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Nov 25, 2017

Hey all, quick mini-episode.  I was reading a speech, and realized I had something to say about how thankful we all should be, especially as we head into the Christmas season.  As always, send in your feedback!

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Oct 9, 2017

We live in a crazy world filled with constant noise and concern.  The average American has more stress than they can possibly hold on to.  Our bodies are failing because we worry so much.  What can we do, it's all around us?

Christianity has been marked from the beginning  by a presence of supernatural peace despite the world.  A wise man learns how to let go of the world, choosing instead to trust and lean on God.  In this episode I give 5 practical steps to letting go of anxiety and frustration.

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Oct 4, 2017

Wisdom is something we all say we want, but most of us don't really know what it means or why we want it.  It sounds good, but isn't really compelling.  Maybe, it seems like it might somehow be helpful, but we have more important and timely concerns that steal our time away.

This episode is the start of a series, dedicated to exploring wisdom, and her affect on our lives.  The goal is to explore how wisdom affects every part of our lives: leading us to fulfillment and purpose, and also helping us past the obstacles to getting there.  I hope that this episode will inspire you to continue listening and develop a deeper appreciation of wisdom.

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Sep 27, 2017

This is a short episode that is dedicated to pondering about the name of God. It's something that I think most of us Christians take for granted, yet throughout most of history it was not so.  Furthermore, we're given permission to use an incredibly personal, intimate name with Him that we just blast right past.

Fr. Mike Schmitz made a great point in his recent homily (you can catch the podcast online) and I've been thinking about this ever since.  How should we, as good Christians, think about God's name?

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Sep 19, 2017

Nobody enjoys being humiliated, yet that is one of the surest paths to finding humility.  Still, even though in the abstract it sounds like it might be a good thing, it's a big leap to see true value.  When we are snubbed or screw up where all can see, it's hard!  Yet, those moments are sometimes the ones where we can gain a great deal of good if we are open.

In this episode I discuss 5 reasons why humiliations are good things.  Given the right perspective, we can really grow from them.  Perhaps you have been humiliated recently.  Even if not, it's a safe bet to say they are coming!  I hope you find some help and meaning in whatever stage you are currently in from this discussion.

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Sep 13, 2017

We all know that money is important.  It just never seems to be that big of a deal.  Most of us are pretty responsible, right?  We don't go blowing our money on the really crazy or stupid things.  We probably even have made reasonable choices for most of our purchases.  The problem, however, is that we aren't really sure exactly what we are spending our money on.  It just sort of happens.

The purpose of a budget is to transform our spending from something that "happens" to something that is "intentional."  A good budget may look a lot like what you already spend money on.  The difference is that you will actually know what you are spending.  There are some categories we probably spend too much on - a budget will help with that.  But there are many more benefits to a budget than simple knowledge.  It can change your future.  In this episode I discuss more.

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Sep 11, 2017

We all have plans; we all have things we want to accomplish.  This isn't really a bad thing - God wants us to work and do things.  The problem comes up when sometimes our plan is different from God's plan.  In those moments, it's often hard to let go of our plans.  They seem so important, we've worked so hard!

In this episode, I discuss 4 ways to help let go of our plans.  It's not easy, but with the right perspective we can let them go without too much pain.  Hopefully these will help you if you are in a spot where God has asked you to change directions.

If you have any feedback, please feel free to drop a note in the mail! michael@thestakesarehigh.com

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Sep 6, 2017

We are all struggling to make sense of how to live the Christian life.  We all live in a very noisy and demanding world.  It's easy to lose sight of how important it is to regularly find and connect with Jesus.  He is supposed to be our most important relationship, but we often forget him in our daily lives.  If we treated our other important relationships the same we we treat Him, we'd have some pretty big problems with those people too!

In this episode I explore 5 different ways that you can try to better connect with Jesus throughout your day.  The bonus is that we all become better people as we do these 5 things.  We all need more peace and stability in our lives, and our Lord is the only one who can truly provide that.

Last note: If you do want to be in touch with Ed Maher to learn more about community cenacolo, please send me an email at michael@thestakesarehigh.com and I can connect you together!

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Sep 4, 2017

Ed's story is a motivation and inspiration.  In this story, we dive into Daddy-wounds and also how to forgive our wives, sometimes when it seems impossible.  The lessons that Ed has learned in community can apply to us all.

Come along again for an awesome discussion.  I found his view on life to be both refreshing and helpful, I'm sure you will too!

