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This is the inaugural episode of To Be Encouraged with Bishop Julius C. Trimble. In Episode 001 Bishop Trimble speaks about How to Persevere through Challenging Times with Faith.

Bishop Julius C. Trimble is the Resident Bishop of the Indiana Area of the United Mehtodist Church.

Bishop has the personal mission to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential. It is his commitment to his personal mission that led Bishop Trimble to create the “To Be Encouraged” Podcast along with co-host Rev.Dr. Brad MIller.

Bishop Trimble says, “I am compelled by Jesus to share with you an encouraging word or two about Jesus, theology, the bible, the pandemic, the environment, racism, voting rights, human sexuality and state of the United Methodist Church.”

In Episode 001 Bishop Trimble speaks about how faith helps people to persevere through difficult times like the ongoing pandemic.

He talks about biblical faith expounding from Hebrew 11 that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Bishop speaks about prayer and love of neighbor and how our purpose as Christians is to love one another as key parts of living life of faith which helps people to preserve through challenging times. He goes on to talk about putting faith into action through works of service to others.

Bishop Trimble concluded the podcast by speaking about the upcoming episode of the To Be Encouraged Podcast which will feature his observations on the topic of persevering through challenging times in the church.

Bishop Trimble shared that creating this podcast was inspired by his wife First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble. He dedicated the inaugural episode to a member of one of his former churches Mrs. Louise Oliver who inspired him with her life of faith.

To Be Encouraged with Bishop Julius C. Trimble is to be published weekly and is available at www.tobeencouraged.com and all the podcast directories.

https://www.inumc.org/bishop/office-of-the-bishop/

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Brad Miller:

Hello good people. Welcome to the be in courageous

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podcast with Bishop Julius C trouble. I'm pleased to be your

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host for this podcast. My name is Reverend Dr. Brad Miller. I'm

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a pastor and been about past for about 40 years of my privilege

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to have Bishop Julius see trouble as my friend for a

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similar length of time. We went to school together and have a

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long ongoing relationship. And it's my thrill that to be a part

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of his brand new podcast, which is called to be encouraged with

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the bishop Julius C. Treble. You can get to this podcast by going

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to the website to be encouraged.com. That's t o b e

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encouragd.com. And also through Apple podcasts and other podcast

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directories. But it's my pleasure and privilege to

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welcome to the inaugural episode of the Be encouraged podcast

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Bishop Julius C. Tribble Bishop, welcome to your own podcast.

Bishop Julius Trimble:

Thank you, Brad. It's a great launch

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this podcast and do it with a friend here. But we go back

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aways, both through seminary and we had the same graduate school

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where we earned doctorates from thank you for all your

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expertise. And certainly for your guidance as we launched

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this podcast. This is all about being encouraged. I think it

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doesn't require action from the Congress or action from General

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Conference for us to encourage one another. I'm the beneficiary

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of many, many years of encouragement This year marks 40

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years since I was first ordained I celebrate, that I would not be

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have become a pastor or certainly not a bishop, ahead

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have not been for encouragement all along the way. I first give

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thanks to God and to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. For

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this opportunity. I also want to give a shout out to my partner

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and marriage and ministry. First Lady resell to Granberry

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tremble, who often would say I'm excited and enthusiastic about

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the Word of God, people of God, and the opportunity to encourage

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others bread. So let's get started with the Be encouraged

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podcast.

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Well, let's do that. And we call this the to be

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encouraged to podcast, Bishop treble, the theme that you have

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in your life and your ministry, and even your personal mission

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statement. It's all about being encouraged. Can you go there for

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just a second about your personal mission statement? And

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about how that informs what you do and everything?

Bishop Julius Trimble:

Yes, my personal mission statement

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predates me being a bishop or actually predates me earlier

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earlier in ministry, and both my wife and I shaped mission

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statements around helping others and encouraging others mine is

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to encourage all people, notice I say at all, all people with

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the love of Jesus Christ, to rise to their highest potential,

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often, for short, people just know it is be encouraged. So

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it's all about helping people rise to their highest potential

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by the Ministry of encouragement. And I do that as

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a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I don't knock other

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religions or other faith expressions. I'm just on the

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journey to be a faithful follower of Christ. And to

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encourage others with that love that I think transcends all

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cultures, all races, and all faith expressions.

