OUR DEATH-DEFYING HERO

(Post by: Michelle Hobbs) Blogmas Day Three

As our family has been gearing up for the Advent season and preparing our hearts for writing these Blogmas posts, I have to admit I have struggled with what to say. I have been distracted and stressed with all the usual hubbub of this time of year, but my mind has consistently kept coming back to the phrase “Death-Defying Hero”.

Our culture loves a good hero tale or movie, and there has been no shortage of them these days. Hero stories are great. They always start with a group of people who are oppressed by some sort of evil. There are usually tellings of ancestors’ stories promising someone will come along one day to deliver the oppressed. Then we finally meet the hero and get to root for him as he goes to battle with his opponent.

However, I have noticed the heroes of today can often be found lacking. In regard to morals or methods, today’s heroes are not much better than the bad guys they face off against. Not really someone I want my kids looking up to or someone I aspire to be.

Fortunately, we do have the ultimate Death-Defying Hero to emulate. I would like to remind us of just who it is we should be celebrating at Christmas.

Jesus, the Messiah, came to fulfill the long-foretold prophecies of the Old Testament that a Savior would one day appear to save Israel, and ultimately all of us, from the grip of Satan and death. Since the original sin of Adam and Eve, humankind had been slaves to their sin and separated from God because of it. God, in His great mercy, had a plan to restore humankind to Himself and give man dominion over earth once again. That plan was Jesus.

Scholars differ in their opinions regarding how many prophecies there are that were fulfilled by Jesus, generally ranging from about 200 to 400. Here are just a few:

  • He would be human, born of a virgin.
  • He would reconcile people to God.
  • He would crush evil at his own expense.
  • He would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as David.
  • He would appear after the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian destruction and before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.
  • He would be born in Bethlehem.
  • He would be called Immanuel, God with us.
  • A messenger would prepare the way of the Lord.
  • He would appear in Galilee and be a light to the gentiles.
  • He would perform miracles and teach in parables.
  • He would be humble and meek.
  • He would be called Son of God.
  • He would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
  • He would be rejected, betrayed, and despised. Hated without reason. Forsaken.
  • He would be silent before His accusers.
  • He would be mocked, beaten, spat upon, stripped. Lots would be cast for His clothing.
  • He would die and His death was described. He would be lifted up and His hands and feet would be pierced. His suffering would include thirst. No bones would be broken.
  • He would suffer and die for the sins of others.

But His death was not the end! Although He was buried in a tomb, Jesus would not see decay. He rose again on the third day; defying death and bringing salvation to all who believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord.

The simple Gospel really is such good news, friends! Through Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, He made a way for you and me to defy death also!

Madie’s post from yesterday brought the story of Aslan in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe back to mind. In the scene that she described, the hero, Aslan, has risen from the dead and has broken the stone table, which represented death. My favorite few lines follow the scene she described. Aslan says:

““Oh, children, I feel my strength coming back to me. Oh, children, catch me if you can!” He stood for a second, his eyes very bright, his limbs quivering, lashing himself with his tail. Then he made a leap high over their heads and landed on the other side of the Table. Laughing, though she did not know why, Lucy scrambled over it to reach him.”

Did you catch it, friends? Not only did Aslan leap over the Table, representing death, but Lucy scrambled over it too! This is what our death-defying hero has done for you and for me. He has made a way for us to scramble over death and get to Him, never to be separated from God; to have everlasting life! Hallelujah and Amen!

My prayer for you and me this Advent season and Christmas is that we would stay focused on celebrating our death-defying hero, Jesus. He is truly the reason for the season; nothing else really matters.

BEHOLD THE MAN

(Post by: Madie Hobbs) Blogmas Day Two

Throughout this year, the Lord has truly been using sorrow and suffering to shape me.

Half of me wishes this was not so, for no matter how many times I tell myself I will get through the suffering, it makes it hardly more bearable. The other half of me is thankful for the sorrow and suffering. These two emotions often have been the most potent and powerful in my life, and no matter how much I may like to deny it, it is the way the Lord can most often get my attention.

I have frequently wondered why this is and have asked God to show me His reasons (as if I could ever comprehend them completely), and I think He is finally beginning to interpret some of His divine plan to me.

Something the Lord has shown me this year is that a true Christian is built through suffering. Most often, through suffering for others. He has shown me that suffering is the cornerstone of our faith, and we need to stop expecting Christianity to be quite so easy.

To expect, and live out, a soft Christianity is actually to rob the gospel of much of its power.

Let me give you an example of this that I think is quite profound.

In John 19, we are given a glimpse into an exchange between Pontius Pilate and the Jewish people after he has just interrogated and humiliated Jesus. Listen to this passage.

“Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against Him.” So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”” (John 19:4-5 ESV)

One of the primary things John highlights in his gospel is the contrast between the First Adam and the Last Adam (Jesus). This is an unbelievably important theme, and something that is highlighted so poetically in these verses.

You see, when Pilate says, “Behold the man,” he is actually closing the Genesis story. Through this, John is beautifully saying to us, his audience, ‘here I have the Last Adam. Now let’s finish this Genesis story. Behold the man, sent to change the course of history.’

With this simple statement, we also get to see the purest, most divine image of humanity we could ever imagine. We are shown what true humanity, in its most perfect form, looks like.

It embodies sorrow. Humiliation. Betrayal. Rejection. But most importantly, the willingness to suffer and lay down one’s life for another.

Behold the man. Who came as a baby in a manger for the sole purpose of suffering for His lost people.

Now, take courage, dear heart, for suffering is no longer meant to produce only misery. Because Christ has assumed human suffering, that means we can also be confident that He has healed and restored it to its most divine form.

Many of you, I am sure, know that in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis, Aslan, the great Lion, lays down his own life in the stead of Edmund Pevensie. A boy who has betrayed his family and the country he is rightfully meant to rule over as king. Because Lewis directly mirrors the crucifixion and resurrection in his book, like Jesus, Aslan also rises from the dead after he is brutally killed.

I would like all of us to read this beautiful exchange between Aslan, Susan, and Lucy, and absorb the absolute comfort and reassurance regarding suffering in this passage.

“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”

This passage is so beautiful to me because it illustrates to us that darkness and suffering are both actually quite necessary to the Christian life. If we simply ignore the pain and suffering, and we do not look into the stillness and darkness, we can never know the true power of our tribulations. Because to suffer is to walk in the footsteps of the Man for whom we celebrate Christmas.

If you’re anything like me, you may be looking back at your year, and asking the Lord why all that suffering was necessary. That’s good. Keep doing that. He will answer you. Know that all the sorrow and suffering was not futile.

Because once we “Behold the man,” and see that to suffer is to be human, even Death itself will begin to work backward.

ATTENDING WELL TO WHAT MATTERS

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Friends, today is the first day of the last month in 2022! As we turn the page on our calendars and behold the month of December that lies before us, I pray we do not forget the importance of remembrance. I pray we do not fail to remember the unfathomable love of our Savior, and the only reason for this season. Jesus.

I have seen so much darkness, loss, and pain this year, and I simply cannot express how much my heart has been yearning for this time. Not because of the pretty Christmas trees and lights, or even the parties or presents that do indeed usher a bit of hope into our hearts, but because of the One whose coming we join with all the Heavenly hosts to celebrate.

This, my friends, is a month people like you and like me choose to immerse ourselves in because it is rich with beauty, goodness, and love. Things which we find lacking in this world but abounding in Christ.

What the Lord has been laying on my heart this day is to attend well to what matters. I pray we share this common desire.

Truth be told, some of us have neglected the things that matter for much longer than we’d like to admit. Perhaps it has been days, months, or even years that we have embraced things that may be important, while neglecting the very things which are of upmost importance. Things such as the preparation of our souls for eternity, meaningful fellowship around a dining table that has hosted many cheerful gatherings, and the priceless gift of our time and spiritual gifts to serve the widows and orphans.

Last year, on day one of Blogmas, I shared with you how I think about the people, who, just like me, may be searching for the beauty and life that Jesus offers to us and wants us to encounter through the story of His miraculous birth and coming. The individuals who just want to fall in love with Jesus all over again and have a fresh encounter with Him.

Though these people are always on my heart and mind, they are at the forefront at this time of year. If you are one of those people, I would like to formally invite you to join me, and so many others who want to learn how to attend to the things that matter more than anything else.

It is a journey, but is there any other journey more fulfilling than this one?

The attending process begins when we sort through the things that distract us, and intentionally do away with them as best we can with Jesus’ help. We must make room in our hearts for the light when darkness attempts to fill it daily. May we prepare Him room.

Remember, this is only day one.

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ARE YOU READY? PART TWO

(Post by: Scott Hobbs)

The question we ended our last visit with was “Are you ready?” 

Are you ready to head off into eternity should that moment come for you today?  Just in case you are wondering, if you believe scripture, it is a 100% certainty that this short, earthly life will end for each of us.  We will all make the transition into eternity.  Which eternal destination is up to you.  I strongly recommend the Jesus route.

But this is what has been rolling around of late in my, saved by a miracle, head.  Assuming we are ready for eternity because we have followed Jesus, He has saved us from our sin, and we have the confidence of Heaven; then there is a second question to ponder.  Are we ready to live like we have made that decision?  

Whether you ever have that close call that reminds you of how quickly this earthly life can be ended; or go through a long health battle with an ugly disease; or you just deal with the trials our fallen world brings; you must be ready to live for Jesus if you have accepted Him as savior.

I think too often in Christendom we just want our get out of jail free card.  Our salvation card if you will.  We think we can say, “Sure.  I’m ready if I get hit by a bus tomorrow or get diagnosed with cancer.  But until then, I will just keep my free pass tucked away and live like I want to live.”  Can I just tell you; that is not how it works.  How do I know?  Check out these verses.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive our demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.  Away from me, you evil doers!’

Luke 6:46, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”  

The older I get, and the more experiences I have with Jesus, the more I think that He was pretty serious in these verses.  We are not called to just accept this free gift of salvation and then go on living like Hell, the world, our unsaved friends; whatever thought the Holy Spirit just put in your mind.  

This Jesus thing should change us.

It shouldn’t take getting your head almost smashed to put you on the right track; however it often helps.  When we give our lives to Jesus it’s not just so we can say we are ready if that happens, but it’s suppose to be all in, life change.  Now you’re wondering what does that look like.  Here are some thoughts:

• Treat your waitress poorly because she forgot your refill?  

NO; ask if you can pray for her, tip her well, look totally different than 90% of her customers.

• Run up behind the dude that pulled out in front of you and act like a fool when he looks in his mirror?

NO; just slow down and assume he didn’t see you or is going to pick up his sick kid at school.

• Get mad at my spouse for not doing all the things I think he or she should know I want them to do after all these years.  

NO; love them like Jesus tells me to and like He loves me and you.  Bless them every chance you get and deal with all our own selfish issues.

• Quit your job and be a missionary?  

NO (unless you’re sure God tells you to); you have to be a missionary at the job God has already given you.  Pray for your co-worker, right there at the machine or your desk, when he tells you his kid is sick.

Are you with me yet?  Most of this stuff is hard and completely counter-cultural.  That’s why it matters so much.  God lays it all out for us in this guidebook for life He calls the Bible.  Once we accept Jesus as our savior it should be our life goal to live for Him in recognition and praise for what He has done for us.  Not because He makes us like some dictator from above; but because our hearts are now turned to Him and we just can’t help it.  Praise Jesus!!!

