40 Burst results for "19"
Guest Host Rich Zeoli Talks COVID and China
"Strong covid likelihood -19 was in fact a bioweapon created by the chinese government and do i think that maybe they had a motivation in unleashing it before the 2020 presidential election damn right i do so think about it trump was going after china and actually holding china accountable he was imposing tariffs on china he was pushing china to stop their currency manipulation stop the intellectual property theft and cut crap the when it came to their encroachment on the south china sea and joe biden worked for them who'd you rather have in the white house huh a guy who's busting your chops or a guy who works for you easy answer in my opinion i mean on the one hand you got a guy who's actually holding you accountable and cracking down and not letting you take over the entire world on the other hand you have a guy who's on your payroll literally joe biden is on china's payroll who are you gonna pick hmm i know tough choice right there right so now the virus is unleashed in the fall of 2019 the world military games china doesn't care if they lose a couple million people they have a population issue like communist all regimes they can't feed their people because communism doesn't work so if they lose a couple people here and there millions it it doesn't matter but they unleash this virus in the world or maybe it was an accident it just walked out of the lab on its own either way do i think there's a motivation behind trying to use this as a way to bring the united states down to its
Fresh "19" from WTOP 24 Hour News
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Why Is Semafor's Ben Smith Slobbering All Over Nikki Haley?
"Of course attacked my stepson and me because he works with DeSantis which the world whole knows but apparently they didn't but I make my own decisions I decide what I'm going to do you have adult children don't do what they want to do and that's okay you know I'm just thankful we don't have any kids that support Bernie Sanders you many callers come here and correctly say my god I've lost this kid didn't lost any of our four let me go on operations were initially supported stick me with you'll see how this works by twenty five million investment funding as well as revenue generated from advertising in person that investments you know their biggest initial investor was mr. producer Sam Bankman freed is in prison for ripping off god knows how many people that's inauspicious beginning I would say but this is 74 so their first investors in a 2023 semaphore raise $19 million in additional funding from investors to replace the money that they had received from Bankman free so what he was their largest external investor their largest external investor so that shows you some of their judgment now they don't put that up on their site they don't have a footnote so people quote semaphore go to semaphore they don't know these things there's more in March 23 semaphore launched its China and global business initiative quote -unquote a collaboration with the center for china and globalization ccga think tank registered as a non -government patient though its independence from the communist chinese party has been disputed semaphore has said the project's purpose is to offer quote a diversity of opinion unquote an alternative to washington's hawkish consensus on beijing now you know what that means of peace communist china for business the initiative would consist of regular events in new york and beijing and would foster dialogue between business leaders and increasing china u .s tensions now you see why they're promoting Nikki Haley if they don't present any of this on they the website don't reveal their connections they the don't other business model semaphore's partnership with the ccg has occasionally come under scrutiny semaphore's show justin smith said semaphore would go into the collaboration with eyes wide open that that it was under no illusion that chinese business leaders are other local groups operate he said they would
Fresh update on "19" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
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Chris Describes Navigating Custody Battles and False Accusations
"You for having me on again. I know that we spoke the last time and I was going through a lot of, you know, the whole situation is terrible. And, you know, now I finally got some resolution and I know that you were like, you said that you're going back to court or something and you could use some, some, some good news. Yeah. So, you know, we, we, we last ended with my struggle going in and like trying to file for overnights previously. So I'll just give you a recap from that situation to now. Sorry, there's a dog. 2020, So in 2021, I was allowed to file for overnights. The judge was like, you know what, your child's too young. You can file when she's a year old. So I had to wait to file, of course, and then she's a year old and then you wait three months to get your hearing and then they hear you. And then that judge was like, okay, well, you weren't guaranteed overnights. You'll have to, um, you'll have to have like a custody neutral assessment, just like throwing anything you can in front of me just to, to block it. All right. And so we have a custody neutral assessment and then I get charged criminally, criminal charges. I go to jail for a day or so. For what? Yeah. So she accused me of stalking her and harassing her. And so then I get out of jail, of course. And the judge is like, okay, because there are charges pending, you know, she gets full legal custody and, uh, you know, you can't file for overnights until this is resolved. That is unreal. Now during my whole court proceedings, I think I even sent you some of the transcripts. Like I've been telling the judge that she is the one stalking me. She's outside my house all the time. Like she's, her mother is harassing me and yelling at me. I have like all this video footage of it. Like again, like once you get into family court, you have to document everything because there, there, there is no limits. Like a person will do absolutely anything to get the upper hand. But I've been telling the judge the whole time and he's like, well, are there any charges? I'm like, no, I don't think it's in my child's best interest for her mother to be in jail. So she gets this idea and now I'm the one that ends up in jail. So the judge takes all of my rights away and because of this stalking allegation. However, right before he does it, we were in court and she tells the judge point blank, yes, I am stalking him. After all of this, I've been telling the judge that she's been stalking me. I, I have all of the evidence. The judge takes all of my rights away. She tells the judge that she's stalking me. And in the transcript you see the judge, oh, that don't need to be on the record, which is hilarious. And then, and then so I lose all my rights and he's like, okay, well when your, your, your charges resolve, you can then file for overnights again. So now we fast forward because, you know, 19, I think like took 19 or 20 months for it to finally resolve. And I ended up having to go into this, so like, like my case was like indicted by the way. I ended up having to go into this program called PTI because I've never, I'm not a criminal. I've never been in trouble for anything. And, and if you don't know what PTI is, PTI stands for pretrial intervention. It's for, it's for people that have never been in trouble. And they're like, well, you're facing some serious allegations or charges. And instead of like having a record, you basically go into this program. It's like a one time get out of jail free card. And once you complete the program, you no longer have chart, you have no longer have a criminal record. All this will go away. So I have to enter this program. And of course the mother is like fighting with, fighting with the prosecutor and like trying to keep me from this resolving as much as humanly possible. Even after she's already admitted to stalking me, which is like bizarre because you would think that would go somewhere, right? Right. I mean, I'd be going after the judge. Like, you know, there's, it's, it's almost nothing you can do about it. You know, like, um, you know, the very final hearing, you know, all of this is going on and the judge is like, you know, this child's gonna have a terrible life. This is all my fault. And he says that on the record. It's like insane. Like, so, so I, I go through this thing for 19 months, but while, while I'm waiting for my criminal issue to resolve, I'm enforcing court orders because now she's taking it upon herself to keep my daughter from me. So now we're still in court. So I filed to enforce the court order. She has like over 30 violations and, uh, the, the, you know, the, every, I have, I go through the two judges and the judges are like, nobody wants the judge that I have now, by the way, the judge is like, you know, nobody wants to deal with this, so I'm going to deal with it. You know, and it took 10 months to get it, to get it in front of, into a trial. So we have a trial and the judge finds her to purposely be thwarting my time and her being a liar and you know, and, and all of the criminal things came out during this trial as
Fresh update on "19" discussed on The Café Bitcoin Podcast
"Is the $500 deductible, is that a yearly or is that a per event? Per event. Okay. And is that also with prescriptions or do you cover prescriptions? So, if you go, let's just run a scenario here, right? You go to the ER because something went wrong. You get out of the hospital. You have follow-up doctor visits. You have follow-up prescriptions that you need to take care of that issue. All of those things are considered, one, a health event. So, you'll pay $500 for that one health event. So, it includes ER visit, doctor visit, prescriptions, everything, $500. You have cancer, $500. You go to the ER, $500. Break your arm, $500. It's all-encompassing. So, it's not $500 per bill. It's $500 per health event. And I assume that also covers more homeopathic kinds of therapies or alternative therapies as well? Yeah. I mean, one of the crazy stats that we have is on average 1.6% of births in the United States are at home. With crowd health, it's just under 50%. So, we've got a crowd of people who are looking for alternative ways to get their medicine. And healthcare covered. And so, that is our people. It's a holistic, integrative, naturopathic type of group that tends to be way healthier than the average population too. So, if you think about getting into a community of people in which you're going to fund each other's healthcare expenses, crowd health and our 6,000 members is the group that you want to be a part of. It's a lot of young people who care about their health who are doing the right things. They're not chugging brownies on the couch all day long. Well, Peter, it looks like Peter's disqualified.
A highlight from Episode 129 - Gitcoin - Elevating public goods with decentralization, quadratic funding, and community coordination
"You know, there are so many neat things that people are trying already. You know, like, for example, we ran around for a community group in Oakland, who had funding from their local government, it was basically all community organizations. You know, so really cool to see that play itself out. Even before we went down this road, Milwaukee was already doing some experimentation with quadratic rounds for very sort of niche applications, like helping people in Denver, Colorado, whose restaurants were struggling during the pandemic. We did a support for Ukraine round that was kind of a targeted approach at funding for that particular use case. But, you know, I think then another neat thing that's happening, which you may not even have heard about yet, is we now actually have a direct grants platform, which means it doesn't use quadratic funding. It's basically a way to use Web3 rails and all the existing tools, but just run more of like a traditional grants program. But I think we might start seeing things like people using quadratic voting to make decisions about how to give out the money amongst a smaller group of people internally. And so you might not be harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, but you can still have that transparency, that accountability, you know, all that kind of nifty stuff that comes along with using these tools. And also anybody who's created a grant proposal on builder potentially can apply to an even bigger number of different types of opportunities. So, you know, so I think, you know, we really, you know, are so just lucky to have such an innovative, creative, thoughtful global community. You know, like, we just saw a round run in Latin America where like the majority of the grant proposals were in Spanish, you know, and like we frankly, don't even have the resources internally to like provide support and documents and web pages. They just did it themselves, you know, which is so cool to see. And I think we're going to just see more and more of that. Like there's a Chinese community round that's happening. I've heard there's an African continent round that people are talking about, you know, basically any issue or cause you can think of, you know, there's probably somebody out there thinking about how they could run a grants program to do something about it. You know, and if somebody out there is listening and has some nifty idea, even without a big matching pool, like, you know, just like even a small amount of money that you put into a matching pool, or even just creating the space for people to give to something that matters, like even without a matching pool, I think can just be a really powerful thing. You know, there's something about just kind of creating the container for the conversation to bring the people together. And, you know, the neat thing about these grants programs is like the grantees are the ones who do a lot of that organizing, who bring their community with them, you know, and often do actually do a better job of supporting and onboarding people and creating guides and documentation and all that kind of good stuff in a way that makes sense to their community. So, yeah, I think it's super exciting and I definitely think about it a lot. Yeah, no, totally. I can see the excitement just as you talk about it now. And I think that, you know, what you said around the grantees is spot on too. It's just really cool seeing like how they've all kind of stepped up and contributed to the Gitcoin community in different ways, whether it's creating these educational onboarding materials, setting up one -on -one calls with people to walk them through getting a wallet set up and a passport set up, you know, which is fantastic. It's been really, really powerful. And, you know, obviously we have another Gitcoin granting round coming up November 15th, I believe you said was when it was starting, which is really exciting Gitcoin grant round 19. 56 million plus in funds allocated, really incredible. It's really been a catalyst for thousands of early stage Web3 projects. For those listening that haven't yet participated in a Gitcoin grant round, but are interested in maybe becoming a grantee, they have a really cool public good project, but maybe they're a little nervous. What advice would you give them? Yeah, I love this question. So a lot really depends on sort of what your starting point is, you know, so maybe slightly different advice, depending on like, you know, if you've already got a DAO that you're a part of, you know, you've got friends in the Web3 space, you know, I could definitely give some very specific advice for those folks, you know, versus like somebody who's brand new to the space, doesn't have an existing community. I think there's a place for everybody in Gitcoin grants rounds. And a big part of what we try to do as Gitcoin is like level the playing field, make sure that everybody has an opportunity to get in front of an audience, you know, that grantees can be discovered based on the kind of the quality and interest of what they're building. But yeah, I'd say the universal stuff, you know, it's very much like any community organizing or marketing. Like, you know, think about the picture that you put up as your picture, think about how you summarize the information in your grant proposal, think about the title that you use, good to have the name of your organization, and something to do with your value proposition. So people, maybe they're just looking for you by your name, and they know who you are, and they can find you that way. Maybe they've never heard of your project, but they're interested in your value proposition. So trying to be succinct and having both those things, kind of without needing to click away and go read it, you know, also that like, there's a bit of information that shows up kind of above the fold, as they say, like, you know, kind of in that little preview window, if you have a good little TLDR, that's like, this is what we're trying to do, this is how we intend to do it, this is why we're doing it, whatever you think is important for people to understand, like, I'm trying to raise this money so I can do this, you know, the more that you can be super clear about, like, by next round, or by six months from now, I hope to have accomplished this, and you can follow along and and sort of follow that journey. I think that's really important. Also, if you've been a grantee for more than one round, I know we're talking about new grantees, but updating people is super important, too. They sort of haven't seen that you've done anything with the funding, people start wondering, you know, like, you know, what are you really doing with this money? Should I give again? But I would say for like, people who in particular, who might be nervous, who don't have a web3 community, I would say like, there's a lot of people who are super supportive and helpful in our community. Like, so starting by coming to like our Twitter spaces, the Gitcoin hosts, which you can follow along at the Gitcoin Twitter account, and we're always announcing when the next ones will be. Also, you can usually find there's like a grantee support page, where we have like an event listing, which you can find linked to right off of the main Gitcoin website, gitcoin .co. So I mean, just follow along there, you know, and that can give you a sense of like, just if you just show up, you know, I can tell you that we are super friendly and supportive, you know, and you can just like come and talk about what you're working on, or even just listen for a while and see how other people are doing it and get comfortable, I think people will get a sense that it's a very welcoming and friendly space. You know, but also, like, there's a million, maybe not million, there's definitely tons of these Twitter spaces being hosted by people. If you're not already active on Twitter, I hear you, there's a lot going on in the world. And Twitter is not always my favorite place either these days. But, you know, it happens to be where a lot of the crypto community is, you know, definitely wherever your community is, like, try to bring them on board. But it's a lot easier to get donations from people who are already familiar with crypto, who are already familiar with Gitcoin than it is to like, you know, take somebody from never even having a wallet to like setting up their first wallet funding it, you know, connecting to passport going through all those stages. Definitely great guides out there. You know, I think it's a great idea to like host onboarding sessions or like office hours to help people in your community might want to support you. But definitely the lowest hanging fruit is the existing Gitcoin community that's quite active round after round. And you can find those people on our Twitter spaces, you can find those people, you know, in various discords, but also on the Twitter spaces that other people are hosting. And, you know, and I'd say one other thing I would throw out there is Telegram. All these tools that, you know, if you're from outside the web through space might be a little bit daunting. But you know, if you just join the Gitcoin Telegram group, there's so many people providing peer support, helping each other answering questions. Like if you just jump into that thread, which again, you can find it directly through our homepage, you know, you can from there, like find people who might want to help you with what you're building, or might have a similar project and want to collaborate with you, you know, or, you know, want to attend your Twitter space if you host one and invite other people. So yeah, I would say just like, focus on the people more than the technology. And like, figure out where the low hanging fruit is of like, where those people are that, you know, might be interested in working with you and supporting you. And don't hesitate to reach out and like DM people and, you know, and ask questions. You know, like, I'm always happy to chat if I can find the time. You know, definitely lots of people who are doing their project for the first time reach out. And like, you know, even share what you're thinking about posting in your grant proposal with others like, you know, there's no wrong time to do that. Even if you're listening to this right in the middle of an active grants round, and you missed the opportunity to apply, it's not too late to get involved to start listening to those Twitter spaces to join the Telegram. You can even post your grant proposal and then just apply three months from now in the next round. You know, so can't hurt to like, just moving start things forward, start onboarding your community, start playing with the tools yourself. Really helps to actually go and donate yourself to if you haven't before, because having done it yourself, you can then help other people do it more easily. Yeah, definitely. That's great advice. And you know, I think me personally, I only participated in two rounds, but was really kind of involved more as a community member and like just kind of listening in and being a part of the community before then, right. And it was a great way for me to learn and to kind of get my feet wet a little bit and to see what's going on before diving in headfirst. So great advice. Thank you so much for sharing that. As we near the end of our conversation, there's one thing I want to ask you about. I know that web3 can obviously be very stressful, fast paced, especially, you know, during Gitcoin grant season two, it can be feel like a bit of a sprint, especially for I imagine, the team that's working on the back end. You're also big, I know that you're a big advocate for getting outside for nature for laughter is the best medicine. I know you like to post some videos of you juggling, you know, by the lake is kind of a way to disconnect. Tell me more about how you stay grounded in this busy world of web3. Because I know that there's something that a lot of people struggle with. It's hard, man, honestly. And I can tell you, like, having spent much of my life working on, like, what feels like really life and death issues a lot of the time, like, this is definitely something I've struggled with for a lot of my life. I've definitely gone through cycles of burnout and like, you know, all that, you know, I would say just like, trying to not take everything too seriously, trying to take a step back and see everything in perspective, you know, surrounding yourself with like, friends and family that like, know you and love you and support you. You know, like, getting outside every day really makes a big difference to me. You know, my dogs are a big part of my life. You know, and they're, they're really a gift, because like, they demand that I take them outside. So even if I'm not feeling like going for a walk, they always do. And, you know, I feel like, basically, like, I having like a stressometer, you know, like, if you can sort of like monitor how you're doing, and when you get past like a certain threshold, like, just knowing that it's always okay to just like step away for a bit, you know, even just like, you know, just putting everything on pause and taking three deep breaths can go a really long way. But you know, like, I definitely feel like you really genuinely recharge your batteries by like going to a park or, you know, like the whole touch grass drink water thing like you have to take care of yourself to be able to like, you know, take care of business. You know, so like drinking lots of water or like, I mean, it sounds like, you know, sort of trite or soundbites or whatever, but I think it's really true. You know, and the older I've gotten, like the more just I haven't been able to just continue to like push indefinitely, you know, like that it used to be that I would just burn the candle at both ends and like, you know, it's like, I don't really need to go to bed at a reasonable time. I'll just stay up all night every day working and, you know, operate on zero sleep and not eat enough food and, you know, go for drinks at lunch and you know, like it just like all of that catches up with you after a while for sure. Totally. So I mean, like, as much as everything feels really urgent, like I think if you think back on what felt urgent, like six months ago, three months ago, month ago, even a week ago, sometimes, like a lot of the times things seem a lot more urgent and a lot more stressful in the moment that they really are. You know, so like just trying to have that perspective. And like, yeah, just, you know, take the time that you need to like pace yourself. That's, that's, you know, it's a marathon, not a sprint, that whole thing definitely can feel like a sprint. But, you know, even during the grants round, it honestly, it is a marathon. Like, you know, it's a, it's a couple of weeks with like, at least a week or two on either end of like, preparing and unwinding. And, you know, especially for our team, like, you know, I worry, even when I see like myself or other team members, like pushing a little too hard. And definitely, we see that with grantees too. But yeah, I mean, maybe just get off Twitter. I mean that, you know, the algorithms have a way of like, sort of sucking us back in, keeping us engaged. So, you know, like, you know, spend some time, more time on Farcaster or Lenster. You know, like, there's a lot of good vibes out there too, if you're in the web3 space. And honestly, I think