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Aug 30, 2017

Ed contacted me and told me he had to tell his story.  After listening to him, I realized he was right!  His story is amazing.  It's the story of a man who had everything the world said he needed.  He lost it all, and discovered what he really needs.  He spent 4 years in a private community, and finally found himself, and found God.

Ed's story is one that has forced me to challenge my own view on the world.  I think you'll find it challenging too.  This is the first of two interviews, and the first chance to get a glimpse into what community life is like.

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Jun 23, 2017

Recently things haven't been going as smoothly as I'd like.  There have been difficulties with work and at home.  When everything feels broken, and I cannot seem to get anything to actually work, it's hard not to just give in to frustration.  Yet, in those moments, there are still things that we can do to fight against the darkness.

We all hit those periods of darkness, periods when life just doesn't seem to make sense.  It's basically a guarantee right from the gospel.  This is my first episode in quite some time, I hope you find it helpful.  I discuss a lot of what has been going on in my life recently.

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May 17, 2017

This week I offer you a rather different topic.  I do believe that we often confuse what is important in life, and end up drifting around.  We move from place to place, and drift from topic to topic.  Wendell Berry is a well-known author who started many of the modern grass-roots movements, and he has a lot to offer on this phenomenon.  This week, I interview Ragan Sutterfield, who has written a biography on Wendell Berry.

What is the value of staying in one location and growing roots?  What are the dangers of modern technology?  Berry offers his views - via Sutterfield - on these topics.  Join our conversation!

Mar 27, 2017

This is a difficult topic, one we all struggle with.  We are bombarded daily with a mass of skin-revealed content.  Society around us says that there's nothing wrong with a little bit of skin.  After all, we do have some limits, right?  Yet, deep down inside, we get this sense that something isn't quite right.  Perhaps we enjoy it a bit too much - or perhaps we feel awkward watching it.

I'm going to advocate a difficult choice.  I think we, all Christians, should stop watching sexual scenes on television.  This isn't easy - without great tools like VidAngel, it may mean just giving up certain movies and TV shows.  Still, I think it's important.

I invite you to listen to my reasons and, if you feel moved, send me a response with what you think.  This may be one of my most controversial episodes yet.

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Mar 22, 2017

Lisa Duffy returns to the show for a third time to conclude the series.  We wrap up our theme of marriage with a discussion about what to do when your spouse has left.  This episode opens up very painful and difficult subjects.  It is not an easy discussion, and only those who are in this situation understand just how yucky it can be.  I am so thankful for Lisa's wisdom and perspective.

Although the topic of discussion is separation and divorce, I believe that this episode contains a great deal of wisdom for all of us, married or not.  Those of us whose marriage is still intact need to remember just how valuable it is, how precious.  We need to fight for it.  But we also need to pray for those whose marriage is not intact.  Their path is a difficult one, and all our hearts must go out to support them and work for resolution.

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Mar 20, 2017

I recently heard the phrase that we only sin in two ways: We either reduce people to the level of animals, or we raise ourselves to the state of a god.  What does this actually mean, and what good does it do us?  I think there is something basic here about the way humanity works - and by extension, the way the evil one plays upon us.

In this episode, I explore how the 7 deadly sins all break down to some component of these two roots.  Understanding these breakdowns is only the first step.  In order to make practical improvement, we also need to discuss how to avoid them.  I propose several questions to ask when feeling tempted to help sort out what the right thing to do is, thus avoiding these type pitfalls.

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Mar 17, 2017

In this episode I am joined by Diane Houdek, author of the book The Hope of Lent.  It features a lot of wisdom and teaching from Pope Francis, and is a great guide to your lenten journey.  Whether you are just starting or trying to recover, I recommend the book!

Diane does a great job making each daily meditation really practical to that day.  I found myself connecting with the comfortable wisdom that Pope Francis can offer.  In this episode, Diane and I discuss what everyone could gain from this book, in order to find a lent that accomplishes real change.

I recommend the book, and encourage you to go check it out!

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Feb 19, 2017

Mrs. Lisa Duffy is an expert on the subject of marriage and divorce.  In order to help us guys out a bit more (and who doesn't need the help with marriage?) I have invited her back again for another interview.  The last time she was a deep well of great ideas, and this time I think she was even better.

