ETL.023: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Pat Peters; All Christians Ministering Effectively and Compassionately to Hurting People

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Pat Peters began years ago as a youth minister attempting to encourage and train the young people he worked with to reach out to people in places of pain; at that time to people in a local hospital.  Before long, this led to his being invited to serve as a chaplain in the oncology ward of that hospital, which he did for several years.

Since then Pat has devoted a great part of his ministry as a preacher to serving people who are in places of pain.  In more recent years he has also devoted himself to training and encouraging individual Christians and congregations to do the same through workshops, individual speaking opportunities and even special training sessions with preachers in Christian universities and preacher training schools.

 

You will want to hear Pat discuss:

Recommendations for Christians to enter the world of the hurting

—a place we’d rather avoid
—how to have the right mindset going in

How to be be most effective in this situation

—letting them speak instead of worrying about saying the right right thing or making sure you get a chance to talk
—avoiding common mistakes (being afraid of saying the wrong thing, assuming you know the persons feelings or thoughts, telling “war stories” about similar (or not) situations
—practical things to do (listen honestly, make them the center of attention, ask them if they’s like to talk about it—the let them do it or not,

Thoughts on getting others involved in ministering to the hurting (and everyone is hurting in some way!)

 

Scriptures for Ministering to the Hurting

Matthew 22:34-40 and 25:40
loving our neighbor is so closely related to loving God

Psalms 22 and 23
“Psalms 23 always follows Psalm 22”
Psalms 22 expresses distress over God’s apparent absence and the hurting one feels, bhen Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd…”.

The book of Philippians is very encouraging

All the situations were people are in dilemmas and God helps them and passages of the constancy of through all kinds of situations.

 

Email Pat

Pat invites you to contacts to with questions or further communication about any of these matters
plpeters20@hotmail.com

 

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ETL.022: What You Don’t Know About the Most Beloved Book of the Bible: Psalms

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In our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interviews the truth has been borne out that Scripture has played a vital role in handling not only the hardships and constant struggles of life, but the bombshells sometimes dropped on us.  That fact, coupled with a class that I recently began teaching brought my attention to a particular book of the Bible, the Old Testament book of Psalms.

The book is unique in the Bible in that its made up entirely of poetic material, the words of songs (roughly speaking), that were collected over long period of time in Israel’s history.  The fact that the content of this book are of this nature (as opposed to history or laws or doctrine) have led some to have an attitude that views the Psalms as somehow less valuable or less important.  What a mistake!

 

The Incomparable Value of Psalms

We most of think of things like poetry and praise and songs when we think about the book of Psalms; and that’s with good reason.  But there are some things about Psalms we may not know.

For instance that the book of Psalms is actually a collection of five smaller books.  Notice in your Bible before the title for Psalms 1, 42, 73, 90, and 107.  You’ll probably see the words Book 1, Book 2, and so on.  What is more each of these books ends with a “doxology” ( a word of praise). Notice Psalms 41:13 and 72:18-19 as examples.  We also discuss some other “collections” within the book as well.

Another feature of the book you may not know—I failed to cover this in the podcast, so this is bonus material in the show notes!—is that though the book is attributed to David, there are many other authors covering a very long time span.  The earliest Psalm was apparently written by Moses (see the heading for Psalm 90).  The latest that can be identified is Psalm 137 which obviously comes from the time of Babylonian captivity.

 

Historically valuable

• In the Bible itself—it’s the most quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament
• In the history of Christianity it has been cherished and valued
• Today as evidenced in it’s influence in our hymns (look at the Scripture index of a hymn book.

 

Teach us how to praise God

• Modern worshipers sometimes make a false distinction between worship and praise. They designate a certain worship assembly as a “praise service.”  All worship is praise, all praise is worship.
• We learn the language of praise from the Psalms. The very vocabulary and expressions we use to praise God ought to be heavily influenced by the Psalms.
• A common failing of modern praise songs is the lack reasons why God is to be praised.  The Psalms not only praise, but tell why God is to be praised.

 

Expressions of faith and praise from all perspectives of life

Perhaps one of the greatest reasons we love the Psalms is that they are expressions of faith and praise from all perspectives of life; even when things are difficult and we may be struggling.  In this way the Psalms can speak not only to us but for us as we go through all the highs and lows of life.

