Ep018 Disagreeing in Love

As I record this, the world seems to be on the other side of all the projected curves of the COVID19 coronavirus. Statistically, it wasn’t nearly as a bad as was first thought, thank the Lord. In my state, South Carolina, most retail stores opened up this week and by the time you hear this, restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons inside again—albeit with plenty of caveats. Almost everything is coming back online, at least here in the South. We have no idea what the world will be like when it emerges from its global quarantine, but it is slowly starting to happen.

Along with all of this, there are a whole host of related issues and questions: What will the economy be like? When will it bounce back, or will it? And especially questions around how reopening should look, how fast, how slow, should we wear masks in public? Should we not? What should church services be like as we move to restart?

The one thing we can agree on is that there is certainly NOT agreement!!!

How, then, can brothers and sisters in Christ disagree in love?

We’ll talk about it on today’s Grace and Peace Radio!

Thanks for listening!

Grace and Peace,
Anthony & Amy

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Two Musts

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

When a believer comes to these words of John the Baptist, they should hit home with zeal. They should find fellowship in our heart. Like one string struck on a guitar vibrates the ones next to it, John’s desire to see Jesus exalted and himself brought lower should resonate in our own hearts.

There is a worldliness that has crept into most everything Christians do today. We aren’t primarily concerned that Jesus must increase, and even less so that we should—let alone “must”—decrease. I see this a lot among Christians who produce content. Often it is about promoting their blog, book, podcast, merchandise, etc. over primarily wanting to see others genuinely come to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. That ought not to be.

Christians have just as much right in this world to enterprise and entrepreneurship as non-Christians. Being industrious is virtuous; God’s Word says so in many places (read through the Proverbs, for example). But if we are building something off the name and Person of Jesus Christ, we had better be sure we are putting him first. Our primary goal ought to be that his name be great among the nations (Malachi 1:11), even if that means our venture eventually fades out and the machine we spent so much time building turns to rust.

Do I want people to listen to Grace and Peace Radio? Sure.

Do I want them to maybe buy a coffee mug or something in the store? Sure.

Do I want them to tell a friend? Sure.

But do I want those things because I want them to know my name? God forbid!

There are two correlated events that must happen daily in our lives: He must increase and we must decrease. Both of those should cause us to rejoice.

Today, may God use my life and yours to exalt himself. May he be glorified whether he chooses to elevate us or remove us to make way for another.

Ep016 Remember God’s Providence

Continuing the series we began in Episode 11, where we’re looking to encourage ourselves in the Scriptures in the strange and unusual times we’re finding ourselves in, in this episode we’ll consider the topic of God’s Providence.

This episode is departure from the routine in at least two ways:

First, Anthony presses “pause” on the pre-written show notes in order to check-in with listeners to see how they are doing and to share how things are going in his life and what’s new with Grace and Peace Radio.

Secondly, while it is certainly worthwhile to go through and think of Bible verses and passages specific to whatever topic we want to know God’s thoughts on, in this episode we’ll not talk about God’s Providence strictly in terms of Here are x number of Bible verses about God’s providence. Instead, we’ll think about how God can use the whole of Scripture to teach us what it is he wants us to know.

Anthony also shares a few of his own personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in his providence over the years. Listeners will be encouraged to hear God’s faithfulness even in seasons of unemployment and underemployment, and a time many years ago when financial constraints were extra tight.

While we are blessed by a God who loves and cares for his own, sometimes his providences also come with experiences and lessons which are difficult and even painful at the moment. Humbling as those times can be, we must immerse ourselves in God’s Word, remembering his Person and his promises. His Word is our lamp along even the darkest of paths.

As we talk together about providence, we’ll think not only of God’s material providences in our lives, but also how God’s providence is also demonstrated in the many intangibles of life as well.

Finally, Anthony discuss Grace and Peace Radio’s being newly accepted into the Christian Podcast Community.

Thanks for listening!

Grace and Peace,
Anthony & Amy

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