Brad Miller:

Well, I think that's a wonderful mission

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statement and informs everything that we're going to be doing

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here and to be encouraged to a podcast and to tell the folks a

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little bit what can they can expect? What kind of topics are

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we going to address? What kind of people are we going to be

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talking to what this is going to be all about? When people tune

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in for a little bit to hear your voice?

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I think this is going to be an

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opportunity to hear me speak in some depth on on issues of

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faith, on issues of Church and Society on issues of justice, of

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love, of Scripture passages, we're going to hear from others

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who are talking about contemporary issues and

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challenges in our society, relative to church related

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higher education, whether to you persons who are new in ministry,

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how you navigate all of the quick chant trance transitions

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and changes that are happening so fast in society, how can we

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be fully human? And how can we also recognize that we can

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contribute to the pursuit of Beloved Community? So a lot of

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what I have to say and a lot of the people that we're going to

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have on a podcast are going to help us drive that train towards

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an understanding of beloved community as we talk about

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contemporary issues of Church and Society.

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And we're going to get to that just just a moment

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here about faith and church and society. And in that process,

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we're going to speak to Many of these issues that are the

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forefront of our world right now. Racism, voting rights,

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human sexuality, ecological issues, family, Faith Church,

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the crisis in the church, all these type of things, we're

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going to address those, all of those things aren't like,

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Absolutely, I know heard this from

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colleagues. Every Thursday, well, once a month on Thursdays,

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I meet with other judicatory religious leaders in

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Indianapolis, Indiana, representing a number of other

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Christian denominations. And and in recent meeting, I heard one

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of my colleagues say, I know that Joyce Joyce shared is

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doubled. And sorrows shared is cut in half. That means that

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whenever we have an opportunity to share joy or glory, sighting

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or a blessing, that literally doubles its impact, because

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we're multiplying it. And when we're able to share sorrow that

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cuts that pain in that sorrow in half, I think is really

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connected with Galatians, six and two, where the writer Paul,

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or whoever, the writer of Galatians says, We have to bear

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each other's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. So

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part of what it means to be a follower of Christ is not just

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to share the good days, but also the things that may bring them

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sorrow. So for example, we've talked on a number of occasions

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about the impact of the global pandemic, the people that have

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been lost, the people that we know, that have been sick and

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hospitalized, and how that has impacted our society and created

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created disruption. And even in our worship experience and

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worship gathering. Those are some of the things that we will

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talk about.

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Yes, we will. And just to so we're gonna do that

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you said about sharing the joy it looks basically every week

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Rumi coming to you to share a word of encouragement about your

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life. And just to set the context as we move forward here.

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Bishop Julius, he tremble is the Bishop of the Indiana area of

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The United Methodist Church. And he'll say more about his

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background as we go along. But he's been in mission and

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ministry for 40 something years, he has really a heart for people

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and heart for the church, but also heart for the matters that

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matter. And the context we're at right now, we are basically

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entering we're two years into this really amazing COVID

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crisis, we're in what some people call the omachron phase

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or wave of this more people are hospitalized now than probably

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ever have been in the whole crisis we've had and it impacts

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individuals it certainly has impacted my own family, the

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people we know and and also our churches and the world and our

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hospital staff and people that we deal with it so that can be

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put that is one thing Bishop that can be pretty discouraging,

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is dealing with that. We also have other situations in the

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world with a with racism and voting rights and human

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sexuality, all kinds of things, which can be discouraging. And

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so let's talk for today and the next couple of weeks about how

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do we continue to be in couraged. During discouraging

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times, I think we can call this kind of be persevering with

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encouragement. And today I want us to talk a little bit about

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faith, a faith response and discouraging times and lets us

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go there a bishop Oh, faith. What is help define that for us

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here

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are the Bible talks about the meaning of

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faith. Faith is the assurance of things hoped from right from the

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book of Hebrews 11 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for

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the conviction or the evidence of things not seen. It is indeed

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by faith that our ancestors received approval, we have to

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believe that God exists and believe that our lives matter.