So, I’m praying you have said yes to the first question, to Jesus, and are ready to meet Him; whatever the timing or circumstance.  And if you have, that leads us back to our second question. 

Are you ready to live for Him?

SO, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What are you going to do differently?

Is Loneliness Greatly Affecting Your Life? – S3:EP22

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Has your loneliness ever pushed you into desperation for a true connection with someone? For many of us, though we may not like to admit it, the answer is probably yes. In this episode, we dive into the perilous waters of loneliness, and discuss our true need to have deep, meaningful, and fulfilling relationships in a world that seeks to destroy all real connection between people. If you have ever allowed loneliness to dictate your standards, and you don’t want to make that same mistake twice, this is a conversation you will definitely want to listen to!

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 14:7

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ARE YOU READY? PART ONE

(Post by: Scott Hobbs)

I would have told you last Wednesday, if asked, that I had experienced many close calls in my life.  I probably would have said it with some very appropriate male bravado; maybe even with a twinge of arrogance.  Then I would have checked myself a bit, probably due to some conviction from the Holy Spirit, and added, very seriously, that the Lord had always been so good to protect me. 

You see, I have worked around equipment, machines, trucks, and everything in between for decades.  I’ve driven well north of a million safe miles; been through blizzards, high winds, and other storms of various degrees pulling just about anything you can imagine.  But last Thursday something very different happened to me.  Something I’m still trying to wrap my mind around and asking God to put meaning to.

I was working with a good friend of mine and hauling some material for him into a landfill some distance away.  In order to dump the trailer, Lincoln and I had to back up on a huge ramp that tips the trailer almost straight up to get the material to slide out the back.  I then had to unhook the truck from the trailer and pull forward just a couple feet.  On our last load of the day, the tipper operator had lifted the trailer a little, causing me to be unable to pull my pin to release the trailer from the truck.

As I reached back under to try again, he was letting the trailer down to help remove the pressure, and in an instant I found my head pinned between the tire of my truck and the bottom of the trailer.  One ear pressed against the tire and one ear pressed against the bottom of the trailer.  I was looking inward toward nothing but steel frame rail.  It was very quiet, both ears were covered and smashed into my head; yet it seemed deafeningly loud.  I pulled with all my strength and my head would not move at all.  It seemed as though my head was being squeezed as tightly as it could possibly be in a vise of rather a strange creation.  The pressure was incredible.

I remember thinking, “How in the world did I get here?”  As I pulled with all that was in me, the thought came that I’m not sure I will get out of this alive.  A friend asked me what I was thinking about; my wife, my kids, what they would do without me?

Actually, the last thing I remember was just pulling as if my very life depended on it; it did.  Then saying to Jesus, “Lord the only way I’m getting out of this is if you save me.”  He did.

After being stuck for what seemed like an eternity, probably really 10-15 seconds, I found myself standing beside the truck looking at where, just a moment ago, I had been struggling for my life.

I have to be completely honest; I was scared.  Scared like I have never been before in all the “close calls” I thought I had experienced over the years.  I had absolutely no control over this situation, and I knew it.  Please understand, I’m not scared of dying; I know where I’m going because of Jesus.  I just really didn’t want to get there because of a crazy turn of events in a trucking accident in the middle of a landfill.

Here’s the bottom line.  For me, and I don’t know fully why just yet, Jesus lifted the trailer and pulled me out.  I walked away with minor injuries and still have trouble believing that I am alive.  Only He could have saved me; there is no explanation other than I am living proof our God still does miracles as He sees fit. 

He lifted the trailer for me.

So the only thing you have to ask yourself is, “Are you ready?”.  You see, as tragic as it may have been for all those left behind, should God have chosen not to pull me out of that vise, I was ready.  Only because of Jesus and what He did for me on the cross and my full belief in Him.

I may only have one more day.  Tomorrow could be your day.  Sometimes it happens in an instant and there is no turning back.  So you really must ask yourself, “Am I ready?”

SO, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Have you had a personal encounter with Jesus?

= Has your lifestyle changed if you have encountered Jesus?

= What are you going to do differently?

Come As You Are And Leave Changed – S3:EP21

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-iy98u-131415b

Can we really encounter Jesus and His great love and go on living the same way we were prior? Modern Christianity (fake Christianity) seems to believe and preach that we can stay the same and just go from religious experience to religious experience. What does real Christianity believe and preach, though? Is it the same concept or something way more radical than anything we have ever experienced? Listen in to be a part of a great convo!

Scripture: Luke 20 & 21

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A QUIET REVOLUTION

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

Prior to visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, I did not know much about the historical figure of James Madison. I knew, of course, he was our fourth president, and he wrote some of the federalist papers, but besides that, he was a mystery to me.  

The Colonial Williamsburg foundation puts on interesting shows for people who are visiting, which is explained briefly in my last blog post, and one of the figures my family and I were able to see was James Madison. When I tell you his presentation was wonderful, I use the word to its very fullest extent.  

He discussed in great detail his education, the great philosophers he learned from, the boarding school he attended, and the way these things shaped his entire life. He was a very quiet man, and not entirely sociable, which made him rather endearing to me, as I can relate with his personality.  

You would think, however, that possessing these qualities would not make him inclined towards politics, and he admitted as much in his presentation. He claimed that he was quiet, and sometimes harsh, and was not particularly interested in making a name for himself that would go down in history. This was another point on which I could relate with him.  

Over the course of my life, I wouldn’t say that I have been uninterested in making a mark that would be remembered in history, but much of my time has been spent behind the scenes, and I have been primarily content with this. I have lived in quiet solitude for most of my sixteen years of life, and I must say I have grown quite fond of it.  

Not many of you know this, but over the past year or so, I have taken up writing. I’ve worked on writing a few of my own novels and am hoping to possibly pursue a career in writing fiction. James Madison was also a passionate writer and spent a good deal of his presentation discussing this passion and how it was the reason he did such great things.  

He said one specific thing in his talk that I have committed to memory, and which has been an inspiration to me ever since I heard it. He spoke so eloquently of the revolution he was truly fighting as our nation became independent and called it a “paper revolution”. He spoke from the depths of his heart regarding the eternity of the written word, and how writing has the power to change all our lives.  

The one specific thing he said was this…  

“Is not the Revolution we find ourselves engaged in one that will outlive all of us? One where quiet people sit, in quiet moments, and with pen and paper quietly put forth ideas that thunder through the world. Is not this a Revolution worth dying for?”  

I’m sure this quote will not have quite as profound an impact on some of you as it did on me, but may I just say that these are some of the most beautiful, elegant, and radically inspiring words I have ever before heard.  

You see, at the end of his presentation, he left me with a desire to be a Founder in my own time. To be someone who quietly thunders through the pages of history and is ultimately a vessel the Lord uses to turn the tides of Good and Evil.  

That day, the Lord impressed upon my heart one simple thing: Sometimes, I call quiet people to do loud things, even when they don’t think they can. 

I know, dear reader, especially if you are quiet and deeply feeling like me, that may sound like the most difficult thing God could ever call you to do. It quite possibly sounds downright terrifying to some of us. But may I just encourage you today that what you do with your quietness could echo through the tides of history and make a profound impact on the Kingdom of Heaven.  

I truly believe the Lord does some of His best work in the people who utter as few words as possible. Who are perfectly content living in the shadows and assisting others in their climb to the stars. Who are equipped with humility and passion. We have seen God use these character descriptions over and over again throughout scripture.  

The primary thing that matters is what you choose to do with your quiet personality in your quiet moments.  

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (I Peter 3:4 ESV).  

Do not allow your quiet personality to hinder you from doing the powerful things the Lord calls you to. But go on boldly, more boldly, in making your mark for the Kingdom of Heaven. Allow God to do His best work in you, and hand your passions over to Him, so they may be used to their fullest extent.  

This is how we begin a quiet Revolution.  

“If something burns your soul with passion and desire, it is your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence would be yet another dull book in the library of life.”
~ Charles Bukowski  

SO, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What do you do with your quiet moments?

= How do you want to be remembered in history?

= What are you going to do differently?

Profound Thoughts From Lilly’s Current Read – S3:EP20

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bwqar-1308e66

Can one choice really make all the difference in life? Today on the show, we are diving right into the very last chapter of C. S. Lewis’ book, “The Weight of Glory“, which contains such profound spiritual truths that were exactly what we needed to be reminded of this week! Take a few minutes today to listen and be challenged by Lewis’ words of truth. 🙂

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NOVEMBER

A Poem By: Esther M. Clark

Summer was made for the wandering heart,
The changing beauty and wonderment
In the long, gray stretches of open road
With only the sky for a wayside tent.
Meadowlarks singing beyond the hedge,
Grass with the shimmer of dew still wet;
A noon day rest by the water’s edge
Summer was marvelous sweet; and yet:

November days and a bright wood fire;
A hearth and a home and the Heart’s Desire.

Summer was kind to the wayfaring one,
Luring and beckoning, on and on,
Through new and untraveled, unweary ways
From dawn till night and from night till dawn.
Orchard and field in a veil of rain,
Blossoming beauty on every bough;
What more could the heart of a man contain?
Summer was wondrously kind; but now:

November nights and the open fire;
A hearth and a home and the Heart’s Desire.

Profound Thoughts From Madie’s Current Read – S3:EP19

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6vkrr-12ffb0d

Have you ever thought about how a child’s innocence is really a part of their child-like faith? However, when we look around at our culture today, it is evident that destroying children’s innocence and faith is one of the world’s greatest ambitions. Is there anything Christians can do to influence/change this issue? Could we train these kids to be godly heroes? 

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WHAT HEAVEN DESIRES AND HELL FEARS

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

I have felt a bit stuck in my writing lately. Do you know what I do in times such as those? I begin a book by C. S. Lewis.

What else would be more appropriate?

Just a few days ago, I finished his book titled, “The Weight of Glory” (if you have read it, please let me know in the comment section). This was my first time reading it, and it is most certainly a book I will reach for again.

One of my most favorite quotes by Lewis is found on the last page of “The Weight of Glory”, and I would like nothing more than to turn our attention to it today.

He says, “What matters, what Heaven desires and Hell fears, is precisely that further step, out of our depth, out of our own control” (Lewis, 1980).

Please forgive me if you think I am asking to simple a question, friend, but do you believe this statement to be true?

Lewis goes on to say, “I do not think any efforts of my own will can end once and for all this craving for limited liabilities, this fatal reservation. Only God can. I have good faith and hope He will. Of course, I don’t mean that I can therefore, as they say, “sit back.” What God does for us, He does in us. The process of doing it will appear to me (and not falsely) to be the daily or hourly repeated exercises of my own will in renouncing this attitude, especially each morning, for it grows all over me like a new shell each night” (Lewis, 1980).

I believe this is what scares humanity most about Christianity. The fact that it requires us to surrender, to renounce our own attitude of reservation, not just daily, but at times hourly.

What exactly are we surrendering when we surrender? It is nothing other than our own control.

This, he says, is what Heaven desires and Hell fears.

Oswald Chambers once said, “If I do not put to death the things in me which are not of God, they will put to death the things that are of God.”

Deciding to take that further step each hour can sometimes feel as if we were stepping off the edge of a cliff, but is this not what we were made for?

God has nothing to offer us except Himself, and that He does. Will we not have Him? Do we not long, with every fiber of our being, to just take hold of Him?

The shell Lewis talks about is what I am going to call the “shell of self”. Oh, what a terrible, miserable thing it is. He alludes to the fact that it grows over us anew each night. Our first thought in the morning when we arise should be how great and wondrous our precious Savior is, and the second should be how we can get out of the “shell of self”.

Often, our desire for control overrides our desire to surrender, which results in us getting stuck in a cycle of self-sourcing. This is not true Christianity.

True Christianity is not just the act of a mere decision.  For just a decision does not ultimately transform our lifestyle. It is the cross of Christ, the repentance of sins, and the daily, sometimes hourly surrender of our own control to the Lordship of Christ, that changes us.

This is true Christianity, and this is precisely what Heaven desires and Hell fears.

“We may never, this side of death, drive the invader out of our territory, but we must be in the Resistance, not in the Vichy government. And this, so far as I can yet see, must be begun again every day. Our morning prayer should be that in the Imitation: Da hodie perfecte incipere – grant me to make an unflawed beginning today, for I have done nothing yet” (Lewis, 1980).

References

Lewis, C. S. (1980). The Weight of Glory. Harper One.

A MAN IN A MILLION

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

Over the past few days, I have begun and nearly finished reading, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee. As you all know, I can very rarely read something and not write a blog post about it.  

To Kill a Mockingbird”, is a classic novel which, unsurprisingly, has come under much scrutiny from those who wish to see our world spiral into utter chaos and destruction. The book is centered around the Finch family, consisting of Atticus, a lawyer in the small town of Maycomb, and his two children, Jem, and Scout (more formally, Jean Louise). Atticus makes the rather unorthodox decision to defend a black man who has been wrongfully accused of raping a young white woman. Mr. Finch and his children experience a great deal of persecution and betrayal because Atticus has decided to do this. Now, the book is set primarily in the year of 1935, a time in history when black and white people were distinctly separated, and when a white man would never dream of even trying to defend a black man in court.  

Scout, Atticus’s eight-year-old daughter, does not take kindly to the slurs directed at her family and her father’s client, and gets into more than one fight because of them. Over the course of the story, Atticus encourages her on many occasions not to take the comments personally, and to always remember that the people of Maycomb are their friends, no matter what may happen concerning the trial.   

The first time Atticus told her these things, I was instantly reminded of the many different occasions in my life where I have had similar conversations with my father. He would never want me to say this, but he is so similar to Atticus Finch, I sometimes feel as though I am reading about him directly. I, no matter how much I may like to deny it, am extremely similar to Scout, and have on more than one occasion become equally as irritated with people as she does throughout the book.  

During my mere sixteen years of life, I have witnessed people lose their heads about the silliest, most un-Christian of things, and proceed to blame my family when the ship begins to sink because of their poor decisions. This blog post is not intended to shame anyone, or lead anyone to believe my family is anywhere near perfect. I can assure you we most certainly are not. Just bear with me as I continue.  

I believe Atticus is one of the greatest fictional men out of all the literature I have read, and he has provoked a great deal of conviction in my own heart. I have often struggled with feeling utterly disgruntled toward people who refuse to do the right thing merely because it will not benefit them; because it is not in their own self-interest. Atticus, if he were real, would be a man in a million. He was willing to sacrifice his good reputation, suffer physical harm, and listen to people publicly humiliate him and his children, simply to do the right thing, even though he knew it may not make much difference.  

Many of you know we were in Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago for a family vacation, and something they do there are short productions where you get to “see” and interact with a Founding Father. One of the Founders we were able to see was Thomas Jefferson. Once he finished his presentation, he allowed the audience to ask questions. A question he was asked was, “How do you reconcile owning slaves and, in the initial draft of the Constitution, calling for the complete outlaw of slavery?” He paused for a few seconds, thought about the question, and proceeded to tell the audience that he meant, whole-heartedly, what he proposed in the Constitution. That he would have freed every one of his slaves had his proposal been accepted. Unfortunately, it was not, and slavery remained legal for many years after.

He then posed a question to his audience, and it is one I have been pondering most of my life. He asked, “How do you get a group of men to do something that is not in their interest? That, though it is right, will not benefit them, and will in fact make their lives more difficult?”  

It saddens me greatly to see weak men be brought under the yoke of self-service and merely float along with the tides of others. It makes me physically sick to see men protect themselves, instead of seek justice, no matter what it may cost.  

Men like Atticus Finch and my father really are one in a million, and that is why I believe history is one long tragedy. A long story of one strong man being beaten down and ground into the dust because of a multitude of weak ones.  

This is why people like Scout and I become disgruntled and angry. Because while we have had the great privilege of living with the strong man, we have had the disheartening burden of watching him fight against the seemingly never-ending tide of weakness.  

However, this is the kind of story our very faith is built on. It is built on the life of a man sent down from Heaven to be one in a million, and to bear the weight of our weakness, so that we may eventually learn to rely on his unending strength. Through this story, we have been promised that one day what is right will prevail, and that is an encouraging thought.  

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it (2 Timothy 3:12-14 ESV).  

The Lord has used my father, and Atticus Finch, to teach me that just because what is right may often earn you the hatred of lesser men, and may cost you everything you hold dear, it does not make it any less valuable.  

The only answer I have ever found to the question Mr. Jefferson asked is that in order for men to do the right thing, even if it is difficult, they must be overcome with the power of Jesus. They must admit to themselves that they are utterly helpless in their own power, and the only way they will ever be capable of standing for something, is if they fall completely into the power and presence of our Almighty God.  

This week, I hope you are willing to lay your life before the Lord, and let him guide you toward what is good, true, and beautiful. That you are willing to give up whatever you value to pursue His truth and justice. 

I pray you are willing to be one in a million. 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he falls, at least falls while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  

– Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena 

What We Loved About Colonial Williamsburg – 8,000 Download Special!

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Who doesn’t love a good family road trip?! We took the last week of September to roam the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, VA for a fun, historical vacation, and we’re chatting all about it on the show today! It’s the start of a brand new week. We have a new podcast picture, and y’all helped us reach 8,000 downloads! Happy Monday!

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HOW TO NOT BECOME NUMB WHILE THE CHURCH IS

(Re-published Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

I truly believe that the Lord will show us favor when we fight for righteousness. Do you?

In a world crammed with darkness, one that openly celebrates murder and despises purity, God is still working just as He did in the days of old and just as He will in the future. Now is not the time to lose sight of that.

I’m reminded of Zechariah 4:6 which says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.”

I understand, our comfortable, casual Christianity that we buy into now encourages us to retreat when things get even a little heated, but we must stay in it!

It’s never been more convenient to become numb. The American Church is numb. Numb to the things God is speaking to our hearts, numb to the opportunities He places before us, numb to causes we should be fighting for.

You need not look any further than abortion to see that what I am telling you is true. We often retreat from these issues because we are numb to the things of God! We purposely choose to ignore the fact that innocent lives are being murdered because of the selfishness and lies that the enemy has infiltrated our culture with.

C.S. Lewis once said, “They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

We cannot afford to let the world rule our emotions and our reactions. Refuse to let the world dominate your mind, ask God to do that instead. We must feel what God feels. As soon as we wake up in the morning and start our day, we should know what’s on God’s heart because of the intimate relationship we have with Him which comes through a radical obedience and love for Him.

He will put what’s on His heart on yours, but you better be ready to follow through if He wants to use you to do something about it, which is what we see all throughout Scripture. That’s what keeps you from becoming numb and ineffective.

If you feel what God feels, I promise that you will live most of your life outside of your “comfort zone”. It will be undeniable. Your choices will be different, and you will want to be on mission all the time, therefore, spending time with friends will look different, your prayer times will be powerful, the Word will come alive and move your heart, etc.

There is nothing that will satisfy your heart more than getting serious for Jesus.

Most people, however, have never experienced that before. They don’t know what it’s like to distinguish between good and evil, and to be guided by the Spirit. Most Christians probably shy away from sharing bold, Biblical posts on social media nowadays because they are more concerned with the opinions of man than the commands of God.

Yes, the American Church is numb, but you don’t have to be. Feeling numb is merely a symptom of not living the way that we were made to. If you love Jesus and live for Him, numbness won’t be an issue of concern. There will certainly be highs and there will certainly be lows, but if you feel what God feels, you won’t miss a beat.

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”    (Galatians 5:24-25)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Have you been feeling numb lately?

= Do you feel what God feels?

= What are you going to do differently?

The Habit Of Attention Is The Heart Of Prayer – S3:EP17

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Have you cultivated the habit of attention in your life? With the way our world operates nowadays, it’s difficult to stay focused and prioritize moments of quiet and prayer each day. The world’s expectations are extremely low, but what if ours were not? Our mom is joining me (Lilly) today on the show to talk all about the habit of attention, and how it can change our prayer lives!

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 & Philippians 4:8-9

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A COMMON CAUSE

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

This past week, my family and I packed our camper up and headed to Williamsburg, VA. Williamsburg was the very first place I fell in love with in a book, so when my parents asked what I wanted to do to celebrate graduating High School, I knew a family road trip was on the horizon.

If you’ve been around for some time, then you know where I (as well as my family) stand politically. We don’t do a very good job of keeping it a secret, ha! American history is undoubtedly a passion of mine, and as a young person/new college student, that passion is being tested and refined daily.

Prior to our trip to Williamsburg, I had been feeling very defeated when it comes to the ongoing fight for freedom that we find ourselves in today. For a couple years I had been hoping and dreaming about going to a particular Bible College I had researched and quite honestly thought was the perfect fit for me. I would be able to graduate debt free (a huge goal and conviction of mine), study online while continuing to do ministry here at The Few and receive the degree I felt the Lord leading me towards.

I was accepted earlier this year, and was beyond excited to begin my college adventure. My first semester began in August (of this year), and I was completely shocked, taken aback if you will, by the required reading material and foundational beliefs of the school.

Like many others, the school is woke. I am not exaggerating when I say this discovery was like one of my worst nightmares was taking place in real life. I am sure there are some that would think that is over-dramatic of me to say, and it’s fine if you are one of them.

However, the things they believe and are teaching their students was enough to make me leave the school. Now, why am I sharing this with you?

Young people all across America, in private schools and public ones, and on almost every college campus in between, are being taught to hold their country in contempt. We’re being told that our Nation’s past is full of nothing but darkness and hatred, and that we are all inherently racist.

This is exactly what I was being taught at a Bible College, and would have been taught for the next four years if I would have chosen to stay.

Hear me when I say there are very few things (abortion being one of them) that are more anti-Biblical than social justice and wokeness.

Many Christians are openly accepting the idea that we are inherently racist. However, to say this is also to say that it is a sin the blood of Christ could never wash away because it is inherent. Are we willing to believe that lie?

In order to make people hate America, you have to make America hate-able. This is exactly what the Left does day in and day out. Why is this their aim? Because America was founded upon Biblical principles that have guided us for the last 230+ years.

They know it is especially difficult to fight for a common cause when you don’t have a common identity.

This is why they constantly remind us of our failings in the past, such as the slave trade, Jim Crow, etc. It is completely intentional. They want us to believe that America is worth destroying, and one of the most important places they occupy and change minds is in the classroom.

Why else would we leave the borders open, allow cities to be burnt to the ground, and let evil people tear down our statues that stir up feelings of American exceptionalism as they very well should?

They refuse to acknowledge that we have overcome more than any other Nation in history, in such a condensed period of time.

