that way some of you feel like you're so busy taking care of everybody else's inadequate he says in my eyes you're beautiful I love you for who you are today not I love you is my darling among young women all the rest of Y'all are weeds compared to my lady not I love you for what I think that I can mold you into so the first quality here is unconditional the second qualities this soon to get Tan and here she is three thousand years herb before today identifying this as seat as clear this dialogue expresses the qualities and value of a marriage between two and it does play out among the other men I sit in his delightful shade and taste his delicious fruit once again was identified as a sign of wealth or a sign of success because if you were Pale that means that you didn't have to be out in the sun working the fields self my own vineyard we have to know about when Solomon writes this is sometimes he means the word that he actually says and sometimes he means something different and when he shared interesting is that the young woman says something similar about the man she says this like the finest apple tree in the Orchard is my lover Eh they forced me to care for their vineyards so I couldn't care for myself my own vineyard now this may not jump out immediately nation the important thing to push into here is that both sides in this relationship see there may twice in Song of Solomon I and my lovers and my lover is mine he browsers among the lilies he's hers here he says you are who I want you to be right now I love you for who you are today not I love you for who you almost are and we should feel this way about our partner that our partner is the lily amongst this'll 's and what's and sometimes when Solomon is talking about fruit he actually is talking about fruit sometimes fruit means use your us the third quality that we should pursue in our own marriages and that we should desire for other married couples that we know is found in chapter because it's so good chapter two verse to this is the man speaking and he says this like a lily among thistles her I yearn for him but he did not come in relationships it we were with a couple of days ago and they said that they act three verse one and it has to do with desire she says this one night one night as I lay in bed I yearned for my love L. Some shame because she has suntan and she says actually here's why my brothers were angry with me so they forced me to care for their vineyards so I couldn't care for man I've got the finest apple tree Salomon often compares human qualities to nature and he uses so if you were tanned by the sun if you had sunburn that means that you are among the poor people that had to work outside and so here she in this relationship both see time together as being better than time apart both people in the relationships chapter four verse twelve he says this about her you are my private gardens go to work in a great mood the next quality is faithfulness be some nights apart but here's what we can grab from this there are times when we're going to be a part but here's what we can draw out my treasure my bride a secluded spring a hidden fountain there's this word private like this is I sixteen she says this awake North Wind Rise up south wind blows just between us you are my treasure my bride and once again as we're GONNA see in this first of life imagery and plant imagery the commitment is played out further in chapter six I three and this phrase actually is and as standing out from the rest he says in a field of this owes you are lilly she says of all the trees in the forest my man is the final for who you almost are see sometimes we think I'm gonNA marry this person over time I'm going to fix them and I'm going to shape them into who I want them to be God designed the physical body he designed the body parts so couples can do with what couples commitment as we go through this there may be some phrases that you may just want a job down and say them to your spouse exactly as the written or fill in their names might say we would be more likely to hear from that couple that's just starting to date or the newlywed couple then the couple that's been married for like forty years Salomon you are all together beautiful my love there is no flaw in you and this is one of those things her neck her breasts who said breasts in a message makes me a little uncomfortable the next couple of verses sometimes garden means Garden but in this case garden doesn't Mean Garden after faithfulness is passion do and he designed for it to be good it was his intention for it to be good when couples are on my garden and spread its fragrance all around come into your garden my love taste it's finest fruits chase his and you know what there's not room for anybody else not only is there no room for anybody else there's no desire for anybody set with jewels. His body is polished ivory bedecked with sapphires a few his confidence for a week month maybe even a year his arms are like rods of gold see that their time together is better than time spent apart the fourth quality is this physical attraction again this now watch what she says about him all right let me just say a ladies if you were to say this about your man this Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing there's nothing wrong with you there's no fun you he goes on to compliment her eyes her hair teeth her lips or cheeks may be a line that guys you want to write down you may just want to speak to your woman he says so this is the man speaking ladies have you said my man has arms like rods of gold my man's body is like polished ivory man he is I have never spent the night apart in their several years of marriage and that's that's rare most marriages because of a business trip because of family commitment or this that or the other thing there's purpose is good the very next verses chapter five verse one and this is what the man says in what they do God does not look down from heaven and say no no no that's not what that's four no God placed those parts there for a purpose and AH married couples that we know imagine if you and I we would pray for the married couples that we know and we would say man I pray for my friends I pray that their marriage flow from love that is unconditional committed desirous physically attracted nothing would
Why We're Here (In Church)
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcasts going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for worship Bible study and community usually fall like you might say that your attention waned maybe you're watching something on TV and it's not really as interesting as you thought it would be tonight why are you here this Wednesday evening you see I believe if we're not intentional if we don't continue it's time usually it is a very intentional decision if I were to ask you the first time you walked in question it might be something like a friend invited me so I came or I'm new to the area and I'm looking for aw Wayne's the risk of walking away rises that were Wayne that means to decrease to diminish why are you here all right now we talked to those of us who've been around for awhile and let me ask you the same question why are you it to be intentional that we can lose sight of why were here when the why down from where our church sits and they were maybe looking for something to do and they came over here and they were walking around this or tension in your marriage in your family in your life there's been a diagnosis and you've tried many other things and nothing is quite given you the the story for you guys ready the answer is so you think well it can't hurt I might as well give church a try maybe there was something that happened at a church that you use search someone at my workplace told me that as a result of being part of the Oak Creek Assembly of God family that they started to see turn around in there aw my point is this if you're here for the first time it's probably pretty easy for you to answer that question this is a few months back I I only know one time when this happened someone was staying at the leukemia in which is just a couple of doors to these doors and maybe that's tonight why are you here the first time we come in it is probably very easy for us to answer so your mind starts to wander and he never really made a decision to stop paying attention to the TV show but all of a sudden you realize you've missed the last five minutes because your mind has one building and they thought that this was the mall it was when you hear not big picture in general why do you go to church why are you part of this church family why are you here dirt your attention began to wane it happens gradually we don't intentionally move our mind house where we just gradually tonight our lights were on and so they stayed for church right great that is not the story of most people who walked through our doors for the first the Go-to so you came through our doors maybe you got kicked out of the church you used to go to so you decided to come to our church on Sunday mornings that's what we do on Sunday evenings well here's what I want for you and here's what I want for our family too I want our family and they might say something like because that's what we do that's what we do on Wednesdays we go to church that's here's a way you can test this out you could ask them as you're driving home tonight or you could ask them next time you pull into the church parking lot you could say hey kids our risk increases of unplugging from this valuable community if you have kids or grandkids in plug from what we were I invested in when we lose sight when you and I when we lose sight of why we're here it's possible that God is going to use you to say something incredibly insightful breathe by the Holy Spirit to someone else's sitting at your table and if the only thing that they're hanging onto is an answer like because that's what we do man they run the risk of why are we here kids give wonderful answers I'm sure that they'll entertain you with the way that they respond quite are we here fresh and refreshing each time we walked through the doors of the Church so let me give you four reasons walking away so this is what I want for us I want us to have a better answer for that question I want us to be intentional. Each and every time we come to we gathered to be strengthened through the worship songs we sing and the Bible messages we teach why are you here I'm here to be strengthened by the worship songs that I sing with my brothers and sisters in Christ and I'm here to be strengthened through hearing the word of God covering this area of why we gather and these reasons that I'm about to give you I didn't make them up they come right out of God's word and I'm GonNa show you where that is some point those kids and those grandkids and many of you know this they're not just gonNa come with you because that's what we do anymore at some point they're going to have to make the decision on their own about whether or not they're going to continue to be part of a church community here we live in this area or where they move open and I desire that too so I decided to start I decided to come and check it out you know it might be that you're going through a some sort of Christ when you're here you are putting yourself in a place where you have the opportunity for God to speak through you to have a better answer to that question then because that's what we do because here's the thing we are invested in the next generation so why do we gather to give ourselves an opportunity to put ourselves in a place where God can speak to you or through you I need this time each week to plug in with my brothers and sisters in Christ and remind myself the tries to pull our attention that does pull our attention that demands our attention that demands are taught and preached why do we gather recent number two it's an opportunity for God to speak to you or through you is after I give them to you I'm GonNa give you reasons for why we gather and there are more reasons than this but here's a starting place why we gather the first reason sold or in your workplace and the fourth reason why we gather to keep the resurrection of all the pleasures that man can think of are on display ready for you in corinth anything goes in Corinth what happens in Corinth in question and just a few minutes it's possible that maybe someone at your table has something God given Holy Spirit breathe to speak into your life reason number three to receive a word worth talking about when you leave this is a place to refuel a place to reach arch and it's my prayer that I know I know you're not gonNA walk out of here remembering everything that I say you're not going to remember everything that's talked about your tables and on the other end of that you know what maybe you're here tonight is your night to receive that someone at your table as you go into your so why we gather like I said I didn't make them up they come to us out of Paul's letter to the church in Corinth the first one we have in our Bible First Corinthians energy that we pour into that we give our life to so I need this I know a lot of you would agree I need this time the House of God yes we come to the House of God regularly but it's my hope it's our desired that it's never routine that there's something is in Corinth by the way that is one of the most wonderful lies the devil has ever come up with nothing ever just exists in stays where it happens to flip the page over to First Corinthians chapter fourteen and we're not gonna read every verse in this section of well my brothers and sisters let's summarize when you meet together one will sing another will teach passages I want to highlight some verses that give us reasons to Gather First Corinthians Chapter Fourteen Verse Twenty Six it's an opportunity for God to speak to you or through you and what I mean by that is that as you're sitting around your tables tonight when there's fighting within the church it's very difficult to be effective outside the Church so after Paul to strengthen all of you Paul says when you meet together not if you together when you meet together it is clear throughout the Scripture as Christ at the center of all we do there is so much in our lives addresses these different issues these different tensions he gives us this incredible dialogue on love and we're GonNa read from chapter fourteen in just a second but let's set this up a little bit Paul is writing a church in a very corrupt city mm unity and this is crazy Paul has to tell them that they need to stop suing each other can you imagine if we had a disagreement over the volume of the my prayers at the Holy Spirit gives you something to grab onto that's worth walking out of here with the you can talk about with other people in your house worship music and here and I'm going to sue you we're going to settle this in court puggle stop stop stops throughout the Bible through the Old Testament and the new testament that a life pursuing God was never intended to be lived in isolation to reset myself that the most important thing is the resurrection of Jesus Christ these concepts another will tell some special revelation God has given one will speak in tongues and another will interpret what is said but everything that is done must you guys have to be able to work this out amongst yourselves and here's the here's the deal guys it was true for the church in Corinth and it's true for us today if there's disagreement within the church if we're focused on what's happening with each other and all of our different shortcomings it's really hard to be effective outside the Church Eddie you need to be patient with each other unity behind to each other you need to remove envy from your relationships with each other after Paul gives us the love chapter if you're following along in Your Bible Tonight First Corinthians Chapter Thirteen is the love chapter on I can just get by watching the messages online I can just get via listening to the podcast to build up so many of us are facing situations every day where someone or something is trying to tear you down you and I it is we should walk out if you're each and every week feeling strengthened filling built up by the songs of worship we say immorality happening within the Church and there's division over whether or not the people who are involved should be kicked out of the church they should be put on probation or allowed to stay in the we know what is the love chapter its first Corinthians Thirteen perhaps this was read at your wedding or you've heard it something is running the risk of breaking your spirit this is a place where we don't tear down we build up other believers for face to face interaction and all these things that Paul lays out the singing the teaching speaking in tongues there are some who have tried to convince themselves and maybe this has been you at a time in your life maybe it's even you tonight you convince yourself I can do this on my own it may be in the parking lot as you connect with somebody walking in or walking out of this place there are so many situations that drain life thing around the Bible teaching that we discussed together and around the conversations that we have in this room in the foyer in the food court wherever do these things for the purpose of strengthening if you're following along in a different translation of the Bible tonight you might have different word other than strengthen the someone the messages from the Lord what is the purpose of all of this what's the word strengthen we're going us that steal our joy this is a place that is life giving this is a place that is life giving tation so remember tonight we're talking about why we gather why we're here look at often context of a marriage or of a wedding however the original context was not for husband and wife the original context was for a community along a different version what would you have other than strengthen edify or edification what does that word mean what does it mean to edify he encouraged so we already highlighted the word strengthened now highlight the word encouraged discussion on prophecy tongues and how these things operate in the church and I may frustrate tonight because we're not going to go deep into those areas verse thirty one in this way all prophecy we'll have a turn to speak one after the other so that everyone will learn and editor wedding love is patient love is kind it does not envy and right after that Chap the love chapter we read it so what I want to bring your attention to tonight is that Paul believed that everyone should be engaged when we gathered together in Christian community Paul gives us this encouragement that we all should be prepared we all should be prepared God intended that even in a generation when we have all this wonderful technology it's God does God's desire that you and I would get together and in some ways it looks like our sanctuary maybe the stage looks similar maybe the lights look similar but what's different about that initial evidence is speaking in the spiritual language that we call tongues and Paul says that when this happens when we're gathered together maybe this is in your small group or and we talked about the baptism of the Holy Spirit this is something that comes after you give your life to Christ as a result of receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit the what I do want us to see is that Paul places an emphasis that as part of the gathering of believers that he encouraged them to in Corinth there's division and fighting within the church there's disagreement over the leadership there's prophecy into those meetings these Ford looking God given statements that align perfectly with his word also he encouraged them to now if you're following along and many of you already know this chapter maybe you've read several times you know that what Paul goes into next season there are some people when you go to a concert or musical theater presentation there are some people on the stage who are there to entertain everyone else are going to be tongues used in a time of gathering that there would be an interpretation so that other people would understand and some of you may be that word or that concept of tongues knew what that simply means is a spiritual language between the Holy Spirit inside of you and your and Your heavenly father now let me break down a little bit when I mean by that now the chances of you walking in the doors on Sunday morning I know that you're all here early you're all in you know there are environments that may look like our sanctuary like maybe you go to one of the great theaters we have in Milwaukee or you go to a concert venue to you and say you know I hope you're ready because we would like for you to preach the message this Sunday can you do that o'clock service you're you're walking in the sanctuary doors at seven forty five you go to ten thirty you're walking in ten fifteen the chances of someone coming Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing me this isn't a larger group or a Sunday night when we when we hear someone speaking in tongues we long for in that moment is the interpretation we long for the interpret waits for the first note of worship you're on time so actually you're all here early you're all here earlier all here fifteen minutes before church starts so you're here you know type up a message thirty to forty minutes and bring it with me I'm ready in case they ask you know maybe if you take this example a little farther like I should maybe prepare something just in case it's my turn tomorrow I'm going to Or tension the House of God is called to be different yes we are open to the spontaneous and yes aced another moment one of the reasons that I come to churches so that out there in your workplace in your homes you may use words like disorder or chaos a about that some other time let's pray right now it warms my heart when to allow the Holy Spirit space to move and each and every one of our worship services at the same time God honors our preparation he demand for God is not a god of disorder but of peace as in all the meetings of God's holy people have conversations with other people in this church community in the hallways in an environment like this in our Sunday morning groups I can be in an environment where God can speak to me or through me in the conversations that I have in this place hot has the potential to use you to speak into the life of someone else or maybe God a use someone to speak into your life this actually happens fairly regularly to me as I'm walking around someone down at the Food Court like I said walking to the parking lot walking back to the parking lot and those are moments were one believer pouring into the life of another believer and it's someone saying this is what's going on in my life right now and instead of just saying okay I'll pray is to his character a new way that people are seeing God's word moving away that is not just theoretical but tangible and they're excited to share it ask to be excellent in the way that we bring our programming and when there is prophecy or when they're when we are filled up with God's word we stand ready to be poured out into someone else there so many life-giving conversations that happen each and every time that we're here that are not planned that we as a pastoral staff never hear about because it's tongs being spoken in in a worship service this is a time for God to bring order a God to bring for time for God to bring clarity not a time of confusion versus thirty four and thirty five women should be silent Durham way just read this there's a new revelation that they hadn't seen before or maybe they're going through the one year Bible for the first time and God is opening I see someone taking that responsibility somewhere in this building and saying let's just take care of this right now let's pray right in this place let's not wait at home for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings what is he going to say about this checkup versus three two and thirty three remember the people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns come up to me and say pastor Tom do you know the Bible says this do you know that that Abraham did that and it could be that the church meetings it is not proper for them to speak they should be submissive just as the law says if they have any questions they should ask their husbands any interpretation of these verses that would suggest that Paul intended to give the message that women should be suppressed declare the most important moments in history you may remember the story of the Samaritan woman at the well she has this conversation chief communicators in some of the most important events in history Jesus used women as his chief communicators in the rest of what we see in the Bible what we know is that Jesus used women as saying that they are not to be contributors that women should just sit by and watch men do all the spiritual work any sort of interpretation like that does not line up with and then many of you also know that on the third day when the tomb was empty it was women who were used to declare that Jesus Christ's body was no longer in the tomb that he had risen he was alive Jesus at the well Jesus he could have spoken to any person in that community but he has this conversation with this for us to receive an actually Paul says it's questioning or arguing or disrupting or speaking when it was at a time that was distracting to other people in the worship services at the well and then she goes into the rest of the city and is the leader in transforming the entire city as she shares about Jesus Arisen that it was good to be silent and what I would challenge each one of us is that there are times in church and this gives us the impression and you may have heard this before that there was some specific situation in this church where the women or a group of women were there are times in Christian community there are times in our small group where it is best for us to remain silent under for you to go home and talk about that with your spouse and as I was thinking about this is I was praying about this this actually happens to me some translations here they may insert the word your so it would say something like let your women keep silent owning small group about parenting over here and something else was spoken by Passer Brooks in the sanctuary that I remember writing down thinking I need to talk to the all the time I can think of two things that were spoken this last weekend this last Sunday morning one happened in our Sunday versus three and four Paul says this and he's just given this whole conversation about gathering together and prophecy and tongues into this don't miss this here's what's most important Christ died for our sins he was buried and he was raised from the dead but I took things that happened in that small group in the sanctuary and brought it up to Jennifer when we got home and just as the scripture said he was buried and he was raised from the dead on the third day just as the Scriptures said you what was most important and what had also been passed onto me Christ died for our sins and so often we find in our household that there are things that happen in the church that are not best for us to talk about while we're here if you if you skip to the next Chapter First Corinthians Chapter fifteen versus third and four we can seize that moment as an opportunity to remember what's most important what's most important Jesus Christ died for my sins and he defeated death on my behalf and no matter what happens so if we zoom way out from this here's what I know Paul saw something happening in the church where he identified for about this and in service is not the best time to talk about it it wasn't the best time for me to raise my hand and have a discussion about what happens in our house in front of the rest of the group it's our business and we're gonNA talk about it when we get home in some way or another because there's a chance that this is the only opportunity that we will have to share the message of Christ with you you're here when Paul uses a phrase like this is what's most important you and I should pay attention to what he says next so Paul says yes all these things are important all these things we've talked about all these things we written about all these points we've touched on their all important but I want you to pay so I said at the beginning that one of the reasons that we gather is that so you and I that we'd have something to talk about when we leave are you here to receive a word we're talking about when we leave why are you here to keep the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the center getting one more time why are you here to be strengthened through the worship songs we sing and the Bible messages teach why are you here is in Jesus Christ so one of the reasons we gather is to keep the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the center so that I have the opportunity to be an environment where God can speak to me or through me in the conversations that I have why am I here I get that being in Christian community is not always easy but here's what I also know but that's not for everyone that's here tonight just for other people that come in other nights there are people that might annoy us to his presence however God loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins by dying on the Cross and then three days later he defeated the death once and for all not just for him but for all of mankind and that when we place our trust him we also have a hope for eternity that our sins are forgiven this week but maybe you're not coming back next week and sometimes if we're if we've been around for a while we we start to hear that okay this is what I'm here to be strengthened and to be strengthened by others that's why I'm here let me just give you these four reasons that we talked about in the people have heard us in maybe that hurt has been accidental and there are times when people hurt US intentionally you're of all we do so let's get back to the question why are you here this is a community of imperfect people worshipping perfect savior and that as you and I press closer into him you might say something like I'm here for peace encouragement and strength that's why I'm here tonight why are you here when we start to have that conversation if we've been around for a while we can just check out and say oh this is for the new people or and just like in many other environments were interacting with people sometimes it's tough sometimes were with people that we don't get along with so just a couple quick ideas to live this out talk about this with your kids and your grandkids why do we go to church and on the third day now it's our desire that each and every time we gather that we communicate this good news it means to be a follower of Christ see we have sin that separates us from a loving heavenly father and there's nothing that we can do to earn our way back in I know there are testimonies tonight in this room where there may be someone who's sitting somewhere else in this room there may be someone else who's sitting at your table no matter what this world throws at me no matter what the diagnosis is no matter what the financial picture is no matter how bad things are at home I have victory because my fate is an encouraging each other and strengthening ching strengthening each other and finding peace and community and then he says this I passed on lead them and guide them to a better answer than because that's what we do help them put into words this can be one of those things like oh through these doors that you will receive a fresh word or a refreshing of your spiritual journey to give you the strength to face whatever is GONNA come your way sometimes you're sitting in this room and you see someone walk in and you're like I hope that they don't sit at the table with that person because they will be scared and never come back of all we do nows wrap up tonight man you know what I get it that this is messy that we are dealing with real people and that we would press into people even though they're broken even though they have their own junk in their own life that we that a week ago a month ago a year ago five years ago they did something that hurt you and you had to work through that and you would say that on the other end of it we thank you that it's been your desire from the beginning of time that we would live life in community in the days ahead father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ father your relationship is so much stronger because you didn't give up and walk out you decided to work through that as a brother and sister in Christ and once again is my prayer that even though this is regular may it never feel routine it's my prayer that each and every time you walk father thank you for using us for your plan thank you for this faith community father I pray our connection with him grows stronger and our connection with other people who are on that same path also grows stronger and
Tell The Next Generation
"Welcome welcome back welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast going into this week's teaching with pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and community repeated what do you want the next generation to remember you saying the point the next generation is most likely to remember what is most repeated the next generation is about now crying is the only emotion that that works for you cannot say quit laughing I used to say all the time things mom or dad grandma or Grandpa used to say all the time Ben to need it and not have it Dad Dad can I fill in the hang on we'll give you something to laugh about one blog poster wrote this his mom used to always say I'm a Christian but dot dot dot and then she would go on to say something very unchristian here's it's everyone in this room we all have influence over someone in the next generation if we're parents or grandparents it's Kinda obvious who that is it may be the question I would like you to wrestle with as we talk about this this evening if the next generation is most likely to remember what is most the things that mom and dad or your grandma or Grandpa grandpa used to tell or your anti-wrinkle used to tell and it's like every time the family got together this story would be told and it's got to the point where you could tell the cannot repeat in Church did anyone have apparent grandparent who used to always say something that you cannot say it in church most likely to remember what is most repeated the reason that you remember these phrases that we talked about this evening are because they were story and every single detail even the tone of voice and the nuances in the story because you've heard that story so many times so here's repeated over and over and over and over again and on top of these phrases your family may have these stories there's these stories at grammar they did some Google searching on this and actually found that there are a lot of people who had a parent or grandparent who repeatedly said a phrase that think I don't know if you can but you may things that mom and dad grandma and Grandpa used to always you have a huge voice into the next generation as I'm talking about this I'm hoping that you're beginning to see faces in your head of young now if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all why because I shouldn't not a good idea anyway how `bout stop crying or I will give you something to cry the niece or a nephew maybe the kids in the neighborhood if you are an education you certainly have a huge voice you spend more time with my kids than I do every day aw this time of year when it starts to get cold out and you're encouraging your your kids to take their mittens and they're happy with them as they head outdoors but it's it's not cold enough Mama's not cold enough dad it's better to have it and not need it so here is a great takeaway intentionally regularly tell the next generation what people and the next generation who you have an opportunity to speak into their life and if we have already seen the evidence that you and I will remember or remember what the previous generation said to us what do we want the next generation to remember us saying I want them to remember intentionally regularly tell the next generation what you want them to remember a place where you have all kinds of different religious backgrounds faith backgrounds people that have a relationship through faith or have no faith you could say this live university I will jump for joy if somehow one of them has an athletically that is not a controversial statement I don't know what belief systems you carry in here tonight if you were to say this at your word adjust to intentionally regularly tell the next generation about your faith in Christ clearly outdated right however they tell me if they tell me they just landed their dream job I will try to somersault too aced as their Lord and Savior that is the best thing my children could tell me when they are old enough to celebrate with them but nothing nothing nothing nothing will bring me the same level of joy we have three kids and one more any day now so you have to excuse me if the time is right gifted which would be miraculous because they would not get that from me and they sign a pro sports contract I will be thrilled for them point between now and it o'clock if my one of my children gets accepted into a academically competitive to make that decision so we're going to talk about tonight we're going to look at a SOM- some seventy if some day they land their dream job and they however we communicate then text call me we'd probably won't call anybody then auricle account of the captive Israelites being led by Moses out of Egypt into the Wilderness to the promised hear my teaching listen to the words of my mouth their places in the Bible where Asef is mentioned right is a not a controversial statement for those of us tonight though who would say that we are a follower of Christ I'm GONNA ask us to take this a step further and in fact it's divided over three days of reading this psalm is a retelling of the way of spiritual conversations the what and the why of spiritual conversations what we're going to say to the next generation Psalm seventy eight verse one there's a title here and it says a Mascow of a SAF my people worth listening to hear my teaching listen to my words versus two and three I will open my mouth with a parable and why we are going to say it each and every week we have been teaching from the readings in the one year Bible leading up inspired by the spirit in fact there would be others would follow a SAF who also would model Aseff's creative works and leadership eight what we're going to see in psalm seventy you can begin to turn there it's almost near the very middle of Your Bible we're GonNa grab onto is the what and the why to that particular Wednesday the pastoral staff here at the Church we do the one year Bible plan at one year Bible online dot com we encourage every is used a lot of parables and a parable is a story a parable makes the difficult easy so I will utter hidden things things from of old things we have heard and known things our ancestors have told us you you're just getting started in your faith journey you sing these songs and they sound very modern they have modern music to them and then you're starting to get I understand you have a story to tell if you have a personal relationship with Christ alongside David King David David who he defeated Goliath David who raw whole bunch of the psalms that David so Asef and David are mentioned together Asef is this one incredible creative ability to craft things like the psalm given this ability by into the word yourself and your reading Assam and then you like that's a lyric that we sang in church and you thought that someone today wrote it when the truth is someone wrote it three thousand years ago but because the Holy Spirit is in it it still has power today so what can grab from Asef life is that he was a gifted individual and he understood that his gift came from God and he used his creative gift to glorify God aw then if they tell me that they have made that decision to personally receive Jesus Christ purpose of illustrating a spiritual truth in stories stories powerful stories are powerful according to a Harvard business article a psychologist found that learning which stems from a well told story is remembered more accurately and for far longer than learning he was part of our church family to have a daily reading plan so if you're following along with us you know that some seventy eight is a long psalm let's just grab that short phrase hidden things as we get into this section here hidden things doesn't mean like dark and mysterious in a cave somewhere it just comes from laying out a bunch of facts if tonight I were to put a bunch of bar graphs and percentages and numbers on on the screen there's what that means is things that are difficult to understand I will utter hidden things utter spiritual truths from the course these researchers are only confirming what Jesus new two thousand years ago if you were Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds in fact he never spoke to we still do this and modern worship maybe you've had this experience tonight we sang we sang three songs together there maybe this has happened your testimony is one worth sharing in one worth celebrating so parable is a story for the I four we will not hide them from their descendants we will tell the next generation we will tell hand to draw others into his presence and as ace of starts longer some he says here my