Sunday Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I put up a blog post and Sunday afternoons are a good time to reflect on things I’m appreciative of.

Hello Friends. Anthony here. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of writing on the side and looking at other blogs. It made me realize how I haven’t written a blog post on here in forever. Amy and I are back doing the podcasts, which we hope you’re getting something out of, but for a self-professed, “Christian blog and podcast” there hasn’t been much of the former. So, I thought a leisurely Sunday afternoon was a nice time to open my laptop and write to you. Sunday afternoons are a good time to reflect on things I’m appreciative of.

Appreciating the Seasons

By God’s grace, we’re doing well. The Lord blessed us with a great summer. I’ll include some highlight photos at the bottom of this, including volunteering at our church’s VBS and one of me replacing the starter in our van, which was a neat accomplishment since I don’t usually do my own car repairs.

Now we are looking forward to the change of season. I think it can be sinful of Christians to rush the change of seasons. We ought not to grumble and complain about the weather the Lord is kind to provide us with. So often I notice the world grumbles about winter’s cold only to grouse six months later about summer’s heat, and how now they can’t wait for fall! It makes sense. The world without Jesus is a restless place. We Christians can fall into that trap too, though. Instead, let’s look forward to the Lord’s splendor on display in autumn’s brilliant leaves, cider, pumpkins, and, yes, cooler temps, but let’s be grateful for today, too.

Appreciating a New Chapter

By now the academic year has started again, and this time I praise the Lord I’m not part of it! Having completed my M.Div after 10 long years of on-again/off-again studies this past May, it feels equal parts strange and exhilarating that my academic days are behind me at last. Now I get to read books because I want to, not because I have to. It’s a nice new chapter of life to be in.

Appreciating My Co-Host

Over the summer podcasting break Amy and I had time to reflect on where we want to go with the show. Having her on as a co-host has been a real shift for the show, which started out with just me. Back then it was much more of a “teaching” show, me studying for some topic and effectively delivering a monologue about it. Now, with Amy, it’s a conversation. Besides her thoughtful reflections (which really add to the show, I think), her cheerfulness really comes out in the recordings. The whole dynamic of Grace and Peace Radio has changed, and for the better.

Appreciating Jesus

As I mentioned in our first episode coming back, we want to capitalize on the new dynamic. Instead of being straight-up teaching on a subject, we want the shows to be engaging discipling conversations. That’s not to say that we think we’re, ahem, so wise and sanctified that we have so much to impart to you, feeble listener. God forbid!

Rather, we both have found that we genuinely enjoy coming to the microphones and sharing what the Lord has shown us, the same way someone who is really into collecting seashells or sea glass would lay out their collection and talk about each piece’s uniqueness. I don’t know about you, but when someone does that to me I find their enthusiasm contagious. I become excited by what excites them. That doesn’t mean I’m going to start collecting shells, just that my world is a little bigger and a little more informed than it was, and that much more enjoyable.

And that’s the point, really. We want listeners of Grace and Peace Radio to share in our enthusiasm about the Lord Jesus Christ, who saved us sinners. It’s like how the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 1:3-5,

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our [or “your”] joy complete.

1 John 1:3-5 NIV

Jesus changed our lives when He saved each of us. And then He changed them again when He brought us together. And He’s changed them several times over through the 14 years we’ve been married, through all the ups and downs and twists and turns. Yet every single step of the way He has shown Himself good and kind and faithful.

Appreciating You

And so, as I sit here imagining you, our listeners, some I know and some I won’t meet until Heaven, it’s my prayer that in some small way, our joy at the treasure of Jesus we have will be shared with you.

That will make our joy complete, too.

May the Lord glorify Himself and bless you,

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Ep069 Calm in the Face of Calamity, A Conversation with Pastor Michael Shafran

Anthony and Amy sit down with their pastor, Dr. Michael Shafran, to discuss how Christians can have calm in the face of the world’s calamity.

It’s a powerful truth that even though the world may be engulfed in flames around us, Christians can have calm in the face of calamity. Ironically, many believers are ill-equipped or even ignorant of the ways God provides hope and peace, so they are left feeling fearful or anxious because of the chaos in the world.

This week, Anthony and Amy are joined by their pastor, Dr. Michael Shafran, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Powdersville, South Carolina.

Together they discuss how God gives believers peace amidst the storms of life and means He expects us to be mature and disciplined to avail ourselves to have a strong faith, real hope, and genuine peace despite what we read in the news headlines day after day.

Scriptures referenced include 1 Samuel 2; Psalm 42, 43, and 73; Matthew 25:13; and Revelation 22.

Correction: In the show Anthony tried to recall a quote about worry. He thought it was Leonard Ravenhill who said it, but it was actually Oswald Chambers. The exact quote from Chambers is:

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get.

Oswald Chambers

Also, would you please consider helping us bring Daniel, a teenager in Uganda, back to the US to get refitted with new prosthetic legs? Learn more at https://www.HelpDanielWalk.com.

Grace and Peace,

Anthony & Amy

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Ep068 Friendship with God

Anthony and Amy are back from their summer break that went longer than expected, and talk about how a response by the great missionary to China, Robert Morrison, to a little girl’s question inspired this episode’s topic of the believer’s friendship with God.

They’re Baaaaack!!!

Anthony and Amy are back behind the microphones after a too-long hiatus. After a brief discussion of what led to the break and ideas for formatting future shows, they get down to the biblical business at hand.

In this week’s episode, Anthony shares a story about the great missionary to China, Robert Morrison, and how his unique response to a question prompted Anthony to remember a key aspect of our relationship with the Lord, namely the believer’s friendship with Him.

Also, would you please consider helping us bring Daniel, a teenager in Uganda, back to the US to get refitted with new prosthetic legs? Learn more at https://www.HelpDanielWalk.com.

Grace and Peace,

Anthony & Amy

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Ep067 THS Rewind: Life Transitions

Anthony and Amy continue a little summer break and replay a conversation from their first podcast talking about handling life transitions.

This week we continue our little summer break and share the episodes from the first podcast we ever tried, “The Hope Show” (THS). In this first THS Rewind, Amy and I sit down for the first time together behind the microphones to talk about life transitions.

Also, would you please consider helping us bring Daniel, a teenager in Uganda, back to the US to get refitted with new prosthetic legs? Learn more at https://www.HelpDanielWalk.com.

Grace and Peace,

Anthony & Amy

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Ep066 THS Rewind: Handling Hardships

In this episode of Grace and Peace Radio Anthony and Amy take a little summer break and replay the first episode of their first podcast, The Hope Show.

Something old and something new this week here at Grace and Peace Radio! This week we’ll start a little summer break and share the episodes from the first podcast we ever tried, “The Hope Show” (THS). In this first THS Rewind, I talked about handling hardships.

Also, would you please consider helping us bring Daniel, a teenager in Uganda, back to the US to get refitted with new prosthetic legs? Learn more at https://www.HelpDanielWalk.com.

Grace and Peace,

Anthony & Amy

Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com

Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio

Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio

Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store

Email: [email protected]

Grace and Peace Radio is honored to be part of the Christian Podcast Community