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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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!

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8mpp3-1289b69

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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tuewp-1281bc4

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)

P.S. Comment below how we can pray for you this week!

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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-4ithd-1267a5f

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! 🙂

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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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GRIEF EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE TERROR, AND ALL SHAPES OF DEATH

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

You know how people often say, “Well, it certainly has been one of those days”? They usually accompany the statement with a slump of the shoulders or an irritated sigh. Well, for me, it seems to be one of those months.

If you read last week’s blog post, you will have heard about some of the incredible, exciting things going on in The Few and in our personal lives. We just went on an outreach, celebrated four years of Bible study with our best friends, our podcast is only a few listens away from hitting 7,000 downloads, etc. etc. However, over the course of my life, I have come to accept the sad reality that joy and excitement are often mingled with pain and sorrow.

Early on Saturday morning, the day we were getting ready to celebrate an incredibly huge milestone with our friends, we were made aware of the news that a twenty-one-year-old woman from our church had been tragically, and very abruptly, killed. When Lilly told me the news my brain quite literally couldn’t absorb the information.

This was a girl who I have known practically forever, who was in the prime of her life having just graduated from college, gotten engaged, and was entering one of the most exciting new chapters of her life, and she was suddenly gone. I had never been particularly close with her, but both our families have watched each other grow up, have been in many of the same camps and Sunday schools together. To realize life could change that quickly for anyone on this earth, hit me like a ton of bricks.

I spent the entire day repeating the exact same phrase over and over again, saying, “I just can’t even fathom it.” Our whole group couldn’t get the subject off our minds. As we sat around a campfire later that night, we began to ask ourselves what life would look like for The Few if one of us would be taken just that quickly. The accident had put my whole life into perspective, as I thought about what it would be like for her sisters, her fiancé, her parents.

The emotion I’d been trying to hold back all day finally broke lose as we talked, and I sat in front of that campfire weeping. All I could ask was, “Can you even imagine?”

I write this post having just come back from one of the most heartbreaking, sorrowful funerals I have ever had to sit through, and only one quote comes to my mind as I try to grapple with the grief that has struck so quickly.

“Grief everywhere, everywhere terror, and all shapes of death.”

~ The Aeneid

I say it has been ‘one of those months’ because it seems like one thing after another has brought more and more sorrow to my personal life, but also to the lives of those around me, and our entire world.

The quote above may sound a bit grim, or downcast, or harsh, but I think all of us can say that we have experienced this same feeling that Aenias conveys when speaking of the fall of Troy.

Our world is a place of utter darkness, and sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in it. Like we’ll never be able to see the light again.

But let me encourage you, dear heart, it wasn’t supposed to be this way, and it won’t be like this forever.

We often use these times to normalize asking God why He can’t always save us from things like death and sickness. But let me tell you, He doesn’t desire that it should be this way. Unfortunately, death and grief are consequences of sin, and day by day we will have to find the strength to bear it.

But do not despair. Our Redemption is near.

“The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever. Holy and awesome is His name!” (Psalm 111:7-9 ESV)

Something I’ve always really disliked about times like these, where everyone is shocked into the realization that life is short, is the fact that this thought wears off so quickly. In one week, the number of cards that family is receiving will be minimized. In one month, people will stop texting, asking what they need, and letting them know they’re being thought of. In one year, those people will just be a few more simple faces blending into the crowd, and everyone will have forgotten the trauma and tragedy they have gone through.

A week from now people will not be asking themselves what they would wish they’d have done differently if their daughter, sister, fiancée had been taken away that quickly. If they had been in her place. So, I’m here to ask you that question again. If you knew exactly how much time you had left on earth, what would you do differently?

Would you wish you’d not have sent that insensitive text to one of your kids when you got angry? Would you have read Scripture more? Would you tell your family you loved them a little bit more adamantly and regularly than usual?

Let me tell you, on Saturday night as I sat weeping in front of that campfire, asking myself that very question, I thought of quite a few things I would change.

I would get closer to Jesus. I would write obsessively. I would change my attitude towards siblings. I would hug my friends a little tighter before they left my house. I wouldn’t waste time on things that have no soul.

My life would look radically different. How about yours?

My prayer is that we live our lives so well we can truly look ourselves in the mirror and admit with confidence that we are so much different than every other bundle of bones on this planet.

