Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
How The Attitude Of Gratitude Makes You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Maybe you've heard: giving thanks makes you feel happier and more fulfilled. There are at least 7 scientifically proven benefits to practicing the "attitude of gratitude". And right now, as we enter the Thanksgiving Holiday season, the media is filled with heartwarming stories of all we should be thankful for.
Today, I'm going to suggest you be thankful for the bad stuff. The challenges. The tragedies. The pain.
In today's show, we'll discover:
- The shocking truth about suicide rates during the holidays.
- The 3 dangers of "counting your blessings".
- The 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.
- The 5 unconventional times to practice thankfulness.
- How the attitude of gratitude makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Why you can be thankful for the trials, and not just through them.
- Plus, I'll share a tip for how to get your podcast ranked higher in iTunes, quick and easy.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
– James 1:2-8
All those things that seem to oppose our goals are actually the raw material for achieving them.
– Dan Sullivan
You can be thankful for trials, and truly count it all joy, not because God is teaching you a lesson, but because when approached with faith, trials always lead to victory. God doesn't cause everything, but He can use everything.Be thankful for the trials of life, and not just thankful through them.Click To Tweet
Tip Of the Week
How do you get your podcast ranked higher in iTunes? It comes down to 2 key factors, according to my buddy Cliff Ravenscraft:
- Recent new subscribers in iTunes, using the Apple Podcast App.
- Recent new downloads in iTunes, using the Apple Podcast App.
It is my opinion that high star ratings and favorable reviews somehow factor into the equation as well.
5 Unconventional Times To Practice Thankfulness (How The Attitude Of Gratitude Makes You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise)
This is is season for bloggers and podcasters to roll out their "Thanksgiving posts". And I do believe we all have a lot to be thankful for.
Of course, it's easy to be thankful when you live in a nice warm house, are privileged to indulge in gluttony, and watch multi-million dollar entertainment spectacles piped into your home virtually free of charge. Especially if you're healthy, and are in the top 10% of the world's wealthiest people.
Before you argue that last point, let me assure you that if you live in any modern country, especially in the USA or Canada, you almost certainly are. Check for yourself. I'll wait.
Just in case you didn't check, according to the Global Rich List website, if you make $14,000 per year in the USA, you're in the top 9.52% of the richest people in the world by income. So get grateful.
The Shocking Truth About Suicide Rates During The Holidays
Normally, this is where a blogger or podcaster would tell you about suicide rates surging up dramatically during the holidays. The convetinal wisdom is that we should exercise great discipline in being thankful during this time of year, because otherwise, we may, like so many, slip into depression.
The problem with this is that it's simply wrong.
Suicides do not go up during the holidays. They are, in fact, at their lowest rates of the year. But don't just take my word for it: The Health Central website says:
There is a well known reduction in the suicide rate on major public holidays (including non-religious). Many studies in different Western countries have found the drop is even more pronounced during the Christmas to New Year's stretch. Read the whole article here.
The Wall Street Journal looked into this a few years ago, and their conlusion is that suicides dip in the winter, and peak in the spring. They back it up with solid reearch:
Studies from around the world suggest the key factor is climate, rather than the calendar. In the U.S. from 1999 to 2004, the six highest months in terms of suicides per day were March through August, not in that order, with a peak in July, according to my analysis of numbers provided by the CDC. (The seasonal variation isn't extreme; the daily averages range from 76.3 suicides in December to 87.6 in July.) Other northern hemisphere countries such as Switzerland and Lithuania exhibit the same trend as the U.S. Suicide rates rise in England and Wales on hotter days, according to a study this year. In Singapore, near the equator, there was little seasonal effect. In the southern hemisphere, suicide rates peak in December. Climate's role isn't totally understood; some researchers have linked suicide's seasonality to the amount of sunshine.
What do we conclude? One obvious possibility is that becuase people are practicing gratitude more intetionally during the holidays, they are less likely to kill themselves. So that's a big point in favor of "the attitude of gratitude". However, don't skip this next part, because I want you to know…
The 3 Surprising Dangers Of "Counting Your Blessings"
- Denial and gratitude are not the same thing. If you're swimming in the alligator tank, all the gratitude in the world is unlikely to keep you from being some lizard's dinner.
- Giving thanks only for the "good stuff" can bottle up poisonous thinking and emotions. It suppresses, refuses to deal with, and thereby strengthens, the power of unresolved pain.
- Your glib attiude and lack of empathy can hurt other people. You must be sensitive to what is happening with the people around you.
If you're swimming in the alligator tank, gratitude won't keep you from being dinner.Click To Tweet
Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
A man's spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
The 5 Unconventional Times To Practice Thankfulness
- When you a depressed.
- When you are lonely.
- When you are ill.
- When you lose someone you love.
- When tragedy strikes.
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Monday, November 30, 2015
This is Radio Cast with Jay Bakker (Ryan Meeks: On losing his congregation): http://thisisradiocast.libsyn.com/ryan-meeks-on-losing-his-congregation
Ryan Meeks, a pastor at a megachurch outside of Seattle, talks to Jay about reconciling his Christian faith with his belief in LGBTQ rights, and the price he paid for going public.
[Music excerpts from This is Radio Clash by The Clash]
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
> Carleton Smee on Instagram: "Thanks to Pr. Ike for the good book on rural ministry. #doingchurch #gettingcloser"
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
From The RobCast (Episode 46 | The Futility and the Fire): http://robbell.podbean.com/e/episode-46-the-futility-and-the-fire/
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
When we're emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically naked, we're forced to be honest and real with ourselves. When this happens, we can't hide behind something we may normally use to cover them up.
Four Ways to Cover Up
Oftentimes we employ various strategies or justifications for keeping ourselves "covered-up" so we don't have to deal with the truth of our nakedness. I've diluted these down to 4 general areas:
- Making excuses for our imperfections
- Blaming others for our shortcomings
- Feeling Threatened by other's victories
- Overstating our own victories
Each one of these is focused on the external which is outside of control. That makes it really easy to ignore the issue and continue on as we have previously. But, this leaves us short of our best.
We can only improve ourselves when we're honest about what needs to be improved and we can only be honest when we strip ourselves of everything we're using to cover up. We must get naked to know what's really going on.
Finding Our Real Support Team
When we're naked and honest about ourselves we find out who our real partners are in life. We discover who's going to be there to help us move forward. This doesn't mean we rely on others to take us there, but instead, use their support to help us move there on our own.
Don't Fall Into Complacency
One big stumbling point we can fall into when we're honest about ourselves is complacency. By that I mean, we are honest about our flaws, but we're not challenged to deal with them. We must find that balance between being honest and being complacent.
Getting naked and honest about ourselves isn't about championing our flaws either. Be careful you're not saying "well, that's who I am. Love it or leave it." That will not lead to improvement either.
I hope this episode helps you get honest and naked with yourself so you can humble yourself enough to seek the assistance you need to overcome the areas that need help. There is no real gain is projecting a false success.
Listen to this episode and give me your feedback on how you've not been honest in the past and what you're going to do to change the situation.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
I'm going to break my own rule to answer this question, which came to me for the fourth time this am:
G: You've been silent about Trump and Kim Davis. Are you going to weigh in?
No. This might sound harsh, so be it- I'll apologize later. If you are a person spending any minutes discussing your "faith-based anti-gay marriage" stance while terrified babies are slipping out of their desperate parents' arms and into churning, deep, dark waters never to be seen again . . . well, you're looking at the reason the world has become less and less interested in your "faith based anything."
Entering into relief work with the refugees = hard. Complaining about gay people getting married= easy. Stop choosing the easy thing and pretending that "defending God" is your cross to bear. God didn't ask you to defend God. God is bigger than you and doesn't need your protection. But God's CHILDREN DO NEED YOUR PROTECTION. God's children are dying for the hope of safety for their families. Shift your energy to them. Let us all quit acting like we have anything to do with the fact that we were lucky enough to have been born on third base, while millions are starving outside the stadium. Why are some Christians so obsessed with "saving" people until there are actually people who need saving? I would like to suggest that every Christian choose a faith tenant that requires HER family to change and to act and to sacrifice instead of somebody else's.
So no- you won't see me discussing gay marriage for the same reason you won't see me discussing the pros and cons of re-instituting separate water fountains for black and white people. Because it would be insane. We're done with that. The battle is won. I'm not going spend my time in museums talking to people hanging on to the bad old days by their fingernails.
And about Trump? NO. Not my circus- not my monkees. These are serious times and they call for serious people.
The two most repeated phrases in the Bible are FEAR NOT. REMEMBER. If any of your faith leaders is fear mongering, telling you to build walls instead tearing them down, instead of scaling them to feed hungry people, encouraging any sort of us vs. them mentality…THINK HARD. The Gospel says: Do not be afraid. Re-member. Re-member is the opposite of dis-member. When we shut our doors to our own family: when we are afraid of each other - we are dismembered. The kingdom of God comes when we treat each other like KIN. Like family. When we RE-MEMBER.
Fear not. Remember.
P.S. Guess who else were penniless refugees fleeing a dangerous homeland, trying to find safety and welcome on foreign soil? Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
A Caution For Every Christian That Drinks Alcohol | Nathan Rouse
"The often overlooked sin that is rearing its ugly head are Christians displaying their love and consumption of alcohol to those around them in public and on social media, when there are many around them that struggle with this temptation and addiction."
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Chris LoCurto: Entrepreneur, Leadership Coach, LifePlan, Blogger (143: Savannah Flynn On Social Media): http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ChrisLocurtosBlog/~3/oxOGL583zZI/savannah-flynn-on-social-media
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pandora is a free music service that helps you listen to and discover new music.
I always appreciate a religious reflection in a song. @respektor #pandora
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The RobCast (Episode 25 | The Sheeeeet Factor): http://robbell.podbean.com/e/episode-25-the-sheeeeet-factor/
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
What do Franklin Graham, Tony Campolo, Tim Keller and the nation of Ireland have in common? They've all taken bold stands on same-sex marriage in the last month. From wholeheartedly embrace to all-out boycott, Phil and the gang talk through wildly varied responses to the same question.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
We don't have to be healed before we can seek communion together.
There's an interesting metaphor of Communion as the "breaking of bread" vs. the prepackaged individualized oyster cracker that the church hands to you perfect and intact until you break it by your own action of crunching it in your mouth.
Blessing marriage vs blessing families.
In coming to Christ you will be asked to change in some ways (by the Holy Spirit, not by pharisaical rules). Why. To better archive the command to "love your neighbor" - that's the "end" of the change you.l be called to.
Is "being confronted with with the definition of marriage" really your gay neighbor's greatest need.
Invite! Extend hospitality.
Book reference for the to-read list: Scot McKnight, Story of God: Sermon on the Mount
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Pandora is a free music service that helps you listen to and discover new music.
Never heard this one until #pandora popped it up.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"Consider the story in 2 Kings 5 of God's kindness to Naaman, a foreigner suffering from leprosy. After being healed Naaman devoted himself entirely to Israel's God and vowed to worship no other. There remained one problem. Naaman was a servant of the King of Syria who worshiped another deity. Being old and weak, the King needed Naaman's help kneeling during worship. Naaman asked the Lord, through Elisha, to excuse him for this action. Elisha responded, "Go in peace." Naaman was not told to refuse service to his master, or to not enter the "house of Rimmon" the foreign deity. Instead God permitted Naaman to continue serving the Syrian king and to even kneel before the idol because he understood that Naaman's loyalty belonged to the Lord."
Thursday, May 28, 2015
From Transformed You with Mark & Melissa DeJesus (#054: Developing a Strategy for Overcoming [Podcast])
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
...There are different ways that God speaks. One is through the Inner Witness, where you feel like, "Man, I think I want to be a pilot." It's an inner witness. The other way He speaks is through Circumstances. He does things through circumstances; things shift. God closes "a" door to open up The door. So, one is Inner Witness; two is Circumstances; three is through the Word of God, where you can be reading something and it bears Witness with you, and you go, "Wow! Look at what happened! Abraham walked by faith: he went into a land that he knew not of. That's what I'm doing! But here's a way where most people miss it: God speaks through the Multitude of Counselors. It's important to put the right people around you, where you can weigh out your next move. I do it; I've got to do it. I've got so much coming at me at this point in my life that's positive, I need to weigh it out with a few people that really know me, to say, "Tim, you may be biting off more than you can chew; do you really think you can do nine jobs? You already have seven!" Pay attention to all those ways.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Is calling us all by name
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Are those doctrines simply superfluous and unnecessary, or are they a detrimental undermining that contradict the true Gospel?
How do you tell?
How/should do you maintain fellowship with those individuals? With those churches?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sounds good, and sounds intuitively correct. Is it true?
Could you replace greater inclusion with greater differentiation or greater discernment, which could then be read as a contradiction against inclusion?
The RobCast (Episode 6 | Listener Questions): http://robbell.podbean.com/e/episode-6-listener-questions/
Sunday, February 22, 2015
"Master," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us." "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
""And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people in the province Beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God. And those who do not know them, you shall teach."
See it at Bible.com:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
""For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ."
See it at Bible.com:
"And he said, "Take the arrows," and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground with them." And he struck three times and stopped. Then the man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.""
See it at Bible.com: