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This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of JOB: Lecture by Kim Wier, Week 1 of 14

Direct download: JOB_week_1.mp3
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This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

This is week 2 of 14: lecture by Kim Wier

Direct download: Psalms_Week_3-Kim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

is is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of PROVERBS: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 3 of 14

Direct download: PROVERBS_-_Christy_Week_3.mp3
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This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Ecclesiates & Song of Songs: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 4 of 14

Direct download: Weeek_4_Christy_-ecc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of ISAIAH: Lecture by Kim Wier, Week 5 of 14

Direct download: Week5ISAIAH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Jeremiah & Lamentations: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 6 of 14

Direct download: Week_6-Christy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Ezekiel: Lecture by Kim Wier, Week 7 of 14

Direct download: Ezekiel_Week_7-kim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of DANIEL: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 8 of 14

Direct download: Week8ChristyHurst.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

This is week 9 of 14: HOSEA and JOEL, by Kim Wier

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of AMOS, OBADIAH: Lecture by CHristy Hurst, Week 10 of 14

Direct download: WEEK_10_-_Christy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of JONAH & MICAH: Lecture by Kim Wier, Week 11 of 14

Direct download: Week_11_Kim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Nahum & Habakkuk: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 12 of 14

Direct download: Christy12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Zephaniah & Haggai: Lecture by Kim Wier, Week 13 of 14

Direct download: Kim_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

 

is is a continuing series of Highlights of the Old Testament with a focus on Jesus in the Old Testament.  This series covers Job - Malachi, with lectures given by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier, from Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

Highlights of Zechariah & Malachi: Lecture by Christy Hurst, Week 14 of 14

Direct download: Christy14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 1 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Rest_of_Story_Study_Week_1_-_Christy_Hurst.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

This is LECTURE 2 of 13 in a Bible Study Series title, Findng Jesus in the Old Testament. This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: ROS_Week_2_-_Kim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 3 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: WEEK_3_-_PAM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 4 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Week_4_-_ROS_Christy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 5 of 13 in a Bible Study Series title, Findng Jesus in the Old Testament. This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

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This is LECTURE 6 of 13 in a Bible Study Series title, Findng Jesus in the Old Testament. This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

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This is LECTURE 7 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Kim_Wier_Week_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 8 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

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This is LECTURE 9 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Christy_Hurst_Week_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is LECTURE 10 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Kim_Wier_week_10.mp3
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This is LECTURE 11 of 13 in a Bible Study series titled, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Christy_Hurst_Week_11.mp3
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This is LECTURE 12 of 13 in a Bible Study Series title, Findng Jesus in the Old Testament. This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

Direct download: Week_12_Pam_McCune.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

 

This is LECTURE 13 of 13 in a Bible Study Series title, Findng Jesus in the Old Testament. This study originates at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Lectures are given by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.

END OF HIGHLIGHT OF OLD TESTAMENT PART 1

THIS SERIES CONTINUES WITH JOB-MALACHI, WITH 14 ADDITIONAL LECTURES, JEUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (Part 2 of the Highlights series with lectures by Christy Hurst and Kim Wier)

Direct download: KimWier_Wed_Week_13.mp3
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Sharing Heaven is a 6 lesson study based on the book of 1 Thessalonians.  Teachers for this study are Christy Hurst and Kim Wier from Grace Bible Church, alternating lessons. 

Direct download: SHARING_HEAVEN_STUDY._Lesson_1-Christy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

Week 2 in Bible Study Series, Sharing Heaven. Focus on "what not to do" and "what to do" in sharing the gospel and our lives effectively with others.  This week's teacher: Kim Wier  (lesson 2 of 6 in 1 Thessalonians series)

EXTRA: previous to this lesson the group was shown the last 15 minutes of the online evangelistic movie called 180 movie, available free online for viewing at www.180movie.com featuring Ray Comfort. 

Direct download: Week_2_Sharing_Heaven_-_KIM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Week 3 in Bible Study Series, Sharing Heaven. Focus on "showing love unreservedly" through words, deeds, sacrifice, prayer. This week's teacher: Christy Hurst (lesson 3 of 6 in 1 Thessalonians series)

Direct download: Week_3_-_Sharing_Heaven_Christy.mp3
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Week 4 in Bible Study Series, Sharing Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4 this week). Focus on "more and more" in our Christian Life: more obedience, more love, more respect, more hope.  This week's teacher: Kim Wier (lesson 4 of 6 in 1 Thessalonians series)

Direct download: LESSON_4_Sharing_Heaven_-_Kim.mp3
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This Bible Study Lecture series was given in conjunction with a group study based on the book "HEAVEN" by Randy Alcorn, and was held at Grace Bible Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, Spring 2014 

LECTURE 1 of 6 - CAN WE REALY KNOW WHAT HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE?  Christy Hurst teaching.

(Lectures were taught in rotation by Christy Hurst, Kim Wier and Pam McCune.)

Direct download: HEAVEN_Week_1_-Christy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

Lecture 2 of 6 in Heaven Bible Study Series. HOW DOES THE CREATION OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH FIT INTO THE EVENTS THAT ARE TO COME ON THIS EARTH- A prophecy overview.  Kim Wier teaching.

Direct download: HEAVEN_WEEK_2-_Kim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Lecture 3 of 6 in Heaven Bible Study Series. HOW WILL GOD REDEEM THE OLD EARTH, RESURRECT THE NEW MAN AND REMOVE THE CURSE? Pam McCune teaching.

Direct download: Heaven_Week_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Lecture 4 of 6 in Heaven Bible Study Series. WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT WE WILL RULE AND WORK ON THE NEW EARTH? Christy Hurst teaching.

Direct download: HEAVEN_Week_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Week 5 of 6 in HEAVEN Bible Study series - WILL GOD SEND PEOPLE TO HELL? What is Hell? Who is Satan? Is God really fair?  Kim Wier Teaching

Direct download: Heaven_Week_5_-_Kim.mp3
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Lecture 6 of 6 in HEAVEN Series Bible Study.  WHAT ARE REWARDS IN HEAVEN?  This lecture by Pam McCune.

Direct download: Heaven_Week_6-Pam.mp3
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            The sun came up like every other Saturday. The roosters crowed.  The blue sky blanketed the heavens as if the very foundations of the world hadn’t been shaken to their core just a day before. Yet wasn’t it mere hours ago that the earth trembled and rocks split apart, that the sky turned black and sun went dark? 

            It was a horrible sight. The graceful teacher whose gentle hands had reached out to lepers, blind men and children were gnarled around a ghastly iron rod. The touch that brought comfort and hope was now mangled and repulsive, the perfect companions to gouged feet that were no longer free to fulfill the promise to “follow me.”

            He had promised that he would carry unbearable burdens.  He said his own yoke was easy; his burden was light.  But who could bear the burden he carried now?  With a back mutilated by scourging, his own weight had become a burden too heavy to lift for even a breath. His once strong arms raised high to calm a raging sea were unable to reach down to calm his own mother weeping before him. Nothing about him was recognizable. How could this be the man who amazed even his enemies with his wisdom and power?  A helpless broken bloodied bruised convicted man hung yielding to an unspeakable penalty before a throng of mockers. It was an unimaginable end to the journey. They screamed, “You saved others, why don’t you save yourself?”

            It was what his own friends wanted to cry out. “Save yourself. Save your reputation.  Save all the work we did together these last three years.  Save the plan.  Save your people. Save yourself!  Show them it isn’t all a lie.  Show them who you are.  Show them we did not waste our time following you.  Show them!”

            Nothing about the man on the cross was familiar. This could not be the man who captivated them all.  Had it even been real?  Had he really been sent from God? Could it all have been a delusion?  Had sane men forsaken everything to follow a fraud?     

He was speaking. “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”

            Forgive them? Mockers. Murderers. Certainly they knew what they were doing. They were torturing and killing an innocent man.  The guilty rejecting the innocent. How could that be forgiven? How could he desire that they walk away absolved?

            The agony of it was almost beyond comprehension.  If he was helpless, those who watched were even more powerless.  The ache of despair grew with each passing moment.  Those who put their trust in him now had to question: How could this happen?  It has all gone out of control?  God where are you now?

            All hope was gone. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”  

            His final words echoed to the depths of the earth as death swallowed him. 

“It is finished.”  The ground shook.  The sky grew black. The sun was extinguished.  With his last shuddering breath, the world shuddered with him, unable to keep its composure. It was finished indeed.

            Saturday the sun rose as if it had all been just a nightmare chased away by the dawn of a new day. Had it been real?  Was he really the Son of God he claimed to be?  It’s inexplicable that God would allow his own son to suffer such torture. How could the Son of God be restrained by mere nails and wood? Why? Why?

The sun rose Saturday but there was no light. There was only death, regret, chaos, abandonment, and humiliation.  There was no hope and no anticipation.  All had failed him and He, it seemed, had failed.  The kingdom of God had not come after all.

            Sunday dawned. Once again the earth shook, but this time it was death that was swallowed up; death that was gasping it’s last; death that was crucified once and for all.  Shaking off the defeat and decay of mortality, humiliation was consumed by splendor. Hurled from the darkest despair to a new world too inconceivable to begin to reason, those who abandoned him basked once again in the gaze of unimaginable love.

            The reality of the Risen Christ collided with the expectations of mortal man. What should a Savior be? How will the world be set right? Suffering servant.  The innocent for the guilty. Death as the path to Life.

            Tomorrow the sun will rise. A rooster will crow somewhere.  Blue skies will blanket the heavens. And the reality of Easter’s revelations will continue to shake the world to its very foundations.

COPYRIGHT 2011 Kim Wier

Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

BY Kim Wier, Copyright 2011

            Some people call it “venting.” Others “share” how they feel.  Those with no self-control “complain.”  I like to just call such grumbling what it is - a pity party looking for guests. 

            It is so lonely feeling sorry for one’s self. There is no one to tell you how misunderstood you are, how mistreated, how maligned.  A party of one provides no opportunity for the grudge to grow, no sympathy, condolence or commiseration.  Such luxuries require recruiting others to share your pain and validate your suffering. Let’s face it, it’s much more satisfying to have other feel sorry for you.

If you really want empathy, break out the party hats and invite your friends to join you. That is what I’m doing – I’m hosting my first every Potluck Pity Party, complete with balloons and streamers. I’ve invited a close circle of friends who are all facing difficulties in their lives, from broken relationships to health concerns.  The only prerequisite for those receiving an invitation is that they, too, are pathetic and worthy of pity –  and they have to bring food.

I’m still in the planning phase regarding the agenda.  The menu will of course include the classic comfort foods – chocolate, chocolate and chocolate.  Under consideration for activities are the following party games: the blame game designed to pin the tail on someone else for our problems; a problem piñata we can all take turns pulverizing with a baseball bat to relieve stress; mood swing madness where we see who can go from crying to hysterical laughter the fastest; loser limbo where we all see how low we can go into the pit of depression; and finally perhaps we will have a self-doubt sing along featuring the classic, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To.”

I feel sure that we will wrap up our evening of wretched revelry with the timeless crowd pleaser, the treasure hunt.  Guests will be allowed to take away all the jewels they find – but only if they are willing to exchange them for worthless things with which they arrived.  Our treasure hunt will take us into the very throne room of a King where we will find far more than pity – we will find mercy.

“You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.” James 5:11

If you are considering your own pity party, perhaps you too would prefer these treasures instead:

  • Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.                                                                                                                  
  • Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.                                                                                                         
  •  Psalm 30:5 Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.    
  • Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.                                                                                                                            
  •  Psalm 37:39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.                                                                                
  • Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.                                                                                                
  • Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.                                                                                                       
  • Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.                                                                                                
  •  Psalm 71:20-21 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

The real pity in life is not that we suffer.  The pity is that we suffer alone when God himself is our ever-present friend, comforter and counselor how offers joy for sorrow.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

BY Kim Wier, Copyright 2011

   

           I thought it was so cute when my kids were little and they wanted my approval about every little thing.  “Look at me mommy.  Look what I did mommy.  Mommy, do you like my picture? “

            With eager eyes and hopeful hearts each one of our children started out in life hard-wired to want parental praise.  Little did we know encouraging them would reinforce that innate tendency to look for their value in the eyes of others.  Soon enough, like all generations before them, they moved from  “look at me mommy” to “I wonder what my friends think about me.”  Is it any wonder that as adults, most of us struggle with the need to earn approval from those around us? 

