Category Archives: As Heard On The Radio

Z-Verse | Science Vs. God | March 9, 2015

What I told an atheist online who said science disproved the existence of God.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:25

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Z-Verse | Acts 9 | Suddenly | Nov 17, 2014

Our verse of the day is in Acts 9. Just go ahead and read the whole chapter real quick, the story’s just awesome.

Saul has been killing Christians, and he’s on his way to Damascus, papers in hand, to round up believers and bring them back to Jerusalem to torture and kill them.

He, literally, sees the light on his way there.

Verse 18 says, “IMMEDIATELY something like scales fell from eyes.”

Verse 20 says, “AT ONCE, he began to preach that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Two things jump out at me here.

1.) Things can seem completely hopeless and God can change everything in an instant.

Don’t give up hope.

How many times do we read that word suddenly in the Bible?

2.) We are never too far gone for God to do something in and through us.

I mean Saul was murdering Christians! Families, women and children! God still used him to write two thirds of the New Testament!

I love verse 21, it says that all who heard, “were astonished!”

I bet there are some people in our past that would be astonished if they saw us right now (hopefully in a good way!)

There are also probably some people in our lives, that if God got ahold of them, we’d be astonished.

Let’s let that affect how we treat the people in our lives who are living far from God right now. The people who seem, to many, to be beyond hope. (People like Saul before God changed everything in an instant and he became the Apostle Paul.)

Let’s remember how much God loves them and let’s try to love them the same way!

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God’s Keeping Score So We Don’t Have To

It’s natural to feel some sort of negative emotion when we’re treated unfairly or are slighted in some way.

Or when our motives are misread, our words misinterpreted, our actions mischaracterized. When the things we do for people aren’t appreciated–or even noticed.

It manifests in different ways. Frustration. Sadness. Defensiveness. Anger. Withdrawal. Cynicism. Defeatism.

We get demoralized, disillusioned, even depressed, or experience a desire for “justice” that can consume us.

We want to right these wrongs for ourselves, and sometimes, write-off the people who’ve hurt us.

We’ve gotta fight those feelings with everything we have. They lead us inward, toward ourselves, and away from a Godward and missional focus.

Yes, as humans, these things hurt, but we can’t get stuck there.

It’s one of the tools the enemy uses to take us off mission.

When we’re living for God’s glory and pursuing His purpose, our perspective changes.

We don’t see these things as personal insults or reasons to give up, get mad or go off.

We see the same resistance we used to employ toward God (and sometimes still do) before we surrendered.

What we’ve gotta do, is trust God.

He sees our hearts, knows our motives and is keeping score, so we don’t have to. Knowing this, frees us from the need to chase approval, appreciation or validation from people.

Remember what Paul said: .

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10

Lets not allow the approval, lack of approval, disapproval or disrespect from others knock us off mission.

Our greatest win isn’t in righting these wrongs, or proving anything to anyone, but in pointing them toward Jesus, and helping lead them into the kingdom, by our humility, patience and love.

When we make it about us, it’s almost impossible to stay on mission. Let’s remember what we’re here for.

Let’s live, love and serve for HIS glory and purpose, not ours!


 Note: The other side of this is being intentional about not doing these things to the people in our lives. Let’s recognize and show appreciation for the things people do for us and try not to get caught up in assigning motives for their actions (or inaction.) Try not to be easily offended or defensive. A rule of thumb I try to live by is giving people the benefit of the doubt. Be gracious. Assume the best. photo (16)

Inspiring | Tedashii: Trusting God Through Tragedy

“This momentary trouble is a lot to own, but I’m not alone.”

It’s amazing to me how God gave these lyrics to Tedashii, years before he’d need them like never before. He provides for us in ways we don’t even realize.

When Tedashii wrote this song in 2011, he didn’t know that he and his wife would soon be blessed with a son. He also didn’t know that a year after that, they would lose that little boy.

Long before I was born, my Dad lost his wife and two sons in a car accident. It was that tragedy that ultimately led him to the Lord. He never looked back, and finished strong, serving God with his life and impacting lives for the next 50 years.

It’s hard for us to imagine why things like this happen. I can’t answer that for you either.  What I do know is that, like my father was, Tedashii is a man who is truly growing in grace.

After the unspeakable loss of his 1 year old son, He told The Christian Post“God’s goodness isn’t predicated on our circumstances, He’s good regardless and I think that was really a wrestle early on and is still is at times. I mean this is something we’ll live with for the rest of our lives. We’ll be in that select group of people who experience this but God’s goodness is evident, even in my hardship,” he said. “And it’s cliché for some when the book of James says ‘count it all joy’ when you go through various trials but I think in some moments, being able to count it all joy wasn’t just this conjuring up of emotions … it was a genuine, sincere look at who God is and joy kind of welling up from that.” (Read more from that candid interview by following the link below.)

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.”
– Psalm 52:7

However difficult things may be at the moment, whatever mountain stands in front of you, or storm may be swirling around you, I encourage you to:

HOLD ON to God’s promises.
GET IN to God’s Word.
STAY ON God’s path, choose His ways.
CRY OUT to God. He listens, He cares. Don’t hold it in. You’re never alone.
REACH OUT to others.
TURN ON some Christian radio. Fill your heart with encouragement! (Check out His Radio.)
PRESS ON! God’s molding you and making you into something awesome.

Don’t you dare give up!

Some audio encouragement courtesy of Tedashii today:

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Quick Quote | Jonathan Landis: Our Role

“Jesus jumped in the crowd but he wasn’t swayed by the crowd. He changed the crowd.”
– Jonathan Landis

God wants us to change our crowd, to be influencers where we are!

David Mathis astutely points out that we often get this backwards. The “in the world, but not of it” mantra you often hear in Christian circles, implies that being in the world is our starting place. But if you read John 17, you see Jesus first says that we are NOT of this world.

“I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not.”
– John 17:14

As followers of Christ, that’s where we start. We are visitors in this world. Aliens. We are just passing through.

If you’ve ever wondered why we’re here, Jesus spells it out for us a couple of verses later:

“Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.”
– John 17:18

We are sent!

This suggests mission.

Have you ever sent someone to the store without a purpose? Have you ever sent someone a letter with no message?

The word sent indicates purpose.

Let’s live on mission, with purpose and rather than be changed by the crowd, let’s remember we’ve been sent to make a difference!

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@jonathanlandis

David Mathis
@davidcmathis

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Quick Quote | Inspiration From A Deaf Man Who Didn’t Listen To His Critics

“They told me I was a lost cause, but I’ve been deaf since I was 3 so I didn’t listen.” – Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks Running Back
One of the most powerful commercials you’ll see in this year’s Super Bowl is this one from Duracell:
Here’s to the ones who don’t listen to their detractors, ignore the naysayers and NEVER GIVE UP!
As a New England Patriots fan, who watched his team miss the Superbowl at the hands of Peyton Manning, I wasn’t about to root for the Broncos in the Super Bowl this year. After seeing this story, and to show solidarity with all my friends in the Pacific Northwest (and one in Tampa!), I am ALL IN for the Seahawks this weekend!

Check out Derrick Coleman spreading some joy to young hearing impaired girls HERE.


Note: I believe our strength comes from acknowledging our utter helplessness and surrendering completely to Jesus Christ, so the Trust Your Power and Trust The Power Within messages do give me pause. The reality is, Duracell has to tie this inspirational message to their product, which is, after all, battery power. I don’t think anyone should trust their own power, but I certainly appreciate the message of perseverance and not giving up. I applaud them for using their marketing resources to spread a positive and inspirational message. For the record, Derrick Coleman is a believer and says his inner power comes from God, not himself.
Full text of inspirational ad: “They told me it couldn’t be done, that I was a lost cause. I was picked on. And picked last. Coaches didn’t know how to talk to me. They gave up on me. Told me I should just quit. They didn’t call my name. They told me it was over. But I’ve been deaf since since I was 3, so I didn’t listen. And now I’m here (camera shows filled stadium) with the loudest fans in the NFL cheering me on and I can hear them all…”