43 minutes | Feb 3, 2021

052: Navigating These Troubled Times with Mary DeMuth |The Living Room

“God's Word can shine on the darkness in our hearts and our world today!" Wow, you guys! This episode is so timely. If you've wondered how God wants you to respond to the turmoil in our world, Mary DeMuth highlights our great need to pray and live biblically so that our responses are shaped by God and not human opinions. We talk about her personal journey and recent books, "Pray Every Day:90 Days of Prayer from God's Word" and "We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis." In times of great turmoil, confusion, and conflicting ideas, Mary provides simple, yet powerful ways we can begin letting the truth of God's Word shine on our hearts, praying His will rather than our opinions, loving the marginalized, and disagreeing with others in healthy ways. { USE PLAYER BAR @ TOP OF PAGE to listen to show, subscribe and share } Important Takeaways from Show God doesn't ask us to tidy up our prayers. He invites us to pour out our hearts openly! Prayer is not transactional; instead it is always relational. God wants to be in close relationship with us when we are going through any stress or trauma. We've been given a great privilege to enter God's presence. It is not about us trying to perform Christianly; rather it's about us being discipled by Jesus. We don't always have to lead change. Sometimes God calls us to intercede for change. The overarching theme of the Bible shows God's redemptive story for each one of us. We have to know the Word of God to be able to think Biblically (Biblio-centric world view). Keeping our peace in the midst of turmoil requires we look to eternity and the promises of Jesus. Faith is often stretched and purified most in the midst of persecution. Look to God's Word to shine on the darkness so that His light can come. We can learn so much about God through loving and welcoming traumatized people. Loving people well requires more tables and less platforms! We can love each other even when we disagree by refusing to tie our words to our worth and needing to win. Kingdom bias looks at the brokenness of our world and asks God how to be a part of restoring it. If we only spend time with people who look like us and share our opinions, we are not representing the body of Christ. The Word of God calls us to lay down our lives, rather than fight for our rights.  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Links from Show NEW BOOK: "Pray Every Day:90 Days of Prayer from God's Word" PODCAST: Pray Every Day Podcast  BOOK: We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis  BIBLE STUDY: Into the Light: A Biblical Approach to Healing from the Past  21 Days to Healing Email  [Disclosure: I make a small commission from affiliate links used in this post.]   Connect with Mary DeMuth Website |  Instagram | Twitter | Etsy Connect with Joanna  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter   Subscribe & Get a Bible Reading Journal! You can get your free "2021 Word of God Speak” Journal by signing up in the form below. The Bible reading journal features: Instructions for using the journal - including tips for getting the most out of your Bible reading Daily assignment schedule - one chapter a day Space to record your Bible reading highlights Bonus: "Pray Every Day" pages to help you focus on a different part of your life each day Hope You'll Join Us... Whether or not you take part in "2021 Word of God Speak" on Facebook, you can still use the Bible Reading Journal. God longs to speak to us and I know He will meet you as you open His Word. [To learn more about how the plan works, read "Get More Out of the Bible by Reading Less (Really!)"] Don't Miss an Episode!
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