Tulips & Honey: Episode 12 – Interview with Greg Skirt Co-Founder of Anchored North

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. We’ve dropped a very exciting episode of Tulips & Honey. Anchored North Co-Founder, and Executive Director, Greg Sukret joined us on the program to discuss their newest project Honest Discourse. Anchored North has recorded interviews of Ray Comfort, Jeff Durbin, and many more. As we discussed in this episode, there are some exciting testimonies yet to come. Check them out at their website anchorednorth.org, or on YouTube. You can also hear Greg over at his podcast Virality. I hope this episode will be as encouraging and entertaining for you to listen to, as it was for us to record.

Please join us in praying for Greg, his family, and his team, as they continue to create God honoring content that shares the Gospel with a lost and dying world. Don’t forget to check out Honest Discourse, which is a brilliant means in which to share the Gospel and teach believers how to appropriately communicate with those with whom we disagree. Also, keep an eye out for the new interviews they’ll be releasing soon.

You can listen to this episode of Tulips & Honey through Podbean, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. If you’ve got any questions, or episode recommendations, please let me know. Becca and I love to hear back from you all on what content you’d like to see in the future. As always, beloved Brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Salvation – Guest Post: RedeemedMamaSavedbyGrace

Below, dear ones, is a guest post from my dear sister Lauren Bronner, writer of the RedeemedMamaSavedbyGrace blog. She was so kind as to fill in for me today while I work on packing. We’ll be heading out to the next assignment this weekend, please pray for my family, and enjoy this wonderful article! Thank you, Lauren, you are wonderful!


Salvation

This week my husband and I had the privilege and honor to interview Pastor Allen Nelson on our new podcast The Chuck and Lo Show. Pastor Allen Nelson is the author of the book, “From Death to Life.” The interview was a real treat and I hope you find it encouraging. “From Death to Life” dives into a topic that can make some of us uncomfortable. Talking about our salvation can be sobering. I’ve struggled with being assured of my salvation. There were times where it kept me up all night. My closest friends know that I’ve struggled. When we finally understand, as much as our human minds can, who God is and when we realize how undeserving we are to think that he would offer us the free gift of salvation we struggle.

Now while we who are saved should have assurance, sometimes we don’t and there is a reason for that. Some can have a false assurance–the false belief that you are going to heaven when you’re not. When we do a spiritual examination and see how we measure up, it is clear that we fall short. We are filled with sinful thoughts and desires. Our tongues gossip and tear people down. We lust after others. That is who we are at the very core. That doesn’t give us much hope, does it?

Another reason I have questioned my assurance is when I struggle constantly with the same sins. It can be very discouraging to wonder whether you are truly saved.
Romans 7:15 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

You may struggle because you don’t “feel” saved. However, feelings are unreliable and inconsistent. Feelings may help give us an idea of a possible underlying issue but they are not to be held over God’s word. What if God had feelings like us humans? What if he had a bad day, and was stuck in traffic? Imagine that His day went downhill from there and He was moody and snapped at us a bit. That would be terrible. We don’t serve a God like that.

Sometimes we do question our assurance in our salvation, and rightfully so. We think we can earn our salvation, and that can cause us to doubt.
We are always going to sin while we live in this fallen world. I think it demeans the work on the cross when we think more about the sin then think to think about Jesus.

Those thoughts can cause depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety take you away from the joy Christians should have.
Martin Luther once said, “All heaviness of mind and melancholy come from the devil: especially these thoughts that God is not gracious unto him; that God will have no mercy upon him, etc.”
There is nothing abnormal about a bit of doubt. We are unworthy of this free gift given to us and we know it. I believe Satan rejoices when he sees our shaky assurance in salvation.

It is important to know that there is a difference between condemnation and conviction. You feel helpless with condemnation, at least I have felt as if there was no hope. Conviction brings your sin to the spotlight and results in the desire to repent.