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So I have faith in tomorrow. Not because I know everything that's

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going to happen tomorrow, but I know that God will be present

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with me and with us. Tomorrow. We are created in the image of

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God David feel United Methodist theologian and ecumenical

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officer for the United Methodist Church, as a new book and called

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a call our purpose is love. And he reminds the reader that that

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we have been created in the image of God means that we are

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literally connected to God. And we are created to reflect God's

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character, by loving God and loving neighbor often say if you

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can't remember anything, core to the Christian witness in how to

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be encouraged and to be an encouragement. Remember this

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love God, love neighbor, love God, love me. God, this is I'm

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getting I'm again, quoting from his book, our purpose is love.

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God has a mission in the world. And love is at the heart of that

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mission. So what's our responsibility? Well, in a word,

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it's the spread, that transforming love, save salvific

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love of Jesus Christ. And I think that can help us even

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especially going through crisis and especially at a time like

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this global pandemic. How do we demonstrate not vitriol, one

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towards another, or not angst or anger, or frustration? But how

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do we hang on to that faith and bolster each other's faith with

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the medicine and message of love?

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Well, that's a that's awesome that that's a

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great book for us to refer to as well. What's the title of the

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book and the author again, please,

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David seal. Our purpose is love.

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Our purpose is love. Now, here's my question

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for you, Bishop, as we kind of unpack this whole thing about

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faith in the midst of a pandemic, whatever challenges of

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having this purpose of love and faith in a world which is

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falling apart, it seems that sometimes and also where there's

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a lot of folks, we may want to love them, but they can be kind

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of unlovable sometimes. I'm getting somewhat getting with

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you what are some of the challenges we have to this

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situation of faith

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and love? I think the challenge one of the

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challenge, we have a whole notion of bringing about change

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through proximity, Brian, at least Bryan Stevenson, who does

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a lot of work around social justice and persons who've been

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incarcerated, and he's done a lot with the Equal Justice

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Institute. And his book, Just Mercy talks about proximity,

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that in order to really address the change of problem, whether

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it's racism, or whether it's whether it's a patriot, or

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ideological difference, that there has to be a willingness to

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get close enough to those other persons and close enough to, to

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the problem or the challenge in order to address it. That then

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in and of itself is a challenge. I often say that sometimes it is

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necessary to pray at a distance. In other words, if you and I are

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going to just blow up when we see each other, maybe I just

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need to pray for you at a distance. Maybe I need to ask

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God to do what you or I have been unable to do in terms of

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conversation and commitment, or consensus. And so it's not easy

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often say just because something is hard, doesn't mean we

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shouldn't do it. It means we need help and doing it. So I

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give thanks and praise to God that God does not expect to do

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SPECT us to do everything by ourselves. I like the words of

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the late Congressman John Lewis, who says Everybody can do

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something. You don't have to do everything.

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I think it's awesome what you're saying there

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it's kind of faith in action, isn't it? You know, you we can

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sit back and we can talk about faith, we can modificate about

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it, even preach sermons about it, what have you. It's a

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different thing to be engaged in active faith. So let's go there

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for a second how can what are some practical means that we can

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live out our faith actively what are some actions we can take?

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I think participating in our local

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communities, at every level, is one way we can bring actually to

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our faith in in the Indiana conference United Methodist

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Church, we have a movement I call it a movement called

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children matter most basically, it is a ministry of

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encouragement, saying to churches and individuals, if

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you're close to a school, if you're close to wherever

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children are, you can not only pray for them, but maybe your

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you can embrace a ministry that has an impact on children, I

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strongly encourage persons to consider becoming foster parents

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that consider becoming adoptive parents. And if you're not a

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foster parents, or adoptive parents, how might you be

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supportive of those who are we have three children, three

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children's homes who provide all kinds of services for the most

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vulnerable and often difficult, difficult cases where children

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have not don't have safe homes. And we have been supportive of

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that I say that everyone can find something at a local level,

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to be engaged in through our local congregations, through our

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local communities through our boys and girls clubs, or any

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organization that is having an impact for children, and or

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others elder care, for example. Sure, there are all kinds, there

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are all kinds of things that we can engage in, that are

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expressions of our Christian witness as well.

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I love that because we're really talking here about

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connecting up with and reaching out to the most vulnerable of

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our society, children and others who are underserved or in need.

