Grace and Peace Radio https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/category/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ Engaging Conversations about Applying God’s Word to Everyday Life Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/category/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/feed/podcast/ Anthony Russo clean episodic Anthony Russo anthony.f.russo@icloud.com anthony.f.russo@icloud.com (Anthony Russo) © 2020 GraceandPeaceRadio.com Applying God’s Word to Everyday Life Grace and Peace Radio https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/gapradio-3000.jpg https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/category/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ TV-G Ep023 Reaching Guadalajara, Part 1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep023-reaching-guadalajara-part-1/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:00:26 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8419 In this episode of Grace and Peace Radio, Anthony sits down for Part 1 of an interview with Omar, a Christian serving in ministry to reach the people of Guadalajara, Mexico. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community! In this episode of Grace and Peace Radio, Anthony sits down for Part 1 of an interview with Omar, a Christian serving in ministry to reach the people of Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Ep022 Bonus Episode: Words of Encouragement https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep022-bonus-episode-words-of-encouragement/ Fri, 29 May 2020 18:26:31 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8414 I've heard from a lot of people this week who sounded like they were weary from the turmoil in the world. That's certainly understandable. I thought I would try to do my part to point us to light, life, and hope and put up a bonus episode of Grace and Peace Radio. Today Grace and Peace Radio will consider the uniqueness of Jesus and draw hope and encouragement from Jude verse 1. Blessings! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community! I’ve heard from a lot of people this week who sounded like they were weary from the turmoil in the world. That’s certainly understandable. I thought I would try to do my part to point us to light, life, and hope and put up a bonus episode of Grace and Peace Radio.

Today Grace and Peace Radio will consider the uniqueness of Jesus and draw hope and encouragement from Jude verse 1.

Blessings!

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I've heard from a lot of people this week who sounded like they were weary from the turmoil in the world. That's certainly understandable. I thought I would try to do my part to point us to light, life, and hope and put up a bonus episode of Grace and ...
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Ep021 The Cup of Coffee Episode https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep021-the-cup-of-coffee-episode/ Mon, 25 May 2020 21:34:13 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8393 In this episode Anthony sits down to have a cup of Founding Fathers coffee in his new Grace and Peace Radio mug for a chat. Topics include Anthony telling about how his Coronavirus self-haircut didn't go so great the second time around, the new and improved shorter show intro, why nature documentaries are both great and lame at the same time, and how a curious fact about hummingbirds inspired Anthony to come up with his own theory about dinosaurs. Lastly, Anthony shares a few devotional thoughts from 2 Samuel 7 and 8 about God keeping His promises to David and yet another example of God's love in the Old Testament. Whoops. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community!   In this episode Anthony sits down to have a cup of Founding Fathers coffee in his new Grace and Peace Radio mug for a chat. Topics include Anthony telling about how his Coronavirus self-haircut didn’t go so great the second time around, the new and improved shorter show intro, why nature documentaries are both great and lame at the same time, and how a curious fact about hummingbirds inspired Anthony to come up with his own theory about dinosaurs. Lastly, Anthony shares a few devotional thoughts from 2 Samuel 7 and 8 about God keeping His promises to David and yet another example of God’s love in the Old Testament.

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Ep020 Pastor Simon Peter Kembo https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep020-pastor-simon-peter-kembo/ Mon, 18 May 2020 13:00:55 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8306 Anthony takes a minute to celebrate reaching the 20 episode milestone and look back on the last 5 months of Grace and Peace Radio. Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org. In this episode turns the microphone over play a radio message from a special guest, Simon Peter Kembo, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kapchorwa, Uganda. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community! Anthony takes a minute to celebrate reaching the 20 episode milestone and look back on the last 5 months of Grace and Peace Radio.

Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org.

In this episode turns the microphone over play a radio message from a special guest, Simon Peter Kembo, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kapchorwa, Uganda.

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Anthony takes a minute to celebrate reaching the 20 episode milestone and look back on the last 5 months of Grace and Peace Radio. Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Jus...
Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org.

In this episode turns the microphone over play a radio message from a special guest, Simon Peter Kembo, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kapchorwa, Uganda.

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Ep019 Helps for Dealing with Coronavirus Restrictions Fatigue https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep019-helps-for-dealing-with-coronavirus-restrictions-fatigue/ Mon, 11 May 2020 20:36:03 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8303 Anthony takes a break from a deep dive into a particular topic in this multi-segment episode of Grace and Peace Radio. Segment 1: Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org. Segment 2: We’re all getting pretty sick of Coronavirus restrictions (no pun intended). We're all tired of stay at home orders, stores half-open, churches either not meeting or not meeting in the way we used to 9 weeks ago, etc. There's a lot we can learn about endurance from a very special group of God's people. Segment 3: If you lived in a restricted nation, would you be suspected by police of being a Christian? Take this test adapted from an article by TWR.org and find out. Segment 4: Anthony gives a shout out to Lucas over at the Epileptic Rants podcast at justarant.club. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community! Anthony takes a break from a deep dive into a particular topic in this multi-segment episode of Grace and Peace Radio.

Segment 1: Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org.

Segment 2: We’re all getting pretty sick of Coronavirus restrictions (no pun intended). We’re all tired of stay at home orders, stores half-open, churches either not meeting or not meeting in the way we used to 9 weeks ago, etc. There’s a lot we can learn about endurance from a very special group of God’s people.

Segment 3: If you lived in a restricted nation, would you be suspected by police of being a Christian? Take this test adapted from an article by TWR.org and find out.

Segment 4: Anthony gives a shout out to Lucas over at the Epileptic Rants podcast at justarant.club.

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Anthony takes a break from a deep dive into a particular topic in this multi-segment episode of Grace and Peace Radio. Segment 1: Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Just...
Segment 1: Save the Date! May 30th is the Snatch Them From the Flames biblical discernment conference with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters Learn more at https://www.strivingforeternity.org.

Segment 2: We’re all getting pretty sick of Coronavirus restrictions (no pun intended). We're all tired of stay at home orders, stores half-open, churches either not meeting or not meeting in the way we used to 9 weeks ago, etc. There's a lot we can learn about endurance from a very special group of God's people.

Segment 3: If you lived in a restricted nation, would you be suspected by police of being a Christian? Take this test adapted from an article by TWR.org and find out.

Segment 4: Anthony gives a shout out to Lucas over at the Epileptic Rants podcast at justarant.club.

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Ep018 Disagreeing in Love https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep018-disagreeing-in-love/ Mon, 04 May 2020 17:54:50 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8237 As I record this, the world seems to be on the other side of all the projected curves of the COVID19 coronavirus. Statistically, it wasn’t nearly as a bad as was first thought, thank the Lord. In my state, South Carolina, most retail stores opened up this week and by the time you hear this, restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons inside again—albeit with plenty of caveats. Almost everything is coming back online, at least here in the South. We have no idea what the world will be like when it emerges from its global quarantine, but it is slowly starting to happen. Along with all of this, there are a whole host of related issues and questions: What will the economy be like? When will it bounce back, or will it? And especially questions around how reopening should look, how fast, how slow, should we wear masks in public? Should we not? What should church services be like as we move to restart? The one thing we can agree on is that there is certainly NOT agreement!!! How, then, can brothers and sisters in Christ disagree in love? We'll talk about it on today's Grace and Peace Radio! As I record this, the world seems to be on the other side of all the projected curves of the COVID19 coronavirus. Statistically, it wasn’t nearly as a bad as was first thought, thank the Lord. In my state, South Carolina, most retail stores opened up this week and by the time you hear this, restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons inside again—albeit with plenty of caveats. Almost everything is coming back online, at least here in the South. We have no idea what the world will be like when it emerges from its global quarantine, but it is slowly starting to happen.

Along with all of this, there are a whole host of related issues and questions: What will the economy be like? When will it bounce back, or will it? And especially questions around how reopening should look, how fast, how slow, should we wear masks in public? Should we not? What should church services be like as we move to restart?

The one thing we can agree on is that there is certainly NOT agreement!!!

How, then, can brothers and sisters in Christ disagree in love?

We’ll talk about it on today’s Grace and Peace Radio!

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As I record this, the world seems to be on the other side of all the projected curves of the COVID19 coronavirus. Statistically, it wasn’t nearly as a bad as was first thought, thank the Lord. In my state, South Carolina,
Along with all of this, there are a whole host of related issues and questions: What will the economy be like? When will it bounce back, or will it? And especially questions around how reopening should look, how fast, how slow, should we wear masks in public? Should we not? What should church services be like as we move to restart?

The one thing we can agree on is that there is certainly NOT agreement!!!

How, then, can brothers and sisters in Christ disagree in love?

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Ep017 Faith that Works https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/faith-that-works/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:24:26 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8187 The Bible speaks of several kinds of faith. The two most commonly talked about are believing faith to be saved and justified before God, through believing in Jesus as Lord and his atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross. The other kind of faith we often think of is what comes after—that new life of living by faith. Over several of the last episodes of Grace and Peace Radio we’ve looked at various helps for us in these strange and uncertain times—hope (Ep011), patience (Ep014), persistence (Ep015), and God’s providence (Ep016). Today, we’ll be talking about Faith, specifically that second kind. What is faith? Where do we get it? What, if anything, is our part? Daily faith. And, of course, faith and works. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). As Christians, we don’t just have faith in uncertain times or difficult times—our whole lives are supposed to be marked by this walking faith! We’ll talk about walking by faith, in good times and difficult uncertain times, today, on Grace and Peace Radio! Show Note: Here is the story from the China Inland Mission about how faith sets the table. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Web: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Store: GraceandPeaceRadio.com/store Checkout more shows from the Christian Podcast Community! The Bible speaks of several kinds of faith.

The two most commonly talked about are believing faith to be saved and justified before God, through believing in Jesus as Lord and his atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross.

The other kind of faith we often think of is what comes after—that new life of living by faith.

Over several of the last episodes of Grace and Peace Radio we’ve looked at various helps for us in these strange and uncertain times—hope (Ep011), patience (Ep014), persistence (Ep015), and God’s providence (Ep016). Today, we’ll be talking about Faith, specifically that second kind. What is faith? Where do we get it? What, if anything, is our part? Daily faith. And, of course, faith and works.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).

As Christians, we don’t just have faith in uncertain times or difficult times—our whole lives are supposed to be marked by this walking faith!

We’ll talk about walking by faith, in good times and difficult uncertain times, today, on Grace and Peace Radio!

Show Note: Here is the story from the China Inland Mission about how faith sets the table.

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The Bible speaks of several kinds of faith. The two most commonly talked about are believing faith to be saved and justified before God, through believing in Jesus as Lord and his atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross.
The two most commonly talked about are believing faith to be saved and justified before God, through believing in Jesus as Lord and his atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross.

The other kind of faith we often think of is what comes after—that new life of living by faith.

Over several of the last episodes of Grace and Peace Radio we’ve looked at various helps for us in these strange and uncertain times—hope (Ep011), patience (Ep014), persistence (Ep015), and God’s providence (Ep016). Today, we’ll be talking about Faith, specifically that second kind. What is faith? Where do we get it? What, if anything, is our part? Daily faith. And, of course, faith and works.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).

As Christians, we don’t just have faith in uncertain times or difficult times—our whole lives are supposed to be marked by this walking faith!

We’ll talk about walking by faith, in good times and difficult uncertain times, today, on Grace and Peace Radio!

Show Note: Here is the story from the China Inland Mission about how faith sets the table.

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Ep016 Remember God’s Providence https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep016-remember-gods-providence/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:59:25 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8120 Continuing the series we began in Episode 11, where we're looking to encourage ourselves in the Scriptures in the strange and unusual times we're finding ourselves in, in this episode we'll consider the topic of God's Providence. This episode is departure from the routine in at least two ways: First, Anthony presses "pause" on the pre-written show notes in order to check-in with listeners to see how they are doing and to share how things are going in his life and what's new with Grace and Peace Radio. Secondly, while it is certainly worthwhile to go through and think of Bible verses and passages specific to whatever topic we want to know God's thoughts on, in this episode we'll not talk about God's Providence strictly in terms of Here are x number of Bible verses about God's providence. Instead, we'll think about how God can use the whole of Scripture to teach us what it is he wants us to know. Anthony also shares a few of his own personal testimonies of God's faithfulness in his providence over the years. Listeners will be encouraged to hear God's faithfulness even in seasons of unemployment and underemployment, and a time many years ago when financial constraints were extra tight. While we are blessed by a God who loves and cares for his own, sometimes his providences also come with experiences and lessons which are difficult and even painful at the moment. Humbling as those times can be, we must immerse ourselves in God's Word, remembering his Person and his promises. His Word is our lamp along even the darkest of paths. As we talk together about providence, we'll think not only of God's material providences in our lives, but also how God's providence is also demonstrated in the many intangibles of life as well. Finally, Anthony discuss Grace and Peace Radio's being newly accepted into the Christian Podcast Community. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= website: GraceandPeaceRadio.com Facebook: @GraceandPeaceRadio Twitter: @GracePeaceRadio Continuing the series we began in Episode 11, where we’re looking to encourage ourselves in the Scriptures in the strange and unusual times we’re finding ourselves in, in this episode we’ll consider the topic of God’s Providence.

This episode is departure from the routine in at least two ways:

First, Anthony presses “pause” on the pre-written show notes in order to check-in with listeners to see how they are doing and to share how things are going in his life and what’s new with Grace and Peace Radio.

Secondly, while it is certainly worthwhile to go through and think of Bible verses and passages specific to whatever topic we want to know God’s thoughts on, in this episode we’ll not talk about God’s Providence strictly in terms of Here are x number of Bible verses about God’s providence. Instead, we’ll think about how God can use the whole of Scripture to teach us what it is he wants us to know.

Anthony also shares a few of his own personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in his providence over the years. Listeners will be encouraged to hear God’s faithfulness even in seasons of unemployment and underemployment, and a time many years ago when financial constraints were extra tight.

While we are blessed by a God who loves and cares for his own, sometimes his providences also come with experiences and lessons which are difficult and even painful at the moment. Humbling as those times can be, we must immerse ourselves in God’s Word, remembering his Person and his promises. His Word is our lamp along even the darkest of paths.