 

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ETL.021: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Linda Shaffer; Forgiveness When Forgiving is So Hard

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forgive_sLet me set the stage for just a moment: a previous interview (actually a two-part interview) focused on the story of Chuck Shaffer, a former minister arrested in an internet sting operation and who served time in a federal penitentiary .  He lost his career, his reputation, his standing in the community and the church.  He also nearly lost his faith and his family.  Incredibly, he was able to rebuild that shattered life—see episodes 11 and 13 (click here for episode 11 and here for 13).

There’s an equally incredible story behind that story—it’s the one of the betrayed and forsaken wife.  In this interview Linda Shaffer shares her story of forgiveness; wanting to model a Christ-like spirit to her own children she knew she must forgive. Facing challenges and negative responses from surprising sources she struggled to forgive.  The process (and she emphasizes it’s been a long process) has brought great blessing and joy to her life.  In many ways so much more so than was previously true.

We all must learn to forgive and Linda has great insights to share as one who come to forgive when forgiving was so very hard.

 

Pics:

Linda and daughter, Makayla

Linda and daughter, Makayla

 

Linda’s favorite Scriptures:

Philippians 2:5-11

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Proverbs 16:3-4

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Romans 10:11

“For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’”

 

To get Reassembled

with Linda’s chapter “Why I Chose to Forgive”
Send an email requesting the book to: cbs@rlcbusiness.com
The only expense to you will be for shipping.

 

David’s Interview

To listen to David’s interview on The Jenkins Institute Podcast with Dale and Jeff Jenkins CLICK HERE

 

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ETL.020: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Michael and Connie Rader; When Your Young Son Has a Malignant Brain Tumor

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Who could know that one routine evening of getting the kids ready for bed with a seemingly innocuous complaint of a hurting head would lead to screams in the night, followed by an ER visit, and finally the shocking news of a tumor located at the base of 5-year-old Blake’s brain?  A tumor that just six months previous had not been there!

Michael and Connie Rader’s world was turned upside down, to say the least.  The determination that the tumor was malignant was followed by a very lengthy surgery to remove it, which in turn was followed by treatments to attempt to eradicate or at the least slow the cancer.  Those treatments themselves have left lasting consequences for Blake which continued therapies are attempting to correct.

The courage and faith of these young parents is remarkable. They serve as a great example of taking the worst life has to throw at you and emerging stronger and better.  You’ll be greatly blessed to hear the Rader’s moving story.

 

Pics:

Blake (the Jedi!)

Blake (the Jedi!)

Left MRI image--the tumor at the base of Blake's brain Right image--post op with tumor removed

Left MRI image: the tumor at the base of Blake’s brain.   Right image: post op with tumor removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rader Family: Michael, Connier, Blake and Juliet

The Rader Family: Michael, Connie, Blake and Juliet

Michael and Connie’s favorite Scriptures:

  • Romans 8:28–And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • Proverbs 3:5–Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
  • Philippians 4:6-7–Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Michael and Connie highly recommend The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as a tremendous resource for anyone needing help, information, and resources for a family with a child with a brain tumor.

Telephone: 1-800-253-6530

Website: www.curethekids.org

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ETL.019: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Gilbert Howe; An Enthused Life From a Wheelchair

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691726How does a nineteen year old react to a life changing injury?  One that leaves you a triplegic (with the use of only one arm)?  How does one keep a positive, enthusiastic attitude while living life with so many physical limitations?

Gilbert Howe shares his fascinating story of how so much more of his mind and personality were able to emerge following his accident, how carrying Christians lovingly shared Jesus with him and how that changed everything for him.

Just listening to Gilbert with his enthusiasm for life and for the Lord is infectious!

 

Pics:

Gilbert

Gilbert

Gilbert at home

Gilbert at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Turner Falls (Davis, OK); the area where Gilbert's accident happened.

Beautiful Turner Falls (Davis, OK); the area where Gilbert’s accident happened.

 

Gilbert’s Favorite Scriptures:

Gilbert’s “Trio of 8’s” from Romans 8

  • v. 18—For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
  • v. 28—For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
  • vv. 38-39—For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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ETL.018: Five Principles for Thriving Through Transition and Change

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A recent major transition in my life brought me to think about the challenges of transition and change. Transitions can be very difficult and throw our lives into a state of confusion and become a wholly negative experience.  Or, we can actually thrive during times of transition.

Here are five principles I have gleaned that will help us to thrive during the times of transition, and not just be subject to the upheaval that change can sometimes bring.

1. Embrace the reality of change

2. Growth and development demand change

3. Look for opportunities during times of change

4. Focus on the important things

5. Hold on to the unchanging

 

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