The Man In The Pew Show With Phil Mershon On Apple Podcasts

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Man in the Pew helps Christians build an unstoppable faith leading to lớn freedom, connection, & kingdom impact. We do this through daily devotionals, weekly interviews, articles, challenges, groups, và other resources.HistoryMan in the Pew started with a simple thought while Phil prayed on the beaches of Florida"s Gulf Coast. Where vì Christian men turn lớn find encouragement & inspiration during the week as they face battles at work, at home, & at play? What if there was a show bringing the voices of experts and everyday men into healthy conversations about the real issues all Christian men face?That vision started developing in January 2015 and has slowly formed into what you see now.My prayer in launching this show is that many men will find encouragement, inspiration & tips for becoming more like Christ in the parts of life that aren"t usually discussed at church. Pastors may listen khổng lồ find insights into how to care better for the men in their flock, but this show isn"t primarily for pastors. This show is for "everyday" men led by everyday men who have something important to nội dung with fellow believers. Some of these men are book authors and others will be relatively unknown outside their local sphere of influence. All of them have important things lớn say.Who is Phil Mershon?Phil Mershon is the founder of Man in the Pew, a ministry of Called to Worship. During the week he serves as director of events for Social truyền thông Examiner, where he has served for nearly seven years in part-time and full-time roles. Phil is also a longtime worship leader, a former pastor, a jazz saxophonist, a songwriter, và a sports nut (basketball, football, và tennis). He has been married to lớn Audrey for twenty one years và they have three children.


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Did Jesus Laugh? (7-Minute Prayers)Do you wonder if Jesus ever laughed? Does it feel incongruous that Almighty God might enjoy a belly laugh? Most of the pictures we have of Jesus reveal a strong but serious man. After all, he drove out the moneychangers and regularly rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. He never wavered from his eternal mission khổng lồ seek and save the lost. But Jesus was fully man và fully God. As a result, he felt the full gamut of emotions. He wept over the death of Lazarus (John 11) and grew angry at the hard-hearted response of the religious leaders. He certainly bore all the fruits of the Spirit, including joy. Robert Funk put it lượt thích this, “Jesus used humor and hyperbole lớn punch holes in pomposity … Part of Jesus’ charisma, was that he attended parties, drank wine, used irony, & hung out with outcasts.“ Portraying Jesus in His Humanity Tim Washer, , reminded me of the painting by Ralph Kozak which portrays Jesus laughing with his head tilted back in pure delight—perhaps even a belly laugh. This painting was inspired by Willis Wheatley, one of the first modern artists khổng lồ see a side of Jesus that includes laughter & joy. Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/142 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/18308615
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Laughter is Medicine for the Soul with Tim WasherDo you find it easy or hard to lớn laugh at life? The bible says laughter can be like medicine khổng lồ the soul. Found that laughter reduces stress, pain, và conflict. It literally makes the heart function better. The Bible references laughter nearly 50 times. Laughter makes the heart cheerful & helps us cope with the unexpected., In Genesis 18, Sarah laughed when God promised something that seemed too good lớn be true—a son at the age of 80. When it came true, she named her son Isaac which means “he will laugh.” It seems God has a sense of humor. Have you ever looked at a giraffe, a baboon, or a dolphin? Dolphins seem lớn be born to laugh with us. Monkeys laugh at us. Tim Washer teaches laughter In episode 141, and I discuss how laughter helps us get through life’s ups và downs. Tim studied improv under Amy Poehler, and has worked on Saturday Night Live, Conan, & Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He’s also worked in sale communications for IBM và now works as a virtual event speaker và emcee. Tim regularly teaches marketers how to use humor & laughter as a way khổng lồ discover new ideas. He explains that laughter helps us face hard things lượt thích a global pandemic or more personal issues such as brain surgery. Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/141 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/18218633