As we talk together about providence, we’ll think not only of God’s material providences in our lives, but also how God’s providence is also demonstrated in the many intangibles of life as well.

Finally, Anthony discuss Grace and Peace Radio’s being newly accepted into the Christian Podcast Community.

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Continuing the series we began in Episode 11, where we're looking to encourage ourselves in the Scriptures in the strange and unusual times we're finding ourselves in, in this episode we'll consider the topic of God's Providence.
This episode is departure from the routine in at least two ways:



First, Anthony presses "pause" on the pre-written show notes in order to check-in with listeners to see how they are doing and to share how things are going in his life and what's new with Grace and Peace Radio.

Secondly, while it is certainly worthwhile to go through and think of Bible verses and passages specific to whatever topic we want to know God's thoughts on, in this episode we'll not talk about God's Providence strictly in terms of Here are x number of Bible verses about God's providence. Instead, we'll think about how God can use the whole of Scripture to teach us what it is he wants us to know.

Anthony also shares a few of his own personal testimonies of God's faithfulness in his providence over the years. Listeners will be encouraged to hear God's faithfulness even in seasons of unemployment and underemployment, and a time many years ago when financial constraints were extra tight.

While we are blessed by a God who loves and cares for his own, sometimes his providences also come with experiences and lessons which are difficult and even painful at the moment. Humbling as those times can be, we must immerse ourselves in God's Word, remembering his Person and his promises. His Word is our lamp along even the darkest of paths.

As we talk together about providence, we'll think not only of God's material providences in our lives, but also how God's providence is also demonstrated in the many intangibles of life as well.

Finally, Anthony discuss Grace and Peace Radio's being newly accepted into the Christian Podcast Community.

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Ep015 Persistence in Uncertain Times https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep015-persistence-in-uncertain-times/ Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:02:14 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2700 How can a Christian have persistence and perseverance in these uncertain times? What does it even mean to say Christians persevere and persist? What exactly are we persevering and persisting through? And how are we to persist? We'll answer these questions together on today's Grace and Peace Radio. How can a Christian have persistence and perseverance in these uncertain times? What does it even mean to say Christians persevere and persist? What exactly are we persevering and persisting through? And how are we to persist? We'll answer these questions together on today's Grace and Peace Radio.

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How can a Christian have persistence and perseverance in these uncertain times? What does it even mean to say Christians persevere and persist? What exactly are we persevering and persisting through? And how are we to persist? How can a Christian persist and persevere in these uncertain times? What does it even mean to say Christians persevere and persist? What exactly are we persevering and persisting through? And how are we to persist?



We'll answer these questions together on today's Grace and Peace Radio.







Christianity: No Crutch-Religion Here



The world laughs at Christians. How often have you heard that Christians are “weak”? How often have you heard the line that religion is a “crutch” (as if habits like gluttony, drunkenness, and swearing aren’t?!). The misperception is so ironic!



Anthony lays out what it really means to become a follow of Jesus Christ.



Christians: Persisting in Uncertain Times



Christian persist and persevere through trials.



Christians persist through the daily battles of every day life.



Christians persist through spiritual battles and temptations and their three sworn enemies: The world, the flesh, and the devil.



Christians persist and carry on even when they give in and lose a battle.



Christians persist in persecutions and some even persevere through martyrdom.



How then Do Christians Persist by Faith?



Christians persist by looking at Jesus.



Christians persist by prayer and the Word.



Christians persist through fellowship and mutual encouragement.


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Ep014 Godly Patience in Uncertain Times https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep014-godly-patience-in-uncertain-times/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:56:45 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2666 In these uncertain times, it's easy to lose patience. But God doesn't give us a pass on our impatience. In this episode we'll talk about patience, its opposite, and how we can remain patient even in these uncertain times. In these uncertain times, it's easy to lose patience. But God doesn't give us a pass on our impatience. In this episode we'll talk about patience, its opposite, and how we can remain patient even in these uncertain times.

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In these uncertain times, it's easy to lose patience. But God doesn't give us a pass on our impatience. In this episode we'll talk about patience, its opposite, and how we can remain patient even in these uncertain times. We Christians are Pretty Bad About Patience



Let's face it, if there is one thing Christians are pretty terrible with, it's patience. We are so like the Israelites in the Wilderness, sometimes we even resemble Saul rushing to act and sacrifice before Samuel arrives.



Human weakness or not, God does not give us a pass on our impatience. Over and over in the Scriptures we are commanded to "wait on the Lord".



As I record this, COVID-19 has literally stopped the world, and we don't yet know for how long. The "experts" crunch their data, hoping it is reliable to begin with, create their models, and offer their best guesses. Meanwhile, like a freight train whose emergency brake has been pulled, we've lived through life as we know it screaming and grinding to a halt.



We Christians need to model our faith in God to our neighbors. We can do that by modeling at least three characteristics: Patience, Persistence, and trust in God's Providence.



Over the next three episodes we'll talk about each of these, starting today with Patience.



* What do we do with our impatience?* What resources does God give us to be patient?* Can we be patient and eager at the same time?



We'll answer these questions together, today, on Grace and Peace Radio.







No Free Pass on Being Impatient



I admit, as I write this my patience has waned over the last few days. I'm recording this episode as much for me as for you. I'll spare the details, but they're probably some of the same reasons and feelings you have--wanting life to return to normal...or at least its usual level of so-called normal.



And therein lies the problem. Impatience is a fundamental discontentment and grumbling against the timing and providences of God. In very plain terms, impatience is a temper trantrum we throw against God's will for our lives in the moment. At the heart of impatience are two little words: I WANT... We want something and we want it now. We are tired of waiting for it.



If this is your first time listening to Grace and Peace Radio, first off, WELCOME!



A central theme of the show is taking some issue and discovering together how we ought to think biblically about it. How should we conform our minds in accordance with God's Word about something?



As we begin to think biblically about patience and its opposite, the first question, then, before us is:



What Do We Do With Our Impatience?



It should be obvious by now that impatience is a sin. Like all sins, at its heart is rebellion, rebellion against the Lord and his good and wise decrees in our lives. And so, as a sin, we must go to the Lord and repent of it. We must go our Father and confess that we’re grumbling at how we are feeling ourselves inconvenienced by his will for our lives at this moment, which means in our hearts there is a part of us saying we know what’s best.



As believers, this should shame us, but only so far as it causes us to confess and repent. Having done that, we can be thankful that even this sin, like all our others, is mercifully and lovingly covered under the atoning blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all righteousness” (1 John 1:9).



Forgiven, we can ask the Lord to kindly re-invigorate our hearts to be fully submitted to his decrees once more, trusting once again that he is good and sovereign.



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Ep013 Faith in the Face of Danger https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep013-faith-in-the-face-of-danger/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:42:52 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2603 In this "reboot" episode, Anthony discusses how and why Thy Kingdom Comma is now Grace and Peace Radio, looks at at an example of how we're to have faith in God in the face of danger, and how the current global pandemic should move us to look Godward. In this “reboot” episode, Anthony discusses how and why Thy Kingdom Comma is now Grace and Peace Radio, looks at at an example of how we're to have faith in God in the face of danger, and how the current global pandemic should move us to look Godward.

