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

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ETL.017: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Jason Leger, Survivor of the Moore Tornado

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The weather events of May 20, 2013 in America’s heartland captured not only the nation’s, but the world’s attention.  The EF5 rated tornado touched down in Newcastle, OK, a southwest suburb of Oklahoma City and moved west into Moore.  Along the way the storm grew to it’s enormous size, staying on the ground for some 45 minutes wreaking devastation and death all along the way.

In the hours that followed the storm a video appeared on YouTube from Jason Leger who watched from his yard as the storm first formed and bore down on the family home in Newcastle.  Finally taking refuge in their storm cellar at the pleas of his wife and children, Jason emerged a few minutes later video recording what he saw.  And what he saw was his home completely destroyed.  He says the only reason he posted the video was so family and friends could know they were all OK.  As he filmed, though, he observed, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.”  By the next day, Jason was being interviewed on Good Morning America and his video aired on Fox News, the BBC and other national and international news outlets.

Jason’s was not an expected response.  His assessment of what had just happened was not based on meteorology or profit/loss, his was first and foremost a faith response.

Our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interview with Jason Leger  brings us face to face with faith at its finest.  A faith that is more than a worship-attending, Bible-spouting, contemporary-Christian-music-listening, variety; rather one that bears up under the nitty-gritty, hard scrabble, tough breaks of life.

 

Jason’s videos:

The tornado first forming over Newcastle, OK (listen for his wife and kids begging him to get into the shelter)

 

The tornado bears down on the Leger home.  Jason is filming from the storm cellar door.

 

Jason emerges from the storm cellar (the video that went viral)

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The Leger Family

The Leger Family

The Leger's home

The Leger’s home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason on Good Morning America

Jason on Good Morning America

Some of the volunteers at the Leger's

Some of the volunteers at the Leger’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason’s Favorite Bible Passages:

Listen for Jason’s thoughts on, not a particular passage, but how this whole experience has effected his thinking on the biblical concept of mercy.

 

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ETL.016: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Amy Marcle and the nearly deadly mix of an eating disorder and diabetes and how she overcame

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We’ve all heard of diabetes and we’ve all heard of eating disorders.  But did you know that the two together can present devastating, even deadly results?  The guest for this episode’s “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interview is Amy Marcle.

Amy tells the incredible story of a young teen being diagnosed with diabetes, driven by a sense of needing to be perfect, marrying, getting pregnant, and having a baby.  All the while she has learned to use her diabetic condition to first control her weight, then to become obsessed with weight loss—one area of her life she felt she could control and be successful at.  Her purposefully manipulated high blood sugar levels—as well as other weight loss “tricks”—were ravaging her body, her mind, her relationships; and in the process, her soul.

Amy leads us into her world of grossly skewed reality where patently destructive behaviors became “good,” those who loved her and wanted to help her were her “enemies,” and lying and deliberate deception became a way of life.  This Christian woman, wife, and mother became a walking, living (barely), breathing example of just how “darkened in their understanding” (Eph. 4:18) a person can become.  It all was taking its toll; mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.  On one of almost countless emergency room visits a physician told Amy she had come within 30 minutes of death.

Learn how Amy’s innocent, toddler daughter provided the turning point that has brought her back.  Though recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process she has been restored to her Lord, her family, and her health.

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AmyThin

Amy–not yet at her thinnest; she’d lose another 20 lbs

AmyNow

Amy today

 

 

 

 

 

 

AmyFamily

The Marcle family:
Jason, Amy, & Haley

Contact Amy

via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/amy.marcle?fref=ts

 

Amy’s book:

Slow Suicide: Living with Diabetes and an Eating Disorder  

Available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble or contact Amy directly through Facebook (see contact information above)

 

For more information on:

Diabetes: www.diabetes.org
Eating Disorders: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

 

Amy’s Favorite Bible Passages:

Matthew 16:26
Romans 3:23

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ETL.014: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Ronnie Crocker; From Drug Addiction to Prison to a Christian Rescuing Others

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This interview…

is with Ronnie Crocker, founder and directer of Project Rescue, an addiction recover (primarily drug and alcohol) program that has turned around the lives of literally hundreds of individuals and provided help and hope to countless others through the resources they provide.

