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The Catholic Commute

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Apr 6, 2016

To walk in the path of Christ requires sacrifice - we all know this on an intellectual level.  Yet, for those of us born into the comfort and safety of the modern first world countries, we have a big disconnect from what that sacrifice really means.  Without embracing these less comfortable parts of our faith, however, we miss out, perhaps missing the entire point.

In this episode, my intent is to challenge all Christians to find where they need to take the next step.  I talk about 5 parts of our faith that we all struggle with at times, and give some advice for how to become better.  Hopefully both Protestants and Catholics will find ways that they are not fully living their faith, and be encouraged to push harder.

Mar 30, 2016

Beginning somewhere in the dawn of time (or maybe when William Wallace first painted his face blue), freedom has been an incredibly valuable thing.  We all know we want to be free.  We even fought wars over becoming free!  We are free...right?

Unfortunately today most people don't really understand freedom.  Many think that freedom simply means "being able to do what I want to do."  That's not actually true.  If we simply do what we want to do, we won't make it very far in this life.  Instead, we need something more.

True freedom requires saying "no" to our own disordered will.  True freedom requires us to think and discern about right and wrong.  While this sounds hard (and often is), it is also the only path to enjoying the real benefits of freedom.

If you want to find a deeper and more meaningful sense of freedom, I invite you to listen to today's episode.

Mar 28, 2016

Self discipline is one of the hardest traits to grow.  We are regularly encouraged that so many things really don't matter.  It's "ok" to give in to what we want.  Why does it really matter anyways?

Well, the truth is that building discipline is actually one of the first steps to any significant achievement.  Good things come to those who work hard.  This is true at work, at home with wife and kids, and in your relationship with God.  Whatever it is that you want to improve, it probably will take some better discipline to make it there.

Unfortunately, however, discipline isn't easy to come by.  There's a reason why it's relatively rare - it's hard!  I don't want to give up my pleasure and enjoyment.  I want to do what I want to do!

In this episode I give you not only why discipline is so important, I also give you several practical tips to start working your own self discipline.  I believe you'll find it helpful!

Mar 16, 2016

You are going to die.  There is little else I could promise you with as much confidence. What will people say about you?  How will you have impacted the world.  Not only are these important questions then, but they should be important questions now too.

We live our lives with far too little attention on our goal.  I don't just mean "Am I going to heaven" - although that definitely is the most important one!  It's more than that.  We need to spend some time thinking about what we want to accomplish.  That will give some much needed perspective on what is really important for us to focus on now.

To help get that thought process going, I discuss in this episode, 4 Questions you should ask yourself about your own death.  This is just the start of a much larger life-plan and goal-planning process that we'll go into with more detail over time.  I hope you'll find it helpful!

Mar 14, 2016

We're all busy.  If you're like me, you probably are not only double-booked during the day, but into the evening as well.  My "To-Do" list needs it's own Zip-code.  Amidst all this important stuff to do, how are we supposed to find peace?

This episode we'll explore one of the two most critical moments to live in - Right now.  If you aren't living in the moment now, then you are missing out one what God meant for you to have.  Yes, work and accomplishments are important!  Even when doing that work, however, we must still be present in the moment.

It may sound silly - whatever other moment could we live in?  Actually, I think there are several other options.  Listen in, and I'll explain what I mean.  Today, I present 5 reasons why we must all live in the moment - and what the danger is if we don't.

Mar 9, 2016

Hopefully you explored where you are in Exile from God during the last episode.  In this episode, we're going to get a bit more practical.  Here I present 4 practical steps to try to return from Exile.

We start be exploring how the Israelites returned from their exile.  This took place slightly before Jesus arrived on earth, so I think there is particular importance for us to help prepare for the arrive of Jesus in our own life.  He wants to come back, He stands constantly at the door and knocks!

It's important to remember that God is a loving parent who not only has his arms open wide to receive us, but is willing to forgive any and all debts we've accrued.  Let's run to him, and embrace his generosity!  Remember the story of the Prodigal Son.  Due to our sin, we all fall as he did - daily.  Sometimes we fall even further. When we've fallen into exile, it's important to look at how to return.

