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Forgiveness

It is sin that's pervasive in our lives and it creates for us a chasm. It's this large chasm between us and God and between us and other people, and the chasm happens, not because of God, not because of something God has done or said or anything, but something we have done our sin pulls us and stretches us away from God so that we don't have a deep relationship anymore, and that chasm gets larger and larger all the time, unless we do something about it. Just the other day, just a couple of days ago, quite literally, I had to seek forgiveness, and asked for and to offer an apology to my daughter because I did something unbecoming, and I said, something I shouldn't have said and I realized in the moment. Humbert, you screwed up. You need to go apologize, you need to ask for forgiveness. And thankfully my daughter is pretty good at that. But it's so pervasive, it happens regularly. We don't think about it, we think, because we haven't done anything on this imaginary list that we've created that we're all right, but I wanna suggest friends that... That's just not true. On a much more sort of broad global basis, even here in Dallas, we witness this on a broad public scale, you may regard remember the trial of Amber Guyger several months ago, police officer well trained, who killed a man named Botham John. And no matter how you look at that, no matter how you understand that no matter how you perceive that that's about the sinful nature, of humanity, it's about how I understand you and you understand me, it's about how I interface with you and you interface with me. It's about how we don't understand each other or don't regard each other. However, one looks at it, it's about the sinful nature that pervades our lives and the ramifications thereof. See, I told you the bad news is kind of bad... We are sinful and it permeates who we are. That's the bad news. Here's the great good news of this season of Advent, God set God's only child into the world so that we might be forgiven. So that we might know grace and mercy, so that we might demonstrate that to others, that they too might know that even though they are sinful, like me, like you, that we have this powerful good news and it's told in a myriad of ways, but I love the way the Gospel writer of Mark puts it. In the very first chapter one of the reasons I like the gospel as Mark is, he just cuts to the chase just gets right to it and we hear this powerful story of a guy named John who is actually Jesus's cousin and how it is he sets up Jesus to come and offer us this gift. It goes something like this: in Mark chapter one in the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God as it is written in the Prophet Isaiah. See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you who will prepare your way the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him and were baptized by him in the River Jordan confessing their sins. Now, John was clothed with camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He was really a weird guy, right? I mean, locusts? I get the wild hunting the Wild hair code or whatever that... Yeah, he's just weird but I... He's a good guy, and he proclaims a powerful message and he brings an amazing word of hope that we need to hear both then and now. So, Verse 7, he proclaimed the one who is more powerful than I is coming after me, I, I'm not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I have baptized you with water but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and this is the word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God. That is an amazing story.

23 MIN4 d ago
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Forgiveness

Spill w/ Col. Rich Crossley

Col. Rich Crossley is an African American man who grew up in segregated Mississippi, served in the military for 23 years, and has been a JROTC instructor/ director for 22 years. He has a unique view on achieving justice and peace and what that means for his faith. Tune in and get to know Col. Crossley better! We can all learn a lot from him.