We need to test ourselves …. We don’t ever want to hear The Lord say, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ ” Matthew 7:22-23

You have to have a clear understanding of who God is, and what his word says to have a true understanding of what real assurance is.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” John 10:28-29

As believers, we need to trust what scripture says. What scripture says is what God says so we know it’s true. We don’t question God’s word or lack assurance in it so we shouldn’t do that with our salvation. We need to trust and believe that what Jesus did on the cross is ENOUGH. We should not try and take credit for anything Jesus did on the cross. We can’t. He did that alone. When we question our salvation we minimize the work Christ accomplished on the cross. As believers, we are walking in the light. We are no longer the walking dead. Even when we feel doubt we need to trust in God’s faithfulness. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”

We can have assurance through Jesus Christ. “It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began — to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus” 2nd Timothy 1:9


Guest Post – Presuppositional Apologetics & the Word of Faith Movement

Below, dear ones, is the guest post I had the honor of writing for my friend and brother-in-Christ, Pastor Jim. The original link is here. Please continue in prayer for Jim as he is overseas hard at work for the glory of God.


Hello, dear ones, my name is Lauren Hereford and I write the Tulips & Honey Hub blog. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to write this guest post for my dear friend, and brother in Christ, Jim. I’m joining with you all in praying for him, to see much fruit, and to return home safely. What a blessing it is, though many of us cannot go, we can pray for those that God has sent. Thank you, Jim, for giving me the honor of writing in your place while you diligently serve the Lord. 

I want to talk, briefly, today about the role of apologetics, and particularly presuppositional apologetics, in reaching those caught up in the heretical teachings of the Word of Faith movement. For over a decade I was immersed in the unbiblical teachings of TBN prosperity gospel peddlers. Unfortunately, for as bad as that is, what happens in the small local churches far exceeds what we see on the glossy screens of these well-produced shows. What you don’t see on the TV is the multitudes of image bearers being taken advantage of, abused, or even rejected as unrepentant and faithless goats. How do you rise to heights of prestige in these circles? Well, clearly only those who are healthy and wealthy are favored of God. Obviously, they are the ones with the most faith, with the greatest measure of repentance.

But what does this have to do with apologetics? It was an insistence of Scriptures authority which destroyed the false doctrines I had so tenaciously held to. Once God graciously saved me in July of 2015, it was the overarching question of standards that led me. By what standard? Who says you must be healthy at all times? Who says God wants you rich? If God was the highest authority, and His Word was sufficient, it was far easier to refute the same falsehoods which had so thoroughly doped me before. Why? Because, prior to salvation, my authority rested in two places. The first was my own opinion, my “instinct” about what I was being told. The second was in the prophetic word of those deemed spiritually gifted, or anointed. It was in that fashion that I had come to believe a number of unbiblical teachings.

While I did not know at the time that I was being taught presuppositional apologetics, I was greatly blessed by those who used it to share the Gospel, and to refute the false claims of atheists, agnostics, and cults. It helped me to get grounded in the Word of God as my final authority. Now, whether I’m talking to a Mormon or an atheist, I have Gods Word, not mine or some other sinful man, to argue from. I can share with the cults my past, how deceived I was, while consistently bringing them back to the Bible. It is Scripture alone that teaches truth, and Scripture alone which must be our standard. Many blessings, beloved brethren, please be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!


Tulips & Honey – Episode 11: Should Christians on Social Media Go Home?

Today, dear ones, we drop an episode dealing with Social Media. Particularly we wanted to address the unbiblical responses we’ve seen and heard after the “go home” controversy. We wanted to make sure to include both the positives, and the negatives, of Christians on social media. We hope this will be encouraging, helpful, and instructive. If you want to have us answer questions on air, or want to respond directly to this episode, let me know! You can find the podcast on all major platforms, iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, YouTube, and our website.

In this episode Becca and I address one specific individual. Due to the nature of the issue, and the chance for future problems to occur, we took down the conversation from social media before taking screen shots. We want to use the conversation as an example, and not the sister-in-Christ. I hope that makes sense? I’ll be updating this post with those screen shots later on in the day. In the mean time please be in prayer for my sweet co-host who is feeling under the weather today.

Also, I had the privilege of writing a guest post for my brother, Pastor Jim, while he is away. You can read it here. Also, if you get a chance, please join me in praying for Jim and his family. Also, please pray for those he’s teaching. I’m so blessed to know Pastor Jim, his ministry has daily fed into my life. Recently, another wonderful brother, Tom from ExCatholic4Christ made me aware of the fact that you can listen to pastor Jim’s sermons online! Isn’t that neat? You can find them here.

