How do you tell the difference between a sheep and a wolf? Have you ever locked horns with someone who wears the label of a Christian, but whose behavior dictates otherwise? What does it take to empty oneself? And can you recall moments in your past that went tragically wrong but God’s intervention was so gracefully abundant? These and many more questions are the topics for today’s show as ‘Matt and Mom’ conclude the final part of dissecting Psalm 23.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT YOUR HAND IN THE FIRE TO KNOW IT IS HOT. NEITHER DO YOU HAVE TO READ THE 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SERIES’ TO DETERMINE IF IT IS TRASH. IT’S ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT NOT ONE OF THE BLATANT THEMES IN THE SERIES IS WORTHY OF A GREY RATING! TODAY’S DISCUSSION EVOLVES AROUND THE BANKRUPT ‘CHARACTER’ OF THE SCRIPT–-AND IS NOT MEANT TO JUDGE ANYONE’S CHARACTER. IN A POST-VALENTINE DISCUSSION OF A CULTURAL PHENOMENON, ‘MATT AND MOM LIVE’ DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVE AND SEX IN CONTRAST TO THE PERVERSE THEMES OF BONDAGE, MASOCHISM, DOMINANCE AND SADISM ALL OF WHICH PRESENT A BACKDROP OF IMMORALITY THAT SETS WOMEN BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED SHEEP? DOES GOD EVER LAY US DOWN? IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU BACK TO? IN PSALM 23 IT SAYS, “I SHALL NOT WANT…” IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO NOT WANT? LISTEN IN TO TODAY’S PODCAST AND WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL GAIN A FULLER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW GOD INTENDED TO CARE FOR US AS OUR GREAT SHEPHERD. HE KNOWS THE TERRAINS OF OUR BRAINS AND UTILIZES ALL THINGS IN OUR LIVES FOR OUR GOOD AND HIS PURPOSE.
Today’s show will explore one of the most recognizable Scripture texts in all of the Bible. It is hung on hospital walls, quoted at the bedside of the sick and dying, and recited at gravesides. Practically everyone is familiar with some part of Psalm 23. But the question that ‘Matt and Mom’ discuss today is: Do we know this Psalm by memory or do we know the Shepherd through intimacy? This is part one of a three- part series, which will explore the role and duties of a Shepherd and how that fits in our modern day age thinking. The sheep comparison is a wake-up call to our propensity as humans to be afraid easily, and in need of constant direction, guidance and protection. This show will reframe your understanding of our relationship with the Good Shepherd.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get through life without any interruption of pain--from loss, sickness, heartache, disappointment, or tragedy? Yes, surely that is wishful thinking because unfortunately--by nature of living in this fallen world--bad things will inevitably happen to everyone, whether it is known in public or it is hidden in private. In today’s episode, Matt and Mom explore the question whether there can be blessing in brokenness. They discuss the reality of how Jesus is the ultimate lifeguard in times of trouble and that it is He alone who will rescue us from drowning in any sea of sorrow sent our way.
Is it possible to right a wrong? Not really. But it is possible to do right in spite of a wrong. Join ‘Matt and Mom’ today as they talk about the lost trait of “accountability.” Accountability is about “counting the cost” and then paying the price. If you are hiding in fear because of a mistake that you made than you are robbing God and yourself of the opportunity to move on, to be used, and to show off the power of God. No one likes to fail or have their circumstances aired in public, but never forget that our failures, when owned, can take us to a higher position of affecting other lives. As Matt quoted, “Your greatest purpose will be found in your greatest pain.” If these shows are helping you please facebook share it with others.
IN TODAY’S EPISODE ‘MATT AND MOM’ TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN GOD FLICKS THE COIN OF HIS GRACE AND MERCY INTO OUR PATH AFTER A TRAGIC MISTAKE. IT IS EVIDENT THAT WE HAVE TWO OPTIONS: WE CAN PICK IT UP AND WATCH HIM REDEEM THE SITUATION; OR WE CAN WALLOW IN OUR PRIDE AND PAIN AND ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM OWNING THE SITUATION. ACCOUNTABILITY HAS BECOME A LOST TRAIT IN OUR CULTURE. SO REGARDLESS OF ANY TRAGIC CHOICES WE MAKE OR THE DEVESTATING CONSEQUENCES ONE MUST LIVE WITH--MATT WILL TESTIFY FIRST HAND THAT IF ONE STEPS UP, OWNS UP, AND MAN’S UP…. THEN GOD CAN TRULY MAKE BEAUTY FROM ASHES.
“My God, My God why have You forsaken me?” Have you ever cried those words out to God in the midst of an unforeseen tragedy? Have you ever questioned how God can allow a devastating circumstance affect an innocent life? Or what does one do when they are left standing in a sea of broken dreams….Does God even care? Can He ever use it? Today’s discussion evolves around how to discern our circumstances in light of our faith, and how to understand adversity and ways it can be used to make us stronger and more useful for God’s work.
In todays episode, Matt & Mom Live—with Pastor Scott Durbin—discuss the raw reality of tragedy and the follow up question of anger and confusion that states, “Where is God in the midst of this?” Listen in as the conversation pours forth from personal experience that may help you with practical application. Matt takes the listeners back to the beginning with Adam and Eve, and how there is a real enemy who looks to cause chaos and get us to blame God for it. Contemplate such ideas with us as Pastor Scott tells us about Jesus in the midst of the storm. “Is He sleeping on you?” “Why doesn’t God do something?” “Is it possible to suffer successfully and receive peace in the storm?" Matt & Mom Live encourage you to let our faith help your faith today!