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Waiting for Heaven No Longer: a Tribute to Dr Larry CrabbIf I looked at your bookshelves, who would I presume has had the biggest influence on your life? Thankfully the number of books you own by an tác giả doesn’t necessarily translate to lớn impact—otherwise, you might think John Grisham is my mentor. I vì chưng love a good fast-moving legal thriller, but I don’t plan to go into law or lớn write novels. Outside of fiction và bible commentaries, you would find more books by Dr. Larry Crabb on my shelves. Some of them I’ve read multiple times. They have all impacted me, & in some cases transformed me. Larry (he preferred we drop the doctor) passed away on February 28, 2021. I want lớn pause khổng lồ honor a man who showed me how to follow Jesus. Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/140 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/18131102
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From Prosperity khổng lồ Gratefulness with Ray Edwards: Day 90Do you think it’s wrong lớn make money? Have you been taught that those who prosper financially must have done something wrong or evil? Ray Edwards believes that we were all meant to prosper. For some our prosperity is a spiritual abundance that is accompanied by a vow of poverty. Most of us are called lớn greater prosperity than we’ve dreamed, but we’re afraid to pursue it because of faulty beliefs. Introducing Ray Edwards While I ultimately realized it wasn’t my calling khổng lồ awaken the church out of economic lethargy, I’m happy khổng lồ say that is joining his voice with the likes of to điện thoại tư vấn the church to prosper so that we might be a blessing khổng lồ the world. Ray’s new book, , serves as a clarion hotline to all believers to shed our debt & embrace our God-given mandate lớn be fruitful & multiply. Is a Communications Strategist, Copywriter, and the author of . His podcast, , is consistently one of the top-ranked shows on iTunes và has been downloaded over 1 million times. Ray has worked on copy and sale with some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business. He"s helped generate an estimated $300 million in revenue for clients lượt thích , , , , , ... And many more. He"s been featured on , , và . Ray was also the very first guest on the Man in the Pew show. That interview. For full article & show notes, go here: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/18018488
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The power nguồn of Imagination in Becoming Grateful (7 Minute Prayers): Day 89Are you afraid of your imagination? bởi vì you imagine you’ll get yourself into trouble if you dream too much? The church và imagination The Church has historically discouraged imagination out of a fear that we will violate the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the size of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” (Exodus 20:4 NIV). This fear is somewhat merited. Many times our imaginations vì chưng get us into trouble. Aaron gave into the people’s demands to lớn create a golden calf, even while Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments! The danger is when we worship the objects of our imagination. Fantasy and imagination In my own life, I spent countless hours as a youth fantasizing và imagining myself flying, walking on the moon, or dating the girl of my dreams. When I took a , I was even labeled as a dreamer. Proverbs 14:18 (MSG) says, “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.” Ecclesiastes 5:7 says, “Much dreaming & many words are meaningless.” While these warnings are merited, they miss something key: God made us in his image. When God thought up something in his mind he then spoke it into being. We were designed to do the same. At its core, imagination can release all kinds of possibilities and không tính tiền us from many ailments. For the full article và show notes, go to: https://maninthepew.com/gc89 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/18007142
Can You kém chất lượng Thankfulness khổng lồ Become Grateful? (7 Minute Prayers): Day 88You’ve heard the phrase, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” Does that apply to gratitude? Does that feel inauthentic khổng lồ you? Maybe even lượt thích you’re lying? Raised as a Christian, I was taught to never lie. So to lớn suggest that I fake gratitude feels counter khổng lồ my moral fabric. But researchers suggest that faking it may actually be a good strategy. Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist at UCLA và the author of . He explains: “You can turn a tendency toward a downward spiral of depression và anxiety into an upward spiral of joy and clarity in your life. Expressing gratitude activates serotonin production, which improves your mood and allows you to overcome bad habits, giving you more lớn be grateful for.” Does the Bible teach you to giả it? I hear that và wonder if the Bible supports this. We can actually see the Bible teaching this implicitly. In Psalm 103, David says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, và forget not all his benefits” (v. 1). He’s reminding himself to lớn praise God. He may not be feeling like praising God at the moment, but he has a long menu of reasons to lớn be thankful. In Psalm 42, David asks, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” He answers himself by reminding himself about what will one day happen, “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation & my God.” Let’s be honest, David doesn’t feel hopeful at this moment; he feels depressed & despondent. But he knows his mind controls his emotions, not the other way around. Full article & show notes available at: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17992133