41 MIN6 d ago
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Spill w/ Col. Rich Crossley

Justice

So I wanna ask you, what are you doing for Christmas? And I hope that your answer will be just a little different this year. So, as we reflect on that, we're mindful that we've got to go way back in scripture to come to the grips of What does it mean for Jesus to be born? The Gospels tell the story of Jesus, but we actually have to go behind the gospels into the Hebrew scriptures, to discover what the prophets were telling us about the birth of a savior who was to come. So this morning, I'm gonna invite you to join me in the prophet Isaiah in the prophet Isaiah who is quoted more often in the Gospels than any other book in the Old Testament, other than the Psalms, there's some connection there between what the prophet says and what the Gospel writers say what the prophets proclaim and what it is Jesus brings. So here in Isaiah chapter 9, we're in a small little sub-section of the prophet, he speaks about emmanual, God with us, the one who is to come, and it sounds something like this: beginning in verse to the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who lived in a land of darkness on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us, authority rests upon his shoulders and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, his authority shall grow continually and there shall be an endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom, he will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward, and forevermore the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Friends, this is the Word of God for the people of God, thanks be to God. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will make this possible. I always love that phrase. God's zeal will make it possible. So the prophet is speaking to the northern kingdom of Israel during a time when the kingdoms were split. Judah in the South and Israel in the north, and Isaiah is actually bringing a word of hope into the Israelite world, he's saying to them, those Assyrians who oppressed you, who cast you out, who overcame you, and over through your government. That darkness is gone, and I want you to know that a light will now shine upon you and there will be hope. And so Isaiah is simply trying to say to the Israelites: there's a good word in the land. Now, the darkness will go away and the light will come. That's always a hopeful word, right? It's always good to know both the science of light overcoming darkness and the spirituality of light overcoming darkness. But I love the way it goes on because he begins to lay out for them. The new plan that is to say the new kingdom, the way in which a new ruler will come and he lays it out very straightforward is he's gonna be a son a child born to us, and for the Hebrews, that was always a sign of hopefulness, a new child, a new king, a new possibility and so he describes for them what this new child will bring, and he gets these great names, wonderful counselor to help guide us on our journey, mighty God who will help us overcome, Everlasting Father, who will help us discover the other side of eternity, and the Prince of Peace who will help us to know that God's rule in human affairs will bring this shalom, that we've been so desperately seeking this inner peace, this exterior piece, this wonderful connection with God's creation, the prince of peace, and he reminds the Israelites that this new child who is to be born for us, this new son who is coming among us will connect us to our ancestor David. It'll help us to realize that that kingdom will actually be perpetuated and it will bring a new realm, a new way of understanding David's rule. And then I love the way he completes his thought Isaiah because he not only points out these great hopeful concepts, but he also says, And of his kingdom, it will be founded in justice and righteousness.

25 MIN1 w ago
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Justice

Give Thanks

And when you think about it, it's amazing that we even made it to this grand national holiday called Thanksgiving and I know that we know kind of the basic details in 1620, the pilgrims come over on the Mayflower, they land and Plymouth in Massachusetts. But do you remember some of the details? It was late December in 1620, it was cold, it was miserable, they were sick, they hadn't had proper food provisions, there was no place for them to live, there were no provisions immediately available like, our grocery stores, right? And so within one month of their arrival, 10 of the 17 fathers had died. By March only four of the 17 mothers were still alive. By Easter, almost half of all of the riders on the Mayflower, were dead. It is a gruesome scene. Many people have past, they had a tense relationship with the indigenous population, they've tried to figure out how they're ever going to make it. And yet, in less than a year's time in less than six months, from Easter, they were bound and determined to have a celebration of thanks, because they were alive and God was good and there was a reason to celebrate even though so much tragedy had happened, so much difficulty, so much turmoil friends. This is why we give thanks on Thanksgiving, we celebrate the fact that God is good all the time. Not just some of the time we celebrate the fact that God is a provider of every good and perfect gift and no matter what our life circumstance, we need to celebrate this powerful gift. Not just at Thanksgiving but all the time. Listen to how one of the psalmist put it. I'm gonna invite you to read scripture with me just for a minute. You're gonna take note fairly quickly that there's a kind of an antiphone, a repetitive phrase that goes on in Psalm 136, I'm gonna read a few verses, and I'm just gonna sort of pause and I'm not hold up my hand and I'm gonna invite you to read the refrain. The refrain is, his faithful love endures forever. Will you join me as we read scripture from Psalm 136, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, his faithful love endures forever, give thanks to the God of gods, his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords, his faithful love endures forever give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles, his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to Him who made the heaven so skillfully his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to Him, who placed the earth among the waters his faithful love endures forever. Finally, Verse 26, "Give thanks to the God of heaven, his faithful love endures forever. God's faithful Love really does endure God gives us an amazing life. It is not perfect, it does not go as we all hoped every single day, every single moment, but life actually is good and the psalmist reminds us that we ought to give thanks, that the God who put the stars in heaven, and the sun and its place in the earth on its axis, and the God who gave us the breath of life and the God who calls us into reality, and inter-relationship with others that God needs to be think that God needs to be honored that God deserves our undivided gratitude. It’s why I believe this statement that's there in your notes that gratitude is a response to God's abundance, in our lives. It's a way for us to say... God, I'm so grateful for all that you have done are doing and will do. Gratitude is a response to God's abundance, and it brings us joy. Have you ever noticed that when you are grateful, your whole demeanor changes, when you say thank you to somebody or when you're grateful for some act or some set of circumstances have you ever noticed... You feel better, you feel slightly different? It sort of changes everything about what's going on in that moment, and I'm convinced that that's what gratitude is for. This response to the blessings of God and as those blessings come we simply respond to God and share out of the abundance that God has already offered and it's just that response and it brings joy.