Ronnie’s unique perspective and qualification for leading this program is not any particular educational or technique training he’s received.  Instead, it is  but his own personal experience of recovery following fifteen years of drug abuse; being in and out of jails and rehab programs, countless “this is the last time” experiences, and finally landing in prison for having kidnapped a police officer.

Ronnie’s approach is an unabashed spiritual approach—you have to reclaim and fill the emptiness of your life (and this could apply to anyone, addict or not—with God.  Project Rescue’s success in hundreds and hundreds of lives argues strongly for its validity.

 

Two things MUST happen:

1) The only thing Ronnie says that will finally break the addiction, or the addiction—rehab—addiction—rehab—addiction cycle, is to hit rock bottom.  The pain of what has been destroyed has to finally be great enough to overcome the power of addiction.  Sadly, Ronnie says, most people die before this ever happens.

2) The emptiness that is left in one’s life—the emptiness that comes when the drug, or whatever, is removed having previously taken total control of one’s life and crowded out everything else out—must filled with God.  No therapy, no techniques, no program can ever fill the spiritual void in the addict’s life; only God.  This involves an ongoing five step process:

  • pray
  • read
  • study
  • do
  • teach (help others)

Ronnie’s poem,

written from prison in Florida, 1986:

Bricks and bars do not a prison make alone,
A prison there is also stronger than steel and stone.
Created is this bind,
By the working of our own spirit and mind,
And the way out no one can find,
If they choose to remain blind.

Ronnie’s arrest:

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Project Rescue has a success rate over double that of the national addiction recovery average (from Project Rescue website).

Ronnie’s phone number, offered to anyone who is in need of help right now:
256-616-1522

 

Project Rescue website:

www.projectrescue.org

 

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ETL 006: The Real Message of David and Goliath; Two Bible Questions Answered; Bible Word—“God”

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Basketball on the HardwoodIn this episode we’ll be talking about:

Chapter 1: The Real Message of David and Goliath

NCAA tournament time is designed for David vs. Goliath match ups.  But have we missed the primary message and David and Goliath?  We use the analogy constantly of big guy vs. little guy scenarios; the little, unheralded, and disadvantaged facing off against the powerful, experienced, heavily favored opponent.  But is there more to it than that?

    Scripture references:

  • 1 Samuel 17
  • 1 John 3:20-21
  • Deuteronomy 6:12; 7:18; 8:2, 18; 15:15; 16:12; 24:18, 22

 

Chapter 2: Bible Q & A

We’ll look at 2 Bible questions today:

1. “What does it mean to ‘walk with God’?  Is it physical, spiritual, and what are some examples?  Can we walk with God now?”

Scripture references:

  • Genesis 5:22, 24; 6:5, 8-9
  • James 2:23
  • Exodus 33:11
  • Acts 13:22
  • Colossians 2:6
  • Romans 8:4
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Galatians 5:6, 25

2. “Does God answer prayer today?”
This question was asked by a Bible class teacher here where I preach.  One person answered “No”.  The reason being that a loved one had been very sick and prayed for by many people, yet the person died anyway.  Therefore, God must not answer prayer today.  Is that a valid conclusion?

Scriptures references:

  • Matthew 7:7; 21:22
  • Acts 12

 

Chapter 3: Bible Word

    “God”

It is ludicrous to think about discussing God in such a limited time and space as this portion of this podcast.  Nevertheless, here’s some things the Bible tells us about God:
1. He is

  • Hebrews 11:6
  • Genesis 1:1

2. He is self-existent

  • John 5:26

3. He is eternal

  • Psalm 90:2

4. He is infinite

  • Psalm 139:1-2, 7-10

5. He is immutable (unchanging)

  • Malachi 3:6

 

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