The one thing that is certain in this world is that none of us are making it out of here alive. So, wouldn’t you rather leave with a bang? On fire with passion for eternal things, and with no regrets left behind.

Vivanus, moriendum est.

            ————

Let us live, since we must die.

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What are you going to do differently?

LIFE UPDATE!

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Happy Thursday, y’all! This Blog Post is going to look a little bit different than it usually does, but I am excited to update you on all the awesome things God has been doing in our little corner of the world recently!

We need to do this more often!

Our family is getting ready for a big weekend of outreach and celebration which are, of course, the best kind of weekends, in our book. We are participating in an event called Healthy Kids Day in a county close to us, where we will set up a couple tables and have some Christian resources, prayer journal crafts for kids, and offer to pray/share the Gospel with those we encounter and connect with! Please pray that hearts would be open to hearing and receiving the Gospel.

Our closest friends/Bible Study girls are coming along for the adventure. After the outreach we will celebrate our FOUR-YEAR anniversary of being a Bible Study group, together, in our newly renovated Ministry Center.

I can’t tell you how much our group looks forward to these times where we can get away from all the noise and business to celebrate, spend some quality time together, and thank the Lord for His great faithfulness to us. The Lord always reveals Himself to us in new ways as we attempt to re-focus on what ultimately matters, which is eternity.

Because we want to be fully present this weekend, Madie & I decided to take this week off from recording and editing for the Podcast. However, we shared with our Podcast listeners in our latest episode that we created a Spotify Worship Playlist as a free resource for y’all! CLICK HERE to listen to some of our favorite worship songs and worship with us. It’s over three hours long, and we plan to continue to add more songs over time!

Here’s a list with direct links to our three recent Podcast Episodes in case you missed them (click on title of episode to listen) …

Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God – Season 2 Finale & Memorial Day Special!

What To Do When Life Feels Boring – S2:EP54

Compassion And Critical Thinking – S2:EP53

I mentioned earlier that we are celebrating in the Ministry Center, and so many amazing things are happening in that space! Our parents (Scott and Michelle) have been doing some marriage counseling out there, and one of the couples they are counseling decided to follow Jesus and give their lives to Him a few weeks ago. These are the very first salvations to take place in the Ministry Center! Praise the Lord! We are excited to see them continue to seek Jesus and grow in their knowledge of Him.

Alright, I could spend so much more time updating, but I’ve got to get ready for our Bible Study time with the girls tonight! I want to thank you so much for being here and for reading, listening, and supporting The Few every week. We appreciate y’all so very much!

If you have any questions or topics you would like us to write/talk about, leave them in the comment section below, and please let us know how we could pray for you this week!

Bye guys! 😊

Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God – Season 2 FINALE & Memorial Day Special!

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Why is America the greatest country on earth? We’re glad you asked, because we could talk for hours about the Revolutionary War and all things American history, but for your sake, we packed a lot of awesome stories and content into a 40 minute episode! We want to thank every one of the men and women who have faithfully, and courageously served our country to secure the freedom we enjoy today and every day. God bless the U.S.A.

Grab a copy of the book The American Story we talked about in this episode here: https://shop.wallbuilders.com/product/the-american-story-the-beginnings-b43-2/ 

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

Podbean Affiliate Link: https://www.podbean.com/thefew 

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Blog Posts Mentioned:

We Have The Advantage 

When The World Stopped Turning

 

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WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

A few days ago, my dad and I were sitting on our couch listening to some of our favorite, old songs. Songs we always used to listen to when we went trucking. It was two o’clock in the morning, the whole house was quiet, and only the sound, interrupting the silence, was those songs which hold so many of my favorite memories.

After a little while of listening, Dad said he’d re-discovered an old Alan Jackson song; one I had never heard before. He looked it up on YouTube and found the video he had watched. It was a video of Alan Jackson preforming a song he wrote about the tragic terrorist attack of 9/11 for the first time.

In this song, he asks the question, “Where were you when the world stopped turning,” and gives several examples of what people may have done as soon as they heard about the attack and in the days following. Even though I’ve heard a multitude of horrific stories revolving around that fateful day, the song brought a tear to my eye as I was newly reminded of the tragedy and grief so many people were forced to experience.

Dad made a comment, saying that almost every one of the scenarios mentioned in the song were things he had experienced that day. He told me about how, just a little while after he had heard about what happened, he went out and hung an American flag on our front porch.

