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Saturday, September 2, 2023

A Season in Hell, Sealed with a Kiss - Purity 1137


A Season in Hell Sealed with a Kiss  - Purity 1137

Purity 1137 09/02/2023 Purity 1137 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of “under the boardwalk” of the Fowler’s Bay Jetty in South Australia comes to us from Dave Baun Photography (https://www.facebook.com/DaveBaunPhotography) as Dave captured another one of his “Under the Jetty” shots while on the road back on August 29th, around 2pm, according to his post.  

Well, its Saturday of Labor Day weekend and I share Dave’s photo because it reminds me of the Drifter’s “Under the Boardwalk”, Grease’s “Summer Nights’”, and Bryan Hyland’s “Sealed with a Kiss” – because after Monday – although it won’t be officially over, because the school year starts up, we say goodbye for the summer. And while many pumpkin spice latte-loving Fall Fest Fans are welcoming autumn with open arms, I was reminded the other day how much some of us absolutely love summer and how the changing of the seasons can cause some real sadness even though it might not show on the surface.  

I try to emphasize that the “Freedom” in the “Celebrate Freedom Growth Group Name is really something to celebrate each and every day as each moment that we aren’t falling victim to our hurts, habits, or hang-ups is something to take joy in.  So while I encourage all of our group members to “keep it real” when they report in with their weekly check-in, I try to accentuate the positive by asking them to tell me one thing that’s good or that they are thankful in their life.  Because our growth group deals with the real pain and challenges of recovery,  we have to be kind, patient, and understanding when someone fails to see anything good.  I start each meeting by reminding everyone of the positive direction our group is encouraging us to take by developing our abilities to:

·       Quiet ourselves (to find a moment’s peace – where we can pause and not fall into negative thoughts or behaviors),

·       Practice appreciation – to “play GAMES” where.

o   G- is Gratitude – what can you be thankful for right now in this present moment?

o   A- is Anticipation – what can you look forward to in the future, later today, tomorrow, next week – next year?

o   M is Memories – what memories do you have that you can reflect on that give you joy

o   E is Experiences – what activities or experiences can you plan for and do that would give you joy

o   S is Singing – What songs do you like to sing that give you joy?

·       Change our Thinking – Attacking Toxic Thoughts – We change our emotions by changing what we think about – We change our life’s narrative by focusing on who we are in Christ and how to live a good, pure, and righteous life to find the peace that God has for us.

·       Finding Joy in One Another – we foster a feeling of community and belonging by supporting one another in our walk of faith through life.

·       Finding Joy in God – we encourage the group members to draw close to God, to form a relationship with God through prayer or just “walking and talking with God” – where we can honestly say “I love You, God.  

So with that pep talk and infusion of joy, it's not surprising to have a good deal of humor and laughter at our own expense as the group reports on some of the chaos that life brings their way. 

But this last week as the group reported their check-ins, one of the participants would have what I would say appeared to be a “flat affect” – their statements revealed that they were feeling strong emotions but there was nothing visually present to indicate they were there.   Heads up – flat affect is a symptom of severe depression and so it shouldn’t be too surprising that this person’s words, although said matter of factly, expressed real sadness over the changing seasons.  Although the summer days didn’t seem to be filling them with joy currently, the fact that they are dwindling (coupled with the fact that this person is in the midst of some major trauma) was causing them to grieve over the changing season and how it also marked another year's passage through life – with things changing and people growing older.  Their pain was palpable, and it caused me to acknowledge the fact that I had a small idea of what they were going through because I had suffered from similar trauma in my journey through life and I knew that this summer was entirely different for them as they were walking through a “nightmare” of loss and transitions.   To their credit, this deeply depressed person was carrying on and doing what they needed to support themselves and their family as they walked through this “season in hell”. And they ended their lament by giving thanks for the growth group’s support.       

So as we walk through this three-day weekend that will mark the end of summer in many ways, let’s be compassionate out there. Let’s be quick to listen and slow to speak when we encounter someone who is angry or just “flat” and try to consider what they may be going through. Sometimes the best thing we can offer troubled or hurt people is just our patience and presence. While we can always share an encouraging word, let’s be sure to take a moment to validate what people are saying about what they are feeling before we rush in with advice to fix it.  Let’s make sure we let others know that they have been heard and understood and contemplate how what may seem like a small thing for us can be a source of pain to someone else.    As we say goodbye for the summer, let’s seal it with the kiss of kindness.  