teaching listen to my words the next generation the praiseworthy needs of the Lord His power and wonders he has done the wonders he has done iced that means that there was a time when you did not and however that happened at whatever age that happened the time when you went from not a follower to pass that are difficult to understand and what does the psalm say how are these hidden things going to be understood through the use of a flip in your bibles all the way to the New Testament the first book in the New Testament Matthew chapter thirteen versus thirty four thirty five matthew double a parable there is this pretty famous figure from history who used a lot of parables his name is Jesus points to this psalm when talking about how Jesus used parables let me just read for Matthew Chapter Thirteen versus thirty four and thirty five easy and their testimonies amazing how they gave their life to Christ and we love to hear those testimonies but no matter what your testimony is can't but before the psalm gets to that there's an intro and tonight we are going to focus entirely on the intro the Catch Him Praiseworthy Deeds of the Lord Comma his power and the wonders he has the story that I told you that any fact that I would put up on the screen another psychologist did some research and he found that facts when we them without using such parables this fulfilled what God has spoken through the Prophet I will speak to you in parable God's power and the wonders he has done the next generation they will remember here a sap gives us three categories of the types of messages that we should be intentional about communicating to the next generation thirteen or you pull it up on your APP you may see a little note there little asterix or a little footnote and it will tell you that what Matthew did in this follower is a story worth telling maybe you feel someone has a better testimony than years past was so unexpected financial blessing when you get that job you applied for when you get the promotion when you get the rain two for the good things in our life in those moments victory when we give credit to God the next generation will remember versus five and six are who you give credit for who you give credit to when something good happens in your life when you get that John Calls us he encourages us to be intentional about telling those who will come after us about Praiseworthy Deeds of the Lord if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ you have a story worth listening to you have a story even though all the evidence would say you should have been hurt if in all of those moments you immediately give credit to your heavenly father praise the Lord thank you Jesus that's easy to do you don't need to have a degree in Bible and theology to be so the next generation would know them even the children yet to be born and they in turn would tell their children communicate facts there twenty times more likely to be remembered if we tell those facts in the context of a story see God decreed statutes for Jacob and establish the law in Israel which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children what we do impacts far beyond the people that we can even see you are making decisions to days when you are protected in the storm if you're in some sort of crash or accident and you were protected in that moment if you think other than five we can debate after the point is that God asks us to Zoom Way out thank your heavenly father one because we truly are thanking him and also because we want others to know who we give the credit hey that will have an impact on people in your family tree who you will never meet and the this is true so the next generation is going to remember that and some of you have you have a parent or a grandparent or aw my ancestors on both my mom's side and my Dad's side at some point in history they came over from Europe to this did you catch how many generations ASEF lays out here for us let's see I want to I want you to count and see if you're a number matches mind okay would know them even the children yet to be born four and they in turn would tell their children we can debate writing is that he is referencing back to psalm seventy eight let's go back to some seventy eight turn turn turn turn some other mentor in your life and you remember this about them that every time something good happened it almost made you sick they did it so much every time something could happen they said heeded create statutes for Jacob and establish the law in Israel which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children so the next generation would know them even the children yet to be born and they in turn to tell their children how many of you count sailor play the wrong a right which he commanded our ancestors one to teach their children too so the next generation else I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world if you actually went ahead and turned towards Matthew Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing hands who and and be shocked by this statistic or that's statistic but if in the same night I was to tell you a story you are far more likely to remember uh eight eight five number five or eight six I count five I could country they were not thinking about me when they made that decision there was something that was going on wherever relived that they made the choice that it was best to leave that life behind for some promise in America to sell off everything so they would not forget it and that they would see that there is a value in living life God's way in the last I we're gonNA look at tonight is is extermination is that our heavenly father he loved you and me so much that he sent his window of time we have a responsibility for the next generation who are with us today generation and that goal is very clearly so that they would make their own decision for Christ that son Jesus Christ to this earth fully God fully man to live a perfect life without sin to go to the cross the people that they could see at that time yet that decision impacted the generations that follow even today air trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commandments trust in God first aid and this is a warning of what happens if we if we don't do this we do this so they would not be like their ancestors a stubborn and not forget his good deeds live life his way we have a very clear goal in speaking into the next here's what I also know I'm not responsible for the spiritual direction of culture one hundred years ago and I'm not responsible for the spiritual direction and when we talk about remembering his deeds the number one that you and I want to pass onto the bilious generation whose hearts were not boil to God whose spirits were not faithful to him her belief system would not be this is because of what grandma and GRANDPA did this is because mom and dad did that it would be made their own UH and die to pay the price that we were supposed to pay and death was not the end of the story of Jesus three days later he defeated time the things that we speak in this lifetime have the power for better or worse to impact people in our family tree who we will never meet speak life into the next generation see we may we may see things like man the next generation if we were to look at the stats encouraged about the next generation is anyone with me tonight there's handed on my mom's side to the US and they eventually meet but I had no say in that they were probably most only thinking the grave and because he has life we have life that's the deed that we want to pass along to our children I'm going to choose to believe the best for the next generation I look around this church I see what's happening in our crossroads at that time however those decisions the decisions we make if we believe the psalm and I do the decisions we make in this life what we see from the psalm what we say to the next generation has of what's going to happen one hundred years from today one hundred years ago or one hundred years I'm responsible for right now you and I of all the time in history we were born into this things on the horizon for the young men and women boys and girls that are going to follow after US Collagen young adult I see what's happening in shift student ministries with our high school in our middle school kids I see what's happening with our children I am on their spiritual trajectory there's a phrase we say around here more is caught than taught in this simply maybe thinking maybe we're going to move here for a job or we're going to go do this for missions or whatever it may be and our decisions are mostly made around the people who we can ah I seven so up until this point we have talked about the what this is what you should say this is what you should repeat these are the things that you should put into the next generation here comes the wife verse seven then then they would put a direct effect on their spiritual trajectory what we say the next generation as a direct effect we have this tendency to WANNA roller is when we can't believe what they're doing and we can't believe this and that brothers and sisters we need to choose about our faith in Christ thinking about this today and next generation is going to do greater things through the power of the Holy Spirit than my generation accomplished and I'm going to choose to speak life into them believing that there are great they're likely to have more of a moral decline more of a spiritual decline than we are GONNA settle to watch this tumble down no my friends I am going to believe that the and Christ the whole goal for tonight was that we would intentionally and regularly tell the next generation is this that we have to not just talk the talk we have to walk the walk wasn't supposed to be a joke US showing generosity we want our kids to hear US praying for people we want our kids to hear US talking to other people about the fate that we have in aw yes we live a life of example yes we model our faith however there must be moments when we actually speak about it we have runs the risk of cancelling what we say so we wanNA striving man and you and I we mess up I mess up every day in some way just as Jennifer she'll tell you anything that's like automatic and this is not just for today again your parents maybe your grandparents great grandparents it's like automatic when someone starts talking about the next generation Oh I mess up all the time but we want our kids to see us doing our best we want our kids to see us forgiving we want our kids to see tell them and actually when we talk about this phrase more as caught than taught our if we don't live the way we speak our hypocrisy my wife's grandfather told many times and this story happened probably seventy years ago tonight this by the way was I asked her this morning just tell all these truths if you've raised kids you know that's not what they remember and there's actually a chance of that conversation that you're meaning to have someday we'll never breakfast take them out to lunch they're going to remember those those conversations that just happen along the way there is a story that tonight to come up and share the story with you would you please make Jennifer feel super welcome as she comes up to the stage him and my grandmother were married and they had young kids and they lived in Kenosha and he worked for this Nash Auto there's May think okay it's all gonna come down to one sit down we're gonNA bring them all together in the living room and we're GONNA sit down we're GONNA have a conversation we're going to settle it so in the fifty s my grandpa his name was done Brunanburh he he probably died I think like six years ago actually this Thanksgiving you're welcome so hi my name is Jennifer like he said are you just anytime you want or you just so Moore's is he's told it over and over again and I'm going to invite my wife who is eight and a half months pregnant and thankful that I bombed here to come up on the planet them to to move up to portage while my grandpa was healing because he went to the doctor he was like wearing a cast a big cast wasn't able to work and so they were working up there and on the farm while he was injured and not able to work and they were very involved in churchmen googling this this today because this morning i just heard about possibly doing this and and it was like a very and so my grandmother's parents lived up in portage and so since they had young kids their in laws are my grandma's parents invited open what they argue remember as what you talk about when you're driving them to school if you're on the way to college you're driving into COBB's we're gonNA remember that talk take them out yet he told this story so many times that there are many others who can recount the details of the story not because he told that once but because oh I don't know if you've ever said how he had injured himself or he got hurt but he was working and his foot like got completely probably heard this story like maybe at least directly to me probably at least five or six times so TJ probably has heard this from my brothers here so he probably has heard this story several times too but smashed by something not just like oh he tripped and he sprained his foot like it was broken like it was smashed like it was smashed and back in the day they didn't have I've heard it many times to many of my other cousins and all these other people so he worked there and somehow I don't really remember so they went to church and there was a famous are very popular minister in that time in the fifties if you kind of look it up oh he's been gone for a little while but he went to this church for a very long time and before that he was very involved in another church around here but in the fifties grandma had in order to date her my GRANDPA had to go to church and so he ended up getting saved and they got married and all that so do not Nash Motors. I don't know if you guys have ever heard of that but now it was called American motors and I guess back in the day that was kind of like a big deal it was GM and stuff it was I think it was on a Sunday night and so someone had told my grandpa hey we're having this healer guy at our church I don't know what the company is anymore it probably is not a company anymore but he was working there and I guess I should say that I probably heard the story platform and so it would make it was like hollow underneath and so he was standing with the minister and the minister prayed for him and he said this is and I think I looked it up and I kind of tried to verify it with my parents and he his name was William brand him so you can google like while we were putting the kid cereal getting their backpacks on hey by the way could you tell Grandpa story tonight in church thank you for saying Yes story or the what he would call the baptistery underneath the underneath the platform so like it was like the Baptismal Tub underneath the I want you to stop your foot is hard as you possibly can on this platform right now so like he's like in a Catholic he went to church and so then they have people come up and the minister had lots of different people come up and so it was healed and and so my grandpa wasn't like later he was going to portage their assembly of God church there one one night of the week I don't even know if it was on a Sunday night I don't even his turn and he kind of shared that he you know his foot had been smashed and he was up on the on the stage and this is shoe and he drove home so I'm assuming it must have been on the weekend because that part of the story that I remember the most because it's GRANDPA and he would make up some words and sometimes you couldn't say the words really correctly but they had the baptist things like oh well we're going to pay for your insurance for a little bit you just didn't work you couldn't work so you weren't able to make any money he would be very disappointed if I didn't do like motions and stuff like that so like he took so he had a cast on and so he got in the some popular thing that was going on all these big like healing revivals that would happen and there would be lots of these famous ministers that would be very popular for holding healing you should come 'cause I mean what's the worst that can happen I mean you don't work in so maybe you can get healed so grandpa I can just see him he yes we Polish it up like really really good God it looked really good
'22 July' - William Goldenberg
"Having started his career journalism. It's no surprise that director Paul Greengrass has often turned to making films about real life events among them, Bloody Sunday United ninety three and captain Phillips his latest twenty two July is a riveting drama that traces the aftermath of Norway's deadliest terrorist attack twenty four hours later in almost incomprehensible picture emerging tonight from Norway enter those two horrific terror attacks first downtown Oslo then at a youth camp. We're getting the first full picture of the horrors authorities piece together what happened the killers meticulous planning, and that's plan as it unfolded on July twenty second two thousand eleven seventy seven people were killed when a far right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens to help Greengrass tell his story he turned to Oscar winning editor William Goldenberg. I'm Caroline jar. Deana? Welcome to today's Hollywood reporter behind the screen podcast in this episode Goldenberg talks with us about his first collaboration with Paul Greengrass, and the making of this powerful film. Billy Goldenberg wanted an Academy Award for editing. Argo the drama set during the Iran hostage crisis and earned four additional nominations for films, including zero dark thirty seabiscuit the insider and the imitation game. Welcome Billy having you in public gravitate toward making films about broadly. Speaking dramatic starkly events is that something that helped bring you together for this film. Me. He's a filmmaker that I've always wanted to work with really good Meyer, the style when she shoots, and I'm really attracted to that. First person live camera verite to feel as a filmmaking style. So he was the combination of him as a filmmaker. Plus the script. I'm an subject matter was I wasn't planning on working. I was planning on taking a long vacation. And he sent the script and my wife read it I read it, and we both agreed with something. I should do. It's very my politically in terms of saying something that's important. I'm drawn to films like that. I said to my wife, I wanna to make a difference in any small way. I can I've tried. So I've tried to choose films that have something important politically to say I can't run for office, and I can't zoom, and I can send postcards and do things like that. But I feel like this is my chosen profession and for me to be able to work on films that have a message. That's important to me is something I you know, I look for. Films like that. So when the script came, and it has so many important things to say about the rise of the alright about gun control about you know, violence against children and teenagers. You know, so many different things the combination of pause filmmaker, and and then this particular subject, so I decided to go away take myself away from my family for better part of seven months. It's a difficult subject. But the film is absolutely riveting. It's a really difficult subject. And I and I was thinking about it on the way here. I it really did take a toll on me, especially while I was in Norway because they were shooting obviously, not on the island where it happened. But it looked certainly looked a lot like it, and and watching the events unfold and being there, and and meeting the people who live there, it really I didn't realize how much of a toll. It took me until only recently you were in Norway while they were shooting there, and you had a mostly Norwegian Cass. Staying crew. Yeah. I think Paul myself. I AD man, the producer or the only Brits and Americans. Did you talk with the casting crew about the events. And did that influence your work? I didn't talk to the cast and crew that much I was mostly editing. You know, I was with pulse. You to tremendous volume of film, and we had a very short schedule. I think that the post production schedule was about twelve or thirteen weeks total which is about half of what I'm used to. So I was pretty careful about, you know, staying up to the camera getting things cut, you know, making sure that that we didn't use a a big part of the post production scheduled by meets still first cutting. But I did talk to people, you know, where I was staying people didn't know a part of the crew I had was no region, and I did speak to people who just lived in Oslo, and and Paul too. I mean, Paul was even though he's British. I mean, he did a tremendous amount of research and spoke to a lot of survivors. Especially in particular, the Hansen family. So Paul I got together every night in a hotel where we're staying at and spoke about that day shooting the next shooting what the intentions the Fillmore this. You know, the through lines of each individual character story, so I felt really immersed in in the subject, you know, have even know I didn't spend a lotta time onset still it was really valuable to be there just to be in environment. And we stay I was a five minute walk from my hotel at the government building where that the blew up. So it's still there damage from from the attack. So we really did give you that Sessa was saying earlier really makes you feel something that you wouldn't probably feel as much unified state here in the states it's told in three acts, and it starts with the actual attack. And then it becomes more more intimate. Let's talk about each of those. So I the attack itself you had a lot of cross cutting between the. The events the families trying to reach their teenagers. What was happening in the government building? Could you talk a little bit about cutting that sequence it was the most challenging part of the film editorially. I mean, not only because it's just a challenging thing to co all that cross cutting keeping all those stories alive and went to beware and keeping the audience rooted and all that just sort of regular challenge that comes with a cross cutting sequence like that. But it also was a sequence it took a really long time to shoot they shot of mostly for the first two weeks, and then kept going back to that. He was place called hook island where they actually shot. So it was really hard to get a sense of the overall sequence in the pacing of it in the structure of it because I was constantly needing pieces here and eating pieces there because we shot the film, although the event place in July, obviously, we shot it starting in November in Norway finishing in Norway around just before Christmas. So. We didn't have very much light during the day and the way it works there as every day we lost six minutes of light. So after the month or so it was only life from around nine thirty three thirty. So they, you know, those are very short shooting days, and so all the light outside. So they had a constantly through the course of the shooting. Go back and pick up things and go back and pick up things. And and it got to the point where they couldn't even really get all the material that they needed. There was a whole sequence in the island took place with Villiers brother toria who tries to get away by swimming out into the water and being picked up by a passenger by you know, a yacht that are small both that some of the locals had across the way from the island hen Braddock shoots at him. And he gets pulled into a boat. And by the time, they never could shoot it because of the weather and because they couldn't put that poor little boy into the water because it was just too cold. So we had to come up with editor. Solutions to to get around that part of the story in an actually sir ended up serving the sequence. Well, in that we really do follow villi are and focuses on him and his situation. So once Villiers injured we decided that the best route story wise was to stick with him. And this and the will the police get there in time to save him. We'll his parents find out what happened to them and make that more of a cliffhanger, and it's sort of suited. The idea of villi are being a representation of the people of Norway and their injury which coincides with his injury. And so it ended up being really fortuitous in terms of we didn't have the material, but it made it actually intern mid to sequence better. And then there was a lot of challenges about inner cutting when the world finds out in the original script, you're on the island until Villier gets gets injured. We ended up moving all that up earlier and to make it more intercut than it would. Have been and it really served the tension and serve the reality of the situation because you know, kids have cellphones, and they all called their parents as soon as the student started and the the outside world and Oslo and surrounding areas in Norway. They all knew about it right away. Villi are really did call his mother from the cliff like that and told her what was happening. So we just took it that once that happened in the world comes in the police, and some of the parents, and I mean, there were even in real in the real story there were even you know, government members of the government that we're getting texts while the whole thing was going on in the bunker with the prime minister they were getting texts from kids on the island. So it intern made those decisions about where inner cutting ended up making the story much more tense in realistic than it would have been. So I it was just a really challenging sequence. It didn't really come together until halfway through the post production period. It's for me to have. Done and have things shaved it feels like a real movie right away. But I just had to be patient and keep working and working knowing that, you know, one day, I would have the solution to all these problems in a personal note. I mean, I I lived in New York in two thousand and one and what I remember about nine eleven is that you really didn't know what was going on. Everybody was trying to reach each other. And you didn't have information. It was more. You know, sudden it was confusing. And I thought that the way you edit it it really captured that confusion there were things that we cut out to make it more that way. I mean, it was a little there would things with the prime minister of the family that were a little more informative. And it was felt like it was leading the audience, and that you would be sort of guessing as to what goes on and getting little bits of information. You see when things even happen when you're when tragedies happen in your hearing them on the news. You know, you're getting bits of information initially that oftentimes out to be wrong. And you know, you don't really know what's going on takes several hours should. Thanks to to piece together. So it felt like that was more accurate who what is it? That would really be now where are you working with a team that you've worked with before net? Flex was gracious enough to let me bring to people with me to Norway in London because we did the post production in London when I asked I was surprised they said, yes. And I think they understood we had a very short post production schedule on that. I have my team with me the things we go more smoothly. Very smart. John Wiseman at Netflix made it accommodated us and let me bring Peter Duggan. And my first assistant in June, Ken, my second assistant. And then we had a Norwegian second system. Another second system who's Norwegian who was terrific named Geyer and production assistant. It's always going to have a local as a production assistant named Daniel who made up the rest of my Norwegian crew. And that was you know, they knew how things worked there. So it really made my life a lot easier. And then we've got to London. We didn't bring the Norwegian people with us. But we picked up some London assistant. Honey, Scott and hollie burn who worked with us in London. I think everybody on the film had the same mindset and the same. We were on the ride with Paul because we believe so much in his vision and his store he was trying to tell I think it never really felt like a job. It felt like we were doing something important. I mean in terms of lower aspiring to then they were just a really really great group of people that we had made my the better my crew is easier. My job is. And and this was Peter's first times my first assistant, so it was very challenging to be in foreign countries. And they disolve at a spectacular job. And what was it like working with Paul does he come into the editing room every day, your no he doesn't actually he likes to keep perspective. I mean, he he are in constant communication, and I and at the beginning when I was in nozzle, I was thinking, well, he's not coming to the cutting room that much. I mean, why am I here really? And then and then I realized I was there for way different reason. I mean, we spoke five times a day on the phone from the set and we were sticking to say motel. So every single night we got together in the hotel lobby and talked about what he had shot that day. What are you shooting? The next day. He does a lot of rewriting while he's shooting so he would possibly sending me paid his and he and his development person. Emily, we would talk either I've had late at night or in the morning and say in gift Paul feedback on the pages, they were about to shoot, I think he likes to keep things very spontaneous. So he would because we tweaking the screenplay and then handing the actors paid is in the morning, which is a real challenge. And so. We were able to comment on that. So it was incredibly collaborative. And it took me a little time to get used to it that a director would be calling me from the sentencing, I'm about to shoot this scene where you know, Tori, finds out that villi arts on a snowmobile. I'm going to put the camera here and run up there. What do you think? A doesn't usually happen. And then I was so excited that he that he included me on those in those conversations, it was really really fun and really rewarding to have somebody who collaborate like that. And then so he we saw each other every day, and he, but he was probably only in the editing room like half a dozen times while we are Norway and in terms of post production. He he came in a fair amount. But he like I said likes to work on bits and not like look at whole reels. I'm looking whole long stretches until he screens the film. He really is careful about keeping his activity. I mean, some directors sit there all day long, which is totally fine. I mean, that's a minute. However in director wants to work, that's what I'll do. But he left me alone a lot which was scary. But fun, and you feel like you're giving somebody's really giving the trust. And it makes you feel really good as a as a, you know, as a creative person to feel like that. You know, you're. The director is that kind of faith in you. It really was you know, one of the best experiences. I've had and I've worked with some phenomenal people that I love so had saying something let's talk about the second act at the hospital, and yet Israel those again, we're very emotional. I mean Yoenis who plays Villiers was so wonderful in terms of his going through the initial stages of recovery and even just waking up in the hospital. It was such an emotional scene to cut because even though I, you know, it's that thing way in editing where you have to be I think the audience knows he's going to survive because you can see the way the movies going, but you have to make the audience feel like, well, maybe he's not. And he's that feeling, you know, in a lot of movies where the audience may know, what the event how the events going to unfold, but you have to keep them on the edge of their seats. Anyway. So that was a challenge finding the right level of of how dire too. Make it and you don't wanna we try very hard to be respectful and restrained and not manipulative. So we didn't want to do anything editorially that was like could be considered trickery to make the audience think. Oh, he's definitely going to die, and these, you know, and then he lives so we want to make it suspenseful emotional, but not make it fake, you know, to make re keep it real. So the actors who play Villiers parents were so strong. I mean, both of them, especially limited places mom that it just, you know, so much of the heavy lifting is done for, you know, in terms of the editing by the actors, and it's just me getting out of the way, he letting those performances breathe, and they just always felt the four of them always felt like a family. They feel like they really belonged together, and you really feel her emotions of being a mother going through that situation. I think it really is look for those moments of reality of like what it's like to be a parent necessarily action and use those moments performances part extrordinary. I thought did Paul do a lot of takes how much material did you have to work with gif? I mean, calling them takes his probably I don't know what you call them. But Paul shoots a very, very taste. I'll the cameras very alive all the time. No one, you know, you'll get a setup where they'll be five takes. And normally that would be five takes the close upper five takes it, the medium shot with Paul generally takes everyone is different from every other one. So consequently, you get a lot of different material, it's e- sometimes with directors. You get a lot of footage. But it's ten takes the close up ten takes the medium shot tend. So you get there's a sameness of coverage where with Paul and the way he likes to work. It's pro guess shooting documentary. He, you know, the cameras just feel it, you know, they they shoot one side of a room, and this kind of rubber rounding get stuff, and this is a method to it. But it seems beautifully arbitrary. So yes, I mean, he shot. Vellacott of film or digital material. And it was not just a lot. It was a lot of different angles and kind of untraditional coverage that makes the editing process more challenging, but ultimately more rewarding you were really able to shape the performances of the characters not just the performance, but the moments when you get material like that for me, isn't that other? It's I find it much easier to make moments where maybe they weren't there or make MO, you know, make things out of whole cloth in a way because when you have traditional coverage it's more difficult when you have more unusual coverage like Paul shoots. I I don't know. I just find that. There's always a way to do something. There's always a way to make a moment out of something that may be or strengthen a moment that really maybe wasn't strong enough. I find it with that kind of material easier to do because you get so many different options might be the challenges to editing. The conclusion. In the courtroom. You know, there were multiple challenges actually one of them was just to have Ville yards recovery. Modulated to a point where you felt like he was on a collision course with brevity. You know, that it was the alright versus a free democracy. So having that those parallels being portrayed by these two individuals, and I didn't want to be overt about that. It just to be something you feel so he's trying to find the right the right balance for that. And also so there were things that needed to fall away to make that story the make brag sort of unflappable in the courtroom. So that when he gets to the point where Villier testifies that villi ours, the one who takes him down, and that sounds very simple, and basic, but it was trying to do that and still keep it a layered complicated story because he didn't wanna make it sort of very very simple. But at the same time, you wanna have that underlying feeling? Of these two are on a collision course, and because there were many survivors who testified not just Lara and villi are. But that's that's the worst story focuses on. So it was that. And it was keeping sort of the logistics of straight like the insanity. Plea him changing his plea and all that and making it very clear we went back and did some judicious returing of moments to make that a little clearer. I mean policy so smart about story in putting himself in the shoes of the audience, an understanding what they might understand in what they don't. And he's really really smart about that. And I was I was constantly amazed by how read on the money was about his his instincts are always so sharp and so right on about what even if it's a small story beat. It's not working, right? He me he just really understands. And it's it's a real important skill for director. And he's just, you know, incredibly smart, I can't say enough about you know, the collaborating with him is this one of the real joys of my career. Testifies estate on on his performance for quite a long time. What informed your decisions as to Wendy stay on his performance versus when you cut away that particular idea was I mean, there was a time where we consider. It was all it was in the screenwriting stages because I mean, I didn't really even know Paul and he called me, and he was in obviously in London and then called me in the US. And we started talking about the script, you know, like we had been working together for years, and it was a little bit weird. Because I we instantly hit it off and started talking about really deep parts of filmmaking in the script and the story in a way that usually would be something. I would after I've been with a director for a couple of pictures. But there was talk about HR. I read the draft that we ended up actually shooting. He had an idea of maybe doing a lot of the attack sequence in flashbacks, and I felt like. There was a very good reasons for not doing it that way because I felt like you really need the audience really do experience. What that was like. And then have the emotional part of the move. I mean, having this sort of emotionally rooted part of the story the third act, and even the second act be sort of more real and without those flashbacks because it felt like, you know, VR is a real hero with his brother, and you would lose that feeling of seeing him objectively do that as opposed to seeing it in a flashback where you say, look, I was a hero. You know? So and because Paul talked about maybe it would be better in the courtroom. So we're not in the courtroom for so long to do it as flashbacks and break that up, and I and my said, oh my God. That's the thing that I'm looking forward to the most is cutting that courtroom scene and holding on those performances and really being with those actors, and and being with with videos character and feeling all the emotion. He's he's feeling in a real way and not do any kind of editorial tricks where you're. Flashing back and flashing forward. And let and telling the story I mean, it's incredibly successfully done in the accused where you don't see Jodi foster being attack until that courtroom sequence. But I just felt like from the very beginning. I had this idea in my head that that Villiers testimony needed to be in long-held takes to really experience. What that was like. And I'd seen his audition tape. I saw how strong he was and it so I either that was something I plan from before any anything was shot. So he's completely alone. And he's gonna do Russ down placing his I. I survived. And that's usually what you hope yours. We'll take away from this film. I mean, the biggest the biggest thing I hope people take away from this is how important it is that people recognize what's happening around the world, and you know, that with in terms of the alright and the Neo Nazis. I mean, I it's not like right wing or left wing. I mean, everybody has their own point of view, but as people who who sort of promote this sort of violent, you know, nationalist attitude, and where they want to cleanse the country their countries of of any kind of anybody who's different than them. And that's why I think we all worked on the film. I think we're all felt like we were on on for the ride with Paul to to get that message out that this is a big problem in the world right now. And and this is a big problem in this country. It'd be probably in Europe and all over the rest of the world. So you know, we wanted to tell that story and the best way to me to tell a story like that is to do it from the inside out. So. Just like talk about a very preachy sort of like, you know, bang on the table sort of be needs to recognize this is what's happening. But in this particular film, I feel like we tell it through the inside out we tell through Ville yards experience. So I think it's really important to recognize that, and and some hoping that people take, you know, that's what people walk away from the film with and enjoy seeing the film in going through video artists and his family's experience. And and getting can offend emotional hit about that. And and understanding the toll it takes on real people. And then again, like while we are cutting the film, I think it was parked van happened. So then it became you know, sort of thinking about guns and teenagers and what happened in park land. So I feel like on many different levels has allowed to say. But I feel like it says it in a way that's not preachy and doesn't tell you. This is what you should feel. This is how you should think. I think lay allows the audience to come to their own conclusions. But I think it's a pretty strong message. July's now. Available on Netflix. Billy. Thank you so much for coming in and joining us. My pleasure. Thank you.