Thoughtful Gifts Flow from Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 87Did you grow up singing the every Sunday in church? If you did, what associations vì chưng you have? If you didn’t, how bởi vì you feel when you hear it? In many liturgical churches, the Doxology is sung immediately prior lớn the offertory. In essence, we remind ourselves to “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow” before we return our gifts to lớn him. Whether the singing of the Doxology feels natural or arcane lớn you doesn’t really matter. The truth behind it demonstrates an important gratitude principle: gratefulness flows most easily when someone does something special, unexpected, & undeserved for us. And the corollary: gift-giving flows most naturally from a grateful life. Secrets of Thoughtful Gift-Giving I have three friends who are very good at gift-giving who showcase several ways we can all learn lớn give better gifts. As you hear these stories, think about people you know who are great gift-givers. For the full article and show notes, go to lớn https://maninthepew.com/gc87 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17976650
Turning Captive Thoughts into Thankfulness (7 Minute Prayers): Day 86How easy is it for you khổng lồ keep your thoughts thankful, positive, and joyful? When Paul challenges us lớn “take captive every thought,” does that feel hard or easy? If you’re like me, that feels impossible. My mind feels like that commercial with the cat-herding cowboy. As soon as I take one thought captive, all the other thoughts go scattering in all directions. Of course, it’s not lượt thích that all the time. On good days I can sustain focused thought for hours & I can recount numerous reasons to lớn be thankful. For example, I’m grateful khổng lồ have a loving wife, amazing friends, gifted children, và countless books, adventures, và fond memories. Toxic Thought Bombs But it doesn’t seem to take a very large “toxic thought bomb” to make all those good thoughts dissipate. Actually describes it as hot air. When a new thought pattern hasn’t fully taken root—which takes a minimum of 21 days—it will turn into vapor if not . That’s what happened recently when my wife & I started talking about finances. We started with prayer & level heads, but it didn’t take very long for me to lớn become overwhelmed. In my Monday morning quarterback seat, I know & remember that God has always been faithful to us. I also know my wife loves me và that we have committed lớn weather every storm together. But on that night the bức xúc was mounting & my thoughts started turning negative. I wish I could tell you a story of a valiant recovery. The truth is I lost this skirmish, but I haven’t lost the battle. I’ve actually recovered more quickly than ever before. For the rest of the show notes, see: https://maninthepew.com/gc86 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17961785
The Battle Toward Gratefulness (7 Minute Prayers): Day 85What’s the longest range goal you’ve ever set? Did you accomplish your goal? Most of us thảm bại the battle for gratitude because we don’t have the right plan. Long-term battle plans In England, they estimate . That’s a lot of planning and preparation. At New College, Oxford beetles infested the in the dining hall. Trying to find replacement beams seemed impossible, except that the original architects planted oak trees with the express purpose of being used to replace the beams. When were those trees planted? Over 500 years prior lớn when they were needed. I nội dung these two stories lớn give you the perspective that your battles really aren’t that long và you would benefit from taking a much longer view of your life. I shared on how I almost quit this Gratitude Challenge after only 80 days. 80 sounded like a big number until I read about the perseverance required lớn build a cathedral or win a military war. Battle of Verdun The battle of , in World War I, is the longest battle in recorded military history. Fought between France and Germany, over one million lives were lost in a battle that lasted 302 days. While the French ultimately recaptured their forts and villages, the battle was mired in deception, counterattacks, & heavy losses. Can you imagine going lớn the frontline in that war? The likelihood of survival doesn’t sound very high, but personal survival wasn’t the goal—victory was. Battle for our minds You’re fighting a much more significant battle when you fight for control of your mind. & negativity lead to defeat và make you susceptible lớn the attacks of the enemy. Full article: https://maninthepew.com/gc85 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17942597
How I Almost Quit Being Grateful (7 Minute Prayers): Day 84Have you ever started a project only to find it feels pointless or a waste of time? Have you ever quit something just because it became too hard? I have a confession lớn make. I almost quit this 90-Day Gratitude Challenge on day 80. Why I almost quit the 90-Day Gratitude Challenge On Day 72 my wife woke me in the middle of the night with some very troubling news. But I couldn’t comprehend what she was saying because I had taken some melatonin khổng lồ help me sleep—a major issue for me . My brain was foggy và her words didn’t compute. When I awoke the next morning I remembered that something significant had happened so I asked her about it only lớn discover it was worse than I feared. I froze. While I can’t chia sẻ specifics, suffice it khổng lồ say it’s news that would make any parent panic. It’s like the hotline we received in 2019 from a stranger telling us that our daughter had been in a oto crash. But this was worse. I had already written & recorded a couple of episodes for the challenge, so I took a break from writing while we worked on the problem. But when it came time to lớn start writing again the words stopped flowing. I went into my archives to lớn find things I had written before that I could repurpose. That worked for a few days. And then day 80 confronted me. I had nothing written or recorded. I spiraled into a new level of depression và felt stuck. In fact, I didn’t feel grateful và felt hypocritical telling others to be grateful, even though I knew that was part of my escape path. For full article và show notes see: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17935328
Appreciation at Work: How to lớn Create a Grateful Workforce with Dr. Paul White: Day 83Do you feel appreciated at work? vày you know how to lớn show appreciation lớn your co-workers? Dr. Paul White and Dr. Gary Chapman did research to understand how the way we speak to lớn one another at work makes a difference in the workplace culture. The result was a new work called . In this episode, I walk through some of the things Dr. Trắng learned & how we can help our companies become more grateful. The Five Languages of Appreciation Adapted from the by Dr. Gary Chapman, these categories reveal how we relate và show appreciation at work: Words of affirmation - Shared by 46% of employees, many appreciate receiving verbal acknowledgment of their work và contributions to the team. Quality Time - 26% of employees value quality time with co-workers and leaders. They probably won’t appreciate an email or sticky cảnh báo as a primary way of communicating news, but instead, desire khổng lồ talk in-person or directly. Tangible Gifts - Only 6% of employees appreciate receiving a gift as the primary way of acknowledging performance. Physical cảm biến - In the workplace, a small percentage (/episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17931446
How Authenticity Can Promote Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 82Have you ever received inauthentic gratitude or praise? How does that contrast with receiving authentic thanks? We , but it’s obvious when they don’t mean it. As they mature they learn to play the part and it becomes harder khổng lồ tell if they mean it or not. Recently told me a story about a seminar he led for business leaders. The discussion turned lớn the importance of giving authentic appreciation. One leader asked him, “Isn’t it good enough that they believe you’re being authentic? After all, perception is reality, right?” Dr. White responded that reality is reality & people can tell when you’re authentic. As a test of this brazened man’s approach, Paul asked the man’s co-workers if they would be likely to lớn believe his words of praise when they went back to the office. They responded that they never have trusted anything he says. Ouch! For the full show notes, go here: https://maninthepew.com/gc82 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17920661

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Why Don’t We Give Thanks More (7 Minute Prayers): Day 81When you approach God, how bởi vì you think about Him? vì you find it easy to thank him or does it feel lượt thích something you’re supposed to lớn do? When I was younger I saw God like a cosmic Santa who doled out gifts at his discretion. I wasn’t sure how Jesus and salvation fit into the equation, but I knew I wanted all the good stuff God promised. As I grew older & saw God perform miracles, I grew in amazement at his power, his mercy, và his provision. But I still didn’t have categories for how to lớn think about his wrath & judgment alongside his kindness và grace. I definitely couldn’t understand where talking donkeys fit into the world. Our thoughts about God affect our thanks. Asks the following questions about how we relate to God: bởi you see God as a distant ruler who only gets involved with the major issues of your life? Does he seem more lượt thích a watchmaker who started your life and is only needed when something is broken? Are you more like a spoiled brat or a penniless beggar? bởi you demand he come through for you or do you expect him to lớn pass you by—just like everyone else in your life? The way we think about God affects the way we thank him and the expectations we have of his involvement in our lives. Our thoughts on prayer even impact how often and how long we pray. For the full article & show notes, see: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17907371
5 Ways to Grow in Worship (7 Minute Prayers): Day 80Do you know how to lớn worship God? Sounds like a silly question, especially in a series on gratitude. But this is a vital question, “Do you really know how to lớn worship?” Seventy years ago A.W. Tozer lamented that Christians had more resources for knowing about God than ever in the history of the Church. Yet, worship had become a ritualistic program. Twenty-five years ago, James Boice lamented that the problem had become even worse. Neither of these authors could’ve predicted the explosion of worship resources we’ve seen in the last two decades. We have more worship songs, websites, training courses và books than you can image. Worship leaders can even obtain degrees in worship from many different colleges & seminaries. You could say we’re more educated about worship. Yet, I still ask the question, “Do we know HOW lớn worship?” The Church’s View of Psalm 95 The Church has used Psalm 95 as a hotline to worship (called the venite) since at least the 4th century. Many traditions even see Psalm 95 as creating a form for worship based on the three Hebrew words for the word “come.” All this familiarity can cause one of two mistakes: 1) we just look for what makes us feel good in worship, & thereby ignore God’s stiff warnings in verses 7b and following; or 2) we miss God’s voice speaking khổng lồ us and we start lớn worship the forms and rituals of worship (a most serious case of misplaced affections). 5 Ways Psalm 95 Teaches Us How to Worship There are many things we can learn about worship from the 11 verses found in Psalm 95, but I want to lớn focus on five: For the full show notes, go here: https://maninthepew.com/gc80 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17898152
Moving from Chaotic Thinking lớn Thankfulness (7 Minute Prayers): Day 79Do you ever find it hard lớn focus & think clearly? Does it feel like your brain is a chaotic mess? On day 31 we discussed the & how to make that a habit. Today I want to lớn look at how our minds become chaotic & how we can use deep thinking to lớn become more thankful. This issue became very personal for me recently. My family received some news that triggered a spark of chaotic thinking that quickly unraveled months of discipline and focus. I woke up one day và couldn’t string together two coherent thoughts. I wound up taking a mental health day because I literally couldn’t think well enough to bởi vì even the most basic of tasks. It was around this time when I heard Dr. Caroline Leaf describe chaotic thinking as the enemy of mental health. She , “Overthinking essentially taxes your ability to lớn think deeply about any one thing, impeding your ability to examine và understand information.” She goes on lớn say, “Overthinking can put your brain and body toàn thân into negative stress, which can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, & fear, and may even cause panic attacks. In fact, ruminating on negative thoughts is one of the biggest predictors of mental ill-health.” Wow. That described me on that day. How vày we move from chaotic thinking to lớn thankful thinking? I’ve discovered at least six steps we can take. For the full show notes, see: https://maninthepew.com/gc79 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17875991
How Remembering Mortality Leads lớn Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 78Do you spend time thinking about your mortality? If you do, does it fill you with gratitude? If you’re lượt thích most modern Christians, you spend as little time as possible thinking about death. Unless you’re an estate planner, pastor, doctor, or mortician, you likely don’t spend a lot of time even thinking about mortality. Our youth-driven culture keeps us in the constant pursuit of life through technology & science. Todd Billings, a pastor and theologian, found this thought pattern disrupted by a diagnosis of incurable cancer. In his book, , Billings calls us to lớn embrace our mortality in our daily life & faith. He says, “This is the journey of genuine discipleship, following the crucified & resurrected Lord in a world of distraction and false hopes.” Memento Mori: Remember death The latin phrase memento mori means to lớn “remember death.” It reminds us that we are mere mortals & to never get too big a view of ourselves. It’s also a tremendous reminder lớn cherish every moment. The phrase originated when victorious Roman generals returned from battle. While they walked the streets—receiving the adulation of the crowds—a servant followed the general & whispered, “Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!” Translated, this means, “Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!” 3 Ways to lớn Remember Death that Lead to lớn Gratitude Contrary khổng lồ our modern aversion khổng lồ discussing death in a meaningful way (outside of dramatized news reports and movies), there is tremendous benefit that comes through thoughtful remembering. Here are three ways... Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/gc78 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17857673