there's a lot of alpha to be had in those social media networks too, that like, because it's a much smaller community, you can really focus on like talking to people who are working on similar things without a lot of the drama and chaos. And, you know, so like, even just making some little adjustments to how you're sort of spending your social media time, I find that pretty helpful for me. I actually hang out on Mastodon a lot recently, because it's an old school decentralized platform with all kinds of interesting people, and definitely different perspectives that I'm not hearing all the time in crypto Twitter. So yeah, I don't know. Everybody's got different things that are going to work different for them. You know, if you were having this conversation with one of my coworkers, you'd say meditation, you know, spend an hour at least every day meditating. You know, another coworker of mine would say, go dancing every night. You know, like, so I mean, you know, just like, I guess, like, figure out what it is that like, brings you joy outside of the space and like, force yourself to do a little bit more of it. And I think the end result is like, you'll actually find that your project is more successful, you're showing up with just like better vibes in general, and, and that resonates out and draws more people in and, you know, so, you know, there's even self -interested reasons beyond just like your health that I think, you know, people will notice if you if you make that little extra bit of effort not to burn yourself out. And if you are burning out, like, take some time away, like it, you know, might feel impossible. Like I definitely can relate to that. It feels like every time I take a week off at Gitcoin, I come back, it's a different organization that I left. But, you know, if you're in the right place with the right people, you need to trust that, you know, things are going to be okay. And, you know, if you're not feeling that way, like, maybe that's an indication that you should be thinking about if you are in the right place. And, you know, maybe there's a lot of different orgs, a lot of different, you know, things that you can get involved in, like, don't feel so trapped in the moment, especially for a lot of the younger people in this space, like, you know, don't have a mortgage or kids that they have to take care of, like, you can take those risks, you can make big changes, you can step away if you need to and experiment, explore other things, like, you know, give yourself that permission when the consequences are not nearly as severe as, you know, it will be like when you're, you know, in your 40s or 50s or whatever. Totally. Yeah. Yeah. That is some great advice. Well, thank you for sharing that, all that. And I can definitely resonate with a lot of that, especially the dog part. I have a very hyperactive black lab who I need to get outside at least for three or four walks a day. So it's been, oh, and there's my cat poking its head in the door right now, just on cue as we talk about pets. That's hilarious. So yeah, great advice. Thank you so much for sharing and so important in this, you know, rapidly growing, fast moving space. So it's been a pleasure just learning from you and hearing everything you've had to say. I've learned so much just from this short conversation. Obviously, we weren't able to cover everything. So for those listening along that want to follow you get in touch, learn more about Gitcoins work, what's the best way for them to do that? I am at Ben West on Twitter, because I was lucky enough to have a friend who registered my account for me in 2008. And I'm the same pretty much everywhere. I think Benjamin West on Telegram. I actually, if you go to my Twitter, I have like one of those link tree type things that you can click on it, I'll show you like a bunch of different places to reach me. But Twitter, Twitter definitely works. And probably most people listening to this are active on Twitter. So yeah, come find me there. That's probably the easiest one. Drew, thank you so much for doing what you're doing. By the way, I think you have crypto altruism is great. And the people the interview are super fascinating. And, you know, so so I'm, it's an honor to be part of your podcast. And thanks for doing what you're doing. Yeah, well, thank you. That means a lot. It really does coming from coming from you to hear that I really appreciate that. So thank you. And thank you for sharing all that information. I'll make sure to include that in the show notes for those listening along. And to wrap things up on this amazing conversation, I'm definitely going to have to take some time to reflect, you know, after after this conversation, because so many really cool things we've talked about. I like to ask everyone the same ending question. If you could name one thing that excites you most about the social impact potential of web three, what would it be and why? Hmm. And that's a tough one, because there's so many things that excite me about it. Truth be told, if I could pick one thing that excites me the most, but the thing that excites me the most is the opportunity for communities to empower themselves and accomplish their goals. Like I, you know, when I see projects come into reality that, you know, may not have otherwise that, like, are possible, because of, you know, whether it's Gitcoin grants, or just web three tools in general, you know, that excites me, there's, there's a lot of specific use cases that really are close to my heart. But like, I think the thing that's underneath all of it, you know, is that sort of cultural shift that, you know, that we talked about earlier, like that, you know, idea that decentralization really matters that, you know, individuals should not just be treated like cogs in a machine. You know, and I think for so many of us, we live in these worlds where like, our work day to day is not fulfilling. And, you know, we feel like we're not treated with respect. And to me, that just really sucks that that's fundamentally where we're at in our world. Like, you know, we've kind of democratized so much of our world. Yet, like, our work is this one place that is fundamentally undemocratic, fundamentally exploitative, often, and extractive. And, you know, and like, I think there's a way to change that, that's outside of these kind of old, like, left right socialism, capitalism paradigms. And like, to me, that's really exciting, because I feel like we've been trapped in this kind of debate that doesn't really go anywhere for a really long time. And like, there's a lot more nuance to be had in terms of like, how markets can be used by communities in positive ways, and how people can empower themselves, you know, by using some nifty tools and kind of working together. And, you know, really, just by all of us believing in this thing that we're doing all kinds of amazing stuff as possible. So yeah, I think that's really at the core of what excites me the most. Yeah, that's such a good one. And I couldn't agree more. I think that, you know, Web3 is such an interesting kind of confluence of so many different people and ideas and, you know, philosophies that it's really cool to just kind of be able to build and without kind of having to go through those same debates over and over again. So that's a great point to end on. Couldn't agree more. Ben, it's been an absolute pleasure. Thank you so much. Really enjoyed this conversation. And thank you for all you're doing to uplift public goods, Gitcoin and yeah, and to inspire so many early stage projects and builders. So thank you work you're doing. It's been an inspiration to me personally, and I know for many others as well. So thanks for being here today. My pleasure. Honestly, it's an honor and a privilege. And hello to your cat there who's joining us for the tail end. Yes, he always likes to make an appearance. Thanks, Ben. A huge thank you to Ben for coming on the crypto altruism podcast. Whenever someone asks me why I love the Web3 community so much, I typically point to Gitcoin grant season. It's a true testament to the power of decentralization and leveraging the wisdom of the crowd to fund what matters. Gitcoin is an incredible catalyst for public goods in Web3. And if you are listening to this between November 15, and November 29, then GG19 is live and you have an opportunity to participate by sending a VONATION to your favorite projects. So make sure to check out the show notes so you can follow along and get involved. And that brings us to the end of today's episode. Thanks so much for joining on the crypto altruism podcast. I had a great time and I hope you did as well. For more great content exploring the intersections of Web3 and social impact, check us out at crypto altruism .org. Also, if you love what you heard, I truly appreciate it if you rate, review, and subscribe to the show. You can also support the show by buying us a coffee or making a small crypto contribution. Crypto altruism runs on the support of community members like yourself and everything helps. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you'll join us again for our next episode. Until then, let's keep showing the world the good of crypto. 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Fresh update on "19" discussed on Sound ON
"Now up four tenths of one percent NASDAQ up 19 at fourteen thousand three hundred even a gain of one tenth of one percent. The rally that's driving global bonds their best to month since 2008 gained further traction today. Treasuries climbed on bets that the Fed will be able to start cutting rates in the first half of 2024. Ten year yield right now four point two six a percent two with year that's yielding four point six four percent. Billionaire investor Bill Ackman cutting rates ahead of when markets predict. I think we're gonna cut rates and I think they're gonna cut rates sooner than people expect because you know what's happening is the real rate of interest ultimately which is what impacts the economy keeps increasing
A highlight from Wholehearted Worship
"Now, if you can turn your Bibles, your Raps, to 1 Corinthians 14. After today, we got one more before we talk a little bit about gratitude, and then we get into the incarnation in preparation for Christmas. And we're going to pick up in verse 13, therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing praise with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say to amen your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church, I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others than 10 ,000 words in a tongue. Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants and evil, but in your thinking, be mature. In the law, it is written, by people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners, I will speak to this people, and even then, they will not listen to me, says the Lord. Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers, but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers, but for believers. If therefore the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophecy and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. May God bless the reading of his word this morning. Let's pray. Father, as we sit under the counsel of your word, make us like trees that are planted by the river, bearing fruit and season. May your word not return void, but may you do great things through the renewing of our minds this morning. Well, there are a number of song lyrics that people mishear. Not, you know, it's not the weird Al making up new lyrics to a song, but because of all the stuff that's going on in the music and the blurring of consonants and of the sound of vowels, people hear the wrong thing. And so one of the more famous or some of the more famous ones are, there's a bathroom on the right. Yeah, Jimi Hendrix in some people's mind said, excuse me while I kiss this guy. That's not what he's saying. For some people, it's sweet dreams are made of cheese. Perhaps that's speaking about pizza dreams. I'm not really sure. But for others, they thought we built this city on sausage rolls. So I'm not sure how that happens. Dire straits apparently once saying money for nothing and chips for free. That's a good restaurant right there. I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone. Queen saying apparently in some people's minds, kicking your cat all over the place. Okay, sometimes I want to kick cats. I don't tell my children that. And the last one is I used to work with someone who's thought the song was tube steak boogie. Not sure what hot dogs or sausage have to do with the boogie, but nonetheless, that's what she thought. We can be confused about things. That's where really I'm going about this. There's a lot that can happen within the course of a worship service that can be confusing to people. They don't understand. They don't hear right. And we don't want to add to that confusion unnecessarily. And this morning, we're going to talk about wholehearted worship. And Paul continues with that theme that he has begun already about the need for intelligibility, the need for people to understand what you're saying, and I would say by extension, what in the world is going on? And so the first part of this that I want to talk about from verses 13 and 19 is that wholehearted worship engages mind and spirit. Wholehearted worship engages both the mind as well as the spirit. Paul has been talking about how love is intended to govern the spiritual gifts precisely so that we grow in faith, hope, and love. And as we grow in faith, hope, and love, we can offer to others in the course of our worship strength, encouragement, and comfort.
Fresh update on "19" discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"Anything before 389? No. Top of the page. Do we not feel at this point that those beings whose ambiguous ecstasies had left us perplexed are all gathered around Alyosha? Is it not here that the great mystic current that runs through Dostoevsky's work receives its meaning? And then about two thirds down, the changing of the water into wine stands for the process by which the human being becomes divine. The transition from natural life to life according to the spirit. The ecstasy that followed in the garden was actually that. We do not know in what it consisted and neither Dostoevsky nor Alyosha himself could have described its substance. So once again, it's the new life, the new man, the ecstasy, which we can't describe, but it's a transformation. Middle page 390. The mysticism of the brothers Karamazov is the mysticism of the resurrection. It is eschatological and that's so important. It's not situated in the temporal powers in the here and now, even though we partake of it now, it is something that is of another world. And so we can all jump onto each other here because that was my next quote. The father read the mysticism of the brothers Karamazov is the mysticism of the resurrection. Then you Vivian continued. It is eschatological. And I actually highlighted also the third set that is out of the fourth gospel, but also that of the apocalypse. Again, this was just absolutely profound. I think the important thing here, I think what father said about the quote the previous page is that that which is inexplicable is not necessarily, it's not therefore unreal. And that's the point of the palace of glass, right? We can't explain something that it is therefore ipso facto and not a reality. No, on the contrary, there are things that happen, the most important things that happen, resurrection, not just in that mystery, resurrection in the soul, conversion. These are not things that can be explained in purely material terms. And to say that this therefore is not true is clearly nonsense. Yeah. It's the vanishing point off the page again, right? And this is what Christian hope, this is what Christian hope is about. Yeah. And the Lubbock has a characteristic of his writing that he often ends these chapters with something which really sums it up in a poetic way. He does it here, 391. First he quotes on the brothers Karmazov, Karmazov extend Kolya, is it true as religion says that we rise from the dead that we shall see each other again, all of us, you'll be sure we should rise again. We should see one another again, but we should joyfully recount all that has happened to us, replied Adasha, half laughing, half eager. Oh, how lovely that will be, said Kolya. And then to Lubbock, with his ingenious dialogue, this childish conversation, which is appended to Alyosha's ecstasy, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky ends the brothers Karmazov, his last work completed in the year of his death. I mean, that really puts a- It's poetic because what he's really saying there is these are Dostoevsky's last words. This is Dostoevsky's final judgment upon life and his own work. Then that concludes the chapter. It's just a two page conclusion. I want to have someone read the first paragraph and the last, the last couple of sentences. Well, how about if I read the first paragraph and Vivian reads the last couple of sentences, then how about that? I like the first couple of sentences, three sentences of the conclusion, but I'll read the whole of that paragraph, which is, yeah, beautiful. Thus, all this body of work, this dreadful work, ends in a hymn of hope. The whole of it is a hymn of hope. That is its underlying meaning. Dostoevsky is the prophet of the other life. The truth he announces is not a discarnate truth, to use a word so often misused today. On the contrary, his realism is of the most vigorous type, but it bears no resemblance to a positivist truth. It is a truth that shocks. Yet, if it sets itself against any attempt on the part of man to establish eternal life in this world, its purpose is not to leave him weighed down by a miserable lot. It is to reclaim him from a path that leads nowhere. He is the prophet of unity, which presupposes a breach to be healed. The prophet of the resurrection, which presupposes the experience of death. That's so beautiful. Yeah. It is absolutely beautiful. He's such a beautiful writer, as well as a beautiful thinker. And what do you want me to read, Father? Nobody. At the bottom of 394, nobody had less indulgence for that impatience of limitations. To quote Stanislas Fumet, the only effect of which is to enslave us more harshly. But no one, perhaps, has given us so much hope that one day we may be free from them. So he's impatient with limitations. We don't like only limitations. We want to grow more. We want to be more. We want to have more wealth, more friends, and so on. We don't like to be limited, but that enslaves us. The only effect we wish is to enslave us because we can't get rid of our limitations in this life. But no one, perhaps, has given us so much hope that one day we will be free from them, but eschatologically. That's right. Good. I don't know what time we are, but I think it's time to quit. Well, we have a bit more time. And that's a climax. And I saw this is a postscript. It will be an anti-climax. But I wanted to ask a question. So after that brilliant first paragraph there, I just put three question marks in the margin. I just really want to pose the question to both of you because I don't know. Death, it has been said, is the only metaphysical experience. What on earth does Dlubac mean there? Well, it's only through death that we truly and completely pass out of this world. And so if you think about the mystical experiences of Dostoevsky's characters, including the epileptic fit, it's almost like a dress rehearsal for death. What the epileptic in that fit is experiencing is like an out-of-body, like you're dying. So I think Dostoevsky saw that, in fact, when you think about our own faith experience, our own faith journey, it's near-death experiences or coming up against the limits. If I go another step, I'm going to fall off this cliff or I'm rolling my car off of a road or I'm in a hospital dying or whatever it might be or childbirth, Saint Paul. Why does he say what he says about childbirth? It's a total surrender experience. Yeah, no, I actually agree with everything you just said, Vivian. But while you were speaking, I actually thought also, something which says that, is that death, of course, is the act of love, right? It's dying to ourselves. And there can be no metaphysical experience without that experience, right? So in that sense, we have to die to ourselves to have any metaphysical engagement at all. And I only thought about that while you were speaking. I just asked it because I didn't know the answer. The really key word in it all is surrender. When we die, that will be the ultimate act of surrender. And all through our life as Christians, we're invited to surrender over and over and over again, either through near-death experiences or missing the bullet by this, whatever. But when we die, that's going to be the ultimate. Now, drawing from that, Vivian, I think it's actually pretty simple. You can think physical and metaphysical. Physical means the physical world, right? That's all we experience. But death is the only metaphysical. That's the only point in which you actually really leave the physical. That's right. We can have intuitions of it. We have ecstasy and near-death. But that's a glimpse. That's right. Death is the passage from the physical to the after-post, higher than physical. That's right. And so our experience of limitations now, looked at in the light of Christian revelation, our experience of limitations is actually a gift. Because it's only when we're up against the limitation, whatever it might be, psychological or physical or whatever it might be, that we really are in that surrendering position vis-a-vis God. And this is why St. Paul can say, in weakness, God's strength is made manifest in me. Amen. The paradox, the great paradox. So we'll begin the next session with part four, mystical confrontations. Read the first chapter or so and have this question in mind. What is a section on mystical confrontations? What does it have to do with this book on Dostoevsky and the Gangesians? All right. Thanks, everybody. God bless you all.
A highlight from George C. Wolfe - 'Rustin'
"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
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"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to The Doug Collins Show, sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit LegacyPMInvestments .com. That's Legacy PMInvestments .com. Do you want to listen to a podcast? By who? Georgia GOP Congressman Doug Collins. How is it? The thing greatest I have ever heard in my whole life. I could not believe my ears. In this house, wherever the rules are disregarded, chaos and mob rule. It has been said today, where's bravery? I'll tell you where bravery is found and courage is found. It's found in this minority who has lived through the last year of nothing but rules being broken, people being put down, questions not being answered, and this majority saying, be damned with anything else. We're going to impeach and do whatever we want to do. Why? Because we won an election. I guarantee you one day you'll be back in the minority and it ain't going to be that fun. Everybody, welcome back to The Doug Collins Podcast. Glad to have you with us. A lot going on. This gets you started here on this Monday. Right after the break, we're going to dig in a little bit to the proposal out there. I'm going to talk a little bit about the financials in the house, the appropriations bills, the continuing resolutions, where they're at, where they're not at, the funding for different aspects. I want you to have a good aspect going into this week. The media is trying to paint this as the speaker's first big test, and in many ways it probably is, but it's also a continuation of issues that we've been seeing in the house for a while. Right after the break, let's jump into this and get you caught up on a Monday here on The Doug Collins Podcast. Hey, everybody. You know about Legacy Precious Metals. Legacy Precious Metals, you hear from them. We talk once a month. We talk about Legacy Precious Metals, talking about being part of your portfolio, how they're your navigator. Well, now they're not only navigating in a new way, they're actually giving you a new way to buy gold and silver. In fact, Legacy Precious Metals has developed a revolutionary new online platform that allows you to invest in real gold and silver online. In a few easy steps, you can open an account online, select your metals of choice, and choose to have them stored in a vault or shipped to your door. I'm more of a ship to my door kind of person. I enjoy having them with me, but they can do it either way, and you can now do it online. It gives you real access to a dashboard where you can track your portfolio growth in real time, anytime. You'll see transparent pricing on each coin and bar. This puts you in complete control of your money. This platform is free to sign up for. Just visit legacypminvestments .com and open your account and see this new investing platform for yourself. Gold hedges against inflation and is against a volatile stock market. A true diversified portfolio isn't just more stocks and bonds, but a different asset class. This platform allows you to make investments in gold and silver no matter how small or large with just a few clicks. Remember, do as I have done. Go to legacypminvestments .com and get started today, and now you've got a new tool to help you along in your investments. Hey everybody, it's MyPillow's 20th year anniversary, and over 80 million MyPillows have been sold. Mike Lindell and MyPillow wants to give you the lowest price in history on their MyPillows. You will receive a queen size MyPillow for $19 .98. Regular price is $69 .98 and just $10 more for a king size. You will receive deep discounts on all MyPillow products such as bed sheets, mattress toppers, pet beds, mattresses, my slippers, and so much more. This is a time to try out something other than the amazing products that you've had your eye on. Go to MyPillow .com, click on the radio podcast square and use the promo Collins to receive this amazing offer on the queen size MyPillow for $19 .98 or call 800 -986 -3994. This offer comes with a 10 -year warranty and 60 -day money back guarantee. It's time to start getting the quality sleep you deserve. You know how I know that? Because I sleep on MyPillow every night. Go to MyPillow .com and use promo code Collins or call 800 -986 -3994 today.