Did you know we were one of the first countries to outlaw slavery, and not long after that we put our Navy ships on the shores of the Americas and the mid-Atlantic in order to capture slave ships. From 1820-1861 (41 years) over 100 suspected slave ships were caught. Unfortunately, anti-American revisionism forgets that America’s record of anti-slavery is exceptional compared to the rest of the world.

In fact, America was the first to elect an African American into office in 1641. The first British African elected in Great Britain was in 1987, and the first Russian African elected in Russia was 2010 (Wallbuilders).

We have forgotten that slavery, both globally and in America, was never simply white on black. Just as every people group has owned slaves, and prior to the 1700s, there were more white slaves globally than there were black slaves (America’s Exceptional History, 2020). We do people a great disservice by teaching them to hold their country in contempt and view it, as well as themselves, as racist.

It is saddening to me that many authors and leaders today are trying to convince Americans that being American is the problem. This is not to say that America does not have a past, or has messed things up in certain areas, but I firmly believe we should not allow people who believe we are the root of the problem wipe away our American culture that was built upon solid, Biblical principles.

Needless to say, our time in Williamsburg reminded me once again, how important our beloved America is. Whether we are young or old, let us learn our history, and be proud to bear the title, “American”.

“Our cause we leave to Heaven and our rifles.”  (The Hanover Resolves 1774)

References

America’s Exceptional History of Anti-Slavery. (2020, January 18). Retrieved on October 10, 2021, from

What Really Is The Pinnacle Of Life? – S3:EP16

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Have you ever waited expectantly for a particular season of life, so much so that you were convinced it would be the pinnacle? That’s exactly what we’re talking all about in this episode. Is there a pinnacle? Should we hang all of our hopes and dreams on a “season” that can quickly end and may not even meet our expectations? Let’s ask these challenging questions together and see where it takes us!

Scripture: James 4:13-16

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DEFEAT BY KAHLIL GIBRAN

Defeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness;

You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs,

And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory.

Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my defiance,

Through you I know that I am yet young and swift of foot

And not to be trapped by withering laurels.

And in you I have found aloneness

And the joy of being shunned and scorned.

Defeat, my Defeat, my shining sword and shield,

In your eyes I have read

That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,

And to be understood is to be leveled down,

And to be grasped is but to reach one’s fullness

And like a ripe fruit to fall and be consumed.

Defeat, my Defeat, my bold companion,

You shall hear my songs and my cries and my silences,

And none but you shall speak to me of the beating of wings,

And urging of seas,

And of mountains that burn in the night,

And you alone shall climb my steep and rocky soul.

Defeat, my Defeat, my deathless courage,

You and I shall laugh together with the storm,

And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us,

And we shall stand in the sun with a will,

And we shall be dangerous.

MEET HIM AT THE HELM

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Have you run into the arms of Jesus this week? I don’t know what’s been weighing on your heart, what burdens you might be carrying, or if you’re just tired of rolling with the punches of life, but the one thing I do know is this… Jesus isn’t far from you.

I read this quote by one of my favorite old, seasoned preachers the other day. You certainly know of him if you’ve been around here even just for a few weeks. Spurgeon once said, “My heart, run to Him afresh tonight, whatever your present grief may be. Jesus feels for you; Jesus consoles you; Jesus will help you.” 

How comforting are these truths today, my friend? Jesus feels for you. Jesus consoles you. Jesus WILL help you.

My prayer list this week has been a bit daunting, a bit overwhelming. I continue to pray these big, bold prayers for those who are facing insurmountable odds and unforeseen circumstances, and I struggle to even find the words to intercede for them.

I was brought back to the book of James. James begins his letter to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad with an unanticipated focus. Following his greeting, James states that they will surely endure challenges as Believers. He explains that these challenges will result in greater maturity if they are willing to “consider it all joy” (1:2).

This leads into James 1:5-8 in which he challenges them to ask the Lord for wisdom. When he states, “If any of you lack wisdom,” he is not proposing that most of them have it together in such a way that they have no need of wisdom while a couple of them do not. I believe he is pointing out the fact that we all lack wisdom when we face difficult trials. The problem comes when we don’t immediately recognize our desperate need for God’s wisdom. So, the “wisdom” James is talking about refers to the wisdom each of us need to endure trials with God’s joy. Only then will we be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:4). 

To come to God, in the midst of tragedy and trial, we must humble ourselves and admit that we alone do not know what we need to know in order to live joyfully in the face of hardship.

I think we could all agree that it is certainly much easier to steer a boat in calm seas, and it’s a completely different matter to steer it in seventy mile-per-hour winds with forty-foot waves. In fact, any ordinary chap can steer the boat on a clear, sunny day, can’t he? However, it takes a true helmsman when conditions are less than perfect.

The good news is that Jesus is a true helmsman. He doesn’t ask us to figure life out on our own or to “fix” all the daily problems we encounter without His help. No, not at all.

I once heard Stephen Manley say, “Christianity is not just all of Jesus and none of me, or all of me and none of Him. It’s all of Him and all of me. We merge!”

Sure, Jesus wants us to surrender the helm to Him knowing He will do a much better job than we ever could, but He still wants us along for the adventure.

The seas may be rough, they may be tiring. However, Jesus WILL help you.

Even if all you can say is “Jesus”, that name in and of itself is more than enough. There’s no need to utter another word.

Run to Him afresh. Meet Him at the helm.

I’m standing at your door
My heart is calling yours
Come fall into My arms
You’re weary from it all
Been running for too long
I’m here to bring you home

I’m reaching out, I’ll chase you down
I dare you to believe how much I love you now
Don’t be afraid, I am your strength
We’ll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves

(Dancing On The Waves – We The Kingdom)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Why is it crucial to look to God for wisdom, rather than trusting our own feelings?

= What are you going to do differently?

Are We Our Own Problem? – S3:EP15

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What do you believe about yourself? In this episode, we are discussing some of the basic life questions we all must know the answers to, and how our beliefs directly impact our actions. We can either be the problem or the hero in our own story, but what we must understand is that this decision is made up within our mind. Which will we choose to be?

Scripture: Psalm 108:13

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THAT LITTLE PRAYING PASTOR

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

I sit here, on a rainy September night, not even knowing quite what to write, but somehow knowing I’m supposed to write something.  

Literally just a few minutes ago, I finished a book my dad has been ecstatic about me reading since I was about ten. The title is, “This Present Darkness”, by Frank Peretti, which you will know is one of his favorite books if you’ve ever spoken to him. The book explores the intricate world of spiritual warfare through the style of a thriller novel and provides some unique insights into the spiritual realm.  

It is centered around the small town of Ashton, which you come to find out is slowly being eaten up with demonic presences and is methodically being taken over by the powers of evil. You follow the exciting life of Marshall Hogan, the editor of the local paper, and his loyal sidekick and reporter, Bernice Krueger, as they make it their personal mission to find out how a certain corporation is slowly taking over every business, as well as the college, in Ashton. Another character you travel through the story with is Hank Busche, a young pastor who has just recently been supernaturally placed in a small church in Ashton that didn’t really want him in the first place. He is constantly in prayer for the town and has keenly felt the need it has for Jesus.  

Through the multiple points of view, you get to see the way demons are preparing to take over the town, and how they are using certain people to accomplish their plans. You also get to meet the various angels watching over Marshall, Bernice, and Hank, as well as the rest of the town and the other characters who are willing to risk everything to expose evil.  

I won’t give too many spoilers, because I am officially in my dad’s camp now; you NEED to read it! However, as I am sure all of you assume, the powers of heaven and praying saints prevail in the end, saving the town of Ashton from the vicious clutches of demonic possession.  

In the final chapters of the book, you get to see a captain of the Heavenly ranks go up against a prince of darkness in an epic battle you’ve been waiting for since the very beginning of the story. It’s full of twists and turns, bated breath and suspense, and unbelievable relief at the end of it. Throughout the book, you come to realize that the angels fighting against evil primarily gain their strength from the prayers of saints and are constantly impressing upon the hearts of Christians the dire need they have for the strength they can provide.  

As the angel and demon come against each other in their grand battle, the angel is wounded, hurting, and tired. He begins to call out to the Lord to impress the need for prayer more sharply on the hearts of the Christians who are gathered together. With the Spirit’s prompting, the Remnant begins to pray more fervently, boldly binding the demonic power in Ashton, and giving victorious strength to the angel.  

Once he defeats his enemy, he flies back to his celebrating army, and his good friends, and looks down at the town. Everywhere, physical, and spiritual evil has been vanquished, and Ashton is saved. Tal, the angel, becomes emotional as he gazes at the rejoicing Remnant, and is filled with a deep love for them.  

The scene is described like this, “The General touched Tal on the shoulder. Tal looked and saw that big, golden trumpet in the General’s hand.  

“Well, captain,” said the silver-haired angel, “how about doing the honors? Sound the victory!”  

Tal took the trumpet in his hand and found he could not see through a sudden flow of tears. He looked down at all those praying saints and that little praying pastor.  

“They… they will never know what they have done,” he said.”  

I’m still not even sure why, but the simple description of Hank, “that little praying pastor”, brought me instantly to tears.  

I think it evoked so much emotion inside me because that is exactly how I would like to be described in a book. As that little praying woman, who, without even knowing it, was extremely influential in giving strength to angels, and defeating an army of demons.  

That’s what made this book most powerful, I believe. Though the Remnant was awakened with powerful dreams and burdened by the Spirit to come together and pray, to support their little praying pastor, and to care for troubled souls, only the reader knows of the truly incredible effect they had on the Spiritual realm.  

Too often, we in the Church believe our impact on the battles of Heaven are minimal.  

I think we have been neglecting one of our most pressing obligations.  

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV). 

While I cannot prove our prayers actually give direct strength to angels, and take it from demons, I have often asked myself this question: why wouldn’t they? Why wouldn’t Christ make it so we can play an active role in Spiritual warfare?  

After reading this book, and contemplating the gravity of Spiritual warfare, I know I’ve certainly been praying for the angels a little more fervently, and for God’s will to radically defeat our unseen adversaries!  

I would challenge you to do the same. Though we may never know the impact our prayerful battles will have in the Spiritual realm, I would say if we can make a dent in whether Good or Evil is victorious, we should put some effort into strengthening the Good.  

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you” (Luke 10:19 ESV).  

You are powerful through the blood of Christ, dear Christian. But remember, that blood was not shed for you to sit back and do nothing. It was shed for you to overcome the principalities of this present darkness.  

“We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – But remember, at the time, they didn’t know they were heroes.”   ~ A. W. Tozer 

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= How would you describe your prayer life?

= Do you believe Christians have a role to play in spiritual warfare?

Accountability Does Not Equal Church Hurt – S3:EP14

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-buduf-12c09f0

Do we have a tendency to label Biblical accountability as church hurt? We are diving DEEP into this topic on the show today, asking the hard questions and discussing one of the greatest needs our culture currently has. Whether you are discipling a fellow Christian or feel as if you have been hurt by someone within the church, this convo is for you. 

Scripture: Galatians 6:1-3

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A SCANDAL

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Have you ever been part of a scandal? A scandal where people mocked you, thought that they were superior when compared to you, and were entertained by the gossip that makes its rounds whenever scandals take place?

Big or small, the world feeds off of stories that involve people’s personal lives. Why else do you think people buy the magazines at the grocery checkouts that tell of all the latest gossip?

