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Guns, Abortion, Religion Oh My! AMA
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I was just riffing about what I consider to be the dumbest statement of the week, which really says something because we've had some real beauty's in the last week. And it's been a horse race this week. No kidding. So I was reading this yesterday and so- Stacey Abrams. Nice enough individual. She said identity politics is exactly who we are. And that's why we won. I mean, hold on a second. She first of all you lost the governor's race. I don't know why she continues to think she's thinks that she won the governor's race in Georgia. She lost by how many votes, I think she lost by at least forty thousand votes, so Stacey Abrams. You lost the governor's race owned by the way, Donald Trump one in twenty-six just just because Democrats still haven't figured that. And so, and so here's what she said the exact quote Stacey Abrams. I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are. And it's exactly how we won by centering communities and George from sorry catapult lavish. Laws. We not only increase voter participation we brought new folks of the process. Remember, Stacey Abrams ran in that hotly. Contested Georgia governor's race against Brian Kemp and Brian, Kemp one. And so, here's what so dangerous, though, is that she is now glamorizing divisive identity politics and in a previous episode, I talked about the American trinity which is three concepts of first and foremost. E pluribus Unum, the Latin phrase that means out of many one, the second part of the American trinity is the is the word liberty, which means you can do what you wanna do. How you want do you have to take responsibility for yourself. The third thing is the phrase in God, we trust, then I also juxtapose it with the leftist trinity now and I give Dennis Prager credit for the American trinity. He's been talking about it for years, the leftist trinity is of my creation, but I give Dennis Prager the attribution for coming up with the American trinity now the leftist trinity is first and foremost, divide and conquer. It's not easy pluribus Unum. It's not out of many one. It's divide and conquer. That's where we get identity politics from identity. Politics is a strain from the train of, thought of Postmodernism, essentially that the individual does not matter. It's the collective and your tribal group that matters. That's why you constantly see the left tried to have movements that divide people. Rich versus poor and Occupy Wall street. Police versus citizens in the black lives matter, movement, or more recently men versus women in the metoo movement. It seems as if there's always movements that are trying to pit people guest each other and said of unified them together in here. Stacey Abrams, she said, this is why we won. I'd have more respect for her. If she said, identity politics is who we are. And that's exactly why we lost because she lost the race. She still hasn't conceded. And she lost by fifty five thousand votes actually just so you understand fifty five thousand votes and she still thinks she one or maybe it was Russia, for the reason that she lost the two thousand eighteen midterm election not. Totally sure, but identity politics is one of the most dangerous trends in America because essentially what it means it means that things that you cannot control matter more than things you can control. That's what identity politics is all about skin color matters more than character gender matters more than course of action. That's that is why at any politics, so dangerous because it releases people from responsibility, if it does not matter how you act does not matter. Your content does not matter. Your value system. It just matters your skin color or your gender, then all of a sudden, it releases people from actually caring about how they act and caring about what they think, and it matters more about their tribal identity group and puts people in very segregated community reset gates people on necessarily Stacey Abrams. Praises this as saying, again, I have to read this, quote, I can't say it without laughing, I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are, and exactly how we won by centering communities in Georgia. We not only increase vote are partake. Depiction. We brought new folks to the process. That's why she lost by fifty thousand votes, but she believed she won. Congratulations. Stacey Abrams for the dumbest political statement of the week. So thank you Stacey Abrams for getting us off the starting block here producer Andrew, what you got for our AMA, we're getting out of the gate. Strong hair going straight. For some controversial topics allegedly contra allegedly Pennzoil you coming for allegedly controversial topics here on the trailer Kirk show Rebecca from Wisconsin has question about abortion now where we get to the question, if you're listening to this on apple podcasts pleased to things press scribe five star rating lever review, that's where these questions are coming from. So give us that five star rating, please, it really helps us climbing the rankings and go up against these far left wing podcasts. So police press. Subscribe five star rating producer Andrew. So the question again is from Rebecca in Wisconsin, and has to deal with the allegedly. Controversial topic of abortion. And the question goes like this. If a woman is allowed to terminate the life of a child, because she does not want that child. Shouldn't men also be allowed to opt out of paying child support if it's a pregnancy they did not want either. Well, so I I'm going to I'm going to phrase this in a way that uses the left's own terms against them. And I'm not gonna say this is what I believe, but it's going to be a thought exercise for people to, to use. Okay. So the left believes that the fetus or the baby I call it a baby. But a fetus is a human life is just another description for human life, within the within the woman is a piece of property, right? Andrew. They say that it's a piece of property that can be disposed of because it's not a human life. Something along those lines, certainly so because it's definitely not a human life. So it's something that could be disposed of. Okay, actually, go to the medical science behind it. How much percent is that baby under the law, actually the fathers and what? Cent is the mothers. Because when the when the baby is born, it's fifty fifty right? When the baby is born is just as much the father's child as it is the mother's child actually go to the science of it, reaffirms it just as much of the DNA creation is the father's edit the mothers. So you go to the actual blending of the sperm and the egg, it's fifty fifty and so one would make the argument the scientific argument that the woman is nothing more than the host. Now the host is important. I'm not trying to diminish that. But the baby is developing within the woman, it is not the woman's body. It is another body within her. Let's go back to this argument. If it is a piece of property like the left says it is, and the woman has complete and total domain over it, which, I don't accept. But if we go to the argument that it's fifty percent the man's and fifty percent the woman's Why's it only the woman's decision to dispose of that piece of property. Well, it you have you can't tell a woman what to do with her body, Charlie. But the argument would be isn't it half the woman's and half the man's piece of property because half the man's DNA that's being. Disposed of without without him even being notified. And so a more interesting thought exercise do is what if you had to get the man to sign off on an abortion, now, obviously have exceptions for rape, and incest, and those, you know, sexual assault health of the mother health the mother, which by the way, I'll actually read the statistics in a second is a rarity. The, the Florida abortion statistics came out so mind, you Elissa Milano goes on television on CNN when the new abortion law gets passed, and she completely, and totally demagogues, the abortion debate. She says Republicans don't want when in that get raped they'll have abortions. Well, first of all, I actually do believe in those exceptions, some Republicans and conservatives don't I do believe in those exceptions below me. Redo some statistics out of seventy one thousand seven hundred forty abortions in Florida point zero zero one percent were duty. Incest, point zero six five percent to protect the mother's life point zero five eight percent due to rape point six six eight percent for fetal abnormalities abnormality. No yet. So tough word. Say ninety eight point six percent were elective procedures for social or economic reasons. So we're talking about such a small finite percentage of the argument that actually gets focused on a majority of the conversation. But I do not believe that people should be able to dismiss another human life, just because they don't want that life. And I sent out a tweet the other day that went totally viral talking about the tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of American families that are waiting in line for adoption. There are so many Americans that were not given the blessing of being able to have children that were not given the opportunity to be able to procreate on their own, and they have to wait. It's very expensive, by the way. And so I think that we should completely totally defunct Planned Parenthood. The five hundred million dollars a year and redirect that five hundred million dollars to adoption, why not why not have planned adoption. Isn't that what real Planned Parenthood should be like, they, they capture this word, Planned Parenthood sound so nice who doesn't want Planned Parenthood? No one wants unplanned parenthood. Right. Is. In the left, they're so good at capturing these agreeable terms for things that are actually inherently divisive. And I think we should redirect that money towards adoption services. I think that the conservative movement us at are pro-life. We don't talk enough about adoption -unding adoption is a beautiful thing. There are an by the way, our adoption laws are totally screwed up the waiting periods the expense around it. There's so many families that get pushed out of the adoption process, because of how expensive it is the lawyers. They have to hire, and the thing surrounding it. And so the thought process for those listening is, if it is actually half the man's and half the woman's deoxyribonucleic nucleic acid. That's very fancy term for DNA in the child, because when that child is born at his half and half should the woman be able to get an abortion, without the man actually agreed to not saying, I believe in that a not at all. I'm saying that's a thought exercise that you should be able to consider because the left views the. Fetus, as nothing more than a piece of property, that can be disposed of. Well, you know, I think it's interesting, too, and I got in touch for media matters listening to this. I'm using it has I thought exercise right Andrew. That's right. It's a thought exercise and I do believe in exceptions, for rape for incest, life of the mother and health of the mother, which is less than two percent of all abortions. Right. Well, I think you touched on something really interesting with Planned Parenthood, you know, it's a deception from the very beginning from the name from the branding writer, Planned Parenthood. It's actually planned abortion really blunt plan. Termination of my great friend. Lila rose says it doesn't help plan for parenthood, it helps people escape it. That's right, Planned Parenthood. They actually provide very, very little healthcare, very small percentage of adoption referrals unless than two percent of all the nation's cancer. Screenings per year were actually done by Planned Parenthood. And they say that's a big part of what they do. Three hundred twenty one thousand abortions of your through Planned Parenthood, and we give them five hundred million dollars by hundred million dollars year. Giving an example of how much three hundred twenty one thousand abortions is a year. That's Saint Louis wiped out every single year in that stunning. That's three hundred twenty one thousand lives that are not allowed the opportunity to exist to flourish. And so people say, Charlie, why do you care about that into that child? But because we care about the sovereignty of the individual that if you are taking away that individuals potential. You are then saying my life. My decisions are more important than another person. You're then value, imposing on another person. Isn't that everything? The left says they don't want doesn't a left always say, well, don't tell me how to live my life. You're telling another person how to not live. There's by ending their life, just to give you another idea. That's eight hundred eighty abortions every single day and just the cumulative numbers since Roe versus Wade, interesting. We'll talk about Roe versus Wade in the second, that's sixty million abortions since Roe versus Wade that sixty million lives that never had the opportunity to flourish. What if we? What if we aborted, someone who could have had a breakthrough cancer drug? What if we have boarded someone that could have led a peaceful political movement is together? Well, I always think about this. In terms of Steve Jobs was very well could have been aborted. Yeah, exactly. How many Steve Jobs have been killed since the beginning of Roe v? Wade, so we as center-right conservatives libertarians, whatever you wanna call us. I call myself a conservatory, and we went through that in the first episode encourage all you to go back and listen, not up. So why believe what I believe? And of course, give us five stars is we believe that every individual can flourish above the level that they are today and abortion, robs people of that opportunity. And so the other part of this Roe versus Wade. It's really interesting. The woman that was actually using Roe versus Wade later became a pro-life activist. And she said she was used just for political purposes to advance the abortion industry. And that's really what this is. This is an abortion industry. It's a multibillion dollar machine where the abortionist the abortion doctors people that own the clinics. The people that have contracts for the clinics make so much money and isn't it? A sad state of affairs. Andrew that there's an entire industry in America. That makes money off of terminating the life of certain individuals. And here's another couple questions about abortion, that people should think about number one. Why do we have universally agreed upon standards of when life ends? We offer a death certificate when life ends, we do not have universally agreed upon standards of when life begins do not say life begins when the baby comes out of the womb, that that is not. I mean, anyone who has that position believes that abortion, right up to the dilation is legal, which, by the way, is the position of the democrat party in New York in Virginia. The second question that people cus- me using semantics, but language matters language, is the map of which we navigate our values. Why do we say when someone is pregnant, hey, how's your baby or ones your baby do not? Hey, when's your fetus stew, or how's your fetus doing or what are you going to name your fetus? We recognize it. As a baby, as a child, Kim Kardashian, who's a Planned Parenthood. Activist Alissa Milano is a Planned Parenthood. Activist you can go back to their Twitter posts in their Instagram posts when they were celebrating their pregnancy. They said, hey, come to my baby shower, they never said come to my fetus shower. They said I can't wait for expecting child. They, they recognize there's something within that is a human life. And why does why someone able to have a celebration of a pregnancy, which we don't call. What do we call that? We call it a baby shower or not a fetus shower. Why are they able to have a baby shower and everyone celebrates the pregnancy and they bring them gifts. And they might have a gender reveal, and then what if the woman right after that ceremony goes and has an abortion, does that all of a sudden make that life, more or less alive, or you make that human more or less alive? The essence of it is a human life, should not be subject to another person's circumstance or subjectivity, instead, you should have objective, standards a life, where he said, yes. This is a human human being that should be preserved and protected and their rights with honestly to use the word I used before protected up against anyone that might wanna violate them. So before we take some more questions. Here's why am a big fan of SimpliSafe home security. 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If you're listening, give us those five star, we are in a five star rally right now on apple podcast, here we go into. That's right. Christina on Facebook says it's sort of related question about abortion, which is why is it okay for abortions happen, but not okay for women to use a gun to protect herself, so sort of a connected idea. Well, I think what she's doing. She's pantomime in a liberal talking point, right? Andrew, but she's kind of being ironic. Yes. She's well she's, she's being. Yeah, she's trying to fish. That's about a word. That's about a word. So look, I mean, the answer is, we believe that the baby should be protected, and you should be able to have a firearm to protect yourself. It's really interesting in the kind of gun control debate. How often people don't realize that it's actually women that are the most likely to purchase firearms right now that the most Anare membership has actually been I can get the exact numbers somewhere between seventy eighty percent of new members under the age of forty have been young women. And so let's play this out. Let's play out one of the leftist talking points to its further extent. And then let's walk backwards with a solution to their own insanity. Okay. So there's a huge movement right now around me, too. And look, I think if men engage in that kind of behavior they should be held accountable against the law. They should go to prison people like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, I'm not ever trying to cheapen that in whatsoever. However, they I believe miss misrepresents assistance, and make it seem as if that college campuses have a higher sexual assault. And rape incident. Than the Congo, which as Heather McDonald says that's not even close to being. And again, they're saying that one in four women in college will be sexually assaulted if you actually look at the data, this is not true. It's just not. But let's pretend it's trip. Let's pretend it's true. And again, I'm not trying to cheapen or diminish that because I know a lot of people that have been sexually assaulted in very good friends that have gone through that horrendous, horrendous thing, and I'll tell you how now they live within how they react to it. They bought a firearm, and so if you take the left's talking points with furthest extent that there is an unbelievably dangerous world out there that women are being subjected to this horrendous criminal activity on college campuses and other places. Andrew, wouldn't it make sense that we should increase firearm ownership for women because guns are the great equalizer? The look at a woman with a Glock that would put her up against any sort of three hundred four hundred pound guy that might want to harm to her. And that's why I'm such a big defender of the second amendment, and there was this great video clip. I put my Twitter a couple of weeks ago of. This woman that was walking down an alley and a guy gets out of a car and tries to steal something from her. She takes a gun seamlessly shoots him twice in the leg and that was about it. And so, for we have our young women's leadership summit coming up at turning point USA, TPS dot com over one thousand young women from all across the country, fifty states represented, and one of the biggest issues that the young women at our events that gets them excited is legal firearm ownership. It is the great equalizer and people like Katie Pavlik and many others. Talk about this that if the left if the left was actually correct. Let's pretend they are that we live in this environment were one out of four college women are going to be sexually assaulted or raped which, again, what parent would send their daughter to college. That was actually true. And that's what McDonald extrapolates the data. It's just not correct at all. And they've moved the goalposts they've moved the data sets, however if that was true then you should acquit young women with the capacity to defend themselves against someone where they're such physical inequality because. Because I mean, no matter what you argue, then are going to be bigger. They're going to be more aggressive than young women. And so you have a five foot two young lady in colleges nineteen years old while if she has a firearm, she'll be able to protect yourself against something that bad that happens to her. Well, you know, it's one of those, those issues to that I think would surprise a lot of people if you go on social media just just look around a little bit, a lot of young women in the conservative movement. I mean, it's, it's a it's a massive trend so many of them Trent just go on social media just John's anybody here listening, who's not aware go on social media, you'll, you'll find dozens and dozens and dozens of influencers as, as we call them. Let are promoting firearm Veyron safety stats. There's been a seventy seven percent and female gun ownership since two thousand five it is the fastest growing demographic within shooting. There are over five point four million women who target shoot regularly that means at least once a month. This is a huge increase and I don't think that story gets out very often and for whatever. It seems as if the stigmas that only mentioned on firearms, which is obviously not true. So actually we have another gun question. Charlie why we're sort of on the topic. This is Richard Richards asking about just the increase. I'm gonna paraphrase this question for him about the increase in deaths from from gun violence in America. Isn't that an argument against a gun ownership in the second amendment just how many deaths are every year? Well, so let's actually break down the gun statistic deaths in in America. So there's roughly, there's roughly thirty three thousand right? Andrew thirty thousand gun deaths per years, over thirty K, that's right. So when it comes to the gun debate in America, there's so much misrepresentation. So first of all, just take two thousand sixteen the number is startling. And you hear this number recited, and repeated by many politicians thirty three thousand five hundred ninety four gun deaths in two thousand sixteen. Wow. That's a lot and it is a lot. But twenty two thousand nine hundred thirty eight of them. Redan. By suicide. We are the only country in the world that counts death with a gun and suicide as gun death only country in the dust world. So let's just factor. I mean I'm not trying to diminish death by suicide. I've had friends that have committed suicide and suicide, very serious real thing. But I think we would all agree that there's something deeper than just the firearm at play when someone commits suicide with a gun that there's deeper mental health issue that needs to be addressed. So then that leaves fourteen thousand four hundred fifteen homicides in two thousand sixteen if I were to ask somebody what added that fourteen thousand four hundred fifteen what number do you think was mass shootings Nokia seventy one seventy one out of fourteen thousand four hundred fifteen thousand sixteen where mass shootings now there's actually a very specific definition of what a mass shooting is. I think it's three or more people killed. I think so, so fourteen thousand four hundred fifteen you subtract by seventy one where's the rest of this number come from? Well about one percent of that number is rightful. Means a self defense about one percent of that number so people that defended themselves. And that's actually not a murder. Let's gun death. Another part of that about two percent is accident will just discharges. So people that were not taking care of their gun, or they were cleaning it, and properly, and they died because of that, which is horrific and that's a responsibility issue, more than anything else. The same could happen with a ladder outside of your house when you're cleaning the yard, the same could happen with a chainsaw just because you did it with a gun does not mean it's gun problem, but a majority of that Andrew eighty percent ninety percent I can get the exact number are with, with handguns and their gang related violence with men between the ages eighteen and thirty in urban areas. That's where eighty percent of the gun deaths in our country, actually happened is in very densely, populated urban areas where there's two big common nominators failing public schools, and failing government programs. You tie those two things together you have. A pattern of gun violence and violence altogether that quite frankly makes seem as if we have a gun up democ in American. There's this great op Ed and I'm gonna find it right here that was centrally. I used to support gun control and then I found the statistics, and now I don't, and there's Washington Post October, third two thousand seventeen written by Leah libra SCO, Leila Briscoe, quote the top of it. I used to think gun control is the answer. My research told me otherwise as one of the most amazing pieces, Washington Post can't believe they published it. I've Tober third two thousand seventeen and you read this, and she says she goes through the whole thing death by suicide who, actually are the ones that are committed are are contributing to the murder rate. And she says the largest set of death outside of suicide where young men ages fifteen to thirty four killed in homicides in urban areas, and it's the more you look into this data. The more information you get. The more contextual. The more context, you can get just away from confiscate all the guns take things away from people. And look, here's what people have to realize is there is always a price to liberty. There's a price to having the liberty of cars. There's a price to having a liberty of planes. There's a cost having the liberty of buying alcohol, the classes that some people will abuse that liberty and abused that freedom. And unfortunately, with firearms it gets very politicized. Very quickly where people immediately went to confiscate other people's firearms for their own political purposes, even when the vast majority three hundred million guns and over one hundred million gun owners did nothing wrong, and they peacefully stored them in a safe. They registered them properly, and they did nothing to contribute to a crime whatsoever. I think you're touching on something as well. How so much of the gun debate is emotional so much is what they see on TV these horrific shirt shootings, and we need to have a conversation about what's happening at our. Schools, of course, certainly. But, you know, when you hear something like the crime prevention research center saying that over fifty percent of murders occur in two percent of the nation's three thousand one hundred forty two counties. So two percent of our counties account for over half of the murders that occur in this country. It's a very, very centralized thing, and of those fifteen to thirty three percent, according to the Justice justices national gang center department of Justice's national gang center, rather fifteen to thirty three percent are all related to drugs and gang activity, which, which, again, you have to go to the root causes of why that's actually happening. Why do people join gangs because families are broken apart? Why do they stay in gangs will? Because our schools are failing, if we could fix our schools through national school choice program in a national voucher program, which we talked about in a previous AMA, I encourage I'm going to go back to the we hadn't Phoenix, where I talked about why we should be able to fire bad teachers and pay. Good. Teachers more and allow parents to send their kids to better schools and our public education system has been. Total and dismal failure. It's a civil rights catastrophe of our time. And it's not because of lack of funding. We've spent trillions of dollars on our public education system, and we have basically nothing to show for it, and a lot of our schools, there are entire school systems their entire school areas, that school systems. I should say where kids, they couldn't find one kid could read at grade level, not one kid at grade level. And so you have these systemic reasons for violence. Then all of a sudden you blame the gun. And so there's a website, I always go to the native Chicago Cubs. And just right now year to date, one hundred sixty seven people have been shot and killed in Chicago, six hundred seventy seven people have been shot and wounded in Chicago. Eight hundred forty four people have been shot year to date and one hundred eighty homicides with the strictest gun laws in the country. A report released in two thousand seventeen found thirteen high schools in Baltimore had zero students proficient in math. I want to say that, again, a report in two thousand seventeen bound thirteen high schools in Baltimore that had zero students proficient in math ninety percent of black boys in Baltimore schools cannot read a grade level, get no teachers are being fired. No teachers are being held accountable for this failure. We just keep sending money and we keep sending money to administrators. None of these schools are closing and they should be closed. The schools open charter ones. Send them the private schools, giving them a voucher to get out of there. And what, what if you cannot read, and if you cannot do math at grade level? Sure you're much more likely to join a gang you're much more likely to get into horrific criminal activity. We have to get to the stem reasons. This is happening. This is something the left always talks about. Like what we have to realize the systemic inequality in it. Well, I agree. It's your own programs that have screwed up these inner cities and conservatives always get hit with, you know, your heart or callous with this, and that and the other. But it's no it's actually there's a lot of compassion involved in failing sister about our. I mean, I'm a Christian. I care about our fellow brothers, and sisters, the at least of these. Yeah. You know, the last time, there was a Republican mayor in Atlanta, eighteen seventy nine the last time, there was a Republican mayor in Chicago, nineteen thirty one the last time, there was a Republican mayor in Baltimore, nineteen sixty seven the last time, there was a Republican mayor in Detroit, nineteen sixty two the last time, there was a Republican mayor New Orleans, eighteen seventy two Pittsburgh. Nineteen thirty four Seattle, nineteen Forty-six Philadelphia, nineteen fifty two. Cincinnati nineteen seventy-one. No wonder why all these cities have failing schools high crime and poverty. You can't blame Republicans for cities, that we've never governed list of America's deadliest cities, Saint Louis. Baltimore Detroit, New Orleans. Birmingham jackson. Baton Rouge, Hartford, Salinas, California, Milwaukee, Chicago, all run by Democrats. We don't need gun control. Andrew, we need democrat control. All right. Well, that's a good place to leave it gay. 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Now we're back Andrew producer Andrew what else you got. We got Brandon from Austin, who says we haven't talked about illegal immigration, but what about legal immigration, the population in my state of Texas has increased dramatically in the last few decades, both from in-country immigration from states like California, as well as from Latin America, should we be worried about population size and how much legal immigration is enough. So great question like this is actually kind of becoming more, hotly debated. So I am so against illegal immigration. I don't even call it illegal immigration. I think that immigration means that you obey the law, you wait in line, and you come to this country correctly, illegals, are line, cutting and border jumping, but this is the disagreement, I have with a lot of some people on the right. And this is kind of a growing contingent on the right and producer Andrew action, I'd be in this category, who knows which is there's this organization. I have respect for a lot of what they talk about. I'm not trying to diminish them or belittle them. I just disagree with him. And disagreements fine called numbers USA, and they run these. Ads saying, we want to restrict the amount of legal immigrants in our country, as if as, if aspirational qualified intelligent people coming to America would be a net negative and there's, there's no evidence of that whatsoever. It's not like we have a lack of land, or lack of resources in this country are certain parts of the country that are probably overpopulated LA county thinking of one, there's contract that could be benefitted by five thousand new ambitious young ethical, immigrants small over the world. And so I'm actually the opinion that we should be the Kentucky basketball of immigrants. And what I mean those that don't understand the sports reference, they go in search out Kentucky basketball every year, the best basketball players in the country and the best talent, we should be no different. We should have the most talented ambitious people in the world coming to America. Now, we have specific type of visa, the five visa allows you to come in with resources, create jobs by property, maybe a hotel and listening it, permanent residency. This is a great part of immigration system. We should expand that, and that we should make it easier for people bring their money into America. Same should be said though for the gene of genius visa if you're coming to be educated in America, you should be able to stay in America to go to Stanford. If you go to jail, go to Harvard, while, would we educate the best and brightest of the world and export them back to the country that they came from export them back to eastern Europe or to Africa, rever, it, doesn't make any sense. We want them to stay here in America. I'll give you a couple of minutes. We do not have an overpopulation problem in this country. Certain parts of the country can probably be too densely populated. But right now, just so you know, Chicago Illinois Cook County lost fifty six thousand people over the last ten years. Why is Illinois losing its grip because a bad politics and bad policy? But if you've ten thousand immigrants that come maybe a little bit of money, a lot of ambition, great ideas, Illinois, it could be turned around. And so, I know that a lot of the policy, a lot of the, the concern about overpopulation comes from people in L A, and producer. Andrew lives in L A, and he's I understand. It's traffic is real the traffic and the the schools. And I get all that. But there's parts of this country that are losing population, actually, you know, for the first time since the census North Dakota and South Dakota increasing population and Cook County is decreasing population, ca county Chicago, I want you to think about this. Cook County Chicago, where is the headquarters of Boeing, the headquarters United Airlines the headquarters of AllState insurance. Lost fifty six thousand people over ten years. It's amazing with all the births and all the people still moving there that means that there's just a net migration out of Illinois, and I'm one of them, I'm getting out as quickly as I possibly can. So there are parts of this country that would be benefited from a Embiid and aspirated group of immigrants that are can obey the law. They'll create jobs. They'll be entrepreneurs, they'll go to school, and they'll be able to participate in a market economy right now, injure, we have more job openings than we have people to fill them in America right now. And that's because our economy's doing so. Well, I say we need more legal immigrants to come to this country. I'll give you some example. Elon Musk came as an illegal immigrant, a legal immigrant, Peter Thiel, these people came as legal immigrants to our country, and they obeyed the law, and we're better because of it, you know, it is interesting. You touched on something right, there, about people moving around in the country legally. Right. So people are leaving places like California. They're leaving place. Like Leno and they're going to places like Texas like they're going to Arizona, they states. Exactly. And there are parts of this country Texas could take another five million legal immigrants. When you go to these parts of Texas, there, they are starving for, for high quality talent that will come to their that will come to their state. There's a lot of people though, that are also worried about this right causing a lot of consternation about Texas, turning blue because of all the Californians coming, look, here's the one thing you should not craft immigration policy around, how you think people are gonna vote. That's that's, that's not a good. That's what the left does, and we accuse them of that. That's why they want you legals. Right. So you should that's might be a byproduct might be a logical conclusion of a lot of these things, but we should what's best for the country. Okay. So hundred thousand people that bring money and bring a high intellect and bring in Bishen with them is nothing but positive, and this is not a relatively new concept. Merit-based immigration is the standard of a lot of these countries at the left. Holds up as the greatest countries in the world, Switzerland. They will not let you into Switzerland unless you have no debt, certain net worth, and no crime whatsoever. Switzerland's always held up as this great social when, in fact, Switzerland is actually much more free market than America's Sweden. Norway Denmark, Sweden up into late Sweden is totally screw themselves up because unlimited immigration their country, and that's not what I'm advocating at all. But there are people right now there are young people. There are eighteen and nineteen and twenty year olds all across the world from India from Indonesia in Somalia. That would give anything for a chance to come to America, and they would obey our laws and our country would be better because of it, we need those people here. We should want those people there and that's here. And this is exactly why advocate for that type of immigration, you know, there's some interesting numbers from pew pew. They say that according to pew the US has more immigrants than any other country in the world, as I as of two thousand fifteen the United Nations estimates that forty six. Point six million people living in the United States were not born here. No by far. And so not only that we take in half the world's immigrants every single year. So we have five percent of the world's population, and we take in fifty percent of the world's immigrants. We so if you had if you had you five fingers, everyone listening to this holds up five fingers, your first two fingers, right? There are Indian Chinese. That's the world population. One out of five people in the world are Chinese the other one on a five or Indian so to five of the people in the world are either Indian or Chinese. It's amazing to think about isn't it? We like to think, as if America has a lot of people we really don't we've three hundred and forty million people. That's five percent of the entire world. Most of the world is Indian and Chinese most of the world's actually in Asia, if you count, India and China, both in Asia, plus, the Philippines, plus Indonesia, plus Korea, plus Japan, you're looking at about two point seven two point eight billion people just in Asia alone. Not to mention Iran in the Middle East. There's a billion people about in the Middle East. Altog-. And so America's five percent of the world's population yet. We take fifty percent half of the world immigrants every single year. Japan, does not even have an immigration policy. And actually, I could argue the lot of these countries that don't want to bring in the best and brightest aspirated on Ford, thinking, and productive people. They're worse off because of long term. I think Japan is actually slipped from the global competitiveness stage because of their lack of embrace of a legal immigrants program that allows people to start with nothing and create something with aspiration and Embiid can work ethic. And entrepreneurship America's in a unique challenge. When when we're talking about immigration as well, in the sense that we are big enough as a country from east coast to west coast, north south, to have internal immigration that also causes upheaval and change different cities. Right. You mean illegal immigration? I'm talking about legal in-country immigration. This is really interesting. I mean, this is what we call the what Louis Brandeis called laboratories of democracy, essentially seeing how different states can implement. Policies and you'll see the movement of people, and Illinois is the greatest test case of this. Illinois should be one of the most prosperous, most fiscally, sound states in the country, I grew up in Illinois. I love it to death, but it's becoming unsustainable. They're doing nothing but raising taxes, their pensions are, are complete and total joke and every other neighboring states Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan Michigan's not neighboring not touching it, but it's neighboring it, you can get to Michigan in thirty minutes from Chicago. The our booming and prospering, on the backs of the mid west on the backs of Illinois. I should say, and so look what's really interesting is you see, now, people going to Tennessee people going to Texas. You see people going to Florida. Well, what does Texas, Tennessee and Florida all have in common low income tax manageable cost of living, and a free enterprise, booming economy, and you see the exact opposite from states like Connecticut, and Illinois states with high taxes with poorly run urban center public. 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Get involved with turning point USA with some super exciting conferences, coming up the summer young ones leadership summit, our teenage student action summit coming up, July, you can apply at teepee, USA dot com. Andrew, what he got Beth asks. How do you reconcile your faith in forming your politics with the very American idea of the separation of church and state yet? And so thank you. Great question. I mean, my faith is the most important thing in my life. And my Christian walk in my Christian beliefs. However, when dealing public policy, it's really important to never argue through things through three theocratic lens, or as if your argument for theocracy. So everyone of my beliefs, Maya belief on abortion, my belief on judges my belief on religious, liberty has to be argued and is rooted, actually, from a secular viewpoint. Now, of course. My values come from a Christian worldview compassion, and benevolence and generosity being productive and working hard. But when I actually argue for public policy, everything has to go through a lenses. If someone doesn't share those that same Christian worldview. Instead, it comes from agreeable morality of which western civilization has been built on, so don't take other people's stuff allow people to be free. So I'll give you a good example. When I gave the whole abortion, argument earlier in the show, I never once never once cited the bible, I didn't want site my own Christian philosophy belief. Now if I was talking to a church, I might do that. If I was trying to convince them that being against abortion, was the Christian thing I might only use the Old Testament if I was talking to a synagogue, and I was trying to convince them that being against abortion, was some that was consistent with Torah, or consistent with Jewish teaching. However, it's really important that you that, that Christians, or that anyone in the political sphere does not use your own religious doctrine to. Vance political philosophy and I'll give you a great example. We would be up in arms if someone like Rashida, tha Leib airline Alano, mar started to use the Koran to try to justify their own public policy objectives. And so we should always argue for things to a secular lens, because most of America, right now, does not share our own Christian beliefs. And you have to have a government that is for all people that is Representative of all your citizens, and because of that you should have the freedom to pursue your own religious liberty, you're on religious exercise, and you're on religious practice and under the viewpoint that I espouse, which is you can do whatever you want to do, as how you want to do it, as long as it doesn't harm somebody else, but you have to take responsibility for your actions. And then argue for everything through the lens that is agreeable for people that do not have the same religious beliefs that you have got a really, really intense final question, here, we are, what is the better show game of thrones or breaking bad, this from Robert? Robert in Iowa. So I have to say I mean, look, I actually was a fan of this last season of game of thrones. Everyone thought it was horrible. I actually thought the last episode was the worst part of all of it. I love Winton areas target area and burn the entire city down boiler alert. Spoiler alert with everybody's. Yeah, exactly. If you haven't seen it yet. I'm sorry. I shouldn't say, I loved when she burned on the town because I don't like death and suffering media matters. And now you're listening to this, but I enjoyed the character, arc because it actually made perfect sense to me because and let me walk through this, because I don't think this argument was made Dinares tar Garin goes all the way across the sea to claim what she thought was hers and she was ready to take on king's landing and what happens. John snow interrupts her. And says yet you can't go fight the Lancasters. We gotta go fight the debt, it would have been so easy for Canaries targeting to tell John snow to go pound snow, get it pound sand would have been endorsed. It would have been really easy. But let's walk through this scenario, tar, and made a selfless act, something she did not have to do which resulted. It in her losing one of her dragons to the enemy. One of her children children, losing a lot of her death. Raqi legion losing some Rebecca friends to go fight the dead for something bigger than what was even her. What is she get in return? She goes to find out that she actually isn't the true heir to the iron throne that her love that she fall in love with was actually her relative. I think her or she was her his aunt, right? That she was the aunt, the hem. So whole thing was kind of incestuous literally. And so then she loses a bunch of her loved ones. She loosened one of her dragons to the night king to have a totally depleted diminished army. All right. We beat the night, king now can we find the go beat servicing? Everyone's like, yeah, sure that's great. So then she's just flying on a casual beautiful king's landing day, dragonstar day, one of her dragons gets punched out of the sky by one of the guy from the iron islands, the defector urine. That's right. You're on graduate, right? You're on. Yeah, you're on graduate, just a beautiful sniper shot, by the way, how he could hit that thing at going. As fast as it was going doesn't that was probably unrealistic things. More realistic in the fact that in the next episode just has zero problem take out all all. And so the narrative at this point, imagine this, you've lost your dragons, two of them. Jon snow is nowhere to be seen. And now your being asked to now take on, then what happens Mela, Sandra as am I saying it right. Masan Mila, Sunday, mill Sandra me Sunday, Masan day gets kidnapped and decapitated by sir, sir. See, who, by the way, is the one that's sitting on your throne, sir. See who, by the way, her lover and brother was the one who backstabbed your father, remember in the jazz wing, a promise to go up and help you fight exactly how she's supposed to feel about all this house denarius. She's feels like I have nothing to lose never good position to be in now. You calculate all this together you actually look back in previous seasons. Denarius was not always wanted to show restraint she wasn't. They make the character, the character arc. That is being. Misinterpreted online is, if denarius was always one that was very careful. Not to go after people, she crucified the slaveholders in marine. Now she went looking for a fight again. And again when after conflict, she went and indiscriminately burned the tall. Well, family, right remember, is that right? The tar well Tahoe. Yes, I'm well, similar killed all of them. She killed all of them as a complete total piece of retribution. And there was a beautiful line that was missed in the final episode of beautiful line, where I went. Oh my goodness. This could have been this could have been shown even greater wasn't Jon snow that cut off traders head and showed? No mercy wasn't Jon snow, as the Nightwatch that executed, someone who walked away, and he cut off the head wasn't it the first episode ever of game of thrones that Ned stark told the entire stark boys that Justice must be swift when there is a defector from the night's watch, and it was Ned stark who who's who beheaded death the defector factor there. There was no mercy. There is no forgiveness. Now. We're the people of kings in king's landing innocent. Most of them, absolutely were, you look at it through this kind of very little more interesting lens. She had a decision to make the bells were ringing is, sir. C really one that is ever going to surrender at anytime. Search always has something upper sleeve, sir. She burned down the equivalent of a church. After after her after her after her kids were the sept- of, of Vail, male or something, right? Essentially, there Quinlan of a religious institution. She burned it thousand civilians died. It was like the Vatican going basin. She blew up the whole thing. And then her son, Tom and jumped out of a window right after that, to fulfill the prophecy so Dinares had a decision to make now she probably could have done this a little more delicately, but I think it was an illusion to Dresden. I think that was kind of the distinction that the parallel who had an interesting take on this nominee people have have heard. So I think this is, and so the writers, drew this distinction, which was ser so denarius with sitting on her dragon. She had a decision to make accept the surrender of certainty. What? Well, then what do you take her prisoner? Do you publicly execute her? What about all the Lancaster forces you think they're really going to relinquish all the arms? And by the way, you go back to that, Machiavelli and dilemma, she knew she was not going to be loved. She knew she was not going to be loved when she was, she was in west rose. She knew that fear was the only way that she could have possibly governed, the people of king's landing and west coast now, just like all lessons of history power corrupts. Absolutely. And so then she goes way over bounds. But you know how many world leaders that we glamorize and I love Winston Churchill that did that exact same thing Winston Churchill killed anywhere between twenty to one hundred thousand civilians indiscriminately in the bombing of Dresden using firebombing as a way to get back at the Nazi regime for what they did the London. Well, isn't that what he was doing? She was getting back at the Lancasters for all the pain and suffering of killing one of her dragon children of not coming to the aid of the white walkers that we're going to kill her. Isn't that the kind of same moral lens that we look at a lot of our people through? But I do think it's an interesting comment that was made in the last episode where Tyrians actually talk to John snow, and he says, Taiwan. My father was evil searching, my sister was evil, but you pile up. All the bodies of the dead between them and doesn't come up to half of what Dinares just did in king's landing. So I mean it was a massive mess. Was it was? It was a massacre, and I'm not just obvious. I'm not justifying the action but I'm saying she was putting a very difficult position and the rational, the rational choice. She made us that you can't do war half way. And I know this is a difficult conversation for people to have in a mature society. But it was America that dropped two atomic bombs, on Japan indiscriminately in Hiroshima Nagasaki were a hundred thousand civilians were killed. You can look at the actual numbers, it was, probably at least one hundred thousand civilians that were killed. I actually was against the dropping of the atomic bounce. So the idea, well, you are in retrospect, certainly. Yeah. I mean and I know I'm just I'm comparing it. I'm comparing that in times of war carpet bombing, and the idea of indiscriminate killing has been used by our own country and been used by functional societies that we consider to be to consider functioning and moral today that were in braced by the U K and. By United States. You're one of the most antiwar people. I think, you know, that's horrible. I mean I'm unbelievably vocal against conflict in Iran right now or conflict in Venezuela. I mean war is a horrible thing. And so, but I think what it I think what was really interesting. And really instructive and I want to give praise to the game of thrones writers here is they had an opportunity because they said, a billion people are going to watch this or something crazy, like that, right. Andrew like a billion people or something. Let's pretend it's half, though. It's a lot, a lot of people. They had an opportunity to show the horror of war, and I actually appreciate that they did that. I think that opportunity to show what suffering can I think, unfortunately, too often moves, glamorize conflict, the oh, there's the conquer. Imagine how this would have been different if they actually didn't showed the charred bodies and they didn't show, the personal connection at are you had with the fleeing mother and her child. You all of a sudden fell in love with that one character. And then Boone disappears like that. And I think the game of thrones writers did a great service to society, like I actually think they'd services society. So that war is not a beautiful good thing. Well in Weiss and Benny off, actually had. You know, after the episode, and they're now says of the second the penalty episode of game of thrones talked about how they, they made a conscious decision to follow aria through the burning rebel as lots happening. Why it personalized? But I love it. They were doing I love that. They were doing because wars, a horrific horrible. It's like one of the worst things that human beings can never engage in all out war like that. And so, maybe if we have millions more people that are less likely, or less gun, you know, that don't want to go to war after seeing that I didn't. That's a good thing because whether it be dragons. Breathing fire on a city or Tomahawk missiles being launched into a country. It's very similar, and I think there's other ways to go about it. Denarius was led to the really uncomfortable position there, because she knew this if she would have accepted the surrender of surgery, she would not have seen that iron throne. She knew it immediately because John snow would have had the momentum of the people around him and look at the dynamics if she would have actually had armed guards around her and not and disarmed Jon snow before he entered the iron throne pavilion, where he ended up spoiler killing denarius, which I didn't love that whole thing. I, I thought that was very I mean I saw it coming mile away. I mean, of course, but I I didn't. I mean I thought there was great irony in the whole thing, though, because I mean, of course, the writers, do all this. She burns, the whole city down. Then she dies on white white snow, kind of the song of fire in ice was juxtaposed, right there. And then the dragon burns down the entire iron throne. But would you think overwrought symbolism, of course? But do you actually think that denarius in her? Head do I wanna be ruler of this land? And she thought of herself as the ultimate ruler. She thought of herself as someone who had the best ideas. This goes back to the idea of the philosopher, king. Like I just have to kill a couple more people and burnt out a couple more villages than everything's gonna be okay. That idea of moral relativism. Right. I'm not justifying it but it's very accurate. It's very accurate in sense of human history. Teaches us this happens time and time again. Now, just let me burn down a couple more villages. I know better than mean. I have a better piece of morality than you do. Let me do this. And so from that sense, I actually I actually appreciated the game of thrones. Story in the season, a lot more than most people said horrible characteristics, I do think that they would Jamie was silly and stupid. With Brienne of tar thi- brand was one of my favorite characters, I think they cheap into horribly. And then he just runs off to this bizarre. And I just I just didn't like that. I think brand becoming king that didn't really make a lot of sense. So that was the Vegas oddsmakers had that as the top the top choice. So three really, really big questions about the end Tyrians and prison. All of a sudden, they all look to him to be in charge of who becomes king. His beard was must have been that the woman was that the weirdest thing all of a sudden he's in prison is really a rough, they're about to kill him. And then he gives a speech, and everyone just allows it never to my son. Question is the north Lada secede, and no other territories. If I'm doing right there, I'm going to, I'm like, the an all of a sudden they had this beautifully scripted statement, the rule of the six kingdoms like they were ready for it, right? And the third thing is, is if brand new brand, new, he was going to be king, Kuni couldn't he have worn them that the entire king's landing was gonna. Get burned down ahead of time to save all that civilian catastrophe. I just thought that was really interesting. And the final thing is there will be more game of thrones spin offs in the future. There will be a surely. I mean, I've never seen a series and with someone looking into the distance on a boat and not have something happened after that is just it was a rumor that it would be a prequel. Right. So all of the lead guitar game coming power in the pictures where I think, game of thrones really screwed up. Here's where I think, game of thrones really missed the boat is that and this is where breaking bad going back to breaking bad and say, are you availing the question breaking bad was better? And I'm going to tell you, why breaking bad did time transfers better than any other television series now, breaking bad was amazing because you start with a totally innocent character. Walter, white literally, how could you have a more innocent name than Walter white as a high school teacher with a full head of hair turn into the anti hero? And that's been talked about by a lot of people. But it's beautiful the way they did that. It's, it's the opposite. It's the sopranos thing where you fall in love with the villain. And that's why the sopranos and breaking bad. And game of thrones or so amazing. 'cause you actually fall in love with the bad guy. But here's, here's where game of thrones really screwed up this final season. They could've used brand as a centerpiece character to look backwards towards all the characters that we totally miss Ned stark. Like I missed Ned stark, he was, and I've been missing Ned stark is that here's what they could have done so before the great conflict, but because because there's so much waste time in this season would they could have done. They could have a moment where brand was sitting around the fire. I a wrote this, and they all had their opportunity to touch brand, and go backwards to things that would have ended the season more accurately. So they could went backwards when they were kids under Ned stark and bring back Ned stark for an episode. It would have been the most beloved mode in the final season. Made at had a moment where Sants looks back to something that Catlin star told her that had a moment when John snow goes back when he and Ned stark might have been hunting alone, and they would have just been this conflict of, you're not really start. You see them saying that's the. One thing breaking bad did better than any other show ever seen as time transfers. They went back when Walter white was younger, they went back when Jesse was younger, they went back the flesh the flashbacks, but breaking but, but game of thrones really refused to do that in the land. I'm sure it was considered by the writers. I'm not trying to dismiss that I'm sure this was thrown around. But I think for my fans standpoint and a connection of narrative game of thrones was it felt as if this one season was its own entity in and of itself. When in reality, this was an extension from Ned Stark's beautiful for season. One of the most amazing acting performances we've ever seen and all of a sudden we just disappear. We never hear from, you know, another character that we don't talk about a lot Robb stark. Rob was a great actor rob was the fallen fallen from grace and how would it have been Andrew? If Jamie Lancaster would have thought back to his father would have thought back to Taiwan, another great character that we just forgot about or Tyrian would have went back to his struggle with his father. So I think there could have been a lot more internal character struggle going back to the last seven seasons that got us. We were there. Right. Well, you know, it's funny being LA and, you know, a lot of lot of writer writers rooms will say that flashbacks are cheap device or something like that. But I actually think I think you're absolutely right. I mean Sean bean the actor who played Ned stark. I mean it was absolutely beloved. A cheap device at all. I think it's highly effective. And if it's cheap device wife's godfather to considered one of the greatest time godfather to the entire things flashback will listen. I mean, I think this whole story of game of thrones world is created upon these very intricate storylines that require. So we well understand you need to understand the history of the world. The last thing is, is that if the way if we were to take their storyline as it was the way, I would ended the season south one moment of brand, John, so John snow Sonson aria together, huddling at least vocalizing and reflecting on Ned stark Catlin stark, Robb stark theon, all the Tian. I'll stay on all the people, we've lost, and having that last moment to key to summarize. All the time we've spent on these characters and I only got into game of thrones because then Ned stark Ned stark because he was a character bore Amir and Lord of the rings. Why started watching game with Rennes anyway? So long answer breaking bad is actually better. I think because they, they finished the character development and a much more. I think accurate and more complex. I wish that they would have ended game of thrones just on John's. No, killing Danny. I think that would actually been a cleaner ending didn't need to see all the Jon snow killing Danny. I wish that's that's the way it would would've ended with areas dying in his arms. It was a good goodbye. I didn't like that at all. I just felt felt suit, everything about game of thrones was always about disruption and not about that. Hollywood cinematic. There's nothing about the red wedding. That was Hollywood cinematic. Right. The red wedding was brutal. And it was brought then again, we'd how clean it ended. Right. They didn't tied up felt way too. Yeah. Exactly. It was it was it was different than. In the rest of the beautiful season. So the beautiful beautiful journey salaries. So anyway, I could go on for awhile with game of thrones. Might do a whole nother episode dissecting it because there's so many things. So if you had actually go through the really big themes of game of thrones. 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Did I Ask?
"This is Stephen Furnace on the pastor of Elevation Church, and this is our podcast. Thank you for joining us today. This inspires you open builds, your fate it gives you perspective to God is moving in your life enjoy the message. Was Glad when they said to me. Let us go to the house. Then I couldn't go to the House of the Lord. The House of the Lord. They. We'll bring you greetings season's greetings normally they say that at Christmas but God is good in every season. Man And today we thanked him for providing for us from meeting our needs go ahead and let me know in the chat what else he can do. What else can he do? I wonder what else he can do is just a question it's just a question. What if I? Told you. That last week when I went home from preaching. I had leftovers. told. You. that it was fresh from the oven to the point where God was speaking to me so strong. After last Sunday when I preached about when they found out. and. And he was speaking to me so strong, I had to call select members of our staff earned. I had to call the all the staff who weren't aren't saved yet. All the ones who? Are under sanctified and need an extra dose of Jesus? Christ. And Holly. Plus Holly. And I said, let's get in here and get into this word. So I'm going to share with you again from a scripture that I made reference to should we replace this? Is this bad. Should we should we change it out? Chris while I'm changing the south, we'll change it for the pulpit or something just bring me out the real pulpit operates a real sermon. Bring me a real pumpkin. I don't need an unstable table. He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies. The Lord is my pope it. this'll be good. I was writing a remix of Grey's into gardens. Early, this morning I woke up at four thirty. And the Lord said I searched the. Nearly killed me. I'm. In almost took you out but but God had a plan to keep you in. That's that's the twenty twenty graves into gardens. It nearly killed me. But it didn't somebody put in the chat, but it didn't. Feel good to have you back regular pulpit. I've been quarantine preaching on a table like I'm calm. You know my heart, I'm preacher. And I WANNA preach today from John Chapter Six. If you can stand where you are that it'd be great. Right there in your living room kitchen I know many of our. Teams are starting to meet together and watch parties. I'm going to rename watch parties I don't know what yet I looked at it a little bit this morning like I said I've been up a long time. And so I looked at that as well and waiting for this happened waiting to preach him I. Don't call it watch anymore because I really don't want you to think of it as a spectator sport. Because really God when he wants to build the church before he gathers us, he will scatter us and I think part of what God is doing right now is really teaching us to take church wherever we are. And we're going to see a great expansion. In this season and I believe that. But for now, we call them watch parties and I didn't tell the staff that yet they found out. You know what I'm talking about when they found out. Well, they found out just now like you did. So we're going to rename it, but I don't know what yet but everybody worshiping today whether you're just by yourself or you're not by yourself. Even if you're by yourself, you're not by yourself I want you to know that and it's a privilege to stand here today behind this sturdy podium. and. Preach. God's unfailing word to you John Chapter six verse five. This is the word of the Lord Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him. He said to Philip, where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? He asked this only to test them. For he already had in mind what he was going to do. Police fear Gimme disciplined not to preach on every syllable of this text while I read it I love it. And Philip answered him. It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a by. Another of his disciples Andrew Simon Peter's brother spoke up. Here. Somebody shot here. Here is a boy with five small barley loaves in small fish but how far will they go amongst so many? Jesus said You WANNA find out have the people sit down? Sit Down sit down and you'll find out. Sit Down and you'll find out. There was plenty of grass in that place and they sat down. About five thousand men were there. She's took the loaves gave thanks and distributed to those who were seated a little bitty bite, but they didn't get enough. I shouldn't put these scriptures on the screen. So y'all wouldn't know that that I messed it up on purpose it said as much as they wanted, and he did the same with the fish and when they had all had how much. When they had all had how much. Enough to eat. He said to his disciples gathered the pieces that are leftover. Let nothing the wasted. He's speaking that same thing over your life you know that God's not going to let it be wasted. God's not. GonNa Waste Season God doesn't waste a second. No No. No it won't be wasted. It won't be wasted right there in the chat it won't be wasted. So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces. Of the five. The five barley loaves leftover. By those who had eaten And get to my title go back to. Verse six he asked this only to test him for he already had in mind what he was going to do. and. The title of this message is and you got to say like my kids say you're ready. Did I ask Look at somebody next to you say, did I ask? You may be seated. You may be seated or stay laying down if you're still in bed watching it's. Either way. Here we go. Do me a favor. Would you do me a favor? Put something into chat for me or write it down with an ink pen. Put this down. I'll explain it after it starts with the question. It starts with the question. What starts with the question everything. Whatever it is starts with the question. So when people will ask me, where do you get your messages from? And I say people ask me people ask me that much I think maybe ten people have asked me that in the last couple years you know I see people get on social media all the time they're like. Wanted to hop on here a lot of y'all have been asking I'm like a lot of y'all you mean like your sister. Lot y'all do you ever wonder this stuff? Nobody's asking that's what I want to say but. Anyway. Nobody. Nobody asked, well, let me tell you anyway. But since since you didn't ask where I get my sermons from usually is starts with a question. And kind of multitasking here because I've got all these campus pastors who came over it helped me preach today. All these I think I think of US sous chefs. Sous Chef I think I use that correctly And I thought that it'd be good to tell you always start your message with a question not an answer. Because if we start if we if we come to the text, if we come to the Bible, if we come to God with an answer were coming from our mind. But. A good message doesn't come from your mind. It comes from the spirit of God and the spirit of God is in you. And The message that I preached last week the week before that the weeks before that any good message I've ever preached and I'm not saying they're all good. But if it's good, it's because I didn't start with an answer. I started with question. So like I got to John Six and I was telling holly by asking the question where did the baskets come from? This is what I do. While you're out doing like a real job i. think about stuff that the normal person is way too busy to think about, but I have to think about it. It said that they didn't have enough for everybody to have a by. But. Then they had twelve baskets. And I was like, well, maybe these were very very small baskets. nope. The same word for basket that is used to talk about when they lowered Paul down from a basket. If Paul was skinny one, hundred, fifty, pound basket capacity. So I'm thinking how did they? At one moment not have a bite. And then at the end, they had twelve baskets. And I never found out, but I moved on to another question. I moved onto another question not every question gets answered. and. I'll let you know when I find out I read some theories, but I never really found a an answer to that. What I do think is is is a better question and this is this is art of good living asking a better question asking a better question. Jesus is the answer for the world today you've heard that. That might be just like a baptist chorus or something like that above him there's no other Jesus as. Jesus, the answer Jesus asks three hundred and seven questions. In, the four gospels. We're rewriting songs. Let's do it. Jesus is the question. We want answers. But we have a God. Who would rather ask questions? And since God ask questions and Jesus ask questions I thought it'd be good for me to be like him and ask a question so the second question I asked was You know the Scripture says they all had enough they all eight as much as they wanted they went home with leftovers twelve basketball. I couldn't figure out where the baskets came from but I did want to know when did it become enough? In a visual sense I wanted to know when did it become enough? And I thought well, they put it in. Jesus hand. The beat up the boy took his lunch. You always thought the boy volunteered his lunch. There is no textual evidence that he was a willing participant in this miracle. I think the disciples got. You know how you do when you really need something from God and you get desperate and you're like I'm normally not a lift your hands kind of person but I think lifting right about now. Lord. Got Questions. I got questions I'm running out of money and I'm full of questions I'm running out of wisdom and I got a lot of questions. So. I don't know whether the boy offered it or not. I don't know if the disciples asked I don't know if they ask them, they just took it. But what I do know is that that there was eventually found in the crowd watch this five loaves to fish, how many lobes five loaves, what kind of loaves barley loaves what's the cheapest kind of bread barley? So the cheapest stuff produced one of the greatest miracles give him, praise God. Is a master. CHEF. Hollow. Louis. Gordon Ramsey's got nothing on my God. I wish I knew more current chef but that's all I got. So. What I wanted to know is, when did it become enough? When did it go from a bite? Like Phillips said, it wouldn't even be a by winning be about how many feel like that but it would be a by I mean I don't have enough time or close to enough time or even if I had more time, I don't have enough energy and even if I had more energy I wouldn't know what to do with it because I don't have enough wisdom to apply the energy to the right places. So. Then that begs the question. When did it go from? To buffet what happened in between. This is what I do. This is what I do I ask a question and that's that's the wrestling process right? Have you ever heard of when? Jacob. Wrestled with God in the Bible right you know what God gave him. A question what is your name? STARTS WITH A QUESTION You know the nation of Israel. That was Jacobs new. Name. The twelve tribes came out of Jacob when he found out his name. He thought his name was Jacob. But. God asked him a question who are. You. Really I know one people call you. Who are. You really it starts with a question everything that you have ever done in your life has started with the belief that you had about who you were who am I is starts with the question. Can I keep going? So I wondered, when did it become enough because I'm wondering in my own life when will live come enough Because I'm wondering in my own life when will there's going to be a magic Monday morning when I look at my bank account and I'm like Oh, that's Clini. I know it's coming. I had like ten milestones that were supposed to be that and they're gone and so I know it's GonNa be the next one is going to be an excellent. The next. It's coming back to an excellent enough. It's GONNA be enough. To get enough compliments on my preachy. where I'm going to know it. I got this where I'm not gonNA wake up at four thirty going I call it off. Is it too late. Will they be too disappointed? When did it become enough? Because I'm wondering that I wondered that at fourteen I wondered that fifteen I wonder that at forty. Ended up becoming a I was just asking the question. And what got US last week if you didn't watch it, you can watch it. It said that Oh by the way is free. I mean somebody gave so you could experience it. But you can go and get it. You can go and get it. You can go and get it. You don't have to buy it. You can go and get it and it's right there and we found out that it didn't become enough all at once. In fact. You'll just bear with Larry brought. He's not going to be able to handle himself when I show you this is just kind of going to be bad. It's going to be bad I'm warning. You sit close to him if you want to be dangerous over there. Verse Thirteen says so they gathered the leftovers and filled twelve baskets got thirteen up there with the pieces. Of The verse for me. The pieces. Of the five marlene loves. All five thousand men were dead. But the lows never got more than five. So, look at it look at it look at it. They gathered the twelve baskets. I don't know where the baskets came from, but I know where the miracle came from. It came from the five. Came from the five. It comes from the five. Glenn. Put that in the chat it's going to come from five. It's going to come from five. So it never became more on the surface. It was never enough to the naked eye. There was never a moment where it became what it could be but we learned last week. This is just review police BBC. BBC. It became it became enough every time they went back. To the one. Who was enough? Every time I go back to. Every time I, lift my eyes every time. I praise them every time I step his word is a lamp onto my feet every time. I go back. So it was never enough on the surface, but it kept coming. I wonder is there anybody with that testimony? It was never enough, but it can't coming. We May as well have church early we we could do this. It was never enough, but it kept coming I wasn't smart enough, but it kept coming. Good. Enough but mercy kept coming. Up, but it kept. Coming Jesus. Keep it coming. How many have that testimony it was never enough all at once but it kept coming. When I tried to bite off more than I can chew. But when I said, give me stay my daily bread. It wasn't enough for tomorrow but kept. It kept common. Radka. Cup. So I can't common. Scott. and. Five base. Because I'm not praising Him 'cause I. got it all on praising him causing. Kept it coming. Out. When did it become enough? In the process. They saw the provision. So it starts with the question that's how my message started. And then so when I get in the question that makes me wrestle. And when I wrestle with stronger. That's why he asked three hundred seven questions. And only directly answered eight. Jesus is the question. I know you thought God's logo was an exclamation point? Gods. Are Believing. But what about? Did Guide. Really say. Senator the world through. Western. Starts with the question. Did God really say. Starts with the question put it again in the chat, it starts with the question. My marriage to the beautiful illustrious holly verdict the First Lady of what I believe to be the greatest ministry in the world today with the greatest people got ever me. This, this message started with a question my marriage started with a question. And it wasn't. Will you marry me check out this Christian pick up line we're at a Christian College I said, do you want to join my summer ministry team? It was a leading question. I was I was headed somewhere with my question because if I could get around the joyful sound bus. Unloading, jbl speakers in Laura. South Carolina I could get an Charlotte. Wife. And we would be marital. Do Marital things. And Have Marital Union and have a mission for Jesus Christ. Started with a question. The question before the question. Try that on I'm giving I'm giving the single seminar right now, some of you boys need to ask. I mean directly ask. Put it like this Eric is in sales and he taught me this he said, don't ask you want to go out with me say. Coffee Or. Dinner. Don't ask a yes or no ask this or that third dinner. What are you prefer? Breakfast Dinner Italian, or you give him an option, but don't let one of them be no. You, WANNA be on my ministry team. Try that. Worked, for me started with. The question. Because when I asked you all to come with me to start the church. That started with a question to. Chunks and amy. Chunks and Amy Corbett. The artist formerly known as James Brett. Corbett Naming Lynne Moody James Corbett Chunks and Amy. But I just asked him a golden corral. Fact. Only reason we were golden corral is because of a question. I, asked him do you know what? Dr Just moved to show me? Shelby North Carolina. We'll talk about this and other time. You can ask me about that later shelby North Carolina was was a place where I met the whole team for for our church. I didn't know why I was there what while I was there. There were times we really wondered it wasn't a bad place I love show because people watch us from. Shelby. Take us out of your but I love shelby it was great for me. I didn't know why was there and you don't. Know why sometimes You're there right now I know you are. I can't even figure out what this is about. But but I met chunks. Now, he's running to the ministry on a day-to-day basis. So I can preach God's work and it started I said, you know doctor and he gave me Kristen's phone number. I don't even remember what was sick with, but I just asked him for a doctor physical therapist and I thought well, he probably knows the doctor. In the ended up at my house eaten fried. Rice. Here. We are twenty campus later as starting. Now. But then came the question WanNa step out on faith and start the church, and here's what's crazy. He didn't find out any didn't find out where we were going to start the church until after they said yes. So the details came after. The yes was given. Should. I stay there move on the details came after the decision. The details came at go to the land? I will show you. You want another one. Ezekiel, we were singing about it earlier dry bones hear the word of the Lord. That's the command. Right check out the Ziegfeld thirty-seven. Before you go to bed tonight, it starts with a question. Can. This has got. Can they live again? Can that that's got asking that. Zeke. Lord. But the question. Open the door. To resurrection. Come on I. Don't have the answer right now and I don't know what he's GonNa do. That's why I like that song is. Is there anything that he can't do? Just, ask the man who was thrown. Just ask the so I don't know but he does and I want to find out. But Stocks with a question. And this might shock you but not only this ministry. But Jesus Ministry started with. Question. What Gospel did I read to you from. John. The first chapter of the Book of John You know there's all kinds of symbolic things in John, seven signs, Jesus performed, showing himself to be the son of God that you may believe in have life in his name. The seven I am statements where he disclosed the reality the he revealed the essence, his nature and stages less overwhelmed all at once it shows us in stages. In the beginning, this is how starks was the word. The word was with God and the word was God in the beginning was the word and the I read letters in the gospel of John where Jesus. Actually speaks recorded by the Gospel writer. He asks a question. And now I have a question about that. What is the word doing asking a question? Think about it. You. Use words. Jesus. Is the word. I'm not being deep just to be cute. It's a great question. In the beginning was the word and the first words he speaks, he asks Andrew and another disciple what do you want? The I think the word says in human flesh recorded by John isn't let there be that's in genesis. In John The word became flesh and dwelt among us. And the answer Jesus is the answer asks a question is starts with the whole gospel of John, and then it moves to revelation. You know I am the bread of life. I am the Good Shepherd. I am the door I am the resurrection I am the way but before any of those statements. Starts with the question. I wonder what you've been asking God lately. Because breakthrough starts with a question. The next level of your relationship with God doesn't start with you knowing the answer. So stop waiting for answers. Starts with A. Question. My kids asked questions. My kids asked questions some of them are dumb. One. The other day. When was teaching you to boil eggs? I'm sorry to put you on blast like this. But when you said, do I crack it before I boil it. That's a dumb question. He's fifteen years old. That's a dumb question and I take responsibility for him. Not knowing that. That's bad. But but then they'll as deep questions my son ask questions Elijah who's here right now he asks questions that the staff doesn't even ask he's asking me questions he's asking questions when he was nine ten years old that I'd go I'd never even had a grown paid staff member asked me that. As amazing you know because not afraid to ask. Disaster. He just asked me to do stuff. He walked in one night and he didn't ask me. Well he asked me, he asked me in the form of action. He brought me my shoes. He wanted to go see a movie. It was nine o'clock at night. This was years ago and he brought me my shoes and my car keys. He asked me but he didn't open his mouth. He just brought me something. And we sell the movie. BECAUSE KIDS AREN'T SCARED TO ASK Kids aren't scared to. Ask. They'll ask you anything. Abby saw thing on the counter that said the most powerful people in Charlotte or something like that. It was some lists had it had on the list Pastor Stephen Verdict elevation shirts she came to me with the list she said Daddy this was ago now she said Daddy. The most V v most powerful person in Charlotte. Does that mean? You can pull a tooth if it's not even close. What a great question. You know what? I mean. He's like a child. Not, childish but childlike children of God we can ask questions. Did I ask Now, my kids say that to each other all the time just to cut each other off. Did I ask? Did I ask buddy. They are professional button pushers and that was their thing for about six months. Abby came up to me and gave me this sermon title. She said Daddy when this was last week she said Daddy when you are preaching today I thought you should've called that sermon. Did I asked. She heard we're Jesus asked Philo. This is a nine year old girl. She's an you should have called. It did I ask I didn't even ask her what I should have called it. Sometimes got to give you something you didn't even know to ask for. Watch this through somebody you didn't even think to ask. Through. A little boy. With the lunch. So, I was thinking about the sermon and I was wondering, when did it become enough? And then I was wondering, where did it come from? We're all wondering where's IT GONNA come from I don't know where it's GONNA come from. I'm not sure where it's going to come from right. And I WANNA revisit the scripture in detail from John Six. It's really beautiful how it's written where Jesus, the word of God asks Philip. A question. Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? and. Then I'm thankful for the little side, he asked this only test. We already know what he's going to. Now this is weird. You want the bonus thing. Okay. This is the chip. Cherry. This is the stem on the Cherry. When you get the other accounts in the Gospels, it says that the disciples came to Jesus and said, they need to eat after he had taught all day. If you read that verse the moment they started coming and I'll back it up and show you in verse five. The moment they started coming in verse five the moment he saw the crowd, he already knew what the feed them and here's what's crazy. They never even asked for a meal. Because he's GonNa feed them. All right. But they never asked for it. I don't know who this honestly don't, and maybe you'll tell me in the comments but God in this season is giving you what you didn't even know you needed to ask for. You know three twenty he is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. So so God is doing some things in my life right now that I didn't even know what to ask for. Here's the thing about me. I'm a sheep I lead a shepherd. I don't know what to ask for. So He makes me lie down in. Green pastures. I want God to give me what I need I want him to give me what he knows. What I think I need and what he knows I need are too to this. Twenty seconds the brace that he's given you. You didn't know that ask for more than you ask or imagine more than you thought put on your prayer request. Thank you. Laura starts with questions Jesus said. Where are we GONNA? Get bread breaking to buy bread for all these people. I heard Philip say back because he was just testing them right? He doesn't ask questions for information he asked questions for revelation. Not. So he can see something but so you can see something. Should I sit down and finish this another time. Good because I haven't really started yet. I'm so glad you said that. and. So Phil answered him for seven. and. I thought. Well, there's the problem. Philo. Answered Him. This. Whole thing is backwards. Philip answered a question that Jesus didn't even ask. What did Jesus ask. Where are we going to buy? Enough, bread for these people to eat. What did Philip Answer? How much is going to cost? And I heard Jesus say in the Philip. Did I, ask Did I. Did, I ask if we can afford it? Did I, ask an accounting quested. I hear God saying to somebody today been I asked if you're able. Did I ask if you've got what it takes. If you know what comes next. Don't touch three people will look at them and say. So, backwards. Backwards we're answering when we ought to be asking. We're answering when we ought to be asking. And that's why you learn so much more as a kid than you do now as a grownup you stopped asking. You stopped asking. And started assuming. Everything is wrong with this text. What. Was He testing for? To See if he knew enough. To. Know that he didn't know enough. To tell Jesus Jeez one trying to test. How much do we have Jesus wasn't asking for bank deposit wasn't asking for Balance Sheet. Where are we going to get it? He wanted to see. Philip. Knew where to go. We might not be able to play this. This might be too good for the General I'M A. Subscription fee for this. because. If you keep coming back to where you got it from the first time, if you know where to go if you know where to go if you know where to go if you know where to go, it will always be enough and you will never run out if you know where to go but if you don't know where to go. You will meet your needs in ways that will hurt you worse. And I think the best question. I think the best question for us to ask is. Where am I going to get it from? When we know the answer to that and I'm Gonna I'm GonNa, break it down a little bit more. So like Jesus told the crowds be seeded. In groups of fifty. About fifty people in the room thousands online praise the Lord. Let. Me Know where you're watching from by the way with Dr. Teams pray for you go through every comment. Now, if you don't like the video, your prayer won't get insert anyway. So like the thing share subscribe at the bell and then put a comment and we'll pray for you. But. Plenty of grass green grass mark said. It's green pastures. He makes me there's a difference between a command and a question. And I always get frustrated when holly asked the kids what they want to eat I'm like do not. Ask, me what I want and feed them that. I bought the bread. Is that bad. I bought it. So I get mad don't ask them what they want to eat not a short order show. Your, the sexy woman of Guy. Fine Young Christian Fine Young Woman of GARF-. She's so she's she's so she so loves them though she'll ask him. She'll ask. Jesus Philip he said. He gave the test before the lesson. As not fair that's backwards. Show Him who the bread of life was until after he tested and that's not fair. But. That's what makes great. Faith you know. The test is. You'RE GONNA test right now. Not a testing you know enough. Now to test, you have enough not a test. Are you good enough but do you know where to get it from? Thank you Jesus. You are my bread. You are the bread of life. You are the bread that comes down from heaven. If I keep coming back to you. I'll always have enough. But listen. The bread was going to come from. The same place as the need. Who did they to fee. Where did they have to go to get it? I'll fill in the blanks. In case my socratic sermon isn't really working for you right now I just don't want to leave this done. They needed to feed the crown. and. The meal that became a miracle was in the same crowd they needed to. God is using every need in your life right now. Remember the disciples were hungry to. They needed to eat to. Jesus used the need that they didn't want to meet to meet the need that they had. So. When I preach I, don't start with this question would the people want to hear? What? Boring that would be. That'd be a boring sermon. I'm start with what I need to get through the next week. And I don't apologize for it. Feed Myself. First. And then out of that, let's all eat. God feed me because I needed to come from you come from you. It'll be just dumb stuff that goes through my mind. So I need bread from heaven. But the bread didn't come from heaven like the man did. That's the old. Testament. The new mindset is. That the meal that Jesus multiply. was in the crowd that he wanted to. So Jesus Making Disciples and here's what you've got to do. I'M GONNA get real practical. Now you've got to ask. You've got to ask when Jesus, how how many remember how many is different than how much how many plural five loaves those five loaves all in the five it was all in the five but the five was in the crowd with the little boy like my sermons idol was an abbey coming to tell me good night and if you don't ever pay attention and open yourself up, you will miss what God. If you will miss the miracles because you didn't ask the question. They had to ask. You're going to have to ask. You'RE GONNA have to ask Jimmy James Five James One five says that if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God. Ask. Ask. Oh who my my my friend on Bass. WHO YOU'RE GONNA ask. Ask God I. That's why it didn't work work. Jesus didn't start the miracle when Phillips set how much it was going to cost and nothing good is going to flow through while we stay focused on answering the question, what do I lack? Of Good at listing all the things? I lack. All the things I like I can tell you everything I'm bad at I can tell you every reason God shouldn't use me. I can tell you every dirty blemish fought and wrinkle when people say stuff about me I think well, you should call me I'll give you a few more. You didn't even get to the real good stuff I mean they'll say you're this you're that I'm like you are in the PG file we could go pg thirteen R. M. A. we can make this thing terrible if you really want to know it's not because I'm a hypocrite I'm human. I'm not? The bread. But I know where to get it. Do you know where to get it. Do you know where to get it? then. Wisdom you should ask. God. And then it'd be given to you. Now this is cool. Write this down on one side put bought. Onside put given. Jesus said where we're going to buy bread. The answer is we're not. Is going to. Be Given. It's going to be given. is going to be given. For, what the law was powerless to do, and that it was weakened by the sinful nature guided by sending his own son, the bread of life. Is. going. To. Be Given. Open your palms like this. To have an it's going to be given. The wisdom is going to be given us going to be given. It's going to be given. It's not going to be earned. It's Kinda given. He's trying to shift them. From a mentality that is like manna it comes from somewhere else to get them to see that the wisdom of God is given from within. Going to be given. Stay with me are you with me? You're not. GonNa Fight. You're not going to earn it. You're not gonNA, cheat it. You're GONNA receive it. That's what opens your hands. Thought about open hands. I thought about five. Five loaves. Thought about five I thought about is gonNA. Come from the five is going to come from the five. It's going to come from the open hand from God's hand to your hand. It's GonNa come from the five. Do you hear me put it right there in the comments is GonNa come from the five God's going to give it to you or your hands open or or you so full of a sumptious that you've stopped asking. Somebody, told me the other day. They said, well, you need to pray about it and I got mad because I thought that's a Cliche I've already prayed about it and I gotTa Away God said but did you think about we say? Don't tell me to pray about it. I already prayed about it but did you. Did you pray about it. Or did you calculate it? overthinking. Pepito, Bismarck, and wake up in the middle of the night with a stomach. Did I. Ask. Did I ask God. This is so embarrassing to say this. But? I'll tell you. I'll take a Lotta Times I worked so hard on the sermon, and I'm like, why isn't this coming together? I didn't even ask God to help me with it. Takes on us. So when Abby said, did I ask is your sermon I. Woke up the next morning I say, guy. We. You just Gimme the ceremony this week. I don't want to work as hard as I did last week. And our later I had. I'm not saying that I didn't study. It was already there. I just had to ask. If you knew what was in you. If you knew who was in you. You would ask. If you knew he was bred you would never again let the devil keep you hungry or sell your birthright for a bowl of beans. You would stop going to places that can't fill you and spin in your wages on doesn't satisfy it comes from the five. It comes from his hand. You hear me it comes from his hand. And when I know that I. My hats and I asked. I didn't ask I didn't ask and it's not just a one time thing when Jesus said whoever comes to meet, we'll never hunger again he wasn't talking about who comes to me one time. The word the voice of the of the verb is the middle voice and only speaks to present or imperfect that means either you're coming right now or you're going to keep coming. John Six thirty, look it up when they came to him. They were. When they came to him. Keep coming. Keep coming for wisdom. Did I ask I mean I got in the middle of my day and I'm like Oh man I wish I did I ask. Did I. Did I ask the people he put around me I mean, in order for the miracle to happen, they had to walk through the crowd asking. You. Know what? I might just have to humble myself. And ask somebody to help. People can't read mind miss cleo people can't flashback people outdated reference from old preacher people can't no people don't know what you need you have to ask. When you ask you activate when you ask you activate the same crowd that had the need was the same crowd that had a miracle but they had to ask. My question can I ask a question? How many people did they ask that said no before they found the five loaves. You got anything. Remember last week you got anything you got anything you got anything you got anything and I'm putting this point in because what keeps some of us from asking is our past rejection. It can get so deep in you that you start assuming. They won't WANNA THEY WANNA do that for me. Did you ask? This too much. It is what I'm about to say is too much I almost didn't ask you to come. Do this ministry I asked him. He almost said No. Drew or faults. True or false. Yeah. He'd probably be. Either a professional tennis player today or. Maybe, he'd be stringing tennis racket somewhere on the side of the road who knows somewhere in between. Almost didn't even ask you I remember telling them I said Chris and Beth I want to be here they want to go to Nashville. So. Let me. Ask. Ask them now now now now? Is Not. Ask people for things that God can give you. But sometimes, God will direct you to people to meet the need. Remember Jason Say. Where we're going to feed these people and we don't have enough and Jesus said Manikam. Didn't come from men. It didn't even come from man it came from boy. That means they had to go all the way through the crowd you the boy was in the front of the crowd. House a little boy going to get to the front of a crowd. It's not. He's not even in the cow and the NFL ticket to Jesus Preaching Crusade. Don't remember crowds. This is ABC before Corona's kind of situation here back when they used to have cross going through the crowd guy thank you got anything you got anything. Some people are lying. Some people are telling the truth some people already some people out there. All hungry. You got anything you got anything you got anything. Here's what I want you to do. Please do this please do this especially if you've had a root of bitterness or you have a root of rejection and it's like somebody in your life told you know or something in your life has been no. So many times I want you to when you when you when you hear no, I want you to think next. When you hear no, I want you to think next. So if God didn't let me do that next if God didn't want me to do that what's next that now have to do this as a matter of survival because sometimes people do not say they wanna be a part of this ministry. But if I stopped when they say no, I will miss the miracle that was in the thing. So so I want somebody whoever this is I want you to shout at the top of your holy ghost lungs from your diaphragm say. I gotta get through this crowd. I gotTA, get through this confusion I gotta get through this ain't gotta get out of this black. I can't. Green Grass. No means next. No means next. So I don't want anybody to leave me but if they do. It's not like I'm just treating people as disposable. But they bred. then. Brad. Brad? Are. y'All awake to help celebrate the bread. From having. Read that. Happen the brand. Back. brought. Back tag problem happened is coming from the. Common from the hand of God. By every word. Back Pov God. Ha. If they said no, I'll just look for the next. Well that's cruel pester. Student. Come on man I've been married almost twenty years. I'm not saying relationships are disposable. I'm just saying. That, you got to go back to the place. Where you know in God? Then Moses. Can only give you mana for so long. It's just a question. It's just a question. Where are we going to get it from? That's what Jesus. Philip should've said. Why are you asking me? That's what he should have said. The whole thing went off the track. When you thought you knew the answer, the whole thing came undone. When you assume did you ask? He would want to write songs for us. Did you ask? The. ASCII. God knows you are. Up in the comments of Youtube, talking about, you'll have a youtube channel. You are on the Youtube. Channel. I'm serious people will say this kind of stuff on it's crazy stuff people say on you to. Get. That shirt. Somebody put on Youtube comment they said. We played a throwback sermon from two, thousand, thirteen, two, thousand, fourteen. One of those years back in the day. Flashback. Back when I didn't have my beard. I like you so much better with a beard. You know what I wanted to respond. Did. I. Ask. Ask. You don't have to ask God. Everything. Sometimes. You're asking God for stuff that he already told you that he put people around you to give it. Didn't it came from heaven but it came through people. That's why Hollywood saying, Hey, join an e she's trying to get you fed. So when you pray God give me comfort. But. You don't tell anybody you're lonely. And I mean telling real people not platforms. Did you read between the lines? We. Don't ask questions. We just make comments now. We make comments, online comments, comments comments, comets comments. Cometh. You. Ask. Going on somebody's page in going over there just the liberal conservative. Did you ever have a conversation with somebody different than you in the last three years? Did you ask why do you feel that way? Why do you think that way? What does that mean to you? How do you see it? And the God who asked questions. Sir. Wants to know. Did you ask? Andrew asked and that's when the miracle started. Andrew asked he didn't even ask with a lot of faith. James say you asking fake nothing wavered Andrew Action and he's still got an answer. You can pray something as unspiritual as. Helper else A. Helper else how many y'all or helper season in this season of your life help or else guy I can't make it. So. Go back to Andrew Oh. Yeah. Remember the first question Jesus says, what do you want you know Yes to? Andrew. Your thought that was a trick question I was. I was a setting you. He asked Andrew What do you want the first question Jesus in John was Andrew another disciple Andrew Peter to Jesus every time we see Andrew in the scripture he's bringing something to Jesus. Think you need to give something. You need to bring something. So he can give something. This is the miracle. He said a boy I went through the crowd I asked everybody. I asked nineteen, thousand, nine, hundred and ninety, nine people. And this boy right here. This boy right you're. But how far will they go among so many? The NEXT SENTENCE JESUS GIFTS I Command sit out. Now I can do something. Now that you asked. Did you ask? Did you ask. Like really asked I know in a technical sense really oh. Yeah. I ask God to help me out. Did you ask? Or did you tell A lot of we. We call prayer is telling God stuff he already knows. Or telling, God, what he needs to do. Did you ask. Did you ask do I have this foreigner? Did you just assume king from the devil in it might come from God to help you. Stay humble. Did you ask? Did you ask God what he's doing? In the life of that person you lead whether it's a kid or someone else. Did you ask? Or did you just assume that if God didn't do through them what you thought, he should do through them that he fail. Did you ask. Did you ask God what he what he wants from you. Or did you just assume that what everybody else thinks you should do? Is the agenda you have to follow. Did you ask? Andrew. Asked he said. How far can it go? And then. Found out. Stars for the question. Starts with question. The crowd didn't get it because they were. Still waiting for a messiah like Moses you know. Even after Jesus Fed them. They got the meal. They missed the message. Ninety eight percent of people who tune into a sermon like this. Get the meal. Missed A. Message. But I don't want you to. The crowd, are you going to give us man like Moses I? Don't know if you remember Manna in the Bible is like the original frosted flakes sorry. Bedroom. Wow was tough crowded. But it would look like that it was flaky and it would come down and what is it? That's what they named it. What is it question? Starts for the. Question. What is it? It didn't know who he was. He said I. Am the Berlin. But they thought it would be what it was. What is not what was? That's where the miracle is. What is it? What is it? What is it to be me and this season of my life? What is it God that you're speaking? What is it that you're calling me to do in this moment that I ask? Did, I. sit down this week and ask like what's important this week really important. Did ask. You know. As long as we're the ones giving. The answer, it's We're going to be pretty limited. In what we can access Questions create access. I was with somebody a while back and they said they wanted to meet with me. And Talk to me about ministry because they were not as far along they never asked me a question. I couldn't figure that out because now. I guess I know that I don't know much. So from the time I was sixteen I was always asking questions. What do you do about this? What do you do about that and what about this and why about that? No questions. No. Questions. Have you stopped asking God. Just start assuming just start filling in the blanks stopped asking what else is. What else can you do? I. Know You can turn grazing the gardens and bones and what else can you do? What else can you do? This. Is The disciples whole problem through the whole Gospel they were always telling and they stop asking. Stop asking. asking. That's why you're frustrated. That's why you're stuck. That's why you're lonely. You stopped asking I ask did you did you did you really? Were you like the disciples say they saw Jesus talking to a woman you remember this he said, give me a drink. He asked can I have a drink here? He is again asking somebody who we shouldn't even talk into. Can I have a drink? Oh, this isn't anointed verse because in John Fourteen you got it John Four ten. This is so good. I was running around my bathroom looking at John Fourteen on my phone Jesus answered her if you knew the gift of God. And who it is that ask you for a drink. You would've asked him. And he would have given you living water. Precinct for breakthrough today. I'm preaching for Hungry People. Today I'm preaching for somebody who's WHO's really really really needing something today. He said if you knew ready if you knew what was in you if you knew what was in you, it would be living water. And no matter what's happening you if you knew what was in? Greater is, Hey, that is in me that he that is in the world. If you knew. What was in you? If you knew. What was you? You wouldn't kill yourself if you knew what was in you. You wouldn't let pornography strangled a creative life out of you if you knew what was in you. You wouldn't hide yourself behind false personas if you knew. Everywhere the enemy has planted condemnation and your life. I want you to replace it with a question. That's the devils language condemnation. That's the devil. That's not how God talks. God. asks. Questions the wisdom that comes from above whispers within. Like you said to Elijah in the K.. Dawn here. God Ask questions close knows you like. If. You knew. You would ask. In a minute I thought if you don't know you asked. If, you knew who was in you. You stop listening to everything around you so much. Who told you that you naked? Who told you that you nothing? Who told you? It wasn't enough. If you who you were talking to when you talk to yourself. If you know. Thank you Lord. Thank you for the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. I don't think I've ever felt you more than I. Feel you right now and I thank you because I need you I need we need. Somebody needs you on the other in tears. They see now. That the answer is Not Standing outside of. The living water is within the is right here. So. Jesus is in most. Of. God's not going to do it like he used to do it. But if you ask, he'll show you what he's doing right now. In this moment. Speaking most. Remember when God came to him and said I, WANNA use you. He had to set a whole nation for. We don't have that responsibility, but God speaking to us to. He's calling us to. Mozambique the question, who shall I say sent me Gusset I am. You are what? That's the question. you get to spend the rest of your life, find out the answer. Thank you Lord. I am. You'RE GONNA. Find out all that he is. The. Things you go through. The, most Moses said something to the Lord in Exodus for ten. And show you this before I close because the Lord. gave it to me like an image like an image like an image. He said, if you knew what was in you. If you knew what was in you you would ask restrict you would ask. Commend you so you can ask in you. You gotta get it in you. You gotta get it in you. Moses said. After a whole series of excuses. got asked him a question he said. What's that in your hand? Set in your hand. Moses simply had a staff but that wasn't all it was. It was an instrument. To part waters to turn rivers to blood it was it was an instrument. An instrument. What's in your hand? Coming from the five, it's coming from the five it's coming from the Fadh. What's in your hand? Did you ask? Did you ask Or do you just assume it's not enough. Did you ask. The get in trouble when we answer when we answer instead of asking. God said I chose you Moses in exodus fourteen this is the picture of the Lord. gave me. And the Lord must really want somebody to get this message because they're so heavy on me I can barely move but but most. Part in your servant Lord I have never been eloquent not enough neither in the past nor since you've spoken to your serve slow speech and Tunga everybody has something like that, they could say why you can't make it and why there's not enough and why eight months wages wouldn't be enough. Everybody has an inner Philip and the Inner Philip jump to conclusions based on the evidence that you can see with your eyes. But Watch what the Lord said in verse eleven the Lord said. Did I ask. Who gave human beings their mouth. Did I ask. Who Makes Them Defer Mute? Did I ask. You keep telling me what you're not, but I didn't ask you that. You tell me what you can. But I didn't ask you that. So say on the Single Sam, just young. Tool. Hi. This is not. We. Come a commitment commit predicament. ME. Two hundred sixty dollars. And two hundred, sixty dollars two, hundred, sixty dollars two, hundred, sixty dollars. A Ha. You didn't think you had. But right up before I came to preach. A handed him. My Wallet. And I didn't tell him why. I said, just hold this form until I'm. And I'm about to be. Because when I get to the end my message. Put. Something in my boy. I'm glad I, ask you for. The fact that I. The proof that you happen. You have. I gave it. It said new and. That money. been that falling. said that Wallace. Wallet I need. Sixty five will never ask you for what I didn't fit you to begin with and if you run out of that. I got credit to. Offset, my credit's good. Lord talkers are putting your spirit. Plenty fast. Put it in a bag. Put it in a witness. saw. But I. Again. These bones can live again, you can't make. You do have what it takes. Christ is in you the hope you received that message. Did you receive it? Thank you so much for Your Partnership in the Gospel and you don't think of it this way. But when you give, it's like you preach, you know those of you that invest in this ministry. We're up there doing it together bringing church people I. Don't think the world has ever needed the gospel of Jesus Christ anymore than we do right now the bread of life for hungry souls. Thank you for being a part of this ministry don't forget to. Share this message with someone who you know needs to one of the best ways God to feed you for you to share what you have with others. So in the meantime until I, see you again, just make sure that you remember this. Christ. Then you and you are enough we love you.
23 - Mindy Part 1
"Hello everyone. Hello to all of you Stoners and potheads and we'd fix and whatever nickname you like to call yourself. Welcome to another episode of when I'm high. But you know as you probably know if you've been listening to this podcast, this is not about when I'm hi. This is about my my subjects there. You you heard her laughing my new subject. This week is Mindy Mindy is the host of a podcast which I am very involved with and I'm just going to let her go ahead and introduced herself and say what she does sure. I'm hi Spencer. I'm the co-host of the podcast horse talk horror game with a share and my my cohort who is also a cohort of sponsors and sponsors are fearless producer on that show. I'm also a medical school. Marijuana user and a breast cancer survivor who For Whom the medical marijuana process was fairly integral so glad to be here to talk about it. I think that's all I have to say. I don't know. Is that good? Yeah, that's good. Okay, and and I think that you know the just because I know this I can say that your cannabis use actually starts before the medical side of things which you know what let's just get right into that. Go ahead and tell me the first time you tried cannabis if you remember. Oh and actually this is a question. I think I want to start asking people is what what nickname do you like to call? It? Cannabis pot weed. What do you prefer? Hm well off of mine who will remain unnamed we refer to it as Skittles, but that's just us. Yeah. I don't really know that I had another nickname up until birth. You mentioned that so I'm sure one of them you end up using more than you realize but you know, it's just it's just unconscious at this point. So we'll we'll probably use all different words that come up cannabis weed pot. But anyway, yeah, the question was can you tell me the first time you tried it? And then if you remember and then if it wasn't the first time that it actually got you home. I tell me about that time as well. Yeah, the first time all I remember is that it did not get me high, but I'm pretty sure the time it did was when I was driving with some friends from high school. We were we were recently graduated and we were driving in what now is a built-up suburbs, but at the time was like kind of like country area and it was totally dark was really late at night and it was like the four of us in our friend's car and I started freaking out because I was like, we're trapped in a horror movie you guys like where the unsuspecting Teens that have just smoked pot and now we're totally going to get murdered at the gas station. Like I was convinced and then my friend was like so I think you're high and I was like, oh, yeah, I guess I thought you said that you had just graduated high school. You will yeah, like maybe the year before so know just just but like we were somewhat recently out. I think I think maybe I'm not really sure actually I'm a senior year maybe. Yeah, that's the perfect age for kids in horror movies smoking pot and having sex and you know that you're going to get murdered by the by the serial killers at that point totally know that's exactly what was going through my mind cuz we did have to stop at a gas station and it was out in the middle of nowhere and I was kind of freaking out and honestly after them I kind of noticed I had always had really weird medical issues specifically for all you ladies out there. I had had really bad cramps and like really bad. And kind of recognized early on that. This was actually a somewhat helpful in that regard that pot was really helpful for like any sort of pain or discomfort or just like just depression even and so kind of early on I think I recognized like this would be really helpful for those things and I actually thought we had a long before medical marijuana was a thing for that very purpose actually which kind of continued into adulthood and was in a way quite helpful as I got older and then I finally got to a point where I didn't necessarily need it for cramps anymore, but it became helpful for other things. So that was kind of extend like legally be accepted as such which was really exciting. But up until that point. It hadn't really been at that level. It was still looked at as you know, totally illegal and it was like, you know the gateway drug a dog That crazy shit you would hear and I was just like well, it makes my life easier and it makes this part of life. That's normally unbearable much more easier to deal with so I'm fine with it. I'm down. Yeah, that's really cool that that you from not even hearing it about from anywhere that you just figure that out on your own was it that it would lessen the pain of the cramps God? Yeah. Yeah, and I mean obviously you're in a bad mood and you're upset so anything to help with that is welcome. And I mean that some days was huge having, you know, being able to like kind of get high and like feel happy about something when you were not feeling well. So yeah, I was kind of both like the mood effects and the pain relief wage which was really awesome and yeah regarding the mood specifically I was going to ask that obviously your mood is going to be heightened from it anyway, but it's also going to be heightened because you're dead. Unless pain right? I guess was were there any other effects that you noticed from from Cannabis helping you in a medical way? I don't know me then that that was the case a little some anxiety but I didn't like it's hard to separate into remember obviously like that long ago. Not that I'm agent but like I said, I just had a lot happened since then where I now think of it in terms of well, it would depend on if I had a sativa or an Indica but like I didn't know that shit when I was like nineteen like I didn't care, you know, but nobody really did so now it's just a different animal. I think I think about it and it much different ways. So I'm trying to remember what it was like back then but for the most part it did help with anxiety, or at least gave me something else to focus on or you know, let another emotion sort of take precedent over whatever you were going through if you were like weren't feeling good job. Are many times where I would be feeling nauseous and that would help, you know, help me eat in general, which I know is something that I encountered a lot later and more prevalent like when I was going through chemotherapy, but like back in the day like they were times where you just would not feel good and you just did not want eat anything but you really had need any had anything to eat all day and you know, yeah, we'd was really helpful in that regard granted. I kind of wanted like Taco Bell & Chocolate as opposed to like, you know, healthy foods, but hey, sometimes you gotta take what you can get. Oh, yeah. Yeah song when you think about just getting high in general. Is there a specific story from your past that sort of jumps out at you as being a funny or interesting story? Well, yeah, I have one memory that is involves two friends of mine from high school that I'm still friends with today that we all I think sort of birth. Bad, but we were new at trying marijuana and we were maybe nineteen years old and we were very very high and came back to my parents house and made popcorn in a microwave. I was still living with my parents at the time. They were asleep. They had no idea any of this was happening and we made microwave popcorn and then basically got it out of microwave and into the bowl, but that was about as far as we got cuz we all sort of just like hovered around the bowl standing in the kitchen in front of the microwave just like a heartless like eating out of the bowl like right there. It was kind of funny and to this day we still sort of joke about it between us cuz it was just really funny like we we never really made it to the living room to watch t like we had planned. We kind of just a divorce right there. So yeah, there was this was not a civilized eating of popcorn on the couch. No, not at all. Not at all. No, I love those stories that revolve around food, which we will be talking more about in a bit off. So do you have a preferred method of intake maybe that's changed over the years. I think it has I used to not be picky. Whereas now. I'm still kind of not picky. You know, I'm just kidding but I I am a fan of Edibles. I have some dispensary near me now that makes the most amazing tough that is utterly delicious and I've got in trouble more than once because I forgotten that they were Edibles that were you know, special Edibles and was like, this is delicious juice and then was like, oh, oh boy, it's not just candy. I'm really glad I don't have anything to do today. So there's there's that but I do I use vaporizers more than I do like joints or like straight up smoking which I I never really thought much of I think when I was younger, but I use Vape cartridges and then I have a mini vaporizer as well that I took Our job and I can grind if I have flour I can grind it down and use it in a vaporizer which I tend to like more than I do regular smoking. But so I guess if I had to choose that would be preferred like Edibles or vaporizing but yeah again, it depends on the situation. I'm not always picky. So sure sure a method of intake is a method of intake. I mean obviously smoking is something that we're seeing a lot less these days because it is clearly not good for your lungs. Right? But yeah, and now, you know these days there's a lot more other ways that you can get it into your system, which is great so long, but you do still smoke sometimes I do sometimes yeah. Yeah. Yeah, and I have a friend who found this method of getting like the the oil I guess you can buy a truck series and then he injects it into food or into other used cartridges or something. I don't know like I was just hearing about this a few days ago. So yeah, it's kind of interesting all the time. Is that they have available now that you can you can ingest I guess it really is crazy. I mean, yeah, there's like bombs and yeah the oils and tinctures and and all that stuff off. But yeah, those are my preferred preferably nice. Let's see. So how often would you say that you partake and again this is probably something has changed over the years. Yeah, but it depends on the day. I mean it probably I mean gosh at least a few times a week. I would say depending on the week if I'm having a rough week. There are some times where if I have a few strains that I'll get that are good for stress relief and it's like after work instead of a glass of wine. Like I'll have that instead so it kind of really depends on what's going on. But I I always have stuff on hand just because it's it's sort of like having Advil in the house for me. Like I kind of feel like I want to have that and I all have a variety pack. And like I'll have there's a strain that I love called White Harmony that I have a vape version of and a flower version of right now that I use sparingly because it's amazing for muscle pains and sore joints and stuff like that and it's great for stress. But so I don't want to ever really like not have that in the house, but it's not always available. So I try to be sparing with it, but like there's some other stuff that's more sativa asked that's more, you know helps you be alert or creative or whatever and and I tend to be a little bit more sparing with depending just because you know, it's not my special special Advil awesome keep on hand stuff right wage. But yeah, I I use you like I'd say a few times a week for sure some people like I said, some people drink wine after work or whatever. It depends on the day, but sometimes Be like, you know what? I need a little white Harmony to take the edge off. So and specifically with the white Harmony. You said that you have it in a vape and flower you notice any difference in the way that affects you between those two. I've been trying to pay attention honestly because this I did it because of availability like they had it in cartridge and in flower form and I was like, yeah, it's a both just cuz I was curious about that. I've not noticed a huge difference out of the right now for some reason. I feel like I want to lean towards flower just cuz that's what I know and that's the first I ever tried it where I had really I had a day where I just had like a series of really tense meetings and had like muscle spasms happening just from tension and a friend of mine like ground-up some of the white Harmony and put it in his vaporizer and was like here try this and that was when I noticed them Like 30 minutes later, maybe not even and I was like, oh my God, nothing hurts everything just relaxed. Like I almost started crying and but that was flour. I think I tend to lean towards flower just cuz in my mind I think psychologically I'm like, oh it's not as tainted or whatever which is stupid. Like it isn't necessarily true, but the cartridge noticed like for sleep and for stuff like that, it works just as well from what I can tell I don't really have a preferred between the two but I guess if I had to pick I'd probably say flower but I think it seemed like a logical it is anything else and you've already sort of touched on this a little bit. But what is it that makes you decide to smoke or vapor eat in a certain point you've mentioned already, you know having like a stressful day are there other things that factor into that at this point? I think it's more about the symptoms and recognizing what I thought I need cuz I do I work on computers all day. So I you know have neck and shoulder issues all the time with muscles and depending on what I have in the house in terms of strain. I feel like I'll kind of take that into account and be like, oh, well this particular strain that I have right now. I know it's just killer for muscle aches or whatever and I just I so there are days where I'll be like, I can't wait to sign off work because I want to have some of this because I know that it will make me feel really awesome like it did last night and like I've been hurting all day and I really want that reliefs. So it kind of goes depending on what's happening in the day and like what symptom wise I'm having going on if that makes sense. Yeah, and and you're in a unique position because you obviously have had have a job. Had and currently have the the medical issue that this helps with so how I guess how did that help you? I don't know how much detail you wash you go into but but how did cannabis help you? And what were the symptoms that you were dealing with that it helped with? Oh my God. Terrible question wage that stupid. I totally understand what you're saying though. I when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the first things I said was what is the hospital stance on medical marijuana? Like that was kind of my first questions right off the bat and luckily my oncologist was down with it. And oh my God, I mean the nausea was a big one thought they were days. I literally wouldn't have eaten as a cancer patient had I not had medical marijuana. So that was huge but that was because of the chemotherapy. Yeah. Yeah, Andrew. Action really but then I had a port installed and plus, you know that like the side that is affected by every bite treatment you tend to be kind of favor that side of your body. So like muscle wise I was just all out of whack and I knew I did, you know, I was given some anti-nausea medication but like some of the side effects of that weren't super great like some of the side effects were like constipation or headaches or what and I'm like, well, I don't really want any of that if the whole point like take this medicine to help me to eat normal and have my my system functioning normal. Plus I kind of there were so many unknowns happening already that I just wanted something that I knew would give me relief that I was at least expecting or at least symptoms that I was expecting, you know, but also word off some of that other stuff and I kind of thought Ready knew what we'd would do. So I was really comfortable in that regard using that as my relief mechanism and I was not aware that the medical stuff has come a long way from just you know, your buddy who can get you something in high school. So it's way better and it's way more specialized and I thought it was a lifesaver at times because you know between anxiety and then not being able to eat just because you physically don't feel well we'd kind of Concord both of those things for me. So that was thoughtful. I'm a huge proponent of that and have actually like told a few I've I've well not so fortunately I've had some friends who have who have also been diagnosed with breast cancer since I was and I've said to all of them look into medical marijuana for sure and did they, you know, I don't know one of them did because she also had some other medical stuff happening down. With her situation and found it helpful other friends that I was not aware sort of kind of came out of the woodwork and started talking about like, oh, yeah. No, I love it. I just that I never really I haven't done this in years or I didn't know where I could go to like get reliable. How do you get reliable? We'd when you're like an adult and 20,000, you know stuff like that like a friend of mine had to have back surgery and I had no idea that he not only would have been receptive but was like, I actually could have used some help with certain symptoms that I had so I brought him some edibles because I was like, well, these have high CBD in them here you go like have fun. But yeah, I it's crazy. How once you start talking about it more and making it seem more normal people kind of are like, oh, yeah. No, I there are more willing to talk about it and and it's talk about how it's helped them in the past. And I think that that needs to come out a little bit more. People realize like oh, it's not just this weird like gateway drug, which sounds so stupid in Hades. Yeah. That was like what they would say would like deer and stuff like that but it got kind of ingrained in our minds. And yeah, so but I've had some friends definitely since I've talked about it more come forward and said, oh, yeah. No, I I find it really helpful. And so and so let me try either this or whatever and and and there's a lot more people that that use out there. I think than than folks realize. So yeah, the stigma of it is definitely lessening day-by-day wage, which is really good to see I was watching some show I think it was that show I'm not okay with this on Netflix and there's this high school student this guy who's just a big Stoner and he sells it and stuff and it's an interesting show because they sort of make it feel like it's from the 80s, but I think it's current day and he's in the car with a girl and he lights up a joint and she goes, you know, that's a gateway drug and he's like, oh, yeah to what time And she's like, oh, well, you know to like heroin and meth and cocaine and death and he's like, all right. He just keeps up smoking a joint, but I wanted to ask specifically about the the medical medical strains in the CBD, you know, we're not going to go into the details because I think enough people know anybody who's listening to this probably knows the differences, but what about your specific experience when you were going through that what sort of strains did you get vert THC vs. CBD mostly thought well, it would depend I would kind of rely on my dispensary to kind of give me their thoughts on different strains depending on what I kind of needed but I've always had cuz I also played piano since I was younger and I just for some reason my mom and I both have these shoulders that like we have one side that just wage. Tenses up immediately. As soon as we start doing any sort of movement type stuff. We're we're like playing the piano or if I'm playing guitar, or ukulele I just tend to tense up really bad in my neck off. So I've all ever since I discovered. Oh, if you have higher CBD in the strain, it helps it tends to help with muscle pain and relaxation. I've just been a kind of zero focused on those strains for that reason because like I said, it's sort of that Advil effect of like this is so awesome and useful that like, I don't need to go without having this in the house. But so those would always be like anything white Harmony ask is always I'm always on the hunt for but which does have a high-cbd count wage, but I it kind of varies I kind of rely on my dispensary for what they have gotten in and what they suggest and what they know about the different strains to kind of judging And I want to get depending on what I'm looking for. So it's kind of touch and go but I don't know if this is like scientifically true or not. But I have a friend who says that he thinks that the higher CBD strains really work better having THC involved. Like if it's all CBD that's doesn't seem to help he seems to think about which like white Harmony has a good like one to one where it's like half CBD have THC and so I tend to gravitate towards those strains a lot more just because of wage. I know overall that like I will always have used for those it seems like but yeah, I kind of just depends did you ever get any strains that were exclusively CBD did you ever try them? I well I've had some whereas very low THC. Okay. Did they seem to help? I don't know. I don't know that they did as well. With pain it's it's so interesting because it's it's so hard to I mean, I'm sure that they did but when you're so used to having that psychoactive side as well, right, you know, how much of it is coming from that you know, cuz cuz pain is so mental anyway, right? It's interesting. Yeah, I don't know and I also the theory that my friend also change is that it takes like a shitload of CBD to really really helped which is why the THC he thinks kind of balances that and sort of works a little better if you have both so I I don't know I could have thought of my mind and just been biased but I swear that like having the balance of the two seems to work best for me at least. Yeah. I know that there's a lot of strains out there that are are one to watch even Edibles. You know, it's a 1-1. All right. Well, I'm sure that that sort of topic will come up again. But how do you think others would describe you well? Hi, has anybody actually just said that to you munchie Mindy is the name that I got for a while just like long ago before wage like any major health stuff popped up just because it's a fact it's something that I've tried to become a more aware of as I've gotten older just because like I have faith that realization of just because you're high doesn't necessarily mean that you really want a giant pizza right now because you might have just eaten before you smoked and you might just have the munchies whereas like that wasn't always like no know how wise but I feel like my mom seems to always know when I'm high even though she doesn't cuz she always says that my eyes look funny but to be fair, like usually by the time I'm talking to her I'm kind of tired and trying to battle like the overtaking of any sort of like exhaustion or dead. I guess I she probably won't hear this but like trying to keep up with what she's saying cuz it's probably later in the day. Yeah, sometimes anyway, you're tired or something. Absolutely, Yeah. Yeah, but other than that, no, not really. I don't think I think most people like kind of at least nickname wise I get even more giggly than I normally get. So yeah, I was born I lose track of trains of thought a lot more easily when I'm high, but I think everybody does so those are like the main character characteristics. I think. Yeah. Let's see that question. I like to ask it because I'm I'm it's kind of a weird question, but I guess I'm hoping someday that somebody will actually say oh, yeah, somebody actually did tell me what I was like when I was high and it was just so enlightening but nobody's ever said that so I'll just keep on asking the question. Gotcha. Yeah. I know enlightening moments. No, no, let's see. So when you first log You know taking that a bolt or vape a little bit. What are what are some of the first things that you start to feel either physically or mentally kind of that like creep of feeling happy or relaxed or better rolac of a better phrase I guess or word but I just start to notice that things if I had anxiety or any sort of depression or anything that was like at a level a certain level. It's it's suddenly like calmed down a few levels and I that's like the first thing I notice which is always really nice because I'm usually there like, I remember specifically at an old job. I had an argument with a boss and a friend of mine. That was also a co-worker was like a home smoke a little bit. I come down and she suggested a particular show to put on actually two and I would show Eastbound & Down. Okay. I've now seen all of I hadn't seen at all at the time, but yep. Pilot if you're high, and you need to watch something and you have a sense of humor that pilot like I almost wet my pants within the first like five minutes of that pilot just sober but like high it was insane. But but yeah, I just noticed that I started to kind of giggle about little things before I even put the TV show on h m and was like, okay I'm starting to feel better cuz I had been at this horrible mood and had this horrible fight with my boss and whatever and then was starting to finally like feel like oh I'm giggling it like normal stuff. Okay, this is red. So that's usually the first thing I noticed. Yeah, I'm back to feeling normal now. Yeah, totally not angry at everybody. Right? Right, and we don't want to feel that way. So in a very general sense cuz we're going to get into some detail of what does it feel like to be high. I almost said I like to browse some catalogues of farming equipment God. I don't know how to describe how I feel when I'm high happy, I guess. Yeah. I mean that's a perfectly fine answer to yeah, I'd say happy overall. That's that's when you know, things are going right and things are good. And I think that in and of itself, I mean that one word answer is just that's a perfect soundbite for for this this this plant in general, you know, it's it it just makes people feel better. You know, it has the potential to make you feel worse for sure just like anything but you know, that's why this thing has stuck around that's why people use this page every day for mental health or physical health or whatever it is. It just makes people feel good and happy right and it's also the idea that like, I know sometimes they can make if things go back. You might think that you're dying, but you're not going to die from an overdose of marijuana know like that's just not going to happen. So there's always that in the back of your mind. I feel like that helps people kind of be like, okay, this is chill. This is nice. Yeah, there's this chart that I've seen, you know, go around social media a little bit and it's a list of things and it's like, you know guns have killed they've killed this many people per year and heart disease kills this many people per year and at the bottom of the list, there's like peanuts kill three people per year. Marijuana kills 0 people per year. And then it's a very bottom that caption is something like marijuana is safer than peanuts. That's awesome. You know, which one you're looking at from the you know, the statistical standpoint. Yeah, it is. Yeah cuz nobody's ever died from it. I just remember there was a Jim Breuer routine and I'm not like a huge Jim Breuer fan by any means but he was on some comedy show and he was like, you just see people drunk and they're like well, Where I'm going to kick your ass buddy, and then you see somebody high and they're like, you're lucky. I'm sitting down man, and it's kind of true. Like that's the other thing is you don't really hear about people going on like marijuana fueled binges and like beating up a bunch of people or eluding or doing violent shit. Yeah, like it's kind of chill and peaceful and and that's really really awful nice and what I like about it is while I like to just put on like some show or movie or something. That's really thought-provoking thought-provoking. I can't talk and kind of sit back and just took my brain go nuts. Yeah that reminds me of a there's that classic scene from that old old movie Reefer Madness where they get somebody High, you know, they're doing the experiments or something and he just gets all actually I wonder if this was maybe I'm thinking of the scene from Pineapple Express where they sort of you know, it's a throwback to that stuff, but I feel like they even had it in Rome. For madness as well, but the the whole point is that this guy gets super violent and crazy when he's high and it's like that's just not it's just so false. Yeah. I'm sure it might be like one guy said we're we're that's the reaction he has but it's one guy probably right but he didn't die right. So how does your level of focus change when you get high off? Well as a rule, I don't really do a whole lot of stuff that requires focus when I get high just because like I wouldn't trust myself to work or anything like that like, you know do my day job but it really again kind of depends. I've noticed that like I've gone I've gotten high and gone to play My Piano and and spent twenty minutes looking a sheet music and then been like unaware of it completely and then come to and been like, oh my God, I turned my pants. I have an electric keyboard right now. So I'll be I'd be like, oh, I turned it on and didn't do anything. For like 20 minutes because I was looking through all this music. So I was like really interested and all everything. I was Finding in my you know, music collection of sheet music or or like my bookmarks that I have saved for different thoughts on line. And so I think it makes me somewhat easily distracted in a way but in a focus sense if that makes sure any sense at all. Like I'll be on a mission, you know to find a piece to practice or I really watch or something like that but then get caught up in like all of the collections that I have is talking about like what are these movies would say about filmer like, you know, like just random stuff like that then I'm like, okay. This was not my goal to begin with but this is what it's become. So yeah, we are that I feel like has come off a few times before and it's kind of like obviously if I can I'm going to see if I can phrase it the way that I just had it in my head. It's like doing something very focused but in a very unfocused Way, yeah, like like you said you're looking for the the piano music you're doing that one thing that's very focused. You're not getting distracted by other things but you're going about it very unfocused and Maybe not maybe you're actually doing it very focused. But you're you're almost doing it too focused right where you're looking at all the different things all the different pieces that you could be playing instead of just choosing one that yep. Absolutely. Oh, there's my Little Mermaid book from what I was like in fifth grade and it looks I could still play A Beautiful World. Maybe I should play that one and then it's just like a big steamroll as you go through everything, right? Not that I've had that conversation with myself. I've told her that conversation with myself wage. Well, so that one's sort of ties into the next question, which is what's your sense of time like, oh, yeah. Well skewed. I think it's a good way to put it down. Cuz sometimes I'll be like, oh I've been doing this for like an hour and it's been 15 minutes or I'll be like the exact opposite, you know, oh, it's been just like 20 minutes since I've been playing this game and it's been 2 hours. So it really depends. Can you pinpoint what what things will skew It One Direction or the other dog? Does it feel sort of random it kind of feels random at least to me. Yeah. Yeah, and it's also probably something that you haven't thought of until I asked you the question not at all. No, but now I will make sure so you you feel both ways. You'll you'll feel sometimes time speeds up but sometimes time slows down depending on what's Happening. Yeah. Yeah, definitely cuz some people are one or the other there, but every once awhile, you know, I'll talk to somebody who's both which I think is interesting. You know, it's so interesting how people are different that way and I think it has to do a lot with what what the activity log Is too right but yeah, I've definitely gone in both directions for sure. Well your homework then is to do different activities and then get right down. Okay time felt slow or when I did the same thing, but time went faster when I did this other thing and you can give me your results. Okay, sounds good. Great. So, what about creativity? Do you think you do you feel more creative? Do you do creative things when high again it kind of depends on what it is. I always have my ukulele around because I like to just kind of strong on it absent-mindedly. Even if I have to like sober or high and I feel like I always sort of grab for that when I'm high regardless, but sometimes I kind of just depends on the mood I'm in cuz sometimes I'm really more in the mood to be entertained in which case I feel like maybe You know being high helps me notice a few things about what it is that I'm viewing or watching or experiencing that I wouldn't otherwise notice but also it could mean that I'm doing something that's creative. Although like I said, like in recent years, I've I've tried not to really be high when having to do something where I have to enter it in Iraq other people, especially when it's somewhat work related or related in a way that will you know be that will affect others in a much bigger sense home. So I don't know that I have as much experience being high and producing anything creative that's not like for myself only but I'm sure that I will get that to my list for homework. Okay. Good. I'm sure that I've done stuff like that and just not really thought about it before. Yeah. Yeah, and and when you do just pick up the ukulele to just strum wage. You feel like you're you're doing different things when you're high. Opposed to When You're Sober with that or playing the piano for instance know I think that maybe might speak more took my inability to not be able to sit still but no, it's more it's always sort of music is always been sort of more for me. Anyway the way I tend to play and so it's more of like a soothing thing or like I was working on this particular chord progression, or I'm in a mode right now where I'm teaching myself something and I want to keep practicing it and it's sort of a second-hand response if that makes sense. Yeah. Yeah. I don't know. Well, let's talk a little bit more about music off because assuming that you like to listen to music as well in addition to play it. How does your experience of listening to music change when you get high? I definitely get more excited and more enthusiastic. Mystic I think when I'm high probably to the annoyance of other people around me sometimes but I do just like the moments in in certain songs say that really excite me when I'm sober when I'm high kind of get heightened and I just sometimes like nerdout out over certain sections or certain pieces or whatever. So I guess my my again like my level of Joy over all that I get like the amount of joy that I get from what I'm listening to gets heightened wage when I'm high I notice and then unlike a like a mental sense. Are you listening to the music in a different way? Do you listen to the lyrics and a different way or have you noticed I've noticed honestly like specifically I think it's just one big package for me. I'll notice like musically stuff. But then lyrically as well so it kind of goes both ways dead. In general, it sounds like you're just you're just happier about the music that you're listening. Yeah. Yeah in general. Yeah, and that is not a bad thing. No, I I agree. I I enjoy life. I don't know. Yeah, I think you sort of touched on this before but what about your memory when you get high? Well, I do have short term memory loss it well it's hard cuz I came on bringing issues and like, you know, your your short-term memory pot issues, but other people would probably say otherwise, but I know that like I my memory loss in general kind of is what it is and I I don't really notice when I'm in the moment and I'm high in the moment. I don't notice much of a difference from what I'm sober if that's something that I'm kind of iffy on memory wise. Anyway, hm. I might obviously have short-term memory issues like while I'm high a little bit more so Then when I'm sober but I'm thinking of trying cuz you're right. I never pay attention in this stuff why my necessarily so now I'm trying to think about it and I'm like, huh? I don't know actually, but yeah, I I'm able to lose track a lot easier of a train of thought when I'm high obviously, but okay then when sober yeah, yeah. Yeah. I think that's pretty standard. So basically the you've got some memory issues anyway, but they might be a little bit heightened when you get high. Yeah. Yeah. So we're going to end part one of Mindy's interview there. Thank you for listening. You too, Mindy make sure to check out next week's episode which will be part two of her interview. Please rate and review subscribe share. Feel free to contact me. Feel free to join the patreon to help me pay for hosting services and whatever you can get our episodes early. There might be some exclusives coming. And again, thank you very much and God. Again, still no sign off officially if you have a suggestion for a good tag to put at the end of the episodes. I'm not so clever. I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks.