The mentions of Barnabas in the New Testament provide an interesting framework for understanding the importance of precision in our walk with the Lord. There was a sharp contention between Paul and Barnabas, and they went their separate ways in ministry. The final mention of Barnabas was an incident when Paul rebuked Peter for eating exclusively with Jewish believers to the exclusion of the Gentiles. Barnabas joined Peter in that error. An important lesson for us is that even a minor deviation, if left uncorrected, can result in us ending up a long way off from our calling. Barnabas began by encouraging Paul and guiding him into ministry by vouching for him when the other apostles were wary of his past. We must make sure to be steadfast in our encouragement of others and in our desire for Godly correction so that we can remain on the right path.
When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about an important component of practical philosophy: thought experiments. While sitting down and running through systematic metaphysics and other complex topics is not going to be feasible for everyday amateurs like us, we can still garner a lot of insight out of performing thought experiments. Why did a decision get made or why did a situation play out the way it did? Asking these questions about ourselves and others allows us to gain insight into more general principles that we can use to better understand our own worldviews and the world around us. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!
Join your host Steven Menking as he welcomes Jordan Smith of the A Family Affair podcast on Prepper Broadcasting Network for her first solo broadcast here On the Objective! Jordan has participated in several homesteading roundtables, and in this discussion she brings her experience in parenting to a discussion about critical principles for parenting in this generation. So much of every parent’s experience is unique, and our mindset needs to have the right focus if we are going to avoid the pitfalls that so many step into. We have to do right by our children and grandchildren, and even if you are an experienced parent we hope that you will learn from this conversation and take steps to improve your relationships with your family.
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On the Objective
Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about a critical topic in philosophy and life: free will. The idea of the extent of our freedom is a worldview-driven concept that has been pondered for millennia. However, despite its significance it isn’t a part of common inquiry except in unique circumstances. Are we actually free as it seems? How would we know? What would the consequences be of either conclusion? We hope that you enjoy this stimulating discussion. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!
Perhaps it seems as if your spiritual resources have run dry, that your calling is in question, and that your mistakes have created an irreparable separation from the will of God. In this moment know that God’s calling is irrevocable. If you are serving the Lord, then continue to persevere in obedience to Jesus. Press in to God! Don’t give up until you hear from Him. Pray. Fast. Know that the Lord is for you. Let this be a season of refreshing and encouragement. Laborers are needed for the harvest that is coming. Will you join in the work that will bear fruit eternally for the Kingdom of God? Jesus is worthy, and if you find yourself thirsty and dry today, then make the choice to refuse to stay in that place. Go to God today! He has not written you off.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
Lynn Fredrick joins me in this episode of SER. Lynn’s testimony of deliverance from pornography and sexual sin provides hope for all those trapped in the darkness and chains of pornography and sexual sin. Lynn now speaks about his experiences at conferences, workshops, and various events.
You can contact Lynn at his ministry page – https://lynnfredrick.com/home/ or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesus tells us to love our enemies. This requires supernatural strength and faith. Moreover, it requires a heavenly perspective. The enemies of the cross are in a merciless prison. Just because some of the cells in this prison have an appearance of comfort only makes the incarceration all the more insidious. We are called to a love that stretches so far beyond our abilities that in our own mind we can’t even conceptualize it. God will give us the faith that we need to fulfill this commandment. It doesn’t mean we roll over. It doesn’t mean we don’t stand for God. It doesn’t mean we yield the battlefield to the enemy. It means we know why we are called into this spiritual battle. The enemies of the Lord are still in the prisons that we ourselves were once in. The cross of Christ is available for all. Many will refuse the free gift of salvation, but when we remember the prisoners it should motive us to get our strength exclusively from God.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.