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Weekly talks by Andy Jenkins on Grace + Freedom + Purpose + Empowerment. Faith-driven Life-Coaching = move from where you are to where you're designed to be, experience life at the next level

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Weekly talks by Andy Jenkins on Grace + Freedom + Purpose + Empowerment. Faith-driven Life-Coaching = move from where you are to where you're designed to be, experience life at the next level

    All things at all times all for good (w/ Adam Hicks)

    All things at all times all for good (w/ Adam Hicks)

    Adam and I wrap our series of 3 talks here, landing on the premise that “all things work together at all times for your good” (Romans 8:28).

    Notably, Paul— the author of the verse— didn’t say that—

    ❌ all things are good

    ❌ all things are caused by God

    ❌ God only works the things together for the good in which it wasn’t your fault, that you had not part to play…

    Saint Augustine referenced this verse centuries ago and said, “If God works everything together for the good, that means He even transforms my sin into something good…”

    Yes, grace is that big.

     

    In this talk Adam and I discuss a few ideas that are important to hold onto…

    ⭐️ Transparency vs privacy

    When he walked out his restoration (and when I walked out my redemption), we chose to be completely transparent with a FEW people— but we were very private.

    In our culture we get the two mixed up and assume that we should share everything with everyone.

    Consequently, we over-share with the masses, but keep the people who should be up close at a distance…

    👉 Transparency means that we are fully known… by the people who need to know.

    👉 Privacy means that people who don’t need to know… well, they don’t have access.

    These two ideas CAN and SHOULD co-exist, especially when you’re “bouncing back” from a tough season.

    ⭐️ You can’t fill the void

    A new help won’t heal an old hurt. The “voids” you feel must be felt and then HEALED, not simply “filled” with something new…

    If you artificially “fill’ a hole, you will give power OVER future relationships to the one in the past who hurt you.

    Don’t FILL a hurt; HEAL a hurt…

     



     

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    • 36 min
    Development in your disaster (w/ Adam Hicks)

    Development in your disaster (w/ Adam Hicks)

    In the previous talk Adam and I discussed the first thing to do when you face trauma— recognize where you are and choose to feel it…

    We’re promised that Jesus meets us “in the fire,” and the truth is that we’re going to go through the pain…

    As Adam says, “It’s better to go through it WITH Jesus than it is to endure it without Jesus.”

    That leads us to the point of talk #2 in a series of 3: Self-development in your disaster.

    You see, there are things you can acquire in a trial + trauma + tribulation which can’t be collected in any other way.

    A few years ago when I was walking through my own “disaster,” my friend Les told me, “We don’t know the outcome. We’re praying for it, but we don’t’ know…”

    He continued, telling me to focus, during that time, on two things…

    👉 Jesus

    👉 The kids

    That twas it. Those were the only two things promised.

    And, of course, both of those areas GREW massively…

    Here’s the deal…

    Adam reminds us that if you focus on developing during the disaster, there are things you’ll gain, too, and you’ll emerge on the other side BETTER.

    If you don’t focus there, you’ll continue feeling the pain and speaking through— and living out of— unprocessed pain— well into the future.

    It will cloud all future relationships.

    It will clutter all future opportunities.

    It will taint the blessings that are waiting for you just ahead…

    Adam says that one of the things which helped him the most was the right voices…

    “The right voices lead to the right choices,” he says.

    The right voices are people who—

    ✅ Love Jesus

    ✅ Love you

    ✅ Love the offender, as well.

     

    By the way, we discuss the “victim mentality” in this talk, too. We decide that you MUST acknowledge that you were the victim, when you were…

    … because that IS ACTUALLY part of the story.

    Now, you don’t get to “stay there,” that is, you don’t get to set up shop as that being your IDENTITY.

    But, you must own that—

    ♥️ you were hurt by what someone else did, and

    ♥️ you have hurt others in the past, too, even if not in this instance

    ♥️ sometimes, the reality is that we DID have a part to play in this instance…

     

    In the end, it goes back to what my friend Les said— you can’t control what the other person does, but you can control what’s in front of you.

    Start there.

    Trust God and the promises of Romans 8:28 with what you CANNOT control, but be sure to manage the things which you can…

     

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    Take the free Emotional Wholeness / PTSD Self-check at www.Jenkins.tv/PTSD 

    Adam’s book, Pain Not Wasted = https://amzn.to/393yM8X 

    • 32 min
    You can feel it now or you can feel it later (w/ Adam Hicks)

    You can feel it now or you can feel it later (w/ Adam Hicks)

    Last year I met my friend Adam Hicks, a pastor at Desperation Church, in the Green Room at a church facility dedication.

    We have similar stories…

    👉 happily married

    👉 doing what you feel like you’re called to do

    👉 things have never looked better

    👉 the rug is pulled out from under you when the wife taps out

    Ohh….

    👉 you don’t necessarily get to go through it without others watching in and weighing in…

     

    Notably, I met him when we were BOTH on the other side of the pain.

    ✅ married— and experiencing a depth and partnership we didn’t know possible

    ✅ doing more of what we were called to do

    In other words, we’ve both rebuilt— and are rebuilding….