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In this "reboot" episode, Anthony discusses how and why Thy Kingdom Comma is now Grace and Peace Radio, looks at at an example of how we're to have faith in God in the face of danger, and how the current global pandemic should move us to look Godw... Believe or not, I'm actually recording this outside. I thought it would be something good, something different. You know, right now around the country around the world, there's so many people that have a stay at home order. And I thought, I'm gonna go ahead and record this outside!



So hopefully you're hearing some birds chirping in the background, lawn mower way off in the distance. And I just thought you know what, let's bring some life and some some outside into the podcast. How about that?



By the way, I'm sure you already noticed the name of the podcast has changed. That's right, we are moving from Thy Kingdom Comma, to Grace and Peace Radio. So I am super excited about that.







You know, it was something where Thy Kingdom Comma, it was a play on words if you're writing and I was doing more blogging at the time, but then as the podcast started taking off and going in that direction, I did less writing and more podcasting, well then the whole Thy Kingdom Comma, it didn't really make sense. And it was one of those things. It was a bit of a logic gap to go from the the pithy of what Thy Kingdom Comma was. And you know, I just wanted supposed to be a playful turn of phrase and it kind of was more confusing. So anyway, I was praying about it. I tried to come up with something and then I look to see and lo and behold, Grace and peace radio was available. So I jumped on it.



So I'm super excited about it. Because really, as I read even this weekend in a biography of Brownlow North, an evangelist who lived in Scotland in the mid 1800s, as he points out, you know, you can't have peace without the grace. God gives the grace and then you have the peace. And I was thinking about that. And I thought, Man, that's, that's so true, of course, Obviously, also all over Paul's letters in the New Testament. So anyway, that's the story behind moving from Thy Kingdom Comma to Grace and Peace Radio.



I'm so glad you're here. And we're gonna keep moving on. And I'm really excited to see what the Lord does with it. So thanks so much.



Today, I just want to share a quick word of hope and encouragement.



I know these are crazy times. So I really like to try to encourage people And give hope where I can so I want to read something out of what I read this week in my own personal Bible reading and then just share a few thoughts about it.



It's coming out of Luke 8:22-25 (NIV1984)



One day, Jesus said to His disciples, let's go over to the other side of the lake. So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. Squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuke to the wind and the raging waters, the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement, they ask one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds in the water and they obey Him."



So of course, they would eventually come to Find out that he is, of course, the Son of God. He is God come down in the form of a man to atone for our sins and to save us from our sin. Well, a couple of things I just want to point out about this real quick, are the fact that it says, and being swamped, they were in great danger. It was real danger. I mean, whatever was going on, it was enough to make even the lifelong fishermen among them, afraid, you know, real danger does come upon us.



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Ep012 Interview with Christianity Explored’s Alan Avera https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep012-interview-with-christianity-exploreds-alan-avera/ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:38:22 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2526 Grace and Peace Radio is delighted to have an opportunity to sit down with Alan Avera of Christianity Explored to talk about CE's mission, method, beginnings, and stories of lives changed through the gospel. Grace and Peace Radio is delighted to have an opportunity to sit down with Alan Avera of Christianity Explored to talk about CE's mission, method, beginnings, and stories of lives changed through the gospel.

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Grace and Peace Radio is delighted to have an opportunity to sit down with Alan Avera of Christianity Explored to talk about CE's mission, method, beginnings, and stories of lives changed through the gospel. Grace and Peace Radio is delighted to have an opportunity to sit down with Alan Avera of Christianity Explored to talk about CE's mission, method, beginnings, and stories of lives changed through the gospel.



Anthony Russo Joining me today on Grace and Peace Radio I have a very special guest. This is my first Grace and Peace Radio interviewee. This episode I'm sitting with Mr. Alan Avera.



Anthony Russo Avera. Okay. All right. Alan is the Executive Director with Christianity Explored US. He and I live here in the Greenville area, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get together as I'm learning more about Christianity Explored, my church's looking forward to doing the program, I thought we'd meet and find out more about both the program and also Alan. So Alan, thanks for being with me today. I appreciate it.



Alan Avera Okay, thank you.



Anthony Russo So first of all, tell me, what is Christianity explored.



Alan Avera Christianity Explored is a church equipping ministry in the area of evangelism and discipleship. And we are trying to help local churches be able to equip everyday Christians, that is those that wouldn't say, "Hey, I've got the gift of evangelism, or I'm a church elder, or, or minister or pastor…" but the people who are the everyday Christians, we want to help the church equip those people to be able to love, live, and then tell the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.







Anthony Russo Excellent. So kind of partnering along with the pastors in "equipping the saints for the work of the ministry."



Alan Avera That's correct.



Anthony Russo Excellent. Wow. So now, and that's done through small groups through the Gospel of Mark, correct?



Alan Avera Yeah, that's correct. The the namesake resource that Christianity explored has is the Christianity ExploreD course, which is now in its third edition. And it's a seven week study through the Gospel according to Mark, that helps people discover the answers to three big questions: Who is Jesus? Why did he come? And what does it mean to follow him? Or what does that mean to me? What does he want me to do in response?



Anthony Russo And those are really three huge questions that our culture, if they're not asking, they need to be asking, and those who are asking or are looking for answers.



Alan Avera Yeah, that's correct. We have an interview with three pastors at a church out in the Denver area. And one of the guys says, you know, those three questions Questions rarely upon them hang most of the questions that the unbelieving world ask. Who is Jesus? Why did he come? And what's it mean to follow him? Almost everybody's questions fall under one of those three big headings.



Anthony Russo That's fantastic. And now you said that the material's in its third edition. How long is Christianity Explored been around?



Alan Avera Christianity Explored was developed in the late 1990s. And then I guess it currently is launched somewhere in the early 2000s. It comes out of All Souls Church Langham Place in central London, in England, and probably a name that people would be familiar from that church is the late Dr. John Stott. So developed under the tutelage of the late Dr. John Stott. And one of the primary developers was Rico Tice, who has been the Minister of Evangelism at that church since 1994.



Anthony Russo Wow, I didn't realize it was that long. That's neat. And it's in over what? 150 countries now… it's not just the US and the UK.



Alan Avera That's correct. I'm not sure… somewhere between 125-150 countries.]]>
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Ep011 Hope in Uncertain Times https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep011-hope-in-uncertain-times/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:25:27 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2458 It seems like in life there is "Nowhere to run...nowhere to hide."In this episode of GraceandPeaceRadio we'll talk about where to find hope in uncertain times. It seems like in life there is “Nowhere to run…nowhere to hide.”In this episode of GraceandPeaceRadio we'll talk about where to find hope in uncertain times.

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It seems like in life there is "Nowhere to run...nowhere to hide."In this episode of GraceandPeaceRadio we'll talk about where to find hope in uncertain times. Table Of Contents* "Nowhere to Run to, Baby"?* The Good Old Days Weren't What We Remember* The Present has Always Been Uncertain* Life is Uncertain and Out of Our Control* Found: Real Hope* Hope for Christians* Is There Hope for Non-Christians?* God Gives Us Good Things That We Would Turn to Him* Conclusion



"Nowhere to Run to, Baby"?