Sermon on the Mount: Salt & Light
"Welcome welcome back. Welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together. podcast before going into this week's teaching with pastor. Tom We want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us. Live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and Community Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek. Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing. What if you were to walk into work tomorrow but if you were to wake up and look at your spouse tomorrow? Ro the first thing you heard is the world is a better place. Because you're here whenever whenever great this walk into work especially that corker that gets under your skin first thing they say you know what the world is better place nice. Because you're here this workplace is better because you're here. This home is better. Because you're here. Our neighborhood is better because your here. Let me talk to the followers of Christ for just a minute. How about this? The world is a better place. Because YOU'RE A follower of Christ next. The world is a better place because you are a follower of Christ. And what if I told you that. That doc isn't my idea. It's not me saying that although I do believe it's true but actually Jesus made that comment. We're GONNA see that tonight we're GONNA be in Matthew Chapter five once again as we once again. Continue our conversation around the sermon on the mount around the sermon on the mount is a recording of Jesus teaching his first followers because we have it in the Bible Jesus is teaching us how to live life his way so Jesus tells his followers. The world is a better place because you are a follower. You're of Christ. Let me show you how he phrases in Matthew Chapter Five verse thirteen. You are the salt salt of the earth. You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its saltiness how shall it be made salty. It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be trampled underfoot by men for just a few minutes here tonight. I WANNA hang out just in that first sense of this verse. You are the salt of the earth. You are the salt of the earth. Salt Salt was incredibly valuable. When Jesus walked the Earth See we think salt and what is the first thing comes to your mind? We use salt to add. Uh Flavor now saw it was very valuable when Jesus walked the earth and yes it added flavor to food but it was most valuable why right as the preservative. There was no frigid air if there was an animal slaughtered and you wanted to to preserve the meat for more than twenty four hours. You had to use some salt. Salt was incredibly valuable when Jesus walked the earth because because of its preservation. I want to tell you some things that are amazing about salt. And as I'm telling these things about salt. Maybe you already know some of these things I want you to think of those in the context of Jesus telling you as a follower of Christ you are the salt of the earth so check this out so doesn't just make your food taste year. It is actually required for life. You See Sodium helps the body perform a number of basic tasks including maintaining the flu the fluid in blood cells and helping the small intestine absorbed nutrients so get this salt old is essential for life. Salt is essential for life. How about this? We can't make salt and are on bodies you on your own cannot manufacturer salt we as people we have to look elsewhere to fill this need. There's actually actually a condition that can be very very serious if you have a lack of salt in your body. Maybe you have been diagnosed with this or you know someone who has been diagnosed with this. It's it's called Hypo Notre. Anyone ever heard of that hypoglycemia and what it means. Is You lack sufficient salt in in your body and it can be mildly serious all have actually life threatening to have an inadequate amount of salt in your body body can threaten your life now. I know at least one person in this room is thinking you see. I know there's a reason why I've been eating all those Doritos every day. I'm not a doctor but I'm not sure this exactly how it works Mayo. Clinic says says sodium is an electrolyte and it helps regulate the amount of water. That's in and around your cells. When you lack sufficient sodium yourselves began to swell and the swelling can cause many health problems so how about this salt deficiency is dangerous? So Jesus said You oh my followers are the salt of the earth and what we know about actual salt is that when there is a deficiency of salt it is dangerous sodium that comes from salt draws the bacteria causing moisture out of foods. It dries the food and it makes it possible to store meat without refrigeration for a long period of time. We know a lot more about salt now than they did back. Then they knew it was a preservative. Now we know a lot more about why that's true. Sodium UH plays a role in reducing the growth of dangerous pathogens in organisms that spoil products and reduce their shelf life salt combats that which destroys salt combats that which destroys so once again. Jesus says as you are the salt of the earth what we know is true about salt is salt combats that which destroys the world is in a state of decay. The world is in a state of spiritual and moral decay. Isaiah said that there are people who will call what is good. They'll actually call it evil and in the same way they'll look at what's evil and they'll call it good anyone that happening in the world today Jesus said Sin will become rampant and hearts. We'll grow grow cold. There is a perishing in this world. There is a moral and spiritual decay in this world. So you and I we get the concept of if we'd left food out for a period of time it starts to smell rotten and after a few hours at most like day. You just wouldn't eat it unless it's a twinkie. Then you can leave it out for six years and still he didn't taste the same uh twinkies they last for like six or seven years. French fry lasts seven minutes right. So we get the concept of food perishing but in the Bible. There's all these profits. Even Jesus talked about how there is a spiritual and moral perishing there is the decay so if eh if table salt or the salt that comes in the Blue Morton container if that can be used to preserve food salt is the preservative Robert of food. Jesus says you are the salt of the earth. What is the answer for the moral and spiritual Decay in this world you you. The world world is better because you are a follower of Christ the world is better because you are in it. So what is it that makes you the salt of the year. What is it about you is it? Your good looks. Maybe what is it about you that makes you the answer to the moral and spiritual decay in this world so if you open your Bible you're following along in Matthew Chapter Five. We see these paragraph markers where it separates different thoughts but those paragraph markers were originally. Hey there so. They're not divided separate statements. Everything Jesus says in the sermon on the mount flows from what comes before and flows into what would follow after. Jesus has just finished giving what we talked about last week. Anyone here last week. How does he start the sermon on the mount with the beatitudes? So right before Jesus says you are the salt of the earth. He gives us the beatitudes. And it's the qualities of the beatitudes that make you the salt of the Earth. Just a quick recap. The attitudes are challenges to take our relationship hip with God to the next level. If we are living a life pursuing God as Jesus is described in the beatitudes. We listened to what Jesus who says received Jesus as Savior we mourn sin so we see sin for what it is. We don't celebrate sin anymore anymore. We actually see. Since destructive we release control of our life over to God that was specially for the control freaks in the House we pursue what God calls good we show mercy so that means we give good things to people. Even they don't deserve it. We forgive people even though they don't deserve forgiveness we show compassion even though they don't deserve compassion we give them opportunities even though because of what they've done they don't deserve opportunities. We give them attention. We show them mercy. We give them good things that they don't deserve the beatitudes. It's captured this idea of doing what's right for the right reasons. We lead others to make peace with God by sharing the hope that we have with Jesus with with the hope we have in Jesus Christ with those who are spiritually lost in the last challenge of the beatitudes. Jesus says you grow closer to God. You are blessed act when you are willing to suffer for the advancement of the kingdom when you are living live. God's way and as a result people mock you as a result they spit at you as a result they hate you they st- they tell lies about you. They harm you. Maybe even take your life okay. So we we pursue in pursuit of living life the way that Jesus told us to live life these challenges in the beatitudes. That's what makes us the salt of the Earth. The world is a better place because you bring the beatitudes into the situation. This is so cool. I love this message tonight. God's Word is so good I want want to show you something in the Old Testament where this example of salt is brought up. It's a miracle involves the prophet ally Shah. There was Elijah Elijah and Elisha. We're GONNA be in second kings chapter two for just a second if you WANNA flip all the way back to the Old Testament as you're turning there to A second kings chapter two and I know some of you may need the table of contents. That's totally fine. No judgment here. Second Kings chapter to this may be a new story for you tonight tonight. We're going to look at. It would have been very familiar to Jesus audience. Jesus audience there in the sermon on the mount where people that were Jewish and was part of a Jewish upbringing. That you knew the stories you knew the law you knew what was in what we now. Call the Old Testament. So Jesus his audience on that day. When he delivered the sermon on the mount he would have been familiar? What we're GONNA familiar with what we're going to look at in second kings chapter? Two Uber Says One Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty one day. The leaders of the town of Jericho visited Elisha. We have a problem my Lord. They told him. The town is located in pleasant surroundings as you can see pause there on the outward appearance everything looks good. It looks good on the outside but the water is bad and the land is unproductive. So here's how Elisha Response Elisha said bring me a new ball with salt in it so they brought it to him so everything on the outside is this appearance of being good and you know this you can be good on the outside but garbage on the inside right. We know that water is essential to sustain life and here in Jericho. The water is bad and they can't get anything to grow. The land is unproductive so the way things are right now it cannot sustain life. Watch what happens. Elisha he calls for salt verse the next verse here. I twenty one then. He went out to the spring that supplied the town down with water and through the salt into it and he said this is what the Lord says I have purified graphite this water it will no longer cause death or infertility and the water has remained pure ever since just breath and Elisha said salt ended. What brought on death? The water had been the cause of death and it was so bad that there was no possibility of new life it was causing infertility but then salt it comes into the equation and it no longer causes death. The water that had been causing infertility preventing new life salt reverses that and now the door is open for new life life. Are you with me tonight. Are you seeing how powerful the example is when Jesus said you are. The salt of the Earth Saul brought purity where there had been pollution so brought purity where there had been pollution back to Matthew Chapter. Five verse thirteen. You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses it's saltiness how shall it be made salty. It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men Dan. What's so good about this? This comes very early in Jesus Ministry so the people who came to Jesus they were still still trying to figure out who he is what he was all about but right away he says you are the salt of the earth not once you've been a Christian for ten years then you'll be the salt of the earth. Not After you've read the Bible cover to cover three times through not after you've been to the college you are the salt of the Earth if your life has been transformed by Christ if you have surrendered your life to Christ right away you start becoming the salt of the earth breath. That's good and then Jesus lays out this warning if the salt loses its saltiness. So we're GONNA talk about salt like preserving food or preserving meat if salt lost its ability to preserve the meat. How shall be made salting if it's ineffective how can you make it effective again? It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men and so we were put some other words in there to help us understand what this means. We might say something like you are followers of Christ equipped to bring purity to away spiritually morally polluted world but if Christians lose their passion pursuit of what is good. Lose their effectiveness. How shall the world-beater made better? Because you are salt. The world is a better place because you are salt. Your workplace is a better place because you are salt. Your home is a better place. Your neighborhood neighborhood is a better place you walk into the coffee shop because you're salt. You're coming into that place. It's a better place the qualities that make you. The salt of the Earth are not for your private life there for your public life. Maybe we should say there for your private life and your public life because Jesus goes on to say this in Matthew Chapter Five versus fourteen through sixteen you are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under under a basket but on a candlestick and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men and that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven. There are other times in recorded in the Bible word. Jesus actually tells us that there are things that should be done secretly. What are some things that Jesus said should be done in secret prayer? You're fasting and she talks about that in the sermon. On the mount there are things in life. There are things in your in your spiritual walk that are intended for your private but life but he says the qualities that make you the salt of the Earth it is for your public life. It should be so noticeable that people see your good works as a result they give glory to you. They give glory to your father who is in heaven if you're with us in service this last Sunday morning in the eight o'clock service on Sunday near the end of the service. There was a prophetic word from God. Our services here we are open to the move of the Holy Spirit. God as he instructs us that we're our services are to have order and were to be prepared but we also open open for the move of the Holy Spirit and this woman I service. She received a word from Lord and she made this statement. This prophetic statement. That has just can't get out of my mind as part of this word from the Lord she said God did not intend for us to blend in. God did not intend for us to blend. In a few weeks ago we had missionaries here with us on a Sunday night and anytime we have missionaries. I encourage you to come and listen to them. Speak Missionary Wendy Osborne the Osbourne family. They're not that Osbourne family. The Missionary Osbourne Family Wendy and Jeremy and their kids. They live in Odessa. Ukraine which is a city on the coast and as part of her message. SOGETI showed a picture of a lighthouse and she made the statement about a lighthouse and I never quite hurt her to put this way she. She said on a sunny day but lighthouse is useless on a Sunny Day the lighthouses useless in fact the way that the lighthouse is positioned on the harbour. There in Odessa. It actually is an obstacle it gets in the way if it were sunny. All the time never never foggy never dark it would be better for the lighthouse not to be their see. The light is most effective in the dark for the spiritually lost. If we're Christians who spend all of our time exclusively with with other Christians we can be like a lighthouse at noon on a sunny day. I want you to hear me on this. Yes the Bible will says that we should not neglect meeting together. Yes the Bible encourages followers of Christ to build one another up and yes. The Bible encourages believers that we need to hold each other accountable other believers so it's not either or it's both and in addition to the benefit that we gained from gathering during together in settings like this. Jesus tells us that we need to take the light to dark places. Do you see the places where you are each day as dark places. Do you see them as dark places. God did not call us to blend in to live as undercover Christians. All right. I'm going to work today day. I just need to do my best to blend in. No one needs to know. I'm a Christian. Now some of you are so Christian that you couldn't hold it in if you tried. I just pours out of wherever you go. Anyone remember member of the condition that we the word for the condition of low sodium in your body hype on the Trivia almost done. It is highly likely that you are in places every day that have spiritual hypo Nutri Mia. There is a lack of salt. There is a craving for salt. There is dangerously low level of salt. So what is the answer. Who is the answer you are? God has placed you there on purpose and for a purpose. Now if I you're if I were to just randomly meet you and call you a salty person. That's me people well said to me. That's usually not a compliment. It means what if if I call you a salty person and you don't have any context what I'm saying it means what you're bitter you're angry. You're short maybe something that you don't like happen to you and it's impacted your mood food. Maybe whatever happened to you happened ten years ago and you're still bitter about it. Stop being salty so as the wrap up today I want to encourage you to be salty people but not that kind of salty like Jesus Jesus Salty people your salt shakers. You walk into where you work man. This place needs some salt. I'm not going to be a salt shaker in disguise. This place needs some salt. You're with your family and there's a bunch of people there who don't yeah. No Jesus I'm going to be a salt Shaker today. You're in your neighborhood. Maybe you know in your neighborhood who the other followers of Christ Dr. Maybe you know homes in your neighborhood where people that don't have a relationship with Jesus. You're the Salt Shaker for your neighborhood. You're the Salt Shaker for your neighborhood. We face a choice. Are we going to be the salt Shaker in disguise or are we going to actively seek opportunities to be the salt out of the earth last thing so some of us maybe sitting here tonight. And you're thinking I'm not a follower of Christ and actually if you're honest you might be saying I actually not contributing to the improvement of the world how I've been living. My Life is actually contributing more to the pollution than to the purification. And you're here tonight and I don't know why he came or someone invited you and you're not still figuring this out. The first step is we've already said tonight is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you can do that here tonight. A few weeks ago as we wrapped up someone stopped me at the door and said Tom Could you help me become a Christian tonight. Could you help me in my life to Christ next man. That was a great night for that person and it was an honor for me if you want to give your life to Christ if there's that tug on your heart tonight don't wait another author moment. Make that decision right now. Make that decision right now and you leave if you make that decision right now how you leave this place as the salt of the Earth you leave this place as would Jesus called the salt of the here. If you WANNA make that decision it simply means telling your heavenly father. I acknowledge the way that I've lived has separated me from view and from other people my thoughts my words my actions. They've they've heard others. They've hurt me and her relationship with father. So you're gonNa tell God tonight I receive your son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I commit my life to Christ and from this this point on. I'm going to allow Jesus to lead me. I declare Jesus as the savior of my sins realizing that I could never do it on my own father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ tonight father. We are so thankful that your son. Jesus Christ in the sermon on the Mount. He told told us that we are the salt of the earth. We are people who are essential to the function of this world world. We are people who bring life into the environments that we enter into. We are people who you drive out that which pollutes that. which corrupts morally and spiritually father? I am so thankful for those in this room. Who Each and every day save father? Show me how to be salt in the environments that I enter into father. You also know the people who are here tonight and they said they. They are a follower of Christ but they get nervous they they are afraid father to let their lights shine. Your word tells us over and over again. Fear Ear. Not I pray Lord that we would be community. Bold Christians Not Obnoxious Christians Bold Christians with a humble piece about ourselves that we are so in love with you that it spills out into the places where we where we occupy every day. Our homes is our workplaces our schools our neighborhoods. Show US father where you want us to shake the salt show US father other and may we have the courage to be obedient and five of the. You know the one who's here tonight. WHO's making a decision right now to choose? Jesus Christ iced as their savior. I thank you in advance for that decision in this place of worship. Tonight I pray over these discussion questions this discussion question I pray over the discussions that are about to happen asking Lord that we would find encouragement through the conversations. We turn ourselves over to you. Father asking US asking you to use us in new and powerful ways in Jesus name we pray Amen. Amen God bless you see on Sunday thank thank you so much for being with us for the life of their podcast this week. It's even better when we get to see you. In Person. Life is best living community. You're invited to join us on Wednesday evening leaving here at Oak Creek Assembly of God. We are church that exist to reach our world for Christ as we lead people just like you to discover and become who God created you to be find in this online at A._G.. Dot Org slash.
"Welcome welcome back. Welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together podcast. Before we get into this week's teaching with Pastor Tom we want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us. Live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and Community Ali Assembly of God here in Oak Creek Wisconsin. We pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing. So here's what we all can agree this week. Life is disrupted. Doesn't that FIT DISRUPTED? You went to work and now you work from home. The kids went to school. And now you yourself. As a homeschool teacher you went out to eat on Fridays. And now it's takeout. Only all the time you went to movies you had season tickets. You came to church and now by law. Were not allowed to be in gatherings of more than ten people here a few days ago it was by suggestion and now it's thou shall not have mass gatherings with mass gatherings being defined as ten or more in the cause of all this is is this corona virus. This highly contagious super flew the experts. Tell us that it is more severe than the regular flu that it's more deadly than the than the regular flu that we go through each and every year our prayers. We start tonight. Is that these drastic measures that have been in place by the authorities are prayer. Is that these. Drastic measures will have the intended outcome. The intended results. That as a result of social distancing as a result of workplace shutdowns as a result of school closures and all the rest are prayer that we would experience the intended result. That would come from all these measures that the advancement of this pandemic will cease and as people have been saying that the curve will flatten at the curve will actually flat lime. So let's just pray for that right now father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ father. There are people in our community people in our state and our nation and around the world who have been diagnosed with this terrible corona virus. Father we thank you that you are the healer we thank you for the healing that comes through the blood that was shed by. Jesus Christ at Calvary Father We pray Lord that those who who have been diagnosed with experience your healing touch right now be with them be with their caregivers and the with the medical professionals father for everyone else. That is kind of on the outside of this right now the outer ring and the greatest impact for for us we would say has been the great disruption father. We pray that these measures that have been put in place by local state federal authorities. We pray that these measures would produce the intended results that this pandemic would cease immediately and that the curve would flat line we asked this and the name of Jesus Christ trusting father that you are the one who is in control. Thank you that you are in control. We asked us all in Jesus name. Amen Amen Hey thanks so much for praying with me along with me right where you are tonight as you're leaving prayer requests and praise reports in the comment section. I also invite you to share where you're watching. How you're watching anything else that you'd like for the community to know so like I said there. There are people who have been impacted directly by this corona virus outbreak. They've been diagnosed someone they care about has been diagnosed They are the caregiver. Maybe your direct impact is that you're in the medical profession and then outside of that there are those of us who are on the outer circle and and no matter where we are. Our life has been disrupted if you hear one thing from me in this Bible study. It's it's this God uses disruption to get our attention God uses disruption to get our attention in my goal for you. My goal for us is that God will receive a greater measure of our attention as a direct result of this disruption God will have a greater measure of our attention and that we will increase our time pursuing him. I want to show you how God desires for us to respond when we have a disruption on a show you how God desires for us to respond when life as we know it is halted turned upside down or takes a dramatic twist slump ask you this question first of all if you would say tonight that you are in curious about following Christ but if you're honest you'd say that you don't really have a relationship with Christ maybe you haven't recognized even your need for God or you would say that that's outdated. Let me ask you this question. What would it take for God to get your attention? Maybe tonight you've found this Bible study and you're saying I'm not even sure there is a god. Well let me ask it to you this way. Then if there is a God what would it take for him to get your attention and for those of US Tonight? Who would say that? We are followers of. Christ what would it take for your heavenly father to receive more of your attention in this present circumstance the follow up question is this enough is this present disruption that we're all living through. Is this enough for God to get your attention in the first place or for God to receive a greater measure of your attention. We're GONNA be in second chronicles chapter seven tonight. Second Chronicles Chapter Seven. This is in the Old Testament. I invite you to turn with me there right now. Second Chronicles Chapter Seven. And we're going to get to this in just a second. I A little bit of background before we look at SM- actual versus tonight where second chronicles chapter? Seven comes on the pages of history. We're going to see a message that God gives to King. Solomon now. This happens about a thousand years before Christ about a thousand years before Jesus is born in the manger lives into adulthood has three years of of earthly ministry. Jesus dies on the Cross. Three days later he is resurrected about a thousand years before that Solomon King Salman comes on the pages of history during a time of peace and prosperity Solomon receives a warning from God during a time of peace and prosperity solid receives a warning from and you and I we already know this. It can be difficult for us to pay attention to warnings. During seasons of peace and prosperity things are going well and those of us who are followers of Chrysler might say that when things were going so well for us financially in relationships that we may have actually straight from God because we start to think that we don't need him any more because things are going so well. It can be difficult for us to hear warnings during times of peace and prosperity. God speaks to Solomon. The Bible tells us that God appeared to Solomon by night in some way. The picture that we have here is that Solomon had audio and visual. God made his presence known to Solomon Visibly and Solomon heard this message. What a privilege to be one who hears an audible message from God? So let's just start here in second. Chronicles Chapter Seven verse thirteen. Second Chronicles Chapter Seven verse. Thirteen when I shut up the heaven and there is no rain or when I command the locusts to devour the land or send pestilence on my people when I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain or command the locust to devour the land or send pestilence among my people now pestilence. That is not a word we would use often. But when I give you the definition of pestilence. I believe that you are going to quickly identify with this word. Pestilence is a contagious or infectious epidemic. Disease that is rapid severe destructive and devastating. So you may be asking the question. Why is God allowing this corona virus? If God is in charge of he is on the throne if he never takes a day off if he never takes a second off. Why would he allow this Corona Virus? And is it possible? Is it possible that God is not just allowing this corona virus but that he's actually behind the corona virus cities actually causing this this global pandemic? Tonight we don't know if this pandemic has a specific spiritual cause and we could become exhausted arguing back and forth about that ultimately that's it's not really productive what we do see described in this message from God to Solomon and what we see happening in our world right now is that there are events that are beyond our control that are disrupting our daily life. There are events beyond our control that are disrupting our daily life. In Solomon's Day God speaking to people very much plugged into farming and crop cycles and so we can see how no rain means. Few are no plants. No FOOD NO WATER FOR THE ANIMALS. So the livestock would also suffer. And there's all these these dominoes God uses disruption to get our attention what we're experiencing right now on a global scale. Maybe you have experienced on a personal scale. There was an event in your life that you would describe as a seismic disruption all that you were worried about suddenly. Wasn't all that important anymore. It could be that you realize that you were pouring too much time and energy in and attention into efforts that in the big picture. We're really not that big of a deal after all and you may be a follower of Christ because of a disruption in your life there was a shaking in all the thought was stable and would never change and what you thought would never change all of a sudden it did change and your search for answers friend prayed for you. You accepted an invitation to church. You went through your home and you found that Bible that you had an open for for decades or you started doing some searching online you you listen to a podcast or heard something on the radio whatever it was that in your time of disruption you pursued. God and in that time your testimony would be that you found Christ as a result of your disruption so we can use our energy to be angry with the disruption or we can take action we can use our energy to be angry with the disruption or you and I we can take action the disruptions they are often impart or in total out of our control. God says there will be disruptions. They may be personal. They may be local or as experiencing right now. These disruptions may be global. You can't do anything about the disruption on the global scale. I mean sure we can do our our social distancing we can follow all these measures that are supposed to keep us away from each other. We can wash hands all the time. Some of you are saying. I've watched my hands more times today than the rest of my life combined. So there are. We can do things like that. But on a grand scale it feels like or it's true that We can't do much about the global disruption in fact if you take it all the way to a personal level you might say that you experienced a disruption as a direct result of something that you did and you can't go back and undo it so now you're living in it even if if you caused it you can't go back and undo it but here whether it's global local or personal when there's a disruption here's what you can do look at verse fourteen if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I your father in heaven will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. God gives us some specific action steps. Here humble yourself pray see. God's face turn from wicked ways God says as a result I will hear from Heaven I will forgive sin. I will heal their land and we need healing tonight. Let's break these down humble yourself. The opposite of humility is pride pride. Says I can do this all on my own. I'm in control. Humility is saying out loud. God I'm not in control. Urine control father the path to restoration. It flows through you to pray. God wants you to pursue him by talking to him. Thank him for this day of life. Thank him for the roof of your over your head. Thank him that your Pantry is full. Thank him for the two thousand rolls of Toilet Paper. That are now filling your living room tug. What's on your heart? Ask Your heavenly father. The questions that you're wrestling with God can take your tough questions. Ask Him your tough questions. And then seek his face seek his face a great way to seek the face of God is by reading his word. Maybe you've thought if I had more time if we didn't have the kids practices and lessons if I didn't have so many meetings if we didn't have all these commitments with friends if I volunteer hours were less if if if if if then I would have more time for God or maybe you've pointed to those things. The practices the lessons the meetings volunteer hours. You've pointed to those things and said I can't give more time to my relationship with God because of all this business but if that were ever to be taken away then I would have more time for God. Well now many of us would say that. All those things for a season have been taken away. So is God getting that extra attention. The you convinced yourself. He would get if you had more time. Now that you do have more time. Perhaps what you found is that you are finding other ways to fill that time. Can anyone say Netflix Binge Disney plus binge? Maybe if you're honest tonight you would say that you've found even with everything on pause. You have still not given God any more time than he had before. All of this came down even with extra time maybe even especially with extra time. We have to still be intentional about praying our conversations with God and reading the word opening the Bible. Something else God calls on us to do is to turn from our wicked ways God can use a disruption to help us understand the consequence of acting against him and against his ways. Maybe during this period of time as you've had more space to think and reflect you realize what's been happening in your life what you've been doing. That's been destructive to you destructive to your relationships and destructive in your relationship with your heavenly father and you know you know that it is time to turn to God and this may be a first time commitment for you or a recommitment for you. You need to declare your faith in Jesus Christ and establish new relationship with your heavenly father and the good news is you. Don't have to go to a church or to a temple or shrine or to a priest to make that happen. You can make that first time commitment or re commitment to Jesus Christ right where you are right there in your living room. Maybe you've got this being fed through the Bluetooth in your car right now. What you need to do is begin to have that conversation with your heavenly father in in your own words. Say Father I come to you in the name of Jesus. Christ I recognize that my sin. It separates me from you and father. I see that my sin is damaged my relationship with other people. It has hindered my own life and I also see father that it has hurt my relationship with you so tonight right now I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I declare Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life. I commit my life to Christ and right. Now Tell Your heavenly father that you are committed to living the rest of your life in pursuit of Christ desiring team or like Jesus Christ tomorrow than you are today. We had our gathering in here last Wednesday and now that seems so long ago given everything that's happened in our daily life. I can tell you that as of Friday morning we plan to open the doors for our weekend activities as plan. We had a women's conference Friday evening and Saturday morning Sunday morning worship services Sunday evening we had deep clean the whole building with our building team. They even brought in a contract janitorial service to help with that deep cleaning and then throughout the day on Friday we got these additional advisories from the authorities. We had conversations with church partners in our region as a leadership team we prayed and we reached the conclusion really thought there were no other options but to move to online only and we had to at the last minute. Call off this women's conference that had been in the works in the planning for for many many months the theme for the Women's Conference that we cancel at the last minute. The theme that they had decided on a long time ago is so relevant. The theme for this year's revive women's conference was pause. Rest reset pause rest reset for many of us. This disruption is a chance to do just that pause rest reset use this disruption to pause rest and reset. Some of. You are panicking right now. Maybe it's not out loud but it's on the inside you're panicking you're worried there's been a scaled-back in the business. Maybe there's Ben or there have been conversations about furloughs layoffs. Here's what I want to hear. The God who has been faithful in the past is still in charge the same loving heavenly father who has seen you through difficult times before he is still in charge. Remember we said as a result of this disruption may God receive a greater measure of our attention and may we increase our time pursuing him. So let me ask you a couple of questions. I want all of you to answer these questions. Maybe it's just for you. You'RE GONNA write down your answers or maybe as an encouragement to others. You like to leave your answers to these two questions in the comment section below the first question. This is really the most important one in this new normal. When is your personal time in the word and your personal time having conversation with God? When is that going to happen? What time of day is that going to happen? Each and every day here time in prayer your time of personal devotion. What time of Day does that happen? And then the second question is this. What additional time do you have for that Bible? Study that you've been putting off now before all that time gets filled with other stuff. Let's determine right now that God will receive an increased measure of our time that we will pursue him in greater measure during this time of disruption. Let's be people who prey. Let's be people who humble ourselves? Let's seek the face of our heavenly father. Let's thank him for the healing work that he's already doing and let's thank him in advance for the healing work that our heavenly father is going to do in our neighborhood in our community in our state in this nation and in this world we received some prayer emphasis points from the assemblies of God this group of Churches this fellowship of Churches at we're a part of I'm GonNa pray through these emphasis points right now as we join with churches around the world then in the comments section I will go ahead and post a link to these emphases so that you can continue to pray these on your own. Father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. It may sound strange but we thank you for this disruption. We thank you for this time to pause rest and reset father. We thank you that your name is a strong tower where the righteous run to you and are safe father. We pray for those who are in authority right now. We pray for those who are are working around the clock for our protection we pray for the scientists who are working on the vaccine father. Give them your supernatural wisdom father give them your discernment help them to see the situation that you see the situation. We pray for our first responders those who are working in hospitals and clinics and emergency rooms. Father May Your Protection. Surround them so that they remain healthy so that they can serve those who come in for treatment. Father Grant Wisdom to government leaders throughout the world both a national and local levels. Father they are making decisions under pressure. There's one side who's saying you should've done more. You should be doing more their other side. There's another side that saying you're overreacting. May you cut through the noise? Father above all the noise father made these leaders. Hear Your Voice. And may they act upon the wisdom that you give them father? We lift up those who have already become sick. Father we ask for your healing touch to cover them. He'll those who have been diagnosed with corona virus in the name of Jesus. Christ we also think of those who are in. The vulnerable populations those with underlying conditions. Those who are elderly father protect them protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus be there had jeff protection father. We ask that you would take away any fear anxiety feelings of isolation from those who are under treatment those who are under quarantine protect their families and friends. We pray for those who have been impacted financially by this interruption father. We are so thankful that we get to know you as provider father. May they see your supernatural provision in the way that you keep a roof over their head in a way that you keep food on their table we pray that those of us who are people of faith that we won't just endure that we won't just make through this but we actually will grow in every way that will grow spiritually that we will have new opportunities to lift up the name of Jesus? We remember that you are great and father that nothing is too difficult for you. We pray for a spirit of peace we pray for an uprising of hope to sweep across our country and around this world that we who are called by your name will live out our faith in the midst of this crisis. Father were thankful that you did not give us a spirit of fear but of power love and sound mind. We say thank you. You are our source of hope. Bless each one father protect them and keep them in. Jesus name we pray and right where you are agree with me and say Amen. Thank you so much for being with us with a lifetime of their podcast this week. It's even better when we get to see you. In Person. Life is best lived in community. You're invited to join us on Wednesday evening here at Oak Assembly of God we are Church that exist to reach our world for Christ as we lead people just like you to discover and become who God created you to be a scientist online at Oak. Ag Dot Org slash slash.