Stop Ruminating Thoughts with Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 77Do you ever find yourself ruminating over poor decisions you’ve made? Perhaps you become anxious over what might happen or what could have happened, & it makes you fearful. I’ve experienced this recently. It feels like a fog envelops your mind và you can’t escape the negative thought cycles. A friend described it as a huge snowball that keeps gaining momentum as it rolls downhill—like an avalanche of thoughts. The only way to lớn stop it is with the right strategies & outside help. In The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkein paints a picture of King Theoden getting caught in the mental web spun by Wormtongue. Theoden becomes increasingly incapacitated as he believes lies, & eventually, he can no longer think for himself. Likewise, when we get caught ruminating over negative thoughts, we can find ourselves trapped in a web of our own making. For complete show notes: maninthepew.com/gc77 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17849261
The Role of Gratitude in Recovery from a Heart Attack with Jackie Bledsoe: Day 76Do you appreciate your life? What if you had a heart attack? In this episode, I talk to about his near-death experience with a heart attack. We explore the profound role that gratitude plays in the recovery process. The heart attack At the age of 43, Jackie had a massive heart attack, known as a “.” He and saw God orchestrate the lives of seven people to lớn be at the right place at the right time to keep him alive. Several of them were supposed to be somewhere else, but in retrospect, it’s obvious God directed each of them to lớn be there. Jackie remains thankful daily as he knows he could have left his family without a husband, father, and son. He has a profound sense of mission as he knows God spared him for a reason. The path to lớn recovery That doesn’t mean the was easy. As a former athlete, Jackie had lớn learn to lớn not push through the pain as the pain was a warning sign. But once his body recovered, he now has to lớn tell his mind that he’s no longer injured. The body toàn thân and mind don’t heal at the same speed! Spiritually, he’s learning to remain on God’s spiritual heart surgery table. At times, he would prefer to get off và take things at his own pace. But after experiencing complete blockage in one of his major aortic valves, he understands the importance of allowing God khổng lồ remove spiritual blockage from his heart (e.g. Selfishness & pride). The Role of Gratitude in Recovery Not only does Jackie practice daily gratitude, but he also treasures every moment knowing that most people don’t survive a widowmaker heart attack. Lượt thích Jackie, I’ve had a và know that when we remember that we could have died, it gives us many reasons to lớn be grateful each & every day. Researchers at discovered that gratitude is a key contributor khổng lồ recovering from a heart attack. Jackie practices daily gratitude by remembering three distinct things for which he’s thankful. He also regularly retells the story of his heart attack recovery. The Spiritual Recovery Team Just as God orchestrated seven people lớn save Jackie’s life, he’s also seen the importance of allowing key people into the spiritual heart surgery and the recovery process. We falsely believe we can do it by ourselves, but God designed us khổng lồ help one another. QUESTION: Who’s on your spiritual recovery team? Who is Jackie Bledsoe? is a bestselling author & international speaker who"s reached over 100,000 people with . He và his wife, Stephana, are the founders of Happily Married Couples, a marriage brand that helps couples better connect and communicate, so they can create marriages worth celebrating. You may have seen Jackie on Good Morning America, ABC News, WTHR (NBC Indianapolis), The 700 Club, Moody Radio, The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, CBN’s Turning Point International, YouVersion"s Bible App, HomeLife Magazine, and more. You can learn more about Jackie on his blog, , & get help for your marriage at . For more episodes, see: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17841455
Giving Thanks When Under Duress (7 Minute Prayers): Day 75Does it sometimes feel like God is severely punishing you? How do you respond when you are under duress? Psalm 118 shows us that the way forward begins with thanksgiving. As we gratefully remember God’s past deliverance, we can pray for God to save us today & look forward to our final day of salvation. But let’s be honest, singing songs of thanksgiving when you’re under duress or when it feels lượt thích you’re being disciplined doesn’t come naturally. It requires intentional discipline khổng lồ remember what is true và it’s usually . 5 Ways to lớn be Thankful When Under Duress Here are five ways Psalm 118 shows us lớn be thankful and how that leads khổng lồ trust which increases our confidence & hope. Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/gc75 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17827514