You might be old enough to remember a popular song from the 1960s by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. It was called "Nowhere to Run", and the chorus was Martha belting out how she had "nowhere to run, baby, nowhere to hide." And she was singing about nowhere to run nowhere to hide from a man who treated her badly, but she still love them.



In another sense, that chorus seems to echo life. All of us want some sense of normalcy. All of us want to feel that we are in control. And sometimes people do some pretty irrational things to try to get the upper hand again, or at least think they're getting the upper hand. But what can we do biblically, in times of uncertainty, is there really nowhere to run? Nowhere to hide? We'll talk about it on today's Grace and Peace Radio.







Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast dedicated to engaging conversations and Applying God's Word to everyday life. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. And with that, let's start the show.



Hello again everyone I'm Anthony, your host, it's great to be with you again, we're today we're talking about where do we find hope in times of uncertainty. Now I'm going to tell you up front in this segment, we're going to talk about a little dose of reality. Okay, we're going to get to the ugly truth of a few things. But promise me you'll stick around for segment two. I promise you, there is hope. But don't jump there yet. Let's get a few unpleasant realities out of the way first. Let's let's eat our vegetables so we can have dessert.



The Good Old Days Weren't What We Remember



The first thing I want to talk about is the fact that the good old days of the past weren't exactly like we remember them. Don't fool yourself in thinking the "good old days" were any better. In Ecclesiastes 7:10 it says "Do not say, 'why is it that the former days were better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you asked about this."



Let me ask you… Exactly what days in your life were, better than these?



I had a great childhood. I rode my bicycle with my friends. I ate way too much junk food. And I got some great Star Wars toys at Christmas times and birthdays. But you know what? I grew up during the Cold War. I remember hearing about nuclear warheads, nuclear stockpiling the Soviet Union, the KGB, East Germany, families separated at the Berlin Wall and people risking their lives to cross into West Germany, and on and on.



As I grew older, there was aids, recessions, all kinds of world events, terrorism and riots in the news and genocides and wars. Yes, pretty much all of that was far away but closer to home. I grew to have bills to Pay and severed relationships in different trials and struggles.



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Ep010 Reasons We Don’t Pray, Part 2 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep010-reasons-we-dont-pray-part-2/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2317 Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don’t pray more? This is Part 2 where we look at more reasons we don’t pray. Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don’t pray more? This is Part 2 where we look at more reasons we don’t pray.

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Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don’t pray more? This is Part 2 where we look at more reasons we don’t pray.



Table Of Contents* Reasons We Don't Pray, Part 2* Reasons We Don't Pray: We Don't Really Know God* Reasons We Don't Pray: It's Not a Daily Priority* Reasons We Don't Pray: No Private Place* Reasons We Don't Pray: We Have Forgotten the Joy of Meeting with the Lord* Reasons We Don't Pray: We Try to Live in Our Own Strength* What's Been Your Experience?* A Parting Word: Let's Be Like Joshua



Reasons We Don't Pray, Part 2



Hey thanks so much for joining me. I am your host Anthony. And today we are going to look at part two of reasons we don't pray, reasons we don't pray. You know, last time we talked about it. A couple of things I kicked it off with was the idea that when we talk about praying or when I talk about praying, I don't mean simply asking God for help or for this or that and we seem to have no problem doing that. I mean, really getting alone with the Lord really communing with the Lord interceding for others, and really making a point of, how about just meeting the Lord to be with the Lord. That's kind of a thing.



So why is that so hard for us? I mean, we are the only people on earth. You know, believers in Jesus Christ BORN AGAIN believers in Jesus Christ are the only people on earth who know the one true God. And the one thing or one of the things, one of the key things that we are supposed to be doing is praying. And yet so often it is such a struggle for us.



And yes, we live in a fallen world, we are still being sanctified, we still have our old our flesh with us. So those are you know, there's always the world, the flesh, the devil, right? These three things that are always vying for our attention to distract us and pull us away from the Lord. But also there are just other things that keep us from praying.



So last time we looked at four of them: Laziness, Distractions, Busyness, and Guilt and Shame from Sin. And you can go back and listen to Part One to catch up on those.



Today I want to talk about some other reasons why it is that we seem to have trouble praying.



Reasons We Don't Pray: We Don't Really Know God



We are otherwise far from God. Right? This idea that maybe we're not born again, maybe you're listening to this and you really don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord as your Savior. You've never repented and believe the gospel. So you really have no knowledge of the God of the Bible. You have a knowledge of what you heard in church maybe or what you saw in movies, or really just whatever you think God is like, but you really don't know the true God of the Bible, you really don't know Jesus Christ. So that would be one reason why someone wouldn't pray. You know, just someone not a Christian.



Reasons We Don't Pray: It's Not a Daily Priority



But as far as Christians go, another reason is, it's not a regular daily priority. It's just something where, you know, we don't schedule it.]]>
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Ep009 Reasons We Don’t Pray, Part 1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep009-reasons-we-dont-pray-part-1/ Sun, 01 Mar 2020 14:00:39 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2646 Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don't pray more? This is Part 1 where we look at reasons we don't pray. Why is it that we who, by the grace of God, know and have access to the one true God, don't pray more? This is Part 1 where we look at reasons we don't pray.

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Ep008 Walking in Love https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep008-walking-in-love/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:01:44 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2238 In this episode we'll hear a short devotional given to the residents of a local nursing and rehabilitation center out of 2 John 1:5-6 about Walking in Love. In this episode we'll hear a short devotional given to the residents of a local nursing and rehabilitation center out of 2 John 1:5-6 about Walking in Love.

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In this episode we'll hear a short devotional given to the residents of a local nursing and rehabilitation center out of 2 John 1:5-6 about Walking in Love. Hello, and welcome once again, everybody to Grace and Peace Radio. I am your host, Anthony Russo. And I'm so glad you're joining us this week. This week, I'm going to do something different. I'm going to get right to it. This is going to be a little devotional I prepared for and gave at a nursing home this past Sunday, in fact, February 23. It's a really sweet group of people. Just so you know, they are, I guess you could say… I don't I don't honestly know what the right clinical phrase is, they are "low functioning". I don't know if that's appropriate or not, so forgive me.



But anyway, our church goes in every Sunday and gives a church service. And usually we give like a little 15-20 minute devotional kind of thought, and I'm on a rotation. This was my Sunday. So I thought I would share what I gave them with you. So without further ado, out of 2 John 1:5-6, here's me giving the devotional on "Walking in Love."







Table Of Contents* The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian* Jesus: Our Model for Walking in Love* 1. Be Willing to Walk in Love* 2. Pray* 3. Do What You Can* Homework: Walking in Love



Well, now we're going to move to our our sermon, or devotional, whatever you want to call it. We're going to see what the Lord has for us in His Word. Today, we read from the little letter of second john, it's at the end of the New Testament. And in verses five and six, I'll read those and then we'll take a look at them.



"And now dear lady, I am not writing you a new command, but one that we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you are heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love." - NIV1984



We're going to be focusing on that last little part there "his command is that you walk in love."