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Fit
"Everyone Ben Bullen here host of stuff. They don't want you to know. In ridiculous history as a podcast does I am constantly reading and researching for upcoming episodes, but even I need occasional break so when I feel like I need some kind of mental pallet cleanser might go choo refresher is the mobile puzzle game best fiends? That's fiends, not friends. Best scenes is a puzzle game. You can play right on your phone. It's pretty cool because you go through all these levels solving challenging puzzles that actually engage your brain, but it's a casual game that anyone can play and it's actually Super Fun, the great thing about. About it is that it doesn't take much of your time, but it's great because it fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to play, so it's cool for when you don't have a connection. 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I'm an executive producer with iheartradio and a love. All Things Tech. It's time for another classic episode. This one is titled. Tech stuff gets fit all about activity trackers. Back then, I think I was just starting to use them and this episode originally published on May. Twentieth two thousand thirteen enjoy. We WanNa talk about what these devices are what they do how they do it, and whether or not they're actually effective. If you want to do something like, lose weight or get fit, I yeah, just not that. Many people are interested in that kind of thing we know. Yeah, there's like maybe two right okay, so the last few times I've gone to see I have noticed really. It was I think it was two years ago. where the it was dramatically apparent that fitness tracking and activity tracking is a real thing. I mean it's. It's huge huge booming industry. As as between circuitry. Getting smaller in and. Thinking technology improving and the software improving, and all of these things have been coming together to create these smaller sleeker you know better devices can really help people out things. Medically things like interoperability to where it can interact with computers or smartphones. Not every device does that. Let's be clear about that. There are alive devices out there. That have kind of a limited use. Maybe they just think with a computer. Maybe it's just a standalone device, but a lot of them do think up with more than one device. You could do it with a smartphone application or or a computer other things as well and they'll let you they'll let you port port. Whatever data record in two different APPS so that if for example you're into this kind of thing, and you have a favorite app you can. You can use that one to crunch your numbers rather than whatever other proprietary thing they have created right right so this gives you a chance to to really keep a good luck getting really good. Look at how much activity you are you. You have throughout a given amount of time like a week or a day, so you might say all right I. I want to set a goal for myself and this device will help me measure up against that goal and decide you know, am I? Am I meeting my goal. Do I need to to crank up the activity? Do I need to? Maybe you know, do a a three mile in the morning to hit what my goals are. Do I need to? Scale back or For trainers, my running my heart rate too hard. Yeah, yeah, so. It? All depends on what device you have whether or not you can actually do these things because. Not, every device does everything. In fact Depending upon what you want, that's to really guide your choices when it comes to picking an activity tracker. If you're interested in something like that absolutely and there's there's a lot of really terrific reviews out there on the Internet I will mention a at least one good site to go to later on in the podcast. Yeah, there's I came across lots and lots of. Of them, and it's interesting, too, because you can see where the different preferences come into play, because one reviewer might say well, you know x is the best activity tracker because it does things this way and someone else's say no, no, no, why is the tracker? Because it does things in this other way, and it's just because it appeals to that particular person. And very personal choice right so So that's one thing you can. You can walk away with right now is that we're not going to the end of this podcast? It's not like we're going to say. The best activity tracker is Blah Blah Blah. Because it all depends on what you want to get out of it. Now, frankly I think if you are looking at one of these things, the thing you really want to get out of it is is making sure that you are living a healthy lifestyle right and most of the ones that are on the market right now will help you do that depending on how you use it, it's it's not a magic device that automatically turns you into a fit pro athlete to right now. No, you have to. You have to have your own personal sense of motivation about exercising I. Probably obtaining fitness tracker is going to be one of the steps that you're you know carrying out in this motivation. And studied studies have shown that. The just mindfulness about this kind of thing can really help you out from. Lots lots of different corners of health and fitness, when when you are given the power to track your own data, and to kind of take it into your own hands like that, maybe game affi- at a tiny measure. Yeah, you it. It really helps out right. There's a an expert. Her name's Deana Bravada I'm sure you ran across her name several times as well because it's all over the place in the research on activity tracking and she has said that. There there is a bit of a bias that's president with activity trackers in the sense of the people who are interested in them She says that here's a quote. Often those kind of programs have been criticized because they attract people who are already physically active in general, there are two categories of people who use these trackers, those who are told to wear them by doctor because of an underlying health problem, and those who are really active and just get a kick out of knowing their data now. Now none of that is a smack against these activity trackers, and whether or not they are effective in what they do. She is simply saying that this is the person side of that equation, not the technology side of that equation, so let's assume that. At least some of you guys out there. Listening are very much interested in this kind of stuff, and you are either interested in just knowing how they work in general, or you're actually thinking. Hey I would kinda like to look into one of these. How do they track activity? What exactly is being tracked? And what other features might be interested in if I want to get one of these things myself? So I, thought we'd talk a little bit about some of the basic technologies. That you find inside some of these trackers right because these these little bitty watch sized. Bracelets sized or clips clips. You know you have very very small devices. These days can hack compact. A lot of tracking devices into them. The sensors that are available now really boggles the mind, and like we said there is a device out there. That has every single version of what we're about to talk about. I have not seen one yeah. Many of them have several. Some of them only have one or two some and it may be that the way that they're package is very attractive, but they but from a technological point of view they are comparatively simple, but I think one very basic technology. We can talk about that you can find, and in fact, some people argue that this is really all you need if you just want. Want to track. Some basic activity is a pedometer right and these have been mechanical pedometers I believe have been around since the nineteen sixties and they hypothetically I. This is this is tenuous tenuous reportage, but but some people say that the Davinci or Thomas Jefferson came up with the idea many many moons ago. That's a pretty big spread in years. If I know my history, but yeah and and. I do but yeah pedometer today. takes a pretty basic form. Usually you have some sort of display. That's going to tell you how many steps you have taken. That's one dominant does. It's supposed to measure how many steps you take, so how do that? It's essentially counting the number of times. Your foot makes impact with the ground, and really that means it's just measuring various shaking of your. Your body so if you are in a car and you're on a particularly bumpy road, it's going to start registering that as footsteps if it's particularly bumpy, or or if you hold it in your hand, and sway your arm back and forth, you would totally fooled the device right now. That I know that from prior get fit corporate programs that I have cheated a tiny bit on right. You're not benefiting anyone at that point. Let's. Let's stop the cheating. He'd Lauren. Aren't you the team captain of our own? Departmental? Cheating demonstrating people how the device worked and I was accused of using that as a way of losing your numbers, yeah. All right team captain now I've learned a little more about you so anyway. What's what's going on? Here is inside the pedometer. You have a system that essentially forms switch all right you've got you've got a wait. And when that weight moves, it can make a connection that. Closes a switch and counts as a step, and then it moves away that an hits it again. That counts is another step so every time this weight disconnects and then reconnects with contact. A step is registered and. You know it used to be that. These were pretty big mechanical things where you had a weight suspended on like a spring. Or Pendulum or a small ball that could roll back and forth across a tiny track right now we're talking about things that are on the micro structure level, but it's still this basic mechanical motion of making a contact breaking contact, and that every time you break is what counts is stepped up. Yeah, so. It's still still the same mechanical approach. It's just now. It's much much much much smaller than what it used to be back in the sixties or Earlier if we are to believe that some of our genius ancestors came up with this idea, it's probably Tesla. Yeah. Always ends up being Tesla, although his probably would also bring down an airplane so anyway, the the old pedometers. If you were to actually pick up, shake it. You might hear a clicking noise, and that's the little switch. That's inside it again. It might be that little ball if it's using that particular kind of technology, the the newer ones again are shut base. They don't have those little. They don't have large enough to make that kind of clicking noise unless you've been shaking it way too hard. In which case something is probably loose and it may not be working at all anymore. But anyway, that's your very basic pedometer, so it's not terribly accurate in the sense that it can't. It can't distinguish between different kinds of impact and say oh well, that was definitely a step, versus that was just a bump, right? But. They are getting a little bit more technologically advanced in that originally, you had to use the counter and combine that with a calculation of how long each of your steps were in order to calculate distance these days. They can do that for you. Onboard computers sure oh slow instead of saying like Oh my stride. Is this many inches long? Therefore, this many steps in having to do a little bit of math right? Yeah, by the way I said inches I would say miles because I live in America and that's what we do, but centimeters meters. That kind of thing. It, would it? Does the math depending on on what scale you're using? The more advanced version of this sort of approach is the accelerometer right now I'm accelerometer is different. It's not got a little switch. That's just a registering A. One off. Yeah, it's not just like that was a shake. It's actually detecting changes in velocity. Now Velocity is speed plus direction. So if you alter that velocity, then you are talking about an accelerating force, so for example when you start when you start from a standstill, and you start moving into a run. That's accelerating accelerating into a run now once you hit top speed. You're no longer. Accelerating may maintaining a speed, but exceleron. Meant to? Detect, these changes in velocity and you've got two basic categories of accelerometers there many types of accelerometers, but they fall into two basic categories. There's static accelerometers now. These measure a static. Form of acceleration for instance, gravity gravity is static. It's not changing when you are on the surface of the earth, it's going to remain the same and so. You might wonder. Why would you need a Stag accelerometer? It's so that you can determine the rotation of device in respect to the surface of the earth very important for something like a smartphone where you holding on you. Move it from portrait landscape. The static accelerator is what tells it. Oh, the the the attitude of this phone has changed not that you're giving off attitude necessarily you might be. I usually am yeah. This is fair, but rather the position in relative to the surface of the earth. So if you were to turn it into the landscape mode, the screen would would change to reflect that. That's I. Stack. ACCELEROMETER is useful for dynamic accelerometers. They measure changes in motion of the accelerometer itself, so the accelerometers part of the larger device, so this is to measure the changes in acceleration of that device, not in respect to the ground, but just within that device itself so. You might have both types in fitness tracker if the fitness tracker has some sort of screen that will rotate depending upon how you're holding your arm. Let's say it's a it's a screen that's on a wristband or something like a watch. Then it might have a stack accelerometer Anna dynamic one. The dynamic one would be more useful for it to detect changes in velocity Indus- translate that into motion. The user is moving around, and that means that the user is burning calories and is There's there's activity going on. So that's part of the data that this device will gather and analyse to translate that into this is what your body is doing right right and we should. We should add at this point that that a lot of the actual output of data that these devices are giving you is not is not the actual data that these sensors are taking in a lot of it is. Really Fancy Algorithms and thank you to Peter on facebook for writing and telling me that I totally say that wrong. Sometimes because I do you know it's? It's approximating more complex technology or it's. Gathering together a bunch of these little tiny numbers, and figuring out something useful that I can tell you in return exactly taking this raw data and making it meaningful to us, because otherwise we really wasn't accelerometer would tell you is how much voltage it was generating, which doesn't help us at all, but doesn't. That's not meaningful to. At least it's not able to me and I suspect not to. Lauren a some of you electrons there might no. I totally get it, but rest of us are thinking. No, we need this translated into something that makes sense like how many calories I burn are how many steps did I take? Or how far did I go? So that's that's. The basic. Two kinds of accelerometers, the the types underneath those are how they detect these changes in velocity. And there's a lot. There capacity of ones there's electric. There's Piso resisted. There's magneto resisted. There's heat transfer. Lots of different types are some that use light, but the one that I think the type that's used the most electron as far as I can tell. His, the capacity type, and so you might wonder. How is this work? You've got some micro structures within a chip all right? One of them is You've got a housing which is mounted directly to whatever the devices on a substrate so this housing will move in. The same way that the device itself moves, it's it's dependent upon that. then. You've got a little micro structure inside of it. That can move freely. In respect to the housing, so if you were to shake the device, the micro structure would lag a little bit and then pick up that motion just as if you had a spring with the ball on the end, and you started moving the top of the spring, and then the ball would start to move its this whole moment and thing that's coming up you've also got these other little bitty structures, these micro structures inside this this tiny little chip and I'm talking about teeny tiny we're. We're talking on the level of microns rate right? Yeah, these these are called micro electromechanical system. Yeah, they're so small that you have to have an automated system to etch them onto chips because there's no human with the precision. Necessary to make these things so super tiny, but as the micro structure moves, it starts to move between these plates that have capacities that changes the capacity that causes current to flow and measuring the current tells you how much this device is moving and a putting these chips in different arrangements within a device you can track different types of movement, because you can only detect movement along one axis with a with a very simple accelerometer. That means that you can detect movement along one line of one vector. Really you can anything beyond. That wouldn't detect so let's say left right versus up down. If you had three of these accelerometers or to to access accelerometers that we're at right angles to one another, you can then detect things like on the x axis, the Y axis and the Z axis, three Exceleron, or what we call those and. Those are the popular ones in all of the new devices coming out. And it's also the kind of stuff you find in things like video game controllers right, and it's you know some of you here about six axis, which is really just getting more specifically Mr Precise. And so this will detect those changes in motion and be able to translate that into again meaningful data. Once you run those raw numbers through whatever software you've got so those are two basic ways of detecting motion from a purely like this device is moving kind of perspective, there are other things will also detect motion which will talk about as well in a little bit. Bit of before I get to that, though I do need to say, there's a couple of other things that are important about accelerometers, one is that sensitivity of an accelerometer is extremely important. The more sensitive and accelerated reader is then the more it will generate a larger charge in our larger chain signal, rather for a given change acceleration compared to a less sensitive chip. So these bigger changes are easier to measure, and that gives the device, a better idea of the actual changes in acceleration, so in other words, if you, if you make it so that these changes are are huge it can really narrow down the parameters of what that change means, and it can be more precise in thinking. This is more likely and actual step versus. Just bumped their knee on their desk, and how the technology is getting a lot better at weeding out those false positives exactly and then there are other things to keep in mind like what's the maximum swing of your accelerometer? That's telling you how much. Force it can measure how much of a change in acceleration it can measure This is really more important if you are designing something that moves really really fast and comes to really fast stops like a jet, not so much with the person. Because while you feel, you might be fast compared to other stuff. You're really slow less less fast in a jet, and then you have bandwidth, which is how many times a second you can take a reliable acceleration reading. And we don't need anything to precise for human activity because again, we're not moving that quickly, but these are things that are important accelerometers in general. Guys we gotta take a quick break from this classic episode, so I can get some more steps in the. We'll be right back. Hey, everyone know how I was telling you about Lincoln Learning, and all of those courses they have taught by industry experts. Well, this is cool. This is from one of their courses. It's actually called learning cloud computing, and I. Really like this bit about rolling out your first cloud project. Take a listen. This is about you experiencing things and getting things up in the cloud, not necessarily about you know showing everybody that you've put the biggest and baddest application in the enterprise on the cloud, and you've slain the Dragon. 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The great thing about it is that it doesn't take up much your time, but it's great because it fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to place, so it's cool for when you don't have a connection this. This game is also visually stimulating with these bright vivid colors and cute characters and best fiends updates the game monthly with new levels and events, so it never gets old. Best beans is a five star rated rated mobile puzzle game on the apple, APP store and Google play, and you can download it right now for free. That's friends without the our best scenes. All, right? We're back, so we talked about accelerometers pedometers. There is other way the device can track whether or not you've moved around right because accelerometers are really great fear for example on a treadmill. Yeah, fantastic, because it doesn't have to track your location. It just has to track what you are doing, but if you have a GPS receiver in your activity tracker, and some of them do do you can actually track where you are in relation to I don't know anything else on the planet, but. But these are not so useful if you're running on a treadmill, no, but they are very much more accurate for calculating the distance that you have gone right. Yes, so gps in general disclosable positioning system what what's going on. You've got the satellites that are beaming down information here to the Planet Network of Twenty four of them. Yeah, so your GPS receiver receives these signals from the various satellites. Now each satellite is sending its own unique signal down. That has essentially a time stamp on. Synchronized right so you're getting these different signals all at the same time from at least usually at least three satellites. Four works best for works best, and so your device gets these different signals from these different satellites, and by measuring how long it took the signal from each satellite to get to that that device it just compares that against its own its own little internal clock. I can tell you where you are. In the surface of the Earth, technically you can be in one of two places, but that second place is inside the Earth, so we pretty much just. Say That not. Yeah Cuts that right out. Yeah, and this was originally military technology. I believe in the eighteen seventies. Eighties and nineties in fact when when we first started getting consumer access to the the Global Positioning System The accuracy of that system for consumers was limited on purpose right? Yeah, they limiters into the devices to say like. Yeah, we don't really want you to notice them. We can say you are somewhere within fifteen hundred feet. Here issue! Banal, they're very very accurate That's eventually got to the point where. You know it's just technology works creepy accurate. Yeah, yeah, so the GPS receiver will track where you are by by taking all this information from satellites and running that through its own algorithm, and then determining what your location is on the earth and that way you can do something like If you jog a specific path and you really liked it. You can plotted. Plotted against a map and share it with other people, or you can just see how far you went. based upon some mapping program. It may be that you could compare how far you went based from the map, compared to whatever the activity tracker says because some of these have multiple sensors in them right. Some of them I have a pedometer or some other. Means of saying this is how many steps you took and ease in conjunction to yeah, and it's funny because I've seen somewhere, they do both they have the GPS tracker, and they have the pedometer part where it tells you how far you went based on how many steps you took, and you can compare the two to see how accurate the pedometer is, and in some cases, it's not so accurate. That's why reading reviews is really important. Because you might, you might say well. If I go by the PEDOMETER, it says Iran four point five miles, but when I look at the map, it says two miles food. Difference Yeah there there. There's actually a review. I saw that specifically said that okay, so those are all the various kinds of sensors and technologies that might be an activity tracker to. Commotion? The really you moving around, but there are other sensors to yeah, there's a whole bunch of them and these are. These are all the physiological sensors that are going to track things like your sweat and your heart rate, and there's been a bunch of different things over the years that have that have contributed to this. The original heart rate monitor of course was electrocardiogram, Aka the or eat cagey. And that was using electrical pickups amplifier circuit that would detect the heart's electrical impulses through your skin, and you know when your heart beats the way that it does it is, it generates these pulses it sends a signal out over the nerve pathways on the surface of the heart that caused the muscle to contract during each heartbeat, and by picking up this electrical signals you can, you can track your heartbeat, which is really groovy for for knowing how hard your body! Body is working right because I mean the. They're lot of things that are important when you're exercising, right, it's not just how much activity you're doing. How many calories you're burning if you want to have really good cardio workouts if you want to have a good aerobic workout, then you need to get ahead of your heart beating within a certain range for a certain amount of time right, and that's only get into that a little bit more moment but i. E EC Jeez are a little bit more clunky. Usually, they work with a chest strap that many runners especially because they're they're. They're bouncing around. Moving. A lot found very uncomfortable to wear and so. New Technology that has come out and has become the standard in noninvasive center. Sensory has been the photo these mcgraff. A the PG well, which may or may not be called an optical heart sensor for people who don't even want to mess with that entire word, Gajah photo would tell me that there's light that's playing a role in this somehow yes. PG's bounce light. In most cases from an led in terms of fitness trackers, because led's are cool bulbs that will not. Burn your skin, your skin, which is cool Bounce light through your skin and back to a sensor and measure the volume of blood moving through your capillaries, and the way this works is that blood absorbs more light than surrounding tissue so the less light that comes back to the sensor, the greater the volume of blood is moving through those capillaries at the time, and this this volume pulses with each heartbeat, and so by tracking those. Those pulses PG tracks your heart rate at rest and during exercise. That's really cool, so this through the same sort of thing you get when you go into a doctor's office and they have like the little finger clamp thing that ends and uses it light onto your fingertip. That is exactly what that is, and these these days they have become. They're getting a little bit more sensitive. and. Most of them will come in watch format, and it will be right against the inside of your wrist, okay? But you know there. They can, they can be thrown off by the movement of your skin and muscles sure which happens during workouts pretty frequently. Light I would imagine can also cause problems, so some models are pairing ppg with an accelerometer, sometimes a devoted accelerometer in order to compensate for your body's movement. Cool and Also an interesting point, not entirely relevant to fitness trackers, but I thought that this was so cool. PG works differently with different wavelengths of light, and so in laboratory and hospital situations infrared radiation can sometimes be used to assess blood volume in deep tissue, whereas light invisible range is used in smaller more commercial devices like these fitness trackers. Oh, excellent, awesome, so what else do okay, so we've got? We've got a various ways of tracking the how hard or how quickly your heart is beating. We've got the idea of position. Are there other ones as well another great thing to figure out how much you're exerting? Yourself is I'm galvanic skin response sensor, which is a really fancy way of saying. How much are you sweating right now? Attracts your perspiration by measuring the conductivity of your skin. Because, your skin is a pretty good conductor of electricity to begin with, but when it's Wet Aka when you're sweating, it's an even better conductors so. So. Yeah the the the amount that your perspiring relates to how much you're exerting yourself, and so by tracking this this conductivity, you can track your exertion. Another great way through thermometers, good old thermometers! Sometimes infrared, sometimes a heat flux which I Just detecting the increase in temperature on you on the surface of your skin right? Yeah, as well as I assume, there has to be one to detect ambient temperature as well. It's usually two paired thermometers, one tracking your body temperature, exactly one tracking the ambient temperature because you're higher body temperature means that you're working harder and you'd also be working harder in a colder ambient temperature. Gotcha Gotcha as opposed to. It's just plain hot, right? Right exactly right all right so these are various trackers sensors that you can find in a lot of the activity trackers that are out there. There are other ones as well. Some of them are much more specific, and when you get down to things like we'll. How does it track your sleep? Well, that's usually thinks tracking the changes in motion again. It's usually the accelerometer if it has something that tracks your heart rate. Heart rate. Yeah, but it's basically it's usually much. You're going around. Yeah, yeah, so so if you you know it all. When you plug in device when you sink sink with whatever whether it's an words, your computer. And you get the data back, saying you had a really good night's sleep in may be because you took it off and set it down next to you. Instead of war it. So yeah I mean these are these are the basic ways that gathers information now. The way it processes information is different from one company to the next. It's all various proprietary software algorithms. Take this crunch the data and turn it into stuff that makes sense to us. Some of them have really great onboard computers for doing that and the very tiny onboard computers for doing that. That to give you a little bit of a live output, and some of them give you zero live output other than maybe a little blinking led or something like that I had a body media fit for example, and that did not have its own screen. Rather it would. You would have to sink that either to an APP via. Bluetooth, or you would think it to your. Your computer via USB cable, and then you could make sense of what information had been collecting, but you couldn't even tell what it had been collecting until you did that, right? There was no screen indicators, so you couldn't read it at a moment's notice unless you have your phone. They're paired with it in which case you could pull up the APP and take a look. Look that way right but yeah, there are other devices have dedicated screen, so it's going to at least some information, if not everything and you know again, that depends very highly on your personal preference, and how much information you need at the moment, and how much you just Kinda WanNa check up on it later. Yeah, and some of these will give you information that's in. Very concrete terms in the sense of this is how far you walked her. This is how. How much activity your heart has had today, you know how how how often were you in that perfect zone when you were working out versus you weren't quite pushing yourself as hard as you needed to. Or maybe you were pushing yourself too hard. You need to pull back. Some of them are a little more. VAGUE LIKE! Nike's fuel band for example everything's in fuel points right and and I know that the fuel bands very popular. It's a gorgeous device. It looks very. Very Fleet. Full disclosure. My wife has one. She loves it. She and she has the APP that it's. Paired up with on her iphone, so she can see what's going on, but it's doing everything and fuel points, and some people have said some critics have said that makes it less useful because you don't know what they mean necessarily I think well. You Know I. It always reminds me of Microsoft points, and how you're kind of sort of tricking the system in order to make it a little bit more of a game and less of a reality, which helps lots of people ashes, really because because a lot of people don't want to know how many steps they've taken. Taken, they're like Oh. That was a lot of I-. I-. I wasted so much time getting fit yesterday. What did I do that? But if you get fuel points, then you get rule especially, especially with it has a gamification element to it where you are measuring your own activity versus the activity of other people share you if you set your. If you have a way of setting a specific goal, using one of these trackers, and the tracker can keep track of that so that it will tell you hey, you met your goal today. That's a reward system. Right you. Get reward that that sense of satisfaction. You have met your goal for that day. Then you have the added satisfaction. If there's a game of vacation level there beyond just meet, you're just getting the badge for yourself. If you can share that badge with your friends and say guys check what I did. Did you do it? You didn't do it sucks. Oh so if you're using like fitbit's for example, I know people who are using bits as a way of challenging each other to see how many steps they could take. And they would you know there'd be groups of friends who are trying to walk out walk each other, and which is great I mean. That's gives you the motivation to get exercise. That's great. You know there's there's nothing wrong with using the desire to rub your friends faces in your achievements in order for you to get fit as. You know. Practice some restraint. I can tell you that a punch to the face is not good for your physical fitness. You know there's been a lot of activity on this podcast. I think it's time for us to take a quick break to thank our sponsors. Everyone been bullet here host of stuff. They don't want you to know in ridiculous history as a podcast, I am constantly reading and researching for upcoming episodes, but even I need an occasional break so when I feel like I need some kind of mental pallet cleanser. My go-to refresher is the mobile puzzle game. Best fiends. That's fiends, not friends best. Fiends is a puzzle game. You can play right on your phone. It's pretty cool because you go through all these levels solving challenging puzzles that actually engage your brain, but it's a casual game. The anyone can play and it's actually superfund superfund the great thing about it. It is that it doesn't take up much of your time, but it's great. Because fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to play, so it's cool for when you don't have a connection. 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The great thing about. About it is that it doesn't take much of your time, but it's great because it fills up those moments where you wish you had something to do. You don't need an Internet connection to play, so it's cool for when you don't have a connection. This game is also visually stimulating with these bright vivid colors and cute characters and best fiends updates, the gay monthly with new levels and events, so it never gets old. Best beans is a five star rated mobile puzzle game on the apple APP, store and Google play, and you can download it right now for free. That's friends without the our best scenes. There's some devices out there that have games into the software of the device or on the computer that you place that as you used advice as you move around, you generate like online currency to play in a little online game. The strive has that there's a little. Online game where you can. As you walk around, you generate coins and using this coins. You can buy stuff in the game. World Race. Sonics or something like that yeah! But, but using the you're you generate the currency just by moving around. So that's the incentive. Yeah or An office favorite for awhile was Zombie Run I. Think is the name of the APP, which views runs on be run. Something like that something like that. Yes, that gave you. HOOKED UP TO G- related system on your cell phone and. Would give you these little. Are you running zombies? Are you totally dying? I used to in fact I had the Beta version of that up. Yeah, back when it came out in the Beta for android and the way I don't know if it still works its way I haven't used the APP in a long time, but the way it originally worked was that you would be somewhere and you would tell it where you wanted to go to open a map program and this. Zombie APP and say all right here's. Here's know based on my GPS location. This is where I am. This is where I want to go. It would then generate these virtual zombies on the map that could actually move so the little blips would start moving toward you and your goal was to get tears estimation without being intercepted by one of those little Zombie Blips, so you might have to find a different route than the one intended, and you may have to book it and. You might have to. You might have to speed up and slow down, which in running terms is actually really great for training so. As I recall, there were story elements to that game as well that that were added in later I had it was just a game mechanic, but I know, and it may not even be. That APP may be a similar one. Because there were a few that came out, that had the same sort of theme, but there was one where there was an overall progressive story line, and as you participated, you would unlock more of the story I got A. I couldn't get from. I couldn't get from the train station to my house. Because there was really there was only one way you could go by foot and it kept wanting me to cut through the woods. Kept wanting to not run to barbed-wire fences that are hard to see if you don't bring your bolt cutters Zombie apocalypse than I. Think you're GonNa. Get very far and. I'm no longer allowed to bring my bolt cutters to work. That was the problem right because this was my commute back home and so I. Already had that limitations on me I tell you. You make one silly mistake with a with a a a an internet line, and they just never let you forget. It's crazy. We're very unforgiving here at how stuff works, but the game affiliation obviously plays a big part. Of. The recommended target number of steps per day for for healthy human people is about ten thousand, and and that's that he goes out to maybe about five miles and. Yes as anything that helps people get to that and in fact Dina Bravado the person I mentioned at the top of the podcast. Who you know she's. She's a specialist in health matters and has expressed some scepticism as to whether or not these activity trackers are really. You know. A huge benefit. The people who are already interested, but she didn't notice. She did a study or she was part of the study where. They gave pedometers to a group of participants in the randomized trial where some some participants didn't get the dominant, some did, and they were all asked to kind of track their activities, and it turned out that the people who had the odometers increase their physical activity by about two thousand, one, hundred eighty three steps per day over the baseline, and and so that ended up being a twenty-seven percent increase in physical activity, and that's profoundest, said well. That's significant, so if you have if you're actually using one of these things, and you're paying attention to it, then you are more likely to actually engage more physical activity and exercise more and be have a healthier lifestyle. And that's that's the chief argument for these activity trackers the idea that with this information you can really. Be More mindful of what you are doing and how it's affecting a lot of these activity trackers. Come with software that also have part of it a way of keeping a food journal. which is also very important because you could be exercising, but if you're not eating well, then that's not gonNA help. You can be sabotaging yourself certainly, so for example the buddy media fit device I had. In part of the software that you would have once you to subscribe to it, so you have to buy the device and you had to subscribe to the service, but once you subscribe to the service, you can track your meals and every meal you attract. It will tell you how many calories you've consumed. It would break down by. What type of calories they were at Cetera. And then the the information from the device would tell you how many calories you burned, and so that would give you an idea like did I. Burn more calories than I consumed. If I did and I'm on the road to losing weight, I mean that's that's a very basic. Allies and calories out yet. It also meant that you were much more mindful when you started doing things like you sat down for a meal. You think Oh wait a minute. You know if I want to if I want to be on track and I, don't want to go home and run five miles. I probably shouldn't pig out on that deep fried onion, even though it's super tasty. Now there is a flip side to this coin. Of course, we're talking all about keeping all this data, and and really looking at and making something meaningful there can come a point where too much data is actually harmful where you're just overwhelmed by all the information, and you can't really see a way of using it in a way makes sense that can happen. I don't know that most I. Think most activity trackers are pretty good where you're not going to get that much, unless you're really digging down and you WanNa, see Oh, no, I want I. Want this Pie Chart for no I wanted to line graph form. But then is one of the things that we're going to be looking into later. In a later episode of textile planned on recording this. We haven't recorded yet, but we want to do an episode where we're talking about. That inside the you get when you have so much information that you know you start to think is my life being boiled down to data, points and Charts Yan. How much of that is healthy and you know it's? It's yeah, whether whether or not it's okay that we know so much about ourselves at any given second. Yeah, I've I. Know More about me than I'm comfortable with, but that's for a later episode and I. Really Do think that most of these physical activity trackers aren't quite. Quite at that level, it is a little interesting to you know. Sit there and say. Oh, look in my sleep patterns. What can I do to make these better There's really only so much you can do. You can try and make sure that the environment is conducive to sleep and rest, but there are a lot of little things that you can. You can work on the that. A lot of people might not be completely aware of and again. A lot of isn't just about awareness. And all along those lines. These these finished trackers that we were talking about can run from a fifty fifty dollars on the low end ten dollars for. Up to two hundred dollars for some of the super fancy ones, or even more for the really high level performance triathlon kind of things, so there's a hue. Or down to free APPs that you can download for your smartphone is mostly using GPS tracking to figure out how far you've gone exactly I ain't keeping in mind that that's not necessarily going to translate into a very accurate measure of how much how many calories you burn, but you at least give you an idea of how far you went. You know it's. It's definitely something that I've been interested in the past and we're about to do this exercise. Thing here at work where we all have pedometers, so I'm sure we're GONNA. I'm in a group with. Holly Frye, who is a marathon runner, so I know my group is going to do really well, yeah? So I don't plan on moving for most of July. That's the spirit, but. It really depends on what you want. The device for how you're going to use it. and also like we said read reviews, because some of the ones that are really expensive may not have all the features you want, and may not perform better than than less aides right, and they might just be for a different subset of human person than than you happen to be right, and yeah, not all of these for everybody. If I make a personal recommendation DC rainmaker has a blog that is brilliant. He's a triathlon runner, but triathlon athlete. Who who who's just athlete triathlete? Yes, that would be. That'd be the technical term for that. Just reviewed all of the devices now all of them just give and. Through the pace. And he gets very highly technical which I love. And, but but also tends to put his his kind of final thoughts, extremely succinct package as Allen Excellent, good recommendation yeah. And you know again. Take a look. Find Out. What's going to work right work well for you? You know if you have one that's going to sync up with a smartphone. Make sure that it's compatible with which with your smartphone make sure that your smartphone has the type Bluetooth that the device wants to think up with because that can be very very messy because they will. I was supposed to work with an O device. Technically this I phone three G isn't. Device. Yeah that's obviously something you want to make sure. Is All on all working before you. You die then guys that wraps up this classic episode of Tech Stuff. Hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any suggestions for future tech stuff topics, get in touch with me. 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Deno and TypeScript with Elio Rivero
