Called to Politics with Dan Forest – CMAW035

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Dan went to a church as a kid but didn’t hear the Gospel and wasn’t a Christian.  When he heard the Gospel he became a Christian, but his life didn’t change much.
  • He got married and they went to the Billy Graham crusade. His wife accepted Christ and got involved in a Bible study.  Dan wasn’t following God.  In early 1997 he got down on his knees and turned his life over to Him.
  • As an architect he worked on moving Billy Graham’s organization from Minneapolis and building the Billy Graham Library
  • He went to the Univ. of SC for Engineering for 2 years but hated it.  He went to the UN-Charlotte Architectual School and loved it right away.
  • His specialty was office buildings and corporate interiors.   He had a lot of fun and has no regrets.
  • His mother was the mayor of Charlotte and a member of the U.S. Congress.  He always said he wouldn’t get involved in politics because of how grueling it was on his Mom, but he really felt called to run for Lt. Gov. in 2009.
  • “When you’re really called to do something, you just have to go do it, you really can’t deny it.  It really doesn’t matter what the cost is.”
  • Dan is passionate about education. NC was the first state in the nation to have every single classroom connected to high speed broadband, even though it’s one of the most rural states in the country.  This provides opportunities that some kids didn’t have before.
  • They opened up school choice opportunities.
  • They gave teachers raises 6 years in a row.  No other state has done that.
  • Dan started the Black Mountain Men’s Retreat and this year it will be at the Cove.
  • “There’s no separation of our relationship with Jesus Christ when you become believers,  You’re just one person driven by one set of principles.”
  • “I don’t deny God…If you really believe that God is who He said He is…then you will trust in the Lord and you will follow him and tell people about Him.”
  • “I’m not called to preach as Lt. Gov but when you have opportunities you don’t shy away from talking about the truth either”
  • “This notion of truth being relative is a dangerous thing, so I believe in absolute truth”
  • To truly love our neighbors and to love our enemies, there’s a lot of crazy concepts out there in the world of politics that I believe are just as true today as they were 2000 years ago”
  • We need to engage.  We live in a culture today that separates itself into certain ideologies and certain groups.
  • “Turn politics off for a while.  There’s a lot more to life than politics”
  • The church has to love each other and we don’t do that very well. Then we need to love our neighbor.
  • “We don’t even know who our neighbors are so how are we going to love them?”
  • Favorite scriptures include those related to joy “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength” and Romans 12:1-2 – be living sacrifices and don’t be conformed to this world
  • He’s an audible.com junkie and has a general of doing 30-50 books per year.  He loves C.S. Lewis and a lot of apologetics.  He typically alternates fiction and non-fiction.
  • To contact call the Lt. Gov office or go to www.danforest.com or http://www.facebook.com/danforestnc

Revelation Unraveled with Bill Villanueva – CMAW034

 

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Bill surrendered his life after hitting a low point in Florida and living with ex-cons and being kicked out by his parents for drug and alcohol issues
  • He moved back to Massachucetts and witnessed to his old party buddies, 9-10 took to heart what he shared and attended a Bible class, he also made some impact witnessing to his siblings
  • Bill has had 23 jobs and worked with the highs and lows and can now relate to many different types of people and have empathy with those who have difficulties
  • He studied engineering at NC State
  • God gave Bill a vision and he sold everything to study the word in Kansas
  • He moved to California then back to NC and met his wife Ana
  • They bought some land and raised their 4 boys
  • He wrote a book “Revelation Unraveled”
  • He hears God by being still and praying in the Holy Spirit
  • It takes a lot of effort to write a book, stay away from publishers that make promises and fail to deliver, focus on self publishing
  • Bill met Rayburn Hall and his wife who were doing prison ministry at age 96 and that got Bill interested and took over that ministry and then Chuck Powers got other churches involved
  • For a great marriage, be great friends first and work hard together, figure out who does what best doing things at home, discuss and be on the same page with spending money, husbands should listen more than talk
  • Raising kids, teach your kids how to work and don’t give them everything, encourage them, set a good example of what it is to live the Christian faith, apologize when you’re wrong so they can see you’re human
  • At work, be honest and humble when dealing with leadership, show a good work ethic without complaint, he doesn’t wear his Christianity on his sleeve at work
  • Don’t buy into what the world says is success
  • If you’re not happy with your work or any part of your life, you have options to do something different, don’t spend time doing things that have no benefit
  • Success is at work is having people enjoy being around you, you’ve earned your pay
  • 2 Cor 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…”
  • During his commute he listens to Personal Pension Radio, Mike Rowe’s “That’s the Way I Heard It” for entertainment, Twin Cities Church out of Winston-Salem, Daystar Church out of Winston-Salem
  • Contact Bill at newvillage@embarqmail.com

