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Spiritual vitality is the quality of life when you live from the knowledge that you are included, beloved & free. This is what you were made for and what Jesus reveals when we learn to follow His way. Discover practical personal and spiritual growth, and participate in what God is doing in the world, as you apprentice yourself to Jesus. Marc Alan Schelske is your guide on this journey. More information at https://MarcAlansSchelske.com

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Spiritual vitality is the quality of life when you live from the knowledge that you are included, beloved & free. This is what you were made for and what Jesus reveals when we learn to follow His way. Discover practical personal and spiritual growth, and participate in what God is doing in the world, as you apprentice yourself to Jesus. Marc Alan Schelske is your guide on this journey. More information at https://MarcAlansSchelske.com

    In You I Remain (TAW027) (Anchor Prayer, Part 7)

    In You I Remain (TAW027) (Anchor Prayer, Part 7)

    So what’s the main goal of Christianity? What is it that we’re all about? Is it about becoming better and better people? Is it about becoming more and more theologically correct? Is it to get us and everyone we love to heaven?

    If you said yes to any of those, I’m going to disagree. But before you bail, or dismiss me as a heretic, let me tell you want I mean.

    • 18 min
    I Hear in Faith (TAW026) (Anchor Prayer, Part 6)

    I Hear in Faith (TAW026) (Anchor Prayer, Part 6)

    I’ve been to some very busy places. Giant concerts surrounded by the press of people. City Wide Festivals. Time Square, Grand Central Station. Places where there is so much noise, so much going on, just overwhelming sensory input. But even having been in those kinds of places, I think the busiest place in the world is inside: The human mind. All that busyness, all that noise in our hearts, makes it hard to really hear the spirit of God. Let's talk about how to cut through the noise.

    • 17 min
    I Rest in Faith (TAW024) (Anchor Prayer, Part 4)

    I Rest in Faith (TAW024) (Anchor Prayer, Part 4)

    I have been addicted to an illusion, a false belief. It made me feel better, and so I keep running back to it. But it's not real. My illusion? I am in control. Part of growing up, part of maturing spiritually, has been learning this obnoxious, even painful truth. I am not the final say. I'm not in charge of the universe, or the weather, or other people. I am not without limits. Remembering this is key to spiritual growth.

    • 20 min
    Time to Listen to Survivors of Sexual Trauma (TAW023)

    Time to Listen to Survivors of Sexual Trauma (TAW023)

    One of the easiest ways to fail to love well is to assume that YOUR experience is canonical and that others have had the same experience you've had. We often do this with survivors of trauma. In this episode Mary DeMuth, author and advocate for sexual abuse victims, speaks to the issue of how Christians and Church Leaders often fail the survivors of trauma and how we can do better.

    • 37 min
    We’ve got Glory Upside Down (TAW022)

    We’ve got Glory Upside Down (TAW022)

    I grew up learning a Christian story that the most important thing was God's glory. We gave God glory by what we believed, how we behaved, and how we talked about God to other people. Good Christians and Good churches would focus on giving God glory above all else. To kick off season 2 of the podcast, I'm going to share with you how I'm learning we may have misunderstood God's glory.

    • 24 min
    What is the Anchor Prayer? (TAW021) (Anchor Prayer, Part 3)

    What is the Anchor Prayer? (TAW021) (Anchor Prayer, Part 3)

    Episode 021 - What is the Anchor Prayer?







    Our church building roof has rock climbing anchors installed on it. It's a very steep and high roof. Doing maintenance and repair work up there is risky. Those anchor points allow people working on the roof to anchor themselves so they can go about their work and not fall off.







    In this series, I'm sharing with you a prayer that has become a similar kind of anchor to me in my life. Along the way, we're touching on how our brains work, how "abiding in Christ" is a habit we can build, and how memorized prayer helps shape our thinking. Plus I'll introduce you to the words of this prayer that means so much to me.















    Show Notes







    Show notes will not be a transcript. At least not now. You'll find a few key bullet points, any scriptures references, as well as any other books or resources referenced.







    Recap from the series so far:On Abiding:Jesus taught us that our primary task of faith is to abide or remain. See John 15.Abiding or remaining are not theological abstractions, but a lived experience we can practice.Abiding is about where our minds come to rest.For example, worry is a kind of "abiding." When we get preoccupied with worry or "future-tripping" we are letting our minds abide in that place. This is a kind of prayer or meditation on imagined worst-case scenarios.On renewing our minds:Paul, in Romans 12:2, tells us that we are to cooperate with God in the process of having our minds (and thus, thoughts) renewed.This is, at least partly, about our mental habits. We have life-long mental habits that don't lead toward abiding in Christ. But we can also develop new habits!On Prayer:Extemporaneous (or spontaneous and informal) prayer is great at taking our concerns to God, but it doesn't do much to form us or shape our thoughts.Liturgical Prayer, often drawn from scripture, or from truth found in scripture, can help shape our thoughts. Memorized liturgical prayer is ideal for this.The Anchor Prayer:I rest in faith, trusting Father. I walk by faith, following Jesus. I hear in faith, obeying Spirit. In You, I remain.A tip-of-the-iceberg prayer, that brings to mind important truth about our identity before God."It reminds me of the Father’s sovereignty and grace for me, and that my posture toward the world is to be rest. I’m not in charge. I’m not God. It reminds me of my identity as a follower of Christ, that my life is to be made up of steps, actions, choices, that follow after Jesus and his way—and that I do this by faith, not because I’m certain. It reminds me that I am not alone, that God is with me through the indwelling Spirit, and that if I pay attention that Guidance is available to me. It reminds me that God is ultimately relationship, Father, Son & Spirit, honoring and loving one another in a never-ending dance of creation and that I am invited into that relationship. It reminds me that my primary work is not to strive, but to remain."















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Marc’s Spirit driven teachings are invaluable in your daily life. From the first podcast, I knew in my spirit that Marc is putting in the work, listening to God and passing on these teachings. Thanks Marc. I am grateful that you were put on this earth for this purpose.

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