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Disciple Up is a Podcast designed to help Empower Disciples to understand and live out their faith in Christ every day.

    Sentiment VS Sentimentality

    Sentiment VS Sentimentality

    Disciple Up # 167
    Sentiment VS Sentimentality
    By Louie Marsh, 7-8-2020
     
    sentiment
    noun
    an attitude toward something; regard; opinion.
    a mental feeling; emotion:
    a sentiment of pity.
    refined or tender emotion; manifestation of the higher or more refined feelings.
    exhibition or manifestation of feeling or sensibility, or appeal to the tender emotions, in literature, art, or music.
    a thought influenced by or proceeding from feeling or emotion.
    the thought or feeling intended to be conveyed by words, acts, or gestures as distinguished from the words, acts, or gestures themselves.
     
    sentimentality
    1: the quality or state of being sentimental especially to excess or in affectation
    2: a sentimental idea or its expression
     
    Call a person sentimental if he or she is led more by emotions than by reason. If you have a sentimental attachment to a favorite stuffed animal, you'll probably even bring it to college with you. Sentimental describes a person who relies on emotions more than reason, or a novel or film that is overly emotional.
     - Vocabulary.com
     
    The Dark Side of Sentimentality:
    https://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/the-dark-side-of-sentimentality
     
    Oscar Wilde, the 19th-century British playwright and wit, summed up this edgier meaning when he wrote: “A sentimentalist is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
     
     Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote, “Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself.”
     
    Supriya Sharma, works at Indian Space Research Organization
    Answered September 2, 2017
    It is great to be a sentimental person.
     
    You experience everything. Even though you get upset at little things, you find joy in the simplest of things.
    You understand what a person is going through. You want to celebrate when they are happy. And you try to fix it if they are not.
    You are a great listener. You understand that everyone has feelings, and give importance to them. You want to make everyone feel secure and heard.
    You have the deepest relationships. People feel secure in sharing their deepest feelings with you. Because you care. You understand that every bond needs to be nurtured. That is the crux of a positive relationship.
    You can easily forgive. You look to repair relationships and let go of grudges.
    You feel all of life. Everything is an experience for you. You sense the little changes around you. You experience them and embrace them beautifully.
    Be proud. You are beautiful :)
     
    God gave us a mind to think with and emotions to feel with, don’t reverse them.
     
    Sentimentalist Followers of Jesus
     
    3  Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4  rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7  Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8  Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9  Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” John 13:3-9 (ESV)
     
    13  Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  … 21  From that time Jesus began to show his dis

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    Potpourri: Boredom & Symbols

