Life with God should be fun, it should be exciting. Finding the thing God has for you should be a little scary, and overwhelming. So that when you go for that, you are in over your head so that you have to go to God to get strength. That is where real adventure kicks in.

Glen Fitzjerrell (Unka Glen) on episode 39 of the Say That podcast

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Letting Go of the Guilt

Anonymous asked:

How do I move forward with my past staring me in the face? How do I find healing from (theoretical) self-inflicted wounds? How do I stop myself from a spiral of negative actions?

I answered:

God is not concerned about your past. He knows it, He has dealt with it, and He is ready to move on. That doesn’t mean that nothing from your past will ever resurface. It means that you don’t need to hold onto the guilt from your past. Guilt is what turns a single slip up into a negative spiral.

If you never let go of any guilt, you wake up already feeling like you have lost the fight. So of course things just keep getting worse. Why put up a fight if you already feel like you got your booty kicked? That isn’t the way God sees it though. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning:” You wake up every morning with God ready to move forward with you, embrace that instead of choosing to rehash the past.

When you look in the mirror, it is easy to see every mistake, every falling short, every week moment. That is not what God sees. God sees a child that He loves, and 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love “keeps no record of wrongs.” God sees in you all the the things you will be, who He is making you into. He doesn’t think your past disqualifies you from a good present or future, and neither should you.

Guilt is seductive. It feels holy, and deep, and intense, but it is just a lie. Guilt is an argument where God is telling you why He loves you and has an amazing plan for you, and you are trying to talk Him out of it. Let go of it. Take it a little bit at a time. Read a scripture about how God sees you and let it sit. Don’t fight it, don’t argue, don’t give your past a say. For just a second, dare to believe God more than the guilt. Keep trying, it will get easier and you will get freer. 


-Matt from The Bridge

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1 Corinthians 16 says “you are not your own, you were bought at a price.” What if you really believed that? What if you got up every morning, looked in the mirror and said, “Jesus, I belong to you. What do you want me to do? Whatever it is, I’ll do it.”? There is no ceiling for a walk like that.

Lee Younger on episode 39 of the Say That podcast

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The Only Way

Anonymous asked:

I was just at my friend’s small group and she is catholic. The leader was talking about how every religion worships the same God and she chooses the catholic faith to exercise her spirituality, but others work for other people. I didn’t say anything because it was only my first time there, but I don’t agree with that. Aren’t other religions worshiping their version of God that isn’t true? I know everyone has their own idea of God, even true Christians, but something about her take seems fishy.

I answered:

There are some people who would say that Jesus is just one path to God, and all paths to God are valid. As you rightly point out, this doesn’t hold water theologically. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Christianity says that a relationship withJesus is the only way to God.

That idea tough for some Christians to deal with, because they associate that idea with judgmental people standing on street corners yelling about how everybody is going to Hell. I don’t think this small group leader was denying a basic tenant of Christianity as much as she was trying to make the point that she isn’t like those horrible people.

That is an understandable impulse because those super judgey, aggressive, pompous jerks really make all Christians look bad. Who would want people to assume that they are like them?

You are totally right that correct Christian theology says that Jesus is the only way, and everything else is not, but you don’t have to be a jerk about that. Your friend’s small group leader does have a point from a ministry point of view. If someone thinks what they are doing is working for them, whether that is a religion, partying, or whatever, you are wasting your time trying to talk them out of it. People have to want something new, then Jesus can come into the picture.

It is perfectly possible to believe that Jesus is the only path to God and, at the same time, be respectful of other people’s beliefs and choices.


-Matt from The Bridge

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Anything plus love can change the world. Whatever your gifts and abilities are (and you have them), if you couple those with love and give them away to God, your life will never be mundane again.

Jed Brewer on episode 39 of the Say That podcast

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The Opposite of a Bad Idea Is Another Bad Idea

Anonymous asked:

Hi – I love this blog & say that! Thank you for making them. I feel bad for asking this question, I know it’s superficial, but is it okay to want to lose weight/get healthier? I know I should love myself the way God created me, but I’m really overweight & unhealthy. I guess I feel like losing weight would give me more confidence to be able to serve God more. But I also feel guilty for not liking the way God made me.

I answered:

My friend, I feel bad for you. The guilt has got you coming and going here. Only Christians can convince someone that they should feel guilty for wanting to do something for their health.

There is nothing wrong with you wanting to get healthier or to lose weight. There are certainly screwed up motivations to diet and exercise, but it doesn’t seem like you are dealing with those. There is nothing to feel guilty about in wanting to feel better, or even to look better, as long as you don’t let it take you over. It is perfectly possible to eat healthy and work out and still keep God’s opinion of you the most important.

The opposite of a bad idea is another bad idea, the answer almost always lies in between the extremes. Yet, some Christians still think the way to go is to just go in the total opposite of what the world says, but that is still letting the world control you.

As a young lady, you are bombarded with terrible messages about your body. Television, movies, and fashion magazines are all trying to that your value comes from your jean size and how many guys want to have sex with you. So you should be eating only the bare minimum you need to live, and running/lifting/doing yoga with every spare moment you have. That is obviously untrue, not the way God feels about you, and has a devastating effect on people. 

The opposite, however, can be just as harmful, as evidenced by the fact that someone would think that God is angry with them for wanting to be healthy. He isn’t. God wants you to be happy with who you are. That certainly means coming to accept flaws in yourself, but it might also mean working to change some things. Losing weight and getting healthier isn’t the key to unlocking everlasting happiness, but it can definitely make you feel better. It can also give you a boost in confidence, not even because of how you look, but because you are seeing positive results of discipline and work.

It is important to have balance about getting healthy. If you find yourself only letting yourself eat if you have run for 2 hours, then things have gone too far. But, barring that kind of extreme, there is nothing you should feel bad about. Have a plan and reasonable expectations, and this could be a good thing for you.


-Matt from The Bridge

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There are all these questions where people ask about starting a relationship, and they want to list out all the potential problems and reasons not to try. It seems like the number one problem is being chicken. And, bless your heart, there’s nothing wrong with being chicken. We can work on that, but you have to own up to it first instead of looking for excuses to not act.

Glen Fitzjerrell (Unka Glen) on episode 39 of the Say That podcast

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