28 MIN2 w ago
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Give Thanks

Witness The Clouds

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, disregarding it shame and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Friends, this is the word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to god. A cloud of witnesses. Did you know that as followers of Jesus, you've got kind of a cloud hovering over you? It's actually a good kind of cloud, it's a kind of cloud you'd actually want to have hovering over you, I don't know about you, but most of the time when a cloud hovers I think of the mind a danger of brain right or the things that are about to come the storm that's about to arise, but every once in while, the clouds that cover us, they're glorious, aren't they? They're beautiful and they actually bring life with their rain or with their coolness or whatever it is, it they have, but we've got a cloud and the cloud of witnesses start something like this. What you may not recall is it in Hebrews Chapter 11, the chapter just prior to where I read the author begins to lay out a course of all of these people who've laid out their faith. He starts with Abel goes to Enoch it goes to Abraham goes to Moses and several others, and he lays out this beautiful story about how these people of faith have brought us to where we are, how these people of faith have made this powerful difference in who we are, and how it is we believe in Jesus and then he starts in verse... Chapter 12, Verse One. Therefore, since we have this great cloud of witnesses, we need to do something about it, and I wanna suggest that you and I as followers of Jesus, have a great and powerful cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, and these witnesses have helped us to become who we are. These cloud of witnesses have helped us to understand who Jesus is.

23 MIN3 w ago
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Witness The Clouds

Spill w/ Rita & Alyssa

Spill host, Alyssa Robinson, talks to Rita Ramirez about overcoming fear with faith. How do they know each other? They were in a tornado together! Alyssa was hit by the Dallas tornadoes in her car, and Rita witnessed the tornado and stopped to help Alyssa like a modern-day Good Samaritan. Enjoy this conversation between two people who shared a life-changing experience together.

41 MIN3 w ago
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It's Not Possible

I wanna encourage us to consider whether we can trust God enough 'cause here's what I believe about Trust. Trust makes relationships, strong and vital and if indeed we would like a strong and vital relationship with God, maybe we could trust God, maybe we could step out in faith and believe that God's got a better way. Maybe we could step out in faith and literally bust every one of those myths. There's not enough, it's all mine, it's not possible. Maybe just this once, we could trust God enough and say, I am willing, so I'm gonna issue the same challenge I issue the last two weeks. I wanna issue you the 90-day challenge. If you're not at the tithe, right now, I wanna encourage you to consider 90 days, whether it starts tomorrow or whether it starts January 1st consider one time 90 days, we can do almost anything for 90 days, right? Try it out, see if God won't indeed pour out a blessing from heaven, see if God won't indeed bless your life, see if God really means, what God says. I know some of you are at the tithe and I am deeply grateful I know some of you want and are striving towards that, and I am also grateful. For some of us, I know it's a challenge just to figure out how I'm gonna pay for my next meal I get that. What I wanna challenge all of us is to trust... Trust that God is there. Trust that God can provide.

29 MINNOV 12
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It's Not Possible

It's All Mine

Charles Cook was an amazing mentor, an amazing trainer of clergy he worked for a number of years at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and then he went to work at the church where I was and as an associate. And I just went to Charles and I said, "Now Charles... I wanna do the right thing and I wanna make an offering in a commitment for next year to the church, but I don't know what the right amount is, I don't know what I'm supposed to do. And so, Charles, what am I supposed to do?” And Charles was just like Jesus, he said, "Well what do you think?” And I thought to myself... Well, I didn't come here to give you an answer, Charles, I'm asking you a question, right? And he slapped me in that. No, he didn't slap me, but he just said to me, Daniel what do you think? And I responded, I said, Well, clearly, the Scriptures say you need to give a tithe. Clearly that's what I'm supposed to do, but is that the right thing? And I don't know that I can do that. Charles is that even possible? And then Charles went into what I call coaching or mentoring mode, and in that mode, Charles said to me. Well, Daniel what does God deserve? Hello. That wasn't on my mind what was on my mind was, how much can I afford what was on my mind was, what's my fair share what I was thinking was, "How can I make this work? And he asked me the question, "What does God deserve?” And then he went on to quote scripture which always gets you in trouble, right? He said, "I wonder what David would think when he wrote Psalm 24 and in particular, when he wrote the very first verse where in that first verse, he literally says the earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all its people belong to God.” How much does God deserve? Wow. Right then and there I began a spiritual journey that I didn't expect that I didn't fully understand either, but it was the beginning of a journey of discovery that the great myth that it's all mine, I earned it, I worked hard for it. I learned that it was actually God’s. That God had given me the capacity, God had given me the talent, God had given me the training, God had given me the skills, the spiritual gifts and all of that. God had made all of that possible, and therefore anything I earned, anything I gain, it was not mine. It was God’s, and I will forever be grateful to Charles for a very simple spiritual lesson.

