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Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change. Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She's the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can't stop thinking about. "The problem with global warming—and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores—is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades—in a technical sense, millennia—for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future."Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet's future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren't. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can't do. We talk about Trump's cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.Books:-Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”-Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”-David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”-Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”
#877 - Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos http://www.selfauthoring.com/ 100% off the Future Authoring Program code: "ChangeYourself" - The offer is valid until the end of Nov 30th.
#3 I Have Got Some People Waiting For Me. Aziz’s life has been a story of chance – and choice. As Michael pieces together Aziz’s journey from Sudan to Manus, he realises Aziz has been searching for a safe place for about eight years. So what gives him the ability, and the energy, to speak out? How has Aziz fought for so long, and what makes him want to be ‘the messenger’? ‘I’m pretending like I’m really happy, and laugh, and you know, smiling on the phones and doing stuff like that – so they feel like, “Oh, my son is really living in a good environment”. So they think like that, but the opposite is the truth.’ Aziz Aziz tells Michael, ‘I have got some people ...waiting for me. They love me, they want me to be with them.’ Haltingly, and sometimes with great difficulty, Aziz starts to share stories about his home, the family that he longs to see, and why he fled. Looking to find out more, Michael speaks to Sudan expert Anne Bartlett about the current situation there. As Aziz shares snapshots from his past, Anne talks Michael through the conflict in Sudan, which, despite leaving the headlines long ago, continues to unfold. Michael worries that he’s adding to Aziz’s trauma by digging up painful memories – ever aware of how hard it is to have these kinds of conversations in short, overlapping messages, without the benefit of reading someone’s signals face to face. Meanwhile, Aziz weighs up how much to tell his family about Manus, and explains to Michael why he’s sometimes tortured by regret. Warning: This episode of The Messenger includes graphic content and mentions self-harm. If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact one of Australia’s national 24/7 crisis services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at lifeline.org.au, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. Transcript Download a PDF transcript of this episode here. In this episode Abdul Aziz Muhamat Michael Green Associate Professor Anne Bartlett, University of New South Wales, President of the Sudan Studies Association Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes: 'Blue Milk' by Stereolab, 'Up the Box' by Andy Stott, 'Feld' by To Rococo Rot, 'Firefly' and 'Four-Day Interval' by Tortoise, 'Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter' by Penguin Cafe Orchestra, 'Ending' by Kazumasa Hashimoto, 'Remedios the Beauty' by Oren Ambarchi, 'Lazyboat' and 'Vostok' by Triosk, 'Passages' by Bowery Electric, 'Self Seal Mishap' by Tennis and 'Ba Ba' by Sigur Rós. More information The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.Narration by Michael Green. With reporting by Abdul Aziz Muhamat. Additional fact checking by the Guardian's Ben Doherty; transcription by Claire McGregor, Victoria Grey, Camilla Chapman, Lena Lettau and many more. This episode was edited and mixed by Bec Fary and Jon Tjhia. Thank you Dana Affleck, Angelica Neville and Sienna Merope. Also to Cameron Ford and Heidi Pett, and to Behind the Wire’s many participants and volunteers. Behind the Wire is supported by the Bertha Foundation.
#107: The Scariest Navy SEAL I've Ever Met...And What He Taught Me. Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you. He rarely does interviews, if ever. But a few weeks ago, Jocko ended up staying at my house and we had a caffeinated mind meld. Here's some background... Jocko enlisted in the Navy after high school and spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, first as an enlisted SEAL operator and then as a SEAL officer. During his second tour in Iraq, he led SEAL Task Unit Bruiser in the Battle of Ramadi--some of the toughest and sustained combat in the SEAL Teams since Vietnam. Under his leadership, Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the entire war in Iraq and helped bring stability to Ramadi. Jocko was awarded the Bronze Star and a Silver Star. Upon returning to the United States, Jocko served as the Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams, designing and implementing some of the most challenging and realistic combat training in the world. So why is Jocko opening up? Well, in part, we have mutual friends. Second, he is the co-author of an incredible new book — Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win -- which I've been loving. Trust me. Buy it. This is his first mainstream interview and one you won't want to miss. Show notes and links for this episode can be found at www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast. This podcast is brought to you by Wealthfront. Wealthfront is a massively disruptive (in a good way) set-it-and-forget-it investing service, led by technologists from places like Apple and world-famous investors. It has exploded in popularity in the last 2 years, and now has more than $2.5B under management. In fact, some of my good investor friends in Silicon Valley have millions of their own money in Wealthfront. Why? Because you can get services previously limited to the ultra-wealthy and only pay pennies on the dollar for them, and it’s all through smarter software instead of retail locations and bloated sales teams Check out wealthfront.com/tim, take their risk assessment quiz, which only takes 2-5 minutes, and they’ll show you—for free–exactly the portfolio they’d put you in. If you want to just take their advice and do it yourself, you can. Or, as I would, you can set it and forget it. Well worth a few minutes: wealthfront.com/tim. Mandatory disclaimer: Wealthfront Inc. is an SEC registered Investment Advisor. Investing in securities involves risks, and there is the possibility of losing money. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please visit Wealthfront dot com to read their full disclosure. This podcast is also brought to you by 99Designs, the world’s largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs to rapid prototype the cover for The 4-Hour Body? Here are some of the impressive results. Click this link and get a free $99 upgrade. Give it a test run...