    We kept up with each other after that initial meeting… and, I’ve learned from Adam and his story (it’s all in a book, BTW— the link is below).

    I asked him to sit down and share some of his story with me, and record it, so I could share it with you.

    Here’s where he began…

    👉 You can feel it now or later.

    That is, when trials come our way, we can push the feelings off (and people even tell you TO do that— “just keep yourself busy!”) OR we can, as we talk about in the “emotional wholeness checklist” that’s part of the Soul Wholeness book:

    ✅ Recognize our feelings

    ✅ Read what they’re saying to us (even if it’s not “good”)

    ✅ Respond in a healthy way (even if it takes time)

    Note: if you don’t deal with the pain now, you’ll continue dealing with it in subtle ways until you choose to handle it…

    We learned, too (both of us), that the circumstances you’re praying for MIGHT NOT change in the way you want them to…

    … you might not get pot of gold at the end the rainbow that YOU were hoping for….

    … you might not get a redemption story that looks like a “cleaned up” version of the old story…

    But you are guaranteed that God will meet you “in the fire,” as Adam says.

    And, when that happens, hope is present and healing can happen.

     

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    The Soul Wholeness audiobook for $10 (regularly $25) = https://www.jenkins.tv/offers/PXGzusQN 

    Take the free Emotional Wholeness / PTSD Self-check at www.Jenkins.tv/PTSD 

    Adam’s book, Pain Not Wasted = https://amzn.to/393yM8X  

    • 26 min
    Prayer is less about the words and more about the living relationship

    Prayer is less about the words and more about the living relationship

    If we took and poll and asked people what prayer is, most of them would say, “Prayer is when I talk to God…”

    But maybe it’s more about the PRESENCE than it is the words we say.

    (Especially when we realize that He already knows what we need before as ask, that He’s already promised to work all things together for the good, and that He’s told us nothing can separate us from His love.)

    If you’re struggling to find the words…

    … or if you FIND the words but then feel like they’re hitting the ceiling and bouncing back to you…

    … then listen in.

    Prayer is far less about those words and far more about the living relationship.

     

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    • 28 min
    Hope is a better apologetic than dogma

    Hope is a better apologetic than dogma

    ometimes it’s not what you say, it’s what you do…

    And that’s especially true when you live through something. When you exhibit a hope that defies that odds, a disposition that makes no (human and logical) sense yet seems steady, people take notice.

    And that’s a better explanation of your faith than the words you can spout from a book theology or even recite from Scripture.

    Sure, the words help. But they merely explain what’s already true— and what’s seen— your living faith.

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    Over a decade ago a staff member at the nonprofit where I was working got shot.

    From just a few feet away.

    And he was hit.

    I asked him to share the stage with me as we explained this concept one evening— about hope amidst trying circumstances, demonstrating how it opens doors that were once closed, and how people’s hearts connect in those tough trenches in ways they don’t in other moments.

    ⭐️

    1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be able to give an answer for the hope that is in you…”

    Hebrews 12:2 tell us that Jesus endured the Cross, all while “despising its shame” because of the “joy that was set before Him.”

    These verses don’t suggest tough things never happen. In fact, they acknowledge and affirm the opposite.

    Stuff hits the fan.

    And when it does, it reveals the kind of shovel you have in your hand.

    And that has everything to do with faith…

     

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    Download the free eBook at www.Jenkins.tv/R 

    Or, purchase the “old” version of the paperback here for just $5 = www.Jenkins.tv/redemption5 

    Sure, you can grab the updated (new cover) version if you prefer: https://www.thehilltop.shop/product-page/redemption 

    • 31 min
    The “small” in front of you is the door to the “big” that seems beyond your reach

    The “small” in front of you is the door to the “big” that seems beyond your reach

    We’re always looking for the next big thing, it seems— a project, a place, or even a person that will help grant us our identity and value.

    But the “big,” Biblically speaking, often comes through the small.

    In fact, the extraordinary— and supernatural— often breaks through the moments of ordinary and natural.

    In the Old Testament we meet King David, the man who established Israel as a dynasty.

    But before he was the king, he was the shepherd boy.

    And it was during that season he did the one thing he’s perhaps the most famous four. He slayed Goliath.

    Here’s what’s interesting about that story, though. David didn’t go looking for a fight. In fact, he was going to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers, to make sure they— the “real” soldiers— had enough food and supplies.

    It was amidst the minutia of doing THAT task that the door opened to something massive, something that propelled him to centerstage.

     

    Think about it.

    The big moment— or breakthrough— you’re looking for may not come through a big platform or stage or any other thing.

    It may— and most often does— come through faithfulness where you are, by doing the SMALL thing you’ve been entrusted to do.

    And by doing it well.

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    Download the free eBook at www.Jenkins.tv/R 

    Or, purchase the “old” version of the paperback here for just $5 = www.Jenkins.tv/redemption5 

    Sure, you can grab the updated (new cover) version if you prefer: https://www.thehilltop.shop/product-page/redemption 

    • 30 min

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