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Ep015 Persistence in Uncertain Times
How can a Christian have persistence and perseverance in these uncertain times? What does it even mean to say Christians persevere and persist? What exactly are we persevering and persisting through? And how are we to persist? We'll answer these questions together on today's Grace and Peace Radio.
16:37 04/14/2020
Ep014 Godly Patience in Uncertain Times
In these uncertain times, it's easy to lose patience. But God doesn't give us a pass on our impatience. In this episode we'll talk about patience, its opposite, and how we can remain patient even in these uncertain times.
12:52 04/06/2020
Ep013 Faith in the Face of Danger
In this "reboot" episode, Anthony discusses how and why Thy Kingdom Comma is now Grace and Peace Radio, looks at at an example of how we're to have faith in God in the face of danger, and how the current global pandemic should move us to look Godward.
11:53 03/31/2020
Ep012 Interview with Christianity Explored’s Alan Avera
Grace and Peace Radio is delighted to have an opportunity to sit down with Alan Avera of Christianity Explored to talk about CE's mission, method, beginnings, and stories of lives changed through the gospel.
18:54 03/24/2020
Ep011 Hope in Uncertain Times
It seems like in life there is "Nowhere to run...nowhere to hide."In this episode of GraceandPeaceRadio we'll talk about where to find hope in uncertain times.
17:11 03/16/2020
Ep010 Reasons We Don’t Pray, Part 2
Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don’t pray more? This is Part 2 where we look at more reasons we don’t pray.
13:12 03/09/2020
Ep009 Reasons We Don’t Pray, Part 1
Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don't pray more? This is Part 1 where we look at reasons we don't pray.
16:56 03/01/2020
Ep008 Walking in Love
In this episode we'll hear a short devotional given to the residents of a local nursing and rehabilitation center out of 2 John 1:5-6 about Walking in Love.
20:07 02/24/2020
Ep007: May I See Your ID?
All of us carry around some form of ID. If you were asked to show your Identity in Christ, what would be on it?
19:16 02/17/2020
EP006: 7 Principles for Joking with Your Kids
All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids?
17:07 02/10/2020
Ep005 Feeling Lost: When God Brings You to Your “Well, What Now?” Place
40 years old and sitting by a well, no doubt feeling lost in the middle of nowhere, he had no clue what to do next. Sound familiar?
12:46 02/03/2020
Ep004 What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?
There I sat. Pen in hand. Contract before me. All I had to do was sign my name my whole life would radically change forever. If I signed, minutes later I would be ushered into a room with others who also signed up, and I would be sworn in to the United States Air Force. What does my story have to do with being a Christian? We hear a lot about following Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? And what does it cost us? What of ourselves do we get to keep versus what is offered to him? much we really give up everything. If so, why? We'll talk about it next, on Grace and Peace Radio. Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast dedicated to engaging conversations about applying God's Word to everyday life. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. And with that, let's start the show. My Air Force Story I was 19 years old. I was working in the mailroom at a software company. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. So I talked to an Air Force recruiter. Next thing I know I'm up there and I go through the physicals and I do all that stuff. It was a whole overnight thing. And the moment comes the contracts in front of me. It required everything of me for four years. In exchange, they give me food, clothing, health care, education, benefits, direction, etc. But it would cost me four years of my life. I stared at that paper and I couldn't sign and I told the recruiter, I'm really, really sorry, but I just can't do this. Now looking back, I do regret not having done that, for years would have passed in a heartbeat. But to a 19 year old guy, to me anyway, it seemed like an eternity. I mean, it was after all 25% of the life I'd already lived! Following Jesus According to American Christianity Too often in American Christianity, we're invited to follow Jesus. And it's kind of the same thing. It's, it's almost baited by the many same kinds of incentives. God will take care of us. There are all these benefits to it. There's direction and all these sorts of things. And nowadays also in churches, we hear about prosperity and health and peace and so on. Many people find out after the fact that following Jesus requires much much more of them than they were ever honestly told. And like the crowd to eventually cooled on their enthusiasm for Jesus and His earthly ministry. Many today walk away like I did from the US Air Force. So what does it really mean to follow Jesus? What are some ways the Bible explains it? What is to be our guiding motivation? Well, we'll talk about it after the break. If you like what you're hearing, would you sign up to get email updates? You'll get them find out whenever a new episode or a blog post appears. All you have to do is go to https:/www.GraceandPeaceRadio.com and sign up. You'll receive a PDF of a month long devotional that goes with the reading of the gospel of John. It's yours FREE when you sign up. What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus? What does it mean to follow Jesus? Here are some thoughts that I had about this. I was just kind of thinking back on that and if I had to tell myself 15 years ago when I became a Christian, what all it would encompass? We could only cover just a little bit here. Take Mary's Advice I think of Mary's statement to the servants and caner at the wedding when they needed more wine. And Mary said to them, Do whatever he tells you. And really, that's the crux of what it is to follow Jesus, we do whatever he tells us. What Jesus' Rebuke Teaches Us about Following Jesus I think of Jesus, his rebuke to Peter and Matthew 16:23, Jesus turned to Peter and say, "Get behind Me, Satan, you are a stumbling block to me. You do not have in mind things of God, but the things of men." Following Jesus is to have in mind the things of God." Denial and a Cross
