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15 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
A Surprise Birthday Podcast
Today on Kari's birthday we have a surprise gift for her: as Kari will hear from some family and friends who love her and cherish her presence, friendship, and care in their lives. Every episode is her talking to each and all of us; this time she's invited to listen along. Notes welcome » email@example.com
34 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
33. Y'all Are The Body
ONENESS. What is it? Over and over and over in Scripture we see this repeated theme of being ONE. One mind, one heart, one Spirit, one Lord, one baptism—ONE body of Christ.Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.1 Corinthians 12:29You, of course, is plural. I am not the body of Christ, WE are the body of Christ. You (plural) are THE body of Christ (singular). So how do we know what this oneness is supposed to look like?The mind-blowing, awesome thing about our God is that He is both our Savior AND our Creator. We serve a God that not only saved us from sin but also who created THE ENTIRE WORLD. And because He created the world, the entire world serves as an illustration of theological truth. The heavens declare the glory of God! God is revealed everywhere–there are no excuses for not knowing Him!So as we look through the Word AT the world we see a beautiful picture of what oneness is like.Join me for Episode 33 as we dive into what ONENESS really is and how we (many!) can become ONE body, functioning for His glory and the good of our world.
30 minutes | May 19, 2021
32. Still Here? The GOOD News
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.—1 Peter 2:21-24I'm still here! So sorry for the loooong break. We went on a family vacation, made some intentional changes to slow down life a bit and unplug more ... well, I just unplugged so much I never plugged back in.But I'm here, and I love sharing bits here and there about the Second Mile, and I recently received an email I wanted to share. A bit of it reads:I just wanted to let you know I'm now on staff at my church, and we are going through a very difficult time. I know we are not alone. Covid has been very difficult on the church. My senior pastor just resigned, really because the life has been sucked out of him, and many people have left for seemingly silly reasons. I recently discovered your podcast on the second mile. I burned through the whole thing in 2 weeks. It was all so relevant to everything we are dealing with. I just want to say thank you for your words! They have inspired me to keep going, keep loving, to do good not unto man but unto God. I feel tired and alone but your podcast inspires me to stay the course. This sister is right. They're not alone. And it got me thinking it'd be good to talk a bit about the Second Mile as it relates to church unity and navigating difficulties together as the body of Christ. So here we go!Join me for Episode 32 as dive into God's heart for His church, and how the Second Mile enables us to be ONE heart, one mind, united in our one glorious purpose.
25 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
31. Do Good
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.1 Peter 4:19 So we know that evil is not God's will but our encounter with it can be. We know that we can suffer according to the will of God, bringing Him glory through it and actually ushering in His redemptive work when we go His way even when it hurts.We saw that we can entrust our souls to God even when what we see doesn't make a lick of sense. Even when our minds can't wrap around the injustice that seems to prevail around us, we can say, It is well with my soul.And now, it's time to get busy. We've settled. We've entrusted. Let's get busy doing good.Doing good: That's what the Second Mile is all about. Instead of dwelling on the stinging cheek, we move forward and offer the other. Instead of throwing ourselves into defending our rights and our stuff, we let go of the tunic and offer the cloak. Instead of huffing and puffing over that first unfair mile, we lift our eyes to the One we really serve and with a little hop in our step we go not just one, but two.The joy comes in the doing good. What does that look like? How do we go about that. This is where the rubber meets the road and there are some critical lessons we must learn if we're going to get to that glorious second mile where we're actually free.Join me for Episode 31 as we look at the critical truths that will equip us to joyfully enter the FREEDOM of that second mile. It's worth the struggle!
20 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
30. Entrust Your Soul to God
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.1 Peter 4:19I love the Psalms because often they give voice to what we feel but probably wouldn't want to admit out loud.I can say all the right things but inwardly be thinking, "How come THEY get to do XYZ and aren't convicted whatsoever but you won't let me?" Or, "Why do the people who don't even follow God seem to get ahead while those who are faithful to Him face nothing but suffering?"If I'm honest, what I see with my eyes in the world around me looks suuuuuper unfair. Sometimes I can safely distance myself from all that feels wrong, but sooner or later we're forced to face it and honestly it can seem unbearable.Enter Psalm 73. It's one of my favorites, and it provides us a blueprint for what this process looks like — giving God our honest agony and reminding our souls of what's true: It's good to be near God.Join me for Episode 30 as dive into several Psalms together and learn, even when we can't wrap our minds around all we see in this world, how to entrust our souls to a faithful Creator. His peace surpasses understanding.
