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Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 6

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 6

February 28, 2022

If suffering is redemptive in Christ, should we really expect healing? In this week’s book club, we talk about the two ways the Bible speaks of suffering, and pray for physical healing.    

The next series, Cherished, is postponed for a couple of weeks, until I can get the website back in order. Keep an eye on the Facebook and Instagram pages for forthcoming details.

 

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 5

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 5

February 26, 2022

How do you identify your primary attachment need; where is the line between doing “all things with great love” and being perfectionist; what about judgmental attitudes? And a one-on-one with one who battles control issues with adult children.

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 4

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 4

February 24, 2022

This week we talked about codependency, prodependency, enabling, and other issues related to proper posture in marriage authority issues. How does God use pop quizzes to address issues in our marriages to heal us of our authority wounds?

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Read Book Club Episode 3

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Read Book Club Episode 3

February 23, 2022

God’s invitation for you to work with Him always affects those around you, and they will not always understand or support your efforts to grow and change out of old, destructive, but comfortable ways. How do we manage their expectations and needs while also addressing our own? We’re moving into chapter three of Just Rest, addressing our emotions and the logistics of healing in the midst of other important relationships. 

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 2

Bible Study Evangelista - Just Rest Book Club Episode 2

February 22, 2022

Where do I begin? How can I tell the difference between demonic attack and pop quizzes? How do I continue to heal? How do I determine my predominant fault? These questions and more are part of week two of our book club. Audio and video are below.

I emailed everyone the Zoom links again this week. Please check your spam folder, as many found their Zoom emails there. See you tomorrow at 6:30 PM CST or via email next week!

Bible Study Evangelista - Hearing God Speak & Discerning His Guidance

Bible Study Evangelista - Hearing God Speak & Discerning His Guidance

February 21, 2022

An anxiety checklist (get yours here), our three brains, “growing a set,” hearing God speak and discerning His will, a one-on-one with a brave and hurting soul, finding your purpose, and best Scripture and journaling practices were on this week’s book club agenda. Below is the audio from our meeting.

Next week I hope to provide video, but this week’s meeting showed a huge grid of participants that made it hard to follow, especially during the one-on-one. So only audio this week, and we’ll try to provide video, too, next week. 

If you were left in the waiting room, I expected about half of those registered to show up (Surprise! It seems almost all of you did.), and the list of participants was so long, we did not see you there. We will do a better job next week of keeping an eye on the waiting room, but come early; we close the room at 6:35 CST.

If you cannot find the Zoom links emailed to you at registration and again on Tuesday as a reminder, please check your spam folder. Everyone (but one, who registered under the wrong email address) found their Zoom emails there. See you tomorrow at 6:30 PM CST or via email next week!

Bible Study Evangelista - 09 Body and Soul at Rest

Bible Study Evangelista - 09 Body and Soul at Rest

September 13, 2021

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Rest is not merely inactivity. Although it certainly includes leisure, rest involves the entire human person, in thoughts, emotions, body, and soul. In this episode we explore what the Bible means when it commands us to observe Sabbath rest.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Loose ends

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Rest includes the whole person: thoughts, emotions, body, and soul

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Worship/rest is part of natural law and the number one way we can begin experiencing rest in our bodies and souls 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Worshipping properly, resting properly; next series

Bible Study Evangelista - 08 Body at Rest, Freedom from Anxiety Series

Bible Study Evangelista - 08 Body at Rest, Freedom from Anxiety Series

September 7, 2021

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The body has two systems of protection. The immune system fights inner threats, and the “fight or flight” system protects from external threats. Stress only becomes a serious physical problem when it moves from temporary to persistent or is aggravated by negative, fear-driven thoughts and emotion. Research shows that fear triggers known and measurable physical and chemical responses, throwing the body into a frantic, sick state. 

Neck, shoulder, head, and back problems are exoskeletal and nervous system issues – structural issues. In the Bible they are related to the will, the “structure” that human life and existence are built on. When we willfully step out from under the protective, authoritative structure God has put into place, we often experience symptoms in these areas, such as migraines, muscle aches, back problems, and insomnia. Here’s how to re-order the structure of your life by re-ordering your will.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Fear and anxiety is now tied with obesity as the most likely predictor of mortality once someone enters the hospital. See sections: Abstract/Results and Results paragraph 3 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Neck, shoulder, and back problems as rooted in authority issues

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Hierarchy and authority in marriage and family

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Handling problems with authority properly

Bible Study Evangelista - 07 Transforming Emotions, Freedom from Anxiety Series

Bible Study Evangelista - 07 Transforming Emotions, Freedom from Anxiety Series

August 30, 2021

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No matter how many big or little sufferings we offer up, if we do not also allow God to transform the thoughts and emotions surrounding our sufferings, we have not really discerned or submitted to their purpose; we have not undergone the deep transformation that Jesus died to give us and that the Bible calls a Sabbath rest.