15:18 01/27/2020
Ep003 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture
Just because we are Christians, we are not insulated from life’s problems—if anything we may have more of them! That’s why it’s important we know how to counsel ourselves biblically to persevere and to work through them. Last time we talked about how to specifically use Scripture. Today we’ll look at ways that Bible-based, but not the Bible itself. We can think of today's episode as the flip side to last week's episode, 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself. Table Of Contents6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of ScriptureRead the PuritansRead Charles SpurgeonRead “Dead Guys” Read Jay E. AdamsRead Christian BiographiesRead “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John BunyanA Few Quick Caveats Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture Read the Puritans A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Spring The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (a summary here) Read Charles Spurgeon Read “Dead Guys” Their works have had a chance to stand the test of time. Probably hundreds of examples could be given, but three I discovered last year are: Thomas Fuller, Adolphe Monod, and FB Meyer Read Jay E. Adams Jay Adams has written over 100 books and countless articles. Even if you don’t think you will ever “counsel” someone in your life I recommend his book Competent to Counsel because a) it will help you understand the history of modern psychiatry/psychology and b) at some point you will counsel yourself c) you may “disciple” someone, and much of what is in here can be helpful to disciple another believer. Read Christian Biographies Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan A Few Quick Caveats Be discerning. If you don’t know if someone is a trusted resource, Ask your pastor. Ask the Lord give you discernment if there’s anything you’re reading that isn’t a good person to be reading.Don’t be put off if a book has older language and is harder to read. Be willing to take up the challenge. Ask the Lord to help you. One of the best things you can do for yourself—and others—as you grow in Christ is be able to read something written a hundred or more years ago. And, if it just isn’t working, look for a version of it in updated modern English.I’m a bookworm, but I know that’s not for everyone. Visit sites like SermonAudio.com or illbehonest.com to find good audio or video resources.
14:22 01/20/2020
Ep002 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself
"Why would we need to biblically counsel ourselves?" one might ask. Anger... Fear...Worry... Anxiety... Disappointment... Feeling overwhelmed... Depression... Despair... Sound familiar? These are just some of the emotions that can seem to pounce on us for no reason at all, or for perfectly rational reasons. What are some ways believers find hope and guidance in Word of God in such circumstances? What are some ways we can apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in such moments? Table Of ContentsShow NotesNotes & Links6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself Show Notes Taking our cue from David's conversation with himself in Psalm 43:5, we’ll answer those questions today on Episode 002 of Grace and Peace Radio. Episode Number 002 Title 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself Notes & Links “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 43:5 (HCSB) David counseled himself! Instead of “Assess, Develop, Do” it might be easer to think of it as 3-R’s: REFLECT - Ask “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?”REMEMBER - “Put your hope in God”RECOMMIT - “For I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself Read the Bible … A LOTIs there a promise(s) you can claim?Is there a command to be obeyed?Is there a “put off / put on” opposite behavior to start doing?Is there an example in the Bible you can look to? The Bible is FULL of examples, such as... a) We just looked at David in Psalm 43 b) Joshua “Be strong and courageous” c) The nation of Israel in the OT (1 Corinthians 10:1-6,11)Memorize Scripture - Make “deposits” in the bank so you have *Note: I’m indebted to so many people whose books I’ve read over the years to help me think of these six methods (there are probably many more). This is only meant to scratch the surface. -AR Jimmy Hamilton - Evangelist and Itinerant Street Preacher in Scotland The subject of fear is addressed so much in Scripture that we can see that since the fall, it is a major issue. We fear every day, every single one of us. It is only lunatics who never fear. The antidote, of course, is faith in God, to fear him. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).Excerpt From: Jimmy Hamilton. “So You Want to Be a Street Preacher.” Check out the Book Review of Jimmy's “So You Want to be a Street Preacher” here on Grace and Peace Radio For more “put off/put on” language see Ephesians 4:21-23, 5:18; and Colossians 3:8-10 http://www.forevergratefulmusic.com - Scripture memory songs Not a Christian? Visit NeedGod.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadioTwitter: @GraceandPeaceRadioComments? Questions? show@graceandpeaceradio.com Please consider supporting this podcast by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts.