30 MINNOV 6
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It's All Mine

Not Enough

It is a myth that there's not enough, it's a myth. Let me start off talking about now, there's a great gain with godliness, combined with contentment and godliness is not the self, I’m better than you and I follow God. I'm more righteous than you, and I'm a better person. That's not godliness is godliness is relationship godliness is knowing that I don't deserve God's love, but I receive it. Godliness is owning that God's grace and mercy is more than I could ever imagine and I am so grateful that it's there. I know who God is, I understand who God is. I want that relationship, great gain, and godliness combined with contentment and we're gonna talk a lot more about contentment in just a minute. So the God perspective, looks something like this, when it comes to generosity, and money and... Well, the god perspective, sound something like this, the more I give, the better. In other words, the more I share of the wealth God has provided me, the more I author it to other people or to God, or to make the world a better place, the more I give, the better the goal, then therefore is generosity. How can I be generous with this stuff that God has provided me because that's what I came from you all, no matter what are talent amount or what are skilled no matter what our ability, No matter any of that this is God. And so the goal is generosity and therefore I depend on the provider, not the provision to the provider, the provider gives me life, the provider gives me breath the provider gives me all that I have, and so the God perspective, begins to change how I look at things, right? And so then from the God perspective to give and that's gain, it's not loss. to give is an opportunity, to give is a blessing, to give is to help other people, to give is to strengthen a relationship with God. And therefore, my response to any time I'm asked to give is to share. It's not to hold, it's not to keep, it's to share. I wanna offer something more to somebody else. So, that's the God perspective and it, it begins to change everything, it changes our whole outlook on life, it changes our perspective on the way we ought to do things, and it changes our relationship with God because the great myth is that there's not enough to give. I don't have enough, there is no way, I can't be generous because there's just not enough. I wanna suggest that that myth gets started because of that human perspective. It's all mine. I'm gonna hold it. I need that for my security and I'm gonna make sure that it's all for me and nobody else, but the God perspective helps us to overcome that myth. The first way we can overcome the great myth is to simply trust God, trust that God knows better than us. I believe that, but trust causes me to step into that. It's one thing to have an intellectual understanding. God's gonna take care of me, God's gonna provide, God's got a better way, God has this handle God understands it. That can all be an intellectual endeavor or it can be a trust endeavor... There's a reason the great wisdom writer when writing Proverbs 35 said, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, don't lean on your own understanding.” 'cause our own understanding says I need to keep this. Our own understanding says This is mine. I don't have enough for you, I just have enough for me. And we stock pile. Trust. The second is gratitude. The second way to overcome the myth is just be thankful to God. Be thankful for my circumstances, be thankful for my provisions, be thankful for my relationships, it is amazing how gratitude can change everything about life itself. I think that's why the author of First Thessalonians, put it this way, in 5:18 when he said, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ. give thanks in all circumstances.

30 MINOCT 29
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Not Enough

Spill w/ Hayes and Deborah

Alyssa Robinson talked to Hayes and Deborah Austell, a mother and son, about having difficult conversations rooted in love. Hayes is a Christian, Transgender man and shares his transition journey and the impact it has had on his faith. Deborah and Hayes reflect together on how the church responded to his transition and how parents can be LGBTQIA+ allies, even if they don't understand sexual or gender identity.