You’re probably wondering why I would bring this topic up in a blog post. So, allow me to share about a scandal Christians should, yes should, be a part of and a quote that I came across recently that gave me this crazy analogy…

“If you are going to walk with Jesus Christ, you are going to be opposed. In our days, to be a true Christian is really to become a scandal.”  (George Whitefield)

Now, here comes the part where I beat us all up a little bit. I hope it will be worth your time to read to the end.

Let me start by asking two simple questions… 1. Are you opposed daily? 2. Did you know that an antonym for the word “scandal” is “honor”? To be honored in this world should drive a follower of Jesus mad. If we are standing in the company of worldly worshippers while they praise us for our achievements, then we do not have the right to call ourselves Christians. For, to be honored by the world is indeed the biggest disgrace a Christian can be paid.

Far be it from me that I should receive a crown of worldly honor, when my King was given a crown of thorns.

Matthew 5:10-12 says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.””

To be a scandal for the world should be a blessing for believers, but only if it is for righteousness’ sake. You know, the American Church has done a terrific job at turning people into selfish creatures that live to consume. Most Christians think that we are persecuted if we take our Bible to our favorite coffee shop to read, buy a $7 coffee, and then get weird looks because we brought our Bible.

The thing is, if we were a scandal for Jesus, then we wouldn’t be focused on who’s looking at us. We would be focused on what we’re reading in the Word and then living it out!

There’s a huge difference.

I’ve been especially noticing as of late that even the most religious “Church-goers” are not in their Bibles during the week, let alone the average “Church-goers”. Therefore, they are not opposed by the world, but instead happily welcomed into it. Sure, they could probably tell you what they learned on Sunday from the pastor, but the Church isn’t a scandal, so it really makes very little difference.

The enemy doesn’t need to threaten them because they aren’t being transformed by Scripture personally!

1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

If you are a child of God, live like it. Be a scandal the world just can’t get over because you know who you are in Jesus, and what you’re meant to do for Jesus.

“There is not a thing on the face of the earth that I abhor so much as idleness or idle people.”  (George Whitefield)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Are you a true Christian?

= What are you going to do differently?

How To Deal With Enneagram Types – S3:EP13

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wsrfc-12b6b01

Have you taken a test to see what your enneagram type is? We’re chatting all about how to deal with enneagram types, specifically as Christians! Is it helpful to know what type you are? Can it be a major cause of division within the Church? Click the play button to join the conversation this week!

Scripture: John 17:21-23

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TO ONE STATE OR THE OTHER

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Perhaps the most critical part of evaluating a worldview is considering the competence of its answer on death.

According to the atheist, life comes from cosmic slime; from non-life through evolution (Lindsley, 2003). This world is it; there is nothing after.

Sadly, this is what many believe today. Hence why people are searching for purpose, truth, and meaning. Their worldview offers them nothing except for the ability to state that they believe “something”, which they ultimately allow to define them.

They try to find purpose in being an atheist, just as we truly find purpose (and so much more) in being a Christian. They are not evil; they have simply chosen poorly.

However, if life does come from cosmic slime, this would mean that our origin is out of death, and since there is no life after death, our destiny is death. This destiny warrants the question – what then is the point of life?

Life would be a mere chance, and dare I say interruption, in the midst of cosmic death.

For the Believer, however, God is Creator. We are given the gift of life from Him, and our destiny in Christ is eternal life. Death is merely a very temporary interruption in the midst of cosmic life.

This makes all the difference, though.

C.S. Lewis once said, “Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what was before…you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature…to be one kind of creature is heaven; that is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to one state or the other.”

With every day that passes, we are becoming what we will be. So, I ask you, what will you be in the end? What will it take for you to come to the realization that the central part of you, that is becoming either a heavenly creature or a hellish creature, is all you will be left with in eternity?

The answer to the question, “Does life exist after death?”, lies solely in our belief in the credibility of Christ and His resurrection from the dead.

If Christ is not raised, then as the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15, our faith is futile. We are still in our sins, and we might as well eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.

If Christ be not resurrected, nothing in this world, not even our souls, hold an ounce of significance.

According to Lindsley (2003), we must conclude that: 1. Christ was either lying when He told us about eternal life and should be utterly rejected for telling us such an untruth. 2. He was a lunatic who truly believed what He said and was deluded about his own deity and about eternal life and should have been confined to an asylum next to a person who believed themselves to be a poached egg. Or, 3. He is telling us the truth, is our risen Lord, and must be taken at His word.

We must determine for ourselves whether His claims were true or false. I believe that He is Lord and my Creator. Therefore, I know with certainty that I will be raised and have eternal life with Him.

Which state will the central part of you choose to progress towards today?

References

Lindsley, A. (2003). C. S. Lewis on Life and Immortality. C. S. Lewis Institute.

Deep Questions To Start Meaningful Conversations With Friends – S3:EP12

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5ekw5-12ae239

Do you have a desire to get past the fluffy small talk and have genuine, meaningful conversations with your friends, family, and others you meet? Today we are sharing FOUR questions we ask some of our friends quite often, and that always make for a great discussion no matter if there’s two of you or ten of you! You could say they are our go-to questions for any occasion, and we thought you might like to have these in mind the next time you want to get to know someone on a deeper level! Let’s get into it.

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Hope Beauty Promo & Discount Code!

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Where are all of our ladies at?! We are so excited to partner with Hope Beauty and tell y’all about their makeup products that are inspired by women of the Bible! We might just be a tad-bit obsessed with their lip kits and radiant sticks, haha! Who doesn’t love supporting Christian, pro-life, and pro-America businesses? 🙂 Use code THEFEW at checkout to get 10% OFF your Hope Beauty order!

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EVIL CAN ONLY DESTROY ITSELF

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

For my birthday earlier this year, I was given a book all about how literature, acting, and writing impacted the life of Winston Churchill, and it has swiftly become one of my favorite books. It tells stories of Churchill’s childhood, and how playing with his own puppet theatre helped him in memorizing entire Shakesperean plays, and how the modern books he read when he was older made him more personable to the average British citizen.  

Many of us know Churchill (or I at least hope you do) as the man who saved the United Kingdom in the height of WWII, and who never deviated from the clear path of fighting to the death, and victory at whatever costs over the tyrant, Adolf Hitler. What many of us do not know, however, is how much the fine arts and a classical education impacted the way Churchill approached politics and problem solving. 

Something Winston was very passionate about was melodramatic plays, and he frequently attended London theatres with his friends to sometimes see the same productions repeatedly. Now, melodrama is always focused on suffering heroes facing insurmountable odds but ultimately beating the terrible villains they face. The plots typically vary from play to play, but the ending always stays the same.  

Here is one specific quote from the book I have found particularly encouraging, and one I want to share with all of you.  

It says, “The shootings, strangling, hangings, poisonings, drowning, stabbings, suicides, explosions, conflagrations, avalanches, earthquakes, eruptions, shipwrecks, trainwrecks, apparitions, tortured heroines, persecuted heroes, and fearsome villains are only a lengthy prelude to inevitable happiness and the apotheosis of virtue. Audiences could enjoy crime and villainy and horror in the full knowledge that the bright sword of justice would always fall in the right place, and that bags of gold would always be awarded to the right people. Evil can only destroy itself, no matter how hard it tries.”  

From the moment I read this quote a few months ago, it filled me with an overwhelming sense of relief.  

Throughout our lives, we all tell ourselves everything is going to work out for good. Or whatever will be will be. Or in the end Jesus always wins. However, I often find myself forgetting that while, yes, Jesus does win ultimately, this doesn’t mean we will be spared from facing the ugly things sin has brought into our world.  

Because we believe Jesus will work everything out for our good, we often forget that to get better at something, you must first challenge yourself to change from what you have been in the past.  

Now, do not misunderstand me, or think I’m being overly morbid. I wholeheartedly believe the Lord has a plan, and ultimately, He will win the spiritual battles raging in all our lives. However, before He wins those battles, some fighting needs to take place first.  

If we look once again at the life of Winston Churchill, or even just the time he spent in office as Prime Minister during the war, we see that he had to go through some very difficult things before he was actually able to defeat Hitler.  

His entire political party was working against him and pressuring him to sue for peace with the Nazis. The British military was much smaller than the German army. He didn’t even have enough boats to transport all his troops stuck on Dunkirk to somewhere safe. He had to work through some very real issues before he could scarcely even allow himself to begin hoping the British could gain victory and retain their freedom.  

It was the furthest thing from smooth sailing you could possibly imagine.  

One of the reasons melodramatic plays became so important later in Churchill’s life, is because by watching, memorizing, even acting out some of these plays, he learned to look at trials and tribulations in a bit of a different light.  

Instead of looking at the failure the tortured heroines and persecuted heroes had to suffer through as setbacks, he was taught to look at them as inevitable events which would ultimately bring about that radical, joyful victory of those same weary heroes. He learned to draw one line between Good and Evil, and not allow room for any sort of grey area. Greatest of all these, however, he learned the light always wins, even if it takes a little longer than we want it to.  

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5 ESV)  

I know this may be a simple reminder for you this week, but never forget, you must experience some difficulties to fully appreciate the peace found in the Lord. He’s always got our six, no matter how loud the battle rages. Trust him with your present trials today and allow Him to grow you through the hard times you may be facing.

Remember, the light always wins. It must. Because after all, no matter how hard it tries, evil can only destroy itself. 

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,  

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,  

When the funds are low and the debts are high, 

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,  

When care is pressing you down a bit,  

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.  

Life is strange with its twists and turns 

As every one of us sometimes learns 

And many a failure comes about  

When he might have won had he stuck it out;  

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –  

You may succeed with another blow.  

Success is failure turned inside out –  

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,  

And you never can tell just how close you are,  

It may be near when it seems so far; 

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –  

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. 

For all the sad words of tongue or pen 

The saddest are these: “It might have been!””  

~ John Greenleaf Whittier  

           Don’t Quit 

What Are We All So Afraid Of? – S3:EP11

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ptxvs-12a5643

Do you know what Google says our number one fear is? Abandonment. Today on the show, we’re going all the way down to the root of that fear, as well as some other prevalent fears we notice people struggling with. This is a BIG topic to tackle, but we’re ready for it! Click that play button to join the conversation.

Scripture: 1 John 4:18 & Romans 8:38-39

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BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

I’m not sure how this blog post will find you, dear reader, but I hope you are well. Allow me to share with you my current setting… I am sitting here at my laptop (a place I don’t get away from very often at the moment), around 8:00pm on a Wednesday evening. I’m looking out a small window, the sun setting in the West, of which I have an excellent view. A farmer just went by, I suppose he’s checking on how his crop is coming along before dark.

It’s quiet. It’s still. How I wish it could be always like this.

But life isn’t always like that, is it?

These days in which we live are dark and evil. It seems we have entered a deeper state of complacency in the American Church. We are living in a post Roe America, and though I would like to, I cannot explain my immense thankfulness to the degree I’d like. All I can say is praise the Lord for strong Supreme Court Justice’s who are willing to stand up for the truth!

I’m afraid we have a problem, however. There was much rejoicing on June 24th, 2022, when Roe V. Wade was overturned, but it sounds as though the applause has been hushed.

Of course, the political climate has not ceased to raise a ruckus, I’m simply sharing my observations about the Church.

We haven’t just been hushed about the overturn of Roe V. Wade, we have also been hushed about human trafficking, traditional marriage, Godly femininity, the expectations God has for Christian parents, social justice and woke ideologies that are infiltrating churches and schools, the rise of depression and anxiety especially amongst younger generations, etc.