The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian



What is the one distinguishing characteristic of a Christian? What should be the one thing that really sets us apart from everybody else in the world. Easy, good. works. No, right? because anybody can do good works. Is it knowing the Bible? Is it being able to quote the whole Bible? No, because even somebody with a awesome memory could do that. Learn to do that. Is it being a nice person? Is that what makes us a Christian? Right now? No, I mean, that's part of it. But no, because again, everybody can be a nice person if they want to. How about going to church? Right? No, that doesn't do it. Plenty of people in church who really aren't Christian. In fact, there was an old saying that said that "going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald's makes your hamburger." So that's not it. How about giving, what if we give or we give all money? Does that make us a Christian? No. Right?



Over and over again God's word makes it clear. The mark of a true Christian is love. It's love.



In this general letter, right? It's not a letter to a specific church not like the letter to the Romans or to the Corinthian church. This is a general letter. The Apostle John, he writes it later in his life. And he's writing we don't know if it's to a literal lady and her children or if he's using kind of a language, a picture language there have to a church and its members. Now, I tend to think that it's the church and its members. It's OK.



Nevertheless, He's writing to remind them that the mark of a Christian is to obey God's commands. That's the mark of a Christian.]]>
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Ep007 May I See Your ID? https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep007-may-i-see-your-id/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=2159 All of us carry around some form of ID. If you were asked to show your Identity in Christ, what would be on it? All of us carry around some form of ID. If you were asked to show your Identity in Christ, what would be on it?

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All of us carry around some form of ID. If you were asked to show your Identity in Christ, what would be on it? Do you think about your new identity in Jesus Christ very often? I hope that you do. If you are a Christian, the Bible teaches in many ways and places that you have a new identity. 







Table Of Contents* 1. The Elect* 2. Redeemed/Ransomed * 3. Pilgrim/Sojourner/Exile* 4. Born again* 5. All Our Sins Forgiven* 6. New Creation* 7. “In Christ”* 8. Moved from death to life* 9. Reconciled - From Enemy of God to Friend* 10. Holy, Blameless, Above Reproach* 11. Adopted * 12. Brought Near* A Parting Word to Believers* A Parting Word to Unbelievers* Show News



1. The Elect



Rom 8:29 “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”



2. Redeemed/Ransomed



1 Tim 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19 says “you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” ESV



3. Pilgrim/Sojourner/Exile



1 Peter 2:11 "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”



4. Born again



1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”



Also 1 Peter 1:22-23 “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God”



5. All Our Sins Forgiven



Acts 13:38 “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” - Paul and Barnabas at Antioch



Ephesians 1:7



In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,



Colossians 1:14



in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.



6. New Creation



2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 



7. “In Christ”



There are dozens of examples of the benefits of your new position in Christ. Look here: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=%22in+christ%22&qs_version=KJV



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Ep006 7 Principles for Joking with Your Kids https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep006-7-principles-for-joking-with-your-kids/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1896 All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids? All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids?

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All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids? Recently I was at a table of guys. All but two of us were fathers. The question came up about what is appropriate when joking with your children? What's healthy joking with your kids, and what's not? Surprisingly, one of them looked at me and said, “That would be a good topic for you to write about on your blog!"



Since I am trying to include more resources here to help parents, even if I'm not one, it wasn't a half bad idea. So, I took up the challenge.



As I thought about what healthy joking with kids should look like I came up with seven principles I would follow if I had kids of my own.











1. 'The Golden Rule' Rule



As the old saying goes, “Kids are people too.” I joke with my wife, and sometimes make fun of her, but she knows that it’s never mean-spirited, and I make fun of myself far more than I do her.



The Golden Rule, in this case, is Joke unto others as you would have them joke unto you. Even in our joking, our words must be as we would want others' words be to us.



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2. Don't Learn Comedy from Hollywood



As long as I've been alive TV show comedies have relied on the cheap laughs of biting sarcasm, making fun of, and sniping at. They did it on The Jefferson, Sanford and Son and Archie Bunker, M*A*S*H, Mad About You, Roseanne, and I'm sure everything sitcom that's been produced since.



I haven't regularly watched TV shows in so long, I have no idea what's popular nowadays. If you want to study them for how to joke with your kids, watch them and do the opposite of whatever they say and do.



3. Healthy Joking is Age Appropriate



My father is 88 years old. He’s been known for his sense of humor all his life and he’s still very sharp for his age. But I have also noticed in recent years that I can’t joke the same way with him anymore. His mind runs just a second behind and doesn’t quite catch the occasional quick quip. If I want to say something funny I almost have to rehearse it first in my mind, testing my material to see if it is obvious enough to be enjoyed.



In the same way, how parents joke with ten year old is different from how they would have five years earlier, just as it will be five years into the future. Like all public speaking, consider your audience.



4. Healthy Joking Considers Each Child’s Temperament



You’ve seen it. One child is lively and outgoing, a natural crack-up. His brother or sister is the exact reserved and introspective opposite. One rolls withe punches while other takes everything to heart. Loving your children means loving and joking with them in ways that respect their individual God-given temperaments.



5. Don’t Pull All Your Punches



Speaking of rolling with the punches…it seems to me that pulling every verbal punch is not wise. Obviously biting sarcasm or a sharp barb intentionally meant to hurt their feelings isn’t loving (See Rule #1). At the same time, age and temperament appropriate verbal repartee builds character and prepares them for the real world.



Eventually they’re going to experience the humor (good, bad, or otherwise) of their peers. Letting some soft verbal jabs land and engaging a tussle of wits will help develops thick skin at home under the coaching care of loving parents and help prepare them for the inevitable.







6. Know When and How Hard to Punch



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Ep005 When God Brings You to Your “Well, What Now?” Place https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep005-when-god-brings-you-to-your-well-what-now-place/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1870 40 years old and sitting by a well, no doubt feeling lost in the middle of nowhere, he had no clue what to do next. Sound familiar? 40 years old and sitting by a well, no doubt feeling lost in the middle of nowhere, he had no clue what to do next. Sound familiar?

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40 years old and sitting by a well, no doubt feeling lost in the middle of nowhere, he had no clue what to do next. Sound familiar? Are you feeling lost and at a "Well what now?" point in your life? We all have been at one time or another. In this episode of Grace and Peace Radio we'll look to the extraordinary circumstances of someone who found himself at a "Well, what now?" point in his life, and was even sitting at an actual well!



He was raised in incredible wealth and privilege, and grew up to work in the highest offices of his country. A well meaning but ill-timed action on his part meant that he had to flee for his life. At 40 years old and sitting by a well in the middle of nowhere. He had no clue what to do with his life, or what would come next. Sound familiar?



I've talked to a few guys recently, and the common theme that's come up is this sort of feeling lost, either kind of stuck in a career or not really sure what to do next.







I've talked to several men, especially recently, actually, who might say that the man's predicament sounds very much like their own. What lessons can we draw from the remarkable story of Moses for our own lives today? We'll talk about it next on Grace and Peace Radio.



Anthony Russo 1:07 Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast dedicated to engaging conversations about applying God's Word to everyday life. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. And with that, let's start the show.



