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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Welcome to Reality, Friend. How Did You Get In?

Episode date: January 19, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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It’s not just my recurring dream—it’s actually a nightmare, really—but it has been found to be a common dream for most of [us] humans. You know the one I mean: I’m standing in a fancy party or I’m in a very, very fancy place, standing either there in my pajamas or I don’t have any pants on. In other words, I am not dressed for the occasion. How embarrassing! That’s why this is such a common dream for [us] humans. We really do fear being embarrassed. And why do you suppose that is? It’s just such a common malady among [us] humans that they even have a scientific name for it. It’s called…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Do You Love Me?

Episode date: January 16, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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I’ll never forget seeing Fiddler on the Roof for the first time. “If I were a rich man…” and then: “Tradition, tradition!” Well, I’m not a great singer, but one of the most moving moments in that entire play was when Tevye, being confronted with the new way his daughters were finding husbands—actually choosing for themselves! Oh, the horror!—asks his wife of so many years, “Do you love me?” What follows is an amazingly tender moment for a couple who have had precious few tender moments in their very hard life. It was very, very beautiful.

I guess this is the heart’s…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Deceived

Episode date: January 15, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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He was slick and I was young. He was offering me a “great deal,” and it was only a twelve-month contract. I was young and naïve, and I signed the contract. Well, it turns out it was too expensive, it was a lousy deal, and it was an annual contract that automatically renewed—and I was snookered! It took me months to finally extricate myself from this “great deal,” but that’s the nature of deception. Deception hides all the down side and exaggerates all the benefits. Deception is inherently selfish, self-serving, and malicious. Deception treats the other as a thing to be exploited for one’s own benefit.…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
What You Treasure Reveals Where Your Heart Is

Episode date: January 14, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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I’ve always been both inspired and disturbed by the Lord’s words in the gospel when he said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” This passage has always struck me as an immediate gut-check, no matter when I confront it. That makes sense, because the whole purpose of the phrase is to stop you in your tracks and get you to focus in that moment for a quick inventory and inquiry. Do you know where your heart is? And the answer, no matter how challenging or how discomforting or how disappointing, is always: Wherever your treasure is. In other words, your heart is in what you treasure most in your…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
By What Authority?

Episode date: January 13, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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You’ve heard me say this before: If you’ve been reading the devotional for a while, being shrewd isn’t necessarily the same thing as being wise. The reason is an evil man can be shrewd and calculating, but only a good man can be truly wise. That doesn’t mean that shrewdness is always evil. Far from it: our Lord told his disciples in Matthew 10:6, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” And he meant: Be aware of your surroundings. Be awake to consequences. And be on the lookout for both danger and opportunity. That means that being a shrewd businessman or a shrewd politician or even a shrewd leader may…

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