I think it's hard for us men - we genuinely do want to try to love our wives, but we often don't know how, or we mis-fire somehow.  In this episode, we really zoom in on some practical steps that men can do, in many different phases of marriage, to effectively tell our wives that we do love them, that we want to serve them.  I know that I learned a lot in this episode!

If you enjoy what Lisa has to offer, you can read more from her books!

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Jan 30, 2017

I just got back from attending the Idaho Catholic Men's conference.  What an amazing event, and my special thanks to those who helped make it possible!  We were blessed with a lot of great speakers, including Father Mike Schmitz. He was particularly awesome, and suggested a neat way of looking at the world.  Literally, are you looking in the same direction, and at the same thing, as Jesus is.

I want to expand that idea.  I believe that God is particularly good at seeing the Good.  He can see "good" in almost any nasty, icky, or yucky situation we humans create.  Precisely because He sees the good, he is able to react to that good.  Our very existence is continual proof that He can see the good.

I want to challenge all of us to look for the good as well.  When we find the good in our wives, children, jobs, houses, and indeed ourselves, it shapes our reality, and our understanding of what the world is like.  We become more like Jesus.

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Jan 23, 2017

Today we have distractions all around us.  Multiple pieces of technology constantly attack our attention.  Phones are beeping, email is calling, and news updates are flashing.  It's harder than ever to actually be in one place at one time.  Yet, it is critical that we are present with other people to enable real relationships.  I can think of no greater challenge in the technological age than truly being present with people amidst the noise of technology.

In this episode I explore the topic of Presence.  People cannot connect to us or believe that we think they matter if we aren't actually present with them.  This concept isn't new - what's new is that it's now possible to be physically present but not mentally present in totally new ways.  To establish meaningful relationships, to truly affect the change we desperately want to affect, we must be present with people.  In this episode I present my thoughts about how to do that.

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Jan 17, 2017

I'm currently reading the book "Developing the leader within you" by John Maxwell.  The book is fantastic, and one point he really drives home is how important your attitude is to every aspect of your life. It's not enough to sit back and wait for something good to happen.  Those who succeed at their dreams are the ones who chose to make the best of their lives - every day.

In this episode, I discuss 4 reasons why our attitudes are so critical.  It probably affects more of our day than we realize.  I also add in the 6 steps that Maxwell offers to change our attitude.  With proper motivation and the right steps, we can salvage any attitude and make the impact we want to our lives.

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Jan 11, 2017

Marriage is hard.  Last episode in the discussion with Mrs. Lisa Duffy, we covered a couple things that men especially can do to help improve their marriages.  I want to continue that theme.  I think, as we start this new year and have whatever goals and objectives we've set, we need to start by making our marriages a priority.  We need to realize that a healthy marriage translates into a successful future.  The old adage is still true: Happy Wife, Happy Life!

In this episode I explore 6 disciplines that will not only help us all to change how we look at our marriages, but increase the love and union that exists with our spouses.  Marriage IS hard.  To build it successfully we must be willing to sacrifice.  We must be willing to give, even when it hurts.  I think far too many spouses, especially husbands, are interested in taking.  I want to encourage us all to change our perspectives, and build happy, Biblical marriages.

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Jan 9, 2017

This week we are joined by a very special expert.  One of the major goals of this podcast is to help men (and women!) improve the quality of their marriages.  We all know what the divorce rates are.  While we try to pretend like it could never happen around us, the statistics say otherwise.  Whether you are single, married, or divorced yourself, we all need to learn!

Lisa Duffy is an expert on the topic of what the church teaches about divorce.  Having been through an unwanted divorce herself, she is also an expert about both how to recover, and perhaps even more importantly, some ways to help avoid it.  This is the first interview in what may become a series of interviews that is intended to start a discussion on this very painful topic.

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Jan 3, 2017

New season!  I'm excited to have you all along for this, I hope you enjoy it.  We now have a "Saint of the episode" and some new music.  I'm leading off episode 1 with a review of a truly phenomenal book.  The book is called "Gates of Fire."  It's basically a story of the Spartans death by King Xerxes at the battle of thermopylae.  Yes, it is the battle that the movie "300" is based upon - but all similarity ends there.

This books is really great, I strongly encourage you to read it.  It goes into great depth about the meaning of bravery, courage, and sacrifice.  It speaks to the heart of what makes a man, what man is.  I also think it is a great testimony to the truth and power of living a Christian life.

In this episode, I highlight 4 specific truths that I learned from reading this book, and also that all modern men (and women too!) can learn from the ancients.  I hope you like it.

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