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Rank #1: Forgiveness-An Act of Obedience. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/101/29Having an unforgiving heart can lead to a strained walk with God. Precept Ministrys Kay Arthur shows you why forgiveness is such an important act of obedience.
Rank #2: Woe to the Stumbling Block!. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/101/29Jesus had a stern warning for anyone who acts as a stumbling block, especially to children. Precept Ministrys Kay Arthur examines this issue, as she presents more of a series in the gospel of Matthew.
Rank #1: EPISODE #185: MARY + MARTHA (Unexpected Lessons). It's not just the finale on our Unexpected Lessons from Unlikely Ladies series, it's our semester finale as this is our last #podcast for the summer! This week we dive into lessons from Mary and Martha. Except this Mary is Jesus' mother, not Martha's sister. #gotcha We explore how Mary had to correct Jesus as a mother and what that must have been like for her; we also see how Jesus later had to correct Martha, but not for what you think it was for. Make sure you listen in as we wrap up another amazing year of podcasting and diving into God's word. Thanks for being loyal supporters and listeners of the Be-Cast! We couldn't keep doing this without you!BE IN THE WORD:Mary: corrected Jesus like a momEvery year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:41-52)Martha: she wasn't corrected for her "doing," she was corrected for her attitude during itNow as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)BE EDUCATED:1. Surprising Facts We’ve Overlooked About Martha2. Martha: All the Women of the BibleBE DOERS, NOT JUST HEARERS:1. Can you completely relate to Mary as a mother in this story?2. Can you imagine getting on to Jesus? And yet, how often do we look at Him and say, “what are you doing? Why have you treated us this way?”3. How often do we not understand what Jesus/God is saying to us? 4. What should we treasure more than we question? For more resources, make sure to visit our website.You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Join our Be Together Community! It’s a private Facebook group where we gather regularly to encourage,
Rank #2: Be-Cast Episode 45: CONQUERING DEPRESSION, Part 2 (Be Well & Thrive). We explore depression deeper this week, looking at the different types, temperaments and treatments for depression...as well as advice for others to help those struggling with depression.
Rank #1: Eyewitnesses of Jesus. Ryan Marr delivers God's word from Luke 1:1-4 titled, Eyewitnesses of Jesus
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Rank #1: Courage and Conviction – Stand Strong.
Rank #2: The Person Power and Priority of the Holy Spirit. [Discover how to better love and rely on the Person of the Holy Spirit—and embrace how much He loves you… Anne’s new book, JESUS IN ME : Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1, 2019] LISTEN to this week’s LIVING IN THE LIGHT :
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Rank #1: MARKED Beth Moore. Beth Moore’s love for both the Word of God and ministry to women is evident in every word she speaks and writes. In this week’s episode, you’ll hear her share from her personal experiences of cutting her teeth learning to teach, the importance of investing in the next generation, and why she does what she […] The post MARKED Beth Moore appeared first on LifeWay Women All Access.