He reminded me of the special services our church held and the hundreds of people who showed up that normally would never have even thought of entering a church building.

He talked about crowding around the TV and radio, desperate for little scraps of information about who had done it, and whether any more bodies had been found in the rubble.

We all know about the incredible way people came together and stood with those who had lost loved ones, vowed vengeance against the perpetrators of the attack, and sought God more than they had in a long time. But as that tear rose to my eye, I experienced sorrow for the absence of that fellowship today.

Think back with me to the many times our world has “stopped turning” over the past three years especially. I’m sure quite a few different events just came to your mind. Many of our cities were nearly burned to the ground because of violent BLM protestors. A few of our own states have begun proposing bills that would allow “abortions” to take place up to two weeks after birth. LGBTQ ideologies have infiltrated our schools and are destroying the young people of my own generation. Suicide rates have sky-rocketed due to ridiculous C o v I D mandates and political instability in our country. Our government has chosen to leave American citizens and allies in Afghanistan to suffer terrible fates.

I could go on, and on, and on. If you’re anything like me, your heart ceases to beat for a moment, and your world stops turning just thinking about these outrageous events.

Now, I would like you to think back with me to the times where the entire country came together to protect the innocent, stand up for our country, and turn to Jesus, the One who has so abundantly blessed our nation.

Not as many events came to your mind, did they? If you’re like me (especially if you’re younger like me), not even one event came to mind.

“I in them and you in me, that you may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:23 ESV)

The question I have asked myself so many times throughout my life is where has our ability and desire to unify gone? When I look around and see how little some of my friends and acquaintances think of America, and how I seem to be the only one who still has pride for American exceptionalism, I can’t help but wonder.

When we look back on the terrorist attack of 9/11, we don’t see a divide between democrats and republicans, white and black, adult and child.

Quite simply, all we see is American exceptionalism at its very best.

But this pride isn’t just something we “pass down through the bloodstream”, as President Reagan once said. It is found, rather, in the small, everyday deeds of ordinary people and the tremendous miracles the Lord has performed in our country.

As we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, and remember the incredible sacrifices of our veterans, I implore you to look at your fellow man and simply see that we are all created in the image of God, and we live in the greatest country in the history of the world.

When our world stops turning, I can only pray that we move past our petty grievances and stand as one nation under God; the One who enables our world to begin spinning again and causes the sun to rise anew over this blessed land.

“No one is beat till he quits,

No one is through till he stops,

No matter how hard Failure hits,

No matter how often he drops,

A fellow’s not drown till he lies

In the dust and refuses to rise.

Fate can slam him and bang him around,

And batter his frame till he’s sore,

But she never can say he’s drowned

While he bobs up serenely for more.

A fellow’s not dead till he dies,

Nor beat till he no longer tries.”

~ Edgar Guest – Defeat

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Do you believe we have been created in the image of God and made for fellowship and unity?

= What are you going to do differently?

What To Do When Life Feels Boring – S2:EP54

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Do you feel at times that your everyday life just isn’t all that exciting and that maybe, just maybe, you aren’t getting anywhere fast spiritually? Good, because we are right there with you! Sometimes guilt can even creep in because you feel like you aren’t doing all that God wants you to be doing, which may be the case. However, if you are genuinely seeking after Christ, He will never let you miss the opportunities He has for you. This heart-to-heart conversation is full of lots of practical tips, and we hope you are encouraged by it!

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 & Proverbs 13:4

Blog Posts Mentioned:

EVERY STORY HAS A MONSTER (PART ONE)

ARE YOU THE HERO OF YOUR OWN STORY? (PART TWO)

A HERO ALWAYS KNOWS (PART THREE)

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WE HAVE THE ADVANTAGE

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

At last, I have stumbled upon a compelling movie scene and have decided to write about it before my sister, Madie, has! To be frank, I’m sure this movie scene and quote have been written down in her iPhone notes for some time, but after watching the movie only a few evenings ago, I decided I couldn’t refrain from sharing with y’all.

The quote that struck me is from the movie, Murder on the Orient Express. The famous detective, Hercule Poirot, has just solved an interesting case and is looking out at a beautiful evening landscape. A military serviceman comes to escort him to the ferry he plans to take for a mini vacation away from all the “noise” and people who are in need of his services.

The serviceman asks Poirot if he is going to Istanbul and then to London.