Being Jewish 101 with Jeremiah Zaretsky – CMAW033

 

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What You’ll Hear:
  • The Jewish community does not have consensus on the question “Who is a Jew”
  • In “Jews for Jesus” from a messianic perspective, a Jewish person is someone who is a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  We define being Jewish as an ethnicity
  • According to the Bible, if your father was Jewish you were Jewish
  • Over times, the Rabbis changed that law so that your mother being Jewish made you Jewish. This was in response to rape and pillaging of the Jewish people and to preserve the ability to identify their people
  • If someone is a Jew you’re referring to ethnicity (the bloodline, like hardware).  If someone practices some of the Jewish faith or culture, anyone can do that (like software).
  • The Jewish culture varies in different countries
  • Referring to the Jewish people as “Jews” may be fine or derogatory depending on the context
  • The 3 main branches of Judaism are Orthodox (most conservative), Conservative, and Reformed (most liberal).
  • Orthodox Jews believe in the inerrancy of scripture and the oral law (the Talmad, the rabinical interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures).  They believe in the coming Messiah and the resurrection of the dead. Within Orthodox there are sub-groups of modern Orthodox, strict Orthodox, and the ultra-Orthodox (the Hasidim).
  • A Reformed Jewish person would not believe in the Messiah as a person.  They would not believe in the miracles of the Bible.  There are even athiestic and humanistic synagogues that do not believe in God.  There are a large group of Jewish people who follow Buddhaism (called JewBus) and New Age.
  • As the culture has shifted, there has been a deterioration between these 3 branches and in the beliefs of each
  • Judaism didn’t morphe significantly until after the Temple was destroyed in 70AD.
  • A Yamaka (Yittish) and Kippah (Hebrew) are two names for a skull cap or head covering for men
  • Jewish people tend to vote democrat due to justice issues
  • The general sentiment in our culture and in Jewish culture is whatever makes you happy and that impacts the Pro-life issue.
  • A bar mitzvah is when a boy reaches age 13 (bat mitzvah for a girl).  The ceremony is only about 400 years old.  The essential elements of the ceremony is they spend a year or longer learning Hebrew.  The Torah is broken into 54 portions, so you find the portion associated with the week of your birthday and you learn to chant that in Hebrew.  You give a sermonette on the Torah portion you’re chanting on and what it means to be a man (or woman).  Then you have the party.
  • For most boys their life doesn’t change that much as a result of the bar mitzvah

 