    Potpourri: Boredom & Symbols

    Disciple Up # 166
    Potpourri: Boredom & Symbols
    By Louie Marsh, 7-1-2020
     
    American Boredom -  hat tip to Hotair.com
     
    The survey, by market research firm OnePoll, defined a boring day as containing simply no fun whatsoever. Not even reading a HotAir post about boredom.
    The average respondent reported that being bored, having no fun or dreading something was taking up about 36 percent of their life. Which works out to 61 hours every week. Or 131 days every year.
    Imagine being bored or dreading every single day for that long, ever since last New Year’s Eve, in fact.
    Clearly, this is a First World problem since these respondents are not spending their days dodging bullets or foraging for food.
    The biggest reported culprit for American boredom seems to be having adult responsibilities like going to work and parenting.
    More than 20 percent told researchers 2018 was less fun than 2017. And almost half (49 percent) said last year was the most stressful year going back all the way to 2015.
    You probably remember all the excitement during 2015. That’s the year Paul Ryan became House Speaker and Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify.
    Remember when you were young and all you wanted to do was grow up? Well, now nearly two-thirds of those surveyed think their life is too “grown-up.” Half of them really miss hanging out with friends. And a quarter want more birthday parties. Come to think of it, so do I.
    Why not have more fun? Well, a little more than a third (36 percent) said the costs of doing some fun things were prohibitive. Thirty-five percent said they’re just too tired most times to do anything fun because they have too much work to do (32 percent).
    However, the biggest culprit (66 percent) was an inability to get everyone in their family or group to agree on a fun thing to do. Besides, of course, reading HotAir.com out loud at dinner.
    Still — and there’s little explanation for this apparent inconsistency – Americans reported spending upwards of $5,000 a year on fun entertainment.
    “Fun is really about the escape,” said one of the study’s sponsors, Colie Edison, “breaking away from daily stressors and focusing on enjoying the moment.”
    So, what would folks really rather do? A quarter of them would prefer an afternoon at an arcade to going to brunch. A fifth would rather have a sleepover with friends over going to a movie.
    And 39 percent would opt out of an exercise class to choose some time at a bowling alley. Which might sound like fun and makes sense since the poll was sponsored by Bowlero, a chain of bowling alleys.
    12  "All except you. Instead of honoring me, you profane me. You profane me when you say, 'Worship is not important, and what we bring to worship is of no account,' 13  and when you say, 'I'm bored—this doesn't do anything for me.' You act so superior, sticking your noses in the air—act superior to me, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies! And when you do offer something to me, it's a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I'm going to accept it? This is GOD speaking to you! Malachi 1:12-13 (MSG)
    13  But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. Malachi 1:13 (ESV)
     
    The Power of Symbols -  Louie Marsh
     
    As you can see in the post below we had a baptism yesterday. That always makes me happy and marks a great Sunday no matter what else happens as far as I’m concerned. I suspect most Ministers would agree with me on this one.
     
    There are a couple of reasons for that. One, that I’ll probably write about someday, is the fact that baptisms are one of the few concrete things we in the ministry can point to as markers of progress or “success” (however you de

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    A Defense of Theological Definition

    A Defense of Theological Definition

    Disciple Up # 165
    Christ the Controversialist
    By Louie Marsh, 6-24-2020
     
     
     
     
     
    https://www.amazon.com/But-Say-You-Christ-Controversialist/dp/1844749029/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1R3AIDRKY8S91&dchild=1&keywords=christ+the+controversialist&qid=1592860479&sprefix=christ+the+con%2Caps%2C197&sr=8-3
     
     
     
     
     

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    Colossians - Put on the Garments of Grace

    Colossians - Put on the Garments of Grace

    Disciple Up # 164
    Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ
    Pt. 7(8): Put on the Garments of Grace, Col. 3:12-17
    By Louie Marsh, 6-17-2020
     
    Intro: Today we continue our look at Paul's Putting off and on metaphor and focus on the positive side of it.  We've already seen we must put off the old man, now our focus must change.
     
    Where you can find past episodes on Colossians:  134, 135, 137, 142, 146, 152, 160, 164. Please note my numbering of my Colossians are off by one – this should be Part 8!
     
     Signs in Longmont for guys running for County Coroner - we don't want to become our own spiritual coroner.
     
    I) THE CLOTHING OF CHRIST (vs. 12-14)  
    12  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV)
     
    A) Chosen People Choose Compassion (vs. 12)           1, "God's chosen ones" = used of Israel in OT, now it's us - dearly loved by God!
              2, Because this is true we - as a Body - must put on these things.
                        a, Compassion leads to kindness, humility leads to gentleness & patience.
                        b, Compassion = "bowels of compassion"  literally "inwards parts" used of seat of emotions.  That's heart to us, but bowels to eastern people
              3, We know that we CAN be and act this way, because the Lord tells us here being this way is A CHOICE!
     
