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Episode 63: Remembering the Big Story with the Good Ending Even When Your Little Story is Hard and Painful with Richard S. Hipps
14th December 2021 • Your Biggest Breakthrough • Wendie Pett, ND and Todd Isberner
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God is the great author writing the chapters of our lives. Richard and Patricia Hipps have an incredible life story full of chapters of love, adventure, missions, service, loss, grief, and finding purpose through their pain. Richard is a retired pastor, but you will still sense his pastoral care and deep love for God's sheep as he shares his personal story with honesty and vulnerability.

He has a heart that remained tender and never hardened, despite great loss and suffering in his life and he shares his big breakthrough with suppressed grief that became depression and anxiety. Be encouraged by a man who not only survived tragedy, but thrived in life all because he zoomed out and remembered who was writing His story.

The Good Story with a Good Ending.

In this episode, you'll discover:

-Richard's faith journey: a nebulous belief in God, boring sermons planting seeds, and a girl with rules...04:00

-A mother battling breast cancer and the modeling of pastoral care from her roommate's clergy...07:30

-God is good all the time, but there is no guarantee life will always be good...11:00

-Losing a young child, seasons of deep grief, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit...14:00

-Answered prayers that their pain not be wasted: Richard and Patricia offer good counsel for other grieving parents after child loss...18:50

-Man makes his plans, but God orders his steps: signing blank contracts with trust God will fill in what is needed...21:30

-A little girl's love for C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and Aslan's promise: There will be spring again...24:30

-Angels: "you're going to get better soon and this depression will leave you."...30:00

-God is very active in this world: small grace gifts in red birds and butterflies...33:00

-The meta-narrative of God's good story: all of our little stories are part of a bigger, and good, story...37:00

-Navigating God's call on their lives in this new season of retirement...40:45

-Life challenges our theology: Richard talks about the theology of election and his new book...43:20

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With These Words: A Pastor's Best Guesses About God's Good Story

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