Poirot replies by stating that he is tired. He explains that he “wants to look at paintings and have too much time on his hands.”

The serviceman asks him how he knew that the crime he just solved had been committed by the man no one would have expected to be a thief, and by a simple little crack on the wall.

Poirot says, “I have the advantage. I can only see the world as it should be, and when it’s not, the imperfection stands out like a nose in the middle of a face. It makes most of life unbearable. But, it is useful in the detection of crime.”

In this scene, there is a moment of silence, and then the serviceman expresses his amazement at Poirot’s ability to correctly discern time and time again and asks, “But it’s as though you see into their hearts and define their true natures?

His simple response is, “And whatever people say, there is right and there is wrong. There is nothing in-between.”

I would ask that you read the quote above a second time.

One of my spiritual gifts is discernment, and though I am certainly not Poirot, I think his statement about “seeing the world as it should be” is one of the most masterfully curated statements I have ever heard. I do not write this out of pride or selfish ambition, but many times over the last couple of years have I questioned if my fellow Christians, fellow brothers and sisters, notice imperfection and sin when it is staring them right in the face.

Perhaps you have as well?

I deeply mourn the fact that so many Believers function in a “grey area”, where the concept of there being right and wrong and nothing in-between is almost unthinkable.

Hear me out when I say this… There are no exceptions when it comes to sin.

None of us may be a “master detective” such as Hercule Poirot. However, God has given Christians, who have the Holy Spirit within them, the incredible ability to see the world as it should be (some to a lesser or greater degree). To see a world in which everything is just, and right, and true because we function as we were intended to all along.

He has given us the advantage of noticing when something is not quite right and when sin is making every effort to distort the truth.

Many Christians, and most American pastors, choose not to acknowledge this duty that we must stand boldly for what is holy and blameless because it does, in fact, make most of life unbearable. Sometimes it costs you a good night’s sleep because you can’t overlook the blatant sin even if everyone else can. Sometimes you lose friends you thought would choose to please God over man but prove to you otherwise. Sometimes you watch churches die because no one will acknowledge that the leadership is weak and worldly.

But no matter the cost, there are still a few in every generation who will not sit back and let the enemy take all the good we’ve got.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

Verses 12-17: “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Dear Christian, keep making your way through the land of the lost. After all, remember, we have the advantage. We can only see the world as it should be, and that’s the world that matters the most.

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Are you standing up for what is holy and blameless in the Lord’s sight?

= What are you going to do differently?

Compassion And Critical Thinking… Are They Compatible? – S2:EP53

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Is it compassionate to think critically and educate/inform those within your sphere of influence? In the American Church today, most people feel as if they shouldn’t think or do any kind of research because they are told not to have an opinion or “push” anything on anyone because it’s not compassionate. Just maybe, we’ve bought into a lie regarding this topic. What if thinking critically and loving others by sharing the truth with them, specifically about current events and happenings, is indeed one of the highest forms of compassion? 

Scripture: 1 John 4:1

Blog Posts Mentioned:

Our Old, Dead Self

Manipulated Minds (Part 1) & Manipulated Minds (Part 2)

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A HERO ALWAYS KNOWS (PART THREE)

(Post by: Scott Hobbs)

Who does a hero look like to you?

Keep reading no matter your age, gender, status, etc.  But know that my heart as I write this final blog post in our Hero Trilogy, is primarily for all my fellow men, husbands, fathers, and grandfathers out there that might, at some point in time, run across this account of what a true hero looks like.

Why am I singling out my fellow men?  Because, I believe, based on my understanding of Scripture, that we are called to lead our families.  Spiritually first and second, in all the ways of the world.  How often we seem to get those in the wrong order.

Last week, one of our small groups got into a discussion about parenting.  We discussed the intricacies of how to parent our adult children.  Things like what does Dad do when his newly married daughter asks him what the grinding noise on her car is instead of asking her husband? 

As fathers, of course we want to teach and help our kids in any way we can.

But, you see, it is our job to teach that daughter, while she is at home, to listen for those strange car sounds that may indicate a problem.  It is also our job to tell that same, newly married daughter, to ask her husband first when that car sound pops up.

It is our job to train up our children in the way they should go.  How to throw a ball, have good manners, conduct yourself in public, work hard, respect authority, make your bed, and brush your teeth.  How to be a good loser, a humble winner, a safe driver, and to walk in integrity.

