This week the boys of Nobody Special look at various holidays and where they stand. Is Santa real? Maybe. But definitely not. What about halloween? We look at whether we should even participate and whether we should lie to children about even the concept of Santa. Also, the boys look at whether Christian should participate in halloween and how the church should respond in the face of those who disagree with us. We should all respond with one another in grace and love. The Gospel Outpost Presents Nobody Special. Be sure you like us, give us stars and ratings and tell your friends. And be sure and write in with your questions! Sorry Ethan.
In the final address to the church in Philippi, Paul addresses the issue of peace and anxiety. We should not downplay anxiety or the things that people are going through. Even if we feel as though the person is anxious about too many things, minimizing the problem is not a valid solution. The cure to anxiety resides in what the person is concentrating on. With the constant barrage of 24/7 news coverage that seems to be more to satiate a bloodlust, now more than ever is the time to look to God for the comfort of our anxiety. Thus, we Paul writes to the church in Philippi to not be anxious, he does so with the solution of setting our attention on Christ.
For the people of Israel, they had entered into a period before King Saul but after Joshua had led them into the promise land. By God’s miraculous hand, the people were not only saved from the Egyptians, but were under the constant guidance and protection of God during the process. When they arrived at the promise land, their victory was secured by the hand of God as a display of His sovereignty and might. When the author of Judges claims that Israel had no King, it is a harsh indictment of the people whose Sovereign King had led them. They abandoned God for the chaos of everyone pursuing their own desires and wishes.
On this episode published at 3:16am for some reason, Caleb and Danny finally answer a letter from a listener. Also, Danny recounts stories of ruining Christmas for young children. Also, we discuss recent copyright developments in the world of wrestling and the impact this will have on the Christian community. We can’t say some bible verses anymore. Finally, we look at prayer in the face of tragedy and not to discount it, especially if you are in Christian leadership.
Jesus came to free mankind from their masochistic desires and tendencies. Where the people of Nazareth sought fame and favor, the mission of Christ is to bring people to repentance and to die to themselves in order that they might live. Thus, the people of Nazareth turned on Jesus swiftly, having been spurned by His clarity of mission.
In some ways, being physically alone is easier. It feels almost like a retreat. There are extended times of being by yourself and refreshing times of figuring some things out. This is not the draining I am referring to. The draining comes when you interact with the world around you and still feel alone. For the Christian, follow Christ can feel lonely. With the struggle to remain in purity and follow Christ wherever he leads, often times there will be parts it will feel you are alone.
Did Caleb and Danny make it through Hurricane Irma? Tune in to find out. But, spoilers, yes they did. This week, the boys look at how Christians responded to the storm. From chainsaw welding nuns to the countless churches and ministries who stepped up during Hurricane Irma, thank you for representing Christ to the world.
Imagine for a moment, you are the men who lowered their friend through the roof or that you are the man himself. The stories have circulated regarding this man who had healed people in each town he went. As he sees the faith of the men, he looks at the paralytic and says, “You’re sins are forgiven.” The expectations were probably different, but Jesus understood the greater needs of the people. We all, are at the point of the paralytic where we are unable to move on our own, spiritually speaking. Yet, Jesus, our Great Physician, welcomed us to come closer in our sickness and receive healing, the true healing that restores our soul.
While there is debate as to what the thorn in Paul’s flesh was referring to, it is undeniable that he indeed had a pronounced weakness. Paul is not alone in this either. Every person has their limits as to how far they are able to achieve. Our muscles get fatigued, our emotions run dry, and our spirit grows weak from time to time. We all have times where we feel empty. Yet, even beyond that, we all endure times when we feel weak and unable to accomplish the task ahead of us. These weaknesses are reminders that we should, first and foremost, run to God.
Hurricane Irma is coming and Nobody Special is getting prepared for a big one. Mainly Daniel is getting out of town. Also, we finally read your letters and acknowledge that we have listeners. Better late than never. Sorry if your email went to our spam folders. It probably won’t happen again but is very likely may.