            As a brand new mom, I wondered what people thought of me when I went back to work and took my child to daycare.  When I became a stay at home mom, I wondered what all those working moms thought of me squandering my life on play dates.  As the mother of young adults, I’m actually thinking of changing my name. This game of hide and seek (hiding what you don’t want people to know and seeking approval for all your accomplishments) is exhausting. It takes effort not to slip into the trap no matter how worthy you know your efforts really are.

            I know a man who spent 40 years serving his local church.  Week in and week out this unassuming man volunteered his time as the church’s financial shepherd.  In the busy years of his life while earning a living, raising a family and keeping his wife happy and content, he carved out time to make this service a top priority. He balanced the books, wrote the checks, advised the elders and prayed fervently to serve in his role with wisdom and excellence.  Though he outlasted the tenure of several pastors, elders, deacons and church members, you rarely saw his name in print or heard mention of his work behind the scenes. Quietly and with no fanfare he simply did a job entrusted to his care.  Before he knew it, 40 years of bookkeeping and number crunching accumulated, and it was finally time to pass the baton to someone new. 

            As he wrapped up his final tasks, there was no party to celebrate his enormous contribution.  There was no publication extoling his faithfulness.  No one enumerated the benefits gleaned from his 40 years of commitment.  Instead, eventually, a modest plaque was engraved and given to him as a memento.  It read: “In appreciation for your 40 years of faithful service to our Lord and this church.”  The scripture passage included was exactly as follows: “Fight the food fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  That’s right – the “food” fight.  This dignified, humble servant of God was rewarded for 40 years of constant unimpeachable reliable service with a plaque that told him to “fight the food fight.”

            I can imagine his annoyance!  First, 40 years got him a mere plaque, and second, no one even noticed the error in the inscription. Food fight, indeed! Except, he was not the least bit indignant.  He wasn’t even offended.  In truth, he didn’t even expect a plaque because this man did not give any service to the church at all.  He rendered his faithful service to a more faithful Master. The plaque was an amusing and futile attempt of man to show gratitude that was not man’s to give.  

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 

             "Not to be seen, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Ephesians 6:6

Our reward for service to God will come from God. Praise from men and women is fleeting and inconsequential; but be warned, when we seek it more than we seek the approval of God, we settle for less than what God had reserved for us. You could say that when we esteem the flattery, vanity, adulation, and gratitude from the mouths of men we settle for the “food fight” when we could be feasting on the pleasure of God.

And what of that humble man who kept the account here for God? He has discovered first hand that God kept accounts for him, and he is now receiving his true rewards as a guest at God’s own table.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

  BY Kim Wier, Copyright 2011

 

            Following the same ritual we have for the past 16 years, spring brings our weekly sojourns to the baseball field to watch our oldest son.

            His “career” as a player has been an evolution of sorts.  Like all five-years-old t-ballers, he was a utility player, meaning he played any position another little boy abandoned for a potty break.  If you could stand in one place long enough and hit a stationary ball off a rubber tube you could be a star. 

            The next league up was more challenging because the balls actually moved. A pitching machine replaced the T and the kids had to learn to hit a moving object. This is where we began to see the direction Chase might take with a strong swing for a seven-year-old.  That would be a blessing because the boy was as slow as a turtle.  Unless he hit the ball a long way, he would never reach first base.

            The most challenging time in his years of youth ball was when he moved into the pitching league. Not only did he have to hit a moving ball, he had to avoid being hit by novice nine-year-old pitchers. Every at-bat was risky.  Would he hit the ball or hit the deck? He used to complain that it wasn’t fair that pitchers were allowed to keep pitching after they hit someone.  He wanted them out of the game. Then he got his turn on the mound. 

            I had never seen my son so filled with anxiety and fear, and I have never seen it since.  As he stood on the mound, I could almost hear the inner angst. His body was stiff.  His face was red.  He was full of nervous energy.  Then the batter was in the box, the wind up, the pitch and a near miss at the batter’s head. Another whizzed by too close.  When the fourth ball failed to find the zone, the batter walked almost mockingly to first base. How would he ever get three outs? A handful of balls made it to the general vicinity of the strike zone, the majority, however, went astray right at the batters.  It was the longest inning of his life.  Stoically, but with tears wetting his eyes, my son threw pitch after pitch until finally, at long last, with the help of some inexperienced batters who swung at his wayward balls, the inning was over. His pitching debut was an utter failure. 