"Welcome welcome back. Welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together. podcast before going into this week's teaching with pastor. Tom We want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us. Live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and Community Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek. Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing in thinking about situations where under your breath this volume or shouting out loud. You might say Lord help Lord help the can be these frustrations that come up during the course of our day. The kids are crazy overwhelming. Lord help the example is brought up in our morning. Bible study when the copy machine won't work and you're in charge of the copy machine at the office. Lord help could be stuck in traffic. You need to get somewhere and your GPS. GPS is showing that. You're going to arrive after that important meeting. You need to get to and you know that once you get there that parking's not going to be easy at that moment. You cry out. Lord help the good news. Is that our heavenly. Father is a god of the big things and the little things. In Fact God's word tells us that he is an ever-present help in our time of trouble. He wants to hear from us in the big things and the little things of our life there are also these big things in life where we cry out. Lord help the car in front of you slams on its brakes and you have no time to stop but you do have time to cry out. Lord help maybe your child someone else's child someone who knows someone you care about about is going through a very difficult medical situation. You Cry Out Lord. Help you're trapped in a disaster in a crisis situation when you cry out. Lord help you are looking at your finances and you say Lord help. I believe that this is actually Shauwie a phrase that goes beyond those of us tonight. Who would say that? We are followers of Christ. There are people who don't have a whole lot going on in their faith journey but still cry Out Lord help let me give you a great example. Have you ever looked at the shots. They take the video shots they take a AH during the packers game when Green Bay is down by seven with a minute and a half left and the playoffs are on the line. People are praying lambofield. It is the most spiritual place in Wisconsin. Johnson they have their hands folded is closing. They are praying Lord help or could be college students. Their shadow has not darken the doorway of a church in a long time. But they're about to go into that big test. I may say Lord help sometimes these prayers by people who are outside of relationship nations ship with Christ. They may even be accompanied with the promise. Father if you help me with this I will serve you for the rest of my life. God I know I know. We haven't talked much lately but if you get me through this if you rescue Humi here I'll never missed a Sunday again. And then how quickly we forget how quickly we forget yet tonight. What I want to talk about is these situations when we are desperate when we are in distress address and we have no way of resolving the situation under our own power under our own strength? Anyone ever been where you're in a situation where you are in distress. You are desperate and you. There's no way of resolving the situation under your own strength as people of God as a community of followers of Christ. It's my prayer for us that you and I that we would live out this pattern. I WANNA put it up for you on the screen. You're in need you. Cry Out God rescues God receives praise the first two. I really all about you aren't they. You're in need you cry out. And then it's all about God God rescues God receives praise. Tonight we are going to see this pattern laid out for us in Assam so if you have your Bible with you tonight good idea idea to bring your Bible either. In book form or on the APP WE'RE GONNA be looking at Psalm. One zero seven tonight and if you have the opportunity to choose we're going to be looking at the end Lt version and what we're going to see in Psalm. One seven is the account of four different people or four types of people that all all have desperate situations they all have situations where they are in a crisis and in all situations the person or type of of person cries out in the same way and as we go through these four different types of people. I would like you to think about what person you would most identify with tonight. Or as part of your own personal testimony. Some one zero seven. We know the Psalms as the collection of one hundred fifty psalms and these were written about a one thousand years before Christ give or take a couple of hundred years. David Roy Moore wrote more songs than anyone else. However this is not a psalm of David this is one of those anonymous songs and there are few of them? Psalms were originally written to be used with music or accompanied by music and they. You're the public worship of the time. They were always intended from the beginning to be used to be read out loud publicly to be sung publicly so we're going to start in versus four and five and remember. We're looking for four life scenarios that caused person to cry out Lord help and we're thinking about which one of these you you and I would most identify with tonight. So the first one we start in Psalm one seven versus four and five and this is a person who is without there without some wandered in the wilderness lost and homeless hungry and thirsty. They nearly early died so they are without a home. They were out food. They're without water. They are lacking the most basic necessities acities to sustain life. They are wandering in the Wilderness and as a result they are near death. This is not wandering wandering by choice. Like backpacking with your friends. This is wandering by force. This is not all who wander are not lost. That t shirt. That's not what this is. This is suffering but not by choice wandering in the Wilderness. Out of a home out of work are both. There's not enough and some of you in this room. If you were to tell your story you would say that some version of homeland homelessness has been part of your story are you. You know someone who has walked at very difficult season of being without and you know all the emotions that come with that and for others in this room we might say that the concept of being without like this extreme of being so hungry so thirsty so without. That's a very foreign idea for us. That's never really come close to our own personal source story. What we can say about this person who is without they are desperate they are in distress and with under their own power and under their own strength there will not be a resolution solution to their challenge? We have the person who is without person. Number two is the one who is emotionally suffering the one who is emotionally suffering versus ten and eleven. Some sat in darkness and deepest deepest gloom imprisoned in iron chains of misery. They rebelled against the words of God. Scorning the Council of the the most high for someone here tonight versus ten may put into words. Exactly what you feel like you are going through through right now. Darkness Deep Gloom and you would actually describe it as a prison where you are stuck in chains. Those chains are miserable. All people on the outside. They don't know what you're going through but on the inside it is anxiety. Fear doubt loneliness is overwhelming sadness perhaps even reaching a point of diagnosed clinical depression to you. It feels like you are trapped in chains lanes and you cannot get out the catch this these two verses they actually link these chains of emotional suffering to sin some sat in darkness deepest gloom imprisoned in iron chains of misery. Serie Verse Eleven. They rebelled against the word of God. Scorning the Council of the most high really important question right now. Is it possible. Is it possible to be in a season of emotional suffering that is not a result of your own sin. Yes yes yes I do not want you to leave this place tonight and you come across somebody. And they're going through something deep. They're going through something heavy. They're going through some emotional suffering fring and you say well it's because send it is possible to go through a season of emotional suffering that is not the result of your own sin. Now let me ask you this question. Is it possible to be in a season of emotional suffering that is a result of your own sin. Yes yes yes and some of you would say tonight that you are how have this heaviness and you directly link it to some decisions that you made in your past and perhaps regret is a word to describe how you feel and there is a regret that is filled with with anxiety loneliness. I wish I could go back and do that again if I had. If I could go back and do the period of time from like age twenty two twenty three all over again I I would make completely different choices and you would say that the darkness and the deep gloom and the chain of misery that you feel are result of a result of decisions that you made against God that you wish that you could go back and Redo once again. We see a person who is desperate in distress and there is little possibility of the situation resolving under their own strength and their own power so he talked about the one who is without. We've talked about the one who is emotionally suffering person number three the one who is sick versus seventeen and eighteen. Some of you are as you're reading along. You're catching as our jumping from one story to the next in Psalm one seven here versus seventeen and eighteen. Some were fools. They rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn't stand the thought of food food. They were knocking on. Death's door. If you're sick and you just lose your appetite. Loss of appetite can be a symptom of common illnesses. Like your stomach stomach ache. That goes away in a couple of days and others. I would say that you experience loss of appetite as the result of a really major medical condition. And so here. We're talking about someone who is so sick sick. They are near death and they can't even stand the thought of food once again. Important to point this out here in this first verse illness is linked to what sin be clear on this. Is it possible for you to experience an illness that is not a result of your own personal sin. Yes of course. Of course. Of course this is a question that Jesus actually addressed in his ministry Eh. Is it possible question number two. Is it possible that you can suffer physical illness as a result of your sin. Yes and once again it would be some in this room. It would be your personal testimony that you have experienced physical illness. Perhaps he'd be even been hospitalized Specialized and it is a result of activities that were at odds with or against God. The last one is really interesting interesting character so we have the one who is without we have the one who's emotionally suffering. We have the one who is sick person. Number four is the sailor the sailor so check this this out versus starting twenty three. We're gonNA read through verse. Twenty seven some went off to see ships plying. The trade routes of the the world to observe the Lord's power in action. His impressive works on the deepest seas he spoke and the winds rose stirring stirring up the waves. The ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged into the depths the SA- The sailors cringed in terror error. They reeled and staggered drunkards and were at their wit's end so the sailors uh are in a storm. Maybe you've been out on Lake Michigan her out on the ocean and you've experienced the the waves and the rocking of the waves chiefs and this is the storm at its worst. It says they they they do. What the the impressive works in the deepest sea? The ships were tossed the heavens and they plunged into the depths and the sailors cringed in terror but the sailors situation is not linked to sin. The song was clearly points to who as the cause of the storm the Lord the Lord. Did you catch that. It says they to observe the Lord's Power in action. So you and I. We might be saying we're sitting here tonight. We're not fishermen. Were not merchant in the merchant marine industry. This doesn't apply to US actually believe leave. This applies. Maybe two more people in this room than any of the other three. Here's why the sailor was one is one who's going about the day to day life. They report to work their job to transport cargo from point A. TO POINT B.. They're good at their job. They get paid do their job. They're busy with their job. Maybe so busy that they don't have time forgot they're not without they aren't emotionally suffering. There isn't a physical illness. Everything seems to be good. Whenever a problem comes up we can solve it? We don't need need God right. God wants to reveal that his desire for relationship with you and it is possible that if you are so busy that you have no time for God that he will lead you through a storm to get your attention. It's possible that our heavenly evenly father will lead you through a storm in order to get your attention and to help you realize your need for him so go these four stories. We have the one who is without we have the one who is Emotionally suffering the one who's sick. We have the sailor now. All four of their stories are about to converge. They all are going to say the exact same thing and fact versus six thirteen thousand nine hundred. Twenty eight are almost word for word the same in fact in your translation of the Bible. They may read exactly word for word the same so the people in all of these situations is all of them are desperate. All of them are in distressed. They're all in an emergency. They all realize that they cannot resolve the situation under their own strengthen their own power so verse six Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty eight they all read this way. Lord help Lord help. They cried in their trouble. Oh Lord help. They cried in their trouble and and he rescued God them from their distress Dan. Not One of these four actually says saved. Instead of rescued your version might say deliver the Lord deliver them from their distress. Lord help they cried in their trouble and he delivered them. I'm from their distress. You know what it means to deliver something. If I deliver something to you I take it from somewhere else and bring it to you. I take it from one place and I bring it to another another place. So when the Lord comes on the scene and he rescues he takes you from a point of distress and brings you to a point of safety. That's right so the person who is without the one who's hungry one is thirsty. The one who's homeless says Lord help the one who is emotionally suffering says Lord help the one who is sick says Lord help the one who is stuck in the store storms. Has Lord help an each situation. God hears and God rescues so these four different accounts they all start separate. They'll start in separate places than they all converge at this unifying verse. That is the same in each one of the the threats and now the stories are once again going to split again and we're going to hear what happens next. We're going to hear what happens as God rescues so for the one and who is homeless. The one who is without the one who's hungry and who is thirsty after God comes on the scene and rescues I seven. He led them straight to you safety to a city where they could live before they were wandering in the Wilderness and they were homeless now. Oh God leads them to safety in the city in a place where they can live the one who is emotionally suffering verse fourteen. He led them from the darkness and deepest this gloom. He snapped their chains. Once again there are some in this room who would say you. I experienced the taste of victory over the emotional misery in your life after you gave your life to Christ and you experience a wholeness and a freedom from the emotional chains that you could not not find in any medication or any self. Help book the One who's sick and body verse twenty. He God sent out his word and healed them. Snatching them from the door of death. They were at the door of death. God rescued he delivered and he brought get them to a place of healing. The sailor caught in the storm versus twenty nine and thirty he calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor brief audience participation? If you're following along in a different version tonight does anyone have a word that comes right before the Word Harbor Abra and their version stars the D. desired desired so some translations read more like this. He calmed the storm to whisper and still the waves. What a bussing was that stillness as he brought them safely into their desired harbor so in the end they got to where they needed to go? They got to their desired harbor but God brought them through a storm on the way to get their attention and to realize their need for him. So if you're tracking along with US help you are right. We have all these four stories. One two three four separate stories separate life situations they all come together. Lord help offer situations God rescues. The stories stories once again split off and go their different ways as each one of the situations is resolved now once again there is a verse that is word for word identical in all four stories and it's coming up next it's versus eight fifteen twenty one and thirty one or all the same verse so all these situations is this is what God's desires for us let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them so when God comes on the scene when God rescues when you experience as rescue we we bring back to God. We praise him in these verses. Actually give us two ways to praise two things to praise our heavenly a father for one praise him for his wonderful love. God I love you. Thank you Lord for Loving me so much and and I'm going to praise them for the wonderful things that he has done in my life. That's what he wants from you. That sort of heavenly father desires from you that you praise them that you thank him because he loves you so much and he does. God loves you. He loves you so much and he loves when you say thank you to him for the wonderful things that that he does in Your Life God gives gets the credit how quickly we can forget got. After the rescue these stories. They read like a one and done prayer. There's a desperate situation one time you cry out Lord help and the rescue happens right away. What many of us know is that? The answer is is not usually a one and done prayer. It's over time and some of you would say that your petition your cry. Lord help is one that has been going on for days weeks months or possibly even years and after all that petitioning God comes on the seen in the answers your prayer at exactly the right time and time when he desires for your praise free to thank him and I wonder how does our time in petition compared to our time in praise. What does that ratio look? Like the story of the sailor after this Unifying verse let them praise the Lord for his great love and the wonderful things he has done for them. The story of the sailor ads on this this bursts first thirty to let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation tell whoever will listen. Some of my most favorite evenings are in in this house in this room. When we we have personal testimonies I see FELICIA sitting here? I remember when you testified on this platform and I see me sitting back there and I remember when you testified back there and I see your son. Hello yes thanks for being here tonight. I love those nights. I love when we gathered together and we give the microphone to each other and we give credit to our heavenly father for the wonderful things that he has done in our lives. So the pattern once again. You're in need you. Cry Out con rescues God receives praise. May we not leave off that last part of this pattern that we not leave out the final step your need you cry out all about how you. Then it's all about God God rescues. God receives praise in this pattern. You GonNa Sleep it up because this is a picture of what God has done for us through his son. Jesus Christ see each each and every person on this planet including you and me we all have in need. We all have a need when it comes to our standing with our loving heavenly father because by our nature we are born sinners. We're born sinners. We are born at odds with God. Our rebellion separates us from our heavenly father. We all have a need. And if YOU'RE A follower of Christ at some point in your life and you can do this tonight if you're outside relationship with Christ raced you realize that you have a need. There's no way that you can spend eternity with your loving heavenly father under your own our own strength in fact you're desperate Britt. You need to save your so. We cry out father. Save me father save me. And he rescues. He rescues our heavenly father. He loves US so much that would send his own son. Jesus Christ on a rescue rescue mission to seek and to save the lost you cry out because your need you have a need to be saved from your sins. God comes on the scene and he rescues and because of the had our heavenly father deserves all the praise ace and if tonight is the night that you would like to give your life to Christ. There's no better place no better time to do it right now and I would encourage you. I invite you to share that tonight is the night that you'd like to give your life to Christ with people who are sitting with you at your table and they will lead you in a prayer they will lead you in a prayer to receive. Jesus Christ in your life and I can promise you. If that's what you WANNA do tonight it will be the highlight of the people at your table. It'd be how it if they're week to lead you in that prayer and if you don't want to do what the people at your table you can come up to me and I'll will help you in A. I'll be happy to lead you personal commitment to Jesus Christ tonight. It'd be a great honor and privilege to do that with you so we talked about being in distress. We talked about being desperate. One word we didn't use tonight was the word despair. The word despair. This word may be misused some time if you want to fact check me right now on Google Google you can. The definition of the word despair is the complete loss of hope or or the absence of hope zero hope the complete loss of hope or the absence of hope that is despair as long as we have our heavenly father on the throne. We are never in despair because we always have a hope we always have I hope and hope has a name and his name is Jesus. Christ I have a discussion question for tonight as we wrap up this evening and I want to give you an opportunity to testify. Those who are at your table there was one of these people or types of people these scenarios that really echoed something. That's going on in your life and you'd like to share that with the people who are at your table. I invite you to do that right now. And also this question. What wonderful full thing has god done for you that you want to praise him for? This is an opportunity for you to testify for you to share about something. Wonderful the goddess done in your life. I'm a pray for you father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ father were here to singer prices. That's why we start each and every one of our gatherings singing songs about how much we love you. You love so much we thank you lord for your wonderful love. Thank you for loving us so much that you send your son. Jesus Sus Christ to suffer in our behalf father we thank you for the wonderful thing you've done for us by giving us a path to eternity with you you and father. We know that if you did nothing else for us that would be enough because you rescue us from the grips of eternal death but you are are such a good loving heavenly father that you go above and beyond that and you meet us in our daily needs the big things in the little things when and the kids are overwhelming when the copier won't work when we slam on our breaks when we're in traffic when running late when we're in a medical crisis when we're in emotional despair situations is big and small father. The testimonies ring loud from this room of how you have come on the scene in a mighty way to rescue. We're here to say thank you. Thank you father. Thank you for your rescue. Thank you for being are ever present help in times of trouble. Thank you Lord. We we sing your praises for the testimonies that are going to be shared around the tables tonight. Thank you thank you for the Lord. Thank you for giving us a story to tell they asked father that your blessing your favorite would be people as they go about the rest of their week. Midday see clearly moving into lives and every single in the name we pray Amen. God bless thank you so much for being with us for the life together podcast this week. It's even better when we get to see you. In Person. Life is best living community. You're invited to join us on Wednesday evening here at Oak Creek Assembly of God we are. It hurts that exists to reach our world for Christ as we lead people just like you to discover and become cotton who God created us to be Sinus Online at Oak Creek. Ag Dot Org Slash Ah.
Heal your backsliding
"Welcome welcome back. Welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together. podcast before going into this week's teaching with pastor. Tom We want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us. Live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and Community Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek. Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing the phrase. You should know better moms. And dads get to say this moms and DADS GRANDMAS and grandpas teachers get to say this phrase. The kids are playing outside and it's muddy or snowy it may come in and they tread all the outdoors across the kitchen floor. That you've just cleaned you get really upset and you say you. Should you know better. Or if they go to the cupboard or the drawer and they get out the smallest cup that you have and then they go and get a brand new container of juice that they can barely lift. They tried to hoist the juice. This tip it into the cup and everything spills some of you live this. Ah You'd say you going to be interactive night right. So we'd say you should know better as an adult if this phrase comes up at your workplace. It's usually not not a good conversation. Some of you have been in the position of the manager or the supervisor or the owner. And you've had to bringing employees in and you've had to say this phrase you'd say you should know better as a pastor on staff at this church coach. I would try to avoid at all costs a situation where I am brought into Pastor Brooks Office and he sits me down and for any reason says. Has this phrase to me. Tom You should know better. That's not the beginning of a positive conversation. So as a working definition I wanted to give a working definition of when we would use the phrase you should know better and this would apply to really children to workplaces to any area of time that we would use the phrase. You should know better when there is a deliberate or negligent action below expectations. Sion's of your level of experience knowledge and training just by your toddler so we would say say the phrase you should know better when there is a deliberate or negligent action below expectations for your level of experience knowledge and training. So if you're at the workplace and you have like one or two an occasional. You should know better. You're probably going to keep your job Bob but if you should know better becomes the norm you probably will lose your employment. He we might be able to write off a you should know better as having a bad day man I was. I was stupid today or man I I just. I was off for some reason. I know I should know better and I just I messed up. Well that's not gonNa work every day and when we start Dr to live in a state of us should know better when we're doing these things that we know better we know not to. Do we fall back into things we shouldn't be doing doing. There's a word for that. And the word is backsliding we fall into a state where we are constantly doing. You know we should not do and for those of us. Who are Christians? When we know we are doing things that are at odds with our relationship with our heavenly father and becomes not the the one occasional incident when it becomes part of the normal way of life part of day to day? The word for that is backsliding. Backsliding is a relapse into bad ways or errors he look up the word backsliding in the definition in the dictionary. There's this great sample sentence when you look at word. In the definition in the dictionary they give the sample sentence sentence of the usage. The dictionary I used provided this sample sentence for backsliding converted vegetarians backslide two T. bones a backslide or the backside that is a setback after a period of improvement. And here's where this hits home for those of US tonight who are followers of Christ. East expectations of holiness are higher for longtime Christ's followers than a new believer. Expectations are higher fire for a longtime Christ follower than a new believer. Backsliding is being near to God and then allowing sin the take us away from our heavenly father going back to that one place texting that person. There's there's an APP that you felt convicted about and you deleted it from your phone and then you went back to the APP store and you put it back on your phone. You're buying that product if the you know is a destructive product. You're not supposed to go to that store anymore. You decided you were going to go there. God spoke to your heart and said that when you buy that when you go there air that it hurts your relationship with your heavenly father and it hurts your relationship with other people and so it's been months or years and you haven't gone there you haven't bought that but then it's like you go just one time it could be neglecting time with our faith community. We can convince ourselves is that were so strong in our spiritual walk that we don't need time together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and Bible Studies like this Sunday morning our our our home life groups we can backslide into skipping our daily personal time with Gaden. We might say phrases races like this to ourselves is just this one time and then just this one time turns into well. It's just one time a week. Okay I've got this under control. I've seen the destructive work that this has done and other people's lives but it's it's a good thing that I'm a stronger Christian. My Walk is not going to be disrupted by falling back into this. I can take it and it can escalate to a point when we realize. We're all in on a sin that we once eradicated from our life. The catch that if we're if we let this go if we lead backsliding go we can find ourselves all in on a sin in that once in our personal history. We had eradicated from our life and so some of us might be thinking about some specific examples of backsliding like falling back into an addiction falling back into loss. But Let me talk about some subtle backsliding. Because sometimes those of LAS who've been around for a while we can say I'm not gone back to that. I'm not into that but let me tell you about some other backsliding about bitterness. How about jealousy how? `Bout envy about loneliness. Perhaps there's a time when you experienced God's freedom from bitterness you experience God's freedom from envy from jealousy you experienced freedom from these emotional areas of captivity. And you would say tonight. That you're backsliding is something that is all on the inside with your emotions and you have once again allowed these these sinful emotions to take hold of your heart. So here's my desire for US tonight in my desire for you and for me is that you and I that we would identify backsliding and allow God to heal you to heal us My goal for us is that you and I would come from a position of strength and we would identify backsliding in our life and that we would allow God to enter in. And he'll us. This is one of those things where it's perhaps easy for us to identify backsliding in someone else's life get together with other Christian friends and talk about how that person has really been backsliding. This is one of those areas where it's very difficult for us to stand face is to face in that spiritual mirror and acknowledged the backsliding in our own life. So let's say if you are able tonight to identify backsliding in your life. This is a position of strength to be able to say to admit to yourself to admit to your heavenly father and possibly admit to maybe a Christian friend that you're dealing dealing with backsliding for you and for me that's a position of strength because a position of weakness the opposite would be to live denial in some of. You've walked doc that you've lived in denial. You've convinced yourself that you're not actually backsliding so the questions for us to wrestle with where we backsliding tonight tonight. Where have we gone back to ascend that we once a radical from our life where we relapsed spiritually? What's sin have you and I go back to that? We said what he would never go back to. And so that you and I. We might say that it's intentional. We've gone out of our way to invite that sin back Kantor life or we may say that it's because of negligence or carelessness because we haven't tended to spiritual garden. We've allowed that sin into comeback in anybody Gardner in this room like you like flowers or vegetables. You know that if you do this if you're a gardener you have to constantly tend to the garden and if you go too long. The garden will become overgrown with weeds. The same is true spiritual journey sometimes. Backsliding occurs because of carelessness. When we're not taking care of ourselves? Spiritually Peter the fisherman who became a disciple under under Jesus and then very famously denied Jesus Christ around the time of the crucifixion however Jesus Redeemed Peter Reinstated. Him and Peter went on to be this. Great Passion shouldn't spokesperson for the Early Church. Peter had these words to say about backsliding. Second Peter Chapter Two I twenty. We'll start there when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again they are worse off than before. Uh who who when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled tangled up and enslaved by sin again they are worse off than before goes on to write this in Verse Twenty One. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness then to know it it and then reject the command. They were given to live a holy life. If you've got your word in front of you or if you know this portion action of scripture if you're looking at up still trying to find where second Peter as it's towards the end of Your Bible Peter gives us this great impactful illustration right after this US and he says to go back to a sin that you have already a radical from your life you go back to a similar God is set you free from that but then you find your way back in that once again tangled up in that mess again. It's like what what does Peter say. It's like a dog that goes goes back to its own vomit who that faces right on not good about seven hundred years before Christ. So this'll be eight hundred years or so before Peter Robot. We just talked about several hundred years earlier but seven hundred years before. Christ there's a whole nation of people and what we know is the northern Kingdom of Israel and the nationwide. There was this rebellion against God in this. Prophet Hosea comes on the scene. Jose comes in the pages of history as a prophet and what we know an Old Testament Prophet to be a spokesperson for God in so Jose has this incredibly challenging task. Being a prophet was not like a desirable arable assignment. It was a very challenging task. Because you are called to tell people that they were living at odds with God. So here's Jose. He is assigned by God odd to let everyone know how far they've gone from God. Jose is assignment is to tell people that they have gone off course and to lead them back to their heavenly father. Aw Through Joseba God highlights where the people have gone against God and this would be out of our daily Bible readings out of the last couple of days if you're following along with with us one year Bible online dot com. You know that we've just finished up Jose a couple of days ago home. Jose in Chapter four verse to Hosea Chapter Reformers to he gives us. The summary of what sin is happening in the nation in the northern kingdom he says this swearing lying and killing and stealing an adultery. Breakout and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Now on your own time if you go back and you read Hosea Chapter One and start going through this. You can read this. Incredibly graphic vivid account of how the nation of the northern kingdom kingdom had become like a married woman turns into a prostitute. There is sin in fact most Senate feels feels good for a moment. It feels good for a season but ultimately we experience destruction so for what we have is thirteen chapters in the Bible Hosea lays out all these ways that the northern kingdom is rebelled against their heavenly father and then in chapter fourteen. He he gives us this wonderful hope and this moment I'm going to give you a verse that if you are struggling in any area of backsliding tonight I'm going to encourage you to highlight this first to put it in your phone or write it down on a note card and for not dealing with some backsliding tonight. You'RE GONNA WANNA store because all of us at some point in time will deal with some area of backslidings. Life's Jose gives us this. Great Verse Highlight. We're GONNA get there in just a second. I Jose Chapter Fourteen Verse One. Jose says this return of Israel to the Lord your God for you have stumbled because of your iniquity God's message then then maybe the same message she has for you tonight. Return Return Return to your heavenly father for you have stumbled because of your iniquity quickey stumbled because of your iniquity. This means that you have experienced emotional physical and spiritual pain as a result of stumbling backwards and there are those of us tonight. Who would say that? That is part of our own personal story that we have experienced emotional physical and spiritual virtual pain as a result of our backsliding. There's been real tangible consequences in our own life. What our heavenly father here simply says return return our heavenly father? He loves US so much wjr that he invites us to return to him in our backs. State he didn't have to do that if our heavenly father was more like you and me if someone back slides enough we might say I can't take it anymore. We can't be in relationship chip anymore. It's gone too far too many times. How Much God loves you and me me that he would say? Even though you've backslid I'm not casting you away. He could. Our heavenly father doesn't have to give us a second third or fourth chance but he loves you and me so much that his invitation is even. If you're backsliding what I want for you is is to return. I want you to return. Look at what our heavenly father offers in chapter fourteen bursts four and this would be that verse to highlight to mark to keep somewhere Jose chapter. Fourteen verse I four. This amazing promise of our heavenly father high will heal their backsliding. I will love them. Freely for my anger has turned away from him. Deposit this with your own name. I will heal a your backsliding. I will love you freely for your heavenly father's anger has turned away from you. When do we most often use the word healing us that an association with what like a physical illness? So if you look up the original Hebrew word that is translated into English here for healing in this Old Testament verse. That's exactly what it means. This is the word that would be used to heal someone from a physical infirmity and so here. Our heavenly father is saying that backsliding is like a disease that needs to be diagnosed tonight for some of us the spiritual symptoms that we would present to our heavenly father would be diagnosed as backsliding and some of us we might say you're like a stage one DAX sliding and others of us would be diagnosed with a very severe severe case of backsliding. Can you imagine and some of you may have gone through a situation where you go to the the doctor and you receive a diagnosis. But the doctor says I'm sorry. This is the diagnosis. This is what's going on in your body but there's nothing that we can do for you. I'm so thankful that our heavenly father does not stop by saying. This is the diagnosis. The diagnosis is backsliding. You're on your own. Our heavenly father says the diagnosis in your life is backsliding. That's the spiritual condition. The prescription is to return to your heavenly father. The treatment is a love offered word freely without condition without side effects and without small-print the result the anger of your heavenly father. His turned away. Do you see the parallel with like medication or treatment that we might go through for something physically going on in our body. It's like there's a diagnosis and then the doctor says if you do this this is the result that you can expect on the other end those wonderful commercials with the perfect people and they're perfect clothing and they're perfect neighborhood. That are smiling at. They're taking this medication you you know. And they're going like leading with their grandchildren through the meadow. And the as they're taking this medication and then very pleasant voice. The voice over starts listing all these side side effects that you can have. Have you ever thought like I'm not sure that the side effects are worth it but here heavenly father says the diagnosis backsliding. The prescription is to return for your to Your heavenly father. The treatment is offered freely a love freely without condition with no side effects with no fine print and that the other end of the treatment the anger of your heavenly father will be turned away from you. He's inviting you. He's inviting us to take the first step to acknowledge our need for a heavenly father and he stands ready to receive you so once more some of US may be dealing with some really ugly stuff. That's kind of odd. We might say as obvious. Backsliding dipped our toes back into an addiction action. Or some of you may say it's not dipping my toes back and I've actually jumped headfirst back into an addiction where I once was set free or maybe it's is an area of lust at something that you'd be looking at the computer. It's a place that you thought you're going back to and it's like that might be the obvious types of things but what about the bitterness us. What about the jealousy? What about the envy? What about the comparison trap? What about the areas of convincing ourselves that we don't I need to have regular Commun community with our faith family. What about those areas of backsliding that are more subtle? Maybe the diagnosis noses for you tonight for me. Maybe it's more subtle form of backsliding. Here's this great promise. John One of Jesus closest friends maybe even his best friend the sight of Eternity John First John Chapter one verse nine so Jon. Many years after Jesus Christ suffered on the Cross and died again John on his writing these things down John gives us some incredible words and would craft in when he inspired to the Holy Spirit. What he's written written in the Bible John First John Chapter one verse nine once again? This is near the end of Your Bible. I John Chapter One verse nine. This great promise honest if we confess our sin he. Our heavenly father is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and and cleanse us from all on righteousness for someone here tonight right. This may not be a case of backsliding. Many of us in this room would say that we made the decision to follow Christ and that was some point in our rear view mirror a week ago months ago years ago or maybe even decades ago but there might be others of us here tonight and we would say that. It's not a case of backsliding because I never made that first time decision for Christ I put it off anymore by wait another day. You've made it this far. You came out to church on a bitterly call night. You made it here tonight. There's something that I'm convinced that you are not here by accident that you have been brought brought here on purpose and four purpose. There's no better place to give your life to Christ and right here in this church tonight. That's you tonight. Let me encourage you step out in faith and say tonight is the night that I want to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and so just as the verse that we just read. This is that's true for the backsliders. It's true for you tonight. If you are ready to make that first time commitment to Jesus if you confess your sins i John Chapter one verse nine if you confess vest. You're since you're never too gone if you confess your sense your heavenly father is faithful. And he's just he's ready to forgive you for your rebellion Dan. This is so good. Your heavenly father is ready to cleanse you ready to cleanse you from all unrighteousness business. See if we convince ourselves that we have to make ourselves morally perfect and then go to God. We're never going to get there. And when we if we say men I have to give myself already forgotten men. I'M GONNA come to him. That's what that's not all about. God that's all about you. Our heavenly father says no come as you are. Bring your doubts. Bring your questions. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit drawing you tonight is the night of salvation for you father in heaven. We love you and we come to you in the name of Jesus once again we are tonight. Reminded of what an amazing heavenly father are you. Are you have the heart of a parent. Those of us who are earthly parents we would say we love our kids so much they would forgive them over and over and over again that we would invite them to be healed in relationship with us. So how much more you our loving heavenly father. How much more is your love for us? The you would say. Even if we're backsliding tonight you invite us to come to you. You invited to return and you you say in in your word that you will heal us from our backsliding that you will love US freely that you will turn your anger away from us and that you will cleanses from. I'm all unrighteousness father. You know the one who's here tonight. Who needs a cleansing father? I pray that from a position of strength that we would be brothers others and sisters in Christ there would be willing to acknowledge our backsliding. We will bring that to the heavenly father allow you into Hilo from the inside and pray your blessing favorable. Each one is here in Jesus name Yeah. Thank you so much for being with us for the life together podcast this week. It's even better when we get to see you. In Person. Life is best lived in community. You're invited to join us on Wednesday evening here at Oak Creek Assembly of God. We are a church that exists assist to reach our world for Christ as we lead people just like you to discover and become who God created you to be find us online at Oak Creek. Ag Dot Org. Slash I am.