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And when you do that, I think we can eat, we can go to a

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spiritual place when you live out your faith, you get affirmed

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that okay? When we see that child served or that elder

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person who has been comforted, there is a God, there is

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something bigger, there is something bigger than just a

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good deed done. There is a spiritual realm to this and

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let's go there for a second let's talk about kind of

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spirituality and faith in terms of perhaps even spiritual

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warfare. Let's talk about what happens to people when they live

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out of faithful life. Maybe something out of Scripture means

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something of your own experience about the spiritual realm when

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it comes to a life of faith and even going against the evil one.

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So everything to say about that, I think

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in the Bible, it talks about what

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Galatians it talks about the, the work of the Spirit versus

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the work of the flesh. And and there is this notion, it's not

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just a notion, what we are up against not are in direct

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spiritual forces in evil, often in high places. So I believe

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that one of our greatest weapons, if you will, is our

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foundation in prayer. Second Chronicles 714. If my people God

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speaks to the writer, If my people who are called by my name

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will humble themselves, and pray, then I will hear them from

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heaven. So I think our first weapon, if you will, our first,

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defense and offense is to be grounded in prayer. Often people

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make reference to spiritualist related to our relationship and

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our walk with God. Some people say they're spiritual, but not

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religious. Some people and I heard what authors say when

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people say they're spiritual, but not religious, they are

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sometimes neither spiritual or religious. So when we say we

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walk with God, often that's expressed through our particular

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religion, I happen to be a Christian, who is a United

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Methodist. That's my denominational expression. But I

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also have a spiritual relationship, a spiritual, I am

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working on my own spiritual growth, my relationship with

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God, so that I might be fortified. And be prepared. As

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my mother would say, when you leave the house, he was a put on

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a whole armor of the Lord. Because wherever you go, you're

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going to be faced with all kinds of challenges, the spiritual, as

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well as the temple,

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we run into folks, quite often, really, especially

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during this time of COVID. And just a protracted time of

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stress, not only COVID, but you know, economically and racially,

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and all kinds of things are just happening in our world. But

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someone will say something, and I know I've experienced this

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recently, oh, my faith has waned, or I've lost my faith, or

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my faith left me. So what do you think are some responses we can

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make as Christians, men and women of faith church folks of

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faith? What kind of responses can we make to folks who have

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this experience either on our families, our churches, co

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workers, so what somebody says, My faith is weighed, or my faith

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is gone, I think we

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need to listen. And we need to not

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contradict them when they say my faith is rain or my faith is

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gone. But this is an is an opportunity, personal

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encouragement to say your faith may may have waned in your feet,

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you may feel as though your faith is gone. But I want to

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walk with you because I am evidence that God cares about

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you. And so I'm an expression of your faith. So so as a friend,

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or as a friend, or a witness, a Christian witness, we can

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actually bolster someone's faith who says My faith is, is way my

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faith is gone. I pray to God and this did not happen the way I

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expected to happen. I was hoping that my loved one would be we be

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with me for next year's anniversary celebration and they

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die. My faith is is wane, your faith may have waned, but your

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faith is not lost. Your faith is not lost, because it is not just

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about our belief in God. I think it's also God's belief in us.

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That's where where grace is so important. Read the unmerited

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love that God has for us. The favor that has been placed

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inside of us is still there, even when our fate has waned. So

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the grace is not, Grace has not left us even when our faith is

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weighing. And so it's a matter of living long enough. And

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others often being the conduit for which God can resurrect, if

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you will, that faith that spark that hope. And often when

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people's say their faith is weighing is because hope has

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been DAST. Yes, is is something something, something has

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happened or something has not happened. That has das their,

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their their sense of hope. Sometimes it's a season. It's a

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season, and sometimes it is something that really requires

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us simply walk alongside those person.

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And certainly that's a time when someone comes

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to us or we're aware that someone says My faith is wane or

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my faith is lost. It's not the time for anything that could be

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construed as condemnation or judgment. That's the time for

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grace and love, and care and presence. And I think he used a

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good word a few minutes ago listening as well, in terms of

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this, because faith is challenged these days, I noticed

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that Google does or Google does report you know, they're a

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search engine report at the end of the each year and you're 21

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They said what was the top searches in Google and the top

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search item and Google for 2021 was the Raise, how can I heal?