26 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
29. How is this God's will?
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.1 Peter 4:19 So how do we do this? How do we navigate our interactions with a broken, fallen world? Early on the pandemic (a year ago!) I remember hearing a lot of discussion about "Is this 'from God'?" Or not?We know that death and disease are not God's will, He doesn't delight in those things, but of course we see God working good through crises of all kinds, every single day. So how do we resist evil but not resist the good God is doing? How do we "go the second mile" but still abhor evil the way God does?I usually figure it's best to answer Scripture's questions with Scripture. In this case, 1 Peter 4:19 provides us a powerful 3-point outline of how we are to respond to the inevitable evil, unfairness, and even suffering that we encounter in this world. God's Word gives us exactly what we need!Join me for Episode 29 as we talk about suffering according to God's will. We know evil is not God's will but our encounter with it can be when we allow Him to work redemption through our submission to Him. All can be redeemed for good! Such HOPE we have!
43 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
In this last leg of the Second Mile, we're talking about GENERAL INJUSTICES. Those things in life that feel maddeningly unfair. The ways that those in authority make demands that feel frustrating. The ways we might feel powerless, enslaved to a certain set of circumstances we don't have the power to change.
31 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
27. You're Getting Ripped Off
We sing things like "I surrender" or "laying down my life" or "whatever it takes" but then at the first whiff of being wronged we're so quick to defend everything that's ours. Or maybe that's just me!In Luke 6, Jesus shares some more words that leave us scratching heads, "Does He mean that?" And, if He does -- how does this translate to the situations I face in daily life. Jesus says,“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.Luke 6:27-36Give to everyone who begs? Wait, what? So I'm supposed to hand out cash to every panhandler on the offramp? And what's the point of lending if we're expecting nothing in return? Isn't that just giving?While I don't think there easy answers to these questions, I love that Jesus' words are loud and clear, and He's letting us know in no uncertain terms: To follow Jesus means a willingness to get ripped off.But ... as verse 35 so clearly states: It'll be worth it.Join me for Episode 27 as we wrestle through these words from Luke 6 and learn a bit ore of what it looks like to follow Jesus and be sons of the Most High. Also we'll discuss how to navigate the complexity of Second Mile living when your spouse isn't onboard. Thanks for listening!
34 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
26. Buying Souls
Have you ever wished you could just write a check to make someone come to Christ? Maybe that sounds bizarre, but I mean, haven’t you ever wished that you had that kind of power, just through incurring a cost, to actually influence a person’s soul for eternity?What if we do?Now before you totally write me off as a crazy heretic, just consider: What is it that gets people’s attention?We are accustomed to people being self-seeking. We are accustomed to people demanding their rights. We are accustomed to everyone looking out for themselves.We’re not accustomed to self-sacrifing love. We’re not accustomed to someone being willing to be wronged. We’re not accustomed to radical forgiveness.That is what grips souls.Consider this exerpt from Les Miserables, right after Jean Valjean has robbed the Bishop, and the police (gendarmes) catch him and bring him back:[The Bishop] stepped to the chimney-piece, took the two silver candlesticks, and brought them to Jean Valjean. The two women looked on without uttering a word, without a gesture, without a look which could disconcert the Bishop.Jean Valjean was trembling in every limb. He took the two candlesticks mechanically, and with a bewildered air.“Now,” said the Bishop, “go in peace. By the way, when you return, my friend, it is not necessary to pass through the garden. You can always enter and depart through the street door. It is never fastened with anything but a latch, either by day or by night.”Then, turning to the gendarmes:–“You may retire, gentlemen.”The gendarmes retired.Jean Valjean was like a man on the point of fainting.The Bishop drew near to him, and said in a low voice:–“Do not forget, never forget, that you have promised to use this money in becoming an honest man.”Jean Valjean, who had no recollection of ever having promised anything, remained speechless. The Bishop had emphasized the words when he uttered them. He resumed with solemnity:–“Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I buy from you; I withdraw it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God.”—ending of “Chapter XII. The Bishop Works” in Les Miserables by Victor HugoJoin me for Episode 26 as we look at the POWER we have been given, to influence others and potentially even “buy their souls” for God, just through our willingness to forgive. So much to consider here! Thanks for joining!