Mar 7, 2016

Have you ever felt like God has abandoned you?  Perhaps you've been utterly overwhelmed by all that's going on?  Well, you're not alone.  Time and time again in the Bible the Jews end up going into Exile.  God has withdrawn his support from them, and life has gotten really hard.  Of all the exiles that are discussed in the Bible, one that is perhaps least widely known about is the exile after the era of kings.

In this episode, I explore this particular exile and how I think it can relate to us all in modern life.  It can be difficult to understand why God would allow such hardship to come, but there is a reason for it.  Like all actions of God, there is good that can come from it - great good.  We need to embrace that sometimes the best option is to be cut off from God.  It helps us get perspective on what is really important.

It's likely that there is at least some part of your life where you don't feel connected to God.  I invite you to explore that absence - God intends good to come of it, but we need to cooperate.  All exiles do come to an end, resulting in great healing and growth.  Be open to your own exile.

Mar 2, 2016

There are many reasons to believe in the truth that Christianity sets before us.  Scripture tells us that the entire world and all of creation proclaim the greatness of God.  It's important to realize it's not just about what we think in our head.  We have to know and understand the truths of Christianity on a gut level.

Many people live much more strongly on the gut level.  There's nothing wrong with that - god has created a wide variety of temperaments and personalities.  We can all benefit from exploring the various ways to view the world.  I think that these intuitive reasons will resonate very strongly with many, and will connect even with the most hardened academic.  As with last episode, these are not all the intuitive reasons to believe, just 4 that I have chosen.

I hope that after this episode you'll be a bit more equipped to really answer your neighbor when he genuinely asks you to explain why you do believe.  So many of us just default to the answer of "well, I guess I was raised that way."  We can all do better!  The truth is set before us all.  Even the most hardened atheist will occasionally encounter something that doesn't fit.  We need to have ready answers to these hard questions.

Feb 29, 2016

Welcome to Episode 5!  In this episode I cover 4 intellectual reasons to believe in Christianity.  You might wonder why I say "intellectual" - that's simply become the following episode is going to talk about intuitive reasons.  It's an important difference, and I think we all need to acknowledge that we, as individual people, need different types of persuasion.

I think today's society has been largely convinced that "faith" and "reason" are two very different and distant things.  For most of the history of Christendom, this has not been so.  Instead, for hundreds of years, reason formed the very basis of faith.  I hope with this episode to start recapturing some of that connection.

Feb 24, 2016

In the first half of this week we covered the power of words to change our reality and several practical tips to really harness that power.  This episode is going to get a lot more detailed.  In this episode I chose three specific words that I think we as a society are misusing pretty badly.  I'm going to explore each of those words, what they really mean, why I think that meaning is important, and what proper use can do to change your life.

This might sound a little bit silly to some of you - why put so much effort into just a few words?  These words form the basis of how we communicate our thoughts, our feelings, our identity, our very core of being to each other.  If the words are broken, those communication channels are shut down. We are all built and designed to work in relationship.  Broken words lead to broken relationships.

Feb 22, 2016

This week we open up the topic of our language.  In order to set the basis for episodes going forward, we need to start by looking at our communication.  The words we speak have tremendous power - they can literally shape and transform our lives.  Does this sound like an incredible claim?  In the first part of today's episode I talk about 3 ways that your words have a bigger impact than you think.  I think we all need to put a lot more thought into what words we use and how we use them.

The second part of the episode today, I talk about 4 steps to harness this incredible power of words.  If words are so powerful - and I hope by this point in the episode I have successfully persuaded you they are - then what is to be done?  Do not fear, we can indeed harness this powerful tool that God has given us.  We can use it to successfully transform our lives and the lives of those around us.

Feb 17, 2016

In this episode, I give you the 30,000 foot altitude view of what I want this podcast to accomplish.  We are all called to greatness.  Before we start diving into specifics, I wanted something bigger.  Hopefully you'll find some motivation and some high-level recommendations.  These are all steps that have made a big difference in my life!

Feb 15, 2016

This episode we discuss 5 Reasons why you should change what you listen to during your commute.  I also cover some great practical tips on how to get other audio content into your cars for those who are new.  I give you several different sources to listen to (afterall, you need a lot more than just my podcast!)  I hope you will find some practical tips, and that you too will be motivated to change your commute.

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