Because it is such a profound, secret work, only God can identify and accomplish in us the deep soul work of purgatory, or sanctification, as thoroughly as we need it. He does not simply cover our sins with his blood, he scrubs out the deep, set-in wounds, “all unrighteousness.” We can and must dispose ourselves to receive this rest, but is always still a gift, one that God insistently offers us through the repeating circumstances and relationships that are meant to attract our attention and cooperation.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Visualization exercise for transforming emotion (continued from last week) 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Addressing and battling worthlessness, healing the root

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Mirror exercise

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – “There is now no condemnation” (Rom 8:1); praise confounds the enemy

Bible Study Evangelista - 06 Emotions at Rest, Freedom from Anxiety

Bible Study Evangelista - 06 Emotions at Rest, Freedom from Anxiety

August 23, 2021

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Category: Anxiety Tag: addictionanxietyattachment criesdeprivationfearhealingholy spiritpromised landrest

If thoughts are sparks of energy, emotions are currents. Emotions do not have boundaries. They cannot be controlled or ignored or silenced; they must be acknowledged and transformed, or they will resurface elsewhere, as in sickness, addiction, and historical emotions. Unaddressed emotion drives negativity and destructive behaviors and makes them circular and uncontrollable. But the Holy Spirit transforms and heals emotions. Find out how.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Forgiveness; trauma, PTSD, and EMDR; media; review separating thought from emotion; controlling thoughts

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Job’s greatest fear; addressing latent fear in the desert

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Sugar as a relationship; addiction; attachment cries 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Transforming emotion with the Holy Spirit; science behind visualization; visualization exercise

Bible Study Evangelista - 05 The Power of the Tongue, Freedom from Anxiety

Bible Study Evangelista - 05 The Power of the Tongue, Freedom from Anxiety

August 16, 2021

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Category: Anxiety Tag: anxietydeprivationfearhealingholy spiritpromised landrest

Like the children of Israel in the desert, our thoughts and emotions are reflected in our words, and words have creative power for death or life (Prov 18:21). We can forfeit rest through constant negativity and complaining, the way they did, or we can follow the creative Consciousness of the universe to the promised land of rest.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – A quantum universe in which all possibilities exist simultaneously

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Why the children of Israel had everything they needed in the desert

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – The tongue directs one’s life (James 3); life and death are in the tongue (Prov 18:21)

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Words have power and are creative (Gen 1, John 1, Heb 1); words determine eternity, whether justification or condemnation (Matt 12:36); what the people received in the wilderness corresponded directly with what they thought and emoted, as evidenced in what they said; learning to sow peace and rest with our words

Bible Study Evangelista - 04 Thoughts at Rest, Dealing with Deprivation

Bible Study Evangelista - 04 Thoughts at Rest, Dealing with Deprivation

August 10, 2021

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God is always leading us to the Promised Land of rest.

Rest is not simply inactivity.

Rest is a not a luxury.

Rest is a discipline. Rest is a promise.

We dispose ourselves to receive the promise of rest through a disciplined desert process common to God’s people from the beginning. The biblical Exodus story is a map through this desert process, showing us the disciplines that offer “dew” – God’s renewing presence in the desert that leads us to the superabundance of rest in thought, emotion, body, and soul.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Hebrews 3:7-4:11 as text for how to dispose ourselves for the biblical Promised Land of rest; breakdown of verses 7-11 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Breakdown of verses 12-19; “Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts”; the “evil heart of unbelief”; eschatological rest and earthly rest; protection vs. growth

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – God teaches rest through deprivations: Exodus 15 and “bitter” water; manna conformed to everyone’s thoughts (Wis 16:21)

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – What the people received in the wilderness corresponded directly with what they thought and emoted, as evidenced in what they said; learning to draw on the Lord for consolation and strength

Bible Study Evangelista - 03 The Predictable Biological Mechanisms of Anxiety

Bible Study Evangelista - 03 The Predictable Biological Mechanisms of Anxiety

August 2, 2021

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Brain research and the science of thought are broad fields, but we know now that the brain is not static. Every thought actively changes your brain and body for better or worse. Toxic, negative thoughts and emotions are controllable, transformable, and healable, even after long-term habits of painful negativity!

Find out the predictable biological mechanisms of anxiety, and begin working toward rest in this episode.

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – The spiritual root of anxiety; anxiety and sin 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –   Brain science and science of thought; the connection between thoughts and emotions and the body 

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Incoming sensory information; processing in the thalamus; hypothalamus prepares chemical response; endocrine system secretes proper chemicals 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Amygdala as temporary storage, connected to frontal lobe and decision making; hippocampus classifies thought and emotion as temporary or permanent and converts; neuroplasticity and changing the brain with reflection and healing with the Holy Spirit’s wisdom

Bible Study Evangelista - 02 Fight the Right Battle, Freedom from Anxiety Series

Bible Study Evangelista - 02 Fight the Right Battle, Freedom from Anxiety Series

July 26, 2021

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Category: Anxiety Tag: anxietyauthorityfearjusticespiritual warfaresufferingunforgiveness

Fight the right battle. 

You feel like you’re spinning your wheels, laboring till you’re exhausted but seeing little permanent fruit. You’re depressed that certain relationships are a perpetual painful morass. You’re frustrated that the numerous “prescriptions” of faith that you’ve tried are not working. I get it. We expend a lot of energy fighting the wrong battles, and such futility is an underlying cause of anxiety.

This episode explores how to fight the right battle: how to work with the Holy Spirit for lasting peace rather than against Him. Our focus is on temporary relief, while His is on our permanent rest in Him. So we must determine to lean into the difficulties He allows and “suffer creatively,” as St. John of the Cross says. 

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Biblical definition of sin as destruction and “stain”; sin we commit and sin committed against us, and the anxiety effect

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Predominant fault and particular vices; identifying patterns in relationships and circumstances  

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Historical emotions and woundedness as the root of predominant fault

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – The real battle and the real authority

Bible Study Evangelista - 01 Anxiety Is Not from God, Freedom from Anxiety Series

Bible Study Evangelista - 01 Anxiety Is Not from God, Freedom from Anxiety Series

July 19, 2021

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It may seem like an oxymoron, but rest is a discipline.

The number one thing you need to know in battling anxiety is that it does not come from God. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control” (2 Tim 1:7). Anxiety is an attack of the enemy, therefore we must close the doors of vulnerability that our unresolved experiences in life have left open. What are those doors? This episode explores the open doors and how to close them once and for all.

WHAT WE DISCUSSED | SHOW NOTES

Overview:

Minutes 00:12:00 – Biblical rest as “one, peace, rest”–giving over, blissful relaxation–that “transcends” human understanding, meaning “to hold above, rise above, to be superior.”

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Simple biblical command is: do not worry. Have no anxiety. Worry = “to strangle, to choke.” 

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – The root of anxiety as demonic harassment; divine biblical law is to forgive until complete; soul ties

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Open doors: unforgiveness, soul ties, predominant fault

Bible Study Evangelista - King of the Holy Family and Prince of the Church, St. Joseph Series

Bible Study Evangelista - King of the Holy Family and Prince of the Church, St. Joseph Series

June 7, 2021

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St. Joseph is stepping into a more visible role in the Church right now, and inviting you to develop a relationship with him. In learning about his roles as prophet, priest, and king of the Holy Family and prince of the Church, we get to know him more personally, and how he operates in those roles on our behalf. In conclusion of our series, I’d like to leave you with a list of prayers for the Year of St. Joseph, here at this link.

Bible Study Evangelista - Pillar of Families, St. Joseph Series

Bible Study Evangelista - Pillar of Families, St. Joseph Series

May 24, 2021

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Every man is called to fatherhood and priesthood by virtue of his masculinity. Like Abraham, the Father of Faith, whose faith was “accounted” to him as righteousness, St. Joseph’s accumulated acts of sacrificial faith in his role of father and priest of the Holy Family formed him and made him capable for his larger role as the Pillar of Families for the whole Church.

In accepting and receiving our men, faults and all–husbands, sons, priests, fathers–we receive Joseph, in a sense. We participate in nurturing their role as priests and fathers knowing that St. Joseph works through them on our behalf in, with, and through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Bible Study Evangelista - Old Testament Joseph, St. Joseph Series

Bible Study Evangelista - Old Testament Joseph, St. Joseph Series

May 20, 2021

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In this episode we explore Old Testament Joseph’s life, because in order to understand St. Joseph as patron of the Church, we must know something of his ancestor, OT Joseph, for whom he is named. Psalm 105 gives us a snapshot of OT Joseph, and a prophecy of NT Joseph:

When he summoned a famine on the land, and broke every staff of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to instruct his princes at his pleasure, and to teach his elders wisdom” (Ps 105:16-22, emphasis mine).

Bible Study Evangelista - Psalm 143, The Seven Penitential Psalms

Bible Study Evangelista - Psalm 143, The Seven Penitential Psalms

April 5, 2021

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Week 7 | Psalm 143 [142]

 

A Psalm of David.

143 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my supplications!
    In thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with thy servant;
    for no man living is righteous before thee.

For the enemy has pursued me;
    he has crushed my life to the ground;
    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old,
    I meditate on all that thou hast done;
    I muse on what thy hands have wrought.
I stretch out my hands to thee;
    my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. Selah

Make haste to answer me, O Lord!
    My spirit fails!
Hide not thy face from me,
    lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love,
    for in thee I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
    for to thee I lift up my soul.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies!
    I have fled to thee for refuge!
10 Teach me to do thy will,
    for thou art my God!
Let thy good spirit lead me
    on a level path!

11 For thy name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
    In thy righteousness bring me out of trouble!
12 And in thy steadfast love cut off my enemies,
    and destroy all my adversaries,
    for I am thy servant.

Bible Study Evangelista - Psalm 130, The Seven Penitential Psalms

Bible Study Evangelista - Psalm 130, The Seven Penitential Psalms

March 29, 2021

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Week 6 | Psalm 130 [129]

 

A Song of Ascents

130 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
    to the voice of my supplications!

If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities,
    Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee,
    that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

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