Podcast 35 – Ephesians 4

Ken and I finally got back into the studio. I have recently been teaching through the book of Ephesians at church. Anyway, Ken thinks this one is a good one. I don’t want to give too much away. Hopefully it challenges and encourages you and your day and week are better because of it.

Rich

(Editor’s note: so I numbered the podcast wrong, as a second Number 34. Now it is fixed, a real number 35 podcast. Sorry for the mixup.)

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One of those Strugglelicious Days!

I am frustrated to the Nth degree right now. They are cutting back the number of people per shift to make more profit and running as hard as I can, I can’t keep up with everything that I am expected to do. We need that extra person. One of my favorite managers got fired, and she will be missed. I checked on a new job that I really really really wanted. They just hired 4 new people and didn’t even look at my application.

So this song and lyrics fit. This is Sweden’s “Harmony” with “Inner Peace.”


Day after day
There’s struggle within me
To find my way
Through this oppression.To feel free,

I just want to know
Whom to lose and whom to keep near
Where can I go to avoid this sense of fear

Awake in my bed as
Time passes by
A war in my head raging. Tell me why?

Lord of all lords
King of all kings
Is there a place for inner peace?
Oh tell me please
Lord of all lords
Through eternities
I’m reaching for you I’m on my knees

They keep telling me
Who’s fool and who’s the wise
And how I should see
The surroundings through their eyes
Perplexed in my mind
But I’m trying to stand tall
I’m trying to find
My own path through it all

Awake in my bed as
Time passes by
A war in my head Raging tell me why?

Lord of all lords
King of all kings
Is there a place for inner peace?
Oh tell me please
Lord of all lords
Through eternities
I’m reaching for you I’m on my knees

… psalm 23…

Awake in my bed as
Time passes by
This war in my head still raging, tell me why?

Lord of all lords
King of all kings
I have to put my trust in you
What can I do?
Lord of all lords
Through eternities
I’m reaching for you Oh help me please

If you know the song “Darkest Hour” by Undercover, that says how I am feeling as well. There is a line in Darkest Hour. “I fall down to my knees, and all I know is Jesus please.”

Time for me to lean in to Jesus. I need a good dose of the Gospels and Psalms right now.

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Update from Rich

Life is moving along at an unstoppable pace. Ken has taken over a previous business that he worked for, and he and his wife have been swamped. Unfortunately our schedules haven’t really gelled together.

We do want to get some podcasts done and have ideas.

But with that said, I think that I at least need to start putting in some more blog time.

A couple of things that I am happy about:
1. I will get to team teach the book of Ephesians at church in November and December. That will be my first time to teach in church in over 2 years.

2. I found some more great Christian Rock out of Europe. Here is a link to Eternity by the Swedish band Harmony.

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Podcast 34 – Behemoth & the Gospel

My son Graham had a special request. He has a bearded dragon named Behemoth. The name was taken from the book of Job. He wanted podcast on that passage and he wanted it put on CD so that he could listen to it again and again. So I took it on as a challenge, and Ken and I shared with him as well what he needed to know about life and the good news of Christ as well. It is a great gospel message and takes the gospel back to its roots. It is not just for Graham but for everyone. I hope that it challenges you and encourages you.

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Podcast 33 – What… bear your cross?

One of my friends requested that Ken and I do a podcast on what it means to bear your cross. It has been a while in the making. But I believe that it will be worth it. It will definitely give you hope.

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Podcast 32 – 1 Corinthians 15, Death and Hope

Do you have friends and family members with serious life threatening medical conditions? Have you thought about your own frailty and mortality? Ken and I look at some verses to give us hope. My father-in-law is in Intensive Care right now and it has been life and death for the last few days. That, and with Easter, looking at Christ’s Death and Resurrection really got me thinking. As always, I hope this encourages and challenges you.

Rich

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Podcast 31 – Mark 5 – The Horrible Episode

Ken and I can’t decide on a title.  Deals with a guy having a horrible life.  Jesus redeems the guy’s life.  There is a woman with a horrible medical issue for 12 years, that Jesus sorts out.  There is a dad having the most horrible day of his life when Jesus meets him there.  Have you had a horrible week or month?  This might be just the ticket for you.

You don’t have to have a horrible time to enjoy this podcast though.  LOL.  Take care my friends, I hope that it encourages you.

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Previously I mentioned Spire Comics — Got a Link!

http://www.carpsplace.com/spire/spire.htm

I mentioned some of these before.  Spire Comics are Christian comic books from the 70s.  Available are some biographical ones like Hiding Place and God’s Smuggler. Not every comic has been converted to .pdf. But some of them have, and you can download them for free. Enjoy.

Rich

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Wow! Thank God for the Finnish!

Ken and I are into music. The song that leads in and out of the Don’t Blame Jesus episodes is actually a worship song called “King Jesus” that Ken wrote.

So anyway, Ken was recently me showing a Christian Eurotrance band called “G-Powered” that comes out of Finland. Just beautiful. “With You” by G-Powered

And while I was looking around on youtube for other Finnish Gospel music, I came across two songs by a band called “HB” that I had to share. Got to love some good Christian Finnish Metal

It amazes me that so many of “Christian” bands in the States seem to be saying less and less with their lyrics. I am glad to see that bands out there in other countries are proclaiming the good news boldly.

First HB video here is “It Is Time.” Challenging people to take advantage of the Gospel offered to them right now!

I have included the lyrics to this second song below. Wow!

HB “God Has All Glory”

When I was reborn, you gave your sign to me. The cross was the way and it says you’ll be with me… Day after day. I Heard you calling and felt that I had to seek you! And I finally realized. That your ways are so much higher than mine.

You know everything. Your wisdom and power exceeds all limits

God has all glory, power and honour! He came to save us. He gave His life for us! God has all glory, power and honour! He conquered death and brought us salvation.

You forgave all the things that were sin against You. It was so outstanding – my dark heart is so clean – You love me so! Now I want to serve you. Whatever You want, I will do. You have all the power thats why I can trust in You. Jesus. My Lord!

My life belongs to you, you promised to lead me and never leave me.

Richard

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Podcast 25 – Philemon

Ken and I finished this podcast this afternoon.  We both agree this is one of our favorite books.  What an excellent story of friendship and redemption.  I also love the book because it is HILARIOUS!  Hope that you enjoy!

Rich

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