27 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
25. Our Debts & Debtors
"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors..."For the past few weeks we've been looking at COST. Some things that other people do cost us something. That's why they bother us! Jesus is talking about a situation where we are sued and our tunic is taken, and we are to not only NOT demand it back, we're supposed to offer our cloak as well!The gist of this is: Other people's actions often cost us. They cost us convenience, they cost us time, they cost us money. The truth is, we're often "paying the price" for other people's choices.How does Jesus tell us to respond to this?Give more. Go farther.This is so the exact opposite of how we want to respond. When I face circumstances that feel like they unfairly "take away" my preferences of conveniences, I want to push back against that! But the Jesus way is the opposite — He dives into discussions on forgiveness.Forgiveness is HUGE. Without forgiveness there is no gospel. If we miss this message, if we gloss over the significant of forgiveness, we will miss Jesus. It's that simple.Join me for Episode 25 as we look at what forgiveness really means. Cost, debt, repayment, reconciliation — all these financial terms help us understand the great gift of our salvation and what our Father expects us to offer others as well. Thanks for joining!
24 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
24. Joyfully Plundered
Do you ever find Scripture offensive? I mean, if we're honest, aren't there things Jesus says that make us like, "Really?! Does He mean that?!" The Second Mile commands might top the chart in terms of tough-to-swallow teachings.Nevertheless, they're here, so we can wrestle with them and ask God to align our lives with His Word, or we can ignore them, and be in danger of unknowingly rejecting the authority of Scripture."If someone sues you and takes your tunic, give them your cloak as well."—Jesus, Matthew 5:40 These are hard words, yes? But this sacrifice is clearly commended in other places as well:"For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one."Hebrews 10:34Remember we've been talking about reward? That's front and center here! Jesus is saying that when we willingly let go of what we could claim as ours, we secure for ourselves a better possession, an abiding one, one that can't be destroyed by moth and rust, one that can't be stolen by thieves (Matt. 6:10).Shall we dive into this? Join me for Episode 24 as we count the cost of following Jesus, recognizing what may be at stake, and resting in His promised provision for our lives. Thanks for joining!
27 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
23. Given vs. Taken
We've been lingering a long time on the idea of a face slap, and Jesus' surprising instruction to turn and offer the other cheek as well. The essence of that is hurt and humiliation, it's being the brunt of someone's contempt, it's feeling the sting of a personal offense.Now, let's turn the corner and consider the second portion of Jesus' second mile teaching:"If someone sues you and takes your tunic, give them your cloak as well."—Jesus, Matthew 5:40 I don't know about you, but this makes my inner justice-alarm start sounding wildly. “Wait. What?! Something’s taken unfairly and you’re saying give more?” Jesus' command here clearly represents an injustice. The items were taken wrongly. The situation is unfair. And yet, Jesus words couldn’t be clearer. One item taken? Offer two.The essence of this wrong isn't hurt of humiliation, it's cost. What's been done to us costs us dearly, and we're required to offer even more? How does this bring the Kingdom of God?Join me for Episode 23 as we consider how the perks and "added value" of giving can keep us from walking in the true generosity Jesus describes, the kind that brings the Kingdom of God on earth.
25 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
22. When The Right Thing Goes Wrong
Happy New Year, friends! I'm so excited to be jumping back into the Second Mile together in this new year. These first episodes have focused primarily on the first part of Jesus' words (turn the cheek). Now, we're going to turn a corner and focus on the second portion of his command -- giving the tunic after our cloak has been unfairly taken. Lots to cover here!But first, let's consider an all-too-common scenario: You feel a hurt or offense, or you're facing a predicament. You pray, perhaps fast, you seek the Scriptures, and you sense God's path forward of obedience. It may not be easy, it may even involve turning the cheek, but you do it by faith.What often happens is that when we obey, we believe (without even realizing it) that the situation will work out favorably. The other person will also respond in a godly way, or the conflict will work itself out. Whatever the circumstance, we tend to expect that if we do the right thing, a positive outcome will occur.But what if it doesn't? What do we do when the right thing goes wrong? When the other person is madder? When it feels like obedience to God lands us in a hornet's nest? What then??Thankfully, the Scriptures don't follow the Hollywood trend of predicable plots and overused story-lines. We get some significant surprises in the pages of Scripture. King David gives us an up-close look at how we are to handle this frustrating, and often heart-breaking, scenario, when the right thing goes wrong.Join me for Episode 22 as we get honest about the frustration and pain we feel when the right thing goes wrong.