10:47 01/13/2020
Ep001 Faith and Flustered Works: Wanting to Do Right, but Getting It Wrong
Have you had faith but got flustered and missed a chance to for good works? As Christians our goal is, as James teaches, to have faith and works. That is, good works to go along with our faith. Sometimes in life things happen so quickly we get flustered. Is this a genuine opportunity to serve someone, or are we about to be scammed? We'll talk about this on this week's Grace and Peace Radio podcast in a new segment called, What Would YOU Do? Anthony Russo 0:00 As Christians, we want to apply the Word of God and obey it in every area of our lives. Sometimes things happen in life that catch us off guard and we're not quite sure what to do. We'll talk about an example of that today on Grace and Peace Radio. Anthony Russo 0:18 Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Thy kingdom Comma is an evangelical Christian blog and podcast, encouraging Christians in their biblical worldview, their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to active participation in the further into His kingdom for great condition. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. With that, let's start the show. Anthony Russo 0:52 Gonna introduce a new segment for us now here on Grace and Peace Radio, and it's called "What would you do?" and it's called "What would you do?" because I encountered a situation and I wasn't sure what to do. And so I asked you, "What would you do?" Let me tell you what happened. Anthony Russo 1:11 So, recently I was in downtown Greenville. And my wife and I were there and walking around and this lady stops us and says, I'm not asking for money. I'm hungry. Would you buy me a meal? And, you know, I looked at her and she didn't look completely. Oh, how do I say it? Like disheveled and everything. I mean, she looked kind of pretty well made up, I guess. I was almost surprised that she was asking and then I looked at my wife and my wife looking at her and then looks at me and you know, so we're just kind of all on this three way stand off. I really, really wasn't sure what to do. I finally just told her, "I'm sorry, no, no." She was fine with it. She just said OK and just kept on walking. Anthony Russo 2:16 And the sad thing about it is my wife and I literally stepped into a restaurant and had lunch. Obviously, you know, it bothered me, but I didn't know what to do. So let me ask you this: So what would you do? If you were me, what would you have done? Would you have and I had no cash on me. So that wasn't an option. Would you have invited her to sit down with you and have a meal together? I honestly I don't think there would have been any harm in doing that. It would have been fine. Anthony Russo 2:55 I've been I bought meals for people before and then I got, not "yelled at" but scolded by the manager saying, "Hey, please don't do that. We know you mean well, but that person is always here asking for meals from people. And we're trying to discourage that." So I've gotten in trouble for buying meals in the past. So but what would you have bought the meal? Would you have said no. Anthony Russo 3:19 And then also, you know, of course, I'm thinking of James, right? In James 2:14-17, he says Anthony Russo 3:29 "What good is it my brothers if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly close and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body? What good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." Anthony Russo 3:53 Now, I thought of the whole be warm and be fed thing and it didn't occur to me that James is saying, if a brother or sister is poorly closed, so or lacking in food, so he's talking about a brother or sister. And yeah, I know you can apply it generally as well. So anyway,
10:02 01/06/2020
Announcing the Thy Kingdom Comma Podcast!
Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast about applying God'd Word to Everyday Life.
09:18 01/01/2020