EP 3: The #Sparked Life: The Nature of the Spark
"Delivered into your sister and her best and today purpose peaks. I want what soup. Welcome I woke up to US sparked by the place where are really speaks comes together unlocked with sparks and Mark Levin Perfect skeets. That's Olympic. Actually feel this far tonight. The results that so perfect question. Are you ready. Let's go purpose. This is Deana your sister in purpose and resultant and welcome welcome. Welcome to podcasts. Three and in this Pike Cast S.. We're going to unbundling unpack the nature of their spark. But first let's have a recap of our last time together so we talked about just what to spark as and you had some homework and Several of you reached out and shared your Insights shared your experiences around. It was really cool and I wanNA share with you a couple of those. Actually several of those Just so that you can hear some of the big. AHA's came out of the exercise. So Nicky noticed that Sparks were happening in certain area in a certain area of her home like she would just have. These experiences is these moments the sparks of Thoughts and things that were kind of bigger than she was. She can't grab grab a hold of and That will lead her to her next inspired action steps so What she did in response to that and I love this is that she says she's going to be spending on prayer and more parent and meditation time intentionally in this area so way to go Nikki great insight and a great response and then Joel noticed that he keeps getting similar spark moments They like there's a common thread so he said that he will crank up his response. I love that Joel. And so first I he'll just write down What's happening so just say acknowledge that Something's coming through. Something's happening so the first thing is just to acknowledge shit and then second to offer some sincere ask about what what does this mean like. I don't even WanNa take for granted that I can understand something I feel like something thing. that's bigger than me and my current thinking is happening so let me ask some questions. Let me though some things out there and Wait and get a response back so way to go JAL that's really that's really cool and so Paul says that He didn't connect initially that his inspired ideas were really sports until he realized how they give him life and how they give them on Shaw Salt and we talked about that sparked can feel like That the Fibula. Let's pump in life back into us. that's Jolting US alive and so he realized just wait a minute. I'm having these things. I just wouldn't call them that and so now I can be more intentional about them. And he says his first response actually is being more intentional about capturing them so way to go Paul and so these are three examples of people just taking some inventory and kind of understanding how they take and understanding. What their spark moments are like and Just really being more intentional about the response and those were three different responses but they were deeply meaningful impactful about what These purpose pete's uncovered about their sparks. So way to go. We can all do this. And this is really laying the foundation of really being intentional about living the sparked live. Okay so the nature of the spark cell. I WANNA share with you a poem and this poem was really the backdrop backdrop of my book divine spark and so it goes like this the sparking you. The spark in me connects us to eternity. When edit nights in you it ignites in me and leads us to our destiny wild guys? I mean that is really simple. Keep it super simple but really impactful at the same time and so if we just break that down unpack that a little bit so The sparking you the spark in me. Well that in of itself says that the spark the nature of the sparks that exists in all of us. So we're all purpose speaks that And that's why I love calling you purpose peeps just to Kennedy knowledge that about you about all of us And then secondly connects assume eternity so we talked And one of the previous podcast about how the spark can be familiar Because it's our as it exists on within us and it's just it's like kind of activated at a point in time we kind of recognize it and so these things came from you know God. They came from our creator some people Can Resonate with them being Secret contracts ominous a whole lovely body of work around that but it's these things that were Canada imparted to US and You know that's really. What Kinda connects us to the beginning connects us to the beginning of our lives? It connects next to the beginning of US being these beautiful wonderful souls having a human experience and so the next line when it nights in you. So so there's an import unappointed time for that ignition. And I think we talked about The ignition being part of the actionable inaudible definition of spark and how that really relates to our community of purpose peeps. Because we're not really we're not really relating to see what as just the Noun experience we're relating to it as also the verb experience or how we're going to take action on we're GonNa talk about at that a little more when we get into another aspect of the nature of the spark and ignites in me. So there's like a multi layered on Kinda thing happens with these spark moments. Okay and I think One of the things I love of love love to share is that there's always more and I talk about that in my blog HASHTAG spark notes that she can Check out out on WWW DOT dean awakens dot com and it was a series about Just the nature purpose and I talk about how there's always as more it's like purpose unfolds. There's always more we can thank At one level of consciousness that it's about you know one thing. And then it's time progresses. We'll see more and more of that story. And that's what I love about this. Living Spark live and following our trill trail trail of sparks because they always lead to our version of more. And it's just a beautiful beautiful aspect of living the sparked life and Next line and leads us to our destiny. So these sparked Events Right. They are purposeful so you know they just don't lead us to more. They lead us to our destiny. What we're here to do? What the thing that the things because It because purpose unfolds. It's not just like justice. One thing it's like it just unfolds like a flower and Kinda leads us on this journey. Our journey to really really live out fulfillment in that we are living the the destiny of our design. Like why we're here and it's just it's really beautiful. And the last line connects and it connects us to our sparked relationships. And now here's where we want to get into Oh some juicy nece so When I wrote divine spark I was kind of unpacking Just what my friends and I know about Divine bovine spark moments. And what we experienced with one. Another when we're at this kind of Channeling and we are Supporting what's unfolding holding in our lives and And we get rejuvenated. We get jolted by we could sparked by it so just being A witness to what someone else is experiencing is also a gift to you and on these things are just not happening so that we can just have these moments and they're kind of like in this bottle and a while that's great it's kind of like to propel us more and a little later I'm GonNa talk more about What was uncovered Robert in the book? Divine spark and how that kind of relates to these type of wonderful wonderful relationships so Let's flip the script and talk about about what could possibly happen. When there's no response to being sparked like we gotta go their purpose peop- so what kind of happens so the Sparkin fizzle out right So the way that The spark catches on some more. It's through our responses is like what we add to it And if you don't know what to do that's cold that's great because guess what Through the wonderful examples of our purpose peeps like with Nikki. Maybe be more attention about just having them or like Paul. Maybe just seeing something being With new eyes and just writing it down and then how about Joel Joel says well you know what I want to go back and I want to ask some questions off some sincere at so I can really understand what's happening in the moment so those are all responses that Kinda I keep it going but guess what. It's not all onerous on US right because it didn't come from US we're responding to it right and so if you remember I think it may have been the first episode. Where again the example? That my wonderful Wonderful Papa gave me when I told him I wanted to write this book. Anti dance You know he just gave me You know just some of his like insights about life and it was really wonderful and some of them actually ended up in the preface of the book divine spart and so And he was a boy scout leader for many many many many years and his his wife's advice was about Starting a fire In how once the spark emerges how you have to those stuff on it just to keep going. And he used that as a wonderfully -nology about what happens in our lives purpose beeps so. Yeah we get sparked and sometimes life will throw some stuff stuff on that spark to keep it going right and sometimes that stuff is positively perceived You know happenstance and then sometimes it's our jock it's the stuff of like Oh man nat that but what it's doing is it's really Providing some fuel to keep it going and to keep it going. So let's unpack this a little more. What if we purpose peeps in our community? We just started to view life events as either either the rubbing thing that happens in the beginning to create the spart or WH- WHOA throwing what we perceive as junk on the spark to keep it going so we're even in a state of being prepared for the spark or being responding responding to the spark. How about that you know so? Life really gives us like our signature spark like our spark has the Hughes Hughes the aroma. The color the crackling. That's like unique to us based on our life experiences. So the first place the sparked exist purpose Pete's is really within our minds so we can transform art art we can transform our lives rather with what we hold in our wonderful wonderful mine so the spark life It's not only about like the grand finale in our lives. The we're we're everything kind of comes together and it's like Oh that's what this was all about. Oh Okay I get it. It's also so it's also about Just our choice to be intentional about living. This spark live and the of being available to our sparks when you may happen and then following up with some inspired action to keep it going and solarge next is revealed to us and now. Here's where I WANNA tie. Hi this back to Those divine spark relationships because in those divine spark relationships. They you kind of help us to reveal what the sparks are really about it kind of helps us and it Kinda firms us in our experience You know so that we can stay presence in what is happening in our lives and we can kind of deeply have a deeper commitment to wow. I've really been the process. Like wow this spark is really going somewhere and no one really has to have it all figured out You know one really has to say You know try to take control of it is like wow. It's really happening. And I think that's what's so powerful awful about that Poem is that you're acknowledging the sparking you and the spark in me and when it and that connects us to eternity and nights in and you ignites in me and leads us to our destiny so We can appreciate what you're you know having this You know ignition Shen. Oh my goodness that's also available to me you know allows us to kind of settle into You know whatever the timeframe is for our divine appointment okay with whatever's going to spark US propel us to our next so back to these Divine Spark relationship so in my book divine spark I begin to unbundle What purpose what happens? Purpose peeps When if you've ever heard someone say the saying Oh my goodness that made my baby leap. So in my circle of I call them. MM sister flames and brother flames. We have these moments you know all the time and so I'm just like wow that really jazzed me that really sparked me need that really set off something. Let me just jot that down. I really don't understand it in the moment or whatever but you know something just happened. Oh my goodness thank you so much much for sharing that with me. We have moments like that. All the time and I really am starting to embrace them. More and more As just these he's destiny moments so they're not the big bang but there's things that lead to You know those gestalt moments those news Grand Finales those being our house. I mean this is like the journey to it and so that's what I think is so beautiful about considering that we're we're leaving this sparked life we are living this sparked live and so Going back to the book so What I was led to do was to really unpacked that and make it more conversational for more purpose beeps rather than just my close circle and it was just a divine nine honored to be able to do that? And so in truth that came from the story of Mary. Elizabeth in the Bible that's-that's that's-that's. This is the origin of You know my understanding about divine spark relationships so what was really cool. was that it's it's the story actually starts off with Elizabeth's husband Zachariah. And there's an angel that visits Zachariah and doc arises and his wife Elizabeth older in age right so that Kinda gives us another another clue about the nature of sparks. which is that? It's not a pout A So whatever age we are purpose peeves we're still in the sparked life okay And so sacrifice he is He's just doing his job. He's working so he was working in the priests heard. His Job was to light the incense so he's just doing his thing. You know But but on this particular day He had an amazing experience. Just just going about life doing his thing and isn't that what happens to us. Purpose beats we have our spark moments. We're just doing our thing right and then something happened. So an angel appeared before him. We know this angel to be on Gabrielle. And we know that the nature sure of angels is that they are messengers of God so they have You know something to share with us right and so this angel angel shared that That Zachariah his wife Elizabeth was going to become on pregnant and she was going to have a son and the son was going to be named John. And it just told him you know some really Big highlights about John's life right and so One one of the first things that Secularized ditch response that he questioned so with Zachariah different because he kinda no question like oh can this happened rather than just the question of well wait a minute What does this mean? What do I need to do what do I do? You know whatever whatever back that accepting posture. So that's what we can do purpose peeps when we get these Whether it's an angel that's before us or just something that Kennedy Hannah drops into our consciousness. Or or if you're like Paul you just and you have these really big inspired ideas that you know are kind of bigger than you So the one of the first things that we can do is take a page from this story and just go back and ask a go back and ask some questions believing believing that this is for us like wow this is amazing thank you so much what do I do I what do I do next did you know what do you want me to do with this You know. How can I respond to this? This is amazing so the first one we want to do is we want to embrace it. As a part of living are sparked alight and so He goes and he elizabeth becomes pregnant. And what's funny is is that Elizabeth kept this pregnancy hidden for like five months and nobody really knew right and so it's funny in. Here's what's really cool guys. I didn't even catch initially but when Luke starts talking about Mary's experience with the Angel. Gabriel and her message cinch about Jesus in her impending pregnancy. It doesn't start off with Mary. It doesn't start off with Jesus doesn't stop it starts off with Elizabeth you bet and it starts off with letting you know that Elizabeth is now six months along that ended up itself. Let you know. Hey wait a minute. Something's tied here. What these relationships? And it's it's beyond the fact that they're just cousins right because the context in the frame of reference for for this wonderful story begins with acknowledging that Elizabeth is in her sixth month of pregnancy. Okay so he's telling her about vow on her impending pregnancy and He's telling her about on the life in nature you know Jesus but then he also tells her her about her cousin who also has this immaculate conception with her husband and their way beyond the childbirth childbirth You know the years right. And so that allows Elisabeth to Kinda lean in more and so that's like the nature of the spark sparked relationships because when the spark ignites and you and it it nights in me. It's like allows you to lean into the possibility of what's happening and that's really important and then we also don't want to forget about the relationship between the the Messenger and they're the receiver lever of the message because that's as divine spark relationship just that You know that You can kind of lean into your destiny because it was kind of revealed to you in a way That was unique to the recipient so the recipient would know what to do. What's my next inspired action? Step or whatever it's you see this thing fulfilled and then what does and. What does Mary Do? Mary goes back with a question and she says how. Can this be. Because you know I'm married and I've never been with anyone. How can this be and so That I think that I think actually after that question is actually when The Angel Kennedy Tales are about her cousin so that she can kind of lean in. And that's exactly what she does and she says And because the angel says this is possible because all things are possible with God all things are possible awesome and then she's alive and then she says well just as you say it is solit- be or something like that. And so she kinda lanes and but then what does she do. She immediately goes was to Elizabeth as. Here's where the story gets so juicy paid she goes to Elisabet. And you gotta say and nobody at this point point really even knows that Elisabeth his pregnant right. There's no facebook there's no telephone she just goes up jumps to it and when when she comes into Elizabeth's home and Elizabeth. Here's Mary speak. The it says the Holy Spirit came upon her and her baby leap for Joy John the Baptist leap for Joel and Elizabeth who is filled with the Holy Spirit spirit and now the Holy Spirit's job is to inform the Holy Spirit job is to impart wisdom and so she starts talking talking about The the the the fulfillment of prophecy that Mary is carrying and so At that point Mary writes the song of Mary and so she even gets deeper and deeper into her commitment about her destiny. Estany because of this experience and this relationship in this importation and this affirmation from her cousin Elizabeth so when my friends and I get together and we talk about the things that we are birthing using birthing as a metaphor we think about the ideas that are coming coming through us when we think about the seeds that had been imparted to us when we think about the sparks that that we have received we think about the divine downloads loads that we are getting like Paul these thoughts that are just like bigger then And these visions that are bigger than US okay and then we share them with People with entrusted people that are in our inner circle and they can allow us to go deeper deeper into connecting and committing to these new happenings. That are happening in our lives. That are miraculously that our our version origin of miraculous. That are bigger than us that require inspired action steps. Because they're they're new. There are new to us. They are a new experience to us. Is these relationships. They can of like cheer on and allow us to go deeper deeper into our commitment to see these sparks through. They got allow us to go deeper into our commitment to ensure that these sparks are. You know Actually sustained and they become Ignited and they become these flames to kind of propel US forward and and give us art Divine action steps so this is like the huge huge thing in the nature of And the nature of the spark. Because they're all these different Catalysts at play that allow that sparked to involve and grow over time and to direct rector our lives and such I wrecked our next inspired action steps so relationships are critical. They're critical and So now if we go back and we look at the definition of a smart that we talked about the other day just a second. Let me bring that up okay. Yeah and ignited a fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning woulda produced produced by one hard body striking against another so. This goes back to just that process of What's going to either? Life is helping helping us to create the spark or If we think about it Oh Wow I love this a trace of life. I four right Tallahassee so trace of life so what can we do to the spark to sustain. Its life right you know. How do we respond like the? The defibrillator has been pumping our chests. Boop we gotta spark now what do we do to sustain that. Because we we can't live being kind of you know Pumped that like that just Kinda like jolted as Select one of our purpose piece as was saying you know like I think it was Paul saying that you know something jolted him. Something happened and so now we had the wonderful opportunity of really being more intentional. Attention all about you know how we respond to these things when they happen. Now that we're kind of encoding and we're unlocking like what's our recipe zippy like what's our experience around this whatever and You know just having some Availing ourselves to have the device spark mom because I think it was in the last episode. The last podcast We talked about how you know. some people don't get it like some people don't get it's okay and You know what we can do is just be a strong demonstration and of what living the spark life is really about right and as as as our countenance changes as our You know our life evolves by making this transformation to happen in our hearts and in our mind. Guess what. That's the best demonstration. That's the best way to Cana. I'm share with others about that and have them ask. Hey what's going on with you. I'm noticing something's different on whatever you can just talk about your experiences in this all but there are some people That will be planted in our lives. Where they're having they're experiencing? You're having your experience Kinda like Mary was having in her experience I'm sorry Elizabeth. I Elizabeth was having her experience wherever she was in the world and Mary was having her experience in a different part of the world but but when they came together they solidified their destiny and Elizabeth's baby left and so just living. The spark life will avail you to Can I match up energetically and kind of match up with the with the divine appointments. You know and things that are happening you know all around us with the people that you can kind of get it that we're waiting for you to just kind of you know. Now be a president witness to what they're experiencing so they like Marion. Elizabeth can go deeper and deeper into the commitment of The full realisation of The the purpose of the spark. And that's what I'm about I'm about realized purpose like fulfillment like not just having these moments. But what were the moments four. What was I created the eighty four? Get to that fully realized to that fully realized Ah Experience around the purpose of your spark so purpose peeps this week. I really want you to kind of take an inventory sick an inventory about your Divine spark relationships who've been around. That's can I help you to have have your babies leak who you've been around where you can share an idea or something is happening. And then it's just like this exchange and It takes you further than where you were when you first Began the conversation. Who are you who are you? Who is a purpose peop- that even acknowledges that you are pregnant with purpose that you are That is this is something that will evolve and that are like In it with you for the journey and experience that telling you you you know what it should be. How would it how it could be just saying you know? Wow this is amazing. What are you going to do next? I have have you. Have you offered some sincere ask about this. This is really really cool. What's next for you or wow let me know what happens next next door? They like they are just like In it to win it your destiny relationships. What about when you are talking being with someone about something that sparked you and then the other person says something that enhances what you understand about your smark? Let me say that again. You are sharing something about your spark and then someone has another key to the puzzle that fits to your piece destiny relationship because let me tell you something And we'll talk more at a later podcasts about massively transformative purpose who that's the thing and who I can't wait to unpack that with view But everything doesn't have to be a massively transformative purpose but if you have a huge huge huge vision end with what is being In what you're how you're being sparked just know this We can't fulfill those things by ourselves. We we can't we can. We can hold the vision. We can cast the vision we can hook up a boost with other people and resources that help us bring doing these big things to pass. But they're never intended for us to do them solo as solo projects. They will not they. We can't do it. We can't until it and so it's designed for us to hook up with our Divine spark relationships and our destiny relationships. So I just want you to just just have a little inventory about that and you know what if you don't have anything to put on your list right now then Just hold the intention and offer some. I'm sincere asks about About having these relationships that really support your spark and also being a support court for someone else's spark because if you think about it when we go back to the story and we look at At Sakari is He was just doing his own thing then he was serving. He was doing his own thing when he had this. Huge huge spark moment With the angel. Gabriel and what this this wonderful awful wonderful assignment that would change our history and so just Matches in you know how someone can support you. Hopping you'd be support you know and just see what happens in see what your response is our to that sincere asking move from there And and We don't have to like Khan You know make these relationships do what they do they just are you know they just are they. Just they just happen They're bigger than ask their linked to envisions. That are bigger than us. And they're just it's just wonderful wonderful a wonderful life experience and so that's my sincere. Ask for everyone. Everyone of every one of you purpose okay. So let's just start with acknowledging them around us and One of the things that I've been working on this year is what we place. Our attention on grows so just the fact that we are That we create this list when we do this homework assignment. I mean just the fact that we are you know lending energy to that. We will allow that aspect of ourselves to grow awesome Saas and so this time. Let's change our let's change our Affirmation for this week let's change it. Let's just say I'm living my sparked life now and everything is either helping to create my spark or keeping my spark going and I'm thankful so let's just practice that Affirmation over and over again. It's just wonderful because we always want an offer that we are living being are sparked life now because that builds awareness and then life events are either happening to reveal our spark or su-sustain are smart. And so how. How does life unfold if we take on that perspective and then also so the ending and I'm grateful because that's always a good place to be right purpose? peeps just thankful and grateful for the wonderful experience and love up to hear your comments and your questions. You can email me at Info at Dino Wiggins D. N. A. W. I. G. G. I. N. S. DOT COM You can go to the facebook page at Dina for your purpose and there will be a post there if you want to share Any of your experiences. It's about What came up for you in doing this homework assignment and just assessing those divine spark on relationships? Okay purpose speaks until next time uh-huh you'd be looked around something hard enough and you might find around when it keep you down Bassani. Don't be thinking that you can't get down.