            Looking back, I’m convinced that he excelled at hitting in the years that followed for the sole purpose of never having to pitch again.  The rest of his middle school and high school tenure was spent finding his niche as a hitter and outfielder. As dutiful parents, we sat in the stands at the city fields for ten years and then another four in the high school stadium.

Now things have come full circle.  Having chosen to play college ball in our own hometown, his college field is at the same city park where he started t-ball. From my seat in the college bleachers, I can see his t-ball field to the left, and the field where he sweated out his first time on the mound to the right.  And in an unexpected twist, he is back on the mound as a college pitcher. 

            In the shadow of the field where he struggled so mightily and failed so publicly battling through a single inning, he now stands over six feet tall, confident and capable. With a decade of experience and knowledge between those two fields, Chase has overcome his place of failure and made it a place of success.

Our son learned what God intends for all of us to learn: failure does not mean defeat.   The very place where we have struggled and failed can become the foundation we will stand on in the future to lift us to success- but only if we have the faith to persevere, believing God can redeem our places of ruin. God did it for Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul.  In fact, there is no follower of Christ who has succeeded without traveling first a path of failure.  But God…

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me . . .To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn. . . to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:1-3

            Those who put their faith in God should never assume failure is final.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

         BY Kim Wier, Copyright 2011

 

            There are wonderful moments every parent relishes for a child. First steps. A hard-earned A.  Winning a game. Graduations, weddings, and the day your child has a child. High on that list of watershed moments is when your child finally utters those coveted words, “I got a job.”

            There is nothing more emotional for a parent than the prospect of a kid earning his own money and asking for less of yours. For us, that day has come!  Our middle son, a freshman in college, is at long last employed.  After a full-time fall semester, crammed with classes and nighttime theater rehearsals, the spring semester has brought about a change.    

            Now a part-time student preparing to transfer schools, Bailey spends only 6 hours a week in class. With the new light schedule, he should not have been surprised when his dad announced it was time for Bailey to get a job.

Oddly, he was surprised.  He didn’t see it coming at all, but assured us he would start searching.  Week after week we inquired about the job hunt.  Week after week he shared with us his exhaustive efforts.  Then, one day, it happened.  He announced, “Family, I got a job.”

            We were thrilled, but Bailey seemed hesitant.

            “Mom,” he began is his mature voice, “do you really think a job is the best idea?  I know I’m only taking two classes, but I’m still involved in the student film projects and they do a lot of the production work at night and on weekends. Do you really think this is the best time for me to be tied down with a job?”

            “Right, I see your point,” I conceded. “And if you didn’t spend money like you were printing it in your apartment we might agree.  But, with no further consideration needed, we are absolutely certain this is the right time.  Take the job!”

            How happy we were that employment was imminent.  The boy can spend money; it’s time he started spending his own.  On the flip side, my elation was tempered by the specific job he secured – a waiter at a local eatery. This is not just any restaurant; it’s my Achilles heel, Mexican food.

When our oldest son worked as a waiter, I gained five pounds frequenting that diner weekly on his shift. On the up side, it was priceless to my firstborn wait on me. He took MY order.  He brought MY plate.  He refilled MY glass. It was awesome!  And well worth the generous tips and hips it cost. 

            Now I will face the temptation of unlimited chips and salsa, cheese, sour cream, and complimentary ice cream cones.  Is it too much to ask that one of them work at a health food store? Yet, the love of a mother knows no bounds. The first day we visited him on the job, I knew it would be worth it.  There he stood, gainfully employed, in his crisp white shirt and clean black apron – asking me what I wanted to drink. My heart skipped a beat. It was an emotional and delicious experience.  

As thrilled as I was, it did not compare to his sister’s joy at sending her big brother back to the kitchen for more sour cream, extra chips, a drink refill, and more napkins. She would ensure that he fully earned the tip that Bailey was confident would be excessively generous.

While he was working hard to earn that tip, the truth is that we would give it not because of his work, but as his family, because of our love for him. He is our child.  We value his work.  We expect his work. But we give because of who he is to us, not for what he has done.  Sound familiar?