50 MINOCT 28
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Spill w/ Hayes and Deborah

Latest Episodes

Forgiveness

It is sin that's pervasive in our lives and it creates for us a chasm. It's this large chasm between us and God and between us and other people, and the chasm happens, not because of God, not because of something God has done or said or anything, but something we have done our sin pulls us and stretches us away from God so that we don't have a deep relationship anymore, and that chasm gets larger and larger all the time, unless we do something about it. Just the other day, just a couple of days ago, quite literally, I had to seek forgiveness, and asked for and to offer an apology to my daughter because I did something unbecoming, and I said, something I shouldn't have said and I realized in the moment. Humbert, you screwed up. You need to go apologize, you need to ask for forgiveness. And thankfully my daughter is pretty good at that. But it's so pervasive, it happens regularly. We don't think about it, we think, because we haven't done anything on this imaginary list that we've created that we're all right, but I wanna suggest friends that... That's just not true. On a much more sort of broad global basis, even here in Dallas, we witness this on a broad public scale, you may regard remember the trial of Amber Guyger several months ago, police officer well trained, who killed a man named Botham John. And no matter how you look at that, no matter how you understand that no matter how you perceive that that's about the sinful nature, of humanity, it's about how I understand you and you understand me, it's about how I interface with you and you interface with me. It's about how we don't understand each other or don't regard each other. However, one looks at it, it's about the sinful nature that pervades our lives and the ramifications thereof. See, I told you the bad news is kind of bad... We are sinful and it permeates who we are. That's the bad news. Here's the great good news of this season of Advent, God set God's only child into the world so that we might be forgiven. So that we might know grace and mercy, so that we might demonstrate that to others, that they too might know that even though they are sinful, like me, like you, that we have this powerful good news and it's told in a myriad of ways, but I love the way the Gospel writer of Mark puts it. In the very first chapter one of the reasons I like the gospel as Mark is, he just cuts to the chase just gets right to it and we hear this powerful story of a guy named John who is actually Jesus's cousin and how it is he sets up Jesus to come and offer us this gift. It goes something like this: in Mark chapter one in the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God as it is written in the Prophet Isaiah. See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you who will prepare your way the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him and were baptized by him in the River Jordan confessing their sins. Now, John was clothed with camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He was really a weird guy, right? I mean, locusts? I get the wild hunting the Wild hair code or whatever that... Yeah, he's just weird but I... He's a good guy, and he proclaims a powerful message and he brings an amazing word of hope that we need to hear both then and now. So, Verse 7, he proclaimed the one who is more powerful than I is coming after me, I, I'm not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I have baptized you with water but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and this is the word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God. That is an amazing story.

23 MIN4 d ago
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Forgiveness

Spill w/ Col. Rich Crossley

Col. Rich Crossley is an African American man who grew up in segregated Mississippi, served in the military for 23 years, and has been a JROTC instructor/ director for 22 years. He has a unique view on achieving justice and peace and what that means for his faith. Tune in and get to know Col. Crossley better! We can all learn a lot from him.

