The Backyard Preacher Podcast #50 (Do not be so hard on yourself.)

Thank you for listening to the 50th episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast!  This week Nate talks about not being hard on yourself.  One of the greatest spiritual blockers is our own perception of ourselves.  We need to keep moving forward don’t allow anyone to get in your way, and take the victory found in the Christ!

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The Backyard Preacher #49 What is worse than Donald Trump? His supporters. How can a group of white Evangelicals who are suppose to represent a “moral majority” get it so wrong?

Nate talks about a few topics such as the prophetic movement and Donald Trump and what we should really be appealing to heaven about.  Also what makes White Evangelical Trump supporters more dangerous than Trump himself.  Also Nate looks at the anti authoritarian diagnosis as well as his new affiliation with the Progressive Christian Alliance.  Packed show, enjoy!

The Backyard Preacher #48 (Fear, the Original Sin)

Nate puts another spin of original sin placing much of the blame upon fear.  Fear is one of the greatest emotions which keeps us from living out God’s will for us on this earth.  So let us learn to live life without fear!

Fear, the Original sin

The Kingdom of Heaven is within, so said the master. According to the Christian tradition paradise was lost when man and woman rebelled against God through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this “fruit” whatever it may be either literal or as I would believe to be a an analogy of the ancients in order to demonstrate man’s fear. Adam and Eve of the garden were afraid that they would be left behind, that they were being kept out of the loop, that God the Father was somehow refusing their birthright unto them. I suggest that fear was original sin and since the time of Adams and Eves picnic of knowledge, fear became passed down from one generation to the next with man loosing paradise and the peace, bliss, and the worry free lifestyle was now far from the minds of man with a flaming sword guarding the way back in. In my imagination the type of life in which God created us to be before the fall is one in which we do not possess an ego, a life in which we have no hopes, no dreams, no desire other than being one with God in spirit. This is because we do not need a “self” a “hope” because we have everything or “desire” for the same reason. This was a time when we were one with God, a blended consciousness perhaps. Yet we were not immune to falling short of this continuous bliss, we were deceived to believe that God is the enemy, that we were neglected and like the parable of the prodigal demanded our inheritance which eventually left us eating with the pigs. The forbidden fruit is fear that God will not bestow upon us the knowledge which He possesses. I suggest to you that fear is of the greatest of sins, one in which we were are born with, one which takes us away from a fundamental state of reality, creating a self-centered life which in turn brings about the fruit of all kinds of sin.

The great master Jesus Christ came to show us the way back to the garden. His life was one of living in this world full of fear yet He himself had no fear. He lived a life as one who was one in consciousness with God His Father. We may say to ourselves that Jesus being the incarnated son of God gave him an advantage, well you have me there, and then again we are also sons of God through Christ! Christ came to be the restorer. He came to bring the death of the first Adam to life, this being done through the cross. This great mystery is just that a mystery, a mystery in which we must take advantage of!

Now that I have given a very brief synopsis now I must get to the point in which we start to live a life without fear. Unfortunately I have sad news, for most people if not all people it is impossible to completely live without fear in fact some fear is good, yet I do not know if it is truly fear. The fear that may have brought about original sin is full of every sorts of evil. Our fear drives us as human beings to create the world in which we have around us today goes back to the beginning of sin. Getting back to paradise will not be an easy task. We are constantly being bombarded with situations causing stress, pain, and anger. We are around people who create turmoil in our lives, Jesus had to deal with people within his own inner circle of friends who were thieves, violent and angry, sexually promiscuous, those who wished to undermined and threaten the very reason which the Christ came. We also deal with people with very similar issues which directly and indirectly affect us. Jesus knew full and well what was going on yet he did not allow it to detour Him. Jesus was fearless, He understood that He was in the hands of the Father, regardless of any situation that came His way even that of the pending cross He gave it all up to the Fathers will. He was not always immune to human emotions, but lived his life without being detoured. We each have a mission in life, a calling, a purpose, something in which we were placed on this earth to do. In order to carry out our purpose we must choose to live our lives totally surrendered to God. How do you do this? Well I will be honest sometimes it just boils down to not giving a crap about life and to live in the simple bliss of knowing that everything is ok. Like a baby in the arms of his mother, so we are to our Father. The Father is pure love and light, He sings His praises over us. We suffer earth to earn our soon reward. If we can break down our state of being to realize that nothing in this life in which we hold so dear really matters. As Jesus would say we must be born again, we must lose our lives to gain it. To do this we must first surrender to love, it was the love of God which allowed us to be reunited as His sons and daughters, so we must learn to live love. I suggest a reading of 1 Corinthians 13 in which the Apostle Paul gives a very powerful definition of love. If we can grasp love to its fullest extent we may just be able to truly live out life as a type of Christ on the earth. If we can live out love we can change the world, it is not the amount of numbers we have, and Jesus who had few followers who ended up changing the world even to the extent in which I write this article.

So let us make living out love something in which we start to practice. Let us spiritually take upon ourselves the Christ consciousness, let us let go of what causes us stress, pain, and anger. Let us understand that most of what we place our stock in is worthless. To understand that spiritual strength and mental peace is more valuable than gold. To not allow ourselves to be owned by the world, but free people, happy people, people who enjoy life and able to carry out our mission in which we have been placed on this earth to do. We can live a life without fear, without much worry or stress, we can live our lives happy and free. We must rid ourselves of the fear which has destroyed our lives, the fear that our Father wishes to keep the glories of heaven for himself, and the fear of those who try to rule over us here on earth. My passion for you is to be restored to the Father, to make it through this life, to find the Kingdom of Heaven within and be free!

Skipping records Trying to Find my Groove (Podcast Version)

Nate talks a little bit about the Presidential debates and how he sees them, but his topic is stress as he shares an honest review of his stressful weekend.  Enjoy and be blessed!

Finding the Simplicity Within the Complexity

Often when we think of the ideal spiritual life we envision Jesus praying on the mountain alone with his thoughts, or his simple life of traveling from town to town healing the sick and giving hope to the lost. Oh how wonderful! I often wish I had the courage to leave everything behind and wander the earth like Samuel L Jackson from Pulp Fiction looking for adventure. To live a simple yet powerful life, full of spirit and love, changing the world one person or situation at a time. Yet the majority of us including myself are trapped, I love the video someone made of Joe Rogan giving a talk about life and named it Society Trap check it out here: https://youtu.be/zvfy5Enz6-c We have families, we must work because we are in this strange world of money and those who seek financial gain by destroying their fellow man. It is just so strange! I never looked at life this way before, maybe I am getting older, or maybe I would like to think more spiritual, regardless life is getting weirder and weirder. So my fellow Christians involved in busy schedules and family obligations can we ever find ourselves living within the simplicity of Jesus, or any of the other spiritual leaders including Samuel Jackson! I do not suggest taking the Pulp Fiction route to enlightenment. So can we find simplicity in complexity or is it more like complexity of simplicity? Well friends I think we can find a little simplicity within our busy modern lives.

First, just breathe, breathing is an amazing action our bodies automatically perform from birth until death, yet many of us forget to actually take our breathing to the next level. Many studies have proven the impact of meditative breathing, therapist teach breathing techniques to clients with anxiety, and meditation itself revolves around the breath. In meditation the breath is the anchor in which you set your mind upon when it begins to wander. I suggest you take time to meditate every morning. I have talked with many who say they cannot sit still long enough, or they do not have the time to give to meditation. I understand, that but you have time for the sugar filled, heart damaging energy drink! Start with just one minute and work yourself up to ten or longer I guarantee that you will become addicted and will not be able to live life without meditation. For me it is a time to sit in silence and allow God to speak to me. I make no request, I just sit and listen. Believe me this is a perfect addition to the antidepressants and benzodiazepines most of us are on.

Second, stop worrying, I know, I know this is easier said than done. Our Lord talked much about this, his famous quote which believers and non-believers alike know well, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mathew 6:34, NIV) Jesus being incarnated into this crazy world understood how difficult it was and knew that life is not necessarily about tomorrow it is about the “right now.” The apostle Paul speaks to us in similar manner, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6, NIV) How do I even try to do this! We live in a fast paced, overworked, world which demands productivity to gain what we call money so we do not end up in a homeless shelter. On a side not I lived in a homeless shelter for five months and to be honest with you it was a very spiritual experience not exactly a comfortable one, but the simplicity of living out the words of Christ, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20, NIV) The saying is true, “more money more problems.” Yet I do not suggest we sell everything and go homeless that is not going to help anything. The late great Napoleon Hill stated so beautifully, “There are myriads of forms of fear, but none are more deadly than the fear of poverty and old age. We drive our bodies as if they were slaves because we are so afraid of poverty that we wish to hoard money for-what-old age! This common form of fear drives us so hard that we overwork our bodies and bring on the very thing we are struggling to avoid.”1

 

Third, just give it to God, oh yes another one of those easy sayings. Sometimes I call it the, I do not give a crap, whatever happens, happens. Is that healthy? I think so, I think we try so hard to carve out a life from the chaos we miss the simplicity that is found in following the path of Christ. So let us do as the apostle said and cast our cares upon him. Some theologians, and I think I can agree believe that the past, present and future are all within God himself. So when you mess up at work, or do something stupid at home, embarrass yourself, get turned down, etc. Then I suggest don’t give a crap. God loves you with a love in which we cannot even come close to imagining, basically no matter what, you will be alright. One of the keys that I have found is to just keep moving forward, not allowing the negative influences of life to take up much space in my head and create within myself the ideal thought pattern’s to create if you will my own universe. That may sound strange but it is not, we are born as sons and daughters of the greatest creator so god forbid you do not use your own nature as a child of God to create your world. Largely this is done by giving this crazy chaotic complex world to God and then keep the simplistic world of Jesus on the mountain alive within ourselves. Remember everything’s going to be just fine regardless of the circumstances.

I do not say this without experience, I have gone through much in my 36 years. My goal is for us to find simplicity within the complexity of this life. Or in other words take away the perception or the illusion of complexity and focus in on the real, the simplistic, and the wonderful life found within the Christ. Amen.

 

  1. Hill, Napoleon. The Law of Success: In Sixteen Lessons. Blacksburg, VA.: Wilder Publications, 2011.107.