039 Being Poor Is Not A Failure Part 1

Being Poor Is Not A Failure Part 1 

This week Elisabeth sits down with blogger KerryAnn Foster from One Vibrant Mama to discuss being a Christian and living in poverty in a world where so many have linked their faith with their financial well-being.

ROMANS [12:10]-13 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

1 PETER 1:1-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

CONCLUSION

MATTHEW [10:29]-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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038 The Paradox of Perfection: A Book Review and Discussion of Christian Perfection

THE PARADOX OF PERFECTION: A BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss the book The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us by Jeffrey Reber PhD LPC, and Steven Moody LCSW, including a review of the book itself and a discussion of the heavy expectation of Christian women.

MATTHEW [5:48] Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

GET THE BOOK

The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us by Jeffrey Reber PhD LPC, and Steven Moody LCSW

Also mentioned in this episode: The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

CONCLUSION

God doesn’t call us to our idea of perfection, because in Christ we are already made perfect through his sacrifice.

ISAIAH 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

We are not capable of perfect action or perfect thought.

1 JOHN 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

When Jesus tells us to be perfect as God is perfect he’s not talking about actions and he’s not talking about thoughts because perfection there is not attainable. But His love, His perfect love, IS accessible. It is attainable. And it is shareable.

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037 Be Interruptible

BE INTERRUPTIBLE

Welcome to Self-Care September! This week Sandy and Elisabeth examine how Jesus demonstrated self-care through boundaries, priorities, saying no, making time to be interrupted and of course food through the story of Jairus’ daughter.

THE MESSAGE:

LUKE [8:40]-56 or MARK [5:21]-43

THE EXAMPLE:

  • Jesus was interruptible
  • Jesus had priorities
  • Jesus had boundaries
  • Jesus wants you to eat

MORE ON SELF-CARE:

EPISODE 5: AINT NO REST FOR THE WICKED; SO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY TAKE A NAP

EPISODE 6: BOUNDARIES; BECAUSE JESUS SAID NO AND SO SHOULD YOU

EPISODE 7: JESUS ATE, LIKE A LOT

If you need help with your daily planning check out this article from fastcompany.com.

CONCLUSION

Do you have time in your day to be interrupted? God speaks in a still small voice not because He can’t speak louder but because He wants us to listen. We challenge you to go to battle with your schedule this fall and make time for interruptions, make time for quiet, make time to take care of yourself. Don’t miss out on the good works and the blessings that He has prepared for you because of the noise of your daily schedule.

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036 Pink or Blue? Gender Expression vs Historical Reality

PINK OR BLUE? GENDER EXPRESSION VS HISTORICAL REALITY

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss gender stereotypes held by our current culture, throughout history and in many churches.

MATTHEW 19:4 Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female.

Looking for more? Check out these other resources mentioned in this episode:

Celinunu isn’t Demonic and Hysteria isn’t Christlike

The Monstrous Regiment “The Biblical Response to Transgenderism”

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035 Labels are Useful… and Stupid

LABELS ARE USEFUL…AND STUPID

In this week’s episode we discuss the use of labels in Christian culture, how labels can be dangerous and what the Bible says about says about labels.

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034 Christmas in July!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!

We are back from summer break and diving right into….Christmas? Yep you read that right. The best way to have a peaceful holiday is to be prepared for it. Join Sandy and Elisabeth as they discuss their current holiday prep and share some tips and tricks to make your holiday season a little more magical this year.

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033 Changes, Self-Care and Summer Break

CHANGES, SELF-CARE AND SUMMER BREAK

This week we talk about what’s been going on in our lives, why we’ve been a little quiet the past couple weeks and our upcoming summer break.

As the craziness of summer break sets in make sure you carve out some time for Jesus and some time for yourself every day. Happy Summer!

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032 Divorce Perspective: What It Looks Like and How You Can Help Someone During Their Walk

DIVORCE PERSPECTIVE: WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO WALK THROUGH IT AND HOW YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE DURING THEIR WALK

This week we discuss divorce, including what it was like to go through it and how you can help those around you while they are going through it.

031 Homeschooling Part 2: It’s Not Just For Cults and Weirdos

HOMESCHOOLING PART 2: IT’S NOT JUST FOR CULTS AND WEIRDOS

This week Sandy and Elisabeth continue their discussion on homeschooling including their reasons for homeschooling and the differences between Christian and secular curriculum.

1 CORINTHIANS [15:33] Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

We can’t control our kids or their environment forever but we can give them a good start, a firm foundation, a strong faith and a support system to handle the things they cannot control.

PROVERBS 22:6 Train up a child in the way they should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

HOMESCHOOLING BENEFITS:

  • Strengthen Faith
  • Character Development
  • Creating a Personalized Path to Learning Success
  • Stronger Family Bonds
  • Establishing Active Lifestyle and Healthy Attitudes Towards Food
  • Encourage Creativity
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Safety
  • Socialization and Dealing with Social Anxiety
  • Dealing with Special Needs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • More Outdoor/Nature Time

CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLING PITFALLS:

  • Biased Curriculum
  • Inaccurate History
  • Lessons Focused on Scripture Instead of Education

CONCLUSION:

There is nothing inherently evil about homeschooling but there is also nothing inherently evil about traditional schooling. Either way, it is our job as parents to train them up, both in their education and in their faith and school choice is only a small part of that choice.

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030 Homeschooling Part 1: Our Personal Experiences and Why We’re Doing it for Now

HOMESCHOOLING PART 1: OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND WHY WE’RE DOING IT FOR NOW

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss their unique and very different experiences being homeschooled themselves and why they are choosing homeschooling to start their own kids educations.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Education abuse by parents and churches. (Using homeschooling to keep children ignorant of certain information such as geology, scientific theories, and history)

  • A comparison of homeschooling, private schooling and public schooling.

  • The flexibility of homeschooling.

  • Our lifelong dream of traveling the country while schooling.

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