Self-Love is Toxic – With Allie Beth Stuckey

Hello beloved, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I am very excited about today’s episode. I had the absolute joy of talking with Allie Beth Stuckey from Relatable, discussing her new book You’re Not Enough and That’s Okay. I’ve still been so behind on everything that I’m supposed to be doing, still trying to get caught up and getting back into the flow of homeschooling after having COVID, so I am very thankful that this episode was recorded way back in March. If you watch on Youtube you’ll notice that my equipment is different, hopefully it won’t be too weird, it was weird for me during the editing. It was also exciting to see how many things have changed over the past several months! My husband has done a fantastic job of making the podcast a new gifting opportunity, after 12 years of marriage it gets a little difficult to find things to buy one another so he’s got a whole new hobby to gift me in. The mic, headphones, new computer, new lights…it’s made a huge difference. But you won’t see, or hear, that in this episode because it was recorded way back before all that. Also, I was so nervous/excited to talk with Allie that I didn’t do a very good introduction.

Allie was so gracious, very fun to talk with, and even though she had a lot going on she gave me even more time than her publishers had promised so I hope our conversation will be a blessing to you all. I’ll be posting a book review on Wednesday, although you’ll all pretty much know my opinion after watching. Below I’ve included a timestamped outline as well as links to more information about Allie and her new book. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


TS 00:02:10 – Allie shares her testimony

TS 00:04:30 – How Allie became Reformed

TS 00:08:00 – How did you decide to bring your Reformed faith into your podcast?

TS 00:15:00 – We start talking about the book

TS 00:16:30 – What was the purpose for this book?

TS 00:22:30 – How is this effecting women?

TS 00:30:00 – What is the best way to addressing women stuck in the self-love movement?

TS 00:37:00 – Do you have any future projects?

TS 00:39:45 – Have you ever tried Roasted Grasshopper’s, if not would you?

 

Get more info about Allie at her website here: https://alliebethstuckey.com

Her book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/608241/youre-not-enough-and-thats-okay-by-allie-beth-stuckey/

Her YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx_2Vso6Qz76n-w5KV8DZcA

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Women’s Ministry with Erin Coates – A Story of Death to Life

Today’s episode is one of those interviews that I recommend tissues for. And a notepad and pen!

Hello, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today’s episode is one of those interviews that I recommend tissues for. And a notepad and pen! Erin Coates joined me and tells how God graciously saved her from drugs, partying, and abortion. She now directs the women’s ministry at her church as a pastors wife and a homeschooling mom. She has a heart and passion for the truth of Gods Word to be taught to women! After watching how the women’s ministry was done at Grace during her husbands time in The Masters Seminary, she had a good foundation for how to grow women in Biblical maturity. Don’t forget to mark your calendars because Erin will be a featured speaker at Brooke Bartz free online Women’s Conference Open Hearts in a Lost World July 13th thru the 17th 9:30 CST, with worship done by CityALight.

There were some really fun, light hearted moments that I was able to get for the blooper reel at the end, so don’t miss it. I don’t usually ask this, but if you know someone who has had an abortion, is considering an abortion, or works at the abortion mill and could use some encouragement, please share this episode with them. Below is a timestamped outline in case you’d like to zip through this episode, as well as the links to Erin’s social media so you can follow her ministry. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube.  As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:01:37 – Erin shares her testimony

TS 00:16:00 – We talk about abortion, and forgiveness

TS 00:29:30 – How did you end up in women’s ministry?

TS 00:36:50 – What led you to run the women’s ministry in such a God glorifying way?

TS 00:40:40 Should a younger woman teach an older woman if the younger has been in faith longer?

TS 00:45:00 – How can we address unbiblical teaching in our own churches?

TS 00:51:55 – We talk about the upcoming Women’s conference Erin will be speaking in, Open Hearts in a Closed World

TS 00:57:55 – How can we be praying for Erin?