A highlight from Ethereum Bull-Run Begins | Gaming Tokens Explode
"All right is the ETH bull run beginning? A lot of things are starting to shape up in the markets. Today we're gonna break down a lot of different scenarios that are kind of aligning at the same time and it might be in a position for an Ethereum ETF and many more things to come. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back into Tech Path. All right let's get started. Before we go I do want to thank Tanjum. If you guys are looking at self -custody this is the self -custody wallet you want to get. And there's a couple of things you can do. First of all it's a card. It works in conjunction with a really slick app and it's one of the best self -custody solutions out there and right now if you're not in self -custody from your exchanges you should be starting. I know this is going to be getting heated up here so there's gonna be a lot of activity right now so just remember be cautious always within the exchanges. Get your into crypto self -custody. You can do a couple of things here with the Tanjum wallet. You can get a three card set which is the way I recommend for your secure wallet. This will give you three additional cards or two additional cards. One you can carry with you, stash the other two and that in itself gives you a great set of backups and it's not that much more expensive. These are very inexpensive really if you think about that compared to some of the hardware devices. So check it out. Use our code down below it's gonna give you an additional 10 % off. Alright let's go to a first tweet here. This is James Saffert. Update BlackRock Ethereum ETF confirmed. They just submitted a 19 B filing so it is for sure going to happen. BlackRock is in the ETF game for Ethereum. How does this play out? Now there's a couple of things that could be very intriguing with an ETF for Ethereum. First of all this is something we've talked about here on the show is of course the yield opportunity with Ethereum that resides inside an ETF. What that might look like for asset managers. There's also aspects around this that could be much more much more intricate especially because Ethereum has so much opportunity here as both a payment platform but used in games. All sorts of things that really kind of explode the ecosystem of Ethereum. Here's 21 shares and remember this is the marketing bonanza that is beginning to I think take place over this next 18 to 24 months. We are gonna see an absolute blitzkrieg of marketing coming at a lot of new investors and people out there that are really starting to maybe experiment with both Bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoins coming very soon. 21 shares of course right there's another fund that they're marketing and of course don't forget right here is VanEck and VanEck is kind of going a little bit we've had the VanEck team on before they're going a little bit heavier in the ETH route so this was one of the ads that VanEck is running and again this gets back into just awareness and it's the thing that we've talked about on the show a lot and that is there is going to be a marketing bonanza here for a lot of these funds to try to get these ETH and Bitcoin ETFs on the move. Now you could look at this in a couple of ways there's a couple of things that are happening on Ethereum right now but if you think about the potential here this is Udi Wertheimer and pretty much kind of the Udi is if you don't know who he is follow him on Twitter but pretty much the I'll call him the father of ordinals but the idea he had right here was interesting and that is imagine this the smell if if an SEC clerk accidentally approves the ETF before a Bitcoin ETF. Now you know that Gensler is if he does and when I think will approve a Bitcoin ETF could it also be now that BlackRock has the filing in place could it also be a scenario where we get an ETH ETF maybe at the same time remember this week when we had Jeff Sanford on from Bloomberg he was saying May of next year as an ETH ETF to be able to ride on right on the heels pretty much of January to get bitcoins ETF in play that would be something right there.
A highlight from Meet Chicago Northwest with Mario Farfan
"Army veteran Mario Farfan is the account executive of meek Chicago Northwest an organization that is bringing Conferences and meetings to the northwest Chicago suburbs coming up next on veteran on the move Welcome to veteran on the move if you're a veteran in transition an entrepreneur wannabe or someone still stuck in that Jop trying to escape this podcast is dedicated to your success And now your host Joe crane Service isn't just what Navy Federal Credit Union does It's who they are That's why Navy Federal created tools to help you earn and save more learn more at Navy federal org slash join Hey today, we're talking with army veteran Mario Farfan from meek Chicago Northwest Mario welcome to the show We're looking forward to hearing which good things you're doing up there in Chicagoland So before we talk about all that takes back to us what you did in the army Yeah, absolutely. Thank you, Joe. Thank you for inviting me here today Excited to be on your podcast to share my story a little bit So, uh, well, I joined our military right at the high school literally after the graduation party the next day I was in the car with the with the recruiter Headed to all the preparation and in the other paperwork administrative stuff. So that was 19 night August 1994 I ride the South Carolina for Jackson for basic training Awesome, and you're looking through your bio your parents were Guatemalan immigrants, right? Yes. Yes, they were going from Guatemala to Chicago I came here after a long wait a wait time back in the 70s and They started their their journey in Chicago in Chicago the west side of Chicago actually humble park And that's where I was born But then they ended up moving closer to the north side And I speak in street corners because I'm from that era in Chicago is something about Chicago I know you I know you from Kansas City you mentioned as we talked earlier So we grew up on Winnipeg and Broadway, which is essentially the north side. They call it Edgewater now Back in the in the early 80s a very different area there that it is now a lot of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees And immigrants that came after the Vietnam War. I did not know this Obviously as I got older I went back and there's a digging around how I grew up Why was there so many, you know different ethnicities? So I yes, I grew up in Chicago border ways in Chicago, correct? Yes, and so Tell us a little bit about some of the things you did while you're in the army Yeah, so I was I chose my MLS was 94 Bravo back then I think it's changed 92 golf now, which is a cook essentially my thinking a 17 year old person getting Advice from many different people that weren't an army They were like Mario choose a job that it's gonna you know, not be too strenuous or dangerous So you're not gonna so I wasn't gonna be an infantry or Airborne Ranger. I knew that right away So I decided that you know, and I was interested in cooking my mother She you know love to cook so I said to myself it would be something interesting to venture in So I was a I was a cook in the military Definitely had a lot of friends because we were out in the field You know, we had the nice kitchen trailer set up with hot coffee and grill and all my military friends had to eat those MRE So they were like, hey Mario, you know, hook me up with something hot stuff like that So I definitely gained a lot of friends which was pretty cool because I started doing networking back then. I just didn't know it Yeah, great experience. So talk about your transition out of the army. Was it something you're expecting to come on quick? Were you prepared unprepared? I would say I was policy. I'm prepared to be honest So I got out on night 99. I was in Germany my last stop At the time so it was more of a pressure to stay in. That's what I remember the most It was a lot of fear a lot of you know, high pressure to stay in like what are you gonna do? So then life is not great You know stay here, you know, you can retire which I know many people do I know many people Friends that I have still they retired in Germany. They ended up just living to staying there, but my family at the time Was going through a struggle financially and I felt like I need to come home and just be back with them and support them as much as I could so I They gave me my paperwork and I was on my own. Basically. I got back to Chicago, which is very difficult right because Chicago Back, this is like 1999 2000. So just trying to you know, figure all of it out It's a lot right because it's benefits. There's paperwork. There's things that we just don't know about and I'll be honest the last Ten twenty years. I'm learning more and more, right? I Know too recently. There's just many benefits of veterans have that. We just don't know about especially when it comes to entrepreneur small business Something that I want to mention in in 2015 I started a Hispanic chamber out here in the suburbs and part of that was just thinking about how to look out for you know Hispanic business owners So now I'm thinking about better veteran business owners because I do run into them Hispanic or non -hispanic and they talk to me and say you know what? We we need better resources for our for our veteran business owners that are either starting a business On the middle of their business or just trying to figure out how to take their business to the next level So I'm always thinking about that. I'm always thinking about that. I am I am on me Chicago Northwest. That's my full -time job So so that that I'm able to incorporate it because I am I still continue to meet People from from that walk of life and as a veteran myself, I didn't have my own business, right? But If I had that information, who knows right 20 years ago Whatever 24 years ago who knows what would have happened to me when I came back, but I did what most veterans do I enrolled in college right away. It just tried to get out there in civilian life I began a 20 20 year career in banking. That's what I ended up doing so But so yes, I was a banker Assistant manager branch manager for 15 years and a regional manager up to a business banker So I did all facets of banking retail banking when it comes to helping small businesses and that's where I end in my career and and And then I decided to take a another a different Turn in my career into the what I'm doing now with me Chicago Northwest is you know working with us so still working with businesses right because associations nonprofits Diversity clubs sports clubs. Those are all businesses, right? So now all we do now in Chicago, Northwest we talk to them We we bring we try to invite them nationally, right or even internationally to the Northwest suburbs They come out and see what we have to offer so they can have the conferences the conventions or their meetings here. So That was a long answer. I know Back to what you said if I just one of five my transition If I had to rate it, I'll probably give it a one or two. It was it was it wasn't it was not great Yeah, it was not great. So sounds like you ultimately landed Well now I don't I'm not real familiar with the Chicago suburbs But is the Northwest Chicago suburbs primarily Hispanic or have a heavily Hispanic influence or I know she says something about you were targeting more Hispanic Since you're probably fluent in Spanish targeting the Spanish business network Yeah, great question so Chicago in itself state of Illinois itself has a large Hispanic population in itself city Chicago obviously is the largest city which is a heavy heavy Hispanic presence in the suburbs is starting to change, right? You have also an Asian presence Middle Eastern Indian presence, so it's starting to change very very a lot of Backgrounds and cultures Polish as well are out here in the suburbs It's all a mix but I would say definitely in the last 10 20 years the suburbs people have migrated Either to work out here in the suburbs to live out here go to school out here Public schools is a challenge, right? I I went to public schools. So hey, I made it I mean, I made it but it's not it's not easy Joe. I'll tell you that especially when I grew up in the 80s was definitely not easy, but So the answer to that would be yeah Yes, the the suburbs are being more diverse across not just Hispanic so the reason I started the Hispanic Chamber Joe because there's this Hispanic chamber in the city downtown on most people that live in the suburbs don't want to travel You know, it could be an hour for traffic an hour into the city just to go get resources and help So I figured why not have something here for them where they can go and get resources Find out about grants or how to start a business or get the paperwork in order So that's kind of how why I started to need I need that I saw in the suburbs in the middle Which wasn't there awesome? 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A highlight from I Will Seek the Salvation of the Unconverted
"Good morning. I counted a privilege to be here today in front of you and pray this would be an encouragement and very practical for us all. If you wanna turn, open in your Bibles to Ephesians 6, familiar passage, Ephesians 6. For most of us, our greatest focus in all the world is ourselves. If we're honest, particularly in the Western world, we spend most of our time and most of our money on earth striving to be healthy and wealthy and increasing our collection of things that help us to become more comfortable here on earth. Our sin nature drives us not to serve others but to serve ourselves first. If I was to ask you this, what does your calendar show and what does your bank statement show is most important to you? God has put us on this earth for a specific purpose. It's to live for Him and to point others to Him. As Pastor Nate said, we're gonna be preaching through our church covenant if you've got one of these. We're on number four and five here. We encourage you to grab one off the table if you get a chance even after the service. Our covenant sets before us the biblical commitments I will bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord such as may be under my care and I will seek the salvation of the unconverted. God wants us to bring up our children in the gospel and also share the gospel with the lost. So in Ephesians six where you are, starting in verse one, familiar passage. Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. So we'll continue with the same template that Pastor Nate's been using. First, we wanna make sure that we realize that our church covenant, and if you're not familiar with this is, this is a covenant that members of Omaha Baptist covenant together to uphold as long as you're a member here but it's not just a man -made document that we picked out of the sky. We wanna show that it's biblical and it's root. So the biblical commitment that God wants to keep the gospel first at your home. In the passage here in Ephesians six, we see that raising children is broken down to a couple categories, discipline and instruction. If I was to ask you which one of you desires to be disciplined, who here has ever said, yay, I get to be disciplined today? I'm going to assume no one. My younger brother was the only one who was never disciplined in our home. Because he's sinless is what he would say, that's not the case. The desire not to be disciplined is nothing new though. We see this all the way back to the garden. It's rooted in our very sin nature. If this wasn't the case when Adam and Eve fell in sin and Adam was confronted, he wouldn't have immediately turned to blame his wife Eve and he certainly wouldn't have deflected to blame God for making Eve. So knowing that discipline is not generally enjoyable and it's not something we desire to have, is it negative and should be avoided at all costs? In Hebrews, in Hebrews 12, verse 11, we read a verse that would clear that up for us. For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant. So we see the negative. But, as we continue, but later it yields a peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. So what does proper discipline yield? It yields a peaceful fruit of righteousness. Take notice as well the link between discipline and training. Right living is something that's trained into a person through the process of discipline. It's not something that they just organically have when they come into this world. They have quite the opposite. So here we can see how by continually pointing our children to Christ, and when we bring them under the authority of God's word, we're training them in a life through the lens of the gospel. If you look at Ephesians 6 again, we see that it addresses both parties at the home, both the children and the parents. For the sake of time, we won't tackle the children's side of things, but it does start with children. And children, I would just say this, that by honoring your parents, whether you see them as honor worthy or not, you are honoring the Lord who put them in that position of authority. Though it speaks to both children and parents, fathers specifically are pointed out in verse four. It says, fathers do not provoke your children to anger. Fathers are held responsible for leading the charge in the home, just as Adam was specifically addressed in Genesis 3. Though Eve was the first one to sin, God said, Adam, where are you? Fathers are called to discipline their children, but not in a way that causes anger and resentment. The purpose of discipline, and when God disciplines us, it needs to be restorative in nature and never done in anger. It's been said, and this stuck with me when I heard this, I thought, is this not true? It's been said that in a home, if you have all rules with no relationship, you end up with rebellion. But if you have a home that has all relationship with no rules, you end up creating resentment. A father's discipline needs to be carried out in the context of a loving relationship where you have a relationship, but also the clear expectation of what God's word calls us to do. If you find yourself disciplining your child as a hypocrite, doing something that, asking them to do something that you wouldn't do or not modeling it before them, you will provoke your children to anger. But it's not just discipline, and there's also, it speaks to us in Ephesians about the instruction also in home, so gospel instruction we wanna bring in home. I realize that many of you here don't have children, or maybe your children are now out of the home. It's important to think of this call in our covenant not limited only to the child -parent relationship. The exhortation is much broader than that. I think the word it uses here is such may be under my care. It could refer to our relationship for Christ with virtually any relationship that we have. Other people looking to us, whether to raise them physically or even in the spiritual sense. If you wanna turn with me to 2 Timothy 1 .5, I think we see a really interesting illustration of this, how it's played out in scripture. So 2 Timothy 1 .5, this is Paul speaking to Timothy, I'm reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I'm sure dwells in you as well. Timothy's father's not even in the picture, we're not sure, we're not told why, we don't know what happened to him, but his mother, pardon me, his grandmother, Lois, stepped into the gap and is played a part in Timothy being brought up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord. The apostle Paul also played a huge part in training Timothy without a father in the picture. Both the books, 1 and 2 Timothy, are letters from Paul to this young pastor, training him in the way he should go, just as a parent would train a child. Paul shows his heart towards Timothy by referring to him as his true child in the faith. So whether you've got biological children or not, we're all called to provide gospel instruction to those that may be under our care. There is, however, special onus on parents bringing the gospel into their own home. You'll notice when we read Ephesians 6 that it's not, it's parent -child language used, it's not Sunday school teacher child used, or pastor child, or government child. It's parent -child. God's design is for a father and a mother to raise their own children and pointing them to the Lord as their primary responsibility, not a responsibility they pass off to somebody else. So if I was to ask these questions, are you modeling the gospel at home before your children? Actions speak louder than words. If I was to ask your children what they see in your home, what would they tell me? Do your children know the gospel? Ask them to explain the gospel to you and then check. Is it on point or is there things they're confused about? This is a great question to expose whether we understand what that gospel actually is. It's quite possible that you can be here thinking you know it and don't, or believing some kind of version of a false gospel. That's skewed. When somebody's sinned against in the home, does the gospel that saved you shape how you respond to that? Do our kids, when they sin against each other, does the gospel speak into that relationship? Does it speak into how we correct that behavior? Does the gospel come up regularly in your conversation at home? If the gospel is the lens that we wanna give our children to see the world, then it should be commonplace in our conversations. Let's meditate on those questions as we move on. God doesn't just want us to keep the gospel first at home. He wants us to keep the gospel first in all of our relationships. You can flip over to Matthew 28, very familiar passage, the Great Commission, Matthew 28, verse 16 is where we'll start. Now the 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when he saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus said to them, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I'm with you always to the end of the age. So here God clearly calls us to go make disciples. If you're a follower of Christ here today, I'm assuming that you agree that making disciples is a clear teaching of scripture and you agree that we should be doing it. The million dollar question is, are we doing it? We'll get to some of the reasons why we don't do it and the reasons that threaten us in a minute, but let's look at first what a disciple is. The Greek term for disciple in the New Testament is mathiteus, I'm no Greek scholar, but we're going with that, which basically means student or learner, but a disciple is also a follower, someone who adheres completely to the teaching of another, making them his rule of life and conduct. So if you're a disciple of Christ or if you're to make disciples of Christ, a Christ follower is someone who adheres completely to the teachings of Christ, making Christ his rule of life and conduct. So how do we make disciples? Well, in verse 19, we read that we're commanded to go. We're not told that potential disciples will come and find us and seek us out. No, the disciples were charged with the command to go. Don't just sit around and wait for this to happen. And if you're familiar with the start of the church in the book of Acts, this wasn't something that they were super keen on doing until they were more or less forced to do that through persecution. I was thinking of an illustration of this, and I was meeting with a young man once who was of the age that he'd finished school and was in the workforce now, and he explained to me that he was desiring to find a godly woman, which was a noble desire, so I said, well, how's that going? And it wasn't going well, so I said, well, what are you doing to make this happen? Nothing, just crickets. So I said, well, you realize the chances of a godly woman coming to your house, breaking in, coming into the basement, interrupting your video games, tapping you on the shoulder and introducing yourself, it's not real high. So maybe it would be smart if you went, go, and did something, took some initiative to find a godly woman, and it's the same with evangelism. There is times where the Lord and his providence will literally draw people in our lap, but generally speaking, it has to be something that we're willing to do, to go, a desire that's gotta come from within. Second, we don't need to go, we need to make sure that we're pointing people to Christ and not to ourselves. It seems obvious that this is the case, but it's something that we often miss the mark on. We might feel the pressure of closing the deal, so to speak, as if you're a salesman on a sales call and you gotta close the deal and make that sale. But if we're to make disciples of Christ, we just need to show them Christ. So how do we do that? If you wanna turn, Romans 10, we'll be going through this a little bit here, 10, 17, where's where we'll start, and then we'll step back a bit. Romans 10, 17 says, so faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. So if somebody's to come to saving faith, they need to first hear the word. Not my words, not the words of Greg and whatever clever thing I can say, but God's word. So that's 10, 17, but if we were to back up a few verses, let's look at the context of what Paul's saying here. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, you notice the Great Commission language here, that going to all nations, both Jew and Greek, everybody. There's no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How will they call on him and who they have not believed, and how are they to believe in him and who they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news? But they have not all obeyed the gospel, for Isaiah said, Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us? So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. So we need to point them to the only thing that can pierce their heart, the heart of any sinner, it's God's word, and the only thing that pierces that is the sword of the spirit, and this verse has already come up in previous messages, but Hebrews 4 .12, for the word of God is living and active, sharper than any tumbled sword, piercing through the division of soul and spirit and joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Give the people the word of God and let God's word do the work. But God doesn't just say, go make disciples, he says to teach the disciples. So if the Lord in his mercy does open the eyes of somebody that we're evangelizing, even if that's our own children or somebody outside of the home, in so many ways the work is just getting started. This idea of teaching is an ongoing interaction, right? In verse 20 it reads, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. This is only possible through ongoing fellowship, doing life together. Remember I said, if it's not like the salesman who's closing the deal and then onto the next deal, if that's not what it is, think of it more like a journeyman -apprenticeship relationship, a relationship where you're bringing somebody along, somebody new in the faith, to come and do life together. You're modeling before them what it is to live for Christ and the way that they should go. If you're doing this properly, you should be able to do as Paul did, or that's what Paul was doing with Timothy, and should be able to say, be imitators of me as I imitate Christ. So it's a biblical commitment, but if we move on, it's also a very threatened commitment. So we see this commitment threatened in our own home as far as raising our children in the Lord. We can all be very guilty of just assuming that our children will just organically come to Christ sort of by living with us, maybe coming to church, maybe you generally just hang around most of the time with Christian people, and you might figure that that's good enough. If you want to turn with me to the Old Testament, passage you're probably less familiar with, judges, judges two, we'll see a sobering account here of why this isn't the case. So the Jewish people have, God's people have just come into the land, and the land that he miraculously gave them, the promised land, and a generation, the first generation is coming to an end. We pick up in verse seven. And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had sent all the great work the Lord had done for Israel. And Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at age 110. Now if we jump down to verse 10, we read these sobering words. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. So we see in one generation, the people of God, God's chosen people, went from following the Lord, and seeing him work in unbelievably miraculous ways, and bringing them into the promised land, to not even knowing the Lord, or even recognizing the work that he had done. I know when I read that, I was thinking, how is that even possible? There's probably lots of reasons why this is possible, and this speaks to our own home. There's probably lots of reasons why our kids can be in the same place that God's people were there. Let's just look at a couple of them. First off, I thought, in my own life, what are the things, it's just, first thing I thought of, it's just easier not to. Parenting is hard work. Life is busy, and parenting is hard. Being intentional in your parenting, and takes discipline of yourself. None of us like to discipline ourselves. It's sometimes easier to discipline somebody else. If you're like me, and you've worked all day, and you come home, the last thing you probably feel like doing is having intentional gospel conversations with your wife and kids. That's probably at war with your own sloth. It's just easier maybe to turn your brain off, and turn the TV on. I think we can feel like, maybe like the Israelites did when they got into the land finally, that the worst is behind us. God's been good, let's get comfortable, and mail it in. But when we do that, we fail to notice that if we're not intentionally teaching our kids, don't be deceived, somebody else is. Somebody else is gonna fill that gap. Joshua obviously felt, that generation obviously assumed that their children would just learn through osmosis, being around them, that they would learn what it was to follow God. And they did learn through osmosis, the scripture tells us that, but they didn't learn from mom and dad, they learned from the pagans around them. They learned to worship Baal instead of the living God. I think another threat we have to this, and again I'm speaking to myself in this, is we're just too distracted. We live in a world that's never had more distractions. This smartphone alone has the ability to take our complete attention at any time. Funny cat videos, need I say anymore? My wife and I often talk about just how different it is as we're looking to raise kids now when we grew up. And I know there's people here with grayer hair than me. But we had no TV or TV with three channels that were all fuzzy. No stores were open on Sunday. The stores that were open closed at five o 'clock. And I could go on and now my smartphone alone allows me to watch more videos than I could watch in an entire lifetime even if I wanted to. I can buy whatever I want from all over the globe and have it delivered to my door in a day or less. The battle for our focus on being intentional in anything in the Lord, especially parenting, is real and it's not going away. And the next generation is gonna face it in a way even more difficult than ours. So I think it's also important though too that some of the distractions that we have as far as being intentional in parenting, and keep in mind when I'm talking parenting, again, this could be discipling somebody that's not your own child. That some of the stuff that's at war with us can be good things. We can be distracted doing all kinds of good things for or people even pouring into other people at the very neglect of our own children and our wives. I think the log spec principle in Matthew 7 where we're to make sure to get the giant two by four out of our eyes before we remove the speck out of our brother's eyes to make sure that we're pouring into our family at home. If you're a father in particular, that's your primary goal to be pouring in at home and not busy fixing everybody else's problem and neglecting your own children. I think you see this, unfortunately, in a lot of pastors' kids who resent the church, I think because dad was never around, busy helping everybody. So it's something that's real, not just for pastors. Another thing that causes real war in this area is parents not being on the same page. And this is a particularly hard one and I'm gonna be sensitive here because I know there's lots of people here that have unsafe spouses. But you can have, we can even be both safe parents at home and we can be just biblically unaware or maybe unconvinced that the scripture has much direction in this area. If this is you and you're not certain what the scripture says about parenting, there's more than just Ephesians that are brought up here. We're actually currently in table time, so after the service, we're doing a parenting class and this is our third time through it. It's not our own class that I dreamt up, don't worry. It's a paltra parenting class, but it's speaking specifically about the heart of the situation. So the heart of the child, which is desperately lost, can only be saved through the gospel. And it's a 10 -week video series and it's been fantastic in growing my own understanding of what it is to be a parent. And my wife and I talk about how it would have been great to have watched this 17 years ago. But I would encourage you to do that. If you're a saved couple here, put the time in and grow in your understanding of this. The Bible's not silent in the errand of parenting, so treat it as such and pour some time into it. But it's possible too that there's friction at home because your spouse isn't a believer and I know that's a lot of people here. And maybe you deeply wanna raise your kids in the gospel, but your spouse is pushing against that. And there's obviously no quick fix, easy answer here. Your first priority is to pray for the salvation of your lost spouse. That's the heart of the issue right there now. And I know there's many of you that have been doing that for years. So continue to do that, but I think what can be more difficult even than praying for a lost person for years is particularly in a home is living in a way that points them to Christ on a daily basis. So to model that devotion to Christ in a kind way before them, 1 Peter 3, this is speaking of wives, but 1 Peter 3, 1, calls on believing wives to live in a godly fashion so that their lost husbands might be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.
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A highlight from Big Blue in Big Trouble
"In this house wherever the rules are disregarded chaos and mob rule. It has been said today where is bravery? I'll tell you where bravery is found and courage is found. It's found in this minority who has lived through the last year of nothing but rules being broken, people being put down, questions not being answered and this majority say be damned with anything else. We're going to impeach and do whatever we want to do. Why? Because we won an election. I guarantee you one day you'll be back in the minority and it ain't going to be that fun. All right, folks, welcome to another edition of Friday's Finest. My name is Chip Lake and I'm going to be guest hosting the show today as Doug is out traveling. He's on assignment. He's busy. He's here. He's there. He's going from state to state. So today you're stuck with James and I for Friday's Finest and we got a good show for you. We're going to touch a little bit on the debate last night in South Florida. What I call the VP debate, the runner -up debate, right? I don't know that any of these people really have an opportunity to be the nominee of the Republican party, but they're auditioning for something and we're going to talk a little bit about that to start the show. Maybe talk a little country music awards last night in Nashville and then we're stallions, probably some Josh Dobbs, some Arthur Smith. He shaved his mustache this week. Some changes need to be made in Atlanta and Arthur Smith stepped up and took some leadership and got rid of some facial hair. So hopefully it's a sign of good change for if you're a Falcons fan and Doug and I are and we'll talk a little bit with James about the game this past weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. The initial BCS rankings came out. So we'll talk a little bit about that and we've got a really, really busy weekend coming up of college football and pro football. So stick with us after the break and we'll get started. Hey everybody, you know about Legacy Precious Metals. Legacy Precious Metals, you hear from them. We talk once a month. We talk about Legacy Precious Metals, talking about Precious Metals being a part of your portfolio, how they're your navigator. Well, now they're not only navigating in a new way, they're actually giving you a new way to buy gold and silver. In fact, Legacy Precious Metals has developed a revolutionary new online platform that allows you to invest in real gold and silver online. In a few easy steps, you can open an account online, select your metals of choice and choose to have them stored in a vault or shipped to your door. I'm more of a ship to my door kind of person. I enjoy having them with me, but they can do it either way and you can now do it online. It gives you real access to a dashboard where you can track your portfolio growth in real time, anytime. You'll see transparent pricing on each coin and bar. This puts you in complete control of your money. This platform is free to sign up for just visit legacypminvestments .com and open your account and see this new investing platform for yourself. Gold hedges against inflation and is against a volatile stock market. A true diversified portfolio isn't just more stocks and bonds, but a different asset class. This platform allows you to make investments in gold and silver no matter how small or large with just a few clicks. Remember, do as I have done, go to legacypminvestments .com and get started today and now you've got a new tool to help you along in your investments. Hey everybody, it's MyPillow's 20th year anniversary and over 80 million MyPillows have been sold. Mike Lindell and MyPillow wants to thank each of you and every one of you for giving you the lowest price in history on their MyPillows. You will receive a queen size MyPillow for $19 .98, regular prices $69 .98 and just $10 more for a king size. You will receive deep discounts on all MyPillow products such as bed sheets, mattress toppers, pet beds, mattresses, my slippers and so much more. This is a time to try out something other than the amazing products that you've had your eye on. Go to MyPillow .com, click on the radio podcast square and use the promo Collins to receive this amazing offer on the queen size MyPillow for $19 .98 or call 800 -986 -3994. This offer comes with a 10 -year warranty and 60 -day money back guarantee. It's time to start getting the quality sleep you deserve. You know how I know that? Because I sleep on a MyPillow every night. Go to MyPillow .com and use promo code Collins or call 800 -986 -3994 today.
A highlight from The Preeminence of Christ in Evangelism
"Corinthians chapter 1 and verse 17. Well, this verse, verse 17, is a Campbellite killer. But I'm not going to preach on that tonight, even though the part of me really wants to. Paul said, For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. But unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Verse 21, For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness, but unto them which are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. I want to preach tonight a message titled, The Preeminence of Christ in Evangelism. Paul the Apostle boldly proclaims that the primary function of his life and ministry was to preach the plain gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The personal work of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially as revealed in his perfect life, his sacrificial death, his burial and his glorious resurrection, would be the consistent theme of his preaching and his ministry. He said as much, Christ and Him crucified was the preeminent message in all of Paul's evangelistic endeavors. Look at chapter 2 and verse 1. And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Now what does it mean when we assign preeminence to something? When I say the preeminence of Christ in our message, in our evangelism, what do I mean by that? Well, when we assign preeminence to something, we are saying that it is to be first in importance, rank and influence. It is to be above everything else, superior, peerless, supreme, the greatest and most noble of all missionaries in the Bible, consistently appointed men, women, boys and girls of every race, creed, and social position to the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we should be committed to doing the same. I fear that much of modern day preaching that passes for evangelism does not assign preeminence to Christ and His finished work. Instead the focus has become so man -centered, it has devolved into a mere exercise of persuading someone to make a profession of faith. The focus is on getting a decision from that person, and as a result, religious assemblies all across the world, not just in America, but all across the world are filled with professors who responded to some psychological techniques and a promise of heaven. You don't want to go to hell, do you? No. You want to go to heaven, don't you? Yes. Well, just follow this simple formula. Follow these simple steps. Repeat after me. Embrace the formula of easy believism and voila! They are hastily assured of their eternal security. Do you really believe that exists? I've knocked on so many doors. I've visited house to house, found people who will tell me right to my face that they're saved. I said, well, tell me about it. Well, I went forward. When they had the invitation, I went forward. I shook the preacher's hand. He told me what to say and I said it. And I said, so are you faithfully serving the Lord? Are you attending church? Do you love the Lord? Well, I don't ever go to church. That's a huge problem. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new. When somebody is saved, their life changes forever. And that won't happen by merely repeating a formula. There has to be an inward work of grace in the heart. You're not saved by... You don't get people to be saved by psychological techniques. They're saved because God uses the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring men to an end of themselves and draw them invincibly where they desire to know Christ and the free pardon of sin. May God help us to see that we cannot, we must not trifle with or change the message or the methods that are prescribed in the Holy Book, in the Word of God, regarding evangelism. We are not to water down the claims of Christ and the gospel. We must proclaim it boldly, accurately, plainly. And praying that God would open hearts to receive the truth as it is in Jesus. The preeminence of Christ in our evangelism must be revealed, first of all, in the message that we preach. I'm going to tell you something. If you're wrong about the message, if you don't know and obey the gospel, if you don't understand, this is something you can't be wrong about and go to heaven. It's an impossibility. There are certain doctrines that you may not fully understand, but this is something you cannot be mistaken about because there's only one message of salvation. Paul emphatically states that the message of the gospel is centered around the cross. He's not talking about a piece of jewelry. It was an instrument of execution. It signified a horrific death. And the cross represents the death of Jesus Christ, His redemptive work for sinners, His suffering, His bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, His offering of His body and soul in order for us to be saved. The cross is a message of Christ's sacrifice that He offered Himself literally in the stead of His people. He, instead of me receiving all of the wrath of God, it fell upon His worthy head and body and soul. I'm the one that should have spent an eternity in the lake of fire, tormented day and night forever and ever. But while Jesus Christ was on the cross, He suffered the equivalent of what I would deserve in the lake of fire and not just for my sins, but for all that the Father gave Him, for all the way from Adam until the very last person is saved. Can you imagine the weight and the magnitude of that debt that He paid? But He did it with His life and His blood. His merits were offered. He died in the stead of His people acting as their surety, their substitute. You understand what a substitute is. It's someone who takes the place of another and assumes all of their obligations, all of their responsibilities. And that's what He did for me with regards to the law and the condemnation of God. He was my propitiation. He appeased the wrath of God on my behalf, and if you're saved, He did the same for you. You see, this message was considered by the world and by the elites and by the educated to be foolishness. To the Jews it was a stumbling block, and also to the unbelieving Jews and Gentiles. I'm going to tell you something. If lost people understand the gospel, then you're probably not preaching it right. Now, what I'm saying is this. Lost people, they want you to tell them, give me a little step -by -step formula, how to join the church, how to be a better person. We're telling them, here's the real issue here. You're wicked. You're broken. You're polluted with sin. Your only hope is to trust. You have no ability in and of yourself to save yourself. You're wretched. That's just not a popular message. But it's one that has to be preached. And then we tell men, women, boys and girls, don't look to yourself. Look outside of yourself. What did John the Baptist preach when he saw Jesus the first time? Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. The message was look to Him, trust Him, believe on Him. Not on yourself, not on your religion, not on your works. The message is all about Christ. He's the only Savior of sinners. And this message must be accurate. It must be biblically authentic and authoritative. It must be pure without the admixture of man's wisdom or supposed innovation. And he states it so clearly. You're not saved any other way than by faith in the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Nothing else qualifies. Here's what he said. I mean, I don't know how anybody can read 1 Corinthians 15 and not see what the truth is about this. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel. By the way, there's not many gospels. There's not a gospel for different disciplines. There is one gospel. Which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand, by which also ye are saved. Delivered from the penalty, the power, and ultimately the presence of sin. That's the magnitude of this work that Christ did. You're saved. If you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain, for I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. It's according to the Word of God. This is our authority. this Look, was the message consistently preached by the early churches in the book of Acts. Think about the message of the book of Acts. You don't ever hear a preacher get up and say, God's done all He could do. I've done all I can do. Now it's all up to you to bow your head. They didn't even say, I've often thought about Noah, and he preached righteousness. And, you know, he was mocked, he was derided. But I don't think he ever put any bumper stickers on the ark that said, Smile, God loves you. I mean, he is warning people of the judgment to come. The wrath of God's about to be poured out. You need to get in the ark. There's only one door. Only one way. It's a serious matter. But let's look at just a couple of verses. Well, maybe more than a couple. But Acts 2, 23 and 24, it says, Him being delivered by the determinant counsel and foreknowledge of God ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Now didn't that sound just like something I was saying? You're wicked, you're guilty of the death of Christ, but he was crucified, he was slain, whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be holding of it. And then the same chapter, Acts chapter 2 and verse 36, he says this, Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. The message is all centered on the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at chapter 3 and verse 13. The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his son Jesus, whom ye delivered up and denied him in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One in just and desired a murderer to be granted unto you and killed the Prince of Life whom God hath raised from the dead, whereof we are all witnesses, and his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know, yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. You see, Peter and John gave no credit to themselves. They were just pointing to the work of Christ. That was their mission. That was their message. It's all about Jesus Christ. Verse 19, repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
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"Hey guys, welcome to Mutually Codependent with Adam and Jen. I'm Jen. I'm Adam. Welcome, welcome, welcome. How is everybody? I hope you're doing well. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, we're going to enjoy this strain of the show, which today is Mac one, uh, which is a short for miracle alien cookies. Yes. All right. Um, Mac one, according to this is an out of the world experience with powerful mood lifting effects and a bodily relaxation. That's cool. Yeah, that's cool. So, uh, it's a labeled as a hybrid. You got another spilled drink. Nope. Just a couple of drops, just a couple of drops. It's just like six counted, um, T H C a 23 .6 % plenty. Little dab will do you, uh, the, uh, Delta nine is a barely legal 0 .29%. That's about as close as you can get. Did you know you can actually go slightly above 0 .3 if it's within the, um, the, the minimum quantification of the tool that you're using. Oh, so, uh, cause there's, each tool has kind of a margin of error, if you will. And if you're within that margin error, then they're like, yeah, it's fine. It makes sense. Yeah, it does. It's, uh, one of the few things that I've been like, oh yeah, that did make sense. Maybe they do know what they're doing. But, uh, yeah, so that's our strain of the show. Mac one, miracle alien cookies. How do you like it? We've had this a few times. Yeah. Not on the show, but we have on the show, but we've personally had it a few times. It's a, it's a good string. I like it. It's a solid hybrid. A solid, it's a solid hybrid as opposed to a liquid. No, like it's a good hybrid. It's not a weak ass hybrid. It's a, it's a good one. I am just looking for my lighter. Cause I want to smoke some. Yeah, you should tell people what, what, what we have coming up for them. Okay. I will do that. So today on mutually codependent Adam and Jen are going to talk about the apocalypse. No, seriously guys. Like a lot of shit has happened in the past three years, like since COVID hit. And like, I don't think our world is ever going to be quote unquote, normal again. And just with everything that is going on with, I mean, for the past year with Ukraine and Russia to Israel and Gaza and the Palestinians, like all the sadness and death and destruction, like I feel as if, and I've seen it on social media. Like there's a lot of people that feel like the apocalypse is inevitable. Like it's coming. The people who aren't crazy. People who aren't crazy, like normal people who are not preppers. They're not people who are just becoming preppers or they're like just normal everyday people that don't buy into any conspiracy theories and stuff. That's what I've been seeing. Like all of those people are starting to be like, what the fuck is happening in our world and should we be afraid? And yes, I think everyone should be, to be honest, I always have trouble getting raps King size lit. So it's taken me a little longer than normal. Not to, not to take away from what you were talking about. That's kind of what the weed does though. Yeah. So we're going to talk about that and we're going to, we can just, we're going to talk. We got a new shit. The kid did. Yeah. We got a new shit. The kid did. I'm going to, I'm going to start with that cause that's super happy. Not that this isn't a happy episode, but cause it's kind of silly, but yeah. Um, so Landon on Saturday, our middle son Landon, he's 17. He has an electric bike that he rides to and from work and going to and from work. He passes by the skate park, which he frequents because he's a skateboard. Um, and he has friends there. Well, their internet was down at his restaurant job on Saturday night. So door dash in like Uber eats, couldn't come pick up their orders. So he took like over well over a hundred dollars worth of food and he just took it and he went to the skate park on his way home and he passed it out to some of the people that he knows that are there staying the night because they're homeless. They don't have anywhere to go and he knows they're hungry. So he went and he passed out this food to them because otherwise it was just going to get thrown away. Yeah. So cause they couldn't come get it and I was really proud of him for that. Cause I feel like, yeah, not all, not everybody would choose to do that. Certainly not every 17 year old, right? He's a good, he's a, he's an amazing kid. Sometimes kids, the shit the kid did is good. It's a good thing. We wanted to have a good, yeah, the kid did good shit. The kid did cause I got a short other shit. The kid did. I went downstairs to make some tea and our coffee maker rinsing out the little bowl, make sure and get all the coffee grounds out so that don't affect my tea. And, uh, I, I, there was a precariously perched pan on the drying rack atop several other pans, all of which was being leaned on by a cutting board. Oh, yeah, that sounds, yeah. And on top of the cutting board was one of my knives. So when I bumped the pan, the knife fell and almost hit my foot. Was that Ben? Yeah. Yeah. He heard me cuss him out from the other room. I didn't even know he was in there the first time. Yeah, no, I didn't cuss him out. I just said, Ben, like you heard that just happened, right? He's like, yeah, it was like, you need to not stack the shits dangerously. Like I need you to do things in a safer way, please. That's what I actually said. That's not what I wanted to say. I wish, I wish we could see both sides of our children. You know, like if, if we had just like, okay, we're in the middle, right? We make these choices back and forth regularly. We're, we're on the mean side. Sometimes we're on the nicer side. Most of the time I want to, I want to view, I want to see what our kids would look like if, if we chose one side strong or the other. Like your light side, dark side child. Um, well, I can tell you how different would your kids be? You think, um, well, if I only chose the dark side, their anxiety would be like way worse and they would hate me probably. Um, but if I only chose the light side, they would just be dirty slobs out of control, like because they wouldn't have learned any kind of discipline, no discipline, no manners, like, so no, that wouldn't have never worked. Yeah. Oh, but I mean, for a lot of, to see what, how bad would they be if we were just like assholes all the time? I don't know, but like people who are terrible to their kids and the kids grew up with like complex PTSD, like it's pretty severe, like it's a constant fucking cycle, like that person then treats their kids shitty and so on and so forth and their friends and their coworkers and the people around them. And so, you know, you have one shitty person, you know, breeds, and then they have a shitty kid and if a person is raised shitty, then they become a shitty person, which affects everybody around them. What I've seen though, like in the past few years, as I've like, as I've spent a lot of time on my personal growth is that a lot of people are breaking that curse, that generational curse of treating their kids badly or being the cycle. They're, they're breaking that and they're trying to be that parent that wasn't there for them because they grew up into this person realizing how desperate they were for attention or love or support or somebody being proud of them. So there's actually a TikToker who is one of my favorites and I've sent her, she has POTS, which is a dysautonomia disease condition. That helped. Um, yes, I know I was going to go. So dysautonomia is a disorder that some people have and it causes like, you can't breathe in the heat, you can't walk upstairs, you'll just randomly faint because of blood flow issues. You're, you're dizzy a lot. It's, it's a, it's pretty severe. It's usually, it affects women, usually younger girls like teenage years, but if you get it when you're older, like you're kind of fucked, which is what happened to my mom and why she's had so many issues. But so this girl named Kimberly is, she has POTS, but she does skits as her cigarette mom. Her mom, both of her parents are dead, but she uses a straw and she acts like her mom did. And it's her way of therapy because she said, I had a horrible childhood. It was abusive. And my parent, my dad was a drunk, my mom was a drunk and they smoked constantly. But like she uses it as like therapy to not, she'd be like, I will never be this shitty person. Like my mom was. Yeah. Yeah. It's, it's kind of sad, but I have seen that. I mean, and that's, I thought about that as a kid. Like if I ever had children, I would be the kind of mom that I wanted as a kid. Cause I mean, for lots of reasons, your mom just didn't understand you, let alone have a good idea of how to, you know, raise you. But yeah, I was different. Yeah. Now, now that I'm diagnosed with autism, I look back at my life and I'm like, how in the fuck did people not know? Like my own self, my therapist knew two and a half years before I did. Yeah. Well, and they were pushing for it. They were asking to get a different diagnosis from the beginning. Yeah. I don't think you're bi -boliced. She keeps saying, I just, I don't think you're bi -boliced. Have you ever had a manic episode? No, never got the good stuff. When I was 19 and I had to leave it. We come to, we don't even think it was mania. We just think it was maybe a 19, a little out of control, a little party girl. It wasn't technically like, yeah. So I don't know. Yeah. You, you were just a, a monopolar instead of bipolar. Yeah. Monopole. Monopole. So any who, but yeah. But I think that people are kind of changing that and being better parents now, I hope, I mean, I know some people are still absolutely terrible parents. You know, so I think, uh, our kids' generation are going to be some of the most prepared parents. Well, yeah, I agree. No, but it's not just the most recent magazine that you may or may not have grabbed at the grocery store or picked up at the doctor's office. You know, like that's literally, you know, reading a book on how to raise your kid was like looked down on. Yeah. And, uh, you know, but with us, we've encouraged that kind of behavior and our children will, will encourage it even more. And it's because our world is fucked and our generation and the next generations are seeing that firsthand, how the people before us really screwed things up and not just financially. I'm not talking about economy and politics. I'm talking about mental health, mental health, ethics, the way we live life, the kind of human being you're supposed to be like, that is so much more important than learning some, you know, I wish that that was what was taught to people, like the common sense to be a decent human being that should have been health class. That should be other side of health. I mean, that should, I've always told my boys and you know, I know that you're, you're the same way, like being a good kind person and being nice to people is more important than being right or being really smart or, you know, having a lot of money. I mean, all those things are great, but at the end of the day, the kind of person you are when you go to bed at night is what really matters. I feel like, yeah, your happiness and how appreciative you are of your life or not. Cause it, that reflects outwards. So yeah, I want that for our kids and for people in general and for the future generations, for our grandkids and great grandkids. If we get there. Yeah. Or if the apocalypse comes. Yeah, fun, fun fact. When I was in like sixth, seventh grade, I was so obsessed with Buffy, the vampire Slayer and the apocalypse that I wasn't allowed to say the word in my own home for a few months. The word apocalypse or apocalypse. She, how often were boards banned for certain amounts of time? Like, what is that a regular thing? Yeah. How many words do you think got banned over the years? About 20. Oh yeah. How many of them do you remember? Exuberant. Oh, that's a weird one to say a lot. Five was five. Why your mom started banning words at five? I was younger. Oh gosh. I wasn't allowed to say, um, diaphragm. Oh God. Which I've probably, I may have told you about this. But when I was seven, I drew like a head and like a neck and a chest, like of a person and I drew body parts in it and I was labeling it because I wanted my own little like human poster of somebody. So I like copied it out of the world book and I went to show her and was explaining how your diaphragm works. And she told me that we didn't have a diaphragm in our body, that that was a word again. Who was that? My mother. Your mom. Yeah. Dang. And so that I wasn't allowed to say diaphragm exuberant because I, I looked it up in the dictionary and then I would use it all the time. Um, was your dad upset by these words? I don't think, no, I don't, I, he, he worked so much when I was little. Like, I don't remember him and I have been like a whole lot of heart to heart conversations. I get that. Um, I like, I don't remember what else it was. Lackadaisical. I wasn't allowed to say that for a while. Lackadaisical. And none of these were small words.
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"19" Discussed on Evangelism on SermonAudio
"The division of the program and need to be divided up. The acquiring of prospects, that's what door-to-door work is all about, essentially. Acquiring of prospects. First of all, the acquiring of prospects. If you don't have prospects, your visitation program is going to die on the vine. There must be those out there. What are your best prospects? The visitors at church. They should be immediately. The best prospects you have are the ones that have visited the church and you ought to go after those. But then sometimes you don't have enough prospects and you need to go out and go door-to-door to find prospects. And I dare say, if you'll just go out and do door-to-door, in spite of what all the prophets of doom say, then it doesn't work. If you'll go out and do it, you will find prospects. Now you may not find many, not find them like I did in the 1950s, one out of every ten doors I knocked on. You won't do that now. But you may have to do it one out of every fifty. But have you noticed people come by your door selling things? They come by to sell vacuum sweepers. I had a fellow come by the other day to sell us a water program where we can soften our water. And he was just going door-to-door. And why does he keep doing it? Somebody buys. If nobody bought, they'd quit that. But I've got people coming to our door and the reason is they go at it, they're going to make money, and they do make money, and they stay with it. Well, we ought to go at it because finally we get somebody saved. And by the way, when they come and you've won them to Christ, it's a good idea in front of the church to say, I'm so glad. Let me tell you about this person. You know who knocked on that door? You know where we had the first contact? It was that day we went out on a Saturday, remember, and spent from eleven to one, and we knocked on doors over in such and such an area. We contacted this lady and she's come and now she's been saved and she's standing here before us. Make something over it. And that way you challenge others to get involved. And so don't just let it go by. Make something over the blessing of visitation or the blessing of somebody. Say, so this is the man who led the Lord. I'll say, hey, John, come on up here and stand with this fellow. You led him to Christ. Make something over it at the end of the service if you can. And, of course, now we have them go out. We do not use the altar as such. We have them go to an inquiry room. We use the inquiry room idea. And they don't get back in sometimes. So then when they're at the next service, and if it doesn't embarrass the person, I try to make something over it. I don't want to embarrass them. But make something over victories. And when you've seen people get saved, do that exactly. So the acquiring of prospects and then the visitation and follow up of prospects. Now, you get the prospects. And here's a family. They have a father and mother. By the way, that's kind of an unusual family now. Let me just stop a moment. Somebody asked me yesterday, I guess it was, what do you do about the folk that come to your church and they're a man and a woman and their names are different, but they have the same address. That isn't strange to you. It's very common to me. I mean, it's common everywhere today. It may change a little bit with this new law they just passed, except it sounds as though Clinton's going to veto it. But did away with them brought in the marriage exemption where it's going to be less taxes if they're married than if they're filed singly, separately. And so that might change this thing. But there just is so much of that. What do you do about it? Well, you go out to see them. You talk to them. You find them living together. I tell you, quite often we are not able to go much farther with them than that first visit because they recognize that we're not the kind of people that are going to accept that and be quiet about it. If they do accept the Lord, try to win them to Christ and say, now that you've accepted the Lord, I think you ought to live separately and not go on like you're living. And then you may just have lost them. If they request baptism, say absolutely not until you separate. We're not going to baptize you. And I've lost some people over that. We had a lady come in regularly and came forward and got saved. We're thankful for that. And then she came forward to be baptized. So I got with her and I said, that fellow that I see you with, are you living with him? She said, yes. We live in the same house. We live together. I said, is that his baby? She said, yes it is. You're not married? No. I said, then I recommend you separate.
"19" Discussed on Evangelism on SermonAudio
"I like what I heard there at Calvary Simpsonville last night in saying that they were going to cover every house in a three mile radius. In an earlier verse in Acts 5, is that what comes next? No, I guess it wasn't here. In an earlier verse in Acts 5, we have a principle that should be followed so that we would do every house evangelism. Acts 5, 29. Was that on the previous? There it is. I missed it. Acts 5, 29. Every house evangelism obedience. Acts 5, 29 reads. Or does it? I don't know that I have it here. We ought to obey God rather than man. We need to obey God rather than man. And it's obedience evangelism, obeying the command of God. The next item, a visitation program. A visitation program. Ephesians 4, 11 and 12, we're back to that. Now that you must know that verse tomorrow. I want you to know that. That's the key in this matter of the work of the Lord. He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. The apostles and prophets are off the scene. Ephesians 2, 20. But now we have the evangelists and pastors. And the evangelists' work is to perfect or mature the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. The circled comma should be left out. Amen. Now, really that ought to read, For the building of the saints unto the work of the ministry. Somebody has a sermon on that. The misplaced comma. They preach on that. The misplaced comma. That the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry. In other words, the saints must do the work of the ministry. And, yes sir? Who's doing the edifying of the body of Christ? The pastor, teacher or the saints doing the work of the ministry or both? Who do you think? I think they're both doing it. I think it's the evangelists and the pastor, teachers. They're doing the edifying of the body of Christ? Yes. Now, the saints are participants. But in this verse, it's the evangelists and the pastor, teachers are maturing the saints and are edifying the body of Christ. I think that's the context, without a doubt. So that we, if we leave that comma in, it changes the meaning. The comma should be left out. And by the way, it doesn't appear in any Greek New Testament. In fact, the word for is e-i-s, unto. Before any church can experience the growth it wants, God wants it, I should say, to have, the church needs to make evangelism the one all-consuming, all-important work to be done. The saints are to do the work of the ministry. So get those verses down right. Now, the pastor should be the pastor, not just the minister. Pastor should be the pastor, not just the minister. Have you seen church signs? The name of the church and under that the name of a man, minister? Boy, I'd get rid of that sign quick. I tell our people, don't you ever introduce me. We want you to meet our minister. I believe if I had 125 members, I would have 125 ministers. I want to be introduced as the pastor, the shepherd of a flock of ministers, but not as the minister. I feel sorry for a church that has the minister. It ought to be everybody, the saints, doing the work of evangelism and reaching out. The ministry is not a one-man proposition. While the pastor is the under-shepherd, under Christ to lead the flock, it is also true that all the members of the church should be vitally involved in the total work and ministry of the church. So it's vital that the whole church get involved. That's why you need a visitation program. And they're not going to get involved unless you do some organizing of a program to get them involved. It's not going to happen unless the pastor leads it. It's going to be up to you to lead out in that. And so God says that there should be that. From the book, Biblical Evangelism in Action, I don't know whether that's up here or not. Dr. Leon Tucker, by the way, the book Biblical Evangelism in Action is a book by Dr. Sumner and many good truths in it. Dr. Leon Tucker, a contemporary of Moody, once told of a remarkable parade in New York City where 12,000 people marched in a great demonstration. One of the most heartwarming features was a three-car unit packed full of men, women and children. The occupants ranged in type from a ragged street boy to a judge on the bench of the Court of Appeals. On both sides of each car was a big sign. These people have all been saved from burning buildings by New York's firemen. Behind the cars, while the thousands of people who lined the curve cheered wildly, marched the firemen who had rescued them, proudly wearing their medals. So let me catch my notes here now.
"19" Discussed on Evangelism on SermonAudio
"And if we're not careful, we could miss a great blessing and a great encouragement, and maybe a great challenge to somebody here this morning, I don't know. And it really struck me as I was studying it this week. Well, first thing that I want to consider this morning with you is simply this, the background. If you come back in chapter 8 to verses 4 to 8, I want you to understand something about why this was so significant, of why Philip, this evangelist, would make the decision that he made. Look at verses 4 through 8 of Acts chapter 8 just to understand this. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake. Hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits crying with loud voices came out of many that were possessed with them, and many taken with palsies and that were lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. And then if you drop your eye down to verse 25, which we read, And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. You see, Philip was preaching. He was seeing people saved. He was seeing people transformed. He read that word many. There was great blessing. It was a bountiful time. He was going from place to place. He was seeing God move and he preached the gospel. And for any preacher or anybody that labors in the gospel, that's a tremendous thing to see results as it were, to see people coming to faith. It's a great encouragement when you see people getting saved and going on with God. And Philip was, and as we would look at it from an earthly perspective, he was seeing success. He was being used of God. It was such a wonderful season of service for Philip. But then I want you to see Philip got his bearings. Now my second point's a bit longer than that. The first point, you all think you're getting out in good time this morning. Well, hold on. But Philip got his bearings. And I want you to see this in verses 26 through 35. You see, the first thing that I want you to understand is the requirement. Look at verse 26. We might say, get up and go. The Lord, as it were, said to Philip, I want you to get up. I want you to leave the place of blessing, the place where you're seeing people saved, you're seeing results. And I want you to go. You know, we will see this morning that opportunity followed his obedience. But remember the background. It was a fruitful work. He was being asked to leave. I want you to leave this, Philip. I want you to go down a road. I want you to go down a desert road. If you look that little phrase up, or which is desert, if you look that word up, it means lonesome. I thought that was interesting. I want you to go down a lonesome road on your own, and I want you to serve me. And I want you to leave many, and I'm going to bring you to a man, one man. There's another little thing here that I want you to understand. Whenever the angel of the Lord spoke on to Philip and told him to arise and go toward the south, did he tell him in that verse that he was going to meet the eunuch? No. He simply asked Philip to get up and go, leave your success, as it were, leave your same results, and just set out on a lonesome road. There's not many of us would want to do that, are there? But Philip did, and we'll come to that in a moment. You see, this leads me on to something this morning. You see, God has a general will, and God has a specific will. God's general will for our lives is fairly straightforward. I've preached on this before a time or two. You shouldn't, as it were, need a specific guiding from God's Word to be kind to one another, not to steal or to lie, that sort of thing. God's general will is that his people obey his book. That's a fairly straightforward thing, is it not? They shalt not kill. I mean, hopefully you didn't have to read your Bible this morning in your quiet time and get a specific direction from the Lord. Better not kill anybody today. You know what I mean. It's fairly straightforward. It should be a given that believers follow God's Word. But then there is God's specific will. Verse 26, we can see this. There is a specific requirement for Philip to get up from his current ministry and go someplace else. As I mentioned, it doesn't tell us in this particular verse what Philip was going to see. He was being asked to, we use the expression, step out in fear. It didn't tell us. Philip didn't know what exactly lay ahead, but he just simply trusted in God to provide the opportunity, to provide every need that he would have. Sometimes, whenever we walk the Christian life, we do not know, we do not know what God has in store for us until we take that step of faith for him. We have to, in a simple, childlike faith and trust, believe that God will take care of our every single need. You see, God doesn't reveal or pull back the curtain on our lives whenever you get saved. I'll give you a personal example and you can put your own example in here. You know, whenever I got saved at 16, God, as it were, and I speak reverently, but God, as it were, didn't pull back the curtain on my life and go, okay, in 15 years' time, once I've knocked a few of the rough edges off you and I'll take some knocking because you're an absolute eejit, once I've tried to knock some of the rough edges off you, in 15 years' time, you're going to take up the pastorate and kill right Baptist. If he had revealed that to me, I think I would have run a mile. And you folks probably would have run a mile too. But let me tell you this. God reveals what we need, when we need it and as we need it. He's not going to reveal the whole picture to us right here and right now. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Think of it this way. Are you saved here this morning? I trust that you are. And here's the thing, you have placed your faith, your trust, you're trusting what Christ has done on the cross for your eternal destination. Your most important possession is your soul. And you're trusting Almighty God with your soul for eternity, that you will go to heaven whenever you die. Whenever your time on this earth ceases, you will go to heaven. Isn't it funny how we've no problem, generally speaking, trusting God for our eternal destination, heaven, but yet we're quick to doubt for the temporal provision that He might have for us. And I'm as guilty of that as anybody else. Isn't it a strange thing? You see, here this morning in this meeting, maybe those listening online, we'll generally have believers in three different categories. We'll have those who are maybe, as it were, comfortable, spiritually speaking, comfortable. They're maybe in a prosperous work. You're maybe involved in an outreach or some other thing that's fruitful and you're seeing results, you're seeing people come to Christ, you're seeing people grow. You're not, as it were, a spiritual retiree. Philip was actively serving God and maybe you feel, just like Philip, the Lord asking you to step away, to go step out in faith and go to Him in a different avenue of service. So maybe you're fearful to take that step. You've heard that arise and go south and you're a little bit scared. You're a little bit, I'm not too sure about that. Then you have another category of people and maybe you have heard that arise and go and you have got up and went and you're currently on the desert road, as it were. The lonesome road. There doesn't seem to be much light, there doesn't seem to be much hope and you're maybe wondering, why on earth has God taken me away from one sphere of service and I'm on this road and I'm not really sure what's going to come of this. And if you're honest, it really is a lonesome, desperate place and you're wondering, have I made the right decision? Can I encourage you to trust God, trust His will and trust His plan for your life and He will bring you through and He will bring you to His purpose. You have to trust the process. And maybe you have a third category of people here. You've listened to that command, arise and go, you've went south, you've stepped out, you've been through the lonesome dark road, it's lonely but you've come through to the other side and you've found that new sphere of service, you've found that new area of service and you can look back and you can see now why all the different things happened in your life and you can see how God has in His will, gently and sometimes had to nudge us. In my case, He has to push me but He'll push you to the right place. That was the requirements, there was God's general and His specific will but then there was the response to this great question. Look at verse 27, what did Philip do? I want you to see first of all with me this morning, Philip's willingness. Look at verse 27, and he arose and went. He arose and went. He got up and he went. One commentator said of Philip, it was a prompt unquestioning obedience with simplicity of heart. Philip wasn't thinking about Philip. Philip was preoccupied with Christ. What would he have me to do? Lord, I'm here, send me, I'll go. Do you know what we need more of today? Here am I, send me. Aren't we quick to want to send somebody else? We often say this, so and so will be good for this particular avenue of service or they could do a good job in this part of the church or this part of a ministry. We're very quick to see what other people could do and maybe they do have gift and it's good to encourage others to take part in the work but have you ever wondered about yourself? Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do? Maybe God wants you. Maybe God wants you. With your unique gifts, with your unique situation, with your unique abilities, God can use them. So often we complicate things, don't we, when it comes to serving God? I'll put it very simply for you. If God clearly directs you to go, to do something, to serve Him in some capacity, you go and you never look back. You see, there's not only Philip's willingness but there was Philip's witness. I want you to see this this morning. You see, Philip, as we have already thought about in verses 27 through 35, Philip had a unique person that lay ahead of him and there was a unique purpose that would flow from it and that's baptism and we'll touch on that in a moment. But Philip was going to share the gospel with a gentleman, somebody, an Ethiopian, and what a change this would be in this man's life. Philip was burdened for this man. He had a vision for this man and he'd heard him reading aloud in the chariot. You know the story well. Isaiah 53 as we know it now. He seeks to come alongside and to help him understand it. I'll just get a wee bit ahead of myself. In verse 35, you'll notice, whenever it said, Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus. You see, Philip was so steeped in the scriptures, he was able to preach from it, no problem. I like to think anyway that the Ethiopian chancellor, because that's what this man was, the chancellor, as it were, the exchequer of his nation, I like to think that if the Ethiopian eunuch had been reading anywhere in the scripture, that Philip would have been able to jump in and just preach Christ from it because he knew it so well. That's a challenge for us in and of itself. He preaches Christ. One of the old hymn writers said this, May his beauty rest upon me as I seek the loss to win, and may they forget the channel seeing only him. Whenever Philip preached Christ to this Ethiopian eunuch, all the eunuch could see was Christ. He responded to Christ. He didn't respond to Philip. Let's think a little bit about this Ethiopian man. He has his hands, his fingerprints on the economy of an entire nation. He's in charge of all the treasure of a queen. He's in great authority. He's a man from the world of government and the world of economics. He was a big-time operator. He had the wealth, he had power, he had prestige, but there was an emptiness in his heart. He had money, he had wealth, he had all the different things that our society puts a high value on for seeming success and all the rest of it, and yet he had nothing, and he had went to Jerusalem to worship. He had went to Jerusalem to try and find some meaning in his life. He went out across the desert. He was seeking God, but he'd come back, and he was still searching. He'd found out that the well's religion were dry, and he's coming back, and he's reading the prophet Isaiah, and he's trying to understand, and he's trying to get to the bottom of the deepest question in his life, and the Lord had Philip to meet him. Do you know something? This Ethiopian eunuch had a hunger for spiritual reality, and can I tell you there's hundreds of people, thousands of people in Kilray, or wherever it is that you're from here today, and they have exactly the same need. Oh, outwardly they might seem to be comfortable, and they have a job, they have a family, and they do all the things that people do in life, and there's nothing wrong with that of course, but deep down there's a spiritual hunger. And it is like Philip, and as we will see here, it's everybody's personal responsibility here to share the gospel with others, and to do it without fear nor apology. Now I'm talking now, Philip engaged in something called personal evangelism, one-to-one witness. Some Christians think, well, we the gospel meeting, and so that maybe covers my responsibility for personal evangelism. Gospel meeting's good and it's important of course, but that doesn't absolve your personal responsibility. I want to share with you something that I noticed the other day. How do people start attending church? I'm going to explain this to you. A study was carried out in America by a very prominent church organisation that carries out these sort of surveys, and they surveyed a number of people who had started to attend church, who got saved and started to attend church, and they asked them basically, how did you end up in church? And I thought these results were very interesting. Two percent of those surveyed said they had come into church as a result of advertising. Just two percent. Further two percent said they came into church because they were invited by the pastor. Now, just a wee clarification here, and there's other pastors here, and they'll appreciate this. We're called to preach the word. We're not called to sell the word. We're called to preach it. I can't be a sales man. I can't bring people in. But we can invite them. Often we're rebuffed. Six percent of those who had started to attend church were there because the local church had organised a visitation team, and they'd went out on the doors as it were and tried to encourage people to come in. That was a little bit more fruitful. Will you see this? Eighty-six percent of those that were in church were there because a friend invited me. Isn't that amazing? A friend invited me. You see, my dear friends this morning, can I encourage you? Yes, we had the gospel meeting. We had the drive in tonight. Those are good and those are important. Let's not neglect them. But when was the last time you, as it were, preached Christ to someone, shared with someone about your faith? I'm getting more and more of the conviction in my old age that one-to-one evangelism is maybe the most effective way of speaking to people about their need as the Lord Jesus Christ. They might not listen to a preacher or a pastor like me, but they'll maybe listen to you. When was the last time that you sought out somebody to share your faith with them? Of course, the old enemy can give excuses and some of them might be well-founded. Well, I'm not eloquent. I'm too old. I'm too young. I'm too shy. I'm too whatever. The old enemy will give circumstances to us. There's many things that could curtail our witness, and here's something that might curtail our witness, and this one might sting a bit, but maybe we can't share our personal faith with people because the talk doesn't match our walk. And if we were to share the gospel with someone, they might think, What a hypocrite. Their preaching Christ to me in their life is an absolute disgrace. We have to be so careful, don't we? Other people say, Look, I couldn't witness whenever I go to witness or I try to speak anything about Christ. I don't have the words. I would never have the words and I just wouldn't remember any Bible verses and it would just be a real mess and I'd make a real embarrassment of myself. Can I tell you what God's word tells us? Open your mouth wide and He will fill it. We can talk about the weather. We have plenty to talk about the weather in July. Dear me, where's this climate change that everybody else is getting? I would like a wee bit over here. It's desperate. We can talk about the weather. We can talk about football and all those things and how Man United are going to win the league this year. Different things. We can live in hope. We can talk about so many different things and yet somehow when it comes to talking to people about Christ, their greatest need, their eternal destiny, we're silent. We can't do. Do you know what the greatest need is for Northern Ireland today? It's not to get Stormont restored. It's that we would see the Saviour restored in His preeminence and in His place, lifted up high across this wee province. That's what we need in personal witness. I often say it. You have friends. You maybe are still in employment. You've colleagues. You've family and we all know the harsh reality this morning. If they're not saved, they're going to a Christless hell. That's the truth. And do you know what? As much as I would love to do it, I can't witness to every single one of your friends, every single one of your work colleagues, every single person that you come into contact with. I can't witness to them all, but you can. Because you've built up that relationship with them. You've built up that life with them. You've built up that link with them and you're able to witness to them. You're able to tell them about it. Maybe they'll listen to you. Maybe they'll listen to you as you witness about Christ. Here's a little practical thing that I want to leave with you this morning. You pray that God would send you one person, just one person, this week to share your faith with them. Just one person. Maybe where you work. Maybe where you live. Wherever it is. However it is. That the Lord will give you that opportunity to share with them. Third thing that I want to bring before you this morning is this. There was baptism. Look at verses 36 to 39. We thought a little bit about how God had said go and His command to serve Him. And now there's another command that we read off here in these verses and it follows on in the theme of baptism. Let's look at this. Verse 36 through verse 39. You see, blessing has followed obedience. And being baptized is a form of obedience. It's not just an optional extra. It's not just a Baptist tradition. But it is very much a biblical proclamation. Let's look at this. Verse 35. I want you to see first of all there was a command or the evident command. You see, Philip had preached Christ. He preached Jesus. He didn't preach what the Baptist, as it were, believed to be true. He didn't preach a church constitution. He had preached Christ. And all of his wonderful fullness and all his wonderful simplicity. And we've established or thought of before that Philip would have probably sat under the apostles, the ministry of the apostles, and they had sat under the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and they would have been taught there. Now the question arises, is there a command to be baptized? Well, in Mark 16, verse 15 and 16, it tells us this. The Lord, in giving a great commission to the disciples, He declared, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. You see, there's a clear link between faith and baptism. You see, for believers not to be baptized is, as it were, tantamount to disobedience to a clear, unmistakable command. Does that mean then that the Lord was telling us that without believers' baptism we cannot be saved? Of course, this is not the case because the case of the thief on the cross. Remember the Lord said to him today, Thou shalt be with me in paradise. There's no opportunity for church membership or baptism or anything like that, but he was saved. But the fact that the Lord stated this in Mark 16, 15, 16, is very significant, and His words are in harmony with those in Matthew, who wrote, of course, Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and though I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. You see, the Lord commands it, I wonder this morning, have you obeyed it? The Lord commanded it, the apostles applied it, and Philip obeyed it. Then there's something else, not only the evident command, but then there was the evident change. I want you to see this. Look again at verse 36. Philip has preached Christ, the Ethiopian eunuch has responded. Look at verse 36 very carefully. And as they went on their way, they came onto a certain water, and then the eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder, or what prevents me from being baptized? You see, there was a change that was evident, and there was something internal. The eunuch, they were going along their journey, he saw the water, he probably heard Philip preach about baptism, and he asked the question that tells us a few things. Here's water, why couldn't I be baptized? This tells us something that's confirmed in verse 37. This Ethiopian eunuch had been so impacted by the preaching of Christ by Philip, there's been an inward change has taken place, he's come to faith, and now he wants to confirm that inward change with an outward sign, as it were, the outward sign or expression of baptism. And this highlights something to us, does it not, that over the years there has crept into churches this man-made gap between getting saved, getting baptized, and then into membership. There's a great practice many years ago in many Baptist churches. I remember my old pastor, Dennis Lyle, telling me this, that people were saved, and then they were baptized, and brought into membership all in the one night. Used to preach over open tanks. Such was the faith and belief that people were gonna get saved and get baptized. Isn't that a wonderful thing? Imagine that, if I opened up the tanks on Sunday night, had it all filled up, and said, you didn't tell us there was gonna be a baptismal service, and I says, well, no I didn't, but I'm preaching in faith that there will be. You would definitely think that I'd gone crazy. I know you really think that already, but it'd be a beautiful thing, would it not? Let me ask you this morning, are you saved? I trust that you are. Let me follow that up. Have you been baptized? How many years have lapsed since that moment you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you haven't been baptized? You see, there was something internal, but then there's something external. Look at this, again, verse 36. What doth hinder me to be baptized? Why aren't you baptized? It could be, some people have told me they're afraid that I would hold them under the water a bit longer than they're comfortable with. That depends how much I like you or not. See, they're afraid of the water. They're afraid of slipping as they go into the tank. They're afraid of all sorts of things. Yes, friend, let me tell you. Never be afraid of man or woman. What you are doing is not necessarily to please a pastor. It's not to please anybody in the congregation. What you are doing whenever you get baptized is a very simple yet serious response to God's clear command. What holds you back from obeying the Lord's command of baptism? Age is not necessarily a barrier here. I remember the first person that I baptized here was a young man in around eight or nine years of age. As long as you're a believer and you clearly express your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I have no problem baptizing you young or old. If you're saved, you have a clear testimony of what God has done and you're happy to tell people that you're saved, you can be baptized. You see, there's something else. Not only the evidence changed, but then there was the evident criteria. Look, let's see the criteria that allows somebody to get baptized. Look again at verse 37. If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered, as the eunuch, and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You see, there was reason here. It wasn't ritual. This is the criteria that allows someone to be baptized, a simple confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what God has done in your life. Philip asked the eunuch a great question. He says, look, here's the water. Why can't I be baptized? And Philip followed up and says, well, if you believe with all your heart, you may get baptized. And of course, he responded, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. What a moment. You see, it's believers and believers only to be baptized. It's a wonderful thought. The command to baptize believers and believers only is to continue until the end of the age, which is implied by the words of Christ when he said, And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Or you can translate that, age. And if what has been said is correct, we should expect to find the apostles carrying out these instructions, and they were. This is precisely what they did. And all through the book of Acts, we read that time and time again. People were saved, and people were baptized. And then they were added. They were saved, baptized in Adam. In every single instance in the book of Acts, we can see, without exception, baptism was carried out on the grounds of repentance and faith. Now, let me ask you a question this morning. Can a baby do this? Can a newborn baby repent and exercise faith? Of course not. You will search the scriptures this morning, and you'll not find one case of a baby being baptized to ensure that they're able to get saved or be saved or any other man made, or any popish nonsense that is filtered into church thinking. So we have to conclude then, do we not, that from both the Great Commission and from these examples that repentance and faith are the only prerequisites to Christian baptism or believer's baptism. Believers were baptized. They weren't babies. Yes, there were babes in faith, but they weren't babies. Then there's something else that I want to leave before you this morning. The evident characteristics. Look at verses 38 and 39. What else can we learn from this experience? And he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip that the eunuch saw him no more, and he went on his way rejoicing. You see, what else can we learn from this experience? We've thought a little bit about how it's a command to be baptized. We thought about how the conditions had to be met, that he was a believer, faith and confession and repentance. But there's something else then that we can learn here. What type of baptism was employed? And I know there's been a great debate that's raged all down through the years about this particular thing, but let's just see what God's word has to say on it and let God's word settle the matter. Even if we establish this, there has been a bit of debate that's come up. Let's think about the mode of baptism or the type of baptism. Look at the text very carefully. Again, come back to verse 36. It tells us they came upon a certain water. Then down in verse 38, the chariot was commanded to be still. And look what happens here. They both went down into the water, and Philip or he baptized him. If he were to be sprinkled, why would he have to go down into the water? If he had been poured over, why would he have to go down into the water? The word baptize that we have in front of us this morning is actually a transliteration of the Greek word baptismo, which means to make fully wet. Now you see this afternoon, after the wife has made a lovely Sunday lunch for all you men, and you say, look, dear, you just sit down. I'm going to get the gloves on. I'm going to fill the sink up with lots of water and put in the very liquid or whatever it is you put in, giving the game away there. But anyway, once you fill up the sink and you bring over those dirty dishes, and if you were just to put half that plate in and wash off half the plate and set it back out in the rack, are you going to be greeted with a favourable response? Probably not. The Greek word here is completely immersed. You have to push that plate right down in under the water, completely covered, and give it a good scrub so it's completely clean. That's what that word means in the original, totally immersed. In other translations, it means the complete dying of a garment. But that's significant, isn't it? It's not a mistake, because whenever we are saved, is it not a complete salvation? We don't get our salvation in instalments, do we? We get all the salvation we need the very moment we cry unto God for mercy, for salvation. We get all the salvation we need to guarantee our home in heaven, to secure our home in heaven, so fittingly, when it comes to baptism, it's exactly the same. It's a complete procedure. Anywhere in scripture where this word is used, it's used in conjunction with believer's baptism. Is that interesting or not? Isn't scripture so simple? Verse 39, the first part of it, they've gone down into the water, completely immersed, under, and they come up out of the water. You know, the meaning of baptism is maybe the most important element of this, not just the mood, but the meaning. So, maybe you're here this morning and you wonder, well, does it really matter, sprinkled, poured, immersion, does it not just matter that you go through this idea of baptism? Why such an emphasis on scripture on it? What does it symbolize? Why is it such an imperative for you as Baptists? Well, I'm just going to explain it to you. It symbolizes union with Christ. Union with Christ. You see, this union is a union with Christ in His death, His burial, and His resurrection. You can read it in Romans 4-6. But this passage is very important because it helps us understand, and it stands between the two main themes of that great epistle. First five chapters of Romans. Of course, Paul deals with justification. The next three chapters, he explains sanctification. But union with Christ is central to both. We're justified of our union, or justified on account of our union with Christ by faith. We're united with Christ in His death, His atoning merit of His death that's imputed to us or given to us. And upon these grounds, Heavenly Father looks upon us and declares us to be justified. And we now as believers, we endeavor to live a life of obedience, and holiness, to be united to Christ in His resurrection. Our life is His life, and His life is our life. We are now joined to Him. And that's beautifully displayed and portrayed whenever a believer goes through the waters of Baptism. It signifies going under the dead. The burial, being under, coming back up again, the resurrection. It's a beautiful picture of all that Christ has done for us as believers. And I would respectfully put to you this morning that no other mode of Baptism could symbolize these momentous facts of this great union. Once we grasp that believers Baptism and union with Christ go together, we have the key to this great picture. Death, sin, going down with the old man into the water, under the water, the burial, coming up again, resurrection onto new life. Would you not agree it's a beautiful picture in believers Baptism? But then there's something else. There was an evident conclusion. And this is pretty much my conclusion so you can breathe easy. There was an evident conclusion. Look at the end of verse 39. The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more. And what did he do? He went on his way rejoicing. He went on his way rejoicing. He was carried away. Philip's work was done. He was appointed for other duties. He'd fulfilled the will of God. He'd realized the purpose of God in bringing him down that desert road all that time ago. He'd come down the desert road. He'd met this Ethiopian eunuch. He'd witnessed to him the man who had come to faith in Christ. He had the great joy of baptizing him a new convert. Philip went on to Caesarea. We'd come again to Philip in Acts chapter 20. We find that he must have stayed there in Caesarea and we read about him there. But what happened to this Ethiopian eunuch? Well Philip was carried away but the eunuch he carried on. He went on his way rejoicing. Why would he go on rejoicing? He didn't go away despondent. He didn't go away devastated and regretful. Where's that man that just witnessed to me and baptized me? He's a very important person to me. He's precious to me. No, this eunuch went on his way rejoicing. Now why would he be rejoicing? Well I would like to suggest at least two reasons. Number one, he was saved. And aren't saved Christians happy? Come on now, don't prove me wrong. Isn't it good to be saved? There's one or two happy to be saved. That's good. But saved Christians should be happy. I'm not negating the fact that Christians go through some dark and difficult and deep trials. I understand that. But ultimately above all those things and above the darkness and the gloom of our trials and tribulations we have a great hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. But this eunuch, he went away rejoicing. He was saved. That's one thing that would surely make you rejoice. But he'd been obedient to the command of God. There's a very simple thing that I want to leave before you. Whenever you obey Christ there comes great blessing through obedience. There's great blessing in obedience when you obey Christ. It's only tradition. But Ethiopian tradition tells us that the eunuch would become the first evangelist in his home country. You see, you'll find this morning as God's children whenever you keep God's word there is great reward. John 14 verse 15 If you love me keep my commandments. Psalm 19, 9 through 11 The fear of the Lord is clean enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, ye than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant worn and in keeping of them there is great reward. Let me ask you this morning one more time are you saved? If you are saved are you baptized? If you're not baptized why are you not baptized? Speak to me or to one of the elders and we'll get it sorted and then next week we'll get you into membership. How about that? May God write His word upon our hearts this morning. Let's just pray before we come to sing our closing hymn this morning. Father we thank you for your precious word. We thank you for this great record that we have in scripture of the obedience of your servant Philip. We thank you that when you told him to arise and go he simply went. There was no remonstration. There was no questioning. There was no doubt he just simply went down that desert, that lonely road and Father we thank you that along the way the eunuch was waiting to be shown the Holy Scriptures. Father we thank you for this great example that we have, this great encouragement that we have in scripture to witness and to evangelise one to one. Father give us that burning and burdened desire for one to one evangelism. Father we pray that you would give each and every one of us, even one person in the incoming days to witness Christ. Father we pray that we would meet one person who is searching. We realise that today despite many outward appearances people are searching for truth. They're searching for reality and they can't understand what's going on both in the world and in their own personal lives. Father we pray that you would give us that one person to witness to and that we'd be able to share the wonderful simplicity of the gospel. Father we thank you that when we come to witness we're not sharing about a church, we're not sharing about a denomination, we're not sharing even about ourselves but we're simply sharing Christ. The one who came into the world not to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. The one who came and died upon that tree at the place which is called Calvary. Just like John, behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. That's who we seek to witness this morning Lord. Father help us we pray. Father for those maybe who are here who have been saved, been on the road and Father we pray that if they're not baptised this morning that you would convict them through your word as to their need of baptism to follow and to realise that whenever they keep God's commands there is great reward and great blessing even in the things pertaining to Christ. But be with us we pray for those who must leave us at this time before we come to the table we pray that you would grant them safe journeying mercies and be with them we pray. We ask these things in your precious name. Amen.
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"Worth sergeant bags went on to other calls but there was something about that accident scene that stuck with them because she was pretty shaken up and i said you know i need to get your license and insurance and all that information for my report i remember going inside her car and seeing all of the medals that her son jose had earned and i thought wow this is really you know it was impactful i was like wow you know it was gut -wrenching doing something not every officer would do behind the scenes sergeant bags got to work i reached out to triple a and my goal was to just tell them the backstory and i thought maybe if they knew that and it was on the border of being repaired or totaled it might push it in the this way of hey let's repair this thing and they told me they had already paid her off and that the settlement was done but once i did explain the whole story the guy was like oh my gosh and i said well i tell you what i'd like to to buy the car if i could and i figure you know if it's a couple grand to buy this car maybe i could do that and then i'll go around to some shops and say hey can you help me put this car together this is where we're at triple a ended up gifting sergeant bags a car he could have it but he still had to figure out how to get it fixed so then i started spending part of my shift don't tell my boss but spending part of my shift driving to some some auto repair shops kind of explaining what i was doing and uh you know a couple surprisingly weren't interested but he found one that was and then i got a call from uh dave goldstein with caliber collision and i call it the golden call caliber collision a well -known company in numerous states said their volunteer their time to fix the cube they would make it like new but before moving forward he tracked down candida's son in arizona to get approval to say hey can can you just would it be okay if i did this because i thought maybe part of it was she's been holding on this and maybe just be a little wouldn't be a reminder for her every day it might be some closure i don't know where she was at in the healing process and and and i didn't you know i didn't want to upset the but her family without candida knowing said yes then the work began my name is juan reyes um i was uh at the point at that time i was a disassembly reassemble team manager reyes and his fellow tacks offered their own time they stayed late they worked on their days off to rebuild the car i mean we actually got that car and and we looked at the vehicle what it was and and and like i'm saying i i told my team exactly what we were what we're gonna do and for who we was doing it for so they were more than happy and willing to do it at no problem it took about a month of grinding pounding and reassembly so when the vehicle came in i mean it was completely destroyed from the front once we did a full estimate of what we needed including tires rims i mean from bumper to fenders to inner structure to seats to carpet to i mean we just went all around the whole car i mean we painted the whole car dents that were around the car we faked we we fixed every single dent on the vehicle many of the parts were donated by dealerships and distributors everybody chipped in to help gaby jimenez in the front office at caliber collision organized the whole thing on their end it was nice to see you know a lot of people coming together for a good cause the car was put back together there was one addition that they added tori's tattoo so the tattoo we got a photo of it i believe he had it on his arm if i'm not mistaken and um we took that to the vendor and got that kind of like a decal sticker and put a couple in between you know the inside of the vehicle the outside just as a reminder to her a piece of her her boy is in there as well then after weeks of working on the car it was time for the big reveal all orchestrated by sergeant bags it was veteran's day candida tori thought she was going to a veteran's day ceremony but she didn't know she was actually about to get back a piece of her son it's with a heavy heart and with great honor you know i was really worried because i'm kind of a a softy when it comes to stuff like this
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"Meeting myself for the first time no matter what mood i'm in too i'm like oh that's how i'm feeling that's what i'm dealing with that's what's underneath all the rage or the sadness or the smile or whatever it is and i can see it and we're holding this space not carrying each other's burdens but we're listening empathetically we're just we're this story here's the key to your son's car this is the moment that took a gold star mother from grief to all -out emotional joy you can have your car back when her world which had been turned upside down seemed for a moment to make more sense it's nice to know that there are people in the world that have good hearts that was the voice of candida tory he was 21 years old and full of life he was candida's son jose jose tory jr was an army specialist stationed in kansas he was very charismatic he loved sports he was known to fellow soldiers as something other than jose maybe he was out in the field and they didn't know you know they there was no tv and he would be like hey tell me what the score is because i got money writing you know my daughter was like i am not at home he's like well look it up google it hurry up hence being how he got the google because if jose did not know it he googled it but before he was known as google growing up his family called him joey his mom looking over old newspaper clippings as we sat together in the booth tory would always choose at a diner down
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"Even if it means she cries with the very family she's there to comfort we cry together we cry together you just tell them it'll be different it'll change and i know right now it's the blackest time in your life and you think you're never going to come out of that but you will in the 20 years since the iraq war started the pains of battle have not stayed in iraq or afghanistan they were carried home by the men and women who served for some the trauma of war has created two decades of mental anguish even though the u .s is no longer a country at war the scars of the battle are still being experienced at the veterans affairs aspire center in san diego an effort is underway now to help those who are suffering this is a sound of a wood lathe veterans who fought in iraq and afghanistan are on the patio here at the va's aspire center learning how to craft wood he's teaching him how to do that pen so what's he making right there he's making a pen he's making his own center a lot of your pins have metal or or plastic centers we're teaching them how to make them with the wood volunteers come to teach woodworking one of the many lessons being taught to veterans who are living here receiving treatment um it's our gym um so we have veterans can come and work out here anytime dr carl rimley is a chief of aspire center a 40 -bed complex where veterans who have served mainly in iraq and afghanistan can get mental health care often due to post -traumatic stress disorder ptsd from what they experienced in battle this program was designed primarily to serve veterans who are at risk of homelessness or homeless but who also have severe ptsd that's not resolved since from outpatient treatment at risk of homelessness can mean a husband or a wife saying the veteran can't be at home anymore because of their anger or alcoholism aspire center opened in 2014 seen the time as an innovative way of helping younger veterans get treatment for ptsd it's a sort of complete city inside of the walls of the 30 ,000 square foot building where veterans learn to get their lives back the first couple of months is how to learn to live as part of a community i think it would probably be much cheaper to provide each of the elements of care separately put a veteran up in a hotel and uber them back and forth but it doesn't work because if i was coming to your group and you were treating me for ptsd i could hold it together pretty well for an hour but you don't see what happens afterwards and i may not even be aware of it during their time here there's a mix of clinical treatments the evidence -based therapies and evidence -based therapy is a therapy for which there are data it's been studied and it's shown to have a positive effect in terms of outcome if you follow the guidelines in the sort of the annualized program the main ones that we use are prolonged exposure which is reliving the experience in a therapeutic environment after learning ways of managing the heightened emotion and anxiety that comes up and finding that you kind of retrain the nervous system to not have be triggered it quite as much beyond ptsd the staff also works to treat what's known as moral injury when a veteran may have done something against her morals or failed to stop something goes against her deeply held beliefs all part of the treatment to get them back to hopefully thriving
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"To those who as lincoln said gave the last full measure to preserve protect and defend the american democracy we honor military personnel who died in service of their country on memorial day we also remember all who served including their families here now is abc's christopher watson with a very personal recollection of when his own father went off to war i don't remember when it was told my dad was going to vietnam it's always seemed odd to me that i have no memory of that moment you think being told that your dad's going off to war would make an indelible impression but i was nine years old and vietnam was just a word really we all knew there was a war there of course you could be a kid living on a military base in the early 70s and not know at least that i do remember when dad left for vietnam april 27th 1971 a tuesday two days after his 37th birthday i remember being sad my two sisters and i complained that we didn't want to go to school that day but mom said we had to only later did i imagine how difficult that had to have been for her consoling her children on the night before her husband went off to war the last night she'd spend with him for a year or maybe forever dad spent the first three months of that year in danang and the remainder at tontanut air base just outside of saigon mom wrote him 25 page letters at the dinette table almost every day the envelopes bulging like pillows she baked him chocolate chip cookies by the pound we kids recorded dad's favorite country albums on an old ge cassette player the size of a shoe box propped against the console stereo speaker careful not to make any noise and spoil the recording a letter from dad was like christmas mom would read them to us there was always an individual message for each of us kids and more than a few pages that mom would set aside without sharing after pausing to scan them silently i remember the day dad came home april 16th 1972 was sunday mom drove the hour to raleigh durham airport in the big 68 Pontiac catalina all of us dressed in our church clothes we watched the stairs roll up to the plane the door opened and then out came dad he spotted us immediately through the terminal glass and waved grinning i remember being surprised by how much thinner he was and how gray his hair was silver on both sides it hadn't been when he left the first thing dad did was crush mom in his arms and kiss her like i'd never seen him do before and young as i was that's the moment i first understood that they had a life together that didn't include us kids dad didn't say a word to me about vietnam until five years later the summer of 77 i was 15 contemplating my future thinking about the military maybe that's why he finally shared stories unprompted every afternoon for a week some were funny or bawdy some cautionary some heartbreaking a few of them frightening like under his bunk the first night there helmet and flak jacket on his shells exploded just yards from his hooch thinking he told me what the hell am i doing here he was serving fulfilling an oath while his wife did the same back home dad retired from the military the next year at the rank of chief master sergeant after two years in the army and 22 in the air force proud to have served he always said though vietnam left him with questions none he shared beyond that single mission to me nor did he talk much about his time there after that i don't think he avoided it he was doing his job and that job was done and i miss him every day grateful for what he taught me proud of who he was and to be his son thankful he got to come home you this is a special presentation from abc news america remembers reporting from the mount soledad national veterans memorial in san diego here is abc's alex stone this is a site of stories stories of sacrifice in the beauty of this memorial the stories of those who lived defending freedom the names and images etched into the granite walls honoring those who served some who died while doing it from the revolutionary war to the war on terror the glistening pacific ocean in front of me wild flowers and birds all around were high above a mountain overlooking san diego this site brought years of controversy over the giant white cross on what was public land it was a fight that was appealed all the way to the u .s supreme court today the white cross remains here on land owned by an association and like so many who come here to do in the
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"It allows me to say i have nightmares it allows me to say i'm gay it allows me to say this happened to me so through art i found other outlets that allow me to calm cope and soothe myself that weren't destructive because i'll tell you i open up my medicine cabinet every day and headaches sweaty palms nightmares all of these things are side effects of medication uh the side effects that come with art zero before we ended our conversation omar wanted to share a poem with me with all of you it's quite long so we can't this is my poem it's entitled camouflage to heart war makes humans human conflict is universal battles rage as mankind ages yet never learns from past mistakes or stories from those who live to tell of what war remains a living hell still dreams of war knock at my door i try not to let them in comrades did not make it back alive uh hyperventilating my nightmares evolve into daymares and yes i'm still in pain you just can't see it only a camouflaged heart remains tell us what you're feeling sharing something so vulnerable so personal honestly it's nervous and nervous about sharing my story but still at the same time confident that it needs to be heard it's worthy of being heard if i can just help one other person one other veteran hold on and be inspired try art uh find ways of expression i win you know that i didn't give up
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"I don't know what stopped me it just was it just i was like do i really like what happens like the question of what happens afterwards he found a therapist who did several types of therapy including recording him telling his story then he would listen to it over and over again to desensitize his emotions i started doing it and i started noticing that i was not as angry short -tempered um i was not being hyper vigilant because you know in california you can't you can't carry weapons i was like had a knife in my backpack had a knife in my car had it you know always looking for the exit you know i had you know first aid like always just trying to figure out what i would have to do if something happened um you know alcohol was still you know very much involved um until then i was like you know then i started slowing down he began joining organizations like the vfw and iraq and afghanistan veterans of america at the time they were pushing for the clay hunt suicide prevention act that hit home for him he joined in the fight clay hunt was a veteran and who served in iraq and took his own life the act named after him set up mental health care and more services at the va for members of the military the the bill was passed and i was invited to go watch president obama saying the law and at that moment i was like this is what i want to do i want to be an advocate i want to i want to you know doing things locally were great but being able to affect millions was just my calling at the time padilla stood right behind president obama as a clay hunt act was signed into law he showed me pictures from that day but that's me that's you in the white house yeah in the that's one of the libraries just before the men's bathroom were you pinching yourself a little bit you were standing in the white house i still can't believe i was there like it's all seems like a dream because it's like you put in this effort in this work about this movement and about this bill that could change lives and it also changed your life but you never think you would get there you were you always feel like you're running on this treadmill like i'm running towards somewhere but i'm never really going to get there and then you get there you're going what the heck am i doing here he was making real change he was at the white house increasing mental health resources at the va but secretly padilla was still suffering his battle was not over but the problem is is where people that do things like that aren't good at taking their own advice so i was still struggling with alcohol he was appearing publicly and taking phone calls from desperate members of the military who were on the verge of suicide talking them into getting help but he was still going through therapy for his ptsd and he was still suffering we are really good at masking that's the one problem veterans have have and we're really good in masking of how we're truly feeling and that's where we need to become vulnerable but we're just it's just beaten into us that everything's okay drink water move on change your socks i could be surrounded by 20 of my family members and feel so alone just disconnected just so it was really weird you know doing all these amazing things and i still didn't really like at one point you didn't feel nothing like all the like oh you're doing great work you're like am i like am i because i'm still a mess myself it's been an internal battle while working for the veterans mental health non -profit headstrong he took advantage of the therapy they offered and veterans who need help it's about the tools that we have in the shed that we can utilize to work on ourselves continuously it's going to be a consistent battle i have to check myself consistently like like hey why are you being snappy like why are you being angry like why are you you know disconnecting why are you you know all these things dehuman dehumanizing yourself to you know what nothing a wallet or what so um while working headstrong i was like you know can i as a consultant utilize the program they're like absolutely it was that therapy he says it changed his life yet again we addressed the root issue the root problem of the traumatic event rather than just making me numb to it we treated it in a fashion where i could cope with what happened and allow me to kind of move on like i will always remember it it'll always be a part of me the but after effects aren't so detrimental to me and my family to where there's no looming question over my head of will i still be a part of this family today padilla and his wife have two beautiful children he's working toward his mba he's a motivational speaker and a recruiter for a large firm after all these things like you're like this is more than a second chance it's like this
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"Shooting. Detective Sergeant James Mathis was one of the first inside Covenant School. We got to a second floor hallway. Once in that hallway, the smell of gunpowder was in the air. Former acting Undersecretary of Homeland Security John Cohen. They move in a well -organized, tactically proficient way. They operate with a sense of urgency and purpose as they go room to room to room searching for the suspect. When they hear gunshots, they move rapidly, but in a safe manner to where those gunshots are coming from. They engage the suspect, they neutralize the suspect. Two officers, Detective Michael Colosso and Officer Rex Engelbert, fired the fatal shots that ended the shooting spree at the Covenant School. Detective Colosso. It's tough, but our department's done a phenomenal job. Our support doesn't just go towards the officers, it goes to the family. Police -worn body cameras captured a well -rehearsed, efficient and quick response and a command structure that snapped into place. Tennessee State Representative Bo Mitchell. The Metro Police Department, they did a wonderful job. They got to the scene in 13 to 14 minutes and eliminated the threat. But six people still died when they did everything perfect. John Cohen says comparisons between the two incidents are unavoidable. In Nashville, he says, they did it right. They did exactly how they were trained to do it and how we hope they do it once they receive that training. Back in Uvalde, meanwhile, Eva Guzman, who sat on the legislative panel that investigated the police response to Uvalde, found a fatal lack of leadership. We know that if there had not been these systemic failures, that if one person had responded differently at any moment, maybe the outcome could have been different. And Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCross says the failures at Uvalde might be more than just poor training or lack of leadership. My belief is there's possible criminal culpability. There's malfeasance committed that particular day. And from our standpoint, looking at every officer and looking at our own officers is that, you know, what did they know? When did they hear? When did they arrive? What did they do? For families of the victims, the what ifs are agonizing. Gloria Casares, 10 year old daughter Jackie and 10 year old niece Annabel Rodriguez are two of the 19 children killed. If the cops would have gone in, then they should have. Then my daughter would still be here with me today. And remember Chloe Torres, the brave little girl who called 9 -1 -1 from inside the classroom where the gunman had shot so many of her classmates. Her father, Ruben, says his daughter is a different person. She does have survivor's guilt. I hate to say it, but like she really don't care anymore like about doing the little things that she used to do. You know, she just wants to be stuck at home. After losing her daughter Tess in the Robb Elementary School Massacre, Veronica Mata is lobbying the Texas legislature for change. She is a kindergarten teacher at a different school and terrified about the prospect of another attack. It's already hard enough to get up to go to work every single day. And then when you I'm at school and I'm
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"Elementary have only the vague concept of accountability. ABC's Jim Ryan says the search for peace in Uvalde involves a thorough look, not at the shooting itself, but at the response when the violence unfolded. The award goes out to my dear Rodriguez. The morning of May 24th, 2022 was highlighted by the end of the year awards ceremony at Robb Elementary School. Students in the lunchroom received certificates and praise from their principal, as proud moms and dads captured video on their phones. Torres and Jordan. It was the last time that some parents would see their kids alive. The first call to 911 on May 24th, 2022, was about a single vehicle crash. There was just an accident right here behind Robb School. They ran into the ditch. It's a pickup truck. It was 1128 in the morning and the town of Uvalde, Texas, was about to face its worst nightmare. He just jumped over the fence. He's running towards the school. He's wearing black. Yes, sir. We have William and Teddy not that way. Fourth grade teacher, our new full Arnie Reyes. I look at the wall, pieces falling off the wall, and that's when I realized that the loud bangs is a good. That's when he shot my arm. I just remember just falling to the ground and then he came up to the front and shot my kids after that. All 11 children who were in Reyes class that morning would die at the hands of a teenage gunman who spent his final 77 minutes slaughtering 19 students and two teachers. He fires off at least 100 rounds in over two and a half minutes inside rooms 111 and 112. My students were asking me what you know, what's going on? What's that noise? Like, it couldn't be. Approximately seven minutes after the first call was placed, police were inside the building. But when they, too, came under fire, they retreated down the hallway to wait for backup. Among the first officers into the school was Yuvaldi School District Police Chief Pete Arradondo, who tried negotiating with the gunman. Please put your firearm down, sir. We don't want anybody else hurt. He later orders an evacuation of kids and teachers from other parts of the school. In an interview with the FBI, he said, in the preservation of life around everything around him, I felt was priority because I know there's probably be some disease in there, but we don't need any more from out here. So I called out and I said, get these kids out. Clearly, the failure right at the beginning was the inability of the officers on the scene to continue to engage the subject till he was neutralized. Period. If you don't immediately confront that active shooter, lives are going to be lost. Colonel Steve McCraw is the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. We've learned that lesson from Columbine. And the doctrine since then has been an active shooter situation is to immediately locate the subject, isolate him and neutralize him. Because of Arradondo's title as school district police chief and because he gave the order to evacuate other classrooms, arriving officers assumed that Pete Arradondo was in charge of the response at Robb Elementary School, Texas DPS director Colonel Steve McCraw. There's no question about it that he was the on scene commander in the hallway. Arradondo later told the Texas Tribune that he did not believe he was in command that day. Former acting undersecretary of Homeland Security and now ABC News contributor John Cohen says that was the first major law enforcement flaw. No one performed the basic function that's needed in an instance such as this to take command and control over the situation. In fact, the first mistake arguably came 20 minutes before the gunman arrived at Robb Elementary School when he sent a text to a friend saying he had just shot his grandmother and was on his way to shoot up a school. Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman. Any time there is criminal activity this close to a school, there ought to be an effort to immediately notify the school. Guzman sat on a special Texas House Committee charged with investigating the Uvalde Mass shooting. The decision to focus on evacuating rooms where the gunman was not was based on the assumption that the shooter was by himself in Room 111 and the adjoining Room 112, either because students and teachers had gotten out or because they were already dead. Then came a phone call from inside the massacre. Uvalde County, number one. Can you tell me your name? Chloe Torres was trapped in Room 112. We've spoken about things like this happening around our nation. Give them scenarios. What would they do? Ruben Torres is Chloe's father. He later learned that his daughter played dead by smearing the blood of her classmates on her own body to put the blood on her. You know, I find it amazing that my 10 year old at that time, like just thought about that. The call from Chloe Torres does more than offer a terrifying view of what was happening inside Room 112. John Cohen, that information should have been taken in by the call taker, should been immediately relayed to the incident commander, who should have used that information to understand that this was still an active shooter event. The call taker does forward that information out to the scene. We do have a child on the line. The room 12 child is advising. He is in a room full of victims, full of victims at this moment. Child just call if they have victims in there. OK, Chloe is going to be Chloe, she's in room 112, I'm going to 112. And still, Uvalde City and School District police officers waited for backup from state and federal resources, including Customs and Border Protection, which has a presence in Uvalde. For more than an hour, officers, many in full tactical gear, stood in the hallway outside Room 112 at Robb Elementary. In a later interview with the FBI, Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arradondo said that during that time, I'm certain I heard him reload. I did hear that one time. I don't know if there was a second. Another potential opportunity lost, says former acting Undersecretary of Homeland Security and ABC consultant John Cohen. If a law enforcement officer hears a suspect reloading their firearm, it should say two things to that officer. One, that the threat is not over. And two, that may be an opportunity to immediately breach and engage. The massacre at Robb Elementary School was the sixth during Governor Greg Abbott's seven and a half years in office. There have been others since, including the slaughter of more than half a dozen shoppers at a suburban Dallas outlet mall and the killing of five members of one family in Houston. In the hours after the Uvalde mass shooting, Abbott initially praised the actions of the hundreds of law enforcers who made their way to the school. They amazing showed courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives. Comments he was later forced to revise after hearing from his DPS director, Steve McCraw. The idea that this was an heroic and well -done and effective and efficient operation was not the case. And when we determined that it was not the case, we reported otherwise. In the final assessment, says McCraw. We failed to prevent it from happening. I say failed and I said we and I said the law enforcement community, because collectively we did. As horrific as the shooting had, as chaotic as the response was on that day, Uvalde already has added chapters to law enforcement training manuals, chapters on what not to do. Ten months after the tragedy at Robb Elementary, we think we hear gunshots, think you hear gunshots. OK, is that at Covenant School? Yes. A 28 year old former student at a private school in Nashville walked into the building armed with two rifles and a handgun and started
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"The Ukrainian military and the Russian Wagner private army have reported that Russian forces are retreating from around the city of bakhmut. Kib has pressed on with its biggest advance, a 6 months ahead of a planned counter offensive. China's president has unveiled an ambitious plan to help develop areas of Central Asia by aiding countries to build infrastructure and boost trade. Xi Jinping said development strategies would be created to elevate the 5 Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The number of people known to have died in floods in northern Italy has risen to at least 13 with thousands forced from their homes. 6 months worth of rainfall fell in a day and a half in the Emilia romagna region. And The Pentagon has accidentally overestimated the value of the equipment sent to help Ukraine by $3 billion. The error now means more weapons could be sent by Washington to help with cues fight against Russia. And those are the headlines. We turn now to Cambodia where the country's opposition party candlelight has been banned from fielding candidates in the elections in July. Candlelight has been seen as the only really credible alternative to the prime minister Hun sen, who's been in Paris now for the best part of four decades, or Phil Robertson is deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. He joins me now from Bangkok a very warm welcome to Monica radio Phil. Thank you so much. So just explain to us, what is the official reason for this ban? It is really absurd. What they're saying is that the candlelight party needs to present its original registration certificate. However, that registration certificate was lost when a previous party, the Cambodian national rescue party, which candlelight sort of grew out of. Was dissolved in their headquarters were taken over by the police. So there's no way for them to provide that original certificate to the national election committee. And last year, when they had the commune elections, it didn't matter, because they provided a copy, and that was fine. So, you know, somebody has created a new obstacle to basically prevent the candlelight party from contesting this election. No, it doesn't. I mean, what you've just described there is a hint of a background of prime minister Hun sen, effectively doing what is necessary to stay in power for the last 40 years. I mean, what is the state of any kind of opposition in Cambodia at the moment? Well, the candlelight party is the main opposition party. We've been documenting attacks on their members by people wielding iron bars on motorcycles and Phnom Penh the capital. People have faced trumped up charges and being sent off to prison. And, you know, now we have this latest administrative impediment, which is imposed by a national election committee that is basically a puppet of prime minister Hun sen. So it's all clearly heading back to Hunza and he doesn't want to have any serious competition in the July 2023 elections. It's made that election a joke. And it's a bit of a death knell for Cambodian democracy. So what could cause a shift here? Well, it has to be real international pressure. For various countries to stand up and say, look, we 40 years ago supported the UN to come in to create a multi party democracy. And you're now basically tarnishing that legacy by these actions by preventing any sort of serious democracy, any sort of serious democratic competition or election from taking place. What could be done though by the international community because I mean, you're obviously pushing it Human Rights Watch for change. We have the human human rights commissioner, saying that Hun sen continues to suppress political opposition. So politically, it's not very that no change is being prompted there. But what about economically? Well, I mean, I think we would like to see action against some of the senior officials in the Cambodian government, particularly the military and police officials who have involved in human rights abuses. We've called for targeted sanctions against them in their economic interests. We'd also like to see the European Union take another swing at the everything but arms trade preferences. They took away 20% earlier because of Cambodia's failures on human rights and labor rights and we think they should take another look at that and perhaps take some more. That kind of economic pressure I think would wake up Hun sen and the administration and put on Ben and hopefully get them to realize that they've gone too far. And indeed, the neighbors, I mean, you're a neighboring Thailand. A country which is possibly potentially seeing political change in the wake of this weekend's elections. I mean, could that do anything? Well, I think it's certainly inspirational in as many as a million Cambodian migrant workers who are working in Thailand are certainly paying attention to that. But I think that Hun sen has made it very clear that any sort of serious challenge to his authority is going to be met with violence and incarceration. Jono, you know, there needs to be an international buffer to try to push back against these excesses by him. I mean, we're not expecting that the candlelight party, even if it was allowed to run, would be permitted to take power if they want a majority because who doesn't really believe in democracy. He believes an autocracy. And that's what he is constructed. You know, he just wants to have it. Look a little bit democratic. So that he can claim he's a democratic leader when he goes out on the international stage. Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch speaking to us on the line from Bangkok. Thank you so much for joining us on Monaco radio. You are the globalist. Venice's architect of Biennale takes place this weekend and joining me now from Venice is monocles designed as a Nick monies. Nick, how are you coping? I'm coping everyone else. And so it's the press preview today.
"19" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Now let's have a look at the morning's papers, the journalists and communications consultant Simon Brooke and regular voice here in Monaco radio is joining me in the studio. Great to have you Simon how are you? How are you? Let's begin with the story in the telegraph. The Ben Wallace, who is the UK defense secretary, is throwing his hat into the ring to be the next head of NATO. He is indeed, that's right, as you know, the current NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg is due to set down in September. And according to the telegraph, mister Wallace has positioned himself as a potential candidate to succeed Stoltenberg. So Ben Wallace made these comments during a trip to Berlin for talks on Ukraine with his German counterpart, Boris Pistorius, according to the telegraph, mister Wallace told the German news agency DPA. I've always said it would be a good job that it's a job I like, but I'm also loving the job I do now. So yeah, it does seem to be that he's a pitching for this top job in defense. I think it's interesting because Ben Wallace many people would say is having what is sometimes described as a good war. He certainly has been very effective in leading the UK's consistent support for Ukraine and he's been a sort of popular colleague amongst MPs. So yeah, he could be in a good position to take this job. You could also say cynically that given the poll rating of his Conservative Party at the moment and the fact that there is a general election next year, it might be an example of a Tory MP looking for what a life outside politics. What does it never let go of the handle on the trapeze and to leave your hand on the next one? Especially in politics. Especially in politics. I mean, how impressive is Wallace a character though, because you need someone who has a sense of being a good military leader and a good political player. I'm just thinking of people listening to the globalist right now thinking, I don't even know what Ben Wallace looks like. Well, that's the question. I suppose to some extent there's also I mean, I think he has done a pretty good job so far. There's also of course the sort of the global politics, isn't it, to what extent would the rest of the NATO membership want a Brit in the top job? So obviously there are sort of politics around the country that he comes from. And there must be many other contenders, as you say, but it is interesting that I think that we've also had a recent in the last few years, other candidates from Britain as well. Other people in the top job. So it's interesting that he is already looking at taking on this role if he was offered it. And the fact that people already looking at a NATO post yen Stoltenberg, who I think most people would agree has done a pretty good job. A steady hand on the Tenet. Let's move to the South China morning post. I think you wanted to talk about questions about whether the help, the military helped the missile defense systems at the Ukrainians are using to repel the Russian invasion, could actually be used elsewhere, namely in Taiwan. Yeah, so a continuing that defense theme, if you like, according to the South China morning post, Taiwan officials are monitoring Ukraine's use of an advanced version of the U.S. made patriotic sorry patriot advanced capability missile defense system, which as you say is being used to intercept Russian hypersonic rockets. But there is some question analysts are split about whether the system could be used to defend Taiwan, which the South China morning post describes as the self ruled island, whether this technology could be could protect Taiwan from attacks, launched by Mainland China. Ukraine is reported as being very successful shooting down Russian hypersonic kinzel missiles, so the question is, could that same technology, as I say, defend Taiwan from China, even though experts are split on that and the paper does quote experts from the People's Liberation Army who of China who are naturally skeptical about this ability. But I think it's interesting given comparisons have been made about the sovereign status of the Ukraine on the one hand Russia's invasion of the country and then China on the other hand in its relationship with Taiwan, especially following the Chinese leadership's more aggressive stance and, of course, the military activity that we've seen from China around the island. So this really does get down to the kind of nitty Gritty of the weaponry that might be involved. Finally, let's look at The Washington Post. You mentioned when you popped into the studio at the start of the program that you wanted to talk about kissing. Now we've known each other a very long time, Simon. But we're not there yet. Yeah, you did, I was going to say I noticed you recoiled when I mentioned that that was my other story here. So yeah, so when was the first kiss? I mean, not your first kids, but the first kiss. Well, according to recent papers have suggested that according to recent papers, quoted in The Washington Post, it's been suggested that romantic or sexual kissing began about 3500 years ago in what is now India. Well, at least that's what people thought. But according to Danish researchers who are interestingly a husband and wife team, it turns out that the earliest recorded case goes back at least 4500 years to Mesopotamia and apparently there are clay tablets and other materials that talk about kissing. So it's a lot older than we thought. It is a lot well, it's a suspect. I don't think anybody wrote it down when they were having their kiss, not least because they're probably too busy. They know what it was. They didn't even have this fun thing. That's not a good sign. Well, the interesting thing is that this couple came up with the idea to research this while they were discussing a paper on the ancient DNA of herpes simplex as a dent at the dinner table. I mean, that's actually possibly a perfect example of married life that kissing has gone out of the window and actually over dinner you're talking about herpes. It's a bit of a passion killer, isn't it? I have to say, but yeah, that was their original interest apparently in communications of diseases, disease transmission, and stuff. And I thought it was quite interesting as well, because talking about disease transmission. Sort of kissing died off, didn't it really during the COVID pandemic. But interesting to see that it does seem to be slowly coming back. I just came back last night from Italy and before that from France where, as we know, the double kiss is a perfectly executed piece of choreography. And I'm glad to say that it does seem to see very much alive and well. So very briefly, the nice thing at the end of this is there's a little explanation as to why we kiss. And one of them is obviously it's to get each other going. But also when you want to make them when you want to pass on your genes, apparently it's an opportunity to evaluate your path, partner because if you kiss someone with terrible teeth or terrible breath, they're going to make a lousy companion. Well, it's useful to know, isn't it? I mean, I suppose the idea is if you do that during that romantic encounter, it's probably not a good idea to explain. I'm now going to kiss you just to test your dental capabilities. Are you going to be a good partner with your do you have good teeth? Simon Brooke, thank you so much for informing us on all that. At the time here in London is just nudging 7 30. You're listening to the globalist with me, Emma Nelson on Monica radio, a quick look now at some of the other headlines from today. Both the Ukrainian military and the Russian Wagner private army have reported that Russian forces are retreating from around the city of bakhmut. Kib has pressed on with its biggest advance, a 6 months ahead of a planned counter offensive. China's president has unveiled an ambitious plan to help develop areas
"19" Discussed on Cheine On
"Is a book about a series of people over. I think like a thousand years or a few hundred years or something. And it fits in here. Yeah. Like the today's events would fill an entire building of paper to try to write down everything that happened. Just like a few hundred years. This is so consolidated. Just like the things from today. That have happened from 12 midnight. Yes. From 12 midnight until now that we're recording it. You could literally fill an entire building of pages about the events of just today if you really broke it down. This is supposed to be 500 years of history and philosophy and thoughts. Welcome to this tiny thing. And this is a thick this is a, quote, fill your book. Thicker book. You know? Like, we have so little understanding of where the fuck we come from and not many people have much understanding of it. The percentage of people that really understand a good amount of history and things like that, the lineage of where people come from. Or even have like a good theory on it. What point zero zero 1% of the population maybe. If that, like, it's such a small amount. And I don't know why people look at that stuff is crazy. And then it's like the Big Bang. Like, do I believe the Big Bang happened? I think so..
"19" Discussed on COVID-19: What You Need to Know
"Rick rubin in a series rula. We realized we were writing songs that were memorable not because we wanted them to be memorable because we remind them also july sixteen lebron james steps into michael jordan shoes with space jam new legacy a sequel to the bizarre nineteen ninety-six animated and live action film. Why did you hear this. One is co written by black panther writer director ryan kugler and it's in theaters and streaming on. Hbo max that same day in theaters. You're probably going to find out about it anyway. So here's a little preemptive tooth telling the anthony bourdain documentary roadrunner premiers. There's no happy ending a week later. Audi i'll everybody's favourite lovable fish out of water soccer coach. Ted lasso returns for season two on apple. Tv plus what did you say to a cow tail coach. Lhasa always saying they say to diane sawyer. Jerry asked me out on a date yes please. And july thirtieth of all the jungle cruise is you can take in the amazon. This one is undoubtedly the cheapest. We'll find out if disney's jungle cruise actually works or not. The latest movie based on one of the theme park amusement rides speeches. Dwayne johnson and emily blunt. That's in theaters and on disney plus. Now we're in august typically a slow time but not this year me on august. Sixth rule going to die warner brothers. Takes another shot at the suicide squad franchise with the suicide squad. A sequel to the two thousand sixteen film in which margot robbie viola davis and joachim in return idris elba and sly. Stallone joined the cast and guardians of the galaxy director. James gunn takes over that's on. Hbo max and in theaters. What's the following week. It's time to pay respect and like you to call me miss. Franklin the long-awaited aretha franklin movie respect starring jennifer hudson premieres august thirteenth only in theaters. Another delayed long-awaited film the horror movie candyman. It's theaters august twenty seventh and that same day. We'll see the chair. It's the first series produced by david. Benny off and devi y since they created a little show. Called game of thrones but don't expect dragons swords from this. Netflix drama would star sandra. Oh is the first female head of a university english department so a lot of options on which depressed play in the coming months whether you do so inside on a screen outside at a concert at a national park or hold up with a cozy video game. Whatever the case. Thanks for pressing play with us. Now i'm off to the park for some pickle ball. Press play was presented by abc..
"19" Discussed on COVID-19: What You Need to Know
"This is so cool. There was a lot of that kind of reaction on this trip and we weren't the only ones impressed. It's actually a lot bigger than we first thought. There's a lot that we know. We're not going to get to this time. We met jenny amax hikers from the pittsburgh area. It doesn't feel like you're three hours. Outside of pittsburgh they had new river gorge circled on their bucket list but said the national park designation did prompt their visit. I think it put more of an urgency just for like wanting to cross off my list. But it's been on his list for years. Yeah so we were definitely to come here no matter what endless wall inches offer some great views of the river and trees literally diamonds point after our conversation with our new friends from pittsburgh can see the new river gorge bridge. Which is the bridge in west. Virginia which we drove over unexpectedly did not realize who you're doing. He'll three thousand foot. Steel behemoths is one of the largest single span arch bridges in the entire world. It's almost a thousand feet high in a state landmark and it's of everywhere you see it on postcards you can even see depicted on one side of their state quarter and we wanted to go see the bridge up close then we would descend down to the new river but on our way met a couple of first time hikers of the new just like us a couple of chapters as quick which is queer focused climbing group all over the country. And so we're here. The dc chapter brendan halina. Were part of the group. Elena had been to a few national parks ourself into the grand canyon acadia national park in maine gorgeous sanity. According to their leader. Brian though the new river gorge might be getting more attention. Now that it's a national park but for those who live in the surrounding area. The secrets kind of been out. I mean hasn't changed hiking..
"19" Discussed on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson
"A lot of Americans Congressman Thomas Massie already had coronavirus and wanted to know if he should still get a covid-19 seem most everyone has had covid-19 is considered immune but how long immunity last is unknown whether it's after infection or vaccination on award winning scientists himself as he quickly found that vaccine studies showed no benefit to people who've had coronavirus vaccination didn't change their odds of getting reinfected. The controversy began when Massey noticed the CDC was claiming the exact opposite cdc's advisory committee on immunization practices had just issued a high-profile report offered by fifteen scientists. It wrongly claimed Pfizer study proved. The vaccine is highly effective or showed consistent High efficacy for people who'd already had coronavirus. Thar's Covey to it says the exact opposite of what the data says. They're giving people the impression that this vaccine will save your life, even or you know save you from suffering even if you've already had the virus and recovered which has not been demonstrated in either the Pfizer or the moderna trial the mystery deepened when Massey contacted CD-ROM for an explanation as he says he was so alarmed by the misinformation he decided to record the calls on a December 16th. Call cdc's Captain Amanda Cohn C ROM Agree that people who've had coronavirus shouldn't rush to get vaccinated. You know given that there's limited doses right now where we are you suggesting that those people who wait for that suggestion to wait has it always gotten out. Should I get the vaccine if I've already had covered it experts say it's a good idea because they're not sure how protected you are after recovering our full measure investigation examined the database reporting illness after covid-19 scenes. It shows numerous people are getting vaccinated even though they've already have the virus some experts say that's depriving others who need the vaccine most health officials in many kids say they don't have enough vaccine. It's happening across the country promised doses not delivered on the call. In fact Massey for flagging they're mistaken claim that vaccines were proven to work for people who've had coronavirus. I think we'd read that way. She'll go down the other stuff. You know, we just skipped right over it with we know we can't be perfect. I mean they're working on this thing will forever after be known at all but legalized. Okay, and they said thank you for finding the mistake. We're going to fix this and I thought well, okay problem solved. This is how government works but it didn't quite turn out that way two days later the same doctor KO nud probes to fix joined other CDC doctors in repeating the false information this time in an online session for medical professionals. They wrongly claimed studies show people who've had coronavirus home do benefit from the vaccine.