Rank #2: MARKED Angie Elkins. We talk with Angie Elkins, host of chatologie, about podcasting, ministry, and sharing our stories. Angie tells us how she got started podcasting and what led her to do so. She gives practical tips while encouraging women to find creative ways to minister to and with others. Angie also talks about how the local church has marked her for Jesus. We talk about encouraging one another and using new technologies for the good of others and the glory of God. About Angie: Angie grew up in a Christian family in the Memphis, TN area. Early in life she developed a love for music and a love for her local church. After graduating from Union University, she attended Southwestern Seminary to pursue a Masters in Music. While at Southwestern, she met and married her husband, Robert—they married in 1996 and have three children. Jack is 18, Audrey is 16, and Foster is 14. They live in Orlando, FL where her husband serves as Worship Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando. In the last twenty years, Angie has been leading worship all over the country, writing music for the local church, and in 2017, she created chatologie with Angie Elkins, a podcast that moves people closer to God and each other by starting conversations that matter. Angie’s favorite things are Sonic Vanilla Diet Coke, Walt Disney World, and taking trips with her girlfriends. Links: Pat Flynn – How to Start a Podcast Series chatologie – Jamie B. Golden Episode chatologie – Body Image, Comparison and Inspiration from a Panel of Creative Teens MARKED podcast with Jamie B. Golden chatologie – A Day in the Life of a Missionary Angie’s Instagram LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum Quote Us: “It helps us feel less alone in the world when you hear other people’s stories.” – @angieelkins #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest “Our calling can be to ministry, but our assignment always changes.” – @angieelkins #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest “Think of the ways you can creatively use your gifts in the time that we’re alive.” – @edhyndman #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest “How are we utilizing the tools of technology to bring God glory and bring others to Him?” – @edhyndman #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest “Nothing is more healing, nothing is more fruitful, nothing is more beneficial than pointing people to Jesus.” – @angieelkins #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest “We’re not all supposed to do everything. Find what it is God has called us uniquely to do and do that thing with excellence.” – @marymargaretc #MARKEDpodcast Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Pinterest The post MARKED Angie Elkins appeared first on LifeWay Women All Access.
Rank #1: Lead With Faith | Jana Magruder. In episode 5, Faith Whatley talks with Jana Magruder, director of LifeWay Kids. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, click here. For more information and show notes for this episode, The post Lead With Faith | Jana Magruder appeared first on Ministry to Women.
Rank #2: Lead With Faith | Shannon Kozee. http://ministrysites.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/womensministry/EP4_LEADWITHFAITH.mp3 In episode 4, Faith Whatley talks with Shannon Kozee, an events marketing director for Compassion International. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, click here. For more information The post Lead With Faith | Shannon Kozee appeared first on Ministry to Women.
Rank #1: Move from surviving to THRIVING!. Join iBloom (your go-to place for Christian Life Coaching for Women) this week as we continue exploring our 2010 theme of Inspiring YOU to live a life you LOVE!. iBloom Founder & President, Kelly Thorne and iBloom Associate, Betsy Ringer will be sharing how women around the world are moving from just surviving to THRIVING! You won’t want to miss this because you’ll also discover how you can participate in a nationwide contest to WIN a FREE 1-year membership to iBloom's newest coaching program- iThrive!
Rank #2: What is stopping YOU from live a life you love?. Join iBloom (your go-to place for Christian Life Coaching for Women) this week as we continue exploring our 2010 theme of Inspiring YOU to live a life you LOVE!. Are you ready to live a life you love? What’s stopping you? Jennifer Tankersley, the List Mama, from ListPlanIt will be our special guest. Hosted by iBloom Team Members: Kelly Thorne, Leigh Ann Napier, and Betsy Ringer of Christian Life Coaching for Women with iBloom.1/18 Show:
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Rank #1: What's Holding You Back From Radical Obedience?: McCall Aldridge (Episode 53). What is holding you back from that big "yes" that God has put in front of you? Fear? Confusion? Busyness? All of those are valid concerns, but you know what should never hold you back? Money. God has all the money in the universe, and if He calls you to do something, He is more than able to finance it. That's a portion of what McCall Aldridge and I are talking about in this episode. McCall works for Fund the Nations, where she gets to see miracles every day. How cool is that? People are stepping out in faith and God is providing for their needs in ways that surpass their expectations. Have a listen, and I pray that you are encouraged to trust God with your own story. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or on the Blog.
Rank #2: Pray Big and Do Scary Things: Karmen Smith (Episode 26). Today I’m talking to Karmen Smith and I can’t wait to share her with you. She is a wife, mom, speaker, avid journaler, and a proponent of praying big and stepping out in faith even when you’re scared. I needed this interview so much for myself, and I talk later about why, but I know you will be encouraged no matter where on the “Pray Big” spectrum you fall.