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Ephesians 5:15-18 (NIV2011)
15  Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

Today’s verses fall under the eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.

 9. Paul gives us a timely warning and instruction.

Today’s verses are some of the best practical advice of how to live like a Christian in the Bible.  The Apostle Paul Epistles generally begin with greetings, expound upon the truths of Christianity, and end with advice on how to “actually live as a Christian.  The advice he gives may seem simple but when it is carried out and practiced on the path of Christian discipleship they become spiritual disciplines that keep us in the will of God.   

Be careful how you live. Live wisely – not unwisely. Make the most of every opportunity – presumably to do good – because the days are evil.  

Don’t be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is – that’s a call for Bible study guys. While we can know there is a God by the evidence of creation – to know His will we need to know His word – good advice. 

And finally, don’t get drunk…. Seriously, it leads to debauchery.  So sorry guys and gals, no drunken binges… no matter the circumstances. 

Instead, we are to be filled with the Spirit – that’s to live in the presence of God continually.  We consider God’s ways and apply them to our lives. We stay in communication with the Lord and ask Him to guide us.   And when we honestly do that, we won’t be encouraged to get drunk, we will instead take advantage of every opportunity to do good.  

So practice what Paul preaches because he provides us with a timely warning and good and righteous instruction to live with and for God.  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3) 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

22 - The Spirit Assuring

Respective of Care

Let it next be pointed out that this filial spirit is subject to the state and place in which the Christian yet is. Some suppose that if we have received the Spirit of adoption there must be produced a steady and uniform assurance, a perpetual fire burning upon the altar of the heart. Not so. When the Son of God became incarnate, He condescended to yield unto all the sinless infirmities of human nature, so that He hungered and ate, wearied and slept. In like manner, the Holy Spirit deigns to submit Himself unto the laws and circumstances which ordinarily regulate human nature. In Heaven the man Christ Jesus is glorified; and in Heaven the Spirit in the Christian will shine like a perpetual star. But on earth, He indwells our hearts like a flickering flame; never to be extinguished, but not always bright, and needing to be guarded from rude blasts, or why bid us “quench not the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19)?

The Spirit, then, does not grant the believer assurance irrespective of his own carefulness and diligence. “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning” (Luke 12:35): the latter being largely determined by the former. The Christian is not always in the enjoyment of a child-like confidence. And why? Because he is often guilty of “grieving” the Spirit, and then, He withholds much of His comfort. Hereby we may ascertain our communion with God and when it is interrupted, when He be pleased or displeased with us—by the motions or withdrawings of the Spirit’s consolation. Note the order in Acts 9:31, “Walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit;” and again in Acts 11:24, “He was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit.” Hence, when our confidence toward “the Father” is clouded, we should search our ways and find out what is the matter.

Empty professors are fatally deluded by a false confidence, a complacent taking for granted that they are real Christians when they have never been born again. But many true possessors are plagued by a false diffidence, a doubting whether they be Christians at all. None are so inextricably caught in the toils of a false confidence as they who suspect not their delusion and are unconscious of their imminent danger. On the other hand, none are so far away from that false confidence as those who tremble lest they be cherishing it. True diffidence is a distrust of myself True confidence is a leaning wholly upon Christ, and that is ever accompanied by utter renunciation of myself. Self-renunciation is the heart-felt acknowledgment that my resolutions, best efforts, faith and holiness, are nothing before God, and that Christ must be my All.

In all genuine Christians there is a co-mingling of real confidence and false diffidence, because as long as they remain on this earth there is in them the root of faith and the root of doubt. Hence their prayer is “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). In some Christians faith prevails more than it does in others; in some unbelief is more active than in others. Therefore some have a stronger and steadier assurance than others. The presence of the indwelling Spirit is largely evidenced by our frequent recourse to the Father in prayer-often with sighs, sobs, and groans. The consciousness of the Spirit of adoption within us is largely regulated by the extent to which we yield ourselves unto His government.[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).