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The Mission Driven Mom empowers mothers to discover their unique gifts and find ways to use those in the service of humanity. Through focusing on The 7 Laws of Life Mission outlined in the book The Mission Driven Life (available for free at TheMissionDrivenMom.com) this weekly show explores the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to better love God, themselves, truth and humanity. As mothers bring themselves and their lives more in harmony with these true principles, they are able to create a family culture of service, community outreach and servant-leadership.



This podcast is hosted by Audrey Rindlisbacher, mother of 6, wife of 25 years, student of classics, popular speaker and writer, author of The Mission Driven Life and founder of The Mission Driven Mom.

The Mission Driven Mom Audrey Rindlisbacher

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The Mission Driven Mom empowers mothers to discover their unique gifts and find ways to use those in the service of humanity. Through focusing on The 7 Laws of Life Mission outlined in the book The Mission Driven Life (available for free at TheMissionDrivenMom.com) this weekly show explores the knowledge, tools and skills necessary to better love God, themselves, truth and humanity. As mothers bring themselves and their lives more in harmony with these true principles, they are able to create a family culture of service, community outreach and servant-leadership.



This podcast is hosted by Audrey Rindlisbacher, mother of 6, wife of 25 years, student of classics, popular speaker and writer, author of The Mission Driven Life and founder of The Mission Driven Mom.

    Facing My Fears

    Facing My Fears

    For months Audrey felt like she was stuck. She knew what she needed to do but couldn't bring herself to do it. 



    Has this ever happened to you?



    Thinking the time just wasn't right, Audrey continually put off the next step until it was clear that she was drowning and had to do something. Yet, every time she tried to take action, she just couldn't bring herself to pull the trigger.



    Finally, the realization struck - she was immobilized by fear! Through recognizing that fear was stopping her, taking the time to name all her fears and then working things through with God and her family, she was finally released from the fear that gripped her and was freed to move forward in her mission journey!







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    1:10  Audrey's preparation for MDM

    4:45  MDM is growing

    6:54   "I'm going to hire a secretary"

    12:00  Audrey figures out its fear

    14:22   Her fears

    16:31   How God helped Audrey

    18:45   Audrey's hesitations about sharing

    21:33   Audrey talks to her family

    23:43  Fear defined

    25:40  The truth sets you free









    Quotes from this episode:

    "The truth shall make you free." ~Jesus



    "If you're putting off things you know you should do, maybe you're struggling with fear." ~Audrey Rindlisbacher



    "Fear is the anticipation of evil." ~Aristotle



    "Attack your fears, find the truth, and let it set you free from the fears that are stopping you from the personal growth you're being urged on to." ~Audrey Rindlisbacher







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    • 29 Min.
    Mission Driven Stories: Richard Paul Evans

    Mission Driven Stories: Richard Paul Evans

    "The power of believing in a personal mission is a principle that had had an impact on my own life..." ~Richard Paul Evans

    Richard Paul Evans is a true believer not only in a loving God but in God's desire to communicate and guide us in our personal life missions! In fact, the principle of life mission has so radically transformed his own life that Evans travels the globe sharing the message of life mission everywhere he goes. And, wanting to reach an even larger audience, Evans shared his insights about life mission in his book The Four Doors. 



    Not surprisingly, Richard Paul Evans is himself a perfect example of a mission driven life - having lived the 7 Laws of Life Mission without even realizing it! His story is replete with profound spiritual experiences, a strong focus on self-discovery, an on-going submission to truth and principles and a love of learning that were the perfect preparation for the powerful influence he's had in the world. With 38 million copies of his books in print, translated into 24 languages, Evans has earned a gigantic platform from which to share God's love - and he does it beautifully. 



    From his difficult childhood experiences to his failed businesses in his 20's, Evans is no stranger to loss and suffering. Yet, he has used his solid foundation to overcome his challenges and sacrifice immensely to realize his God-given missions. The hope and healing he has provided to millions is an amazingly inspiring legacy.







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    1:40  The impact of Richard's story on Audrey 

    3:30  Richard's difficult childhood  

    6:16   His mother's depression

    9:21    His grandfather's spiritual power

    13:30  Other childhood challenges

    14:50  Youth and young adulthood

    18:15   Marriage and fatherhood

    21:44  Business and politics

    24:28  Evans and the 7 Laws of Life Mission

    33:47  Turning his will over to God

    38:43  Loving truth and humanity with his whole heart

    40:40  Favorite quotes from Richard Paul Evans







    Quotes from this episode:

    “I believe in God…I believe in an all-loving, purposeful God who is willing to give us hard things so might spiritually progress…In addition to my belief in God, these principles comprise the core of my personal belief system and I believe are, to a large degree, self-evident.”