Rank #1: Celebrating God’s Faithfulness Through 35 Years. PROGRAM D-8421 Thirty-five years ago—this month—I began this radio ministry on one station in Chicago, and now we’re on about 400 stations nationwide and internationally. So, this week we are going to celebrate! Psalm 135:7 says, “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” That’s what I’m celebrating—God’s abundant goodness to bless this ministry for the past thirty-five years! I never dreamed God had such big plans for this radio ministry when I recorded those first messages in 1984. After months of praying about the need for a program that spoke to Christian working women like myself, God miraculously opened a door. I knew nothing about radio, had no connections, no experience, but I had a passion for someone to share biblical principles for working women like me. I decided as I drove to work one day that it was time to put feet to my prayers. How do you begin a radio program? I asked myself. I decided to put something together and take it to someone! Truly that was the extent of my knowledge, but as I got to work that very day, a newspaper article on my desk announced that a station in Chicago had just been purchased and would now be a Christian station. “Hmm,” I thought, “I wonder if I could be on that station.” I decided to contact them but, before I could do that, on that very day, someone from the station called and asked me to be part of a panel discussion the next Saturday. To this day, I have no idea why they contacted me or how they got my name, but I decided it was not a coincidence and, after being on the panel, I told the woman in charge about my idea for a radio program. She encouraged me—and the rest, as they say, is history. That was in May of 1984, and I put together a fifteen-minute weekly program, as well as a non-profit organization, and in August we were on the air. We added this daily edition a few years later, and now, incredibly, our program is broadcast on over 400 stations nationally and internationally. Only God could do that. A listener from Florida wrote, “Believe it or not, Mary, your voice is very familiar to me, as I listened to your show when I lived in the San Francisco Bay area as well. Keep up the good work in providing relevant information to today’s Christian working woman.” Thanks, Catherine. By God’s grace we will do just that.
Rank #2: You Are the One Jesus Loves. PROGRAM W-1792 – Part II I am the one Jesus loves—this is an incredible truth that we often just take for granted, or it’s becomes so familiar that we don’t grasp the depth of it. But try to focus on this today—the marvelous fact that you are loved—individually and personally—by Jesus, by our Heavenly Father. I have pointed out that five times in his Gospel, the Apostle John referred to himself as the one whom Jesus loves. These all occurred on the day before his crucifixion and immediately after his resurrection. For example, John writes about this scene at the cross: When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26) He also writes about the time Jesus appeared to him and Peter while they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee, when Jesus appeared in his resurrected body: Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. (John 21:7) No other disciple referred to himself in that way, as the one Jesus loved. Why did John choose that description? Well, it wasn’t because he thought Jesus loved him better than anyone else. It was simply because that was his identity. If you asked him, “Who are you?”, he would say, “I am the one Jesus loves.” This is something I’ve talked about a good deal to the women in my church, where I serve as director of women’s ministries. Now, when we start our class, I usually ask right off: Who are you? And they readily and heartily reply: I am the one Jesus loves. It’s a great way to encourage each other to remember who you are in Christ. If you know Jesus in a personal relationship and you’ve placed your trust in him, then you can join with us in this joyous declaration that you are the one Jesus loves. It should be your number one identity, the most important thing about you. When Lazarus was ill, the sisters sent for Jesus and they said, “Lord, the one you love is sick” (John 11:3). That was their approach to Jesus—they appealed on the basis that they knew Jesus loved Lazarus. They didn’t even mention his name because they knew Jesus would know whom they were talking about. They were totally confident that Jesus loved Lazarus, and they appealed to him on that basis. Maybe this should inform us in our own prayer lives. How do you approach Jesus when you pray? Do you ever pray: Lord, the one you love needs you. Or Lord, I come to you because I’m the one you love and I know you care about me. I’ve begun to do this, and it has a beautiful effect on your prayer time. You begin with your one credential, that one thing that qualifies you to present your requests to God: Lord, I’m the one you love. It establishes the family relationship you have and reminds you that your heavenly Father invites you to come into his presence with confidence and boldness, and to approach his throne where you’ll receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). What difference will it make in our everyday lives when we truly bask in the daily knowledge that we are the one Jesus loves? Judah Smith writes, “People who know that Jesus loves them, who know that Jesus is with them and for them—those people can not only endure pain and loss and difficulty, they can come out the other side stronger and better people.” (Jesus Is_______, P. 159) It will indeed get you through some tough times and cause you to be victorious. It will make you sit up straighter and hold your head up higher—not from pride or self-righteousness, but from gratitude and joy in knowing that you are the one Jesus