            God has called his children to participate in His work on earth.  He fully expects obedience, commitment, effort, sacrifice and diligence. For His part, He promises rewards to those He loves, not because they earn it, but because His own great love motivates Him.  Indeed He calls us to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Unlike the call of the world, however, the rewards God promises do not depend on our faithful work, but His faithful love. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

How can we not find joy in wholeheartedly serving One so great?

 

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It's that time of year: the day that has Christians shaking in their boots and shaking the heads about what to do?  Can a Christian celebrate Halloween without selling out?  Join Kim and Pam for a surprising look at the origins of this controversial holiday.  You may be surprised to learn that it isn't as scary as you have been led to believe.  In fact, the truth is Halloween began as a holiday in the Christian church. Join us for a journey into history to discover the truth about Halloween as well as some creative ways Christians can celebrate without selling out.  Also read, Redeeming Halloween, by Kim Wier and Pam McCune, published by Focus on the Family.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

The markets are in turmoil, but you still have to buy groceries.  Gas prices are volatile, but you still have to drive to work.  College is expensive, but your kids need a good education.  So how can you navigate through rough financial times without sinking your family finances? America's Family Financial Expert, Ellie Kay, joins Kim and Pam for some day to day practical advice that can help smooth out the ride even in these rough economic times.  This is a must hear program for every family!  For more, read A Tip A Day with Ellie Kay and visit www.elliekay.com .
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

If you live long enough, and your parents live long enough, the day will come when the roles will be reversed - and you will be caring for your aging parent.  When the time comes, what should you expect?  Will you be able to handle all the responsibilities, and the emotions of watching your parents age?  Join Kim and Pam for an inspiring and encouraging discussion with author Julie Ieron on a multitude of topics every family will eventually need to confront.  If you want to "honor your parents" don't miss this program and a foretaste of not just the responsibilities, but also the blessings of caring for aging parents.  Also read, The Overwhelmed Woman's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, by Julie-Allyson Ieron.  
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Everyone wants one.  Everyone needs one.  And having one is priceless.  A good friend is not just a luxury... it is a necessity no woman can afford to be without.  Today Kim and Pam, and author Karen Porter explore the dynamics of healthy friendships and how to find friends that encourage and inspire us. For more read, I'll Bring the Chocolate by Karen Porter and visit www.karenporter.com .
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

What parent hasn't looked at their beloved but bewildering child and wondered, "What is he thinking?"  It's time to get inside the minds of those teens and preteens to find out about the longings that drive their seemingly illogical decisions and attitudes.  Kim and Pam talk with best sellering author Lisa Rice for insights into decoding and responding to what our teens are really trying to communciate.  For more read For Parents Only.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

You won't loose 30 pounds in 30 days no matter what the info-mercial promises.  But dramatic changes are possible when you turn your health -body, mind and soul, over to the power of God.  When God takes first place, He can transform your life in ways you never thought possible.  If you are ready to loose pounds and gain greater spiritual strength, tune in as Kim and Pam talk with author and health expert, Carol Lewis.  Carol is the director of First Place 4 Health ministry and author of best selling book by the same name.  Also visit, www.firstplace4health.com .

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Many parents struggle with "going to bat" for their children without alienating the authority figures involved. Whether that authority figure is a coach, a pediatrician, a principal, or a mother-in-law, it takes courage to be an advocate for your child. It also takes wisdom to do so without being defensive or demanding. Author Vicki Caruana provides real-life examples and the confidence parents need to be champions for their children. Join Kim and Pam for some practical back-to-school parenting advice. Also read, Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes, by Vici Caruana. 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

In a time when job security is a thing of the past, is it still possible to put your dreams ahead of a paycheck? It is!  Thanks to the radical shift that is reshaping the American economy, it's possible to redesign your work to create a career path that matches your passions and interests, as well as your expertise.  Join Kim and Pam for a conversation with author and life coach, Dan Miller, to discover your true calling at work and how to achieve it.  Also read, No More Mondays, by Dan Miller and visit www.48days.com .
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