The Compounding Effect of Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 74Do you know how the compound effect works? How about compounding gratefulness? Investment strategies based on wishful thinking usually over in greater debt & disappointment. For example, purchasing a daily lottery ticket will rarely result in enough winnings to even pay for that decision. But that doesn’t stop millions of dreaming of picking the “big one.” Likewise, a diet strategy based on periodic fasts and challenges will ultimately only lead to lớn yo-yo dieting which tends lớn lead lớn higher weights, not lower. I speak from experience. When it comes lớn gratitude, we can’t just make ourselves more grateful by making a conscious choice to lớn stop worrying and be thankful. What’s needed is a complete reversal in how we approach change. Show notes: maninthepew.com/gc74 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17814914
Gratitude for Deliverance (7 Minute Prayers): Day 73Are you looking for deliverance? do you want God to lớn set you free from internal problems or external enemies? In Psalm 144, David asks God khổng lồ rescue him from unnamed enemies. He provides a mã sản phẩm for how believers can pray for deliverance in the midst of any opposition. It starts with our mindset. Will we think or negatively? Will our thoughts be thankful or ? Today’s episode explores what we can learn from David’s prayers for deliverance. Show notes: https://maninthepew.com/gc73 /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17790551
Allow More Singing at the Table (7 Minute Prayers): Day 72Does your family allow singing at the table? When’s the last time you sang at a business meeting? Growing up, we weren’t allowed to sing at the table—or hum or whistle, for that matter. It went against all rules of etiquette. I didn’t question it at the time, but I wonder now who decided that rule? and while there’s growing research and trends showing the benefits of singing at work and in all of life, we still tend khổng lồ relegate singing khổng lồ the culturally accepted places & times. It’s time khổng lồ change that. I believe we can all benefit from more singing. Show notes: /episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17781443
How to Break Out of Our Mental Cages (7 Minute Prayers): Day 71Have you ever felt caged or trapped in your work? What if I told you that it’s more likely that you created the mental cage? Breaking out begins with gratitude./episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17763236
Cultivating a Tree of Thankfulness in Your Mind (7 Minute Prayers): Day 70Do you enjoy growing a garden? If not, bởi you enjoy seeing beauty in nature or a carefully cultivated garden?/episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17751626
Overcoming the Comparison Trap with Gratitude with Ian Anderson Gray: Day 69Do you find yourself staring at the success of others và wishing you were more lượt thích them? Does it make you jealous or feel lượt thích you’re not enough? If you’ve said yes, you’ve experienced the comparison trap./episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17745257
How Listening Increases Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 68Have you ever been part of a conversation where it’s obvious the other person doesn’t understand your point? Have you ever stopped at that moment lớn wonder if you’re truly listening to lớn their perspective?/episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17732465
Replace Toxic Thoughts with Thankfulness (7 Minute Prayers) Day 67Do you ever wake in the middle of the night with a dreadful thought? Those thoughts become toxic when we feed them too much & they start khổng lồ consume us./episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17719454
Your Gratitude Training Plan (7 Minute Prayers): Day 66Did you know that 80% of all people break their New Year’s Resolutions by Valentine’s Day? Why vị you think that is?/episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17704649
My Journey Toward Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 65Have you made a bold claim or shared an audacious vision? Did you gulp after you said it và realized now you need lớn make good on your word or feel like a fraud? That’s how my journey toward gratitude started./episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17689301
Fight Loneliness with Gratitude (7 Minute Prayers): Day 64Do you ever feel intense loneliness? like you’re the only person in the world who’s fighting the battles you face?/episode/index/show/maninthepew/id/17671988
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