Tag: encouragement

21
Jan

16 – On Feeling Lost

We have all been there.  Sometimes we get lost in our jobs, relationships, our role as a parent, or simply feel lost in life in general; or how about just being really busy, losing your passion?  You know social media isn’t really helping you  feel better.  What if you can’t find your purpose?  What if you have too much going on?  If you feel overloaded, you are not alone. It doesn’t mean your life is doomed and that you will never find yourself again. Going to share the Parable of the Lost Sheep with thoughts on being lost and tips on saving money (food) reading from the Book of Exodus.  And an encouragement to establish goals.  Join.speaklifepodcast.com 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the parables of Jesus. It appears in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 18:12–14) and Luke (Luke 15:3–7). It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one which is lost.

Luke 15

 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

 

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29
Dec

Greg Medford, Medford Knife and Tool Co. Interview [Speak Life Podcast 13]

On this New Year episode, I have a lengthy conversation with a brilliant man that I respect and admire.  Greg Medford is my guest of Medford Knife and Tool Co.   I respect him because of what he has accomplished.  He has some different ideas about faith, religion and philosophy and gives strong opinion about it.  I present him to you in hopes that you will not shy away from hearing someone who knows what HE believes.  I believe that YOU should seek to believe as strongly in Jesus Christ as he does about his philosophies.  He makes a damn cool knife too.  (medfordknife.com)

Philosophy vs. Faith

At some time in your life, we look for the meaning in all of this.  What is the meaning of life?  Why is there so much pain?  Why do good people suffer?  What is the meaning of life? What does it mean to be “good” or “bad”? What happens after we die? As Christians we look for these answers through our understanding of our religion.  It varies.  It varies with denominations, or who said it.

Our answers are commonly obtained through our knowledge or lack of what was said by the Scriptures, the prophets, and feelings.

And if you are like most of us we get some stuff (maybe too much) from the barber and beauty shop theologians.  One of my barbers is notorious for highlighting which TV evangelist he thinks is bogus, which celebrity is working for the Illuminati, and who is secretly working for the antichrist based on a YouTube video.  He is passionate, persuasive and sometimes entertaining.
Most of us guard our ignorance.  We don’t like to stick our head out too far and show what we don’t know.  Often it is the atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Jehovah Witness, (fill in the blank religion) that is more prepared for debate.

Here’s something else about religion.  God isn’t looking for religious nuts.  He is asking us for spiritual fruit.  Religion is how we choose to worship a Holy God.  We do what is comfortable to us.  We do what we like, NOT necessarily what is required, wanted or liked by God.  Religions have rituals. They commonly have regular church services, celebrate Holy days to commemorate special events, and practice certain behaviors like those that cross themselves in front of others.  There are those that wear special clothing or praying at certain times of day.

I am trying to show you something on the Speak Life Podcast.  I am trying to free your mind and get you connected to the Most High God regardless of “X”.

The truth about our truths is that it all comes down to faith in God.

In our conversation you will hear that Instead of being centered on faith, Greg believes in pragmatic pursuit of knowledge and a general understanding about the nature and purpose of the universe.

He is sharp and drops some science based on the work of earlier philosophers.   If this was a debate I would be blown to bits.  Our conversation did not shake my faith however. It is my prayer that is doesn’t mess you up either.

I presented it to you because the Lord put us together.  I don’t even know what will happen as a result.  One thing I hope it does is give glory to God nd not me.  I want Him esteemed higher than me.

If you thought, Kenn should be debating this dude, schooling this dude, mentally fighting this dude and he didn’t.

Was it to show you not to fear when you come up against a person of high intelligence, who seemingly has all the right answers?  Was it for entertainment purposes only?  I’ll let you decide but for me…

To God be the glory.

It’s ok too if you think I’m an idiot.  I didn’t do it to make myself look like what I am not.  When having philosophical or religious discussions, people often forget that there are basic differences.  Philosophy can exist without religion, just as believers do not have to consider the philosophy behind their faith in order to be considered faithful.  I want you to be stronger in your faith in God and that comes by challenging yourself where you are RIGHT NOW.

By faith…

For we live (walk) by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Hebrews 11:6

Walk is a metaphor for the way a person lives his or her life.

My faith provides me the answer that complements, not contradicts, what scientists have discovered, while revealing what science can never uncover, since no one was there in the beginning except God. Faith affirms that God created ‘the worlds’ and all of life in its varied forms!

“I have been crucified with Christ;
and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Galatians 2:20

 

 

Thank you for listening, and sharing this podcast.

Kenn

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07
Oct

Rebranding

“Speak Life” Explodes Stereotypes of Firearms, Religion & Race

 

 

Kenn Blanchard’s new podcast – “Speak Life” – is a must for every man and woman who wears a badge, owns a gun, hunts and believes freedom is life’s first right.

 

“Speak Life” takes an unconventional, corrective and spiritual approach to understanding and redefining the most demonized, trivialized and misunderstood sectors of today’s society. It speaks to and about law enforcement, the firearms owner community, as well as outdoorsmen and women. It tackles tough issues and brings a unique understanding to misconceived stereotypes including unnecessarily contentious race relations.

 

“Speak Life” exposes for all to see the spiritual core of each constituent group that is too often ignored and denied by the national media, politicians in both Parties, academia, the business community, and institutional religion.

“Speak Life” is a no-holds-barred assault on fear, misconceptions and prejudice against the law enforcement, military, and civilian firearms owner/outdoors hunting communities. It’s straight talk designed to make every listener think and reevaluate commonly held but falsely coined perceptions.

Kenn Blanchard is unconventional.

Kenn Blanchard is a former Marine and former law enforcement officer. He spent nearly 30 years as a security and counter-terror specialist, operative, and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He is a firearms activist, trainer, and public speaker who shared a stage with U.S. President Donald Trump. He lobbied and testified on firearms rights before the United States Congress as well as state legislatures in Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and Maryland.

His dedication to truth and freedom earned him the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom Award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award and the St. Gabriel Possenti Medal from the St. Possenti Society. He’s worked with the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA), the American Shooting Sports Council, the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the National Rifle Association and the CATO Institute.

He founded the 10th Cavalry Gun Club honoring the men, labeled “Buffalo Soldiers” who fought throughout the nation’s military history. His tenacity defending his beliefs is derived from the definition of the “Buffalo Soldiers” coined by Cheyenne warriors as men who fought like a cornered buffalo, who suffered wound after wound but would not die.

He confronts racial stereotypes head-on using – “Black Man with a Gun” – as the title for his successful earlier podcasts and website.

Most important, he is a husband, a father, and an ordained minister.

“Speak Life” can be heard on itunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/speak-life-making-sense-of-things-eternal/id1292993928

 

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