In a recent documentary my girls were watching, an elementary teacher said that when reading the great stories, such as Lilly and Michelle mentioned in the previous two posts, most of the kids, when asked, said the hero most reminded them of their dad.

I’m reminded of an old movie line when the captain of a submarine was asked a question and said he didn’t know.  His second in command pulled him aside and rebuked him.  “The captain always knows what to do; whether he does or not.”  It seems like that is often the esteem our children hold us in.  As dads, we are always supposed to know.  We are to be their heroes.

In part two, Michelle said that our world is full of monsters, and we are forever at war with them.  So, if we, as men, are to be heroes in the lives of those around us, why would we allow all the earthly monsters that get between our families and Jesus to win so many battles; without so much as a drawn sword?  I’m not talking about murderous thugs on the street. It’s a given we have to be the hero there.  But realistically, most of us will never face that challenge.

I’m talking about leading your family in meals together, conversation, and maybe even some devotions.  I’m talking about saying we need to cut back on some extracurriculars so we can spend time as a family.  I’m talking about being willing to lead and say we won’t participate in things that aren’t Godly.  How about not letting our daughters out of the house half-dressed to date a boy she barely knows.  Or telling our sons to stop blaming everyone else when something goes wrong.  No more video games, respect your mother, and stand out from the crowd for Jesus. 

Will you be the hero of those situations or just go along to get along?

Or maybe the question we really need to ask ourselves as men is whether we are living a life worthy of being looked at as a hero?  What would your kids say?  Do we even understand that at the core of all this is the fact that we must follow Jesus if we expect them to follow us.  You see, in our own power and strength we are not worthy of them following us.  We need Jesus. We must follow Him because He is worthy.  In that, others may find a reason to follow us.

You see, most of the time heroes aren’t your John Wayne or Jason Bourne.  They are just everyday folks, doing life well alongside Jesus.  Those are the heroes I want to look up to; and maybe even work toward being like myself for my family. 

The true hero will never forget that the most important thing he will ever do is lead his family to Jesus and eternity with Him.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, else matters in the end. 

Now go be their hero…

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= How often to you “go along to get along” instead of leading and being the hero for your family?

= Did this post challenge you on your spiritual condition currently?

= What are you going to do differently?

(This post is the final post in our three-part series on monsters and heroes. Be sure to read part one and two if you haven’t already, and share this series with someone you know needs to read these posts as well!)

Four Spiritual Goals You Can Implement Into Your Life Today (Minisode) – S2:EP52

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What are your current spiritual goals? In this new minisode, we’re jumping right in with four spiritual goals you can implement into your life, especially if you feel like you might be in limbo. These are goals that we have implemented, and are still implementing in our lives currently to help us get serious about Jesus! We promise, you will be inspired by this chat! 

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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ARE YOU THE HERO OF YOUR OWN STORY? (PART TWO)

(Post by: Michelle Hobbs)

Last week, Lilly stated that every story has a monster. A monster that must be defeated by a hero. I would like to go a little further with this thought about stories and say that every good story follows the Biblical account of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.

From the ancient text of The Odyssey to the most recent Avengers movie, every compelling story follows this pattern. A perfect, or at least stable, society, or life, is disrupted by a monster, who is then defeated by a hero, restoring order and goodness. Because this is the arc of the Christian story, it is woven into God’s creation, into the very fabric of every human being. Whether an author or screenwriter means to or not, this is the story that is naturally retold over and over again because we are created in the image of God. All of humanity has a divine longing to tell His story.

My question to you, this week, is: Are you the hero of your own story? Have you thought of your life as a story; one that could impact those around you now and the generations that will come after you? Living in light of eternity demands that you think of your life this way.

C. S. Lewis states that he first learned to love God through stories. He recognized the pattern within, even Pagan, stories as man’s spiritual effort to make the world understandable and bearable.

The Bible, itself, begins and ends with incredibly gripping stories. It begins with the creation of our world and the fall of mankind. It ends with the creation of a new world; one that is completely perfect and free of evil monsters. And, of course, there are hundreds of other stories within the Old and New Testaments.