SO Unbecoming Episode 21: Operations Project Manager, Candina "Dina" Janicki
"Hey friends and welcome to episode twenty one of so and becoming. I'm Jamie Moskovsky. We are three weeks away from the end of two thousand nineteen. Can you believe it I for one am excited to wrap up this year? It's been a rough one for me honestly Making a lot of changes as a result. So I am very ready for twenty twenty. There are a few really exciting projects ahead including season. Two of so unbecoming ANU podcasts. That's a collaboration. I'll speak more about in the next couple of episodes but for now let's talk about this conversation coming up. With former Microsoft software and systems academy site miniature now Operations Project Manager for MSA can Dina were Deana Jiechi Dina and I go pretty deep here into a few key things that I hope will help those of you who might be in place of transition right now. Think about how to frame things as you move forward grab a coffee or tea and please enjoy my conversation. With Dina Jinnah. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me today. So let's go ahead and talk about you. Tell us who you are. Introduce yourself your name. what you do and how long you've been military spouse case so my name is Kim. Dina Gimmicky can dean very difficult for people to say so feel free to call me Dina. It makes it a lot easier I am currently a site manager for the Microsoft's military Excuse me Microsoft Software and Systems Academy program which is means. I'm a part of Microsoft's military affairs team and my focus is professional development so I may global career development facilitator and a career services specialist in. That's where my heart and my passion lies is in that I have been a military spouse for twenty plus years. Now Oh my goodness. You're like my hero already. We haven't even started all right Okay so today we're GonNa talk about a few things I know that are really important to you Because you do so much to serve veteran community and the military spouse community but let's start with a military spouses and your thoughts on transition. How we're always transitioning. It's it's interesting because I had heard a podcast from another spouse at one point. She talked about military transition when Servicemember leaves the service in goes into the civilian world. Which is something. I deal with on a daily basis and have for years and she made the point that a lot of the things that they go through are similar emotions to what spouses go through when we transition with Pcs MEMPHIS when ever our spouse has permanent change of duty station we've gotTA follow along. You're leaving a job or community or support system and you go through some of those similar issues and for me particularly the area of transition that is deepest to my heart has been career. My career has definitely not been linear and it's been back and forth and sideways. I've fallen in some holes and jumped over some branches and gone backwards and forwards. In any which way you can had transitions where it's taken six months to a year to get back into more than just a job ads to build a career so you kind of learn some lessons along the way It's a hard position to be in but it's one we gladly do for our spouse but that doesn't mean it's any less difficult go so I'm focused more now in helping other spouses to make that portion of the transition. Because that's something I feel like I can help with. I can't replace your support system. I can't Replace the community that you had or how you felt there how your kids felt but if I can give tools in ideas to with how do I build a professional network? That's wider than just the location that I'm at In what ways and tools can I managed to have a career while my spouse is still serving? The old joke in our household was always the day you retire. It's my turn and your following me and there's no you don't get a say about this we're GonNa go and then here we are in. You know he's hitting twenty years him were going will now. Have all these open possibilities? And I don't know what to do because I haven't had that option every decision I've been made it's been based off. What the military dictatorship for him. There are a lot of similarities to a military transition for the service member as a spouse such transitioning with each move they make so. I thought it was an amazing point and I wish I could remember. Give credit to the spouse that set it in half but it was just really struck home with me and I mean I'm feeling it one hundred percent here recently. I've been very candid about the fact that This particular pcs move for me has been I had. I have everything lined up right. I was amazingly had a job lined up three months ago. I had you know. Schools picked out. And all the things you know all the organizational things that you do but then in here has been really hard emotionally because it's just it's processing a little bit of a loss you know the loss. I missed my co workers at Microsoft. I miss my friends and watched. I missed a community that I was part of because when we left I felt like Gosh you know we. We did a good job like you know making connections here and so now. I've I feel like okay. I already signed up and went to like a you know a few networking things and you know that feels great but it's still like it's kind of a reminder of. Oh my gosh I'm starting all over again and this is a new place and I'm not familiar with everything and everybody and it. Just you know. In the meantime my husband just picks up his bag and goes to the Pentagon and gay him. You know like just plugs right back in Not True for US rights. Non-euro might that plug and play so definitely not true and you have it. You're exactly right that it's a sense of loss you build a reputation you build a body of work you put in the effort and it seems like the moves always coincide with right when you finally have your full stride right when. You're you know exactly what you're doing at your job you've major connections especially if you're someone. That's in a position where you have to do outreach to the community or you have to do outreach team employment's so you get all that network together in your nice and happy and then the south comes out and says we have orders and it's time to move and the next question is well. How long do I have an It's restarting it's recreating yourself. That's a challenge for spouses with transitioning. Especially when it comes to the employment side is really getting an idea of who you are what you bring to the table and what you really want to do and when I say what you want to do I don't mean just what's your job title you're looking for. What's the career title you're looking for because you have to be open to opportunities and it's almost more of there's an exercise we do called job framework that. I learned from a wonderful instructor. And you basically look through job applications descriptions that are out there and you start notating what you would want to do and you have done and then by the time you dine. You've got this long list of job duties and skills and things that you'd like to and then you break that down to fifteen. I had my ideal job I would be doing these things. And that's your job framework. So that when you're in a new location and it doesn't have an exact match you know I'm a site manager here. We may go from Fort. Benning where we're currently at to Fort Riley and Mike position doesn't exist And they may have a site manager or something that the equivalent of it so I would have to look towards my framework and what I want to do to be able to find something else. That's going to further develop me in those fifteen areas that I'm still building career. It just might not have the same title. Yeah that's such a good point and such a good Strategy I was just having a conversation earlier today with Amanda Huffman. Actually who has also been a guest on the show and we were talking about podcasts and how in at in that realm. You know what what's really important is that you're always very clear on what's your purposes like. What what do you do? What message are you trying to convey and you know what is your show specifically about what what do you want to get out of it and I feel like you're telling me a very similar thing in that you know no matter where we go no matter what we do you know even if we have to change jobs or job titles? It's really important to know what things you really want to accomplish. What are the things that you're may be good at and want to get better at I think this goes along more with like values to you know swift. What are the things that are? Y- you don't WanNa live without and you definitely don't want tolerate also right because it's like. I you know military spouses as you talked about earlier. One of the challenges. Yeah you can get a Job. Anybody can get a job from place to place but you know you might go go from being a an attorney to being a Barista the next time. If you can't find a position that is something that you can do. But maybe there are positions out there That are more in the vein of law. Maybe you can't be an attorney at in the first six or twelve months of where you're at but maybe you can do something related And how do you do that? I think having a framework that should've shows that list of here are the things that I I want to do and here. Maybe here's the things I don't want to do and working off those I think that's really great. That framework with you when you're networking you can have you know. Nice copies of it that are Particular to you and take them with you. One example that I remember when I was going through my career development courses My instructor mentioned that they had a client. That took one of these frameworks with him to just a networking opportunity with a company and as they were talking about. What what what are you looking for? What kind of position you're looking for this client was able to just slide over there framework and say well. This is what I'm looking for. And she said that you know the the HR person just up and left and walked out and then came back in and when they came back in they came in with someone else because they have been looking on trying to figure out what to name a job and that job had a majority of this skills in needs that were on that person's framework so they walked in giving what this company was already looking for but the company didn't know what to call it So they had been working now. That's an amazing lucky. Didn't but there is a bit of luck and opportunity. That comes to this. And that's where it comes to the Nice thing about the the modern age of you and I have this podcast and to talk from totally different locations and the Advances of Lincoln and networking opportunity. Is We have the opportunity to continue to network even while you're working and for spouses especially that you know that that transition is going to be coming constantly professionally developing so even when you're comfortable and you've got your stride in that job you're still keeping yourself open to opportunities you're still developing your skill. You're still keeping in touch with people we know. The military is a small world My daughter loves to say she graduated high school with somebody she went to third grade with Carson but they graduated from Fort Betting beyond that. Kinda stuff works. It's a small world Well the bigger world still a small world and the Internet's made it even smaller. So you just never know who knows somebody knows something so if you are putting yourself out there and you're not just using Lincoln when you're job searching mature continually building those networks and the and keeping your professional network. You know people that you work with in the past we don't. We're not the age anymore where it costs me five dollars to call you. Say Hey how are you? So I'm picking who I really am. GonNa keep in touch with now. You can keep in touch with those professional references. And you never know when you're headed back that way our win. They know somebody at that next installation so I was blessed like you were. This was the first transition in over twenty years That I had a job when I came and I had a job from the network that I had built up ten through that network once. I let it be known that I was coming here. Somebody talk to somebody who talked to somebody who found out something and I get a call saying hey can can you be on this phone call in five minutes and that's how it kind of works? But it didn't happen overnight. I mean I've been everything from the office assistance in Abell Bonds Company which some interesting stories there. I've worked for retail. I've delivered pizza to the barracks in checkered pants. I have worked in education in career. And it's just been for me. I liked his help. People you know when someone asks me. I don't charge when I help with resumes. Since the Mike that military's abouts is in veterans Because I know how hard it is and maybe one day that will change and I. I will decide that. That's my path that I want to go for right now. A lot of it is. I feel like I've I thought the bruises to prove that. I've made those wrong turns if I can help someone else. Not Triple of that branch. That's going to cost them two or three years. I wanted to help to do that. Yes I want to do that. Yeah completely So let's let's talk about that because we also talked about a little bit about Failure and trying to not be afraid to fail In inject just one more thing I feel like sometimes when I talked to military spouses They see the sort of randomness of their resume as a failure of some sort or A. I'm not it like makes them less valuable. Or you know and I personally love the analogy of it. Looks like you're in the witness protection program you got all these crazy jobs You know but I but honestly I just don't think we should see ourselves that way and if nothing else it it to me I kinda resume on an from a military specials looks amazing. It looks like wow you have you. Were trying to do whatever you could to be fulfilled to making an income. Those are really valuable qualities and traits and people that drive and that initiative. I think that's really what that shows Especially you know if you know I mean clearly you might have an education or a an initial career experienced that something besides delivering pizzas and Checkered Panther. You Know You. You had to do it at one point in the end. Good for you and there's nothing wrong with that so let's talk about Being okay with kind of failure not seeing certain things as failure but really true failure being okay with it and taking risks. I think there's there's two parts to which kind of asking here Saw the first part that I am kind of And I'll make an admission. Hey so up until the last few years I was very hesitant to ever mention that I was a military spouse to put that on my professional arena at all Even mentioning a military spouse on Lincoln is something. That's only been in the last year that I've followed that. Hashtag or allowed myself to share articles on that and I was one of those. How do I hide this on my resume? They're going to see by location and I looked at it as a fault. I'm and I think I looked at it that way. Because that was the perception I was getting from everybody around me. I did have employers and I have had an employer. Tell me straight out that they were not hiring me because I was a military spouse and they weren't they knew I was not going to stay so it was do I lie. And pretend like he's going to retire from here and we've made the decision. He's getting out Which I could never ethically do Or just accept that. I've lost this opportunity so I did everything I could to kind of hide that portion and I think it didn't benefit me and it took me years to realize in. I'm still realizing in putting myself out there that there is strength in all of those different positions and all those different positions have led to where I'm at now. What my brand is what I believe in and what I'm looking for so when it is time to move again when it was time to move here I knew what I was looking for. I knew what I wanted what I didn't want what I'm good at and what I'm not good at and that's a lot of trial and error. I know that I am adaptable. I learned quick. I know that I can accept change. Change Management is huge. No matter what field. You're in the ability to be resilient managed. Change is a huge skill that military spouses have. I can't speak for the majority. I can only give my impression but my impression of military spouses. We ARE RESILIENT. We do adapt we can learn really quick we can be independent. Which is great for those that are looking at like remote positions in those kinds of things. I mean I worked remotely for a university for a short while and I think I did that successfully because I was used to having to do things on my own and not rely on someone else to take care of things like being willing to ask questions and find the resources because how many of us have ended up in the middle of nowhere with no family no friends and you gotTa Find Walmart Right. Find the Walmart and the target when she found those every now and then the dreaded. Let's find out WHO'S GONNA be my hair. We wanted to share and the family photo in the horrible other things that go. So there's that part of that. I think you're extremely correct that we bring some strengths And recognizing those strengths. Instead of focusing on the other side. I also had to learn that. Did I really WANNA work or company? That didn't value that. I was a spouse because if they were already saying that from the front or they were already counting the out from the front. That meant if my spouse got called up on a deployment or had to be gone for a long time. They weren't going to give me that work life balance that I was going to need right to be a spouse of someone in the service whose career is not always predictable. Normally not predictable. So that's the first side of the second side of it with risking failure is because you're constantly being put in new situations. You're always going to run the risk that it's not going to be perfect. It's not gonNA work out and this is an opportunity. I'm trying to say how I WANNA put this so to me. Doing this. Podcast was risky. It was scary for me I talk in front of a class every day. I network with people all the time but I am a true introvert when it comes to it but it was not just that it's very vulnerable to put yourself out there and say this is who I am in. This is my story and these are my beliefs and not everybody's so pleasant to military spouses. There's lot of negative stereotypes and things so for me. This was taking a risk of failure. I'm taking a risk of not saying the right thing or something coming across wrong but if I don't take the risk I also don't get the opportunity. I don't get the opportunity to help someone or to move forward and win. You're constantly having to face change which we everybody faces changes the only constant but we seem to base it a little bit more than like my sister. You know you have to be willing to take those chances in asking for those chances and that they may fail. And that's okay because you're learning something from the failure absolutely and like you said there. There are opportunities. I think it's brilliant to Kind of look at this a definitely learned this while I was working with the military spouse. Technology Academy is You know to not get stuck on. It's it's not the opportunity as in. It's not the only pertains it's GonNa come your way. It's very hard to put yourself out there to even apply for job to interview for a job to talk to you about a job but if it doesn't work out all it means is that wasn't your Opportunity Act and it has nothing to do with whether or not you're good whether or not you're valuable none of that it just it wasn't your opportunity next and just and it's so hard it's easier said than done but I think over the years probably because I'm older now and I'm Kinda like over it okay. If this didn't work out for me next there's something else but always be working on that something else like you said earlier on. It's not just about trying for one thing and hoping and praying that you get that. It's you know cast a lot of lines out there you know See what is out there and put yourself out there more than one place not just. I'm putting myself out there for this one job and that's the job. I'M GONNA get or whatever if it's not just another opportunity or something. It's okay to not have that workout. 'cause there's something else is going to work out exactly an interview understand who you are in what she want. That's easier to do you know. And and the biggest struggle is figuring that out. And you know I'm in my forties and still learning and still figuring out daily and what I wanted to do at twenty is totally different than what I want to do. Now and that changes and adapts in. That happens for everybody but for me my advice go for that is. There's a tie in between lock an opportunity and work and you bite lock into a position but you still have to put in the work. The luck just doesn't happen. The luck is I've been working on my link Dan. I've kept it going. I kept my professional relationships and an opportunity came across that somebody thought of me and then they just called me and said I think you're perfect. Pay We call that luck but it's not really lack. It's it's a combination of taking those extra steps in consistently looking for what's out there. And where can I contribute? And sometimes you're GONNA be at a location where just doesn't match up. That doesn't mean you can't take as you're doing and go network and go reach out to volunteer organizations A what can I do in that aspect that might eventually lead to an opportunity? So there's if you have to have a job. There's going to be times that you're going to have to take a job to have a job that doesn't mean that you can't still focus on having a career that career just isn't going to be a straight line like we picture it when you graduate college and you think this is what. I went to college for and I'm GonNa find a job in it and that's what I'm GonNa do for the next twenty years Nice Beautiful Watch and retired. Everything's GonNa be wonderful. That doesn't even happen. Outside of the military spouse world anymore. That's just not reality. Most people don't stay with the company that long. And we don't work that way so accepting that your employment journey or your career journey look more like tree is going to branch out and it might even have some broken branches. But that's okay because what happens when a branch breaks out far rose he kinda just clip it and learn the lesson. It grows back. So that's how you're growing and as long as you're consistently moving forward you're going to get to where you want to get and that's looking for the opportunities. Sometimes it's as simple as doing a google search in putting in military spouse and available training in the area and seeing programs like the one that you were involved in for Microsoft that give people an opportunity. They're taking those small steps and for a lot of us when we talk about failure. It's different for each person risking failure. One person's risk threshold might be lot lower than someone else's risk threshold so for me. I might be more willing to go into a chamber event and talk to someone because it's something I've done in the past worse for someone else. That might be a complete risk that scary. I don't want to even try it. Nobody's GonNa like me know what he's GonNa talk to me. And it can even be social events so we each have our own What is the word? I'm looking for tolerance. We each have our own tolerance. The ideas pushing yourself past that tolerance and being okay with win it fails or if it fails that as you said. It's just opportunity for something else and we learned something each one of those absolutely. Yeah it's just something getting out of your way so you can get to the thing you're still do factly look at it exactly so anything specific that you want to talk about with regard to like job search in relationship building because definitely you brought up some really good points about how Sometimes it's the people in your network. It could be your neighbor. Anybody somebody randomly doc. Do that connects you with different opportunities. you just never know and to me that takes more. That's we we go back and forth between the networking idea and the relationship building idea but I honestly think it's better to look at things as relationships because I wouldn't say I'm networking with somebody that I just met at the grocery store right but you know I may neck. We may be making a friendship. We may have something in common and I'm trying to build a relationship with a drink. Here's my card in your bowl. And there is a difference yeah networking I think we fall into relationship building but yes definitely building relationships when it comes to your job search in stuff is realizing a two way street giving as much as year taking a perfect example. We were talking in class About facebook. How people from high school will reach out to you. And you haven't talked to these people in forever and they'll say oh you've never changed. And why is that? It's because at the core of us our values in our staff what we identify with that person. That person still identifies with that. So that's what they see that's why they say you haven't changed even though you've changed immensely in the twenty something years some since high school but you built a relationship based on something. A foundation and maintaining those relationships in your personal relationships and professional relationships can lead to opportunities in the employment world. And sometimes I think your personal ones even lead to more if they are constantly inconsistently developed. But it's being genuine And I go back to and I know it I keep Kinda of harping on this but it really goes back to being genuine to who you are if you can figure out to us a a key frazier brand. What makes you who you are what you like to do? What value you bring then even when your networking you're building relationships because it's coming across and they're seeing you as a genuine person in. It's not a elevator pitch. That's rehearsed in Steph. I'm GONNA throw using the key words out here you may be still throwing those same keywords out but if you believe it and it's truly who you are and you have that understanding of yourself when you present that to someone else whether it be at a social event that you're talking to or somebody run into a in the commissary or you're just talking about who you are. Your professional identity becomes a part of your personal identity and to me. There's not much of a separation who I am in my personal life is not really that different than who I am in my professional life and once those matched a little bit more. It was almost like that's when I found my calling When those two things came together I could feel passionate about what I was doing that. It was like now. I'm on the right track right. Yeah I think that's a good indicator by the way like if you feel like you have to be two different people in your work and you know which is probably not a good thing to say because I think sometimes people when people who serve in the military sometimes that that's a reality for them but you know the military is a very specific environment so I could understand why when very specific way in that environment in another way at home or with your friends and family Get that but I think as far as my own experience. I think you're absolutely right. The more the more time has gone on and the happiest I've been is where the the person who I believe is the real the real me quote unquote and the person I show up as at work are the same person in And I think yeah I hear. I've read so much talk about that. You know like oh he must be provisional person in your workplace and you can be this person here. I you know why not be the same person in both places I mean. And that's like the dream thing to be right because I don't WanNa have to be anybody but myself and it goes back to what you're saying about when you're representing yourself as a military spouse. I don't WanNa be hired by a company whose off put by me being a military spouse. I don't because my life is going to happen and if they can't be Compassionate or understanding about that will then there there goes that job right off the bat so it's just much better in my opinion to be upfront about those things. There's nothing there's no opportunity in my mind. That's worth hiding who who I am 'cause there's already so many things about each of us that people can tell when they meet us when they look at us when the hero voice whatever it is. People are already reading those things and being military spouses. A huge part of my identity at this point in time so I definitely. I'm with you know hiding anymore but we understand why I mean. There's a lot of conditions out there in the workplace and a lot of judgment stereotypes but at the same time you know spare yourself the agony. I've been the people who don't understand the skin or our community and let it be out there Is there any other advice that you'd WanNa give to military spouses? Who are either looking for jobs or just contemplating like what's next. What am I GONNA do next? Don't be afraid to ask. Don't don't be afraid to reach out there now especially in studying. See more of a turn towards a focus in military spouse employment. That hasn't been there in. You know the unemployment rate alone is just outrageous. I think the last time I had looked at four times the national average which is just a crazy number. But don't be overwhelmed by that to think that that means it's impossible. It's not impossible and going back to what we were just saying you know being yourself professionally and personally wouldn't really getting to is the core of who you are so yes you know your language on. Saturday may not be your language on Monday. That's that I don't think that's what you're implying are buying but just being comfortable with who you are. And as you said a military spouse is a part of that and that's something that's been a journey for me and I'm finally accepting it because there are so many negative stereotypes and even using the term. I'm a military spouse. I've heard people. Well why are you defining yourself that way? You're just a spouse like any other spouse in the world in why are you making that a thing? But the truth matters their strengths and weaknesses that come along with that identity and it's not my full identity all right and it is a portion of my identity so I agree with you with a not being afraid. Put that out there and going along with that. That means don't be afraid to take the advantage of the opportunities that are now being offered. Look for those resources. Ask the questions. Don't don't be afraid. Assume that it's just not going to happen the hardest. It's like when you start college. I was hit. The hardest thing about starting college is not college. The hardest ing is calling the admissions counselor and getting started once do that. Everything falls into place and job. Searching is a twenty four hour seven day a week thing when you're doing it especially when you don't have another job but it takes being willing to go to a network event. Put yourself out of your comfort zone. Take the chance that you're going to fail talk to people and that's where I go back to you know what your messages so I know who I am and I know what I want to do. And that's like again. That may not be a job title but I know I WANNA do this. I want to serve people. I want to help people are. I want to be in charge of a project. Whatever it is that you want to do if you can communicate that it's GonNa Communicate in natural conversations and those natural conversations at a barbecue or at a networking event or anywhere else where your message is the same across everything because it is who you are. That's where those opportunities are GonNa from and then it's just keeping your eyes open to the opportunities because I can think back to times where I let opportunities right past me because I wasn't focused on that. I was so focused on what was wrong with the duty station. We were ad or how much I didn't like this or how much I didn't like this. Instead of focusing on while the best advice my mom ever gave me as a military spouse herself for twenty years. She said every installation that you ever go to no matter where that may be has something of value something beautiful and something worth looking at and that means you have to leave your house crying because you left the perfect place to move forward to find that. So it's taking that attitude attitude goes along with it A crazy little piece of advice. I'll throw out there. It's something I embarrassed myself in my class. I embarrassed myself with every class that I have about this. That it's the idea of power poses and power songs and being willing to take a two minute break in the bathroom before you go in an interview or before you go into that networking events or that social event or you know the new club that you're trying out because you're in a new place and you just want to try it and doing your little power pose for two minutes Or listening to your Song I do. Both and my are completed garrisoning. You gotTA share it so my power pose is John Travolta from Saturday night fever. Also if you picture him with his hand up in the other hand doing the nice seventies That is my power pose. I is the screen saver on my oxidative. I need a little pick me up and my song is staying alive by the BG's who I happen to absolutely love and it makes me laugh at. It makes me smile and it puts me in the mood to be positive and if I take a moment and go into a bathroom or do it in front of a classroom of ten transitioning soldiers who are GonNa Laugh thirty minutes. After I knew it I walked away while to you about it. I thin ice melon. It makes me positive so I think every person there's a wonderful lady who does a tedtalk on body language and I. I hope I don't butcher her name. Is Amy Cuddly? I believe And she talks a little bit about power poses in her speech that she gives an. I show that to every class that I have before I embarrassed myself with power pose so they at least understand it. But it's all about getting yourself in the right frame of mind and it's proven that if you can smile and if you can feel happy and you can put yourself in that state. You're going to be more confident and you're going to be okay with walking earth. Not going to be perfect. The nerves are going to completely go away. But you're gonNA come across better. It's silly I know it's silly I get about it all the time. But today I did have One of them mentioned that they think they have their power post and was even willing to show it and I if thrilled activating it'd be my question was does anybody in your class. Are they brave enough to stand up there and be like all right? My power was among. Is You know white stake here. I go again. I don't I got a couple of power songs today. One power pose one in the past and my last class they all. They were a little bit of a smaller class. They were a little more willing. But as I've told people nobody has to ever know your power pose. Nobody has to ever know your power song. But it's kind of like rocky and rockies got that song when he's running up to his statue and everything he's doing that's what it entails is. Just what's going to motivate me to be in the right frame of mind and anything like that to me is probably the last piece that I would say. That goes along with being willing to step out and take those opportunities and risks. The failure is pumping yourself up before you do it and learning to laugh at yourself and laugh at some of those and I have to come home in decompress after all that because I am very introverted sunny by neocom downtime after I get on there but I call it almost like putting on a uniform and in the morning when I get in my car and I opened my phone to hook it up to my Radio because I don't have actual radio in my car. I has to do from the ipod. The first thing I see is John Travolta in that post and it makes me smile and it makes me ready for the day and if I'm had a really really bad day the day before I might even start off the next morning singing staying alive at the top of my lungs in my beetle on the way to work hoping nobody can hear me. Oh my Gosh I love it so much. I know I'm already thinking what is my I would like to know your power pose so you will have to think about it and get back to me on that I so I think my power pose would be like I think it wasn't Napoleon dynamite. But it was his brother in. It's a mean that everybody likes to share all the time where he's cuts. It just makes me laugh hysterically. Think about like I am so cool. I've done this. Yes and I think I actually had considered for a little while getting like a little miniature figurine of. I don't know if you've seen the animated movie trolls but I've seen it about a thousand times women and the poppy. The princess poppy with pink hair. She's fantastic because she is like the most optimistic person in the entire world and she things that song get back up again. And it's you know the whole song makes me laugh because she's just constantly getting beat up or like spin out by monster plans. That's crazy you know in the end. She's like completely destroyed. She always gets killed but she's just like I do okay. I I like that and my kids are older so I have no clue what you're talking about but now I'm GonNa have to go watch this because that sounds like the ultimate power Song You. It's called get back up again and I'm sure it's on youtube but it's just hilarious because she's just like She just gets so beat down. She's like okay pretty much. What it is with the Will. Bring yourself back. When you're you're beat down how do I pump myself back up again? She talks about the most famous one of course is the wonder woman pose. Wonder woman or this superman pose. But what speaks to you and it's going to be different for every person and some people aren't going to like the idea of the pose they like the idea of the Saul. I happen to live the combination. Has It because it does put me in the right frame of mind to go or so? I'm stuck a little bit in the seven. Yeah I love it I the seventies I love the beach I was GonNa say one of my favorite movies is Sergeant. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Which very few you'll have seen but it is it stars the BG's on. I was reading an article the other day saying that that movie single handedly destroyed the BG's NPR Frampton career. I think that is alive. Bringing how many of their songs are still around being and I clean house to them about once a week at the top of my long lost their career at all a so but that. That's we have to stay positive. And there's so much. Negative things around the military spouse world even when you're reading online. It's so focused on what we don't have our wet. What's missing in the challenges in getting to you know that growth mindset type of thing that it's okay but it's not gonNA work out but I'm willing to ask the questions. I'm willing to look for the information. I'm willing to try the resources and the wonderful thing for the other introverts out there like me is that we do have the Internet. And I don't necessarily have to go down to the goodwill career. Solutions are the Department of Labor and walk in any more there you know I can reach out online and make a connection and then build myself up to to go do that. Listen to my power song on the way but already have some of those things set into place in. There are so many resources out there now. That are inviting spouses in. Some of them have been veteran only for so long but now they're inviting spouses in and I think part of the struggle is getting to the military spouses end getting the message out that there are these opportunities. Marina. These are resources are there in that. It's not just the location that you're at so I don't know how to solve that challenge you buy dead. I'd be fabulous But I think small things like what you're doing here is just amazing and I'm grateful to you free opportunity to talk to you. Even though I've been a nervous wreck in pick up stumbling over words This year taking the risk to put yourself out there and do this and others that I can think of that. I have seen in other organizations that I have seen lately in some that. Even saying you know. We are solely focused on military spouses. That just lows my mind. The idea that they're willing to be brave enough to say I'm not tying it in to the service member. I'm not tying it into anything else. I'm saying I'm willing to help a military spouse and that's okay to me that's just progress. Yeah and I think people more more are recognizing that the military spouse is kind of the the way to Connect with the Servicemember. Also because we are kind of the center of the household. And I know there's a great organization that I plugged into Before I left Washington it's run by Two great guys Bill and Chad but they run an organization called that tribe in in kitsap county Washington state. And what I loved was the very first moment when they called me. And we're like do. Would you be interested in coming to our meet? Ups because they're just trying to have ups for veterans because they don't have a lot of 'em networking meet ups for transitioning veterans up in kitsap county. It's mostly down by joint base Lewis mcchord client and so they're like we're going to do something for veterans appear so. I'm sure yeah. 'cause and their rationale was well you know we think we get spouses to be supportive income that maybe get more transitioning service members to go. I think that is very wise. Is corrine that and I can tell you that my husband would agree with that has said many times. He'll come back from a brief or something and I'll say well. What did they say. We're getting ready to transition. What happened I I don't know So in his job what he does with the military net. I won't reveal too much but he works with the kind of on the opposite side by of my position but he will tell people when he's counseling them. Bring your wife right are bring your husband. they may be because they're so they have so much already on their plate on the military side that those details are not what they can focus on so the spouse he or she comes in and is able to kind of focus on those details and ask those questions that maybe just because the situation. They don't feel comfortable asking when we can ask. Yeah we'll that's the truce in. That's definitely a struggle. My husband and I have been having recently. Is that whole you know like what are what are you doing? What am I doing in the family but I I have to step back and kind of remind myself like when I listened to him have a conversation about work I understand maybe three words out the three thousand that he speaks because he's dealing with something extraordinarily technical a lot of the time. I just you know nothing. I couldn't imagine having to retain all that and not get any sleep for like two days and you know things like that so I understand. You know it's like no you don't really know where the dentist is the right now and I get that and that's okay. I'll write it down the counter just in case you know So I was just yeah. Spouses are Kinda that that spot. Where we're we're the connector for many people and the keeper of many things and all the more reason why I feel so compelled to to support other spouses and to give other spouses of voice and a place here. So I'm so glad that you were willing to do this. He did a great job. I'm so proud of you and so we'll just wrap up I like wrapping up with something that We're grateful for today so once one thing that you would say you're grateful for today today. I think I am grateful. Honestly for my spouse and my two kids One home from college and wants to get ready to go to college him. My oldest graduated already. So she's already working. Gosh but you talked about the relationship in dynamics in figuring out your connections in what your role is and when you do. You are a spouse who has a career there. There's a fine dance that happens in the relationship between you and your spouse is vital how that fine dance has so. I'm grateful that I have a spouse. That is downstairs right now making hamburger helper and the kids which I absolutely hate refused to eat and they took it as excitement because it was who mom's not cooking tonight so we get to have whatever you want and I was thinking meatloaf I the Gaddi or something like that. But they are downstairs and I can hear the music where they're playing games and I'M GONNA go downstairs. Smell this horrible hamburger and it's GONNA turn my nose but so grateful that I have a partner that knows that this is important to me and knows that my career is important to me so right. Now it's it's a podcast with you and it's getting the opportunity dialogue and have the conversation which I greatly enjoyed but it could be a meeting with a coworker. It could be a volunteer opportunity. I'm doing or a mentor that I'm talking to. And if he wasn't willing to have that relationship with me it wouldn't work so bad so I'm grateful for. I'm grateful for the crazy man downstairs making hamburgers. I love it. I'm grateful for my crazy man. You're making something not hamburger helper. I Dunno but whenever he makes the kids love it anyway they just love spending never failed. They always love what they cook better. I don't know why won't after the second to go out to dinner and hang out with more cool military spouses so we're doing great today. Well thank you so much I appreciate your time and all of your insight and just your wonderful personality. It's been a pleasure and I've learned a lot in this and I'm definitely going to keep thinking about my powerpoint. I might have might be. I be if you're willing charrette shirt. You could just share it with me. A message on Lincoln Right now but I would love to know what you finally decide. Is Your power pose and where you went and hopefully I made sense and people do get resources after I feel like I rambled. Sometimes that I greatly appreciate Your wanting to speak to me myself all day. Do I really have something to say? That's worth saying but you may feel like I did so I greatly appreciate you. Do be confident that because I talk to a lot of people about all the stuff and I learned. I learned good new things here. I think I learned some really good I'm like to say coping skills but certainly some really good skills to apply to like when I'm thinking things struggling with things I think you. You provide a Lotta great advice for that so we all have to get out of our head. Yep Use the power back Louis. Alright thanks so much thank you. I'd like to wrap up this episode with a special listener. Thank you and shout out to my friend. Lisa relay who's been sending me notes with her thoughts on some of the episodes lately and I can't tell you how much I appreciate and learn from that anytime y'all send me feedback it. It's so fantastic and I can't thank you enough for taking the time so thanks Lisa. It's been helpful and insightful and thank you for giving us more to think about what this conversation one thing. I want to mention since it's the end of the year is. They've jumped on the Danielle Laporte Planner Bandwagon for twenty twenty instead of planning based on what I want to do. I'm making twenty twenty about how I want to feel. If you're interested you can learn more at my affiliate link at planner dot so and becoming dot com and check it out as always you'll learn more about me and the show so unbecoming Dot Com. I'll be back next Tuesday with episode twenty two with my guest Gems Collins. Take care of yourselves. And we'll chat soon tied for now.