    B) Applying These in the Church (vs. 13)           1, There may have been hard feelings in Colossian church over fight with false teachers, may have felt bitter about growing churches in neighboring towns.
                        a, How do we handle these problems in the church?
              2, Paul says to first of all bear with one another.
                        a, Literally that means "to put up with"
              3, We must also forgive each other, even if the other isn't worthy of it!
                        a, forgive = "give freely or graciously as a favor" give being Charis in Greek - GRACE!
                                  b, Literal translation could read "forgive yourselves."  When we fail to forgive other believers we fail to forgive ourselves because WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!
                                  c, It's written in the present tense - showing a continual, tireless effort must be made.  Matt. 18: 21-35
     
    21  Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23  “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24  When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25  And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26  So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27  And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28  But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29  So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30  He refused and wen

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    Staying Sane in An Insane World - Thinking Biblically

    Staying Sane in An Insane World - Thinking Biblically

    Disciple Up #163
    Staying Sane in An Insane World - Thinking Biblically
    By Louie Marsh, 6-10-2020
     
    How to stay sane?
     
    First Think Biblically
     
    God calls disciples to think Biblically not culturally and not to simply follow my feelings or to go by my instincts. No, God calls all disciples to think clearly, critically (I mean analytically not to be critical of others).
     
    18  “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
     
    We need to think like God thinks, to see the world as he does and then follow that truth.
     
    People sometimes say, “The god I believe in …”  Perhaps the god you believe in isn’t the real, true and living God. And the only way to know for sure what he thinks is to consult, understand and depend upon the Bible.
     
    C.S.Lewis: “If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones!” Jesus shows us his authority in many places including the Sermon on the Mount when he repeatedly says, “You have heard it said but I say…”
     
    To think like Jesus, to think Biblically means that you’ll really be different. Not different in a way that is considered cool, but different in a fundamental way that won’t be appreciated by many if not most people.
     
    To really think Biblically I must to this:  21  but test everything; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)
     
    Test everything – especially things that make me feel good while sending me off in a slightly different direction in life.
     
    This kind of testing, comparing everything to Scripture – needs to become a deeply ingrained habit that the disciple does automatically!
     
    1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 (ESV)
     
    An Example of Thinking Biblically
     
    34  But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35  And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38  This is the great and first commandment. 39  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-40 (ESV)
     
    1st Question: Who is my neighbor?
     
    29  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31  Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34  He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36  Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Luke 10:29-37 (ESV)
     
    Is this a command to love yourself?
     
    2nd Question:  What is the command here?
     
    A: To love my neighbo

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    Peace Thru Meditating On Scripture

    Peace Thru Meditating On Scripture

    Disciple Up # 162
    Peace Thru Meditating On Scripture
    By Louie Marsh 6-3-2020
     
    How To Meditate On God’s Word
     
    But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.  Psalm 1:2-3
     
    Meditation is THINKING / PONDERING about a Bible verse(s) in order to discover how I can apply its truth to my own life.
     
    WHY Meditate On Scripture?
     
    1) It is the key to becoming like Christ.
     
    Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Proverbs 4:23
     
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2
     
    And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. NRS 2Co 3:18
     
    2) It is the key to a more fruitful prayer life.
     
    If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  John 15:7
     
    3) It is the key to successful living.
     
    Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Joshua 1:8
     
    Six Ways To Meditate On A Verse
     
    Picture It! Visualize the scene in your mind. Pronounce it! Say the verse aloud, each time emphasizing a different word. Paraphrase it! Rewrite the verse in your own words. Personalize it! Replace the pronouns or people in the verse with your own name. Pray it! Turn the verse into a prayer and say it back to God. Probe it! Ask the following nine questions…  
    S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. Questions
    Sin to _CONFESS_? Promise to _____CLAIM_ Attitude to _CHANGE_? Command to _OBEY_? Example to __FOLLOW_? Prayer to _PRAY_? Error to AVOID_? Truth to _BELIEVE_? Something to __DO_?  
    Links to pages talked about in this episode:
     
    https://unlockingthebible.org/2015/10/five-steps-to-meditating-on-the-bible/
     
    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/17-ways-to-meditate-on-scripture/
     
    https://ourdailybread.org/resources/how-to-meditate-on-scripture/

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