The ultimate flu vaccine

It’s that time of the year pod cast listeners; cold and flue season is back with a vengeance and many are trying anything and everything to ease their aches and pains. From essential oils to detox diets, people are trying some crazy things to quickly rid themselves of their symptoms. On today’s show, we will discuss one method that may cause you to look at the people you live with a little differently.

And lastly, at the end of the show for our Totally Unrelated Distraction of the Day, two people break into a home in Canada. I’m going to give Amy the rest of this story at the end of the show today and I’m betting that she will totally support this home invasion…Canadian style.

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I know this time of the year can be stressful what with kids and spouses getting sick or maybe even you are starting to feel the effects of cold and flue sickness. That’s why today I’m offering what I hope to be a helpful reprieve from all the snot and...

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The Anatomy of Marriage Podcast Interview

Today is a special day because I got to interview Seth and Melanie Studley! They have the Anatomy of Marriage Podcast that is a huge success!  Here's a little bit of information about them:

We are Melanie and Seth Studley, the crazy couple behind the Anatomy Of Marriage Podcast, a show that helps couples make sense of messy marriages.

Seth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I (Melanie) am a Professional Audio Engineer and the Producer of this Podcast. Together we share the story of how we fixed our own nearly failed 13 year marriage to help couples realize that they are not alone.

We rethink some of the biggest topics in marriage like Communication, Sex, Expectations, Domestic Violence, Identity, Mental Health, Divorce and then we talk through those ideas with amazing professionals in the marriage space!

This show is something special.  Hear what it takes to turn your relationship around no matter what has happened in the past.  Seth and Melanie are...

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The dark secret of social media

Let’s talk about the social behind social media, what you think you know may surprise you, and what you don’t...well that’s what we’re gonna talk about today. Along with a new segment we are calling “A Completely Unrelated Distraction of the Day” where I will share with you fun, strange, inspirational and often times totally unbelievable news from around the world. Wait till you hear what a pizza delivery guy did for someone in hospice.

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To be or not to be - statement #28 from Jesus

This is the final episode of our 28 day journey of daily podcasts on the statements from Jesus that will transform your relationship!  It's a special one too, because I have two surprise guests join me on the show! I'm in the mountains of Colorado at Deer Valley Ranch encouraging pastors and their wives with Kevin Henson from Compassion International and....you'll have to listen to find out who else joined me.

There is no greater way to transform your relationships than statement #28 from Jesus.
It’s why I titled this one, a flashlight and the fate of your relationship. You’ll want to hang in there with me for this entire episode so you can hear how a simple flashlight can help you understand how important this statement is for you.

The greatest among you must be a servant. Matthew 23:11

"Jesus begins this chapter by describing the failure of the Jewish religious leaders (23:1–36). Verses 2–7, 25–36 describe their hypocrisy. Their practice...

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Don’t bring a water pistol to a fire fight - statement #27 from Jesus

Once upon a time there was a fire in a small town. The fire brigade rushed to the scene, but the fireman were unable to get through to the burning building. The problem was the crowd of people who had gathered not to watch but to help put out the fire. They all knew the fire chief well – their children had climbed over his fire engines during excursions to the fire station, and the friendliness of the fire chief was legendary. So when a fire broke out the people rushed out to help their beloved fire chief.

Unfortunately the townsfolk were seeking to extinguish this raging inferno with water pistols! They’d all stand there, from time to time squirting their pistol into the fire while making casual conversation.

The fire chief couldn’t contain himself. He started screaming at the townsfolk. “What do you think you’re doing? What on earth do you think you’re going to achieve with those water pistols?!”

The people realised the urgency of the...

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Reconcile through faith or be eaten by the hawk - statement #26 from Jesus

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matthew 5:23-24

In v23 Jesus is likely talking about someone you have legitimately offended. You probably did do something wrong and you need to go immediately and make it right. "Jesus says there’s more to this commandment than simply not murdering. We must tackle our anger by forgiving each other. Even if we are at the most sacred moment of our year—poised to offer a gift to God—forgiveness is more important. We must leave our gift and make peace with the person with whom we are so angry." (Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide.)

How does Jesus want you to treat others?

A childhood accident resulted in poet Elizabeth Barrett becoming an invalid and recluse. Despite her isolation her early poetry drew the attention of...

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Be radical when it hurts - statement #25 from Jesus

At the end of today’s show I’ve got a story for you, it’s about a murdered duck, a little boy, his sister and the Grandma who gets it!

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matthew 18:21

Jesus is demanding a radical kind of love, to forgive when they don’t deserve it. Peter’s question in v21 comes from the teaching in verses 15-20. One of the new things I learned here was that the typical rabbinic consensus was that you would need to forgive a brother three times. But Jesus radically challenges this idea. Not three but seven times seventy!

Jesus does more than forbid vengeance; he transposes a cry of revenge (see Gen. 4:15, 23–24) into a call for forgiveness. Whether he says “seventy-seven times” (NIV) or “seventy times seven” (NIV marg.), his words...

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Life is short - statement #24 from Jesus

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

The picture of forgiveness in verse 38 is of a measuring jar in which the corn is pressed down so that it will hold more, shaken together so that every crack is filled, and poured over the top so that it overflows. Just as God has generously given to his own, so the disciple should give an overflowing amount to others. (Evangelical Commentary)

This is also about personal responsibility.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

And look...

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Be the greatest of all time - statement #23 from Jesus

To be the greatest of all time you must be able to do this one thing right!

“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.” Matthew 18:15

Imagine picking your car up from the shop after a routine tune-up and the technician says, "This car is in great shape. Clearly you have an automotive genius to take great care of your car." Later that day, your brakes don't work. You find out you were out of brake fluid. You could have died.

You go back to the shop, and you say, "Why didn't you tell me?" The technician replies, "Well, I didn't want you to feel bad. Plus, to be honest, I was afraid you might get upset with me. I want this to be a safe place where you feel loved and accepted." You'd be furious! You'd say, "I didn't come here for a little fantasy-based ego boost! When it comes to my car, I want the truth."

Or imagine going to the doctor's office for a check-up....

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Claim your birthright now - statement #22 from Jesus

Maybe your problem is you keep trying too hard to make your relationship work. You could try this!

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

Peace is the birthright of every believer in all circumstances. It is found only in God and is maintained through having a close relationship with him.  The point here is to find peace, rest in Jesus before ever trying to obey his commands. Otherwise law keeping becomes a terrible bondage. Many whom Jesus addresses are weary and burdened precisely because of their efforts to keep the Law (cf. Acts 15:10). Jesus grants rest to his people by giving them his law (vv. 28–29)! In fact, the subject of the very next passage is that God revealed the fourth commandment to grant rest (the meaning of the word sabbath). Jesus’ yoke is easy!

Douglas Maurer, 15, of Creve Coeur, Missouri, had been feeling bad for several days. His temperature was...

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