Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! I have often thought that if the people of God would truly lay hold on even a chapter of scripture and truly incorporate it fully into their lives that the entire spiritual landscape could be permanently transformed. Romans 12 is such a chapter, for who among us can say rightly that we have consistently lived up to the standard set in these verses? This is a time for an audit that pushes us to the realization of our total dependence upon the Lord for the transformation of heart we must see in order to be able to properly represent the love and righteousness of Jesus. The scriptures in this broadcast are from Romans 12.
Thanks for joining us again On the Objective as your host Steven Menking welcomes back Pastor Mike Spaulding to discuss his new book, Traveling the Road Together! This book is packed full of genuine encouragement from scripture at a time when so many need to be nourished by the Word of the Lord instead of by the darkness of the world. We are not in this alone brothers and sisters! We have Jesus, and we have each other. Let us continue to run the race that is set before us. Thanks for joining us On the Objective!
Cynicism is running thick in this generation. None of us is immune from it, and we must maintain our guard. This doesn’t mean that we should be naive to the schemes of evil. Instead we must be completely reliant on the Lord to order our steps and transform our hearts. Otherwise, the darkness of this age can overwhelm and overcome us. Brothers and sisters, we are called to be overcomers! Jesus has paid the price for the victories that He can win in our lives over the sin of cynicism, which is simply unbelief by another name. Have faith in God and do not incline yourself toward the disaster of cynicism – particularly when it is the easiest path to take.
It happened after this that the king of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.”
So David sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the people of Ammon. And the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you? Has David not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?”
Therefore Hanun took David’s servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return.”
Steven returns for another economics update! Markets continue to be relatively quiet as the news cycle accelerates leading up to the election. In these scenarios where many are on edge, a seemingly innocuous event is all it takes to push sentiment in a significant way. Unfortunately we may only be able to understand that in hindsight – and then only partially. Please do not overestimate the impact that new information in an arena you are passionate about will have. In order for something to matter on a grand scale these days it has to impact a macro narrative. Until we see that, we must remain vigilant without expending unnecessary energy on the noise. Thank you as always for joining!
Thanks for joining us again On the Objective as your host Steven Menking welcomes back Joe Prim to talk about his new podcast Prepare, Defend, Lead! How can we properly fulfill all our leadership roles and get the support we need to remain decisive and effective in any scenario? Now is the time for all of us to take responsibility for the outcomes in our own lives and for our families. We have to get the small things right in order to develop the proper habits and positive attitude that will help us remain steady in any situation. Thanks for joining us On the Objective!
Many of us are trapped in unforgiveness not for others but for ourselves. We can neglect important duties and when we realize our failings experience a strong sense of guilt. This can happen even in the pursuit of God’s will. Only the Lord can set us free from this prison of forgiveness, and it is His will to set us free by His grace. Far from a cop out or an occasion to go in the wrong direction, this disposition of the Lord should lead us to worship, gratitude, and a transformation of heart. Our adversary would prefer us to wallow in unforgiveness to the point that it constricts our effectiveness for the Kingdom of God, so the next time the Devil reminds you of your past remind him of his future!
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! It is truly remarkable how alive the Word of God is. Reading through Proverbs on a regular basis will provide massive wisdom that is desperately needed in this hour. We are at a point where the righteous and the wicked view one another as abominations. How can we avoid the traps that come along with the divisions and hostilities of this moment? How can we both forego anger and unforgiveness while simultaneously refusing to operate through the false love of excess toleration? The scriptures in this broadcast are from Proverbs 29.
This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network through Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith
Steven returns for another economics update! Every day that marches by feels like it brings another climactic development for our lives here in America. From politics to economics and what seems like everything else, now is the time for all of us to demonstrate proper leadership and the temperament necessary to make important decisions under pressure. Will you give in to the stress or overcome it? How have you been able to manage the off-the-charts uncertainty? Let’s focus on what really matters here on this broadcast. Thank you as always for joining!
Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonstrates how any amateur can begin to access more challenging materials. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!