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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
He Escaped From Their Hands

Episode date: January 12, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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Okay, I’m afraid of closed-in places. I think it’s called claustrophobia, but the first time I remember discovering this uneasy feeling was when I was a boy and we were playing hide-and-seek. I found this perfect hiding place in a small cupboard in the kitchen. And it must have been a good spot, because no one could find me, but after a few minutes in that closed place, I started feeling a little panicky. Soon I abandoned my great hiding place, and by jumping out of the cupboard in a cold sweat, everybody knew where I was. I don’t like confined places.

It’s funny, because nowadays, due to my discomfort…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Spirit Drives Him Into the Desert

Episode date: January 09, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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The Centers for Disease Control came out with their 2012 report on births in the US, and they discovered that out of almost four million births in the country, over 1.6 million babies were born in this year to unwed mothers. You can read the entire report at the cdc.gov website, and while I truly appreciate the old saying that figures don’t lie, but liars figure, I can’t help but be struck by the almost complete loss of any notion of alarm by the growing so-called freedom of our society to tinker with morals and seemingly completely being blind to the cost of this tinkering.

These…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
He Must Increase

Episode date: January 08, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re wrong? I mean, really: Is there anything so frustrating or embarrassing as to having to admit I was wrong or say I’m sorry? And yet, there’s nothing more character-building than to be able to say that. Stinks, doesn’t it? The very thing my pride fights against is the very thing that’s going to make me a better person, and, in fact, it’s the very thing that’s going to make me who I really am. So what’s the problem? Why do we struggle against admitting when we’re wrong or mistaken or need help? What seems to be the reason we so easily trip over this…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Spirit Descends and Remains

Episode date: January 07, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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One of the famous sayings to come from the tragedy of the Russian revolution was that religion was the opiate of the people. The Communist revolutionaries were convinced that the religion of the Russian people [was] keeping them slaves to the ruling class, the bourgoise, and they wanted to destroy everything that kept the people down. This was a natural outgrowth of that so-called Enlightenment that produced our current modernity: religion was the enemy. Well—and I don’t want to shock you—it turns out the Communists were right. What!? Yeah, religion really is the opiate of the people. In fact, Orthodoxy, the Orthodox Christian…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
It Is Fitting

Episode date: January 06, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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I failed my first driving test. Yep, when I went in to get my driver’s license when I was 16 years old, I failed the one last remaining rite of passage into the world as a male adult. Talk about embarrassing! The person who had gone with me had already passed their test, and they had to drive me home. Oh, the shame! Well, while I did finally pass my driving test, all of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times, we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal or that first purchase of our home or a career advancement, but some, maybe even many of these moments sneak up on us and…

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