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  1. God & Politcs - Part 5

    Mark 12:13-17

    13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.14 “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay them, or shouldn’t we?” Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you trying to trap me? Show me a Roman coin, and I’ll tell you.” 16 When they handed it to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 17 “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” His reply completely amazed them.

    A Revolutionary Answer.

    His answer is absolutely remarkable! We know politicians! How they avoid answering questions! It’s infuriating! Were these people mad? They were amazed!

    He doesn’t over simplify things…. A lot of what Jesus teaches us is very simple, especially when it has to do with our relationship with Him. Obey Me. Follow Me. Love Me.

    We cannot do what Jesus wouldn’t do!

  2. God & Politics - Part 3

    1 Timothy 2:1-2

  3. God & Politics - Part 2

    Jesus is brought before Pilate...

    John 1833-19-16

  4. God & Politics - Part 1

    We need to see politics and culture through the lens of faith... not the other way around.

  5. Toxic Emotions - Guilt and Shame Part 4

    Shame – comes on the heals of guilt.

    ** Example of Guilt and Shame at work – you blow it… tell a lie! You feel bad about doing something wrong… but deeper than that… you feel ashamed! You did something you despise in others… you thought you were better than that! You thought you were more courageous than that!

    Opposite of guilt… innocence!

    Opposite of shame… Glory! (Significance… value… worth)

    Wrong being…

    Who am I…? What names me…? Whose approval really matters…?

    Have I tried to build my identity on the wrong things…?

    - being a mom
    - being the best employee

    - having someone’s approval

    - being successful

    Shame is accompanied by
    - strong feelings of inadequacy…

    - Uncertainty as to where you fit in…
    - a fear of failure…
    - inability or unwillingness to take risks… or
    - over shyness…

    Key: When we violate God’s standard…
    Out of love, He brings a deep sense of conviction… but never condemnation!

    Romans 8:1 – There is no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus!

    1 John 3:20 – 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

  6. Toxic Emotions - Guilt and Shame Part 3

    2) Phantom Guilt – Like a person who has had a limb amputated.

    Phantom guilt can persist in a Xian’s life for sometime if not dealt with… where does it come from…?

    - A hypersensitive/weak conscious…
    - Unhealthy spiritual upbringing…
    - Unhealthy upbringing…
    o Don’t feel what you feel… feel what we tell you to feel!
    o Don’t show emotion! ** Don’t ever get angry!
    o Emotions not validated… You shouldn’t feel like that!
    o Abuse… neglect… abandonment…

    Phantom Guilt unchecked…. Can lead to:
    - Perfectionism
    - Workaholic
    - Depression
    - Regular outburst of anger
    - An inability to have close relationships
    - Can lead to physical illnesses!
    - Can lead to addictions… from drugs to food to shopping!

    Feeling guilty…? Ask: Is my guilt true guilt or phantom guilt…?

    Have I violated God’s Word…? Or…

    Have I not lived up to my mom’s expectations…?
    Have I disappointed my dad…?
    Have I not lived up to some expectation that’s not from God…?