41 MIN6 d ago
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Spill w/ Col. Rich Crossley

Justice

So I wanna ask you, what are you doing for Christmas? And I hope that your answer will be just a little different this year. So, as we reflect on that, we're mindful that we've got to go way back in scripture to come to the grips of What does it mean for Jesus to be born? The Gospels tell the story of Jesus, but we actually have to go behind the gospels into the Hebrew scriptures, to discover what the prophets were telling us about the birth of a savior who was to come. So this morning, I'm gonna invite you to join me in the prophet Isaiah in the prophet Isaiah who is quoted more often in the Gospels than any other book in the Old Testament, other than the Psalms, there's some connection there between what the prophet says and what the Gospel writers say what the prophets proclaim and what it is Jesus brings. So here in Isaiah chapter 9, we're in a small little sub-section of the prophet, he speaks about emmanual, God with us, the one who is to come, and it sounds something like this: beginning in verse to the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who lived in a land of darkness on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us, authority rests upon his shoulders and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, his authority shall grow continually and there shall be an endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom, he will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward, and forevermore the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Friends, this is the Word of God for the people of God, thanks be to God. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will make this possible. I always love that phrase. God's zeal will make it possible. So the prophet is speaking to the northern kingdom of Israel during a time when the kingdoms were split. Judah in the South and Israel in the north, and Isaiah is actually bringing a word of hope into the Israelite world, he's saying to them, those Assyrians who oppressed you, who cast you out, who overcame you, and over through your government. That darkness is gone, and I want you to know that a light will now shine upon you and there will be hope. And so Isaiah is simply trying to say to the Israelites: there's a good word in the land. Now, the darkness will go away and the light will come. That's always a hopeful word, right? It's always good to know both the science of light overcoming darkness and the spirituality of light overcoming darkness. But I love the way it goes on because he begins to lay out for them. The new plan that is to say the new kingdom, the way in which a new ruler will come and he lays it out very straightforward is he's gonna be a son a child born to us, and for the Hebrews, that was always a sign of hopefulness, a new child, a new king, a new possibility and so he describes for them what this new child will bring, and he gets these great names, wonderful counselor to help guide us on our journey, mighty God who will help us overcome, Everlasting Father, who will help us discover the other side of eternity, and the Prince of Peace who will help us to know that God's rule in human affairs will bring this shalom, that we've been so desperately seeking this inner peace, this exterior piece, this wonderful connection with God's creation, the prince of peace, and he reminds the Israelites that this new child who is to be born for us, this new son who is coming among us will connect us to our ancestor David. It'll help us to realize that that kingdom will actually be perpetuated and it will bring a new realm, a new way of understanding David's rule. And then I love the way he completes his thought Isaiah because he not only points out these great hopeful concepts, but he also says, And of his kingdom, it will be founded in justice and righteousness.

25 MIN1 w ago
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Justice

Give Thanks

And when you think about it, it's amazing that we even made it to this grand national holiday called Thanksgiving and I know that we know kind of the basic details in 1620, the pilgrims come over on the Mayflower, they land and Plymouth in Massachusetts. But do you remember some of the details? It was late December in 1620, it was cold, it was miserable, they were sick, they hadn't had proper food provisions, there was no place for them to live, there were no provisions immediately available like, our grocery stores, right? And so within one month of their arrival, 10 of the 17 fathers had died. By March only four of the 17 mothers were still alive. By Easter, almost half of all of the riders on the Mayflower, were dead. It is a gruesome scene. Many people have past, they had a tense relationship with the indigenous population, they've tried to figure out how they're ever going to make it. And yet, in less than a year's time in less than six months, from Easter, they were bound and determined to have a celebration of thanks, because they were alive and God was good and there was a reason to celebrate even though so much tragedy had happened, so much difficulty, so much turmoil friends. This is why we give thanks on Thanksgiving, we celebrate the fact that God is good all the time. Not just some of the time we celebrate the fact that God is a provider of every good and perfect gift and no matter what our life circumstance, we need to celebrate this powerful gift. Not just at Thanksgiving but all the time. Listen to how one of the psalmist put it. I'm gonna invite you to read scripture with me just for a minute. You're gonna take note fairly quickly that there's a kind of an antiphone, a repetitive phrase that goes on in Psalm 136, I'm gonna read a few verses, and I'm just gonna sort of pause and I'm not hold up my hand and I'm gonna invite you to read the refrain. The refrain is, his faithful love endures forever. Will you join me as we read scripture from Psalm 136, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, his faithful love endures forever, give thanks to the God of gods, his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords, his faithful love endures forever give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles, his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to Him who made the heaven so skillfully his faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to Him, who placed the earth among the waters his faithful love endures forever. Finally, Verse 26, "Give thanks to the God of heaven, his faithful love endures forever. God's faithful Love really does endure God gives us an amazing life. It is not perfect, it does not go as we all hoped every single day, every single moment, but life actually is good and the psalmist reminds us that we ought to give thanks, that the God who put the stars in heaven, and the sun and its place in the earth on its axis, and the God who gave us the breath of life and the God who calls us into reality, and inter-relationship with others that God needs to be think that God needs to be honored that God deserves our undivided gratitude. It’s why I believe this statement that's there in your notes that gratitude is a response to God's abundance, in our lives. It's a way for us to say... God, I'm so grateful for all that you have done are doing and will do. Gratitude is a response to God's abundance, and it brings us joy. Have you ever noticed that when you are grateful, your whole demeanor changes, when you say thank you to somebody or when you're grateful for some act or some set of circumstances have you ever noticed... You feel better, you feel slightly different? It sort of changes everything about what's going on in that moment, and I'm convinced that that's what gratitude is for. This response to the blessings of God and as those blessings come we simply respond to God and share out of the abundance that God has already offered and it's just that response and it brings joy.

