A few weeks back we discussed how to have an effective prayer life by understanding that prayer is the BEST weapon we have in the arsenal against spiritual warfare. On today’s show, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at prayer vs meditation. Many Christians practice yoga and other forms of alternative relaxation methods. One of those in particular is meditation. However, the question is should Christians meditate? Is prayer and meditation the same thing — one with words and one without? Does it matter?
These questions and many more we are going to dig into as I talk with my returning guest Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers for the New Age. A former channeler, astrologer, and occult practitioner, Marcia reaches and helps to peel back the veil between the subtle influences of New Age practices and beliefs that have crept into the church and the secular world.
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I aired this show on the Parker J Cole show about ten days ago. It has quickly become a show that has been listened to over and over again. Even through the holidays, people are grieving and dealing with pain. I hope this show encourages you as it has me.
The past several shows of the Parker J Cole have focused on dealing with difficult times during the Christmas season. This episode rounds it all up with a single phrase — I Miss You.
When a loved one has passed away it’s very difficult to get into the holiday spirit. The grief you may experience can be insurmountable, crushing you. It’s a black hole sucking the joy from your heart. It’s a tiny whole in the fabric of your universe siphoning away the happy times you’ve shared with you loved one.
All in all, you miss them.
How do you survive the holidays?
Join me with a survivor and author of the book “I Miss You: A Holiday Survival Kit” Gary Roe as he helps you to survive grief during the holidays. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8174321. Tune In!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Losing a loved one is painful. Life will never be the same.
And if this wasn’t hard enough, the holidays are bearing down upon you. What in the world are you supposed to do?
You need a grief survival kit designed for the holidays. That’s why I wrote Surviving the Holidays without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons.
As a hospice chaplain, I’ve had the honor of walking with thousands of hurting people through deep, dark valleys of grief. From my personal grief experiences and theirs, I’ve gathered some tools that can help you not only survive the holidays, but heal and grow through them.
Even though these holidays will be different, they can still be good – very good.
In Surviving the Holidays without You, you’ll discover the answers to these questions:
• Why are the holidays so hard?
• How can I manage my own and others’ expectations?
• Is it possible for holidays to be good this year? How?
• Sometimes I feel misunderstood, judged, and alone. How do I handle that?
• How can I grieve and celebrate at the same time?
• I need to make wise choices about what to do, when, and with whom. How do I do that?
• I don’t know how to move on. What does moving on look like?
• How can I use the holidays to grieve well, honor my loved one, and love others?
Give yourself the gift of navigating grief well this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
He is the author of four books, including Heartbroken (Amazon Bestseller, 2015 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist) and Not Quite Healed (co-authored with New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey, 2013 Lime Award Finalist for Excellence in Non-Fiction). With more than 250 articles in print, he is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues.
The idea for this prayercast has been in my mind for a while. When it first popped up in my brain, I shooed it away, thinking it was just an errant thought. Over time, the idea began to solidify but I was still unsure. After all, I wanted to be certain it was something the Lord was leading me to do instead of a nice idea. Two weeks ago, at choir rehearsal, we had an impromptu intercessory prayer for one of our choir members going through. There are no words to describe what is it like to be aware of the Spirit in the room. Here, I knew the idea for this prayercast was definitely of the Lord and that He wanted me to do this.
Prayer is the order of the day. It’s as simple as that. if there was ever a time the Body of Christ needed to come together & pray, it’s now. For the church, for our families, for our countries.. The Bible verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Often this has been taken out of context to be used as sort of a ‘bell call’ to God to give us what we want. But this verse is calling us to humbleness, repentance, & dependence on the Lord.
For this edition of the Write Stuff, we will be taking prayer requests. Although my show focuses on authors, we’re not going to hang up the phone if you want prayer. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8097353. Or, download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune in!
They can tell you what day to interview for the job. Using a scarf, they can tell you the name of your loved one. Give them your birthday and they can tell you what your life path will be. Psychics are seen as having the answer to everything. From relationship management to detectives who find clues to a crime, psychics have long been seen as both a doorway and answer to the pressing problems of our personal life and the world around us.