Lost, Stuck and Wondering "Well, What Now?"



Anthony Russo 1:34 I've talked to a few guys recently, and the common theme that's come up is this sort of feeling lost, either kind of stuck in a career or not really sure what to do next. And I admit it's something I even struggled with. Recently in my own Bible reading. I was reading about the story of Moses, and how he ends up leaving Egypt the first time and I want to make some applications that I hope are helpful. I'm going to start in Exodus 2:11. And we all know the story. Moses kills an Egyptian who was mistreating a fellow Hebrew, and he apparently gets found out. Let's pick it up from there.



One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watch them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian, beating a Hebrew, one of his own people glancing this way in that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hit him in the sand.The next day you went out and saw to Hebrews fighting? He asked the one in the wrong, Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew? The man said, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you kill the Egyptian?Then Moses was afraid and thought, what I did must have become known. When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.Exodus 2:11 NIV 1984



Feeling Lost: A Real Mid-Life Crisis



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Now let's stop there for a minute because we have to realize that we know the rest of the story. But let's put ourselves there with Moses by the Well, let's stop and think as if we don't know the rest of the story. Moses at this point has lost everything. He's about 40 years old. He's lost his position in Egypt. He's on the run. Pharaoh wants to kill him. He went from being raised in Pharaoh's court and having all the privileges there to now being alone on the run, sitting at some well out in the middle of nowhere. That's a really hard place to be.



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Ep004 What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus? https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep004-what-does-it-mean-to-follow-jesus/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1781 What does following Jesus require? Is following Jesus really worth it? What does following Jesus require? Is following Jesus really worth it?

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What does following Jesus require? Is following Jesus really worth it? There I sat. Pen in hand. Contract before me. All I had to do was sign my name my whole life would radically change forever. If I signed, minutes later I would be ushered into a room with others who also signed up, and I would be sworn in to the United States Air Force.



What does my story have to do with being a Christian? We hear a lot about following Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? And what does it cost us? What of ourselves do we get to keep versus what is offered to him? much we really give up everything. If so, why? We'll talk about it next, on Grace and Peace Radio.







Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast dedicated to engaging conversations about applying God's Word to everyday life. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. And with that, let's start the show.



My Air Force Story



I was 19 years old.



I was working in the mailroom at a software company. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. So I talked to an Air Force recruiter. Next thing I know I'm up there and I go through the physicals and I do all that stuff. It was a whole overnight thing. And the moment comes the contracts in front of me. It required everything of me for four years. In exchange, they give me food, clothing, health care, education, benefits, direction, etc. But it would cost me four years of my life.



I stared at that paper and I couldn't sign and I told the recruiter, I'm really, really sorry, but I just can't do this. Now looking back, I do regret not having done that, for years would have passed in a heartbeat. But to a 19 year old guy, to me anyway, it seemed like an eternity. I mean, it was after all 25% of the life I'd already lived!



Following Jesus According to American Christianity



Too often in American Christianity, we're invited to follow Jesus. And it's kind of the same thing. It's, it's almost baited by the many same kinds of incentives. God will take care of us. There are all these benefits to it. There's direction and all these sorts of things. And nowadays also in churches, we hear about prosperity and health and peace and so on.



Many people find out after the fact that following Jesus requires much much more of them than they were ever honestly told. And like the crowd to eventually cooled on their enthusiasm for Jesus and His earthly ministry. Many today walk away like I did from the US Air Force.



So what does it really mean to follow Jesus? What are some ways the Bible explains it? What is to be our guiding motivation? Well, we'll talk about it after the break.



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What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?



What does it mean to follow Jesus? Here are some thoughts that I had about this. I was just kind of thinking back on that and if I had to tell myself 15 years ago when I became a Christian, what all it would encompass? We could only cover just a little bit here.



Take Mary's Advice



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6 Ways Christians can biblically counsel themselves outside the Bible Just because we are Christians, we are not insulated from life’s problems—if anything we may have more of them! That’s why it’s important we know how to counsel ourselves biblically to persevere and to work through them. Last time we talked about how to specifically use Scripture. Today we’ll look at ways that Bible-based, but not the Bible itself.



We can think of today's episode as the flip side to last week's episode, 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself.







Table Of Contents* 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture* Read the Puritans* Read Charles Spurgeon* Read “Dead Guys” * Read Jay E. Adams* Read Christian Biographies* Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan* A Few Quick Caveats



Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”



6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture



Read the Puritans





A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson





The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Spring





The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (a summary here)





Read Charles Spurgeon



Read “Dead Guys”



Their works have had a chance to stand the test of time. Probably hundreds of examples could be given, but three I discovered last year are: Thomas Fuller, Adolphe Monod, and FB Meyer



Read Jay E. Adams



Jay Adams has written over 100 books and countless articles. Even if you don’t think you will ever “counsel” someone in your life I recommend his book Competent to Counsel because a) it will help you understand the history of modern psychiatry/psychology and b) at some point you will counsel yourself c) you may “disciple” someone, and much of what is in here can be helpful to disciple another believer.



Read Christian Biographies



Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan



A Few Quick Caveats



* Be discerning. If you don’t know if someone is a trusted resource, Ask your pastor. Ask the Lord give you discernment if there’s anything you’re reading that isn’t a good person to be reading.* Don’t be put off if a book has older language and is harder to read. Be willing to take up the challenge. Ask the Lord to help you. One of the best things you can do for yourself—and others—as you grow in Christ is be able to read something written a hundred or more years ago. And, if it just isn’t working, look for a version of it in updated modern English.* I’m a bookworm, but I know that’s not for everyone. Visit sites like SermonAudio.com or clean
Ep002 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep002-6-ways-to-biblically-counsel-yourself/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:35:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1528 How can we apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in hard times? How can we apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in hard times?

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How can we apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in hard times? "Why would we need to biblically counsel ourselves?" one might ask.



Anger... Fear...Worry... Anxiety... Disappointment... Feeling overwhelmed... Depression... Despair...



Sound familiar? These are just some of the emotions that can seem to pounce on us for no reason at all, or for perfectly rational reasons.



What are some ways believers find hope and guidance in Word of God in such circumstances? What are some ways we can apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in such moments?







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Show Notes* Notes & Links* 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



Show Notes



Taking our cue from David's conversation with himself in Psalm 43:5, we’ll answer those questions today on Episode 002 of Grace and Peace Radio.



Episode Number 002



Title 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



Notes & Links



“Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 43:5 (HCSB)

David counseled himself! Instead of “Assess, Develop, Do” it might be easer to think of it as 3-R’s:



* REFLECT - Ask “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?”* REMEMBER - “Put your hope in God”* RECOMMIT - “For I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.”



6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



* Read the Bible … A LOT* Is there a promise(s) you can claim?* Is there a command to be obeyed?* Is there a “put off / put on” opposite behavior to start doing?* Is there an example in the Bible you can look to? The Bible is FULL of examples, such as... a) We just looked at David in Psalm 43 b) Joshua “Be strong and courageous” c) The nation of Israel in the OT (1 Corinthians 10:1-6,11)* Memorize Scripture - Make “deposits” in the bank so you have



*Note: I’m indebted to so many people whose books I’ve read over the years to help me think of these six methods (there are probably many more). This is only meant to scratch the surface. -AR



Jimmy Hamilton - Evangelist and Itinerant Street Preacher in Scotland



The subject of fear is addressed so much in Scripture that we can see that since the fall, it is a major issue. We fear every day, every single one of us. It is only lunatics who never fear. The antidote, of course, is faith in God, to fear him. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).Excerpt From: Jimmy Hamilton. “So You Want to Be a Street Preacher.”



Check out the Book Review of Jimmy's “So You Want to be a Street Preacher” here on Grace and Peace Radio



For more “put off/put on” language see Ephesians 4:21-23, 5:18; and Colossians 3:8-10



http://www.forevergratefulmusic.com - Scripture memory songs



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* Facebook: Anthony Russo clean Ep001 Faith and Flustered Works https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/ep001-faith-and-flustered-works/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 05:01:00 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1325 Have you had faith but got flustered and missed a chance to for good works? We'll talk about this on this week's episode of Grace and Peace Radio. Have you had faith but got flustered and missed a chance to for good works? We'll talk about this on this week's episode of Grace and Peace Radio.

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Have you had faith but got flustered and missed a chance to for good works? We'll talk about this on this week's episode of Grace and Peace Radio. Have you had faith but got flustered and missed a chance to for good works? As Christians our goal is,
as James teaches, to have faith and works. That is, good works to go along with our faith.



Sometimes in life things happen so quickly we get flustered. Is this a genuine opportunity to serve someone, or are we about to be scammed?



We'll talk about this on this week's Grace and Peace Radio podcast in a new segment called, What Would YOU Do?











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As Christians, we want to apply the Word of God and obey it in every area of our lives. Sometimes things happen in life that catch us off guard and we're not quite sure what to do. We'll talk about an example of that today on Grace and Peace Radio.



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Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Thy kingdom Comma is an evangelical Christian blog and podcast, encouraging Christians in their biblical worldview, their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to active participation in the further into His kingdom for great condition. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged and God will be glorified. With that, let's start the show.



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Gonna introduce a new segment for us now here on Grace and Peace Radio, and it's called "What would you do?" and it's called "What would you do?" because I encountered a situation and I wasn't sure what to do. And so I asked you, "What would you do?" Let me tell you what happened.



Anthony Russo 1:11
So, recently I was in downtown Greenville. And my wife and I were there and walking around and this lady stops us and says, I'm not asking for money. I'm hungry. Would you buy me a meal? And, you know, I looked at her and she didn't look completely. Oh, how do I say it? Like disheveled and everything. I mean, she looked kind of pretty well made up, I guess. I was almost surprised that she was asking and then I looked at my wife and my wife looking at her and then looks at me and you know, so we're just kind of all on this three way stand off. I really, really wasn't sure what to do. I finally just told her, "I'm sorry, no, no." She was fine with it. She just said OK and just kept on walking.



Anthony Russo 2:16
And the sad thing about it is my wife and I literally stepped into a restaurant and had lunch. Obviously, you know, it bothered me, but I didn't know what to do. So let me ask you this: So what would you do? If you were me, what would you have done? Would you have and I had no cash on me. So that wasn't an option. Would you have invited her to sit down with you and have a meal together? I honestly I don't think there would have been any harm in doing that. It would have been fine.



Anthony Russo 2:55
I've been I bought meals for people before and then I got, not "yelled at" but scolded by the manager saying, "Hey, please don't do that. We know you mean well, but that person is always here asking for meals from people. And we're trying to discourage that." So I've gotten in trouble for buying meals in the past. So but what would you have bought the meal? Would you have said no.



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And then also, you know, of course, I'm thinking of James, right? In James 2:14-17, he says



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"What good is it my brothers if someone...]]> Anthony Russo clean Announcing the Thy Kingdom Comma Podcast! https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/grace-and-peace-radio/announcing-the-thy-kingdom-comma-podcast/ Wed, 01 Jan 2020 23:41:06 +0000 https://www.graceandpeaceradio.com/?p=1277 Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast about applying God'd Word to Everyday Life. Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast about applying God'd Word to Everyday Life.

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Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast about applying God'd Word to Everyday Life. Happy New Year! I'm excited to announce the launch of the Thy Kingdom Comma podcast. [And, hey, as of March 2020 we're now Grace and Peace Radio! So how cool is that?!]



Lord willing, for at least the first half of 2020 I'll be posting weekly podcast episodes so that readers (and now LISTENERS!) will be encouraged and God will be glorified.



UPDATE: It took a few weeks to figure out exactly what the podcast would be exactly. What I eventually landed on was to say:



Grace and Peace Radio is a Christian living blog and podcast about applying God'd Word to Everyday Life.



This introductory episode answers the question: Why "Grace and Peace Radio" and discusses new year's Bible reading plans. Enjoy!







[Updated with show transcript]







Anthony Russo 0:01
Welcome to Grace and Peace Radio. Grace and Peace Radio is an evangelical Christian blog and podcast, encouraging Christians in their biblical worldview, their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to active participation in the further into His kingdom for great condition. Thanks for joining us for today's episode. I'm your host, Anthony Russo. And it's my hope that you will be encouraged, God will be glorified. And with that, let's start the show.



Anthony Russo 0:36
I wanted to go ahead and take a minute and explain why Grace and Peace Radio? I have to admit it, it's funny name. I get a lot of compliments on it like hey, that's pretty good. So it's funny because really, the first reason I'll give you I have three The first reason is I couldn't think of anything else. Like all the good Bible-like Christian-type names for a blog were all already taken, and then I came up with that. So that was the first thing.



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Second thing is a comma in punctuation is used to set off a new clause, something important to the sentence. So, I want us to think in that way that there's something important here, you know that we should stop and think and contemplate whatever is is being said, because hopefully, it's all about Jesus. And so He is worthy of our contemplation. It's certainly not anything I have to say that's for sure.



Anthony Russo 1:35
The third thing is a comma is used in writing also for pause. Think of William Shatner, right, who famously uses pauses at all kinds of unusual places in a sentence. Hopefully, we won't do that. But I do want us to pause. Like I said, it's it's a pause to consider something significant in the sentence.



Anthony Russo 1:59
So those are also reasons why Grace and Peace Radio makes sense. And of course, it is. It's all about the Lord and told him that his kingdom and so I pray that this would be to the furtherance of his kingdom for His glory, not for mine, and I hope that you are blessed by it. I hope that you are encouraged. And I hope that you frankly just enjoy it. There's no reason that we really need to be wringing our hands about things the Lord certainly isn't. And we are His. If we are in Him, we are His, and we have nothing to fear. So To God be the glory.



Anthony Russo 2:37
I am recording this on January 1 2020. New Year's Day. I got up this morning, and I read started out on my new one year Bible. I'm on a one year Bible reading plan. And I bought this copy of the Bible, this actual Tyndale One Year Bible at the recommendation of one of my seminary professors this last semester, so I thought I would try it out. I bought one of the original the 1984 and NIVs. I've been getting into the NIV lately, and so I just thought I would stick with that. I wasn't really sure what I would think when I got into it. But I really liked it.]]>
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