28 MIN2 w ago
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Give Thanks

Witness The Clouds

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, disregarding it shame and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Friends, this is the word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to god. A cloud of witnesses. Did you know that as followers of Jesus, you've got kind of a cloud hovering over you? It's actually a good kind of cloud, it's a kind of cloud you'd actually want to have hovering over you, I don't know about you, but most of the time when a cloud hovers I think of the mind a danger of brain right or the things that are about to come the storm that's about to arise, but every once in while, the clouds that cover us, they're glorious, aren't they? They're beautiful and they actually bring life with their rain or with their coolness or whatever it is, it they have, but we've got a cloud and the cloud of witnesses start something like this. What you may not recall is it in Hebrews Chapter 11, the chapter just prior to where I read the author begins to lay out a course of all of these people who've laid out their faith. He starts with Abel goes to Enoch it goes to Abraham goes to Moses and several others, and he lays out this beautiful story about how these people of faith have brought us to where we are, how these people of faith have made this powerful difference in who we are, and how it is we believe in Jesus and then he starts in verse... Chapter 12, Verse One. Therefore, since we have this great cloud of witnesses, we need to do something about it, and I wanna suggest that you and I as followers of Jesus, have a great and powerful cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, and these witnesses have helped us to become who we are. These cloud of witnesses have helped us to understand who Jesus is.

23 MIN3 w ago
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Witness The Clouds

Spill w/ Rita & Alyssa

Spill host, Alyssa Robinson, talks to Rita Ramirez about overcoming fear with faith. How do they know each other? They were in a tornado together! Alyssa was hit by the Dallas tornadoes in her car, and Rita witnessed the tornado and stopped to help Alyssa like a modern-day Good Samaritan. Enjoy this conversation between two people who shared a life-changing experience together.

41 MIN3 w ago
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It's Not Possible

I wanna encourage us to consider whether we can trust God enough 'cause here's what I believe about Trust. Trust makes relationships, strong and vital and if indeed we would like a strong and vital relationship with God, maybe we could trust God, maybe we could step out in faith and believe that God's got a better way. Maybe we could step out in faith and literally bust every one of those myths. There's not enough, it's all mine, it's not possible. Maybe just this once, we could trust God enough and say, I am willing, so I'm gonna issue the same challenge I issue the last two weeks. I wanna issue you the 90-day challenge. If you're not at the tithe, right now, I wanna encourage you to consider 90 days, whether it starts tomorrow or whether it starts January 1st consider one time 90 days, we can do almost anything for 90 days, right? Try it out, see if God won't indeed pour out a blessing from heaven, see if God won't indeed bless your life, see if God really means, what God says. I know some of you are at the tithe and I am deeply grateful I know some of you want and are striving towards that, and I am also grateful. For some of us, I know it's a challenge just to figure out how I'm gonna pay for my next meal I get that. What I wanna challenge all of us is to trust... Trust that God is there. Trust that God can provide.

29 MINNOV 12
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It's Not Possible

It's All Mine

Charles Cook was an amazing mentor, an amazing trainer of clergy he worked for a number of years at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and then he went to work at the church where I was and as an associate. And I just went to Charles and I said, "Now Charles... I wanna do the right thing and I wanna make an offering in a commitment for next year to the church, but I don't know what the right amount is, I don't know what I'm supposed to do. And so, Charles, what am I supposed to do?” And Charles was just like Jesus, he said, "Well what do you think?” And I thought to myself... Well, I didn't come here to give you an answer, Charles, I'm asking you a question, right? And he slapped me in that. No, he didn't slap me, but he just said to me, Daniel what do you think? And I responded, I said, Well, clearly, the Scriptures say you need to give a tithe. Clearly that's what I'm supposed to do, but is that the right thing? And I don't know that I can do that. Charles is that even possible? And then Charles went into what I call coaching or mentoring mode, and in that mode, Charles said to me. Well, Daniel what does God deserve? Hello. That wasn't on my mind what was on my mind was, how much can I afford what was on my mind was, what's my fair share what I was thinking was, "How can I make this work? And he asked me the question, "What does God deserve?” And then he went on to quote scripture which always gets you in trouble, right? He said, "I wonder what David would think when he wrote Psalm 24 and in particular, when he wrote the very first verse where in that first verse, he literally says the earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all its people belong to God.” How much does God deserve? Wow. Right then and there I began a spiritual journey that I didn't expect that I didn't fully understand either, but it was the beginning of a journey of discovery that the great myth that it's all mine, I earned it, I worked hard for it. I learned that it was actually God’s. That God had given me the capacity, God had given me the talent, God had given me the training, God had given me the skills, the spiritual gifts and all of that. God had made all of that possible, and therefore anything I earned, anything I gain, it was not mine. It was God’s, and I will forever be grateful to Charles for a very simple spiritual lesson.

