The Greatness of America, Part 1
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It’s time that we become informed about the rich history of this land and why our Founders risked their lives and everything they owned to form this great nation. I recently had the privilege of sitting down with an Army veteran I know well, Major (Ret.) William J. Ostan, M.P.P., J.D., LL.M. Will has an exceptional knowledge of American history and is skilled at articulating critical facts about our American heritage. He is the President of Arc of Justice which he formed to protect our wounded warriors. You can find out more about Major Ostan and his organization by visiting

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Christian Meditation Podcast
Christian Meditation Podcast
Chaplain Jared
276 To Everything There’s A Season, A Guided Christian Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 with the Recenter With Christ app
276 To Everything There’s A Season, A Guided Christian Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 with the Recenter With Christ app I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina: Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization. Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes. Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation: Breathe and direct your thoughts to contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate. Bible verses for Meditation: Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 NIV 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, NRSV 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Meditation on Scripture: This scripture is an often quoted scripture about the timeliness of God. Many times when I have read this scripture, I see it as a reference to the impermanence of life. It seems to point to the unimportance of changes that occur. When we see it in the context of the previous chapter it adds additional meaning. In the greater context of the book of Ecclesiastes we see an existential wrestle with purposelessness. The antidote to this purposelessness is God. In other words Although there are changes in life due to the extremes and the thing that happen to us in life, the answer remains unchanged. Its not just a meaningless change from some set of arbitrary markers. It is the fact that the love and purpose of God transcend all of these. In your life, God loves in as you weep and as you laugh. God’s grace applies as we break down and build up. There are times when we embrace and refrain from embracing, yet our eternal worth before God remains unchanged. This awareness transforms these changes from meaningless noise, to a series of opportunities to reveal spiritual development. When we recognize a shortfall in what we want vs what we experience, our focus can go beyond the desire itself and look to the greater question of how we are developing in our love for God and our neighbor. God’s goal for us includes undeserved unconditional love, as well as a saving grace and purifying force to lead us toward a recreation in the perfection of God. We don’t need to fear the bad times as some sort of indication that we are not measuring up. Those things come and go. What doesn’t have to be is our developing trust and in Him. Our faith can grow regardless of the circumstance of our life. Meditation of Prayer: Pray as directed by the Spirit. Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him. Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm: I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials. Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life: This is a listener funded podcast at Updates: Final Question: How do you treat the needs of others? Final Thought: During last week’s episode I recommended a practice of enhancing the naturally occurring moments of life. This can lead to improved mood as we learn to give gratitude to God for these moments. I want to take a moment and perhaps slit a hair between salvation and bringing the kingdom of God into our lives here and now. If we trust Jesus as our savior, he takes our sins away. Yet this is not the only thing Jesus offered. He constantly was trying to teach the people how to bring the kingdom of Heaven to earth. That comes through consistently following Jesus. Practices of gratitude, expressions of worship and faith, as well the most important is developments in our capacity to love as Jesus did, reflect Jesus’ invitations and result in His promised blessings. FIND ME ON: Download my free app: Recenter with Christ Website - Voicemail - (602) 888-3795 Email: Apple Podcasts - Christian Meditation Podcast Twitter - @ChristianMedPod
22 min
The Suzanne Venker Show
The Suzanne Venker Show
suzanne venker
68. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: John Gray, Ph.D.
There are relationship experts…and then there’s John Gray. The author of the most popular relationship book of all time, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, John’s wisdom about the inherent differences between women and men, as well as what it takes to build a lasting, loving relationship have now influenced two generations of men and women. Men are from Mars was listed by USA Today as #6 among the most influential books of the last quarter century. But there’s more. In his more recent book, Beyond Mars and Venus, John explains why being a man or a woman in today’s society is more nuanced and complex than ever. And yet, despite these changes, men and women remain fundamentally different on a hormonal level, as do their needs in today’s evolving and stressful fast-paced world. To meet these new needs, we require a new kind of relationship. In Beyond Mars and Venus, John takes the Mars-Venus framework to the next level. John's website is IN THIS EPISODE: 5:30  John explains his inspiration for Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus 6:30  John talks about his newer book, Beyond Mars and Venus 9:00  John talks about how men can calm a women in an argument and what both men and women need 10:30 John talks about his inspiration with his book titles and how saying that men are women are different is dangerous in the university world 13:45  John notes that though the world is changing and men's and women’s roles are more fluid, biology doesn’t change. Suzanne talks about the uprising of Covid-19 divorce, and inflated expectations 16:00 - 18:28  John talks about how moods are regulated by hormones and how men and women react to stress differently 18:30  Suzanne talks about her coaching practice and how typically the women are taking on too much and cannot get back into their “feminine” space. John then explains ways for women to do that 20:00  John talks about how happiness comes from within, that your partner doesn’t have the ability to make you happy, and how Covid-19 is affecting marriages 21:40 - 28:00  John talks about the tools that lower a woman’s stress and describes a method/game he came up—called Genie in a Bottle—to improve a couple’s relationship, which speaks to the power of the mind. 28:55  Suzanne and John talk about nagging and complaining and why giving unsolicited advice never works. 31:25 - 33:25  John talks about the ways in which women can “turn off” their masculine side 34:54  John describes the 4 steps of how to get a man to change bad behavior.  1. Stop complaining, withholding, nagging, and trying to “change" him.  2. De-stress yourself without depending on him/take responsibility for your happiness. 3. Men need messages that they’re appreciated and trusted. When you ask for help, you give him the opportunity to succeed. 4. Start asking for more in small increments. 40:59  John explains that when you need more than a man can provide, he stops giving. 42:25  How pretending to go back to the beginning of when you were dating can help improve your relationship 45:13- 47:34  John explains why a lot of men feel like no matter what they do, their wives are never happy and why men are now experiencing a lowering of testosterone. 51:14  John explains why the worst thing to say is to a man is, “We need to talk." AND MORE! *FALL COACHING SPECIAL* Use code "fall2020" for 15% off Premarital/Newly Married 4-Session Coaching Package with Suzanne.
