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“The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan. We do not believe we are at war. We do not know where the battleground is located, and, in spite of our weapons, they are neither loaded nor aimed at the right target. We are unaware of how vulnerable we are.” Ed Silvoso

We are fighting a literal spiritual battle for the wellbeing of our family!

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve their existence. The other is to believe and feel an unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.” C.S. Lewis

From J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings:

Theoden: I will not risk open war! 
Aragorn: Open war is upon you whether you risk it or not.

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Is it a curse or a consequence?

Thirteen people dead. A massacre by any standard. More would die over the following decades. Hate, violence, bitterness, death passed on to generation after generation—the family line devastated by a rare disease, Von Hippel-Lindau. The family tree’s consequences were tumors of the eyes, ears, pancreas, and adrenal glands leading to death and brokenness between lovers, friends, and family. The plague haunting this family came known as ‘Madness Disease.’

What could cause generations of suffering? What hideous act leads to generations of early death and madness? What kind of sinister action could define a family line and produce books, movies, and television series watched worldwide? Hate? Violence? Suffering?

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Make disciples of all nations

The view was astounding! Blackcomb Peak (in British Columbia, Canada), and extreme skiers dream. I stood at the precipice of four vertical shutes. I'd never seen anything like it.  All I had to do was stand in place and circle around to take one of the shutes. Spending the better part of a day hiking to the top, turning back was not an option. Fear swept through my body.  My heartbeat increased speed and pounded in my chest. Altitude was not the cause of my shortened breaths, it was knowing if I fell at any point careening down the mountain, I was dead. But fear had never stopped me before, I lifted my skis and plummeted down, not touching the ground for nearly 15 feet. And yet, many of you listening right now feel more scared of mentoring other couples than I did on Blackcomb Peak. And that's a problem.

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3 ways to supernatural peace

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1

A Quick Deep-Dive

This command is so important to our daily life and fellowship with God, that Jesus gave it twice during His last supper with His Disciples. In addition to His command, this statement gives three revelations about the “heart.” It’s important to realize that when Jesus talks about the heart, he’s not talking about the beating organ beneath our chest. He’s talking about the very core of our nature, the very essence of who we are. Jesus taught us that all of our natural behavior flows out of the heart. Solomon taught the same, and was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:35 NIV).

Three Revelations About Our Heart

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Reframing the worst sin of all

How on earth can your selfishness ever contribute to the happiness of other people?

It was an ugly fight. I allowed myself to become flooded and I reacted meanly. But then the Holy Spirit stepped in and reminded me what I needed to do next. The next thing I remember is the wind in my hair, the sun warming my body, a sense of thrilling adventure building in my soul. This activity is one of the best things I do to protect my relationships and to love others when I am feeling flooded, enormously unloved by the actions of others.

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Love the sucky people

A Quick Deep-Dive

This one time at band camp...wait, the wrong story! It was 1991 and I was on a most excellent adventure...good grief, not that story either! It was 1994 and I was minding my own business on the campus of Baylor University when in the middle of the night my phone rang. One of those classic phones with the extra-long cord attached to the handle somehow impossibly tangled, even though the guy in the commercial clearly told me it was untangle-able. 

The voice on the other end of the line was a girl's. This particular girl had won my attention in bible class, and it wasn't her personality! She invited me over to a party at her place, and before she hung up the phone I was knocking on her front door. What happened next will forever haunt me.

This moment is still one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, and I am not easily embarrassed. Her apartment was empty. I gently inquired about the..whereabouts of the party people. She said, "I lied about the...

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Crushing our holier-than-thou hearts

The most dangerous place to find ourselves is believing, because of our actions, we are on the inside track to an eternity with Jesus.  The unfortunate, terrifying truth is we are not if our actions are actually from a sanctimonious, self-satisfying, smug, pious, moralizing, superior, priggish, hypocritical, pharisaic heart. At 18-years-old, God broke me in one night after a profound and miraculous phone call I received in the middle of the night.

As Clark would say from Christmas Vacation, "Amen, hallelujah, holy %$$^&#@!" If this upsets you, or you are thinking, "Well thank the Lord this isn't me!" Or, "How dare Michael to hint at foul language!" Watch out. Jesus cares about you so overwhelmingly, he punched you straight in the face over and over again in the New Testament trying to wake you up to the reality of your heart.

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The Mental Health Mom

I've got a momma bear in studio today and she goes by the Mental Health Mom! If your child has been diagnosed with a mental disorder then you don't want to miss this episode! Hear her story of misdiagnosis and what she is now doing about it.

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Everything you need to know about foster care

One of the most fascinating interviews of my entire career! The Foster Care and Adoption community needs your help and the Real Life Foster Mom is here to help! Chelsea Zeleny Floro keeps it real and we talk way too much about things that should never be talked about.

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FLQ - separate churches and know it all 7yr olds

Could a couple go to separate churches and how do you handle a 7yr old know-it-all boy? All this today on Friday Listener Questions day!

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So again, my question is what is your thoughts about husband and wife going to two separate churches. We were going to separate he decided that he was going to go there. We didn't separate we work on our marriage and now we're back together, but now he wants me to fully commit to being there and I wish I was able to stay where we were since we were young.

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