loves. Regardless of what’s going on around you or what other people think, you are less and less vulnerable to their opinions and more and more confident of who you are in Christ. Here’s a really important point: When we are sure of God’s love for us, we are set free to love others. This is how the world knows that we are disciples of Jesus Christ—by the love we have for others. But when we are not totally confident that we are loved by God, life is just all about us, about our need to be loved, about trying to find something or someone to fill up that empty place inside of us—the place that only Jesus can fill. One of the great side benefits of seeing your identity as the one Jesus loves—and living in the freedom of that knowledge—is that it just sets you free from yourself. Did you realize that you are the biggest problem you have? It’s true for all of us. When you can get over yourself—when you are so confident that you’re valued, special, and significant because you are loved by Jesus—then you simply are going to move into the joy of self-forgetfulness. When you don’t have to think about yourself so much, you are set free to think about others. We can’t really love others the way we should until we are totally confident that we are the one Jesus loves. Our human love runs out quickly; there’s not enough in us to give love to others freely and joyfully—at least not for very long. It is when the love of Christ is spread inside us, filling us, completing us, giving us joy and purpose, that we are able to pass it on to others. There’s an old song that says, “I am loved, I am loved, I can risk loving you, for the one who knows me best, loves me most.” The truth is this: When we are confident in God’s love for us, when we know that we are the one Jesus loves, we can risk loving others. We want to love others. Then. . .we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:5, Living Bible) Can you see how important it is to really know that you are the one Jesus loves? Just as I was writing this message, I received a text from a dear friend asking me to pray for her right at that moment, as she was facing a very tight deadline at work and was under a lot of stress. By the way, it’s great to have the kind of friendship where you can ask for immediate prayer from a good friend. So, I stopped and prayed for her and then texted her back, “Remember, you are the one Jesus loves.” She replied, “Thanks so much for that reminder. I will keep saying that today.” That’s what I mean by living in the knowledge that you are the one Jesus loves. You see, the enemy of your soul certainly doesn’t want you to remember this. He knows that this will give you courage and strength, and make you far less vulnerable to his flaming arrows. So, you defeat him by simply making it a daily habit to repeat—and repeat often—that you are the one Jesus loves. If you don’t have that sure knowledge, if it hasn’t made a difference in your life to know that Jesus loves you, then it could be because you don’t yet really have an established relationship with God through Jesus. You haven’t yet become a member of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ. That, of course, is step one. Or it could be that you are a Christian, a sincere Christ-follower, but you haven’t gotten to know God very well. You haven’t made getting to know God a high priority in your life, and so you don’t spend much time in Bible study, in fellowship with other believers, or in giving of yourself to others for Christ’s sake. You see, the more you know God through Jesus, the more you love him and the more you understand his love for you. The more you value the knowledge that you are the one Jesus loves. You can never short-change the input of God’s Word into your life and expect to be firmly grounded in who you are in Christ. But if you will make that a priority—to get to know Jesus better and better through his word, fellowship, and Bible teaching, and if you will begin to tell yourself daily that you are the one Jesus loves—I promise you’re going to move in a new direction with God. I know—we can talk about your baggage, we can talk about your circumstances and your past, we can talk about all the mistakes you’ve made and the things that are missing in your life; we can bring up all the wrong that’s been done to you. But what good does it do to focus on that? True, some things in our pasts must be confronted and understood so that we can put them behind us, but the baggage of your past will never bring you to the abundant life that Jesus wants you to have. Instead, to begin to truly see yourself as the one Jesus loves is the best thing you can do to find healing and to put all that behind you. The Apostle John—the one Jesus loved—also wrote three letters which are part of the Holy Scriptures, and again he focuses those letters on how God loves us. Here are some passages from those letters: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (I John 4:10) We love because he first loved us. (I John 4:19) I invite you—I urge you—to find your identity in the marvelous truth that you are the one Jesus loves. When you do, you will be able to love because you will be so secure in knowing that you are the one Jesus loves.
Rank #1: Misplaced Loyalties. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/282/29Relationships based solely on needs or emotions are often one-sided. Listen as June Hunt coaches a husband through the snares of his unbalanced relationship.
Rank #2: Boundaries within Families. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/282/29Families go through seasons of change as children grow up and leave the home. However, if these transitions never take place, there can be problems. How can you address long-term, unhealthy patterns within your family? Learn from one mothers dilemma as June Hunt talks with her about healthy boundaries.