Celebrities have advocated for them. Scientists study them. Common lay persons believe in them. But the question is this: Can they help us?
Join me as I talked with returning guest, Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answer for the New Age as we discuss whether or not psychics can helps us. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8044757 Or, download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune In!
According to Medical News Today website, Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. A neurodegenerative type of dementia, the disease starts mild and gets progressively worse
Seeing our loved ones forget their names, their families, and the world around them can be heartbreaking. But in the midst of such trauma for both our loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and those who provide care, we have to realize and understand one thing: as strong of a hold this disease has, there are some Alzheimer’s cannot do.
It is always a pleasure and an honor to showcase today’s guest on this episode of the Write Stuff. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month and she always brings encouragement, education, and knowledgeable information. Join me for an insightful and inspiring discussion with our returning guest co-host and contributor, RJ Thesman, author of the Reverend G series. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8045959. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune In.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
How can a minister fulfill her calling when she can barely remember the order of the Minor Prophets? When Reverend G hears the devastating diagnosis – dementia with the possibility of early-onset Alzheimer’s – she struggles with the pain of forgetting those she loves and the fear of losing her connection with God. With the help of her friends at the assisted living facility, Bert, a farmer from Oklahoma, Roxie, the stressed-out activities director and Gabriel, a cat with the gift of forecasting death, she soon discovers there’s humor to be found in forgetting part of the Lord’s Prayer, finding her iron in the freezer and losing a half-gallon of ice cream. And she discovers that while the question she wants to ask is, ‘Why,’ the answer really is, ‘Who.’
Three months after a fire ripped through Cove Creek Assisted Living Facility, repairs are complete, but even as Reverend G and her cat, Gabriel move back into their apartment, the retired pastor realizes life just isn’t the same. She continues to minister to her fellow residents — the widower who reads the same book over and over and the woman who waits by the front door for the family who never arrives. Even Gabriel is back at work, making his rounds and forecasting death. But while Reverend G is able to find the words to conduct a funeral service, anticipates the birth of her first grandchild and plans her future with her beloved, Chris, she battles her worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms — memory loss, paranoia, anger and fear. Now, her worst nightmare seems to be coming true. God hasn’t spoken to her in weeks. Has Reverend G lost her connection with God?
She has reached the final stages of Alzheimer’s still, Reverend G finds ways to bring encouragement and humor to the residents of Cove Creek. The cast of characters at the assisted living facility widens around her, even as her world begins to shrink. She becomes a grandmother and her relationship with Chris deepens through need and grace. Meanwhile, the disease is always there, robbing her of memories and now, even her words. But even as Reverend G struggles to communicate with her friends and family, she remains steadfastly honest in prayer. Once worried about forgetting God, the brave little minister discovers that He will never forget her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R. J. Thesman has been a writer since she flipped open her Red Chief tablet and scribbled her first story. Eventually, she had to stop writing and go to school where she earned an education degree and taught at various levels. Thesman is a Biblical counselor and a Stephen Minister. She has worked in a variety of nonprofits and has served as campus minister to international students. With a variety of communications skills, Thesman is always writing and building more publishing credits. She teaches writing workshops and enjoys helping beginning writers birth their words. Thesman is the mother of an adult son and enjoys reading, gardening and cooking – especially anything with blueberries.
There is a very popular gospel song by Karen Clark Sheard that says, “My Words Have Power.” A catchy tune, Miss Sheard explains through the message of song that if you want your situation to change, you have to use the power of your words to bring about the result you want. This is heavily propagated in the prosperity gospel of health, wealth, and prosperity.
In the same way, in the secular world, there is the same thought on another tangent where you can create your reality if you think it into existence. It deals with the same concept as propagated by the prosperity gospel. A proponent of this school of thought was Wayne Dyer who recently passed away.
In either case, we have to ask ourselves the question: Do we have power to create our own realities by speaking or thinking it into existence? Does this give us the ability make our sphere of influence the way we want it to? If we can speak or think our reality, what is God there for?
Tune in as we chat with Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers of the New Age as well delve into this topic. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press one to be live on. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/7903881. Or, download the WLUV Radio mobile app today. Tune in!