33 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
21. You're Not Desperate
My family’s favorite podcast is, hands-down, the Brant and Sherri Oddcast featuring Brant Hansen who authored the outstanding book Unoffendable. In one episode, Brant was demonstrating the danger of hurry by sharing a story about college students who were given a topic to study, then told they were to go to another building where they would give a short speech on this topic.Some of the students studied the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke’s gospel, while other students studied topics unrelated to compassion or service. Before walking to the other building, an actor was staged along the path, pretending to be injured and in need. Then of the students were told they were late for their speech appointment, while other students were told they had plenty of time. That is, some students felt rushed, some didn't.To a one, the students who believed they “had time” stopped and helped the injured person, while those who believed they didn’t “have time” ignored the injured actor even if they were going to speak on the story of the Good Samaritan. That is, the fact that they’d just studied about stopping for an injured person had no impact on their decision, the deciding factor was whether or not they believed they “had time” to stop. The deciding factor on whether we do some good work or not: Whether or not we believe we have the necessary resources to do it.Will we live out the Second Mile or not? What is the determining factor?Join me for Episode 21 as we examine the ways that a "lack" mentality sabotages our Second Mile efforts. What would Jesus say to us who feel this overwhelming sense of being spread too thin? Good news ahead.
30 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
20. Codependence vs. Christianity
As we begin wading into Second Mile waters, we'll inevitably have some objections, or at least valid questions that surface. What about abuse? Does God call me to be a doormat? Aren't we enabling people? This looks a lot like codependence!True, at first glance, the Second Mile can look frighteningly similar to codependence. Someone slaps you and you purposefully turn your cheek, isn't that enabling that person to slap you again?Codependence says: I need you to love me, so I’ll do whatever it takes to get, or keep, your love.Christlikeness says: I don’t need you to love me, I love you because Christ loves me, so I’ll do whatever He says because I already have His love and approval.Codependence says: I need you to approve of me in order to be okay, so I won’t resist any of your sinful behaviors because I fear losing your approval.Christlikeness says: I don’t need your approval, I’m already okay because Christ has approved of me. I can therefore do whatever it takes to help you be free from sinful behaviors (even if that includes contacting authorities), because I’m not afraid of losing your approval. Codependence says: I’m desperate, and I’m nothing on my own, so I’ll revolve my entire life around doing whatever it takes to keep you near.Christlikeness says: Because I am in Christ, I’m not desperate. I'll serve you to whatever extreme Christ determines, because I only serve one Master and that is Him. Codependence says: I live to please you, person.Christlikeness says: I live to please You, God. Questions to consider:Does this person’s Facebook “like” on your post means more than anyone else’s? Does his or her not liking your post negatively affect your mood?Does this person have the power to make you cry easily? After an interaction do you find yourself moody, anxious, or depressed? Does he or she have greater say in your decision-making than God and His Word?Do you find yourself grumpy or short with your family if you have a negative interaction with this person? If plans with this person are cancelled, are you relieved? Are you willing to sacrifice significant time/comfort/money in order to please this person? Would you make the same sacrifice for your spouse or close friend? Are you afraid to vocalize an opinion that you know they’d disagree with? Do you feel guilty for making a decision you know they’d disagree with?When you need to talk to this person about something important, do you get a stomach ache or feel overly stressed? Do others (i.e. your family) get neglected because you overly prioritize this person’s needs/wants/preferences? Looking to Jesus:Jesus never shied away from speaking truth for fear of offending someone.Jesus never begged anyone to follow him, like him, or approve of him.Jesus consistently identified with socially unacceptable or unclean people.Jesus was never afraid of rejection.Jesus never let others’ criticism or ridicule negatively affect his interactions with others.Jesus continued to show love and kindness toward those who mistreated him.Jesus never showed favoritism to the rich, influential, popular, etc. Jesus never retaliated or sought revenge. Jesus never chased after someone who walked away from Him. Jesus was never overwhelmed by all the needs around Him. Jesus was never guilted into doing something that wasn’t the will of God. Jesus never hurried.Join me for Episode 20 as we discover the difference between codependence and true Christianity, as well as consider some wisdom if we find ourselves in dangerous or harmful situations...