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How can I? And so I just think it says a lot about the hunger

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that people have for a healing and wholeness and completeness

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and dealing with a lack of faith and things of that nature. So

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let's turn then from that kind of thing to what then can we

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build on? What are some ways that people can build their

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faith or free construct something here? Or what are some

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practices or things that you do? Or that we can do that in the

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church that help people build faith? You know, we there's lots

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of images here on Hebrews 11. Look at that people who had Abel

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and Noah and Abraham, someone who had their faith challenged,

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and still came through, but time just like your take on this, how

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do we build faith?

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I've got Again, refer to our purpose is

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love. It's the subtitle to David feels book, our purpose is love,

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is the Wesleyan way to be the church. And one of the things we

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know from the Wesleyan perspective, Wesleyan theology

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is that small groups, or are the walking alongside people, the

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Bible says Where two or three are gathered, where two or three

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are gathered, we know that we can draw strength one from

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another. So I think one of the one of the practices that I have

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is to draw strength from others, through prayer, and through

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covenant accountability. I have a cabinet group, a group of

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folks, we all read the same daily devotional, the upper room

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daily devotional, we follow the lectionary, the Scripture

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reading for the day, and for the week, and we pray one for

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another prayer partners, I think we could if we could multiply

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the people that say that say, I pray for you, Brad, you pray for

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me, then I know that, that I can, I can make it, I know that

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I can make it not my and my faith can be bolstered and my

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hope can be fortified. Because I know that I'm not walking this

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life journey in isolation, couple

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things that are just so important three things,

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at least, from what you just shared their small groups we're

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in, and a part of the small groups could be accountability

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partners, and then also daily, the daily discipline of

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Scripture and devotion. And I think that's so important to

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building our faith because you can be disciplined even when you

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don't feel like it, you know, I went and worked out this

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morning, I didn't really feel like it in my local gym, you

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know, a roll out of bed went anyhow, you know, and we tend to

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want to have daily habits of eating and drinking and things

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like that we got to do stuff on a daily basis, we do that that's

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going to be good thing. But I think one of the things that's

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different about our time here, and we can be creative a little

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bit, and maybe certain things like to be encouraged Podcasts

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can be helpful to people, is to find other ways to making that

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connection. For instance, some people met in small groups,

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Sunday school classes, what have you in person, and maybe more

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more that's happening over zoom and things like that. We're

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going to be very intentional about it. And so I just think

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it's a part of what we need to be we have to be intentional

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about our faith building personally. And with others go

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with that for a second, how what are some ways that we can be

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intentional in our faith building with other people?

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Yeah, I was in a meeting just recently,

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and, and during the course of the meeting, someone was saying

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that they'd done something that, that they felt like a

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disappointment to the group and so forth. And one of our

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colleagues said, just stopped him and said, In the name of

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Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Oh, man. And it was such a

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powerful moment. There was a little smile, and maybe even a

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little laughter because, but but but but it was so meaningful,

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but the sentiment was real, right?

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It was real, it was real. Sure. And you

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said the top Google search and 2021 was how can I heal? I

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believe God can use a podcast, to communicate to someone that

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they are loved. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

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Your healing has already started. And that's the message

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that I think we can we can we can share. We can share that

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without restrictions without cost that people can hear in the

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name of Jesus Christ. Whatever you've done, you are forgiven,

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go for sin no more. Begin your healing right now.

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Well, that's awesome. And that also is a tool

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for perseverance, a tool for perseverance that we can keep

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going on to do to do that. And that's part of our mission. I

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know it's part of your mission. Here is one of the reasons you

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wanted to do that be encouraged a podcast just to be an ongoing

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voice of encouragement for folks, and to speak it to their

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life. And we're talking today about faith and we're going to

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continue this process over the next couple of our episodes.

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We're going to talk about perseverance and being

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encouraged that about the church on another Episode and about

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society how we reflect that in the future. Let's give a little

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preview of that. How important is it that we persevere in our

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church in our society, as just a tidbit of what we're going to

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talk for the next couple of weeks?

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I got churches are essential to the

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healing of the world. Someone has said in the past, you know,

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if your church disappeared, what would your community miss it?

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And I hope the answer is yes, because I hope that our

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churches, smaller, large, they're located, there was an

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accident just recently of a helicopter, they crashed. Was it

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in Philadelphia? I don't know if you saw that news. In the news.

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Yes, I saw that. And people survive crash right next to a

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church. I'd like to think that too often when they're so often

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when their helicopter crashes, people don't survive. Right. I

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like to think that there's something symbolic about that,

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that next to the church, that somehow that the that God's

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presence made a difference. And I pray that the pilot and others

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will recover. From that accident, we are so important,

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our witness, our church's witness, so important for people

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to recognize that this life journey can happen full of joy.

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Even when we are faced with all of the interruptions of life. I

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believe that joy does not have to be compromised. Nor do we

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have to assume that we can not walk this journey with others.

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There's an African proverb that says if you want to walk fast,

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walk alone. But if you want to walk far walk together, the

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church is an opportunity. In fact, the only organization

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that's really organized for people that are not already in

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the church, our purpose, our purpose is really not for those,

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but for those who have not yet not become part of it. So the

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church matters tremendously. You hear me say that during the

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podcast, but people inside of the church matter. And I'd like

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to dedicate this first podcast, Mrs. Louise Oliver from

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Cleveland, Ohio, a lay woman who passed recently in recent weeks.

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I remember going to Cleveland, Ohio as a new pastor, then they

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tend to call me a young pastor. Now now I'm an elder in the

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church. But I remember coming in hearing her sing in the Gospel

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Choir, leading a song, I got a row, spiritual, I got a room,

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you got a room, all God's children got a row when I get to

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heaven, I'm going to put on my robe. And I'm going to shout all

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over God's heaven knees, Oliver, was just a wonderful spirit. And

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she and her husband and her family were great encouragers,

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to whoever the pastor would be. And when I came to be a new

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pastor, God always plants people like that in the church. And I

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was blessed by as Oliver, but also was blessed because she

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made wonderful peach cobbler. She was a great, she was a great

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cook. And she would say, Pastor, you know, I just want you to

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know this a peach cobbler with your name on it over at the

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house. And we will certainly make it an opportunity. So God

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bless the encourages. You don't have to be ordained to be

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embraced administrative encouraged and you don't have to

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be a biblical scholar to read your Bible and allow that Bible

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to inform your living. And Mrs. Oliver is an example of that.

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And I dedicate this podcast to the memory of Mrs. Mrs. Oliver a

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great encouraged her she and her family.

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But she sound like a great, great role model for

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you and what we're all about here on the be encouraged to

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podcast with Bishop Julius C. Trouble. I want to remind

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everybody that you can connect up to this podcast at the

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website to be encouraged calm to be E, E and CLR ag ed, calm and

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Apple podcasts in other places. So let me leave you with this

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thought Bishop than I'd like for you to pray some of you will,

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misses all of our sound like a great example of this. One of

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the great passages about faith is from from Hebrews chapter 11.

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And verses 39 and 40 say this all were commended for their

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faith like this is all over yet none of them receive what I've

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been promised. So it's God's plan something better for us. So

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only together would they be made perfect.

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I Lord. So would you

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just speak to anything you want to speak to

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about this and pray us out?

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I think only together they will be made

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we will be made perfect. God's presence is with all those who

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have been faithful. And I believe that the Reverend Dr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. People from our own family, people

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famous and people that never made it to the headlines of any

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any paper or article are cheering us on. From the great

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cloud of witnesses. We are made stronger together in Christ

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Jesus. Let me close let me close in prayer with the words of this

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song, lead me, guide me along the way. For if you lead me, I

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cannot stray. Lord, let us walk each day with the lead me. Oh,

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Lord, lead me, Lord, lead us, guide us along the way. For we

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know if you lead us we cannot stray. Lord, let us walk one

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with another knowing that as we walk together in encouragement,

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that we will be able to face the challenges of life and nothing.

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Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our

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Lord. Thank you. Oh God, for those who hear this podcast, may

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they know that they are loved. And there is nothing they can do

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about a man

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friends. You've been listening to the inaugural

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episode of the B and couraged podcast with Bishop Julius C.

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Triple. Thank you for joining us.

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