You see, I’m afraid the true Christian life is not one you can live by keeping your head stuck in the sand.

Earlier today, I was reminded of a quote by Aragorn in The Lord of The Rings, when they are preparing to fight evil and defend the goodness they can. Aragorn inspires the fearful, but strong men standing alongside him in a desolate wasteland, where they have nowhere to retreat to, looking up at the tall, sturdy gates leading to Mordor. Behind which a vast army of horrible, terrifying creatures lie in wait. He says, “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight!”

As much as I would like to pat Christians on the back and tell them it’s perfectly fine to retreat when the days are dark and evil, I can’t. We may be living in a post Roe America, and praise the Lord for it, but it is in large part due to the five Justice’s that didn’t go stick their heads in the sand and ignore this crucial, heartbreaking, unlawful issue.

Now it is up to us to continue the fight, to advance the Kingdom, to be beacons of light in our little corners of the world.

Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

You may not feel like you’ve been given much. Maybe you feel as if you have absolutely nothing to work with in your corner. I know the feeling, and that’s exactly what the enemy wants you to believe. It stops you from fighting right where you are.

In the eloquent words of Ernest Hemingway, “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

May I ask you a question? Who else is going to fight where you are if you won’t? Let the goodness of the Lord you have experienced drive you to fight for more of it. Not for you alone to have, but for the ones coming after us.

As Christians, what we need to do is understand the state and the urgency of the battle we’re in, kick the devil in the teeth every day we get out of bed, and decide we won’t let him defeat us or mess with those around us.

A day may come when the courage of men fails, but it is not this day.

This day, we fight.

“Someday the Church can relax her guard, call her watchmen down from the wall and live in safety and peace; but not yet, not yet.” (A. W. Tozer)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= In your corner of the world, what can you do to make a difference for the Kingdom?

= Is goodness and beauty worth protecting? Why?

= What are you going to do differently?

Our Favorite Places, Books, And College Classes – S3:EP10

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hxj9w-129c22d

Are you excited to jump into a brand new week? We thought it would be fun to upload a lighthearted Q&A on the show today! We share about some of our favorite places we’ve traveled, some amazing book recommendations, and Madie shares about a crazy dream she has! Trust me, there’s so much in this episode! 🙂

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A LIVING HOUSE

(Re-Published Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

It’s a pretty easy life if you live the way the world wants you to, isn’t it? If you hustle every day, if you chase after that next job promotion, if you hang with the “cool kids” at school and do all the “cool” things they do, then the world seems to praise us and put us on this kind of pedestal. This thought process has infiltrated the American Church. We desperately want, and sometimes even expect the Christian lifestyle to be just as easy as a worldly one, and the result has been many converts but few disciples in the world today.

There is clearly a lie that has been passed around. People are being told that this “Jesus thing” might be a little difficult in the beginning, but that it will get easier. Christians don’t like to tell others that it’s going to be painful if they live like Jesus, but it’s absolutely unavoidable. Most of the time, they don’t want to or can’t share that it’s going to be painful because they aren’t living a life that costs them anything for Jesus’ sake themselves.

Which reminds me of a quote by Leonard Ravenhill who once said, “An experience of God that costs nothing does nothing.”

If we are leading people to believe that following Jesus is easy or convenient, then we are setting them up to fail in their walk with Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

For example, we like to talk about praying for a breakthrough like it’s a 1-2-3 process, but forget to mention that Jesus may have something to teach us in the waiting.

We like to tell people that they will see victory when they stop living in their sinful lifestyle, but avoid taking the time to equip them for the temptation they will likely face when they try to give it up.

We like to chat about denying ourselves and taking up our crosses daily, but choose to stay quiet when talking to a new believer about that command because we think it will certainly scare them.

The American Church has become complacent and comfortable and instead of preaching the Word of God, we have started preaching fluff that makes people feel good about where they are with Jesus. We enable people to live an easy worldly lifestyle while claiming to live a godly one.

Any way you slice it, it’s not legit.

Sports teams are fuller than ever, but try inviting people to get serious about Jesus, and you’ll have an empty room. I have learned, however, that Jesus can fill any empty room you invite Him in to, and He will bring the few who desire more of Him as well. We just have to be faithful, and if we want to be faithful, we cannot hide the painful and difficult parts of living completely sold out for Jesus.

In reality, we are like an empty, dark, windows broken, glass everywhere kind of room when we choose not to make room for Jesus. He won’t start the restoration process if we don’t allow Him to. Wouldn’t it be something, though, if He didn’t care much about just how broken you are? Wouldn’t it be something if He didn’t care much about the questions that keep you up at night? Wouldn’t it be something if He didn’t care much that you have really screwed it up before and that you feel like a window that has shattered in a million pieces?

Wouldn’t it be something if what Jesus really wanted was you?

I want to invite you to give your all to Him, but please know that it will be the most challenging thing you will ever choose to do. However, it’s also the most rewarding thing. Love Jesus, and let it happen. He will take care of the restoration process, and just remember that when it hurts, He’s doing a new thing in you that won’t just make an impact in your life, but other’s lives as well.

C.S. Lewis once said, “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

So, my question is this… Do you want to become a living house for Jesus today?

“I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  (Isaiah 46:4)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What are your initial thoughts after reading this post?

= Are you willing to be changed?

= What are you going to do differently?

Either He’s Enough Or You Are – S3:EP9

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vnb8g-1292865

Do we really have what it takes to handle all that we face in life? In this episode, we are chatting about the extremely loved statement, “I am enough”, and whether or not Christians should subscribe to this idea/mindset that we are all that we need. Could this statement encourage us to have an incorrect view of God? Let’s get this conversation started and see!

The Silversmith Blog Post: https://thefew.blog/2021/06/03/the-silversmith/ 

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AIR BRAKES AND DEEP THOUGHTS

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

You know, one of my favorite sounds in the entire world is the sound of air brakes clicking as they warm up. This was a sound I heard every day for a long time when my dad was running his trucking company and we had drivers starting semis and rolling out our driveway day in and day out.

Many people say the sounds which remind them of their childhood are things like the song of an ice cream truck, the theme song of their favorite cartoons, or a common saying their parents used when they were little. For me, the sounds of childhood are air brakes warming up, and the great Rush Limbaugh’s voice on the radio at twelve o’clock in the afternoon.

My siblings and I would all take turns going trucking with our dad, and many of my fondest memories in life took place in the seat of a semi. I remember waking up early, sometimes before the sun had risen, and hurrying to grab my books and our cooler before we left to pick up our load and head for our distant destination.

My dad and I would listen to sermons on the radio in the mornings and add in a couple of Alabama songs in the afternoons (until Rush came on, of course). Sometimes, I’d just sit and look out my window, gazing at the cars passing or the fields rolling steadily by. When I would be quiet for a long time, Dad would always look over and ask me, “What are you thinking about?” At times, I would tell him I wasn’t thinking about anything, or I’d say I was wondering what the fam was doing back home, or I’d say I was wondering what Mark Levin would talk about when his radio show would come on at six.

Whenever he would ask me that question, it seemed like everything was at peace in the world. It was just me and Dad rolling on. Nothing else mattered.

Now, you may be saying, “Gee Madie, thanks for making me crave my childhood, but where in the world is this going?” Well, dear reader, thank you for asking.

When Dad used to present that question to me, my answers would always be so simple. So innocent and childlike. But now, I fear the world has tainted my train of thought a bit more than it had back then, and my answers would be a little darker, or more negative.

I can often find myself thinking about things like, ‘why do people have to be so difficult sometimes?’ or ‘what will our country really look like in five years’ time?”

My answer to that question no longer reflects a childlike thought pattern. Now, I know this comes with getting older, having more real-world experience, and seeing people for who they really are.

But I’d like you to imagine for a moment that the Lord is asking you this question.

What are you thinking about?

Are you thinking about Him? His Kingdom? His children who you are supposed to be in unity with?

If any of you answered honestly, you probably relate with me a lot more than both of us truly want to admit.

In truth, we’re thinking about our difficult co-worker, our crazy schedules, school starting back up soon, an annoying situation we can’t ignore for much longer, etc. etc.

Something the Lord has been convicting me of a lot lately is what I’m consuming my mind with. What I’m watching, reading, listening to, thinking about. Most of us want to ignore the way Jesus is really supposed to affect all these aspects of our lives, and we want to believe He’s only supposed to help us with the “big” things.

Why does it matter what I’m thinking about?

“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV)

It has been my prayer the Lord would renew the spirit of my mind, and help me in thinking of good, true, and beautiful things. I hope you will join me in this prayer as you go about your week and intentionally take time to meditate on the things of Heaven.

Through the mind, the body is either defeated or victorious.

So, I ask again, what are you thinking about?

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Are you willing to meditate upon the things of Heaven this week?

= What are you going to do differently?

Are These The Most Spiritually Fulfilling Days Of Your Life? Minisode!

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Did you know we are each as spiritual as we want to be?! Join Lilly as she reads through, and comments on, one of her favorite blog posts that she hopes is an inspiration to you today! No matter your circumstance or where you currently are spiritually, it’s a brand new week and one that we can use to seek Jesus with our whole hearts. Click that play button to start your Monday off right!

These Are The Days Blog Post: https://thefew.blog/2022/06/23/these-are-the-days/ 

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN POEM

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

(Poem by: Robert Frost)

2021s MOST Googled Question Reveals A Major Societal Problem – S3:EP7

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Do families sit down and watch good movies together anymore? It sure doesn’t seem like it, so what’s replacing that time? A subscriber recently sent us a question asking what our views are on TV shows and what Christians should/shouldn’t watch, and we thought we’d share our thoughts with y’all! We have a few different takes on this topic, so it makes for an interesting conversation you won’t want to miss!

Scripture: Isaiah 26:3

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DISTORTION

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

Every good thing can be distorted. When we think back throughout the history of our world, we see a constant repetition of this; of good things being distorted.

Quite honestly, you need not look any further than our very own country to see this issue taking place. America was built on very good things, but if you listen to anything that some news platforms, or some politicians are saying, you are being taught that our Founding Fathers were racist, selfish men, who could not see beyond their own time, and who were not blessed by God. A good thing like justice has also been extremely distorted in recent days. Christianity, the best thing that the Lord has given us, has been so extremely distorted that it hardly resembles the early Church at all!

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” (1 Corinthians 11:3-4)

I believe this verse is extremely relevant to Christians today. If someone were to get up in front of a church congregation on a Sunday in our time and deliver a message that was completely contrary to what Jesus said, most of us would accept this message readily enough because we never even use our own Bible’s to do some actual, good, fact checking on preachers and teachers to make sure that what they are saying aligns with what Jesus taught.

Every good thing can be distorted, even Christianity.

My mom was watching a conference about education while we were talking about what I should write for this post, and the people who were presenting brought up the fact that a very good thing such as education has been distorted so much that it is unrecognizable in comparison to what education used to be. Education was something that was used to build character and virtue, but is now merely used so that you can be educated just enough to get a decent job. Education used to be something that was used to produce a flourishing society and is now merely a means to an end.

My advice to you would be this: look back through history and find the very roots of things like Christianity, America’s founding, justice, education, etc. and then begin to change your lifestyle so that it fits into the mold of true, biblical Christianity.

If people don’t start getting back to the basics of things like these, our world will be in even more depravity than it is now. Getting back to the basics looks like actually reading AND studying your Bible on your own time and not just on Sunday’s, actually researching what your children are being taught in school, actually reading and studying our Founding documents, etc.

