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February 19, 2021

TV Makes an Increasingly Poor Babysitter | Pandemic Stress and Providing Spiritual First Aid

Where in the Word are you today?

It’s Friday, first Friday in Lent…fish day…!

Matthew 4:18-20 the calling of Andrew, Peter, James and John:

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him”

Who does that?

And who is Jesus that people would respond like that?
Lent, a season of paying attention to the things of God and the things of my NEED for God and my spiritual anemia and, yes, the reality of my sin. 

Lent is a good season to take some time away – to eliminate something in order to open up the space to focus and reflect and consider and experience the temptation to fill the voids with something other than God or God’s best for us.

Matthew 4, in which we find the fishers of men verse, starts like this: 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,” and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

May we be so filled with the Word of God and the Spirit of God that when we are tempted, we would respond like Jesus.

Today’s Guests

Adam Holz –

Count on Adam to bring us some movie reviews! Some of what he and Carmen discuss are: Flora & Ulysses (Disney+) and The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon Prime). Count on him to also  help us soberly think through our family media usage including how pause and think through animated films before we show them to our kids and how we need to filter out very inappropriate music even when it seems like it comes from innocuous places.

Jamie Aten – Wheaton College – Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Many times, well-intentioned people respond to disasters by trying to help. These efforts can sometimes be helpful but often hurt the disaster relief more than aid it. The solution is not to stop helping, but to rethink the way we help, becoming “Better Samaritans.” In other respects, individuals have spiritual first aid needs and need someone trained to handle them. Jamie and Carmen discuss a unique spiritual first aid course titled just that: Spiritual First Aid Certificate Course. For the discount discussed in the episode, type the word “Carmen” in when checking out.

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