A Biblical Answer to Poverty with Art Lindsley – CMAW032

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Art Lindsley in 4th grade at a summer camp committed his life and felt forgiveness and closeness to the Lord
  • He got a BS in Chemistry, a Master of Divinity and PhD in Religious Studies. He worked at the Ligonier Valley Studies Center with R.C. Sproul for 6 years as Director for Educational Initiatives and for 25 years at the C.S. Lewis Institute partly as President and has been at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics for 6 years
  • In his book “For the Least of These – A Biblical Answer to Poverty”, he talks about the poverty industry and quotes from the book “Toxic Charity”, Bob Lupton saying “You give once you elicit appreciation, you give twice you create anticipation, you give 3 times you create expectation, you give 4 times it becomes entitlement, you give 5 times you establish dependency”
  • The book “Dead Aid” essentially states that the U.S. ought to stop giving Africa aid as a long term solution. 85% of the aid has gone to a place other than which it was intended.
  • A great film “Poverty Inc.” talks about the need for a new paradigm dealing with poverty. There is often a missing small/medium business in these countries.
  • In one case, some in Hollywood sent 100,000 miscuito nets which drove the local African business out of business
  • In Deuteronomy when it said “you’ll always have the poor” it meant we’ll never have an excuse for not helping the poor
  • The best way to help the poor is to help affirm their dignity as image bearers of God and give them an opportunity to apply their gifts
  • Peter Greer from Hope International asked some poor people how they defined poverty, the answers almost 100% did not deal with money
  • In 1800, 85% were living in desperate poverty, in 1950 50%, in 1992 25%, in 2007 15%, now 10%, almost solely through enterprise
  • Any attempt by government has to take into account that the ultimate goal is to empower people
  • Government, non-profits, and business all have a role
  • In almost every case he would prefer the church rather than government help the poor
  • About 30% of what you give to the government goes to help the poor, about 30% with a non-profit goes to help the poor
  • In the past, the church did take the responsibility of helping the poor
  • In his book “Counting the Cost: A Christian Perspective on Capitalism”, he found an argument against abuse is not an argument against use
  • In Lindsley’s book about C.S. Lewis, he wrote that Lewis as a young boy had a problem with prayer and quit praying because he found it inadequate. Lewis found that just because something is old or something from the past that it is wrong. He also struggled with the problem of evil. He found that if evil is real, there had to be a sufficient basis for it.
  • A discussion between Lewis and Tolkien about myths made a big impact on Lewis. Lewis found a contradiction between his reason and his imagination.
  • From his book “Love The Ultimate Apologetic”, 2 of the major worldviews that standpoint against Christianity, Atheism (all is natural) and Eastern Religion (all is spiritual) provide no basis for love. The path to love
  • Work – Jesus was a small business-man for about 20 years and was noted in His field for being excellent at what He did and He spent 3 years in ministry. It must be OK to be in business and to work with your hands.
  • Work-life balance – we’re called to be faithful in every area of our lives (God, church, family, work, health). No one area is to drive out the others. There should be a compatibility between these things. There’s always a way to make time for everything if you work with your schedules.
  • Our ultimate purpose from Genesis is to work. Because of the Fall, we have alienation from the creation (our work). We are to reverse the effect of sin through redemption including work. Work is valuable in and of itself. Most people don’t fully grasp that. One professor said there are times when it’s immoral to share the Gospel at work. We don’t just work to share the Gospel or to make money. The primary purpose of work is to be faithful with the gifts God has given us.
  • Life verses: Eph 6:10, Matthew 18:21, Psalm 130
  • For work commute, listen to the Bible, sermons, 20 hour long lectures called “The Basic Apologetics Course” on Youtube and the website, podcasts on the website
  • Contact alindsley@tifwe.org, www.tifwe.org

Surrender Only to One with Lt. Col. Damon Friedman – CMAW030

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What You’ll Hear:

  • Dr. Damon Friedman had good people in his life who talked about Jesus and he even understood Jesus as Lord but hadn’t embraced Him as his personal savior.  He was born and raised in LA. His Mom was born in Puerto Rico.
  • He got a full scholarship to college for running but then he dropped out. In his sophomore year in college he accepted Jesus as his personal savior but didn’t grow spiritually.
  • He graduated with honors with a double major in psychology and criminal social justice
  • His biological father was very abusive physically and emotionally
  • His single Mom got government support and Damon joined the military to give back.  He was impressed by a marine who approached him and so he served with the Marines for 5 years and then went into Air Force Special Op’s.
  • He founded SOF (Shield of Faith) Missions, based on Eph 6.  They have 3 initiatives 1) Creating awareness through film 2) Provide support through groups and education 3) Intensive care (also called the Surrender Project)
  • In 2010 he was deployed and his life was a mess.  He was fighting without sleep for 72 hours. He promised to serve the Lord and God saved Damon
  • Committing your life to Christ shares some similarities to when someone commits to serve in the military
  • We need to do something about the vets and active duty military who are killing themselves
  • The film was the idea of someone he met from Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade. They filmed where American Sniper was filmed in the dessert.
  • The film is the main weapon to capture people’s attention.  Their focus initially is vets but intend to also help first responders, etc.

Needing God with Ken Helser – CMAW 027

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What You’ll Hear:

  • Ken was picked on in grade school
  • He found he could sing well and found success recording and performing, and was going to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Almond Brothers and was going to enter into a contract with Dick Clark
  • In May 19, 1970 he was told by a Pastor that music was his god and he gave up his band and gave his life to Christ
  • From that band, 2 guys died tragically, 2 went to prison, and 3 became Christian
  • He had to admit to his wife that he had been committing adultery for 3-1/2 years.  His wife Linda forgave him and never brought it up again, something Ken calls the greatest miracle of his life.
  • The one thing Ken wanted more than anything was to be a communicator.  Those dreams that had been in the dark were brought to the light
  • Those days were Ken’s seminary.  He thought he should go to seminary but didn’t want to.  Someone told him that he was going to the seminary of life. She said that God was looking for people that can prove the Gospel by applying the truths of God to the laboratory of life.
  • Ken had a vision of having land.  It took 16 years until they purchased 52 acres of land.  His 8 year old son Jonathan watched Ken walk this land and later Jonathan went to YWAM and returned wanting to join Ken in his ministry.
  • They’ve used what they’ve had and paid cash for everything.  2 years ago, Ken turned the ministry over to his son Jonathan.  They have a group called The Cageless Birds.
  • All of Ken’s children have gone past him
  • Ken’s wife was diagnosed with cancer in 1976 and had no plans for any more children and planned for a hysterectomy.  A man prophesied to him that Ken would have a son who would write songs for his generation that would go over all the world.
  • Ken prayed over his wife and she was healed and they then had Jonathan.
  • Last year Jonathan’s song “No Longer a Slave to Fear” was given a Dove Award and gone all over the world.
  • The key to relationship is communication.  Isaiah 55:3 said “Hear and your soul shall live”.  He read that while smoking dope and doing yoga.  Ken sought someone who could help him hear from God.
  • Ken learned that in everything God has a voice.  He spokes mostly through scripture.  Francis Assisi says creation is God’s second book.
  • You have to ask God to speak to you.  God wants to speak to us more than we want to hear.
  • One reason people don’t want to hear from God is they’re afraid of what He’ll say because they have the wrong image of God.
  • Oswald Chambers said “The Christian life is authenticated when the indwelling Spirit applies the principles of Christ to the particular circumstances in which you and I are placed”.  Ken said ” I don’t think I hate anything more than my own hypocrisy”
  • “The willingness to be wrong in order for God to be right is a humongous key to life”
  • The hardest person to be authentic with is ourself
  • “To answer before listening is folly and shame” – Proverbs 18:13
  • “I need Jesus more than I’ve ever needed Him”
  • One day God asked Ken “Why do you keep trying to outgrow your need for Me?”
  • “You’re most blessed when you’re most needy”
  • The most pain a human being can ever suffer is rejection.  The worst thing you can do is to hold onto bitterness and unforgiveness.
  • “Anything you do that does not flow out of a heart of worship you do out of your flesh”
  • Favorite verse Psalm 37:4 and Philippians 2
  • “The key to discipline is desire”
  • To contact go yo http://www.aplacefortheheart.org