When we aren’t researching, studying, and paying attention to the things going on in our world, we make it SO much easier for evil people to distort good things. If we don’t start fighting for the good in this world now, it may be too late to bring it back to its full goodness because we have let people believe that the good things are bad, and the bad things are good, for so long that no one is even interested in trying to restore it.

Pay attention, Church. The good in this world is quickly slipping away, and if we don’t fight for it, then who will? Now is the time to take action, because every good thing is being distorted.

“Mystery is the antagonist of truth. It is a fog of human invention, that obscures truth, and represents it in distortion.” (Thomas Paine)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What are some things in society you think have been distorted?

= What do you think the definition of “good” is?

= What are you going to do differently?

How To Do A Few Things Well – S3:EP6

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-c7h59-1277246

Did you know that it’s a dangerous place to be when we’re not asking the Lord what He has for us each day? It’s true that no one can do a million things well, and that’s why it’s of upmost importance that we know what work is valuable and what the Lord has for us! What we shouldn’t want to miss out on is Kingdom work, but we have to put in the work of not letting the world take advantage of us and distract us in order to do so. Let’s get into it!

Scripture: Proverbs 31:18 & Luke 14:28

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OUR NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE PAGE & LIFE UPDATE!

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Y’ALL! Madie and I have been so pumped and thankful this week because our Podcast, A Few Minutes With The Few, hit 7,000 downloads and we released our new, free, Christian Resource Page that we have been working on for the last couple of months! It is available to download and print right here from the Blog on our resource tab!

It is a simple, but powerful resource to use in your own life, but also if you are discipling someone and want them to read truth-filled books, listen to encouraging music, challenge themselves in the area of accountability, and have a deeper understanding and love for Scripture!

CLICK HERE to get a copy of our Christian Resource Page today!

I know many of you loved reading the last life update we published in June, and I think all the celebration this week calls for another one!

First, let me update you on how the Healthy Kids Day Outreach went, as well as our four-year anniversary weekend, because my goodness, it was one of the craziest weekends. The outreach was a blast, most of the girls in our Bible Study group came, and we got to pray for almost every kid/parent that stopped by our table! We made prayer journals with the kids which they got to take home with them, and we also gifted two giveaway baskets that included Bibles, adorable Bible story books, some little toys, etc.

It was an amazing experience and an outreach we most definitely look forward to as a group!

After the outreach we celebrated our four-year anniversary in our newly renovated Ministry Center and spent most of the weekend having super deep and meaningful conversations about the Lord and dreaming about what the next year might look like. So many memories were made, one of the most memorable being dedicating the Ministry Center to the Lord together on Sunday, June 5th!

As we were dedicating the Ministry Center, our dad received an unexpected phone call about a young lady that needed help. I’m afraid I can’t share all the details of her story here on the Blog, but God allowed our paths to cross for a brief afternoon. Us girls were able to do what we could to help her, and we are continuing to pray for her and her situation.

On our way home from helping this young lady, one of our friends (who is also a part of our Bible Study group) mentioned that she had seen a few old doors sitting by a telephone pole at the end of someone’s driveway. This was a total God-thing, as we had been looking for an old door over the past few months to put in the Ministry Center!

Not even three minutes after she had made that comment, we passed the driveway she had noticed earlier, and we saw the most perfect, beautiful old door that was EXACTLY what we needed! It was simply the best, and we are still in awe over how God rewards obedience!

Now, fast forward to present-day… I will be starting college this fall to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, and Madie will continue her General Education classes. Our plan is to continue with The Few, doing weekly Bible Studies, Blogging, Podcasting, posting on IG, and possibly starting a YouTube channel. We’ll see where the Lord takes that last one. 😉

On July 23rd we are going to host our first ever FEW Retreat with our Bible Study girls in the Ministry Center, and we will spend the whole day discussing Biblical womanhood and what God made us for. We will take a deep dive into the feminist movement, the dark history of abortion, and how the enemy has lied to women about the most important “jobs” we could ever have – being wives and mothers and building a home in obedience to Christ.

Madie & I were invited to speak to a class of 5th and 6th grade students at a church camp near us on July 27th. We will be sharing the Gospel with them, as well as teaching them how to share the Gospel with those they are around and giving them the tools to do so! Please pray alongside us that these kid’s lives would be radically transformed by the Gospel!

Just yesterday the Lord provided us with some chairs that we’ve been needing for the Ministry Center. I, of course, could go on and on about all the amazing ways we’ve been seeing God work over the last weeks, but for the sake of time I will save some stories for another post.

Trust me when I say ministry is hard, and there are some really rough moments that you just have to battle through and rise above, but God truly does reward obedience and He provides exactly what we need in the midst of it all.

Thanks for being here in our little corner of the world. Continue to seek the Lord this week, and I’ll see you here again next Thursday!

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!””   (Psalm 118:14-16)

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Christian Resources That Will Help You Live Wholeheartedly For Jesus – 7,000 Download Special!

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Are you looking for Christian resources that will ACTUALLY help you get serious about living for Jesus daily? If you said yes, we have exciting news for you! We have some of the very best podcast listeners, and y’all have helped us reach SEVEN THOUSAND DOWNLOADS! To celebrate, we have released a free Christian resource page that you can download and print straight from our Blog TODAY! It’s a great tool for new Christians, and more seasoned Christians alike, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it! Click that play button to learn more! 🙂 

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DOES FREE REALLY MEAN FREE?

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Some may say that this blog post is a bit late, but I will never turn down an opportunity to talk about spiritual freedom and our exceptional Country, America. After just celebrating Fourth of July, I have some fresh inspiration.

We all know that there are those who claim one worldview and the benefits of that worldview, while living out another. It takes hard work, time, and effort to honestly evaluate those things, most especially if you do not live in a state of freedom. It’s not an easy or small thing to admit that you are a slave to something.

However, you are currently living as free as you’d like.

One of the most important things Christians need to think logically about is the topic of freedom, in both the spiritual and physical realms.

The idea of absolute freedom can be difficult for our minds to grasp in this sinful world, but freedom is certainly within our reach.

Have you ever thought about the fact that God Himself has given us the freedom to choose freedom?

C. S. Lewis once said, “The freedom of a creature must mean freedom to choose: and choice implies the existence of things to choose between. A creature with no environment would have no choices to make.”

We are most certainly in a counterclaimed environment here on this earth. Do we, as Christians, genuinely understand that everything God is for, Satan is completely against? Satan is real. Just under the surface of our everyday interactions, hiding in the shadows, clouded in the confusion, Satan tries to put an end to what God is doing in us and through us. That is his only goal.

The Lord holds freedom in great esteem. He is indeed for it. In fact, 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

His Spirit is what gives freedom to the captive, and Satan despises that.

Choosing to live according to God’s Moral Law is the most freeing thing I have personally ever experienced. God loves His creation dearly, and He desires the very best for them. The only way we can experience God’s best is by choosing to live the way He has instructed us to in His Word.

C.S. Lewis also once said, “Obedience is the road to freedom.”

Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Sin is always trying to make its way into our lives, and even more so after we have decided to follow Jesus.

We must come to the realization that God’s ways bring freedom, not when we simply believe that they do, but when we implement them and live by them daily, knowing that it is for our own good and ultimately God’s glory.

Spiritually speaking, I believe each one of us can live as free as we’d like. I believe we are currently living as free as we’d like.

When you aren’t spiritually free, it’s a difficult thing to value and appreciate physical freedom. A good Christian American fully understands the sweet gift of freedom that Jesus gives us, and therefore knows how precious it is to be physically free as well and is willing to fight for it.

Spiritual freedom is precisely what creates a love within us for what is morally righteous because of what the Lord holds dear, and that begins to heal the broken world in which we currently reside.

What an amazing thing it is that when the Lord says “free”, He means true and absolute freedom.

We are free, really free. Praise the Lord.

“Spiritual freedom is the root of political liberty… as the union between spiritual freedom and political liberty seems nearly inseparable, it is our duty to defend both.”  (Thomas Paine)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= How dear is freedom to you?

= Are you currently burdened by a yoke of slavery?

= What are you going to do differently?

Pt. 2 Questions To Ask After A First Date – S3:EP4

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Wondering what you should think through after going on a first or second date to make sure you’re following the Lord’s lead and pursuing the right guy or girl? Who you marry is the second most important decision you will ever make (the first being to follow Jesus), so it is crucial that we take a step back to examine that we are where God wants us, and are willing to ask ourselves the hard, but important questions that genuinely do matter! Hit that play button to join the conversation and don’t forget to download part 1 and part 2 of this series!

We will be back next week with an exciting announcement! 🙂 

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN USED TO

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

If you’ve ever heard me talk in depth about some of the books I really take delight in reading, the Anne of Green Gables series will have no doubt been in the list.

At the beginning of this year, I was determined to be extremely organized when it came to my choices in literature and read only three books a month. This was brought about from an overwhelming previous year where I had nearly twenty books going all at the same time. However, though we are only just coming to July, that three-book-a-month schedule has been figuratively tossed right out the window.

I’ve had a keen desire to re-read the Anne of Green Gables series and began Anne of the Island again a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorites in the series because it’s the book where Anne embarks on the new adventures of college, falling in love, and learning to live on her own outside of the small community of Avonlea.

However, when she comes back home from college to visit everyone in Avonlea, she discovers one of the girls she had gone to grade-school with, Ruby Gillis, is actively, yet slowly, dying.

Ruby Gillis constantly belittled Anne in their childhood and was an overall sour person. However, Anne, of course, feels Ruby’s ailment very deeply herself, and mourns over the fact that one of the people who was present in many of her childhood memories would be the first to pass away. Ruby requests Anne’s presence often, knowing she isn’t like the other flippant and immature girls their age, and she can have a real and deep conversation with her.

Until this point, none of Ruby’s family had seemed to accept the fact that she was dying, and Ruby herself seemed to have no idea. But one night, as she and Anne are sitting together out in her garden, she finally admits that she is terrified of her inevitable fate and confides some feelings which she has never voiced before. Now, I want you to really absorb this exchange with me. Anne says,

“Why should you be afraid of dying, Ruby?” Anne asked quietly.

“Because – because – oh, I’m not afraid but that I’ll go to heaven, Anne. I’m a church member. But – it’ll all be so different. I think – and think – and I get so frightened – and – and homesick. Heaven must be very beautiful, of course, the Bible says so – but, Anne, it won’t be what I’ve been used to.”

Through Anne’s mind floated an intrusive recollection of a funny story she’d heard Phillipa Gordon tell – the story of some old man who had said very much the same thing about the world to come. It had sounded funny then – she remembered how she and Priscilla had laughed over it. But it did not seem in the least humorous now, coming from Ruby’s pale, trembling lips. It was sad, tragic – and true!

Heaven could not be what Ruby had been used to. There had been nothing to her gay, frivolous life, her shallow ideals and aspirations, to fit her for that great change, or make the life to come seem anything but alien and unreal and undesirable. Anne wondered helplessly what she could say that would help her. Could she say anything?

“I think, Ruby,” she began hesitatingly… “I think, perhaps, we have very mistaken ideas about heaven – what it is and what it holds for us. I don’t think it can be so very different from life here as most people seem to think. I believe we’ll just go on living, a good deal as we live here – and be ourselves just the same – only it will be easier to be good and to – follow the Highest. All the hinderances and perplexities will be taken away, and we shall see clearly. Don’t be afraid, Ruby.”

This particular passage had never really stuck out to me in the past, but as you know from my last blog post, death has been particularly prevalent in my mind, making this scene jump out of the pages at me.

How true is it that many of us should be able to relate with Ruby, in that Heaven seems to us such an alien place? A place that takes us away from our earthly home we have grown so attached to, and the people we have come to love in it.

I do believe Anne’s thoughts ring with truth though, as she says that there had been nothing in Ruby’s flighty, frivolous life to prepare her for the world to come. Yet how sad is it that this disconcerting thought is held by many churchgoers today, who have not been taught to live in light of Eternity?

This is the entire concept Lilly and I have been talking about for over four years now. Literally bringing small bits of heaven to our lives here on earth through living the way Jesus specifically intended us to live.

As Ruby said, heaven will not be what we’re used to.

It will be a place where we go to be restored to complete perfection and wholeness, and where most of the things we care about and with which we consume our earthly lives will no longer hold even a microscopic drop of importance.

Let that sink in for a minute.

What we’re used to is working our nine-to-fives, wasting three hours of our lives screaming at a TV and sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for our lives to come crashing down if our favorite sports team doesn’t win their game. What we’re used to is going to school and only half-heartedly paying attention to what we’re taught, hoping to slip through by the skin of our teeth with a high enough GPA to graduate. Simply to go on and lead the same boring lives others have led for hundreds of years before us. What we’re used to is going through the drive-thru, throwing a tantrum, and cussing out the person serving us because they messed up our order.

That really glorifies Jesus, doesn’t it? I’m sure that’ll be included in our packaged experience of heaven.

What we’re used to is wasting every single day of our lives going through the same monotonous motions we’ve gone through for the last ten years, and not batting an eyelash when an actual opportunity to glorify Jesus comes our way.

“When you cry out, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in Me shall possess the land and shall inherit My holy mountain.” (Isaiah 57:13 ESV)

There has been only one time in my life where someone has managed to make Heaven sound boring, and I believe that was because he was entirely too focused on the things that gave him pleasure, and happiness, and so-called joy here on earth. 

He said, “You know, many of us imagine heaven as a place where we’ll run around on the streets of gold, do whatever we want, and be immortal. But really, all we get to do while we’re there is sit in front of God and worship Him, singing the same phrase over and over and over again.”

His tone was filled with such flippancy, and even a hint of dread, I could barely keep my mouth from falling open.

You see, when we get so caught up in the things of earth, that does sound boring. It makes you think, “If that’s all I get to do in heaven then Sia Nora, Hasta La vista, and peace out.”

But when we finally get our heads wrapped around the fact that when we live in light of Eternity, we realize that without this incredible, perfect God we serve, we could not sustain ourselves. He is our very life-source, the very breath in our lungs, and thump of our pulse.

What else would we want to do but worship?!? Worship is not all we can do; it is the very most we are capable of.

This week, I challenge you to not be like Ruby Gillis. Don’t chase after trivial, unimportant, and wind carried tasks and attitudes until you are faced with death. Live in a way that reflects Jesus in everything you do, and in a way that brings a little slice of heaven down here to earth.

Put your life in God’s hands, be an active participant in what He wants you to do in your home, family, school, workplace, and then sit back and enjoy the show. I promise you; it’ll be a good one.

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Have you been chasing trivial, unimportant tasks this week?

= What are you going to do differently?

Pt. 1 Questions To Ask Early On In A Relationship – S3:EP3

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bpduc-125f2db

Have you ever thought about the top three questions you should ask on a first date to really get to know someone’s heart? We have thought through what we would ask on a first date, and want to share those questions with you as well! Our goal is to date/court  godly men who love Jesus and want to do everything they can for the Kingdom. We pray this episode is an encouragement to you no matter what stage of life you’re currently in!

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THESE ARE THE DAYS!

(Post by: Michelle Hobbs)

I would like to ask you a question. Please, take some time to really think about it and answer honestly.

Are these the most spiritually fulfilling days of your life?

My family and I are at a ministry conference this week. The speaker yesterday posed that question to us, and I have been mulling it over ever since.

What is my answer? Well, in some ways, “Yes”. Overall, probably, “No”.

When I think of the most spiritually fulfilling days in my life, I think of the first few years after I got saved. Scott and I were in our late twenties when we got saved, and we were on fire for Jesus immediately. We attended every class we could. We studied the Bible every day. The Word was opened up to us in a powerful way. It was exciting and exhilarating!

I remember looking around at other church attendees, people in our Sunday School classes and worship services, and not seeing the joy and excitement I was feeling at the time. I found it odd. I knew they loved the Lord, but the pressing desire to worship, study, and learn new things was not evident.

They were comfortable. If I am honest, I have now grown comfortable, as well.

Comfortable is a dangerous place to be in the Gospel, friends. Revelation 3: 14-17 says, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

Those of us who have been saved and/or have gone to church and have done “Christian stuff” for several years have a tendency to simply get comfortable. We lose our zeal for the Gospel. We lose our passion for learning new things; our deep desire to know the Lord more each day. We lose sight of the lost and walk around defeated, thinking there is nothing we can do about the state of the world around us.

We are content to remain in a state where we feel no guilt, but there is also no blessing.

That, dear Christian, is exactly where the enemy wants you; and precisely where the Lord has warned us not to be. From the verses I previously cited, it sounds like the Lord flat out despises that state. When we are comfortable, we are lukewarm and completely ineffective.

The speaker from our conference yesterday, shared a story from a time when he was in seminary, and he went to listen to an old, seasoned preacher. After the sermon, he told one of his professors that he would give anything to be as spiritual as the preacher they had just listened to. The wise professor replied, “No you wouldn’t. You don’t want to get up at 5:00 am to pray for two hours like he does. You don’t want to spend three hours a day studying Scripture. You don’t want to spend countless hours serving the hurting people in your community. You don’t want to pray with the store clerk or share the Gospel with a stranger or a fellow classmate.”

That wise professor said, “Each of us are as spiritual as we really want to be.”

Ouch! That is a hard truth, isn’t it?

You see, when I look back at the days that I would say are the most spiritually fulfilling days of my life, they are the days when I was willing to put a lot of effort into my relationship with Christ. I was praying, studying, and serving every day. They were the days when I learned how to pray with people and share the Gospel with them, and I actually went out and did that on a regular basis. They were the days when I saw the truth being ignored and injustice being accepted, and I spoke out, in love, against it.

My most spiritually fulfilling days, depend on me, and me alone. No one else can lead me into them. I cannot ride into them on someone else’s coattail.

We are each as spiritual as we really want to be.

Friend, do not allow yourself to get comfortable; to become lukewarm in your faith. Can you imagine how wonderful life would be if we would strive to make each day the most spiritually fulfilling day we have ever had?

It’s not too late for you and me to do just that!

I was so encouraged at the end of our service yesterday.  After the speaker shared this message, he gave an altar call for those who wanted to commit to making the days ahead more spiritually fulfilling than the days behind. An elderly woman, with a full head of white hair and walker to steady her gait, was the first one to make her way down to the altar. It was no easy task for her, but she obviously recognized that there was great reward in making this commitment.

Oh Lord, let that be me when I am old and gray!

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Are these the most spiritually fulfilling days of your life?

= What are you going to do differently?

Our Fun, Summer Priorities (Minisode) – S3:EP2

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-t5iec-1254e41

Are you being intentional with your time this summer? We asked y’all what your TOP summer priorities are on Instagram a couple weeks ago, and in this episode, we share the responses you sent in, as well as what our top summer priorities are! Madie also tells a very interesting story about a bee that attacked her while we were having dinner with a friend! I think it’s safe to say this is a pretty good minisode! 🙂

Listen and like our NEW Spotify Worship Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4oWFSPV8NuxwD7yscL2mZO?si=eZmKLjZVSEWrGWo0p4w7IQ 

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TO THE DISCOURAGED CHRISTIAN…

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

C. S. Lewis has a quote that says, “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”

Me neither, Mr. Lewis. Me neither.

Christianity has been the most costly experience I have ever given my “yes” to, and though I have occasional thoughts that it may not be worth the sacrifice, the pain, and giving up everything I am for Jesus and His Kingdom. Deep down, I know I have never been more sure about anything than the fact that He is the only thing I want to live my every second for.

No one and nothing else come close when compared to Him. I hope you have the same desire in your heart and life.

Here’s the thing though. People tend to think that if that’s the case, and I’m so sure eternity is worth everything, then it must mean I never feel discouraged, and that Christians are just on this constant “Christian kick”. In fact, many American Churches make it seem as if discouragement is a form of sin, and that there’s no reason we should be disappointed or discouraged.

They probably just haven’t read the book of Psalms yet.

I will say, I do think discouragement becomes a sin only if you let it beat you and break you and stop you from maturing in the faith (James 1:2-4). But, what about the few who don’t?

Have you ever heard someone say, “It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, it only matters what you are doing”? In some respects, I agree with that statement. You should, as Scripture tells us, die to yourself, carry your cross, and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24-26). You are the only one that can make those choices for yourself. True Christians are most certainly harder on themselves than they are on others. However, Jesus cared deeply for those around Him, for His disciples, for the crowds, for the children.

He cared so much that He died for them. He died for us.

The reason you may be discouraged often is not because you take this “Jesus thing” way too seriously, as some would put it, or because you think you have all the “right” answers to every spiritual question but no one will listen. It’s because you care. You care about people’s souls, and the reality that death results in spending eternity in one of two places: Heaven or Hell.

Please, I beg you, friend, don’t apologize for being discouraged because you care like Jesus. Because who people are and what they do DOES matter in the spiritual realm!

It’s ok to mourn the fact that you have friends around you that are so lost. It’s ok to get on your knees and plead with God to reveal Himself to the Church and usher in a revival that brings us back to where we left Him. It’s ok to not understand why that one addict can’t just give it up. It’s ok to feel sick when you start thinking about how it’s ruining their life and their family.

Discouragement is a beautiful part of the Christian life because it’s the natural result of caring, of loving, of wanting people to experience who Jesus is and what He can do in the life of someone who surrenders all the control they thought they had but never really did.

What would make us run into the arms of Jesus constantly and consistently if not for the feeling of discouragement that we can’t address on our own?

Psalm 61:2 says, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

It is true that the Christian life is not a constant high, and what matters more than anything else is where we run when we have feelings we can’t deal with on our own. You see, discouragement is a beautiful part of the Christian life only because God uses it to bring us closer to Himself. He helps soften our hearts to feel what He feels, and it is in that moment, when we feel what He feels, that we can best care, love, and serve.

So, discouraged Christian, you care. Don’t apologize for it.

“Courage, dear heart.”  – C. S. Lewis

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Do you believe God can use discouragement to bring us closer to Himself?

= What are you going to do differently?

Are American Youth Groups & Sunday Schools Helping The Youth Of Our Generation? – S3:EP1

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gsa4f-124ca49

What do the young people of our generation truly desire and need from their local churches? We have traveled the U.S. visiting and helping churches, speaking to youth groups, and hosting bible studies within our home each week, and what we have heard from the majority of youth we connect with is that they want much more than what the American Church experience is currently offering. Young people today want to be included in hard conversations, they want to be bold and share the Gospel with others, and they want to lead and be courageous for Christ! Is that what most churches encourage young people to do, though? Click that play button to join the conversation!

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Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10

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