TS 01:00:00 – Silly Questions

 You can find Erin on her social media accounts here: https://www.instagram.com/erincoates80/

and here: https://www.instagram.com/womenofgrace_glc/

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Prone to Wander – How Robert Robinson’s Story Ends

By: Becca Barner

This Sunday, I want to share the story of my favorite hymn. I sadly do not know a lot of hymns, Bethel and Hillsong only covered a few which was basically my knowledge of hymns prior to my conversion. Sad face. But as soon as I heard the truth, it was hymns that I knew would be a safe place to land in regards to music. I remember right away playing “Come Thou Fount” by Robert Robinson on repeat. It was my new favorite, and yet it is hundreds of years old. The part of the song saying, “bind my wandering heart to thee” I would sing over and over. Singing now as I write this and remember the pain of being a wandering soul most of my life.

 

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Last week after my pastor was done preaching the worship began playing this song towards the end of the service. It’s also my favorite to sing with my fellow brothers and sisters. Our pastor came back up after we all sang for the benediction. He came up and shared the article below and stating he had chosen this particular article without knowing what songs were in the set that morning for church. As he read the following article, tears were falling down my cheeks. I believe the story below is unverifiable but before his death, he stated, “Christ in Himself is a person infinitely lovely as both God and man.” Regardless, of the story being true or not, I am still grateful for this song. He wrote it not too long after his initial conversion, and my hopeful heart wants to see the good in this hymn. I am grateful for what God has done in my life.

Happy Sunday, Y’all
Becca

 


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Prone to Wander

 

It was a bright Sunday morning in 28th century London, but Robert Robinson’s mood was anything but sunny. All along the street there were people hurrying to church, but in the midst ofthe crowd Robinson was a lonely man. The sound of church bells reminded him of years past when his faith in God was strong and the church was an integral part of his life. It had been years since he set foot in a church—years of wandering, disillusionment, and gradual defection from the God he once loved. That love for God—once fiery and passionate—had slowly burned out within him, leaving him dark and cold inside.

 

Robinson heard the clip-clop, clip-clop of a horse-drawn cab approaching behind him. Turning, he lifted his hand to hail the driver. But then he saw that the cab was occupied by a young woman dressed in finery for the Lord’s Day. He waved the driver on, but the woman in the carriage ordered the carriage to be stopped.

 

“Sir, I’d be happy to share this carriage with you,” she said too Robinson. “Are you going to church?” Robinson was about to decline, then he paused. “Yes,” he said at last. “I am going to church.” He stepped into the carriage and sat down beside the young woman.

 

As the carriage rolled forward Robert Robinson and the woman exchanged introductions. There was a flash of recognition in her eyes when he stated his name. “That’s an interesting coincidence,” she said, reaching into her purse. She withdrew a small book of inspirational verse, opened it to a ribbon-bookmark, and handed the book to him. “I was just reading a verse by a poet named Robert Robinson. Could it be…?”

 

He took the book, nodding. “Yes, I wrote these words years ago.”

 

“Oh, how wonderful!” she exclaimed. “Imagine! I’m sharing a carriage with the author of these very lines!”

 

But Robinson barely heard her. He was absorbed in the words he was reading. They were words that would one day be set to music and become a great hymn of the faith, familiar to generations of Christians:

 

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace’
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

 

His eyes slipped to the bottom of the page where he read:

 

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it—
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

 

He could barely read the last few lines through the tears that brimmed in his eyes. “I wrote these words—and I’ve lived these words. ‘Prone to wander…prone to leave the God I love.’”

 

The woman suddenly understood. “You also wrote, ‘Here’s my heart, O take and seal it.’ You can offer your heart again to God, Mr. Robinson. It’s not too late.”

 

And it wasn’t too late for Robert Robinson. In that moment he turned his heart back to God and walked with him the rest of his days.