Jesus taught His disciples through stories or parables. Nathan helped David to realize his sin by telling him a story about a rich man and a poor man (2 Samuel 12). The lessons that stick with me from the Bible tend to be stories of people who overcame trials and sin, such as: the woman at the well, a group of friends lowering a crippled man through a roof so he could get to Jesus, blind Bartimaeus who refused to be silent, Zacchaeus who climbed a tree to see Jesus, or the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume and tears.

Stories are vital to the formation of our souls. They are like a good map that helps us to navigate, survive, and even flourish in the wilderness of this world that has lost its way. They help us to make sense of our trials and tribulations.

Is your story a guide to others? Does it show them what to do, or maybe what not to do? Is it an inspiration to help another take courage and stand up against evil?

Our world is full of monsters, and we are forever at war with them. Whether those monsters reveal themselves as real, live, flesh and blood, or as corrupt institutions or government entities, or as sins, trials, illnesses, or other challenges that we must overcome, each human must choose whether to battle evil or allow it to flourish.

I have been privileged to disciple two young ladies recently. Each have made mistakes, sinned against people close to them, and have had to choose to go to battle to find redemption and restoration. I am so proud to say that each have defeated sin through their faith in Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. One is a little farther along in her story than the other, having been a Christian for a few years. The second is a brand-new Christian (Praise the Lord!) and is trying to figure out how to live for Jesus.

These ladies, as well as you and I, have an opportunity to tell our story. We have the chance to tell others how Jesus has defeated sin and evil in our lives and has helped us to be heroes, whose stories can inspire others to do the same.

Every good hero in the stories we read, or watch, must be trained, taught, and prepared to defeat monsters. They must be proved worthy of the task at hand. It is through hardship, trial, tribulation, and pain that a hero is fully developed.

You see, it is precisely the darkest secret sins, the most challenging trials, and the most powerful enemies that make the best stories. The ones that people around you, your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren can relate to the most. We are all facing monsters!

When you are courageous enough to repent and tell others about how Jesus helped you defeat your monsters, and how the Holy Spirit allows you to live in victory over evil, then, you become the hero of your own story!

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What kind of “monster” do you need to defeat in your story?

= What are you going to do differently?

(This post is part two of a three-part series. Be sure to check back next Thursday for part three regarding how God has called men to be the hero in their children’s stories and point them to Christ!)

Bible Apps And The Danger They Have Caused – S2:EP51

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Is the Bible app a sufficient substitute for reading the Word in physical form every day? Let’s tackle this question together on the show today, and examine the pros and cons of using Bible apps! We have a lot to say (as usual, haha) about the “verse of the day” becoming an excuse, and what you should think through before ditching a physical copy of Scripture for a digital version. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 & Colossians 3:16

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EVERY STORY HAS A MONSTER (PART ONE)

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Wouldn’t you agree that we all long for something more than what this world has to offer, even if we don’t quite know what it is? We each have this yearning within our hearts for something we have yet to experience and obtain.

Some of us can’t exactly reconcile why we are here. As a Christian myself, though, I firmly believe that our very hearts and souls long for one thing: restoration.

I can prove that we all have this unified desire by pointing out the one resounding theme found in every story book, television show, and movie today… The theme is that every story has a monster.

Think of any fairytale you’ve ever read, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, or The Wizard of Oz. Remember Narnia and Lord of the Rings? Take into account Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen’s Emma or Pride and Prejudice, or Jane Eyre. Each of these stories have a monster figure within their pages.

Humans tell a universal story whether they mean to or not; but why?

It all started in the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve, and the monster (or in their case the serpent who was Satan). The monster deceived Eve and led her to believe that if she ate the fruit from the tree God had commanded them not to eat from, that she would become like God, knowing all things.

Eve took the fruit and ate. She then offered some to her spiritually weak husband who also ate, and from the moment she took that first bite of fruit, every kind of chaos and disorder has plagued mankind. We are born into sin, and we find ourselves longing for redemption.

Heidi White has a quote that says, “Monsters are embodiments of The Fall. It’s not the darkness that bothers us, it’s that there is not a hero to meet that darkness.”

Our hearts are desperate for the restoration of our story, of this disconsolate world’s story.

A hero must defeat the monster. Even those who do not believe in our Lord Jesus continue to write and tell stories in which a hero defeats the monster and the darkness and disorder it has caused. Even stories such as Harry Potter and the Marvel series (which are very secular and I do not recommend Christians reading) have a monster(s) and a hero(s).

The Bible itself is full of the monster/hero storyline! Paul reveals this to the men of Athens in Acts 17:23 which says, “Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”

You see, they knew there was a god (an unknown god) that they could pray to for deliverance. They just didn’t know who the true God and hero was and still is today.

Ultimately, we tell a universal story because it’s been written into each one of us by our Creator, God.

As Christians, we need to know that the monster in our story exists and is savagely fierce, cruel, and violent. His name is Satan, and he is our enemy. However, we also need to know that the monster can be overcome.

When Jesus died on the cross for our sin and resurrected after being dead in the grave for three days, He rescued us from Satan, the monster of our story that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).

Monsters never, ever triumph when a hero is willing to act courageously and sacrificially. For our sake, Jesus was willing to meet the darkness.

“I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy. The most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” (C. S. Lewis)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= Do you find within yourself a desire that this world cannot satisfy?

= Are you tempted to think that the monster of your story will win?

= What are you going to do differently?

(This post is part one of a three-part series. Be sure to check back next Thursday for part two regarding being the hero of your own story!)

In The Midst Of Despair, We Hope – S2:EP50

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Are you starting the day feeling a bit overwhelmed and/or saddened by what is taking place around the world and in America today? In this episode, Lilly & Madie share about two people who have been a huge inspiration to them, and who cultivated beauty in their corners of the world in the middle of WWI and WWII. As Christians, we have hope in the midst of despair, we just have to seek it out.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12

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CHRISTIANITY AND…

(Republished Post by: Madie Hobbs)

In 2020, I read a book by C.S. Lewis called, “The Screwtape Letters.” This book was one of his most popular works of literature, and I can see why. I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this book and it really opened my eyes to lots of new spiritual truths! (If you have never read it, I recommend it to everyone)

Ok, so here is a little synopsis of the book for those of you have not read it before…

The book is a book of letters between two demons. Screwtape, is the Uncle of the second demon, Wormwood, who is a “demon in training.” Screwtape is writing letters to Wormwood giving him pointers on how to win the person that he is possessing over to their side. So, it is a constant battle between them and the Lord regarding who is going to win the “Patient” over to their side.

With all that said, I want to get right into a quote from the book that rings with truth.

“My dear Wormwood,

The real trouble with the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christianity. What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call ‘Christianity And’. You know – Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Physical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian coloring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing.”  ~C.S. Lewis

So, let us ask ourselves, are we merely Christian? Do we simply put a little Christian coloring on our lives?

This is something, that in the past couple years especially, I have noticed the Church doing. This is what The Few is about. We need to be the Few who do not just have a little bit of Christian coloring on the outside.

Now I want you to ask yourself, what is it that you have added on to Christianity? Is it sports, work, entertainment, relationships, money, etc.? This is something that every single one of us has done, so we should all have an example in our minds. Our world is constantly telling us that we need more and more stuff to make us happy, and most of the time we tend to fall into that narrative. But what I want to know is, do you think that you could only live with Jesus, and have nothing else? Would you still be content with your life?

The truth is most of us would not be.

I really love the way that C.S. Lewis conveys this point in his book. If I am being honest with myself, I believe that I have been guilty of adding other stuff on to Jesus in order to be “happy”. But that is not true happiness. True happiness lies at the feet of Jesus and nowhere else! Church, when are we going to wake up and see the madness that we have fallen into? Because that is what it really is, complete and utter madness!

I really don’t know why we all feel this way. I do not have all the answers. But I do know that this is a lie straight from the devil’s mouth. Jesus tells us in Luke 10 that only one thing is needful. Only one. And indeed, that one thing we need, is to fall at the feet of Jesus and find true joy and contentment.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~John 14:27

Church, we do not need “Christianity And”. Only one thing is needful. So, come and lay down the “Fashion of Christian coloring” at the cross and be made whole, so that we may experience true happiness and joy.

We have got to get past the lie that we have been taught, that we need all these other things, with a little Jesus on top.

We just need Jesus.

Now, I want you to think of the things that you have added on to Jesus like we did earlier, and I want you to think of ways that you can set those things aside, and be content with just Jesus.

Throw off the Christian coloring and be stained with the blood of Jesus.

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What is something that has gotten in the way of your relationship with Jesus?

= How are you going to change that?

= What are you going to do differently?

WITHOUT THIS WEEK

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Here we are, caught up in the emotions and convictions that come with a fresh encounter of The Passion Week, and I find myself continually contemplating just how drastically this week changed the course of history.

I read a post by Sarah Clarkson a while ago that quickly became something I clung to and think about often, and I would like to share it with you as we think about what the cross has conquered on our behalf.

So here it is: “We’re always afraid, and we have good reason to be. Whatever joy or love we find, we cradle with one eye cocked to the horizon for looming war, or gathering disease, or anger or hatred, or loss. To be cynical, locked tight in our expectation of disaster, muscled, and chill, is natural.

To be unafraid is… miraculous. It is to unravel all our expectations of the world. It is to be… perhaps, as we were meant to be. It is to be childlike.

I’ve been watching my little ones this week; Lilian twirling with her birthday umbrella and Lucie lifting her arms in absolute expectation that I’ll answer her every peep and Samuel’s adorable presumption on my good humour. These children. They’re unafraid because they’re rooted beyond questioning in their sense of being loved. Perfect love casts out fear. Love, comprehensive, unconditional, divine, is the only presence in the world that can make us unafraid. But Love has come. Truly. To share our pain and remake the world. That’s what the angel was announcing when he appeared to Mary.

‘Be not afraid.’
What else could he say?
What else can I say?


I find it hard to know what to post these days in the face of such vast suffering. But I have wrestled with theodicy for years and the thing I have come to believe as I do my own breath is that God invades our grief and makes it the place of His saving arrival, His radical remaking of the world. He unravels evil. He turns loss backwards. He calls the whole world, even the bombed and weeping world, to be healed.

I have known the remaking light of that love and so, precisely because it is evil that tempts us to fear, I’ll at least say this: Love is here. Even here. Even there. Don’t be afraid.”

-Sarah Clarkson

Did you catch what she said? “Love, comprehensive, unconditional, divine, is the only presence in the world that can make us unafraid.”

Our souls are in desperate need of harmony. Harmony with our Messiah. We are longing to dance with the only One who understands everything about us. The One who doesn’t simply play the note we long to dance to, but is the note itself. The birth, death, and resurrection of Christ is what makes this harmony possible.

This harmony not only takes away our fear, but it replaces that space in our hearts that was once filled with unavoidable fear with unexplainable hope.

Rejoice, dear Christian, because what looks like utter defeat was His most glorious triumph!

Without this Passion Week, Christianity would just be another religion. Without this week, we wouldn’t know what true love feels like and how it transforms every part of our lives when we let Jesus be everything to us.

Without this week, I wouldn’t be writing to you about hope, about beauty, and about the light breaking into our darkness. Yet here we are, because of what our Lord Jesus has done.

“Come to your Temple here with liberation
And overturn these tables of exchange
Restore in me my lost imagination
Begin in me for good, the pure change.
Come as you came, an infant with your mother,
That innocence may cleanse and claim this ground
Come as you came, a boy who sought his father
With questions asked and certain answers found,
Come as you came this day, a man in anger
Unleash the lash that drives a pathway through
Face down for me the fear the shame the danger
Teach me again to whom my love is due.
Break down in me the barricades of death
And tear the veil in two with your last breath.”
– Malcolm Guite, “Sounding the Seasons”

Pt. 2 Will We Receive Him As King? (Ft. Scott Hobbs) – S2:EP49

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s2uta-11f82ef

Do we want Jesus on our terms or His? Today we are back with part two of our discussion with our dad, discussing the things Jesus did on each day of the Passion Week (this week, as of when we recorded this), and we’re asking some pretty important questions when it comes to Christianity and the state of the American Church. Without this week, we wouldn’t be able to have communion with God. We wouldn’t have what we’ve got without Jesus coming to earth, living a perfect and sinless life, dying, and rising from the dead three days later. Praise the Lord!

Scripture: John 11

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Pt. 1 Poor Planning Or Deliberate Details (Ft. Scott Hobbs) – S2:EP48

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5byzh-11f4338

Have you ever taken the time to study the details of Passion Week and all of the things Jesus did before He died and resurrected? Since our dad, Scott, is basically an expert on this amazing topic, we asked him to be on the show and give us the run-down on what Christians should know as we get ready to celebrate Easter! This episode is part one of two, and part two will be uploaded THIS MONDAY (April 11th)! Be sure to set a reminder so you don’t miss it!

Scripture: John 10 & 11, Luke 13:31-35

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