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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
What Do You Desire?

Episode date: January 28, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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I stood in line for what seemed like hours, but my friends and I wanted tickets to this concert. I mean we really want them. We wanted them so bad that we were standing outside for hours, missing other events, and even getting a little hungry. That didn’t even stop us from doing what we had to do to get those tickets. And we did, and it was a great show.

It really is amazing what price we humans are willing to pay to get what we really want. We humans have some interesting priorities. Did you know that we spend about $17 billion dollars a year on pet food in Europe and the US? Did you know we spend $8 billion…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
I Am The Door

Episode date: January 27, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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Thresholds are funny things. American businessman Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, “Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water pass so he can cross on dry land.” Thresholds mark places where we are moving from once place to another. Now think about a threshold with a door! Now we are talking about mystery as well as passage from one place to another!

In the over-the-top popular kids movie Frozen, we see Anna standing outside her sister’s room asking, “Do you want to build a snowman?” (Now,…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Render to Caesar

Episode date: January 26, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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NASA recently released the largest picture ever taken. It’s made up of 411 snapshots from the Hubble telescope of our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. The picture is 1.5 billion pixels and takes 4.5 Gigs of disk space to load. It’s big, but as large as the picture is, the scene it shows is even more incredible. It shows over 100 million stars and looks 40,000 light-years away from us. It’s breath-taking! Fascinating information, and, much like other bits of information too big for any of us to have any real control over in our lives, we get to ask the legitimate question: So what?

And the answer to that question…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Hey, That’s Against the Rules

Episode date: January 23, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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What’s the difference in rule-keeping and wisdom? Turns out, this distinction is the most important change of mind we humans have to face if we’re ever going to be able to embrace the message of the Orthodox Christian faith. As a former police officer, I remember well having to memorize the rules of the road so that I could enforce the rules. Of course, all these laws were on the books for people’s safety, but I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reduce that central purpose to the mere enforcing of the rules as a purpose unto itself. You can always tell the difference between an officer who gets the spirit of the…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Getting Back What You Gave Away

Episode date: January 22, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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You remember this, don’t you? “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t come back, it never was.” Well, I find this sentiment a bit saccharine for my taste. I do tend to have a deep suspicion of sentiment since I’m convinced it’s more akin to emotional candy than actually helpful to my spiritual life. There is an element here worth exploring. We really do need to learn how to hold our lives, loves, and possessions loosely in our hands. Gripping anything or anyone too tight usually means they will fight to break the stranglehold we have on them.


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