EP 13: The #Sparked Life Divine Spark Moments When Your Spark Is Dim
"Delivering begins your sister in purpose and date purpose peaks. I want what soup welcome. I woke up to US sparked by the place where are Rolling Museum. Escapes comes together on unlocked with sparks and Mark Levin Perfect skeets. That's actually feel this Arthri. The results that so perfect question. Are you ready. Let's go hey speaks. It is so incredibly good to be with you as being caused the end of the year and begin to Australia in another year. And I feel this sense of sacredness. I feel this sense of reverence I feel strongly about reflection and just being in deep gratitude about All that has transpired over the past year and the past decade. It's I really unrecognizable How life in some truly some challenging things have really turned into some beautiful no full shifts in life and in that on that note I wanted to share with you some thoughts about Divine nine spark in so I really liked to Think about the divine spark at this time of year because As many of you know in the book doc that I wrote divine spark I really breakdown how I came to Have familiarity within understand it and it was through the the story of Mary and Elizabeth in the Bible and so This really allowed me to understand How the spar mark is really on a gift in it is a purpose partner and It when we experience The spark bark moments. It's like We are acknowledging the possibility that is growing in another purpose pete and I and when we come into the presence of people that don't necessarily have to get our spark good necessarily at the download necessarily at the Get our vision the possibility but they acknowledged that something is living inside of us and when you come into the presence of those that really really Holt space for that It causes our babies too late and buy baby saly. I mean metaphorically causes US causes our possibility. That's growing inside of us to lead. Like we're acknowledging the life that is being cultivated that purpose our business being cultivated in one another and they are some of the most precious times that I have experienced in my life and there's another aspect of divine spark that I mentioned in the book which is That part of the of of the divine spark were sure it's less of the Acknowledgement and more the holding stays and so by holding space. I'm in the context of divine spark. Amin that We just hall when you come across people in your life that can really be in the role of like a mentor mints or if you think about the hero or she rose journey and they really hold space Russell to Connect with whatever it is. We need to connect went. Went on our path to purpose journey and They can listen sometimes they just do knowing smile. It's like a supporting according character type of role but is so incredibly powerful and so they just trust that. Hey you'll get your answers you'll do what you need to do on this path to purpose journey is yours and They just a whole this space where they just look at you like. I'm no matter what's going on no matter matter If it's time on your journey where you can just feel a little Less than sparked and you might be going through one of those thresholds. Also you might be going through Something that's totally unfamiliar bigamous to you. And they just hold the space and they may just share with you. What you we know what I just trust that you will get where you need to go. I'll trust that you can do what you need to trust. That your answers will come and they they just hold this sense of faith and belief in us in in our process so that's a really powerful element of divine spark. But today I wanNA talk talk to you about another element of divine spark one about when our spark dance and we get help from other purpose peeps. That fan are flames. And it's just the right time at just the right time and this is more than a synchronised moment it it really has has me in just about the times when When you when you think about all the different things have to transpire to create eight? This moment. That happened at just the right time so I wanna tell you a story. So S- Christmas several days. Before on this Christmas Christmas holiday I receive news that A beloved member of my family became critically ill and For me that was. What's a little triggering because my grandmother? The matriarch of our family the one that made everyone feel like they're the ones she transitioned end. Many years ago I think twenty three years ago now on Christmas Eve so Just hearing that news shortly before Christmas and remembering My grandmother transitioning and just how challenging it was to come into a place of peace with her transitioning because she meant so so much to me personally is so much to our family and friends. She was just one of those people that you will never forget one of those People that You're just in awe that You just Health space with that person during your lifetime. This really really special soul she. She was the person that helped need to to recognize Love and people to recognize Christ consciousness to recognize thus far. She was not only my grandmother but I truly believe that she held a space in my life which she was my introduction to understanding standing in and Just becoming deeply connected with the spark in how the divine spark operates so big big deal bill and so By the time Christmas morning came. And it's a big deal in our in our family. I mean we just love it. We I love The connection the community we love on you know. Just the sheer delight of the Babes in our family You know my grandmother just absolutely loved it in. I think that she shared that Lavin left. That love is a legacy for us and so it's just a way that we can really is kind of show our love and appreciation for one another and so I just could not get together on Christmas morning I just I don't know I just got into A space and my spark was was dimmed I just wasn't that myself. I was out of sorts and so my daughter and her family come over and In with within her family are three of my four grandchildren so oh ages seven six and so I was trying to get brench together and just kinda struggling through it and so my daughter says mom. You've got to open open this present. I've got this present for you to open this Friday. I just didn't want to open presents. I was ready to kind of go on the bed. Input on put the covers over my head in just kind of have a moment to myself and so she says no you gotta go get dressed at this point. I wasn't dressed in so she calls me upstairs. You guys and had I was ready to put on my pajamas. I just was not I just was not myself and she's not going applies it ed and I like to be festive. Everything for the holidays so I go and I you know get something together on a come downstairs so she gives me this game so the first one eye open open and she's just looking at their like he's looking at me with bated breath and so You know everyone is kind of standing around. They kind of know and have an idea and contributed attributed to this gift guy so I opened the first gift and she had my grandmother's picture. Transform transpose. was on the back of my cellphone. Cover Okay and when I saw my grandmother and it was the in the picture should the she chose of my grandmother. It was his picture where it looked like she was looking right in my eyes. You know how sometimes he can take that picture and just looks like they're just looking being like you know dead on you know in you at I'm telling you I screamed I cried. I laughed. I giggled old probably all at the same time because for me purpose it was like my grandmother spirit was saying girl. Come on get it together. The girl I'm with you you can do this. I know you're said but you have so much to celebrate and I'm here with you and it began this shift aft and Then I opened the second gift and my daughter had etched this picture of my dad and I. It's my favorite picture of my father and I When you Kinda? I'm about ten years old. He's Kinda kissing me on my cheek and I look like I'm just in haven't i. It's just my absolute favorite pitcher and she had that etched on this Stone and it sits on this Moving face. They can play music. And it's like this lighting effect and Oh she's so beautiful and I looked at it and I said Oh my gosh go ahead. Two of my Favorite family members who transitioned in Ghana. Before me it was as though they were visiting me in that day at the time when my sparked was a little low guys and It just kind of Fan The flame in reignited reunited in. I just kind of perked up out of nowhere and I was just so thankful as I reflected on that moment You know later on in the evening you know after everyone was gone and I realized that even though my family member becoming critically ill was a surprise. You know it wasn't a surprise to guy and he whispered something in the ear of my daughter and my children. They put together this wonderful gift and it came like Cairo's moment in Cairo's was one of my Being words for the year wasn't my overarching. One of the supporting characters I am my theme. Were words from the vision of Twenty nineteen and I just sat and I just wept into such great gratitude so purpose purpose peaks I know that this time of year can be amazing for a lot of purpose beads and I know that For some purpose it can be for any number of reasons it can be a challenging time so wherever you fit in between amazing and challenging. Just I know that thinking of you Keeping you lifted in prayer You know there are Some signs that even though Whatever it is new situation may not have shifted? That can let you know that you're not alone that can let you know that that You are being sparked and reminded that you are not alone loan that you are loved that you are deeply cared for that even though When life events can surprise us that had vacant We can also be amazed at the same moment about how We have support even in those very very challenging moments and so that's another beautiful aspect of divine spark of living your sparks light that you know. Hey sometimes stuff happens and sometimes are spark may a little damage. Sometimes we may feel like we're not quite ourselves but it's so beautiful in that moment that we connect with another purpose peop- and They say something they do something. They're just with us. Is just something that lets us know that. Hey we were whispered into their ears. We will whispered into their heart. We were. They were giving download to really help us. And it all came together in this timing that we couldn't create a you know maybe we could send tremendous planning but you know for for you know without being able to know the future without being able to know what's happening that of all these things came together together To support as in living our sparked live. And so that's absolutely beautiful and so Just want to uh-huh share some homework and so our next time together and It really isn't alignment With what I think think is really important to do as we close out a major chunk in our lives and so a major truck in our lives could be The end of a year it could it'd be after we go through And we kind of process a major life event to go back and just to reflect in just abbey view so as we're reflecting and having review for the end of the year of the end of the decade whatever block of time or timeframe moods you distinct about those sparked moments and think about those spark moments from those three lenses from the lenses of Your purpose partners others that you've cultivated over the time that you know you all support each other and affirm that there is the life of possibility ability growing inside of you that make your purpose leaked inside of you when you guys talk and when you talk about what's coming up for you when you talk about your a Hamas ause and they really kind of affirm that life that possibility this growing inside of you I want you to think about the people that have Health space for you And you experience the divine spark in that way the ones that I'm hold this belief for you they don't I'll give you the answers. They trust you to come up with the answers for yourself. They just hold a a A spectrum of belief leave Unwavering belief that you will figure it out you will come into your own you this this this decision journey and I know that that you're going to Come through it. I know that you're going to Acquire whatever it is that she needs to acquire and I'm just just delighted to be able to bear witness to you to you and your Becoming and I love definition of becoming that we shared a couple of times with our community which is at any given moment any of us purpose. peeps are somewhere between our lowest level of possibility and our highest as level of actuality. So we're always just kind of moving This continuum and every a high shifts shifts our lowest level of possibility and brings us closer to our highest level of actually. And so I want you to also think think on purpose peep about that third elements of divine spark when you're spark dims when When you Get a refreshing and I love the scripture that says he who he who refreshes others is indeed himself refreshed. So I want you to think about those times when either you were part of the refreshing of another purpose without even understanding the significance of your role. What happened is that you get a download that said hey pick up the phone and call so-and-so's today and your rational mind could have said well? No I'll just waiting so whatever but it was something in that download is said. No this is time sensitive engine to pick up the phone and call this person in the u pick up the phone. Call the person and then you just feel Led to share something. You have no idea why you're sharing that. Hey I don't know why I'm sharing this with you. But you you know Blah Blah Blah whatever that is and then the person on the other end it's just like has this emotional response that you don't even understand stand because you were playing a role in something that was bigger than you in bigger than the other person. So I want you to think about those times when you got refreshed like that and your plane get reunited or you felt Rejuvenated from one of these moments from someone just coming at the right moment with the right anything saying the right thing with one of the with a beautiful thoughtful gift that That when they share that gap late when they sh- Manuchehr. When you had had that exchange one that I have with my children on Christmas the timing couldn't have been more synchronous Dick and then you realize that? Oh my goodness all of these different things have to come in the place where my daughter is telling me about how She Got a vision in her head about this gift. And and then she went to go and find find the vision that she saw him being able to manifest itself create it and I said all my goodness this is such a legacy moment in addition to this divine spark moment because that's how I see products and services I'll have a vision of the product or service and I'll have a vision of The recipient and then I go create based upon that vision. And I said Oh my goodness here. Is this wonderful gift showing up in my daughter who has an amazing purpose. Soy Tell when she's ready to sell it so that's what I'd like. Thank you to purpose. PEEPS insular next time together I plan on coming back in connecting with you before the end of the year and just really having A fun time a find time however that's gonNA show up with. I'm how we're going to whatever actively going to I'm as we officially close out a year and close out this decade and so for the affirmation I think we're going to go back to an old faithful up affirmation which is the sparked life is for me and I'm living it right now. The sparked life is for me. And I'm living it right now and I think that's a wonderful alignment. They met with the activity to think about divine spark in those three lenses. Don't you think so all right purpose speed. So it's been amazing I'm to be with you I'm so grateful for each and every one of us I'm grateful for every listen everytown low for every share. I'm just just so thankful to kind of be in this purpose movement in the age of purpose with you unpacking the spark life having real authentic conversations and and I really look forward to our format for next year where we're going to have some conversations with other purpose have amazing purpose. Stories amazing sparked life experiences that we're going to slow down so we can get some of these kids that you may be able to use when Amplifying the spark in your sparked life. The Nestle. I'm so excited. I'm so excited to be able to share. I'm some amazing using purpose peeps that I've been meeting Recently and throughout the last year all right purpose peeps until next time this is Deana wiggins wins also known as Dina for your purpose and here Champion you end your spark and the way that you are living your spark life interning your highs into results that matter until next time purpose peaks danger uh-huh we got ta.
Where do I go? What do I do?
"Welcome welcome back. Welcome home this is Deana and we WANNA thank you for being a part of the life together. podcast before going into this week's teaching with pastor. Tom We want you to know that you matter to God and you matter to us. Live together is a Wednesday evening gathering for Worship Bible Study and Community Okrika Assembly of God here in Oak Creek. Wisconsin we pray that this week's message is life giving encouraging challenging and possibly even life changing Talk about questions that you may be asking tonight you may be asking like a mentor in your life. You may be asking trusted parent or grandparent. You may even be asking these questions. These are questions that people are asking today. You may be asking and we're GONNA see tonight. Is that people have actually been asking these questions these couple of questions for thousands of years ears but before we get to the actual question. Let's set up with this. I want to talk about two different types of questions. They're actually many many types of questions. It's a fun fund Google search if you're ever interested types of questions that I don't want to talk about two specific types of questions. The open ended question and the close Os ended question. The open ended question and the close ended question. An open ended. Question is a question where the person who is asking is seeking information. An open ended question puts all the authority gives gives all the authority to the person who's answering the question. Let me give you some examples. How may I help you if I ask you that question? How may I help you? You you have all the authority in that moment and you may say something back to me. That would be very difficult for me to do. But I've given you all the authority to really really tell me whatever you want. How may I help you? Or if you're having an event at your house a gathering you might I might ask you. What can I bring? I'm now giving you all the authority to tell me anything that you want to say back any dish or any dessert or any drinks. I say what can can I bring all the authorities now in your hands or where would you like me to meet you once again. I've given you all the authority ready to determine the place where we're going to meet questions like these honor. The person who will give the answer. They answer based on their knowledge their feelings and their understanding. This means that the response is not limited to a set of Options the specific type of close ended question that I want to talk together about tonight is where the question is really not a question as much as it is us stating our desires and asking the person on the receiving end to confirm or approve our desires. Let me give you an example. Men have a cookie. What about what is my desire? I want a cookie. And if you're the one who has the cookies you now have not. An open ended set of options. You have to either tell me yes or no. I've stated stated my desire to you and you're going to either confirm approve or deny my request. You might say to your boss. May I leave early in that moment. You are stating to your supervisor. Your manager what your desire to leave early and you're asking the person the authority position to either approve or deny your request. May I come with you on your vacation to Florida. I didn't hear no shot. Yes I have expressed in that moment my desire fire to go on vacation with you and now you have to choose to either approve my desire or reject me when we asked a question like this. We're stating our desire and clearly. We believe there is a right or a wrong answer. If I say I I have a cookie in my mind. There's a right answer to that question. Yes this type of close Os ended. Question gives the person on the other end a set of answers a limited selection of answers and in many cases the answers are art. Yes or no or those. The most frustrating one. Maybe this connects connects to our pursuit of God because we have the option of seeking God for his direction or asking asking him to get behind our desires. We can approach God with open ended questions saying heavenly father. Show me the way I want to be part of your plan. Show me how to get on board with what your doing or God. Here's what I WANNA they do. Here's my plan. God could you please get behind my desires. My goal for us tonight is that you and I that we would find and joy security and prosperity the joy the prosperity and the security that comes from pursuing God. Aw with an open mind allowing him to guide and direct by asking him open ended questions so the question and the question for you and I to wrestle with tonight as we're about to jump into this Bible study is am I asking God to show me how to be part of his is plan or am I asking God to get behind my plan you can begin to turn in your bibles tonight to Jeremiah. I chapter forty two Jeremiah. Chapter Forty two can pulled up on the Bible App on your phone if you have a choice to choose what version we're going to read out of the NFL tonight as you're turning there to Jeremiah. Forty two let me give you a little bit of context where this comes on the pages of history story so Jeremiah. Forty two happens on the timeline of history about four hundred years after King David Four hundred thirty years after King David but six hundred years before Jesus Christ walked the Earth. And what's happening at this time in history. Is that that after not days. Not Weeks not months not years not even decades but after centuries of of rebellion against God after centuries of patients our heavenly father finally had enough. And if you're a parent you can relate to this. Your patients eventually runs out and you believe that you have no other choice but to punish your children or you fear that you're never going to get them back. So he decides our heavenly father decides that he must show punishment punishment he must show judgment as a way of correction of guiding people back towards him so he allows this outside army in this country. This this place called Babylon to come in and conquer Judah Judah was this region that was the southern part of Israel. Jerusalem was the Babylonians Bolognaise. Come in and Conquer Judah and Jerusalem and then this very famous event happens where the Babylonians what happens opens to the what happens to God's people what happens to the people of Judah they are taken captive they are become exiles and they are moved by force. It's not by choice. Out of Judah and into Babylon there are some famous people that were part of that that movement of people people like Daniel and his friends shadrack shack Bendigo. They were part of that wave of people that were moved out of Judah and into Babylon that was every was everyone told to leave. Judah no thank you one person. Thank you one brave soul. Yeah not everyone was forced to leave the military leaders. The rulers of Babylon Wanders sided. That some were going to be left behind and in general who was left behind people that had in common they were poor. They left behind the poorest of the people behind and our hearts would go out to these people they they have just seen cities destroyed. They have seen homes leveled. They've seen communities burned. They've seen lives lost. They've seen the influential people in their cities forced out of the country by this very powerful military. And they're left they already didn't have much going on for them and now they're are left to pick up the pieces of what's left behind also left behind is Jeremiah Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a real real person actually lived. He was a prophet. What that means is that he was a spokesperson for God in for years and years and years Jeremiah via was trying to tell the people you need to turn away from your wicked ways need to turn toward God and he was very unpopular? People do not want to hear this they hated it when Jeremiah would talk. They tried to kill him. They wanted to kill him now. Wow Jeremiah is proven right. Oh maybe we should have listened to that guy so so now after everything that Jeremiah said would happen actually happened now they go to Jeremiah now. The people who are left behind now they go Oughta Jeremiah to ask him what to do next and remember. I said we would be looking at a a couple of questions that we still ask today and have been asked by people for hundreds even thousands of years. Here's where that comes. In reading in the aftermath of this conquest conquest the people come to the Prophet Jeremiah who had predicted all this destruction Jeremiah. Forty two verse three they ask Jeremiah. The crowd comes to Jeremiah. My and they asked him this question. Pray that the Lord Your God interesting not our God praise of the Lord your God Jeremiah. We'll show us what to do. And where to go. Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go. This is not phrased in the form of a question but there are two questions that are built into this request. The Jeremiah has what are the two questions. Where do we go and and what do we do? What do we do and where to go? Are these open ended questions or close ended questions just open ended questions right. Where do we go and what do we do? We're wide open Jeremiah. Tell us you're the one who heard from God for for all those years and we didn't listen to you. Well now. We want to listen to you. Ask God who seemed to have this very special relationship with ask God where we you should go and what we should do. Now that the land has been decimated checkout Jeremiah's response verse four all right Jeremiah replied I I will pray to the Lord your God. You're too as you have asked and I will tell you everything he says I will hide. Nothing from you I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you. I'll be completely transparent with what God says you should do. And where where you should go. If you read the context here Jeremiah is almost saying he is saying are you sure. Do you really want to know what God says you should do and where you should go because up until now you have not listened to me. Are you sure you you want to know the answer. And maybe maybe God is asking you that question tonight as well. You're asking God where should go. What should I do? What's next do you really want to know the answer? Are you really asking that from a heart of being Alpine minded allowing God to guide and direct you wherever he thinks is best so Jeremiah says are you sure you want this and look at what the people say back skipped down to verse six whether we like it or not we will obey the Lord our God right now our god to whom we are sending you with our plea for if we obey him everything will turn out well for us. Aw whether we like it or not. We're going to do it Jeremiah. Don't forget about all the times in the past. We ignored you when we tortured. You've did forget that at now. Whatever you say whatever God says through you? We're going to do it this time. Whatever it is Jeremiah you can go and start praying and whatever God tells you you could come back down and say anything anything and we will do it? And they don't even just say the what they say the why because they say why because if we do things God's way everything will turn out well for us. The people identify when they do things. God's way it will turn out well uh in fact they just saw the evidence of what happens when you don't do things God's way God eventually. His patients ran ran out for seven. Jeremiah he starts preying on this start seeking God for the answer to these open ended. Questions where should I go which I do. Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah. What I love for us to grab here is that God doesn't doesn't always give us the answer immediately? Sometimes there's a waiting period. Sometimes God wants us to pray more than one time for two minutes. Jeremiah pursued God. One day two days three days four five six seven eight nine ten days and some of you would I would say that you would have a testimony in your own life where it was more than ten days. You were seeking God for ten weeks or ten months or longer longer before you received the answer to what you were pursuing God for in your own life so through Jeremiah. Ramaya God is faithful. The people ask in God gives an answer. SKIPPED DOWN TO VERSE Ten. What are the two questions questions? Where do we go what do we do? Here's the answer ready. Stay here in this land. If you do I will build you up and not tear you down. I will plant you and not a brute you for. I am sorry about all the punishment I have had to bring upon you so God. Where should we go? Stay here what should we do. Continue Life here. Continue planting continue harvesting rebuild. That which is taken down. Build your life right here. Don't go anywhere aware stay here. You will be strengthened you will prosper. You will succeed. There's an interesting thing that God says here through Jeremiah. After that he says I'm I am sorry about all the punishment I have had to bring upon you. Does that mean that God regrets what he did. No remember our God our God our father. He wants us to understand them from the perspective of a father. And if you are a parent or a grandparent and you had to punish your children it is not a pleasant as an experience for you if it is that actually is a problem if you find joy and punishing your kids you may need the call. We'll make an appointment. And and I'll see a pastor. Armand is available. But he's saying I'm sorry that we had to go through through that I didn't again moms and DADS and grandmas and grandpas identify this. I'm sorry that it came to that point in order for roster get back on the right track so God continues what he has to say about staying here and not going anywhere in verses eleven and twelve says do not fear the king of Babylon anymore says the Lord Man. That's a big statement. The King of Babylon is just the same guy who ordered the conquest of where they live. God says even though the right next store even though they're essentially like our Canada they're that close. Don't fear the king of Babylon Anymore says the Lord for I am with you and we'll save you and rescue you from his power. I will be merciful to you by making him kind so he will let you stay here in the land in your land. One of the great human needs is the need need for security the need for security and you can sympathize with this people. These people about why they may not feel secure with this enemy right next door but God says through Jeremiah. I'm GONNA protect you. I'm actually going to change range. The heart of the one who is in charge in Babylon and he's not GonNa hurt you. He's actually going to be kind to you. He's going to let you stay here. In this land you will have have security. God knows our heart. He knows our mind and he knows what other options fans are rolling through our head so they come with. This open ended question. God where should we go. What should we do? God says. Don't go anywhere. Stay here by what God says through Jeremiah. Next it seems clear that the people are considering possibly another option look at verses thirteen and fourteen but if you refuse if you refuse to obey the Lord your God and if you say we will not stay here instead we will go to to Egypt where we will be free from war the call to arms and hunger these challenges war the call to arms and hunger. That's what they were living in where they currently were told to stay. They had just come out out of war the call to arms and the decimation of the land so there is hunger and God says. Maybe you're thinking about this option. MAYBE IF WE GO TO EGYPT WE'RE GONNA be free from all the problems that we face here. Perhaps you've gone through something like this in your own life if I move if my relationship status changes if I'm in a new job if there's a big change if I just make the change then all the problems will go away. This is a long sense versus versus thirteen and fourteen. Actually one long sentence and it's not even over yet. Let's read it again. If you refuse to obey the Lord your God and if you say we will not stay here instead we will go to Egypt where we would be free from war the call to arms and hunger comma. The sentence keeps going in verses in Verse Fifteen. Then hear the Lord's boards message to the remnant of Judah there the remnant this is the Lord this is what the Lord of Heaven's armies the God of Israel says if you are determined woman to go to Egypt and live there the very war and famine. You fear will catch up to you and you will die there in the problem. You are trying to run away from will catch up with you. Perhaps you moved moved in all the problems you have ended up following you to your new location all the debts. You used to have an Iowa you now having Wisconsin Good Godly people around. You possibly even said don't sell don't quit. Don't move out. Don't move in but you pressed on. You ignored those people who you otherwise would think wise and you just went ahead and powered through and did it your way anyway away and looking back. You'd say I should have listened to them. Maybe you're on the other the end of that and you have adult children or adult grandchildren and you try to tell them tone do it don't do it don't do it don't do it please. Don't do it you try to give them all the reasons you four articles that you found online you got friends to call them and no matter what anyone said they still went ahead and did it and then a few months later grandma. I should have listened to you. Verse Nineteen Eighteen. Listen you runnin Judah this is like just in case you didn't understand this one case he just missed I said listen. You remnant of Judah the Lorde has told you do not go to Egypt. Do not go to Egypt. Don't forget at this morning I have given you today. So this all builds up to what's going to happen next if you've checked out for a few minutes if accountable light bulbs or whatever come back this is where it gets super important so quick recap the people come to Jeremiah. And they ask is Kim. What go to God and ask God where we should go and what we should do? Jeremiah says okay okay. I'M GONNA do it but I WANNA make sure. Do you really want to know what God's GonNa say yes whatever wherever God says. We're GONNA do it no matter what the answer is because we know that if we do things God's way things are going to go well for us. Jeremiah says all right fine. I'm GONNA give you another chance even though you didn't listen to me before I'm going to start praying to God for an answer what we should do next where we should go. Oh pray faithful one day to day three day. Four five six seven eight nine days. Ten days are rain. This is what God it says. Stay here God is GonNa Prosperous here. He wants us to remain planted here. He's going to protect us. He is going to change. Change the heart of the king in Babylon in. This is the best place for us to be. Are you ready for how the people respond first chapter forty three versus two and three you lie the Lord. Our God has not forbidden us to go to Egypt. Baruch son of neurology has convinced you to. I say this because he wants us to stay here. And be killed by the Babylonians or be carried off into exile. We'll do anything you say world. Do it your way no matter what your way is alright. Here's my way. Stay here here. You're a liar so it's often easy for us to Monday morning morning quarterback this and to say how you silly people but how often does God give us the answer that we don't want to hear and we would respond in some similar way. God what should we do. Where should we go at the beginning? It sure sounded like an open ended question but what the people were really looking for is for God to confirm what they wanted to do. They seem to have already had their mind. Made up that the best thing to do would be to go to Egypt. which if you're looking at things from a worldly perspective respective without having God's supernatural vision that may seem like the best option it's farther away from the enemy and Egypt had a reputation at the time for for being this place of prosperity God knows the motives and the desires of our heart? And and you can see if you go back and read through God's answer through Jeremiah that he knew God knew that the people had already essentially made up their mind. He says if you read through it you'll see the thread that God essentially says you've already made up your mind. You're going to go to Egypt matter what I say. And you're going to experience the devastating overstating consequences of ignoring me. It was actually a closed ended question. The people were not truly seeking God's direction they just wanted God to confirm their own plan. Sometimes God's plan sometimes God's direction it doesn't make sense that people who are around us. Let's take that even a step further. Sometimes God's plan sometimes direction doesn't make sense to us. At the beginning. We said our goal was to find the joy the security and the prosperity that comes from pursuing God with open ended questions. God's way is the path to joy security and prosperity even when it may not make sense to us. In the moment I do have this. I guess I'll call the Astros to this teaching tonight. God does not always telling you to stay in this case in this situation the message was stay. There are other times in your life when God is saying saying go. There are times when God calls people to be missionaries in foreign countries. There are times when God may give you a job opportunity in some other place and you will have the confirmation from him and from the Godly people around you that you should go for it so I don't want you to hear that God is always telling you to stay. We have these daily choices and the question is are we going to apply. Apply God's way God's word to the way we live God what is your will. What is your direction? Let's ask. Let's throw a couple of questions that you and I may ask. God what should I do about this co worker. I do not get along with anyone ever asked that question or are you all get along with your co workers all the time. God what should I do about this co worker. I do not get along with in fact God would would ever use say I'll do it. I'm asking open ended. I know God that your way is the best way I know God that there may be pain in the moment but I know that when I do things your way the outcome is going to be best and things are going to work out. God what should I do. How should I respond to this? Co worker that man. Dan gets under my skin day after day after day. Just so happens that God has actually answered that question and he put it in writing he actually he says this love your neighbor and hey the law says love your neighbor and hate your enemy but I say love your enemies ace. That coworker who feels like an enemy. Love your enemy but do you know my co Oh worker. How about this question? My parents are driving me crazy. God what should I do God. I'll do anything I want to do. Things your way. No matter what you say God I will do things your way because I know when I do things your way the outcome is best. Whatever you say got I'll do it? How do I deal with my parents who are driving me crazy the once again? God actually put an answer to this question in writing and he put it in our bibles for us. If Asians chapter six versus one two children obey your parents in the Lord for this right honor Your father and mother my but my mom and Dad all fathers and mothers others all children's should honor their fathers and mothers. How about this one? God I'm coming to you in prayer. My friend wants to buy a car are they cannot afford it but my friend. They have some money that is gonNA be coming to them soon. They actually have been promised by their boss and they're gonNA get a promotion Shen. God should help them by co-signing for this loan. God give me your wisdom. Give me a sign fine. Show me what you would have to do. Whatever it is whatever your direction show me how to be a friend in this moment once again God has provided an answer to this question? Proverbs Chapter Twenty. Two Twenty six don't agree to guarantee guarantee another person's debt or put up security for someone else so we could go on and on like this for hours because the Bible is a big collection of books answers a lot of questions the point is this this pattern of you've got. I will do anything because I know you're way is the best way. Show me what to do. Okay here's what you should do. The question is do we have the courage to follow through on what God's direction as we have the courage to follow through on what God's word tells us we should do in that moment. How often do we tried to negotiate in our mind with God? We convince ourselves that that may be true for ninety nine point five five percent of the situations but my situation is just a little bit different. God that kind of general statement is is too general for my specific situation are extenuating. Circumstances are actually outside of God's word of hey guess what God good news. I actually found a shortcut. Does your shortcut line up with my word kind of how about this question. God How can I have peace with you got I. I feel this guilt in this weight from I think the word is sin got. How can I be restored to you? How can I have relationship with you? How can I have a hope for my now and for my eternity God? I'll do anything that you want. Whatever it is God whatever it takes for me to have renewed relationship with you I will do it God? Tell me what to do whatever it is okay John Three. Jesus says this I tell you the truth unless you are born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God born again. What does that mean John Three eighteen? There's no judgment against anyone who believes in him but anyone who does not believe in him as already been judged for not believing in God's One and only you son let's make it real simple matthew chapter four verse. Seventeen as Jesus is. Starting his ministry ministry matthew chapter four or seventeen tells us that Jesus started going from one village to the next one village to the next thing. This is what you need to do. Repent of your sins. It's and turn to God. What do I need to do to be restored repent of your sins and turn to God? You ask the question in God says it's this simple. I actually don't have to do anything. You just have to receive the gift that I'm really offering to. You receive a hope fraternity by accepting my son. Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and many of us would say. That's the biggest question we could ever ask. God It's the biggest question we could ever ask God and many of us we would never say God. You know what I've read all that in your word but I've actually found a better way so if we trust God for that huge huge question in our lives if we trust God with our eternity why is it so difficult difficult for us so often to trust God's way in all those other daily decisions why do we so often try to compromise. Why do we so often try to negotiate in our minds? Why do we try to convince ourselves that our situation is the exception to the rule? The greatest joy comes when it's not our plan versus God's plan but when our plan in God's plan are one in the same when we pursue God and say God shaped my heart so my desires are your desires. I want to be part of your ride. I want to go where you're going because father. I know where you're going is far better than anything that I could ever come up with on my own. Let me pray for you father in heaven when we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ father those of us who are your followers in this room tonight. We came to you at one point in our life. Maybe we're coming to you tonight with that big question. What must we do to be saved in? Your word tells us that we must be born again through new life and Jesus this Christ father. We are so thankful that you made it so simple for us to be restored to you. I hope for eternity in you through your son. Jesus Christ father forgive us for all the time that we tried to do things our own way where we've tried to come up with our own plan. We've short cutted your clear direction and father. Many of us have experienced the painful consequences. We have seen the results. We have lived through the results of going against your way going against your word. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for restoring us. Father I pray that we would be community that leans into your word in every single situation that we would see that. We are not the exception to the rule rule that our situation is not an extenuating circumstance that we would allow your word to shape and guide and trust our decisions realizing that when we do things your way we will realize the best possible outcome and father. Were so thankful that you see a picture that is much bigger than what we see. Help us to trust you. Help us to see things your way