 

Ron Lee Davis, Courage to Begin Again, (Harvest House, Eugene, OR; 1978), pp. 145-147

 

 

Are Friendly Calvinists an Endangered Species – Part 1

It’s no secret, dear ones, that the Reformed community has somehow managed to make a name for itself as, well, rude, arrogant, and ungracious. Ungracious? How is it possible that the group of believers that hold so tightly to the doctrines of Grace could act ungraciously? I’ve heard from several people over the last year that they agree with the doctrine, but struggle with the people professing it. So, for today’s episode we’re interviewing an Instagrammer who has done a great deal in changing that mindset. Not only are his posts purposefully reproachful of bad behavior on Social Media, but they’re edifying and encouraging to his followers. I hope others will see this, and follow FriendlyCalvinists example.

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Throughout his time on Instagram the FriendlyCalvinist has remained behind the scenes, making his time online about Gods glory and not about himself. Due to this, much of what he talks to us about is breaking news of sorts. We were so honored to be a platform for him to continue teaching believers how to act online. It’s always such a blessing to talk with fellow believers about the work God is doing through them. The interview was nearly three hours long, but there was too much great content to cut it, so we divided it into two parts. Next Monday we’ll drop part 2 where we get more into the details of Social Media, answering our listeners questions, and Shenanigans.

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Becca and I want to thank the FriendlyCalvinist for joining us on the program and sharing so much of his story with us. I hope you will all join me in praying for him, and his son, as they grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord. You can find the podcast on Podbean, Castbox, iHeart Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and the video on YouTube. Please don’t forget to like, share, subscribe, and comment to help us reach more believers and nonbelievers with the truth of Gods Word. Our hope is to continue to edify and encourage the Church, while convicting the lost with the Law and Gospel. As always, beloved Brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – Institutes of the Christian Religion Book 1

Good afternoon, dear ones, I hope this post has found you all well! I’m so excited about reviewing this book today, and I can’t wait to finish the rest of the books in the Institutes. I was actually really nervous when I began reading this book, assuming from the start that there must be some sort of scandalous teaching within. I suppose to the man-centered prosperity peddling churches I spent so much time in before being born again, it would have been terribly scandalous. This is probably why I put off reading it for so long, I don’t like contention. However, recently I saw someone on social media assert that Calvinists, also known as Reformed, follow a false god. That was awfully grievous to see, I have many friends who are Calvinists, some of you are probably reading this right now. Besides that, I’ve researched Calvin’s life and read some of his other writings and held a great deal of respect for him. Did this book change my mind, or in the least explain why anyone would consider it idolatry?

The answer, simply, is no. I didn’t read anything in this book that I haven’t read in Owens, Edwards, or Spurgeons work. Throughout each chapter I found nothing scandalous whatsoever, though he rightly hits the Roman Catholic Church hard for their falsehoods. He also deals with many others who had strayed from the Bible, and refutes them with the full counsel of Gods Word. I saw no Scripture taken out of context, or a point made without Biblical backup. In short, I can see no evidence for the assertion made on social media. Also, I must say, this book is an absolute delight!

The Institute was first published by John Calvin in 1536, though he continued updating it until 1560, when it’s final edition was published. There are four books, each tackling different major theological issues, patterned after the Apostles Creed. It helped me to think more deeply about God, and His sovereign will. Calvin’s love for God, Gods Word, and Gods people are clear in his writing, and were a genuine encouragement to me. His explanations were thorough, yet easy to understand, even for someone like me! I hope that more people will read his writings before accusing him of being a false brother, and before accusing those who admire him of following a false god. I, personally, can not wait to read the other books and review them for you all.

Beloved, we should never glorify any one man, all glory goes to God, as Calvin himself would have wanted. I can’t imagine he would take to kindly to having a group named after him. In fact, woven between Scripture, he speaks of Church fathers, and believers who had come and gone long before his time. It is a blessing that we’re able to read his, and so many others writings today with a click of a button. It seems a shame not to take advantage of that wonderful opportunity. You can find all four books of the Institutes of the Christian Religion in audio, pdf download, and online here. The kindle version is only a dollar here, and a relatively cheap paperback can be purchased here. I hope this review was helpful, my friends, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.