    “Few things promise more excitement and joy than learning, self-discovery, and self-improvement.”

    “The power of believing in a personal mission is a principle that had had an impact on my own life and has led me to achieve things that I would have never dreamed possible…My personal belief in a divine life mission has brought me hope, understanding, and meaning throughout my life.”

    “As a believer in Divine intervention, I also believe that we are sometimes given specific direction to fulfill our missions…Implicit in our belief in a divine life mission is the importance of listening to those internal voices that may direct us for good.”

    “Fame and greatness are not the same thing. There are great people in this world—people of great accomplishment and service to humanity—who are not famous…In most cases, true greatness is a silent and lonely affair…To be of value to others is a far greater ambition than the vain hope for the world’s fleeting applause and fickle admiration.” 

    “The work of spiritual liberation is the work of God. Asking for Divine assistance to free ourselves from destructive and flawed mental maps is a powerful and, arguably, necessary first step…This principle correlates with six of the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

    “To magnify our lives is to take those talents and gifts unique to each of us and with them, utilizing imagination, risk, work and consistent effort,

    • 43 Min.
    “3 Dickens” for Christmas

    “3 Dickens” for Christmas

    "My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was." ~Charles Dickens

    With so much busyness and commercialism all around us at this time of year, and many mixed messages about the real meaning of Christmas, these 3 amazing books offer opportunities to everyone in our families to reconnect with the true "Christmas spirit"! A precious story about the life of Christ which Dickens wrote just for his family, a classic tale of a miserly man's change of heart, and a novel rich with redemptive and sacrificial symbolism will re-center you in the true reason we celebrate Christmas - the birth of the One who has made salvation a reality for all of us. 







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    1:38  What is the "Christmas Spirit"? 

    2:51  The Life of Our Lord's history

    6:10  What did Dickens really believe about Jesus?

    11:39  Favorite quotes from The Life of Our Lord 

    15:05  A Christmas Carol

    21:35  Themes in A Tale of Two Cities

    25:05  Plot and favorite quotes from A Tale of Two Cities









    Quotes from this episode:

    "At last there came a poor widow who dropped in two mites, each half a farthing in value, and then went quietly away. Jesus, seeing her do this, as He rose to leave the place called His Disciples about Him, and said to them that that poor widow had been more truly charitable than all the rest who had given money that day; for the others were rich and would never miss what they had given, but she was very poor, and had given those two mites which might have bought her bread to eat. Let us never forget what the poor widow did, when we think we are charitable."



    "Remember!--It is Christianity TO DO GOOD, always--even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbors as ourself, and to do to all men as we would have them do to us. It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful, and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them, or of our prayers or of our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything."



    "'Good Spirit,' he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it: 'Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!...I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!' In his agony, he caught up the spectral hand. It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it. The Spirit, stronger yet, repulsed him. Holding up his hands in one last prayer to have his fate reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom's hood and dress. It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost...He was so fluttered and so glowing with his good intentions, that his broken voice would scarcely answer to his call. He had been sobbing violently in his conflict with the Spirit, and his face was wet with tears."



    "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25







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    • 34 Min.
    The Faith of the Ancients, pt. 2

    The Faith of the Ancients, pt. 2

    “God orders me to fulfill the philosopher’s mission of searching into myself and other men...I say again that daily to discourse about virtue, and of those other things about which you hear me examining myself and others, is the greatest good of man, and that the unexamined life is not worth living.” ~Socrates

    In this second podcast in the series we dive in to two Ancient Greek writings - Oedipus Rex and Apology - and look for the ideas around the Mantic-Sophic debate that they bring to the forefront. In Oedipus Rex we see the true purpose Sophocles had in writing it - to convince the Greeks to let God lead their lives. In Apology we get the real story from Socrates when he tells us he has been accused only because he is devoted to his mission from God.



    These and other Ancient Greek writings, when seen through the eyes of the Mantic vs. Sophic frame of reference, come alive with a civilization that looks very much like our own. One where smart men who think they've discovered all the answers and no longer need God, seek to persuade others to abandon their faith and lean on reason alone. Yet the greats hold strong and stand up for God and truth - sometimes at the expense of their lives. 







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    3:33  Greek culture at the time of Oedipus Rex

    6:20  Sophocles' purpose

    8:29  Background of the play

    11:00  Oedipus commits to follow God

    14:56  Oedipus begins to turn on everyone - reveals his Sophic beliefs

    18:11  Oedipus' real history

    22:00  How Oedipus was not "fated"

    26:38  Background of Apology - conversion of Socrates and Plato

    28:52  Why Socrates was on trial 

    31:50  Socrates' mission







    Quotes from this episode:

    “Both Plato and Aristotle placed inspiration above reason and moral insight…because it comes from God—for while reason is far from infallible, ‘the sureness of inspiration, on the other hand, is like lightning.'” ~from "Three Shrines: Mantic, Sophic and Sophistic"

    “‘When I was young,’ Plato wrote about Socrates, ‘I was fanatically devoted to the intellectual quest which they call natural science. Filled with pride and youthful conceit, I was convinced that I could know the reason for everything…I was always experimenting to discover the secrets of nature and life.’ He was convinced, as was Socrates, ‘that no one need look any farther than science for the answers to everything.’ That is the ‘Sophic’ state of mind clearly set forth. Then it was, he says, that he read the passage that completely changed his point of view: ‘There is a mind that orders things and causes all things to be.’  The idea electrified him: he turned from the majority to join a very small minority. ‘Shall we say,’ he asks in discussing the nature of the earth, ‘that God the Creator made it? Or would you prefer the teaching and language that everybody follows today—that it all came about simply by spontaneous cause and without any intelligence?’ Here we have the basic dichotomy: on the one hand, things just happen—the physics holds itself the explanation for everything; on the other hand, things do not just happen. Note well that in Plato’s day public opinion was all on the side of the former…At the end of life Socrates explained that he had taken the course he had through the years ‘because, as I said, the way was shown me by God through oracles and dreams and by whatever other means divine providence directs the actions of men.’ He was dead serious about this…'Now my concern is how I may present my soul to the judge in its healthiest condition.’ The next world and the judgment are his guiding light.” ~from "Three Shrines: Mantic, Sophic and Sophistic"

    “No, the Greeks did not have the true religion: even Plato didn’t, and he knew he didn’t. His Socrates is a seek

    • 38 Min.
    Mission Driven Stories: William Bradford and the Thanksgiving Story

    Mission Driven Stories: William Bradford and the Thanksgiving Story

    "'Blessed be the God in heaven who has brought us over this vast and furious ocean,' he prayed, 'You have delivered us from the perils and miseries at sea and set our feet on firm and stable ground--our proper place to dwell. For this we thank You and bless You.'"

    So many versions of the First Thanksgiving are told today! With Thanksgiving coming soon, we thought we'd bypass others' opinions and go right to the original source. To do this we learned all about the central figure that made it all possible - William Bradford. As a major driving force behind the escape to Holland, the decision to seek religious freedom in the New World, finding financial backers for their venture, determining the exact location for their colony, building peaceful relations with the local Indians and keeping everyone alive for the first 3 years, Bradford played THE biggest role in making the Plymouth Plantation a key part in America's eventual success. 

    In this podcast, you'll hear about the tremendous number of losses he experienced as a young boy, his phenomenal education and spiritual preparation, his personal sacrifices, and the exceptional leadership he provided as Plymouth's governor for 36 years. Make sure to share this story with all you love so they can appreciate with heartfelt gratitude this Thanksgiving the rich heritage they've been given.









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    0:43  Update on hard copies of The Mission Driven Life book, Podcasts, and Cottage Meetings

    6:00  William Bradford's early years

    9:40  Bradford's education

    11:55  King James' reforms and Puritanism 

    14:35  Bradford tries out Puritanism

    16:30  Bradford's attempts to escape

    18:54  Conditions in Holland

    21:28  The decision to move to the New World and the search for investors

    25:35  Merchant Adventurers change the deal and they sail to America

    29:55  The Mayflower Compact and the first prayer

    35:00  Samoset and Squanto arrive and help the Puritans

    38:00  Plymouth colony and Massasoit sign a peace treaty, the "First Thanksgiving"

    40:11  Merchant Adventurers make things harder

    42:40  Principles Bradford honored and led with









    Quotes from this episode:

    *All quotes from William Bradford, Plymouth's Rock by Janet and Geoff Benge and Of Plymouth Plantation: The Pilgrims in America by William Bradford



    "Williams was a good student and soon mastered reading, writing, and arithmetic. Most of all, he enjoyed reading, in particular, one book his tutor loaned him, Foxe's Book of Martyrs."



    "Tears ran down the faces of the Separatist men as they looked back in horror, realizing that their wives and children and their fellow Separatist men were being left behind and they were helpless to do anything about it."



    "It was challenging to feed and clothe everyone...everyone had to work hard to raise the money needed to survive. Even the children, some as young as four years old, had to work...The truth was, if a family could not make enough money, they were in danger of starving to death...A number of people lived in cramped quarters, where disease was a constant threat. Several children had died, including the Brewsters' new baby. Many families worked with linen, and over the years, tiny, wiry flax fibers had lodged in their lungs, making it hard to breathe."



    Mayflower Compact:



    "In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, France and Ireland king, defender of the faith, etc. having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne parts o...

    • 46 Min.
    The Faith of the Ancients, pt. 1

    The Faith of the Ancients, pt. 1

    Today we are led to believe that the fight between religion and science is something new. We are told that it is a radically new idea that the earth originated through spontaneous causes. And we are taught that ancient people only believed in God because they couldn't explain natural phenomenon. 



    NOTHING could be further from the truth!



    These ideas were prevalent in many civilizations, including Ancient Greece. The Greeks not only believed in a God that revealed truths to mankind and an afterlife where we would be held accountable to Him for our choices, they understood the need for worship and holy places to make us more virtuous and pure. 



    This two-part podcast series first introduces you to the key words and ideas that clarify these religious debates, then it takes you into ancient writings to explore them and see how the religious debates we see around us are nothing new--they are actually very old. 







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    2:42  Mantic defined

    5:35  Sophic defined

    9:05  "Harmonizing" them

    14:47  Civilizations "created by God" 

    17:05 Mysteries of Eleusis

    19:55  Musaeus

    24:40  Religion was institutionalized  

    25:45  Creation as an act of God 







    Quotes from this episode:

    All quotes from “Three Shrines: Mantic, Sophic, Sophistic” by Stephen D Ricks, Donald W. Parry and Hugh Nibley found in The Ancient State: The Rulers and the Ruled

    MANTIC

    “The Greek word Mantic simply means prophetic or inspired, oracular, coming from the other world and not from the resources of the human mind.” “‘Vertical’ Judaism, i.e. the belief in the real and present operation of divine gifts by which one receives constant guidance from the other world.”

    “It supplies the element of hope in our lives by assuring us of the reality of things beyond.”

    “Those who share the Mantic hope of things beyond, whatever those things may be, are in a very real sense a community of believers, just as Christians, Jews and Moslems form a fellowship of ‘the People of the Book,’ because of their belief in inspired books—even though they may not agree as to which books are the inspired ones.”

    “None is more insistent on the need for revelation than Plato. Plato was the greatest champion of the Mantic.”

    *Revelation, supernatural, duality, what’s to come

    SOPHIC

    “The Sophic, on the other hand, is the tradition which boasted its cool, critical, objective, naturalistic and scientific attitude; its Jewish equivalent is called ‘horizontal’ Judaism—scholarly, bookish, halachic, intellectual, rabbinical. All religions seem to make some distinction.”

    “On the other hand, the Sophic society unitedly rejects the Mantic proposition, and it too forms a single community.”

    *Reason, materialism, here and now, naturalistic

    SOPHISTIC

    “Sophistic came to be identical with Rhetorical, that is, a pseudothought form which merely imitated the other two in an attempt to impress the public.”

    “HARMONIZING” SOPHIC AND MANTIC

    “Whoever accepts the Sophic attitude must abandon the Mantic, and vice versa. It is the famous doctrine of Two Ways found among the Orientals, Greeks and early Christians—if you try to compromise between them you get nowhere, because as one of the Apostolic Fathers points out, they lead in opposite directions.”

    “It is when one seeks to combine or reconcile the Sophic and the Mantic that trouble begins.”

    MANTIC IN HISTORY

    “Each great civilization thought of itself as having been carefully planned in the beginning, all its rites and patterns handed down from above, a complete, perfect structure, planned in detail from the beginning as the faithful reflection of a heavenly prototype present in sacred books of great antiquity.

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