22 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
19. On Fighting
So, if we're not to resist the one who is evil but we ARE to resist evil and specifically the Evil One ... how does this play out in real life? How do we resist evil without resisting the person who's embodying that evil?I've mentioned a few times that a dear friend of mine has had to walk this out in ways that have amazed me time and time again. I've seen her navigate the difficulties of this very thing, and it's given me such a beautiful example. I'd love to share with you a bit of her journey.There's another person who's spoken at length on this topic, you might be a familiar with him ;)…love means understanding goodwill for all men and a refusal to defeat any individual. And so somehow love makes it possible for you to place your vision and to center your activity on the evil system and not the individual enemy who may be caught up in that system. And so you set out to defeat segregation and not the segregationist. You set out to defeat the evil system of communism and not the communist. And there is a great deal of difference there. And there must be an active love for the individuals who may be caught up in an evil unjust system while we continue to work passionately and unrelentingly to do away with the system itself. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, sermon from March 7, 1961, "Loving Your Enemies")Join me here for Episode 19 as we learn how to be FOR people while being against the evil that so often works in and through them...
15 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
18. Who to Resist
When Jesus said, "Do not resist the one who is evil," what did he MEAN? Does this mean we're just to go along with every injustice and never push back against the evils we see at work in our lives and our world? Are we just to be spineless blobs ever-turning cheeks and offering cloaks and sort of passively accepting whatever comes our way?In this short episode we dive into the clear Scriptural teaching on who to really resist, and how. Thanks for continuing with me along this journey!Join me here for Episode 18 ...
23 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
17. How to Really Win
So we know the real enemy is the one behind the person who's hurt/frustrated/offended us. Remember the spit-wad from the back of the classroom? It's really Gilbert Blythe, not Josie Pye, who is to blame. It's easy to take aim at a person, but the Devil is the enemy, and he wants us to fight against our visible enemy and ignore the invisible battle where he is seeking to steal, kill and destroy.So how do we really win? The Second Mile gives us a super cool battle plan that's surprisingly simple to employ in any situation. It can even become fun. And the more we spend time in God's Word and get to know His heart, the better we'll be able to employ this method and deal a death blow to the Devil's schemes. Don't miss this simple but powerful strategy!Join me here for Episode 17 and let's learn how to REALLY win...
25 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
16. Don't Be Duped
Scammed. Tricked. Duped. No one wants that, right? But sadly, this happens all the time, to us, when we're ignorant of what's really going on around us.In this episode, I share about an experience where I felt a level of anger toward someone that was unlike anything I'd ever experienced. Through it, God showed me a vivid picture of what takes place when we allow our anger to rest on a person rather than correctly identifying the true Enemy behind it all. Remember, virtually everything Satan does, he does through people. So, we must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, gracious and kind, knowing the secret to overcoming evil with good. We must keep our eye on the real battle at hand.I hope this illustration can be as helpful for you as it has been for me. Plus, it's just fun to talk about Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, and spit-wads. ;)Join me here for Episode 16 as we consider how to wisen up and defeat our one real Enemy...
22 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
15. The Blessing Test
Whether they meant it or not, the fact is you feel slapped. There's a sting. It hurts and you instinctively recoil, pull back, hide, distance. The truth is, we unknowingly slap each other all the time, especially during times of disagreement and tension (anybody know any times like those happening these days?). What does turning the cheek really mean? Refusing cancel culture. It means staying close. Turning the cheek means a willingness to stay close enough that your other cheek is vulnerable. It means you say with your actions: I'm willing to be hurt again if it means staying close enough to bless you. You might get stung again, but that's ok because you're choosing to the way of Jesus. I have been the recipient of this blessing, even this week, and I urge you to please listen in and consider the implications of this in your own life. Don't underestimate the power of blessing. We need it more than ever before.Join me here for Episode 15 as we contemplate the good news: Your freedom isn't dependent on anyone else. Be free...
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