What's better than having a room with a view?  How about a life with a view.  At a time when Christian belief is contantly challenged, understanding different worldviews can help us think and live faithfully.  Whether you are looking for the meaning of life or looking for ways to explain it, today's program will make a world of differnce as we put Christian truth-claims to the worldview test.  Join Kim and Pam, and guest Ken Samples for a view altering conversation.  Also read, A World of Difference by Kenneth Samples.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

Trouble in work relationships. Trouble at home. Trouble finding true success.  The key to transforming every aspect of your life is learning to express authentic love.  Dr. Gary Chapman shares the seven keys that can help any person live a love-driven life.  Join Kim and Pam for a conversation that will help you find the sucess in life and relationships you have always longed for.  Also read, Love as a Way of Life, by Dr. Gary Chapman.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Parental Alert:  America's adolescents are at risk.  A new study reveals that today's adolescents are living without a purpose and "failing to launch" as young adults into joyful and productive adulthood.  Lacking direction , important life changes are being delayed by twenty-somethings who are aimless and full of uncertainties. Parents can make a difference that will lead to young adults transitioning into a passionate, purposeful adult life. Join Kim and Pam as human development specialist and Director of Stanford Center on Adolescence, Dr. William Damon, gives direction to parents, teachers, youth workers and families. For more, read The Path to Purpose by Dr. William Damon.  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

The TV is filled with them.  Movies are a made about them; but do they really exist? 38% of Americans believe ghosts can come back to visit us and 28% beleive they can communicate with the dead.  Are they right, or is something else going on? On this broadcast, Kim and Pam look past the land of the living into the world of the paranormal with guest Ron Rhodes, author of The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, and Psychic Phenomena. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Freedom has never been free. Today, young men and women are paying the ultimate price in service to the country they love.  The question is: How can we best serve them?  Join Kim and Pam as they hear a first hand report from Captain Chris Plekenpol, a former commander on the frontlines of Iraq.  Together we will discover what our brothers, sons, daughters, husbands, and sisters are expereincing over there and what we can do to serve them best over here.  Also read, In the Fog of War, by Captain Chris Plekenpol, for a first person account of how God is changing lives on the frontlines in the war zone.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

 Do they carry a harp or wield a sword? Do they serve God or serve men?  Do they really have wings? It's time for the real angels to please stand up. Today on Engaging Women, Kim and Pam seperate fact from fiction when it comes to these ministering spirits.  Join the conversation with author and Bible expert Ron Rhodes to find out if angels are really among us.  For more read Ron's book, Angels Among Us.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:14am EDT

Most of the world is okay with God, it's us Christians they can't stand.  And sometimes for good reasons.  Join Kim and Pam as we take an honest look at ourselves and ask whether we need an extreme makeover.  Guests Bruce Bickle and Stan Jantz (known via their 60 books as simply Bruce and Stan) will help us restore some dignity to our dingy image.  For more read, I'm Fine with God, It's Christians I Can't Stand, by Bruce and Stan. Also visit, www.conversantlife.com .

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09am EDT

You nurtured them, raised them, gave them wings -and then your children left you.  But don't despair!  An empty nest does not have to mean an empty life.  If you are feeling unsure, scared or even expectant join Kim and Pam for an exciting converstaion with Susan Yates, co author with Barbara Rainey of Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest. Together we will discover new purpose, new passion and the great adventure that begins when the nest is empty.   
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Are you are tired of arguing with your spouse over the same old issues and desire a deeper, richer marriage? It is truely within your reach if you are willing to relearn how to love.  Relationship experts Milan and Kay Yerkovich show us how our early life experiences create and "intimacy imprint" that effects how we love. For those willing to reach to the past the may find the marriage of their dreams in the future. For more read "How We Love."
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Is insecurity robbing you of life's fullness? Do you worry about failure, impressing others, or just not measuring up? You may need a little confidence - Supreme Confidence, that is. Kim and Pam engage author Deborah Smith Pegues as she shares the secrets to ebracing your individuality, becoming the ulitmate team player, and finding success even as you help empower others -all through placing your confidence in the One who never fails.  For more read Supreme Confidence.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

Gas prices are skyrocketing, but could they also indicate a quickening in God's end game for the world? Could our modern times also be the end times as described in Bible prophecy?  Join Kim and Pam, and best selling author and Bible expert Ron Rhodes, for a look at what might be coming sooning than we think, and how Christians should respond to conditions that appear to be spiraling out of control. For more, read "Northern Storm Rising" by Ron Rhodes.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Maybe it doesn't seem like "abuse. No bruises. No scars. It might all look okay on the surface.  But people all around us are being destroyed by emotionally destructive relationships.  Maybe even you.  Kim and Pam are joined by clinical social worker, author and lecturer Leslie Vernick to find out what it will take to see it, stop it and survive it.  In the home, in the church or in the work place, these out of control relationships can't be fixed until they are talked about.  For more, get Leslie's book: The Emotionally Destructive Relationship.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

Did Jesus really rise from the dead?  Is Gospel music more holy than praise music?  Can a real Christian worship on Saturday?  When do we agree to disagree and when do we stand by a conviction without compromise?  Kim and Pam explore the essential core beliefs of the Christian faith and how they differ from the non-essentials with author and Christian aplogist Dr. Norman Geisler. You might be suprised at what isn't worth splitting over.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

Grandparenting isn't what it used to be.  More active, more adventurous grandparents are engaging grandkids in a more dynamic way.  Truley, 60+ isn't what it used to be.  Join Kim and Pam and guest, popular speaker and author Tim Kimmel, for a converstation that will inspire you to look at grandparenting in a whole new way.
Direct download: ew1013.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Man: First is best.  God-Last is First.  Man: The greatest wins. God-The least is the greatest.  God's ways don't always make sense, but understanding them can help us navigate this life with serving His priorities.  Join Kim and Pam for an upside down conversation with author Tom Taylor, and come to grips with the contradictions of Jesus.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Does Satan scare you?  Do you worry you are in his crosshairs?  Perhaps it's time to take your eyes off the devil and put them squarely on Jesus.  Join Kim and Pam for a revealing conversation with Guy Chevreau, author of "Spiritual Warfare Sideways."  You may never look at spiritual warfare the same again.
Direct download: ew1103.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Bringing home a new baby does not have to mean saying goodbye to romance...but it does mean changes.  Guest Dr. Mark Crawford, author of "When Two Become Three" helps navigate the transition from couple to family, keeping the romance but making room for the rugrat. Kim and Pam ask what you want to know.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

What do athiests really think of Christians, and what do they think of our churches?  Kim and Pam have an honest and enlightening conversation with real live athiest Hemant Mehta, author of the book "I Sold My Soul on Ebay."  Mehta's insights from his expereince of "church hopping" give great insights to the Christian community of how to better reach out with an effective presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

Can you be Pro Life and Pro Poor?  Can you be Pro Military and Pro Peace?  Is it possible to be for man and for the environment?  It is if you have found the political God center.  Join Kim and Pam for an honest converstaion that will have evangelical Christians rethinking political correctness.
Direct download: ew0301.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

Join us for an honest converstaion about Christians and politics.  Our guest is Ron Sider who has some eye opening observations about the conventional Evangelical take on political activism.  Get ready for a new view of political correctness. Part 1
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

If your family were a tv show, would it be Leave it to Beaver or Jerry Springer?  If you have all but given up on gaining control of the discipline in your family, tune in for help for desperate parents - as easy as 1-2-3.

Direct download: ew0922.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Towels on the floor. Piles on every surface. And no peace in your life. If clutter and chaos are stealing your peace, join Kim and Pam for a lively talk full of tips to restore order to your home and peace to your soul.  Today's guest is organization expert Vicki Norris.
Direct download: ew0308.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Is work a bore?  Are the kids driving you crazy?  Are relationships causing a strain?  What happened to the Joy?  Kim and Pam find it again with guest Sandra Steen, and you will to!

Direct download: ew0405.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

Does God really help those who help themselves?  Will I really get wings when I get to heaven?  Join Kim and Pam for an enlightening conversation with author and speaker David Rich. You might just be suprised to find out what isn't in the Bible.
Direct download: ew0412.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Today's Guest is Dr. David Hawkins, Ph.D., the relationship doctor and special freind of Engaging Women Radio.  If you have ever labled your emotions as "good" or "bad" you will find help in making ALL your God-given emotions work for you, not against you. Join Kim and Pam for a lively and honest conversation.

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