You don't have to be behind the wall in prison to experience isolation, pain, and desperation in your life. Today's episode discusses how to get through the holidays when carrying a heart of disappointment, or the absence of a loved one at your table, or navigating a tragedy that has changed your life forever. Matt reminds us how important, regardless of our circumstances, it is to not fall into the pit called self-pity and examines ways to encourage people out of it.
We are excited to launch our first program of "MATT AND MOM LIVE"--it's REAL; it's RAW; it's RELEVANT! Our new episodes are shorter to assist in listening time as you deal with your busy schedules. Today Pastor Scott joins us in a discussion of how to cope with disappointment and loss during the holidays and the various strategies for finding hope.
In today's radio show, Andrea shares some golden nuggets retrieved from a book she is teaching in Bible study called, "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. In a world full of noise and busyness, this book is an allegory that invites us to find God and experience a journey with Him in a deeper way. As Christians, we all desire to go higher in our walk and knowledge of God, and yet the reality is in order to "go higher," we sometimes have to go lower to the Valley of Disappointment or the Mountain of Despair. Listen in on what it takes to truly have our feet placed on high places and experience all the fullness of a real, active, and intimate relationship with God.
In today's radio show, Andrea shares some golden nuggets retrieved from a book she is teaching in Bible study called, "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. In a world full of noise and busyness, this book is an allegory that invites us to find God and experience a journey with Him in a deeper way. As Christians, we all desire to go higher in our walk and knowledge of God, and yet the reality is in order to "go higher," we sometimes have to go lower to the Valley of Disappointment or the Mountain of Despair. Listen in on what it takes to truly have our feet placed on high places and experience all the fullness of a real, active, and intimate relationship with God..
Today's mantra is "whatever feels good to you, just do it." There is no right or wrong. Moral relativism rules the day. Our answer is not in politics or social activism, but rather is in men and women whose lives are changed by the power of a living God. How do you suppose 12 men, 7 of them lowly fishermen became known as, "the men who turned the world upside down." Where are the men and women today who believe that? Do you want to see societal change? Then perhaps we need a society of people who have undergone spiritual heart transplants. Hearts that listen and obey the word of God. Tune in and be encouraged that 'for such a time as this,' in 2013, there are people who God has placed to "turn this world upside down." It can be done and you can be a part of it.
Today's discussion revolves around a character who was known as a swindler and a con-man, Learn what it was that transformed his life from a selfish, deceitful man into a godly leader of a nation. If you think you can't start over again, then you don't know the power of grace and redemption in Christ. We do not have to wallow in the mud of past pain or shame. Tune in to "That Guy's Mom'" and be encouraged by the many shady characters whose lives were transformed and used for generations to come.
Did you ever wonder where the expression "Keeping up with the Joneses" originated? Tune in to today's broadcast and discover the background of this well-known expression. This show will force you to evaluate your level of contentment in this life in comparison to what a holy God expects from us. Are you always comparing your situation to others? Do you need to have the latest gadgets to keep up with your neighbors? Pastor Scott and Andrea discuss the spirit of being content and how to embrace our circumstances regardless of how they compare to others.
"That Guy's Mom" radio show originated with the prayerful goal to be a tool that encourages people towards their faith--and to provide testimony of how one stays afloat with Christ as their anchor during the trying times in their life. As the body of Christ, when one member is hurt, we should all feel the pain. Our Lord commands us to "rejoice with those who rejoice; and mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). On today's show we will discuss news of the heart breaking suicide of Matthew Warren, youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, who authored the New York Times best seller "The Purpose Driven Life." Pastor Scott and Andrea will explore questions of God's sovereignty in all that happens to us; how important it is to not judge other people; how to respond to haters; the stigma of mental illness; and ultimately how to keep going in the darkness of pain.
All of us can probably think of a time in our lives where something should of went a certain way, but one little event changed the entire course of direction and the outcome of our lives. Maybe you were late for work and the result was you missed a major accident with several car pile ups and injuries. Think about all the countless stories of those who on 9/11 had their plans changed that morning, and as a result averted a more tragic end to that day. Today's show will challenge you to think about those times in your life --when things could have gone drastically different--and hopefully call to your mind the important realization that there is a God who is intimately involved in every minute detail of our lives. He is calling us back to Him--are you hearing Him?
Tune in to "That Guy's Mom" and meet Lexi and hear a story of hurt, betrayal, woundedness, and addiction. Listen in on how this mother of two precious children found healing, restoration, and transformation through years of struggle. Imagine being abused as a precious five-year old child and to be in rehab by the tender age16. Lexi's life has experienced it all...the ups and downs, disappointment, relapses, marriage problems, and a haunting past. But all of that was about to change when she was introduced to a God of hope and forgiveness. A must listen episode! Be blessed and encouraged on whatever road you are traveling--God uses the broken road to lead us to Him.
Tune in to "That Guy's Mom and meet Lexi and hear a story of hurt, betrayal, woundedness, and addiction. Listen in on how this mother of two precious children found healing, restoration, and transformation through years of struggle. Imagine being abused as a precious five-year old child and to be in rehab by the tender age16. Lexi's life has experienced it all...the ups and downs, disappointment, relapses, marriage problems, and a haunting past. But all of that was about to change when she was introduced to a God of hope and forgiveness. A must listen episode! Be blessed and encouraged on whatever road you are traveling--God uses the broken road to lead us to Him.