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on today’s episode, dear friends. What advice would you give for showing grace while standing firm in your convictions online? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday Mega List: Recommendations, Reviews, and Suggestions – October 25th, 2019

Welcome, dear ones, to another MEGA list! Before we get into it let me give you a quick rundown of what to expect from the Podcast next week. Monday, Lord willing, we’ll be dropping an episode covering the topic of Social Media. After the now infamous “Go Home” comment I was deeply disturbed by the response. To say it was unbiblical would be an understatement. So, Becca and I set about researching and discussing how we, as believers, should be acting online. On Thursday we’ll be dropping an interview with Anchored North. I’ve shared a lot of their work, but their newest project is absolutely brilliant!

If you missed this weeks episodes we had a brand new team join the Hub! The Chuck & Lo Show! We also had a very encouraging second episode of The Aquila & Priscilla Hour regarding evangelism. You can also get to know Chuck and Lo in this Monday’s episode as well as check out our interview with CityALight guitarist that dropped yesterday.

Ok, so you’re all caught up now. I have several recommendations for today, hopefully they’ll all bless you as much as they blessed me. First in the list is a blog Becca sent me through Instagram. The Chorus in The Chaos blog has been such a blessing to me, as well as their Instagram. This awesome Instagramer whose paintings are as beautiful as the messages she shares with them. Becca wrote up her testimony over at RedeemedMamaSavedByGrace blog and it’s so encouraging!

For review today I want to talk about Kanye West. That’s a big topic right now, and to be honest I blew it off at first. Famous people are always proclaiming these types of things. My heart was certainly convicted by this episode of Apologia where the guys interviewed the very pastor that Mr. West had turned to. I think it’s something we should continue in prayer for, particularly because he is such a public figure. The baby years of Christianity are difficult, and as they discuss in the interview, I wouldn’t want those few years on display either. I hope that he genuinely is saved, and I hope that many who have now heard this particular pastor preach the Gospel will also be granted the gift of repentance and faith. What do you think, friends? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Suggestions! I love thinking of these random suggestions. This weekend I suggest we all spend some time considering how we interact with one another online. Certainly we can always find room for being more gracious. But perhaps some of us have room for being more courageous? As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Tulips & Honey: Episode 10 – Interviewing James Ferguson of CityALight

Today, dear friends, we had a very special guest join us on the program. James Ferguson, guitarist for CityALight, was gracious enough to talk to us about how the band came together, what the band is up to, what they’ve got planned for the future, and a little about himself. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to CityALight, they have wonderfully Biblically sound, edifying, quality music available on YouTube. The conversation was encouraging, and entertaining. I hope that you’ll all enjoy the discussion.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWedmLj4m7CugZuyJRdqY7w

You can find the podcast on iTunes, Podbean, YouTube, Stitcher, Spotify, /, and many other podcasting platforms. If there’s a platform you haven’t been able to find us on please let me know and I’ll get to work on it. Also don’t forget to like, subscribe, share, and rate us as it helps get the entire hub out to the public. Most importantly, please be in prayer for the entire Hub team. If you, or someone you know, is interested in podcasting within the Tulips & Honey Hub please let me know.

Also, don’t forget to check out the first ever episode of The Chuck & Lo Show, and the second ever episode of The Aquila and Priscilla Hour. These two new podcasts are such a blessing to me! You can continue to be updated on those podcasts by following their blogs if you’re not already doing so. Emily from the Aquila and Priscilla Hour blogs over at HeMadeUsAlive and Lo from The Chuck & Lo Show blogs over at RedeemedMamaSavedByGrace. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Another Book Giveaway

I have to admit, dear ones, the book giveaways are really fun! So, I’m excited to announce another one. If you remember, friends, I interviewed Zack Knotts on his book Majesty Sunrise earlier this summer. He was kind enough to send me an extra copy of his book for a giveaway. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is like this post. Also, if you follow me on any other social media sites you can like, share, comment and all that Jazz. That gives you extra entries. Isn’t that fun?

Zack Knotts book is filled with inspiring and encouraging poems. They’re beautiful, unique, and very well written. I hope this book will be a blessing to whoever wins it. The last time I did a giveaway it was an instagrammed that won. I can’t wait to see who wins this time. The drawing is going to be done on Friday the 25th. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.