30 MINNOV 6
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It's All Mine

Not Enough

It is a myth that there's not enough, it's a myth. Let me start off talking about now, there's a great gain with godliness, combined with contentment and godliness is not the self, I’m better than you and I follow God. I'm more righteous than you, and I'm a better person. That's not godliness is godliness is relationship godliness is knowing that I don't deserve God's love, but I receive it. Godliness is owning that God's grace and mercy is more than I could ever imagine and I am so grateful that it's there. I know who God is, I understand who God is. I want that relationship, great gain, and godliness combined with contentment and we're gonna talk a lot more about contentment in just a minute. So the God perspective, looks something like this, when it comes to generosity, and money and... Well, the god perspective, sound something like this, the more I give, the better. In other words, the more I share of the wealth God has provided me, the more I author it to other people or to God, or to make the world a better place, the more I give, the better the goal, then therefore is generosity. How can I be generous with this stuff that God has provided me because that's what I came from you all, no matter what are talent amount or what are skilled no matter what our ability, No matter any of that this is God. And so the goal is generosity and therefore I depend on the provider, not the provision to the provider, the provider gives me life, the provider gives me breath the provider gives me all that I have, and so the God perspective, begins to change how I look at things, right? And so then from the God perspective to give and that's gain, it's not loss. to give is an opportunity, to give is a blessing, to give is to help other people, to give is to strengthen a relationship with God. And therefore, my response to any time I'm asked to give is to share. It's not to hold, it's not to keep, it's to share. I wanna offer something more to somebody else. So, that's the God perspective and it, it begins to change everything, it changes our whole outlook on life, it changes our perspective on the way we ought to do things, and it changes our relationship with God because the great myth is that there's not enough to give. I don't have enough, there is no way, I can't be generous because there's just not enough. I wanna suggest that that myth gets started because of that human perspective. It's all mine. I'm gonna hold it. I need that for my security and I'm gonna make sure that it's all for me and nobody else, but the God perspective helps us to overcome that myth. The first way we can overcome the great myth is to simply trust God, trust that God knows better than us. I believe that, but trust causes me to step into that. It's one thing to have an intellectual understanding. God's gonna take care of me, God's gonna provide, God's got a better way, God has this handle God understands it. That can all be an intellectual endeavor or it can be a trust endeavor... There's a reason the great wisdom writer when writing Proverbs 35 said, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, don't lean on your own understanding.” 'cause our own understanding says I need to keep this. Our own understanding says This is mine. I don't have enough for you, I just have enough for me. And we stock pile. Trust. The second is gratitude. The second way to overcome the myth is just be thankful to God. Be thankful for my circumstances, be thankful for my provisions, be thankful for my relationships, it is amazing how gratitude can change everything about life itself. I think that's why the author of First Thessalonians, put it this way, in 5:18 when he said, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ. give thanks in all circumstances.

30 MINOCT 29
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Not Enough

Spill w/ Hayes and Deborah

Alyssa Robinson talked to Hayes and Deborah Austell, a mother and son, about having difficult conversations rooted in love. Hayes is a Christian, Transgender man and shares his transition journey and the impact it has had on his faith. Deborah and Hayes reflect together on how the church responded to his transition and how parents can be LGBTQIA+ allies, even if they don't understand sexual or gender identity.

50 MINOCT 28
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Spill w/ Hayes and Deborah
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