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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.

    God Won’t Give Me Any More Than I Can Handle

    God Won’t Give Me Any More Than I Can Handle

    Disciple Up # 168
    Dumb Things Christians Say, Pt. 1
    God Won’t Give Me Any More Than I Can Handle
    By Louie Marsh, 7-15-2020
     
    Intro.
     
    First Stupid Saying…God won’t give me more than I can handle
     
    The Twisted Scripture Behind This Dumb Saying:
     
    11  Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12  Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:11-13 (ESV)
     
    Notes about this passage:
     
    1) Paul is talking about RESISTING TEMPTATION – NOT life in general.
     
    2) Paul is WARNING US that if we’re not careful we, like the people in the Old Testament, WILL fall.
     
    3) Paul is telling us that God will provide a WAY OF ESCAPE from any and all TEMPTATION not any and all problems.
     
    A way of escape means WE MUST FIND IT & TAKE IT! This is specifically spoken about temptations NOT suffering in general. Sometimes there is NO escape from that – as Jesus proved conclusively on the cross.  
    Verses Prove the Opposite of this Dumb Saying:
     
    8  For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (ESV)
     
    7  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11  For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12  So death is at work in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (ESV)
     
    13  But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you. 14  O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me? 15  Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless. 16  Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me. 17  They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together. 18  You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness. Psalm 88:13-18 (ESV)
     
    Ministry and the Christian Life are SUPPOSED to be done BEYOND OUR LIMITS!
     
    24  Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25  of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26  the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28  Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29  For this I toil, struggling with all his e

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    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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