1 hr 1 min
The Great Man Within
The Great Man Within
Dominick Quartuccio and Bryan Stacy
Your Path to Financial Independence feat. Brad Barrett
#178: Well, after 170+ episodes of talk about purpose, porn, sexual performance, racial inequities, menstrual cycles and menopause, we finally decided to tackle “the last great taboo.” MONEY. It’s hard to believe, but this is in fact our very first money focused discussion on The Great Man Within Podcast. But boy, do we have a doozy in store for you. That’s because we have one of the most visible and respected leaders in the Financial Independence movement joining us today: My old college buddy and Great Man Mastermind brother, Brad Barrett. More on him in a moment. If you haven’t heard of the Financial Independence (or FI) movement, you’re missing out. The FI movement is a global community of millions of ordinary citizens breaking free from financial drift, making intentional decisions with their money, and get this: Within a period of 5 to 15 years…having so much money saved that they can choose whether or not they want to work ever again. Members of the FI community are hitting independence in their 40s, 30s or even sometimes their 20s. And most of these people are NOT extraordinary earners. Many of them are teachers, accountants, hair dressers, union workers or other typical middle class professions. Sounds impossible, no? Or at least must require some superhuman level of savings and deprivation – like downsizing your family to a one bedroom studio and allocating toilet paper square allotments. Au contraie, my friends. It’s quite the opposite. While achieving Financial Independence does require intentionality and discipline, it does not necessitate you giving up all of your life’s pleasures to become a frugal weirdo who eats brown bananas. Instead, Brad Barrett will be teaching us how the choice to begin your journey to financial independence is not only exciting, it has the potential to become one of the most meaningful inner work experiences of your life. And that, ultimately, leads to freedom. Who is Brad Barrett * Brad Barrett is the co-host of the ChooseFI podcast, which is an astoundingly popular financially focused podcast…and beyond that, one of the most popular podcasts in the world. * Put it this way, there are 850,000 podcasts in the interwebs today, and ChooseFI is one of the top 500 most downloaded. That puts it in the .0006% of all podcasts (or 6 basis points for you math geeks). * Brad and his wife Laura – and their two young daughters - achieved financial independence before the age of 40, which means they’ve saved enough money away to live off the interest of their savings that totally covers their yearly expenses * If you’ve read my new bok, On Purpose Leadership, you already know about Brad, because I featured him the chapter outlining how to identify and follow your Greatest Energy – which is what Brad did to not only achieve FI, but to become one of the pillars of the movement itself In this Episode * You’ll learn what is Financial Independence and the “why” behind committing to this lifestyle of living * Why Brad calls “money the last great taboo.” * Why not taking command of your financial decisions leads to a lifetime of living on the knife’s edge of losing your personal autonomy * Why and how you need to stop seeing saving money as “deprivation” and instead see it as your path to freedom * How to figure out exactly what your life costs * The basic math behind how you can calculate your personal “financial independence” number Resources: The ChooseFI Podcast: ChooseFI Episode 38, “The Why of ChooseFI”: ChooseFI Episode 100, “Welcome to the FI Community”:
57 min
Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch
Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Episode 33: 2 Parties, 2 Visions for America – Who Will Govern You?
*Show Notes* I’ve always been passionate about religion and politics, but I know that not everyone my age, especially Christian millennials, shares the same sentiments towards this topic. Someone even once told me that he didn’t believe Christians should have roles in politics.  In this episode I want to encourage you not to look at the word ‘politics,’ but let’s look at it as ‘governance’ and who will govern over you. Right now, we have two political parties fighting over how they will govern us. 40 million evangelicals did not vote in 2016, and many said it’s because they did not love either candidate. As I hear that again this year, I want to remind you that love has never been the standard regarding who we vote for. The standard is the policies that a candidate represents and their ability to lead this country. Whether or not you love a certain candidate, as Christians and as Americans, we have been given the opportunity to vote in order to protect our families, our neighbors, and our freedoms. With the 2020 election just around the corner, this episode of the #FearlessPodcast addresses some things I want to encourage you to think about as you prepare to head to the polls. *Social Media* Many people are weary of the political climate as we near the 2020 election, and like 2016 when 40 million evangelicals didn’t vote, I hear the same conversations happening today. Whether or not you love a certain candidate, as Christians and as Americans, we have been given the opportunity to vote in order to protect our families, our neighbors, and our freedoms. With the 2020 election just around the corner, this episode of the #FearlessPodcast addresses some things I want to encourage you to think about as you prepare to head to the polls. *Scripture Referenced* * John 3:16 * Philippians 2:9-11 *Going Farther* * Decision Magazine 2020 Election Guide - *Websites:* * Billy Graham Evangelistic Association -- * Billy Graham Radio -- * Samaritan’s Purse -- *Facebooks:* * Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Facebook: * Billy Graham Facebook: * Billy Graham Radio Facebook:
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