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A highlight from 115: Part 2: Ric Prado Hunts Osama bin Laden and Leads the CIA Response after 9/11
"Our case is more like what the FBI did, you know, infiltrating the mafia or something like that. We have to maintain a clandestine and secure relationship, but also a very healthy relationship. We have a motto in the business that says you never fall in love with your agent, but you make them think that you're in love with them. You're always stops testing them, you're always double checking, you always put them under surveillance to make sure that they're doing what they say that we're doing, but it is very different because it's a very different goal. We don't work on problems, we work on intelligence. Well let's use that as a good springboard to start moving forward because a lot of your world starts changing, we start talking about the Cold War, you start talking about terrorism starts rearing its head, but at some point you became, worked with Michael Schur and Alex Station, the bin Laden unit. Tell us about that. Yeah, I had just come back from Korea, I had just gotten my GS -15, and I was the head of the Palestinian branch for CTC, our counter -terrorist center, and I got called into the front office by the chief of ops, and he said, look, you know, your name has been raised to be deputy chief of station for this virtual station targeting terrorism. I had never heard of virtual station, we were the first, and talking to my boss I said, well thank you boss, I mean of course I'll, you know, deputy chief of station, hell yeah, but who are we going after? And he said Osama bin Laden. And I said, who? And he goes, exactly. Mike Sawyer, Sawyer was the analyst that had been following this, so he was the chief of station for Alex Station, I was his deputy chief of station, and I was the senior ops officer, we only had two other case officers, the rest were analysts, incredible analysts and targeting officers. And by the way, that's the very same unit that eventually got bin Laden, you know, geo -located and allowed under our authorities for the SEAL team to go shoot him in the face. Excellent. Room temperature was a good result for that, but yeah, and the sad part is too, I did some work with the state department over in Islamabad training their police, their federal investigative agency, special investigative group, and while we were there at that time is about the time they figured bin Laden ended up in Abbottabad, and that's just about 30 clicks north, 30 or 40 clicks north of Islamabad, you know, right under literally everybody's noses. I just, I still have some heartburn over how much cooperation he got from the Pakistani government. Did you have concerns about that or am I just off in left field here? No, the Pakistani government is completely dual purpose. You have people that love us and people that love to kill us, meaning Americans. They're the ones that created the Taliban, for God's sake. The ISI. Their intelligence service literally was the ones that actually helped create the Taliban. So that penetration was always there. We did have, according to people that worked there, I never did, we did have some very good relationships liaison with some Pakistanis, but they were infiltrated from the other side too quite a bit. Yeah, we ended up kicking a couple people out of our training that had, once some tenuous connections came to light, it was like, yeah, I think it spells ISI is what you should have put down as your organization, but what I'm interested in, let's go back to that because that, you know, like you said, bin Laden who, not many people took him seriously. He issued his fatwa, you know, he said, here's what we're going to do. And then we started getting the bombings. We got some bombings of the embassies, right? That's correct. Well, you know, yeah, that is one of the things that set us all off because we had, when bin Laden was still in Khartoum, when we opened up the station, when we started Alex Stationing, and we had recorded intelligence from a very dear friend of mine, a Green Beret legend and CIA legend by the name of Billy Waugh. Billy was the head of security for Black in Khartoum at the time when he was there. He's also the guy that saw and helped arrest, helped capture Carlos the Jackal, the renowned terrorist from the 70s in Europe, but he was the guy in charge of doing surveillance of bin Laden. And he had him, you know, he knew what he was going to have for lunch. He knew what car he drove. He was in the white. He was not concerned because, you know, in Khartoum at the time, it was like a terrorist hotel and he was putting, pouring all kinds of money. So we came up with several plans to kidnap him, to kill him, whatever it took. And the then administration kept saying, well, we don't have enough proof. And our argument was we got overhead from satellites of the kind of training that he's facilitating with former jihadists in these other countries. We're getting all source information from all kinds of different governments that he's extorting money from the Saudis. He's doing this. He's doing that. He's bringing people in from Afghanistan when, you know, the motto of CTC is supposed to This is what we do. And the administration never, ever bought off on that. And what I always tell people is that imagine in 1997 or late 96, early 97, if we would have been able to neutralize bin Laden, the coal, the bombings of our two embassies and maybe even 9 -11 could have been derailed. You know, and I'll give away a little bit of your book here, Chapter 28, where you talk about that. You know, I mean, you just lay it out and I love it. You know, the answer is clear, thanks to the history and hindsight. Those 4 ,000 people killed in one of the U .S. Embassy attacks in Africa will still be alive today. Untraumatized, unscarred by their terrible luck, USS Cole would never have been attacked. The Pentagon would have never been hit by the American Airlines flight. The Twin Towers would still be standing. The 3 ,000 people who died in the World Trade Center still be with us. Families wouldn't be unaffected. I mean, it just goes on and on. It's amazing how much destruction, terrorism, chaos, anarchy he caused, and the point from all of this is that our administration at the time didn't have the cojones to take care of business. That is the bottom line. I mean, you do a very good job explaining that in the book. I really appreciated that. Thank you. I'd say it was definitely a fact. You know, at the time the agency was supporting us. They were carrying our water across the river, but we were definitely not getting the traction there. And a lot of people took that very personal, especially I was Chief of Officer of the Counter -Terrorist Center when 9 -11 happened. So that really stuck in my craw. Well, I can't imagine. Well, and there's an interesting... Some of it, maybe it's a little bit lower, but when the original World Trade Center attacks happened, they tried to bomb them, the idiots, which thankfully they returned the van trying to... They tried to report it stolen. That's how we ended up getting the guys. But one of the things that came out of this, I think that helped them with their future planning is when they were in court, they bring in some of the structural engineers. You come to find out the World Trade Center, the twin towers were designed to withstand the impact of a 737. So then you start... So why are the 757s and 67s targeted? Why? Because unfortunately, you never know what kind of information is going to be used by somebody later. And that's... I don't know if that helped formulate some of his planning, but it's definitely some of the stuff that came out when you find out what they're designed to withstand. And then, like you say, you get... We see... I think part of our failing is we tend to think too short -term. Why would they think like that? That's not the point. You need to think like your adversary. Your adversary doesn't think like you. That's why they win. That's why they're able to pull off a lot of the stuff, because they're thinking differently than us. I want to get into 9 -11 and what you see there. But up until that point, what do you think was the biggest impediment other than political? Was it the way that we had been trained that we didn't really understand Islamic law? We didn't understand what bin Laden... that he really meant the fatwa that he did? Were there some other things that contributed to this other than political? Political is the number one problem that you have. You cannot run operations, military or intelligence, through an optic of politics. It's two different worlds.
Fresh "Billy" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Was on 270 northbound at exit 26 in the off ramp has since been cleared i'm brian alban WTOP traffic right back here to veronica johnson 7 news first alert chief meteorologist we're pretty much hanging on your every word veronica as we watch this rain roll in yeah it is rolling in right now we've got rain all the way up to billy and rosary ville wall dorf maryland getting some showers right now the plate and green all and even stafford in fredericksburg so turning wet and where i am seeing that wet weather it's gotten a little cooler too with temperatures in the 50s versus the 60s out there but a lot going to happen uh in the hours calm to the next 36 hours we've got some moderate to heavy rain that we're expecting through the day on saturday along with that some high wind so it's going to be a windswept kind of day for us and band after band will be coming through so we've got tropical storm warnings out for calvert for st mary's county wind advisory for much of the area where we could see winds 40 upwards 45 miles per hour especially on the total platonic in the uh... title platonic in the bay and a coastal flood uh... warning that is out for the dc area so the line could see some water inundation rain will continue to pick up in intensity throughout the overnight period again we've got that heavy rain on tap for tomorrow fifty starting out in the morning sixties for the afternoon so not a very big rise in temperatures again chilly day ahead with the windswept rain sunday will fare better that rain should ease by the morning hours and uh... may end for much of us for the mid daytime period as what's left of ophelia moves on through and heads to the northeast highs on sunday just a few degrees under seventy degrees right now we've got centerville at sixty four degrees waldorf maryland at fifty nine okay veronica we're brought to you by dulles glass for all your glass mirror and shower door needs visit dullesglass .com dulles glass love your glass coming up on wtop details of a new local program
A highlight from Session 1 Evangelism
"By the way, this seminary building is something else. It's my first time here, and I was thinking as I was out in the rotunda going around, and I'm going to do some more going around that rotunda, interesting, interesting material out there, and I'm thankful for it. Have any of you ever been to the Billy Graham Center of Evangelism up at Wheaton? Some of you have. I've been there. I'm glad this is here and as well done as it is. The interesting thing is this is a seminary. Some think this is a seminary, but everything out in that rotunda is about evangelism. What does that tell you? They're saying in this seminary that evangelism is mighty important. Evangelism is important, and we need to keep that in mind. So we've got these two weeks. I'm thankful. I kind of wish I was staying next week to hear Dr. Van Gelder and myself. I don't know of a fellow more qualified to do the right kind of a job. He and I sort of agreed. We talked about it, about how we're going to do this without overlapping. There will be some overlapping, I'm sure, but I'm going to stick somewhat with philosophy. I'm not a philosopher, so I don't know how well I'll stick with it. I'm going to stick somewhat with philosophy of evangelism, and he's going to stick more with methodology. I will get into methodology, and he undoubtedly will get intermingled in all of his matters of philosophy. You can't have a method without a philosophy. It's impossible to have a method without a reason for the method, and that's philosophy. So that will be somewhat the basis of these two weeks. I'm going to start off today with not any of my lectures. I thought I'd just introduce myself and talk to you and give you a little background about my own life. I thought you might be interested. If not, just endure it anyway. I came to Bob Jones in 1946 as a student, and that was the year that the preacher boys class really grew. Because 1946 was the year, just after the war was over, when a large number of fellows returned from overseas, being a lot of Navy guys, Army guys, a lot of them Navy guys. That year, I enrolled in February of 1946, second semester. That year, I think there were 200, I'm not sure exact figure, preacher around 250 boys that enrolled from the service. Those fellows included Phil Schuler, Jim Singleton, Glenn Schunk, Jim Harwell, who is now a member of our church in Tucson. A tremendous number of guys. I could go on and on. If you're up in the Washington, D .C. area, I can't think of that fellow's name. He had the big radio broadcast up there. What is his name? Anyway, we had 250 that enrolled in that class, and it increased the preacher's class immensely.
Fresh update on "billy" discussed on Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe
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A highlight from Julian Edelman and John Ourand
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Hey, can I let you in on a little secret? I'm obsessed with the drop app. Drop makes it so easy to score free gift cards just for doing my everyday shopping at places like Ulta, Sam's Club and Lyft So if you're like me and love a good shopping spree Download Drop today and join the secret club of savvy shoppers and use my code GETDROP999 to get $5 AI has the power to generate solutions But if it's using unverified data, it could generate problems. Your business doesn't just need AI It needs the right AI for your business Introducing Watson X, a platform designed to multiply output by tailoring AI to your needs. When you Watson X your business You can train, tune and deploy AI all with your trusted data Let's create the right AI for your business with Watson X. Learn more at IBM .com slash Watson X. IBM Let's create Welcome everyone to SI Media with Jimmy Trainor. Thank you so much for listening. Big show this week We got the start of the NFL season. So we have Julian Edelman, Super Bowl champion, obviously from the Patriots and he is joining Fox's pre pregame show It's Fox NFL kickoff 11 a .m. Eastern, 8 a .m. Pacific. He's now part of that crew. So Julian talks about Going into TV going into media joining Fox great great stories about Belichick Brady Gronk talk about betting Some other NFL news with Edelman following Julian SI media Podcast regular John Oran joins the show to talk about the big dispute between spectrum cable and ESPN Disney Which is really ESPN 15 million cable subscribers do not have ESPN right now because of this dispute No one better to break it down than John Oran. We also get into Sunday Ticket on YouTube and College football ratings and a few other things with John and then train of thoughts with Sal Acada closes out the show We go through some week one NFL betting lines Talk about the US Open and some other things with Sal So we have all that coming up before we get to it real quick If you missed it last week over the Labor Day weekend We dropped a pod last week Greg McElroy from ESPN and comedian Jared Freed with the guests two weeks ago Charles Barkley Feedback's been phenomenal. If you missed it, make sure you check it out Peter Schrager three weeks ago Chris may have dog Russo four weeks ago So if you missed any of those check them out in the archive subscribe to SI media with Jimmy Traina and leave a review on Apple we're definitely gonna read those next week All right, Julian Edelman followed by John Oran followed by train of thoughts all right here right now on SI media with Jimmy Traina Alright joining me now Super Bowl champion and now in the media. He's joining Fox's NFL kickoff, which is at 11 a .m. Eastern every Sunday little pregame action Julian Edelman Julian, how's it going? Going well, how are you doing? I'm doing well. I'm doing very well cuz football is here. So it was back Thank God is fully back. I Mean, I wish I wish the trends Kelsey wasn't hurt because I feel like that takes a little bit away from the opening game But it is what it is If you look at it though over the last However, many years the Kansas City Chiefs have been on this run. They've had relatively pretty decent help Throughout their whole thing. I mean they left they lost the left tackle in the Super Bowl That's why they lost against, you know, Brady they couldn't protect Patrick Mahomes but it's it's getting to that time in their Era it where gets hard, you know being a guy that's been on one of those teams a dynasty. They're not there quite yet but uh You know, they're well on their way if they could stay healthy and you would know better than anyone about dynasty So when would you say they're there? How many would they have to win before you say they're a dynasty everyone knows it's three Okay, I don't know what's going on. Everyone keeps on talking like oh This is you you into no, it doesn't matter if you get to the Super Bowl We went to eight straight AFC championships or something like that. Like you got to win three to get to be in Cowboys previous Patriots Niners Steelers It's not two. It's not two So tell me I want to get into your Fox gig and transitioning to meeting that since we're on it It's a good topic because I'm just curious because one of the things I'm looking at is someone who's scouting Over -unders to bet and and you know who's gonna win the AFC and stuff like that The I Motivation shouldn't say the motivation. I mean, I think the motivation is there even if you win But is it difficult or how difficult is it after winning two like they've won? It's very difficult To get geared up every Sunday, you know people don't realize How hard it is once you go out win a Super Bowl Okay, now they have two that when you win that first one you become a target everyone circles you on the schedule You win another one now everyone circling now now Divisions and conferences are designing their teams to beat you. So it gets harder and harder and as an individual player You know Your motivation you have to pull what what's motivating you because natural human instinct you're like You know, we got this we're good and then you know something happens you have injuries here an injury They're a player doesn't sign back because no two teams are the same. It's a new team every year. So it's very hard mentally To keep it going, you know And you have and they have a leader in Patrick Mahomes that can do that We had Tom Brady Tom Brady was always always on he was like he was always motivated So that gives you hope for the Kansas City Chiefs because they have such a great player and Patrick Mahomes who's their leader You know their best player is is their quarterback is their leader and the way he is is huge. Do you think? the intensity to beat the Chiefs to throne the Chiefs is Similar to what you guys experience and I ask you from this standpoint and I hope you don't take offense to this But I feel like I feel like the Chiefs are not hated in any way I'd feel like no one dislikes Mahomes No one dislikes Andy Reid you guys and I think it was mainly because of your success But there were people who didn't like Tom for whatever reason there was the ridiculousness with the flake eight the stupidest thing ever people didn't like Belichick, maybe You guys I don't think we're like Completely beloved whereas KC seems like I don't know who maybe people are sick of Travis Kelsey a little bit Like our teams you think is amped up to beat the Chiefs as they were you guys I Think the games changed the player has changed Just as an overall, I mean we look at games nowadays you got guys over here You know dapping up helping guys back back when we were playing the Jets when I first got in the league Bart Scott was mother -effing Billy O 'Brien on the sideline guys were fighting before, you know, it's just it's kind of changed And it could be for good or could be for bad. That's for weather for everyone else to determine But and also, you know, the Kansas City Chiefs that the Patriots were on it for 20 years Okay, like when I got there they already had three Super Bowls and they were on a little drought, you know But they were still winning, you know, they went 7 16 and oh they you know 14 win seasons they were still putting out big winning seasons for a long a longer time and You know the Chiefs just haven't been there I'm so I'm sure the Chiefs keep on doing well that people are gonna start hating them too, you know, yeah. Yeah The I want to get into some other stuff about the Patriots and and Belichick and Brady and but let's talk about you going to Fox you did inside the NFL. I enjoyed you on there I wrote that a couple times for SI. Now. You're gonna be on the Fox NFL kickoff show. It's remarkable I don't know if you've seen it Maybe you just know it off the top of your head because you friends with all these people but it is remarkable how every patriot is in media now is on TV, you know, you've got the McCordy's Gronk is part of the Fox family. Everyone knows about the Brady situation McGinnis the TV Bruschi It's like if you're on you were part of our Patriot team good love winners. Yeah people love winners Yeah, and they hate them so, you know you get a little bit of both They're either gonna love your hate you but they're gonna watch you It's like you had no choice but to go into TV basically after after all it's it's I don't know it's uh, You know when you play for an organization like New England and You've had the success that we had over the years that we played, you know It opens up a lot of doors and it's plain and simple. That's that's really what it is The the sacrifice and the efforts that we put into our career helped us after our career and a lot of guys you know, they have that hard work mentality that still want to stay in the game, but may not want to be coaches and And that's what media is, you know, that's what I feel. You know, I get my football fix by Going into a pre -production meeting and I haven't done it with Mike Vick or Charles Woodson or Chris and Thomas or Peter Shrager But you get your football locker room kind of vibe when you do those like when I was on inside the NFL I'm sitting there talking with Phil Simms Patrick, uh, you know, Brandon Marshall Michael Irving, Ray Lewis, James Brown and you have these These meetings where you just get to sit and talk football It's before you go on the lights are shining but you sit and you're talking stories You're breaking football down with people that play football So, I think that's a huge probably reason about it and you know, it's not you know We're used to putting in these crazy hours 14 -hour days Seven days a week don't get this year family and media, you know, like you got to do your homework You got to you got to watch all the games, but you know, we can still have a life outside of it, you know These guys are going coach. I mean people always ask me. Why aren't you in coaching and I go You know, I did my time Like I put my my 12 13 14 hour days in and when I would leave work I would see coaches families in the parking lot Seeing the coaches before they would go to bed because they still had another three hours. I ain't doing that Yeah, you know and then if you go somewhere else where it's not like that Then I'm mentally all messed up because well, there's some people that are doing it, you know So it's just I like I'm happy or I'm mad. I'm excited to go out and entertain and talk my knowledge When you were playing and you're playing days towards the end of your career Did you think you would get into TV or did you not think about it while you were playing? I Didn't necessarily think I'd become an analyst and do what I'm doing right now I always enjoyed creating content You know whether it was our YouTube videos our Instagram videos and all the content we build on J around je11 You know that was booming with with the Patriot nation that would always support, you know I always I found a niche in that and and I enjoyed that process of creating content going in and sitting in a you know in a editing room and and Filming up all this stuff and thinking it's gonna be terrible and then cutting it down and then you know having all your other team Because there's a team of people, you know That put put the work in to to get this good content out and I enjoyed it So I didn't know it was gonna be to the extent of what I'm doing right now but I knew you know, I was comfortable in front of a camera and you know, I know I faced for radio, but Thank God I won a lot of games Had it and just tell me were were there other networks like in the running to get your services Was it just Fox like I'd end up at Fox why Fox? Tell me a little bit about joining I want to say any other names there were, you know There was another network that was involved and I sat down and I thought Fox would be perfect You know, I got a couple teammates there with Gronk Brady You know, I'm really excited to get to hang out with you know Charles Woodson and in talk football with Mike Vick and Chris Thompson Peter Schrager and you know Fox is like a If you know the story behind Fox, I mean they were created as This little small sport network with John Madden.
Fresh "Billy" from WTOP 24 Hour News
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Two Messages That Get Under Dan Bongino's Skin
"Message i should i should say there's only two if you ever really want to kind of if you're looking to get under my skin i'll tip give you a i shouldn't do that but i will there's only really two messages i almost instantaneously have a visceral response to number one is telling me you're no rush limbaugh i have a visceral response because it one it's so stupid to say it because it's so transparently obvious it's like telling me i'm no ronald reagan yeah i clearly i get so i get annoyed at the stupidity of it because i never tried to be and i never will be and never claimed to be and would even claim to claim to be but the other one is people who send me an email telling me how really they're going to stick it to the man by not voting because they okay good have a good time they cheat yeah they cheat they cheat everywhere in the world in every election they cheat here too so you're telling me just just so we can understand again quickly bonafides because the guy uh billy sent me a message from you still think voting i matters don't know i live in florida around the santas won by 19 points i didn't i don't know did it matter oh no it didn't matter man a uh it was a it was a scam they cheated and put them in it's an op everything's an op now you know like the oliver anthony it's an op everything's an op now how did donald trump win in 2016 it was an op too was it up it was an up too but russia you could point you that's the jim's right i'm russia sorry that putin did it giving donald trump a handy in the back room that's what happened there that's 60 minute video whatever what what what are you it's wrong i'm you know rubbing his
Fresh "Billy" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Tesla w t o p traffic and joining us now seven news first alert meteorologist eileen wayland eileen uh... most of today looks pretty good but we've got this storm that's eyeing us up for the what to start tonight to affecting us exactly overnight mostly i think that's when we'll see some of our heavier rain start to move into the region uh... but highest impact from this a potential tropical cyclone sixteen is going to be tomorrow and especially night tomorrow that's will have some of our highest winds so as we go through the day today it's gonna high temperatures in the mid seventies clouds are going to thicken later today will start tracking rain over southern maryland maybe by about seven eight o 'clock i think here in d c between nine and eleven p m will start to see a few late rain showers winds will be picking up as well now heading into the overnight hours we're gonna be tracking some areas of moderate rain continuing through the morning tomorrow tomorrow morning those winds out of the northeast between about fifteen and twenty five miles per hour could have some gusts between thirty and forty miles per hour throughout the day in d c tomorrow temperatures are going to be very cool for the first day of fall will be in the low to mid sixties highest wind gusts five will be and probably nine between p about m tomorrow over southern maryland we could see those winds gusting upwards of fifty miles per hour twenty five miles per hour i do want to mention we have tropical storm warnings in effect for calvert and st mary's counties winds and that and means that we could see winds up to fifty miles per hour two to four inches of rain and a storm surge surge between one to three feet so really just gonna be kind of a nasty day i'd say over two inches of rain not out question of the even here in the d c metro we'll see lingering showers sunday morning sunday afternoon will be cloudy and cool breezy as well and then we start to drying out as we head into early next week but just keep your radio dialed into wtop and your first alert weather team and we'll continue to update you as the forecast evolves now right uh dry conditions across the board temperatures we're at 57 right now in falls church we're at 58 in billy and we are had sixty two degrees downtown for an alien and coming up they wanted love he and wanted their money and he got it i'm john dome and eight twenty two blockheed vision martin's of 21st century security means preparing to make
A highlight from Spirit-Empowered Evangelism (Part 2)
"I haven't finished the message or done it in two parts. This is one I'm just like, all of these parts feel essential to this and we need to be able to deal with this. Acts 1 and verse 8, because this really is the rest of the book of Acts is expressing this, we'll read this verse, we'll have a brief word of prayer, then we'll dive back into where we left off this morning. This is Jesus speaking to the apostles before he ascended to heaven, and they've asked about when's the, you know, when's the kingdom be restored? He's going to say, that's not for you to know, the Father's put those times in his hand. But verse 8, in contrast to that, you shall receive power, this ability, this divine power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. So that happens at Pentecost, that the Holy Spirit comes upon them, empowers them, and ye shall be witnesses unto me. Okay, you're going to go tell everyone what you have seen and heard, particularly the resurrection. Witnesses tell what they have seen, both in Jerusalem, that's where it starts with Peter's sermon on Pentecost we looked at a few weeks ago, and in all Judea, their witness spills over from that city into the surrounding countryside. And in Samaria, we looked at that a little bit briefly this morning in Acts chapter 8, and under the uttermost part of the earth, and that is still going on today. One of the things we touched on when we looked at this text a few weeks ago is that the task is unfinished. Jesus is very much implying that I'm ascending to heaven and this task begins and it continues until I return. In fact, the angel says, you know, they're standing there gazing up into heaven, the same Jesus who you've seen ascend is going to come back that same way. He's going to return visibly and physically. And the implication is, until that happens, you've got a job to do, which is to be a witness to Christ, it is to evangelize. Now, so this morning, we talked about the fact that God has defined the task for us. What is evangelism? It's very simply telling people the good news of Jesus and calling them to accept it. It's not just information, but it's information and persuasion. It's not just here's the facts, but it's facts that demand a response. It's both of those two things together. We also noted that God has defined the message and we spent a significant amount of time today just carefully laying out what is the gospel, what is the evangel, what is the message that we as Christians are to declare. If we get the message wrong, we might be very, very passionate. We might be very bold, but we're not giving the message of life. Both boldness and accuracy are essential when it comes to giving the gospel. And so you might have a beautiful scene, but no light. You might be very accurate, but it's not visible. That's a message that's correct, but not declared. Or you might have a message that is declared, but not accurate. We want to have a message that's both accurate and made known to the world around us. So where I want to go this evening is how do we go about doing that? And we're going to look at the book of Acts and just look at some examples of the different ways to do that. But before we do, let's just go to the Lord in a word of prayer before we dive in. Father, you have called us to make disciples of the nations. You have called us to preach the gospel to every creature. And Father, we recognize that we are not capable of doing this on our own. We desperately need your spirit. And Father, we also confess this evening that we are often silent when we should speak. We are often fearful when we ought to be bold. We are often hesitant when we need to be direct. So God, I pray that you would fill us with courage. You would fill us with confidence that comes from your spirit's indwelling presence. Would you help us as a church to be a church that is marked by personal passionate evangelism? And Father, not just speaking to the issues of the day, but pointing people to Christ. We ask these things for your glory in Jesus' name. Amen. According to various studies that have been done, there are approximately 7 ,500 news anchors in the United States. That number was actually surprisingly low to me. I thought that like every town had a bunch of them. But 7 ,500. And the job of a news anchor is to simply get the news out. These are the people on the evening news that are like, this evening there was another traffic jam in the bank head tunnel, or the weather tomorrow is going to be insanely hot once again. They're the familiar faces on local TV who give us these updates. They might be the less familiar faces on sort of the national stage. And frankly, as much as many people dislike and distrust the media, and sometimes for good reason, I think we would all admit that people who give us the news are filling a vital and important role to let us know what is going on in the world. They're supposed to get the news out. And sure, sometimes they get the news wrong, and sometimes they leave out important aspects, but the basic description is to get the news out. That in a sense is our job as Christians is to get the news out without changing the facts, without tweaking things. Our job is to get the good news of the gospel out to a needy world, and we've got to get the message right. We saw that this morning. We've also got to embrace that calling. Our job is not to editorialize, but to announce. We're not to be opinion journalists, but more news anchors of here's the message and we're going to declare it and call people to respond to it. That is what it means to be an evangelist, is to declare the good news, to declare the gospel to the world around us. So I want to just pick up with these final two building blocks for a biblical vision of evangelism. Not only the fact that God has defined the task, not only the fact that God has determined the message, but I want to pick up thirdly this evening with the fact that God uses Christians to evangelize. I know this is a really obvious point, but God doesn't send angels to come and proclaim the gospel to the world around us. He doesn't strike people with lightning while they're walking down the street and all of a sudden they're saved. But as Romans 10 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ and that it is absolutely necessary for preachers to be sent out to make the gospel known. The book of Acts, it's called at the title at the top of my page the Acts of the Apostles. And we've noted the fact it could be the Acts of the Risen Christ through the spirit empowered apostles. It's really Jesus who's working. But we get example after example in this book of the first generation of Christians doing precisely that, telling people about Christ. And here's what is striking is the variety of ways, the variety of methods that God uses. There is not just here's the one approved method for giving the gospel. You know, God calls all Christians everywhere to only knock on doors and use the Romans road or only to have conversations at work. There's kind of an above all, all of the above kind of strategy when it comes to getting the gospel out. So one of the first ways we see the gospel going out is in Acts chapter two. So just turn over there with me. We looked at this in some detail a few weeks back. So we're not going to rehash this, but it's the day of Pentecost and the spirit comes upon the Christians and they begin to speak in other languages and a big crowd gathers. And Peter verse 14, Acts two verse 14, Peter standing up with the 11 lifted up his voice and said unto them, ye men of Judea and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you and hearken to my words. And from there, he begins to give them a recounting of the fact, hey, what you're seeing is not drunkenness, but the spirit of God has fallen in fulfillment of prophecy. He then adds to that, that Jesus is the promised Messiah who's risen from the dead and David predicted him. And this can't be about David because David is dead, but Jesus has risen from the dead. So verse 36, therefore, here's sort of the summary, the call to action, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, and by the way, this is imperative in the Greek. It's not just, hey, allow this to be, but that all the house of Israel must know this, must know assuredly, must accept this by faith, that God hath made the same Jesus whom ye crucified both Lord and Christ. So he declares the gospel to them through preaching. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission or the forgiveness of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. So he preaches and we find out in verse 41, 3 ,000 people respond in faith and signify that by stepping into the waters of baptism. We could give example after example, we have a number of examples in the book of Acts of public preaching. God uses Christians to evangelize and one of the ways he does that is through public preaching, maybe in a church gathering or out on a street or you think of through church history, men like George Whitfield and John Wesley who did open air preaching and thousands came to hear them. Preaching, this authoritative heralding to large groups of people. It might be a specially organized crusade like what Billy Graham did back in the day. It might be preaching that goes out over the airwaves or over the internet to bring sinners to faith in Christ. And Peter is preaching, he is expounding scripture. He is keeping scripture central. Now, what is interesting when you look at the apostles proclamation of the gospel, we do not see elaborate schemes. We don't see slick methods being cooked up to try to pad their numbers or to manipulate people. We don't see high pressure sales techniques to guilt people into making a decision. Rather, we see the simple and powerful declaration of the word of God laid onto the consciences of their hearers. It's the honest declaration of the good news of Jesus. Turn over with me to 2 Corinthians 4 to hear what Paul has to say about gospel ministry. 2 Corinthians 4, verses one and two. So seeing therefore, we have this ministry, the gospel ministry, this responsibility to make the gospel of Jesus known. As we have received mercy, we faint not. Okay, we've got such an awesome ministry. We don't give up, we don't quit. But we have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. I love this. He's saying, we're not resorting to trickery. We're not taking the scriptures and twisting them to make them say what we want, but we are plainly exposing to view what the Bible says and what Christ has done and making an appeal to people's consciences to respond. He's likely describing the individuals in his day who would go around from town to town and would sort of do philosophical lectures for money and some would do the same thing, would basically try to monetize the gospel. One way we could render this is we don't peddle the word of God. We don't go around sort of preaching the word of God in order to get rich for ourselves. But rather just the plain declaration of the truth. Now, to be sure, we do see the early church loving and serving their neighbors. We do see Peter performing miracles and that becoming an avenue for the gospel going out. There is biblical precedent for saying we're gonna perform mercy ministries. We're gonna do good to our community in order to gain a hearing. We have to be careful less we slip into crass manipulation where you're trying to play on people's emotions and arms twist when the spirit of God has not touched their conscience. So how do we go about, how does God use Christians to proclaim the gospel one way is by preaching. Here's another way that's totally different. So if Peter's preaching in Acts two and Acts three to crowns of thousands, we go to the other end of the spectrum, which is simply a one -on -one conversation. Go over to Acts chapter eight with me. Here we have a guy who's by the name of Philip. In Acts chapter six, there had been some division in the early church between the Greek speakers and the Hebrew speakers and the apostles called the church together. They appoint the first deacons and there's seven of them. One of them is Stephen. He preaches a powerful sermon before the Sanhedrin in Acts chapter seven and they kill him because they loved his sermon so much. He faces stoning because of the reaction to it. Same message, completely different response. Then we get in Acts chapter eight, Philip, we noted him briefly this morning. He goes to Samaria and he preaches. Later on in the book of Acts, this guy is so passionate for the gospel, he gets the name Philip, the evangelist. An evangelist is not some guy who has a fifth -wheel trailer who goes from church to church and does special meetings. An evangelist is somebody who preaches the gospel. By the way, nothing wrong with people going from church to church doing special meetings. I've got friends who do that. But the term evangelist refers to those who evangelize. And so Philip gets that label. But look in verse 26, Acts chapter eight. So he's preached the gospel to all the villages of the Samaritans and the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip. This is one of the rare instances in Acts where we see special divine guidance regarding ministry. Arise and go toward the south under the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. So down to the Gaza Strip, going down towards Egypt. And he arose and went and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning and sitting in his chariot and read Isaiah the prophet. Then the spirit said unto Philip, go near and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him and heard him read the prophet Isaiah and said, understandest thou what thou readest? He said, how can I accept some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he should come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture, which he read was this. He was led as a sheep to the slaughter and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away and who shall declare his generation for his life is taken from the earth. It's from Isaiah 53, which Brian read this morning. And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I pray thee of whom speaketh the prophet this, of himself or some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him, Jesus. Here we get this other end of the spectrum. This is not preaching to a crowd of thousands, but this is a one -on -one conversation. You see, you may say I'm not comfortable doing public speaking. I'll never stand up before a crowd of people and declare the gospel. Great, well, we have this example of a one -on -one conversation, a divine appointment. God orchestrates this encounter as you read the text. It's very obvious that God is making sure that Philip crosses the path of the eunuch so that he can get the gospel and he meets him just when he happens to be reading Isaiah 53. And occasionally at various points in your life, God will bring those kinds of situations across your path where you bump into a complete stranger. The spirit of God's been working on them. Other people have been witnessing to them. They've been under conviction and you get to witness to them. I remember a time when I was a kid, my dad was cleaning the church where we were at and a Sri Lankan guy just came and knocked on the door. He'd kind of grown up in Sri Lanka. I think he had grown up as a Hindu and was like, I'm looking for a priest. I want to figure out how to become a Christian. Like never met the guy before, never had encountered the guy before and dad brought him home, sat down with him, explained the gospel, the guy got saved. Like, praise God. I'll be honest, those situations are pretty rare that you get someone and you just cross their paths and boom, there they are, they're ready to be converted. Philip is in the right place at the right time with the right message. And notice what his message is, it's Jesus. He starts at the same scripture and gets to Jesus. Beloved, we need to be so fluent with the gospel that we can sort of jump into any place in the storyline of the Bible and be able to get to Jesus. I was talking to Clay this morning on the way out. He was letting me know he was going to preach about David at Ahepa and I just gave him the encouragement. I said, as you preach about David, don't forget to talk about the son of David, right? Anywhere in the Bible we want to get to Christ because he is the heart of the gospel. So the Ethiopian is ripe for the picking. The soil is ready for the planting. And these encounters are not encounters that you and I can manufacture. We can't sort of, you know, we try to strategize and make sure I'm at the right place at the right time. This is the working of God. Indeed, I would say that trying to plant the seed when God has not yet plowed the soil can actually be unhelpful because it's going to push people away when they're not ready. But think about the things that God could use to awaken someone's heart to where they're in a place like this guy who's just ready for this. Maybe someone has gotten to the end of their rope and realized, man, this religion I've grown up in does not give me answers. Or some personal tragedy has happened where all of a sudden they didn't think about eternity yesterday, but now they are thinking about eternity. A loved one passes away, and all of a sudden they're realizing, one day I'm going to die. And they're beginning to think about these things. Sometimes tragedy will be the megaphone that God will use to awaken a lost world to their need for him. Sometimes a divorce has thrown someone back on a faith they long ago rejected. You see, in every tragedy in the midst of all brokenness, when questions arise, that is where the Gospel can slip in. So God uses Christians. Sometimes it's the preaching to the huge crowds, Peter on Pentecost. Other times it's the divine appointment, Philip in the Ethiopian eunuch. Another way we see God using Christians are just individuals who are scattered. We looked at Acts 8 this morning how the church is scattered and everybody went everywhere giving the Gospel. Let me give you another example of this happening in Acts because it seems to suggest this is a way that God works. Acts 11, picking up in verse 19. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen. All right, so same persecution. We would look at persecution and be like it's a real negative, it's a real downer. People are getting killed, hauled into prison. God's using it to scatter Christians. Those who were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phoenice and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. That's all they knew is this is for Israel. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene. Cyrene is in North Africa, Cyprus is an island out in the Mediterranean, which when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. Same message, right? That Jesus and he's the Lord, he's the resurrected king. And the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord. So here's these people who are scattered. They weren't planning to go to Cyprus or to Cyrene. They were planning to stay in Jerusalem and hang out with the Christians there. But circumstances have happened and all of a sudden they're in a place where there's a bunch of people who don't know about Jesus. And so what do they do? They open their mouths and give the gospel. Now here's the interesting thing. It says, you know, preaching the words, none of the Jews, but the Jews only, but notice the verb that's used in verse 20. Some of them, they come, they were come to Antioch, they spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. The word preaching here is not the word keruso standing up and heralding, but simply the word for speaking. One -on -one conversations. I think you can envision them moving into town and having one -on -one conversations over meals, having in -home discussions with their new neighbors, robust back and forth with their coworkers. You see, every week we scatter dozens of different ways, interacting with hundreds of people every week. Other times through circumstances there is a, you know, a downsizing at work and you lose your job and all of a sudden you have to move to take a job out in Seattle. You're like, I didn't want to go live in Seattle. I liked living in Alabama. We got better football down here. Well, the weather's probably better up there. But then all of a sudden you're off moving to Seattle. You can look at that as, man, what a rotten circumstance or it could be God has moved me here. What is the strategic gospel purpose that he might have in making me change jobs or move houses or go to a new location? I often think this when I taught at PCC, have these students who are in the classroom who are nursing and engineering and all of these other majors. Man, what if people deployed their careers in a way that is strategic for the cause of the gospel? You say, okay, I can go be a nurse anywhere, right? Everywhere needs nurses. How about I go be a nurse where there's a church plant that's happening so I can come in and be part of that on the front lines as opposed to just going wherever and not thinking strategically. What if we thought strategically about our moves, about our job changes? What if we thought that all these changes that come our way that we don't expect could be the providential hand of God, putting us into contact with people that we would not have been in contact with otherwise? Now, one of the things that I think is really beautiful in the book of Acts is that we don't get the sense that there are these organized structured programs for evangelism. Rather, we get the sense that Christians just went around telling people about Jesus. It wasn't like, hey, this is on Saturday at 10 o 'clock, we're meeting at the church, but this was just a, I'm going around and of course I would tell people about what is important to me. You see, my goal, my desire, my prayer for our church is not that we have a bunch of evangelistic programs, but rather that we have a culture of evangelism. Like, think about how awesome this would be if we had a church full of people who in the normal course of their daily lives were just telling people about Jesus. We're just like, hey, I'm going to start a Bible study in my apartment complex. Hey, I'm just going to figure out a way to reach my neighbors with the gospel.
Monitor Show 15:00 08-18-2023 15:00
"We've got a visit from President Biden to Maui, which has been ravaged by a wildfire, as we all know well and horrifically. And then, of course, on Wednesday will be that first Republican primary debate, which we learned this afternoon, the former president and front runner Donald Trump likely will not be attending. So there's a lot to look forward to. Of course, we'll have coverage of all of that and more on sound on next week. But thank you for joining Billy House and myself, Kayleigh Lines, on this Friday. Bloomberg Businessweek starts right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Businessweek insight from the reporters and editors who bring you America's most trusted business magazine, plus global business finance and tech news as it happens. Bloomberg with Businessweek Carol Masser and Tim Stenebeck on Bloomberg Radio. Good afternoon, everybody. Live from the Bloomberg Interactive Brokers Studio streaming on YouTube at Bloomberg Originals. It is we made it. It is Friday, August 18th, 2023. I'm Carol Masser. Tim Stenebeck is off today with us as Bloomberg News deputy team leader for U .S. Equities just met. And Jess, I got to say, I was saying to our producer, Sara Livesey, who is in for our producer, Paul Brennan, on this Friday, is that I thought it was supposed to be quiet on Fridays in August, busy day week. And I know everybody's focused on obviously how stocks are going to close up the week. We still have about an hour before the close. But the S &P 500 giving back some of those losses. So right now, instead of the potentially biggest loss since March, we are looking for the biggest loss actually just since earlier this month. So not quite as sexy of a size and scope there, Carol. Sorry, if everybody's watching on YouTube and Bloomberg Originals, I had to lick my finger because for some reason the finger.
Monitor Show 14:00 08-18-2023 14:00
"Before. And the showdown over the shutdown probably won't be that much different. And really quickly, you're also going to talk about the climate agenda, Biden's climate agenda? We sure will. And Biden's summit happening today at Camp David with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. That's huge. That's historic. I cannot wait to hear this. Thank you so much. Bloomberg's Kayleigh Line. She's going to take it the rest of the way from here. I'm Amy Morris. Billy House is also going to stick around. The second hour of sound on starts right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. Now from our nation's capital, this is Bloomberg Sound On. Among Republicans who are playing to the base, the point is to fight. It's not necessarily to win. When a wildfire pushes through a community like behind and burns everything up, a lot of the infrastructure is just totally gone. Bloomberg Sound On politics, policy and perspective from D .C.'s top names. While the GOP may hate Joe Biden, they don't hate him enough to interrupt this economic growth. In Georgia, they say elections are run clean. We ran a clean election and Donald Trump can go get indicted. Bloomberg Sound On with Joe Matthew and Kayleigh Lines on Bloomberg Radio. Happy Friday, everyone. This is Bloomberg Sound On the second hour. Thank you so much for joining us here on the fastest show in politics. And here in the media business, we have a little phrase called counterprogramming. And it seems that's what former President Trump is planning to do with the first Republican primary debate in Milwaukee. Next week, we'll get the view from Wisconsin with one of its representatives, Republican Congressman Brian Steil will join us and also give us his thoughts on the looming spending battle on Capitol Hill, too. Plus, with President Biden currently at Camp David with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, we'll have a look at the importance of this summit and what to expect from it.
Monitor Show 13:00 08-18-2023 13:00
"Percent slump from the same period last year, that's according to data compiled by Bloomberg. And again, it's become much more of a political issue here in the U .S., whereas when I talked to Tim Craig, head of Bloomberg Intelligence in London, he says ESG investing is more popular than ever in Europe, particularly in the Nordic region. But maybe it's frothier there as a result. Maybe it is. Maybe it is. So essentially, we'll continue to follow the ESG aspect of investing. It's a big part of the market. Sound on with Joe Matthew. It's coming up right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. Politics, policy and perspective from D .C.'s top names. While the GOP may hate Joe Biden, they don't hate him enough to interrupt this economic growth. In Georgia, they say elections are run clean. We ran a clean election and Donald Trump can go get indicted. Bloomberg Sound on with Joe Matthew on Bloomberg Radio. And welcome to Bloomberg Sound on. I'm Amy Morris in for Joe Matthew, alongside Bloomberg congressional reporter Billy House on this Friday afternoon. First things first, we're going to check the markets with Bloomberg's Charlie Pellet. Hi, Charlie. We do have the Dow holding on to a 14 point gain right now. S &P, NezStack, they are both in the red NezStack 100 index lower as well. Right now, we have got NezStack down by 54 points, down four tenths of one percent. That's the composite index, the NezStack 100 index down 60, also a drop of four tenths of one percent.
A highlight from The Gospel Professed Pt. 2
"I'm going to continue tonight in our study that I've entitled, The Evangelism Revolution. If you have your Bibles, you can turn to the book of Acts. Just briefly, I'll just summarize where we're at so far. From last week, we just began a brief introduction, but as you go through the book of Acts and I guess you could call it, called The Gospel in Acts, I believe it's going to be on our website and it might be in the Yahoo groups as well. It is on the website. You can get that. I'll be referring to that in the next week or two, but it just kind of gives you some of the results of the survey of going through almost every place in the book of Acts where the Gospel is being presented. Sometimes it's only summarized, sometimes it's given explicitly, and it shows what aspects of the Gospel were presented in each presentation. Some were emphasized, the response, the audience, and it gives just an overall view of how the Gospel was advanced throughout the book of Acts. And I think it's beneficial. It's certainly been really what has caused me to see some of these things that I have been sharing with you throughout this series. Last week, though, we began with the subject of baptism, and we saw that baptism was an integral part of evangelism in the first century. When they heard the Gospel and when they received the Gospel, they didn't say a prayer to receive the Gospel. Instead, throughout these examples, they were baptized, having given evidence of believing in the Gospel. That baptism really became the profession or the confession of their faith, so that they believed, and then the text says they were baptized. That's very important, as I hope by the end you will agree with me, that baptism in the book of Acts is primarily, if not exclusively, portrayed as a confession of faith, a profession of acceptance of faith, a believing. Implicit, I think, throughout the book of Acts is that belief was necessary for baptism. They wouldn't just baptize anybody. You'll see that there is this implicit undercurrent throughout the book that belief in the Lord Jesus Christ was necessary for baptism. And this comes out very strongly in a couple of places. I would invite you, first of all, to turn to Acts chapter 8. In Acts chapter 8, it is the story of the Ethiopian who is reading through the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 53 to be exact, and Philip comes along and Gospels him, tells him the good news about Jesus, it says in verse 35, he opened his mouth and he began from the Scripture, he preached Jesus. What's interesting is I'd like to read verses 36 through verse 38, and as they went along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, Look, water, what prevents me from being baptized? And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he ordered the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. Clearly this particular passage of Scripture shows that belief in the Lord Jesus Christ was for necessary baptism. I'll share with you just a bit of... I want to be honest with you, verse 37 there is in my Greek Bible, it's not even there. It goes from verse 36 and it goes straight to verse 38, because verse 37 isn't in most of the earliest manuscripts, Greek manuscripts we have of the New Testament. They appear much later in some of the older, newer versions or newer copies of the New Testament. That's why my New American Standard Bible has it in brackets. How do we answer that? Well, I think the answer that I heard Alistair Begg share was probably one of the most helpful analogies for me. If verse 37 isn't there, clearly we still see that baptism is a very significant part evangelism of the that's going on here. Verse 36 is in all the earliest manuscripts and, look, water, what prevents me from being baptized? Verse 38, and he ordered the chariot to stop and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. Whether that verse 37 is in the earliest or the original manuscript, I'm not sure, but I think one thing it shows is that even the copyist, even the scribes at a very early year in the development of the church understood that this would be an important aspect and very likely could have made a comment on the side of a text or whatever, but it represents a very early belief in the church that, as a matter of fact, belief was required for baptism. Now, where there might be a textual variant here that may cast some shadow on it, if you turn over just a few chapters to Acts chapter 10, there is no textual variant here and it is a very clear, implicit reference that belief was necessary for baptism. Peter is speaking to the house of Cornelius and it says, verse 46, For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, verse 47, Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did. And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days. Peter raises a question, I mean, who could prevent us from baptizing? These people have obviously displayed that they are born again, that they believe. How could we withhold baptism from that? I mean, the other side of the coin would be, well, if they weren't sincere believers or they didn't believe, then we could prevent them from being baptized, but who could prevent us now? Now these people obviously believe the Holy Spirit, we've seen this gift of tongues upon them and so he had them ordered to be baptized. As we look at baptism in the book of Acts, I really do believe that it is a radical, if not revolutionary discovery of not only the gospel, but baptism itself. Jesus ended His earthly ministry commanding His disciples, go and make disciples, baptizing them. And the way that's set up in Matthew 28 is the command is make disciples and baptizing them is telling you how to do it. It's a participle that comes underneath there, go make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son. So we have that command in Jesus. The book of Acts follows it in many ways, I think it tells us how then we baptize. So I do believe that what we find in the book of Acts is authoritative. And what we find in the book of Acts is that when the gospel is preached, it's not received by saying a prayer. In the book of Acts, it is believed and then it is professed by baptism. And that is radical, that is revolutionary today. We had an elder meeting a week or so ago, and as the elders were talking, there was the confession, the admission, that as we look at what the gospel is, as we look at the contents, as we look at how the gospel is preached and how it is received and how baptism plays all this, it was said in our meeting, this is challenging us, that we're having to work through a bunch of things. What is this going to mean in the life of our church? What does it mean in our theology? It's challenging us in the traditions that many of us, most of us, have inherited from our evangelical heritage. Well, I've marked three areas in particular that this model that we get from the book of Acts really challenges us. Two of them challenges us as a church very directly. So let me just begin with the first area where I think this teaching on baptism really challenges our church. Very clearly in the book of Acts, number one, we see that there is an emphasis on baptism that is not present today in the church. In the first century, there was a very strong emphasis on baptism. It was commanded by Jesus all throughout the book of Acts, time and time again. Again, they believed and they were baptized. Mass baptisms, 3 ,000 were baptized, then 2 ,000 were baptized. It was repeated time and again. It would be a complete anomaly, a total departure of the norm to have a person in the first century profess to be a Christian and not get baptized. That would have been unheard of, impossible. I don't know if I'm quoting anyone, I've read so much on this, or I've just formatted this opinion. I put it in quotation marks, but I don't know who to credit it to, so here it goes, but I believe there are more unbaptized, professing Christians in the church today than any other time in history. Many people professing, oh yeah, I got saved at Billy Graham Crusader, I walked the aisle, never been baptized. Today, even in Baptist churches, there's no emphasis upon baptism. John MacArthur and I alluded to it last week, and I think we have a few handouts there in the back, preached a sermon in 1998. I think we put that on our website today. I just want to quote a paragraph from his observation, baptism is not a particularly popular subject today, it's not of great interest in the evangelical community. It's been years since I've seen any new book written on baptism or any book emphasizing baptism or any series of messages or any preacher or any teacher emphasizing baptism. I never hear about it on the radio, I never hear about it on Christian radio, I never see a baptism on Christian television programs. Though you have a lot of services, you rarely, if ever, see a baptismal service. The interest in baptism has sort of gone away, sad to say in many cases. 1998, six years ago, John MacArthur had already said, there's a problem in the church today. There's no identity with baptism. It's been relegated to something that we may do or may not do, and it's kind of in the back. Totally opposite of the first century. In the first century, Christianity was all about baptism. That's how you made your profession of faith. What has happened today? In the last fifty to a hundred years, we have substituted the prayer for baptism. That's what has happened in the church today. The prayer has taken the place of baptism. You know, the messages that I've been preaching, particularly on the gospel, if I were to preach those in a majority of churches today, I'd be ran out on my ear. They wouldn't want to hear that. If I said the things that I've been saying about the sinner's prayer, not saving anyone, and it not being the gospel, you would see people's blood pressure rise. You would see them get flushed in the face. You wouldn't be invited back. This would be a very controversial topic in the church today, in Baptist churches today, in Bible -believing, preaching churches today. It would be extremely controversial. And yet, in most of those churches, rarely do they ever do baptisms, and rarely is anything ever said about baptism. We have lost the connection between a profession of faith in Christ, and following Christ, and baptism. We've lost that. There's no longer that link there. Jesus Christ said, unless you take up your cross and follow Me, you cannot be My disciples. And yet, how many professing Christians haven't even taken the first order of obedience and I had a relative once who professed to be a Christian, but she didn't want to get baptized because she didn't want to get her hair wet in front of everyone. Can a person's heart be born again and raptured with the Lord Jesus Christ and say, I don't want to get baptized because I don't want to get my hair wet? There's something wrong there. In the nine years of ministry that I've been involved with, and I've seen the Lord work in people's lives, and I've seen them, it seems, to start responding to the gospel, and I get excited, and I can think of at least, on the top of my head, three or four, that as we begin to move towards baptism and press baptism and encourage them to baptism, they either drastically fell away before they could ever get baptized, or Satan dropped some of the most oppressive burdens on them or trials on them and they just walked away. I've seen that happen and I know Dad has said he's seen it happen in his own ministry. There is something about baptism being associated with one's salvation, and anybody can make a profession of faith, but I have seen it time and again where when that person that's made a profession of faith tries to make the commitment, says, oh yeah, I want to get baptized, things happen and they fall, they leave, they don't get baptized. It's happened on a number of occasions.
A highlight from The God Of Already
"Hey, this is Steven Furtick. I'm the pastor of Elevation Church, and this is our podcast. I wanted to thank you for joining us today. Hope this inspires you. Hope it builds your faith. Hope it gives you perspective to see God is moving in your life. Enjoy the message. Come on, lift your hands like this. God, we receive you in this place, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, exalted and lifted high, ever -present, always faithful. Anything you want to do today, Lord… Whoever you want to heal, whoever you want to set free, whoever you want to change, do it again. You've done it before. Do it again. Do it again and again and again. We give you glory, and we rejoice in your presence. In Jesus' name, amen. I don't think I have to tell you what to do, but just in case, high -five seven people and tell them he's going to do it again. Oh, yeah. God is so faithful. How many know he's a faithful God? I've been preaching this series about God. Hopefully, all of the things we preach here about God, but in a very unique way, God has been downloading to us that there's so much about him. There are so many ways he desires to show up in our lives that we haven't recognized yet. I started week one. I talked about how he's the God of also. That message really meant a lot to me, because it reminded me that we haven't met all of God yet. God isn't changing or morphing or expanding. He's immutable. He can't change, but we certainly, as we move through different seasons of our lives, need to see him in different ways, so he's the God of also. Last week, we preached on how he's the God of again and again and again and again, because of each other. Stop. I have to move on to part three. God gave me a part three. Today I want to talk to you about how he's not only the God of also and not only the God of again, but he's the God of already. Let's give glory in this room. So real quick, shake three hands and say, It's on the way, and you may be seated, the God of already. You may be seated. You're here for a reason today. God has something for you today. In the spirit of last week's message about the God of again, I'm going to use the same passage from last week again. John 21, verses 4 through 9. We'll select a little different passage this time but from the same story. Time permitting, I want to also hit that Luke 15 again from the prodigal son. One was a story Jesus told a parable to teach, and one was a miracle he performed, but they share a similar lesson, the God of already. Verse 4. Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shore, but his disciples did not realize it was Jesus. He called out to them, Friends, haven't you any fish? No, they answered. He said, Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you'll find some. When they did, they were unable to haul in the net because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord. As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, It is the Lord, he wrapped his outer garment around him, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore. About a hundred yards makes me get ready for football season. About a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it and some bread. The God of already. This message has a subtitle, Let Him Cook. I thought I'd tell you a little story. I couldn't remember if I shared it. My oldest son said he had never heard it. When I was in high school, right after I got really fired up for Jesus Christ, I was running around telling everybody they needed to be saved and they were going to hell, and I wasn't. So be like me. I was burning all my Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses CDs and listening to Striper. I burned my Pantera and went over to Petra. If you're in the subculture, you know. If you don't know, you don't know, but you don't need to know. I'd tell people all the time I was very, very bold. Some would say zeal without knowledge, but I was excited. Fired up. My dad wasn't in church at the time. He'd been in church when I was a little boy. My mom always took us to church, but my dad wasn't in church at the time. He would go out and play golf on Sundays, a little par 3 golf course, get drunk with my uncle. I think as sort of an atonement, when I was getting ready to go to church, he would wake up early and cook us breakfast, so he'd be over there making some scrambled eggs and grits. If you don't like grits, I don't need you as a member of Elevation Church. Then he would make, on occasion, some corned beef hash, some fried bologna, but it was all because he felt bad, because he wasn't going to church. He'd wake up early and cook for us, and then he'd go off to the golf course, and we'd go to church. That was going on for a little while. One Sunday morning, I remember really clearly whatever came over me. I looked at him and said, this "'Dad, breakfast is great. Thank you for making it, but I want to tell you something. I'm only 16 or 17 years old." I said, "'It's not going to be long before God is going to get a hold of your life. I've been praying for you, and God answers my prayers. Pretty soon you're going to turn to the Lord, and it's going to be crazy. You're going to be reading the Bible all the time. You're going to church. You're not going to be just cooking breakfast and going off. You can cook this breakfast today, but eventually, soon and very soon, you'll be going to church with us.'" I don't remember if he said anything. He didn't go to church that day. He kept cooking, and I ate and went to church. It was about a year or more later when I had gone off to college and I came back home to preach at Santee Circle Community Church for a weekend. After I preached the sermon, my dad came down for the altar call. When I went down to pray with him, he said, "'Never stop preaching.'" We had many bumps and bruises after that. He wasn't raptured up to heaven. He didn't become the next pope, Billy Graham, or Bill Gates for that matter, but it really was a change in his life. He started memorizing the Bible and stuff like that. He told me something. He said, "'Remember that day when you told me when I was cooking breakfast that God was going to get a hold of my life and all this stuff you were saying to me?' I said, "'Yeah, because I was proud of my prophecy having come to pass.'" He said, "'What I didn't tell you is I felt so sorry for you when you were saying all that, because I thought he was going to be so disappointed. He has no idea. I felt so sorry for you that you didn't know how low I was and how far I was from God and how I would stand in the shower every morning before I go open the barbershop and just think, "'God, if you give me the strength to get through this day, I promise I'll change,' but I couldn't change. So I sat there and listened to you, and I felt so bad that you were that crazy and that naive to think I could change, because you didn't know how far away I was." Will you do me a favor? Will you look at your neighbor real quick and say, "'You're not as far as you think you are'? That's what God knows you don't. That's what the Devil knows you don't. From that life God has called you to live and from that victory he has called you to accomplish in his name, from that freedom that to you feels like some sort of dream right now, you're not as far as you think you are, because the God of already is in the house. I tell you that story not to impress you but, as the motivational speakers would say, to impress upon you or rather to reflect myself on these moments we have in our lives, like I had with my dad, where you know something. You don't know how you know it. You sense it, even though your senses are telling you different. Your spirit says it. It actually just came to me this morning to tell you that story as I was asking God, how can I bring them into this text, which is a story about a fisherman named Peter who was called to be a shepherd and had to make a transition, because he had been through an experience where he'd let himself down and, he thought, let Jesus down. Now he's out there fishing, and Jesus is on the shore. I was wondering, what was happening in that moment with my dad? What's happening in those moments of our lives where one thing seemed to be already in progress? Do you all remember back when they used to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to give you a news report or a weather report? You used to be watching Family Matters on Friday night, watching Urkel try to get Laura Winslow one more time on Friday night, and the news would come on. There's a storm. They'd just interrupt your regularly scheduled programming. Then when they would get back to the program after they had said whatever they needed to say and just broke in on your program, they'd say, we now return to your regularly scheduled programming. Already progress. in Then it would just go right back. No DVR. You can't rewind. Urkel still isn't with Laura like always. You just drop right back in in the middle of it, because it's already in progress. That's the challenge with the text I read you, because I just jumped right into something where Peter has denied Jesus three times. He's out fishing. Who knows how bad he felt. Who knows how far he felt. He has already seen Jesus, but Jesus shows up again. I love verse 4. This really touched me, because I related to it. It said, Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Kind of far off in the distance. They're tired. They've been fishing all night, caught nothing, frustrated, probably a little discouraged. They did not realize it was Jesus, but that doesn't mean he wasn't there. In seminary they taught me this term that stuck with me. It's called the already not yet view of Scripture. It sounds like a contradiction, but it's not. It's just the tension we all live in. Everybody say already. Not yet. This side you can be already. They taught me that in seminary. The kingdom of God came when Jesus came to earth. He said, kingdom of God is at hand, and he inaugurated that kingdom with miracles, signs, and wonders. He did amazing things. He was crucified dead and buried, risen from the dead. He ascended to the right hand of God, and he's coming again to establish his kingdom once and for all. He already died for the sins of all who will believe on him. He already rose to life, and he's risen with all power, and the keys of death, hell, and grave are in his hand. He's interceding for you right now. He already paid the price. He already won the victory. As the Bible talks about these realities, there is a sense in which they are already fulfilled and a sense in which they are… Y 'all still aren't ready? Maybe next week. I'll do it again and again, and y 'all can try it again. The picture here is that if the Bible says you are saved, it will also say you will be saved. It's talking about something that happened and something that will happen. It's like, I am saved right now from the penalty of my sin, but I'm still not completely set free from the pattern of sin. That's why I can say I'm already a child of God, but I'm not yet well behaved. I'm not yet grown up like I want to be. It's the already not yet. I think if you'll look at the Bible that way, it'll help you understand why sometimes you see things in the Bible and you're like, oh, am I even a Christian? Pray without ceasing. I don't live that way. Well, you already pray some, but the without ceasing part, that's the not yet. The Bible even says we have been adopted into God's family, and then it says we are awaiting our adoption. Which one is it? Well, it's already technically true, but I have not yet fully understood all of the implications of it. It would be like if they switched cameras right now. There's somebody back there that's on the other camera. Let's just switch to this one. He had to be ready to do it, and I gave him no preparation. That's why he had to be there. He was already there, waiting for a word, in order to do what he was there to do.
A highlight from Dennis & Julie: Facing Reality
"So, I have a thought on music because the music is on and I love it. Last night, it is difficult. I'm laughing at myself. I admit it. Last night, for about two and a half hours, I was transported in my own home to my version of paradise. My audio guys were over and I was listening to some new equipment to make my already incredible sounding audio system, believe it or not, measurably, audibly better than it was. And you heard it. You got tears. It was really spectacular. Billy Joel, piano man. Good memory. Oh, not good memory. I knew the song, but you made me fall in love with it. And I now use it as one of my samplers to test out my system. That's so great. Oh, it is. Wow. If you heard it now, there is no question. It would be almost impossible to hear him live and hear him as well as you would hear him. I have heard him live and I was in the third or fourth row and your sound system is better. Yes. It was actually kind of, I mean, don't get me wrong. It was an amazing concert. I was thrilled to be there. But it's kind of abrasive when you're that close. When you're far away, you can't hear as well. But when you're right there. Yeah. Well, this is right there. We're not abrasive. Yeah.
'House of 1000 Corpses' Has It All: Long Transitions, Bad Acting and Dumb Villains
"This week, the listeners made us watch 1000 House of Corpses. So was this the first time either of you had seen this movie? I saw this in theaters. Did you? I'd seen sections of it before. I had never sat down and watched it all at once. At the time, which was 2003, in my freshman year of college, I think, they were like, this is a hardcore movie, blah, blah, blah. And it was like, Rob, it's gonna be so extreme. And then like, okay, there are two things that I dislike about Rob Zombie's style of filming. I really like 31. One, I don't like Sherry Moon or whatever. Oh, Sherry Moon Zombie. Yeah, yeah, not a fan. Oh, wait, are they married? Yeah, brother. They are now. They were not at the time that this movie was made. He put her in every movie he has ever done. Can I guess which person that is? Yeah, go for it. Is it the sort of adult daughter of the family that is like doing the evil shit, the hitchhiker? As Baby Firefly, the one with the creepy laugh? Yeah, you betcha. The one who aggressively cannot act? That's the one, I think. Yeah, okay, that makes sense. And this man, not since the movie Star Wars have I seen transitions that take so long to scene to scene. Oh, man. At one point, I thought my video had like stopped, and I was like, God damn it, I'm gonna have to refresh the... And nope, no, we were just waiting for Baby Billy to get shot in the head. I paused the movie, rewound it, and timed that scene because I was offended by its length, Paige. From the point you see him aiming the gun at Walton Goggins. Poor Baby Billy. And it just, the camera pans up, it's 29 seconds until he pulls the trigger. I had a whole sex in that time. Twice! Mikey, like that's insane. 30 seconds, more or less. But also, when he cuts, he doesn't just cut to a new scene. He's gotta do an MTV -style transition of like intro, outro. Because this movie was written and directed by a music video director, more or less. He gets better with his films, but I do feel like this... See, I think this is the best one. This is, for me, this is the most enjoyable, yeah. Well, I don't like any of this series. I like the ones not related to this. Sure, sure, sure. I didn't watch the monsters, but I liked, I really liked 31, if I remember that correctly. It's where they like hunt people. It's kinda like Rob Zombie's Running Man. That was the one that didn't get a wide release, right? Yeah. Yeah, okay, yeah. Well, cause I'm like a avant -garde kind of Rob Zombie fan. I preferred him when he was in White Zombie. I do think that... Jake said that earlier today! That's cause more human than human slaps. Like White Zombie was the jam back in the day. Was he in White Zombie? Yeah. Mikey. He was zombie of White Zombie. I don't see color. Or the absence of it. Okay, but I mean, I think the problem with this movie is that it feels to me like he's making a promotional video of a haunted house, and it's just like a dramatization of going through a haunted house. That's also something Jake said earlier today. And then Dr. Satan is the dumbest villain I've ever... Well, then Dragon Ball Z has a Mr. Satan, which like is his father, I guess. But like... Yeah, cause Mr. Satan couldn't afford to go to medical school, but made sure his son did. He worked hard. Yeah, training up Goku or whatever. And then... Dr. Satan, call me Doug or whatever. And like, the mythos doesn't really like make any fucking sense at all. And then the sequel to this movie is a direct sequel where they forget all the mythos too, which also drives me crazy. Yes, and I really dislike the sequels.
Band Chamberlain Is Bringing Back Johnny Cash's Sound
"Cash was an absolute legend and this man has brought back a song He sounds like Johnny Cash He's got the whole thing going but he's part of a band and it's called Band Chamberlain and today we're speaking to Gary from Band Chamberlain and he's got a brand new song called Like Johnny Cash and here he is right now How are you buddy? How you guys doing man? How you doing? Welcome down under mate, welcome down under That's awesome man It's so great to be a part of this man, it really is It's so cool to get your music spread around the world and all that fun stuff It's awesome It's fun isn't it? It's fun The world's got so much smaller since technology's arrived that can you be played anywhere in the world Yeah, that's amazing man It's an incredible opportunity Technology and radio and music has come to man and it's incredible You get to listen and enjoy the music from all around the world It's awesome And you're on our charts, number 7 last week How amazing is that man? How amazing is that? Seriously, I was blown away, I'm not kidding man It's always been a dream of mine just to make it into any top 10 chart and when I found this stuff out, we're charting on other charts as well and we just finally reached in the top 10 on some other indie charts and things It's definitely all dropping It's moving, it definitely humbleizes you It makes you feel really, really thankful man and really I owe that to a lot of people that I was fortunate enough to play with and be inspired by This song isn't music, this isn't just me It's literally part of everything that I've been a part of my entire life Well you've been around music for a long time So you started off as not Gary Chamberlain You started off as Gary Grant back in the day Absolutely With the whole 80s hairstyle Oh yeah, back in the 90s man when those teen magazines were big There was a teen country magazine and things that I was in Right next to Jonathan Taylor Thomas and all those folks Back then I was fortunate enough to tour the country and I opened up for Laura Jax, the big names Garth Brooks, I opened up to Garth Brooks a few times Billy Ray Cyrus I can tell you some stories,
A highlight from Keith Guinta (Encore Continued)
"United States Border Patrol has exciting and rewarding career opportunities with the nation's largest law enforcement organization. Earn great pay with outstanding federal benefits and up to $20 ,000 in recruitment incentives. Learn more online at CBP .gov slash careers slash USBP. Folks, welcome to the Eric Metaxas show sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit legacypminvestments .com. That's legacypminvestments .com. Welcome to the Eric Metaxas show. They say it's a thin line between love and hate, but we're working every day to thicken that line or at least make it a double or triple line. Now here's your line jumping host, Eric Metaxas. Folks, welcome back. I'm talking to my friend Keith Junta and we're talking about this ministry. It's so beautiful. Wipe Every Tear. You can find it at wipeeverytear .org. And if you're just tuning in, Keith, you and others, you go into the Philippines and you rescue young women from the sex trade. It is just, I mean, I have to say, you know, listening to it, obviously I've never done this and I think it's really brave of you. It's a big deal to go into these extremely spiritually dark environments and to do this. And I just want to say thank you to you and to all those who do this because this is, it's real. It works. You are changing lives about as dramatically as lives can be changed. And you don't have to do this. You can just play golf. I could. And, you know, a common question you touched on it right there is, is it dangerous? You walk into a bar and now you're taking their product away. I mean, if you do this, I would assume that, you know, the local mafia, I don't know what they call it in the Philippines, but I mean that, you know, the pimps, the people making money off of this, these bars, whatever, you're their enemy. Yeah. They tell the girls, we've heard that Kenny's picture is in some of the dressing rooms in these bars. And now Kenny is the head of this ministry, the founder of Wipe Every Tear. They have his picture up in there and the traffickers. So get the irony of this, the demonic twisted nature of the traffickers telling the girls, Oh, Wipe Every Tear, they're organ harvesters. You don't want to go with them because they will take your organs and sell them. And so that's how they paint us. Now, one of the ways that we've been able to battle that is through a feeding program. So today partnered with a church called Church So Blessed, such a cool name for a church, Church So Blessed. We partner with them 600 meals a day, fresh hot meals, put in little boxes, bags. The van pulls up in the center of the strip and we walk and deliver six days a week. And so these people that want our organs are feeding us, why, to fatten us up? Or maybe they actually do love us. Maybe they're actually good people since they're feeding us. And the feeding program has not only, you know, Lord, when did we see you hungry? When did we feed you? I tell you, when you did it to the least of these, you did it to me, not for me, by the way. It was two. And so that feeding program, it feeds their bellies, but it has also given us one more inroad because ministering at night in the bars, it's loud. It's smells. There's bad stuff happening. Late afternoon, you're bringing the meals. The girls come out and they eat and you get to talk with them and they get our card and they get to learn more about this. Well, you talk about revival happening. In other words, this is more than just a few isolated incidents. There's a movement. Something is happening. When I went on this trip, my third one, I said, Lord, I, we can do this, right? As Christians, we want the testimonies. I want that great story. I want three great stories. And ultimately, why do we often want them? Because it makes us look good, right? I was really struck with that on this trip. I said, Lord, you're going to do what you do. You're going to rescue these girls. You're going to transform. But I want to see beyond just the take home stories because I've got a ton of them. They're incredibly engaging. But Lord, is revival bigger than just that? You know, was Billy Graham's effect just really the number of people that came forward and made a decision for Christ or was something happening in the nation that was far greater? Yeah. We're in seeing Angela City, because we're on the street six days a week feeding people, we send teams in there four or five times a year. We're in the bars at night. We have been warring in the unseen world for the glory of God to come upon this place. So we were there on this trip Saturday night. We worshiped, got onto the strip, and it was surprisingly not crowded. It's a Saturday night. This is the peak time for exploitation. And we're walking down the streets like this is kind of, it's not how I remember. And we went into a bunch of the bars and we were letting the Bethel team do a lot of the ministering, but we were in the bars as well. And I noticed there's more girls dancing than there are men in the seats. What's going on? There were empty seats on a Saturday night in these bars. I think that this is, this is strange. Sunday morning, we're staying in a hotel right on the strip. It's right around the corner. And it's quite frankly where men bring the girls to do their exploitation with. And so we're used to that. So we would wake up for breakfast, go up to the rooftop buffet, and that's where we would minister to men. So all the men would be, they don't travel in packs. They tend to be isolated. Oh, I was going to say, travel alone. The shame, because there's shame, and it's just so awful. And so there will be men scattered around the rooftop buffet, and we would get to know them. We would sit with them. We would minister God's love for them. And I know that sounds so counter, so counter -cultural. But look, on the one hand, you want to kill them. But then when you understand these men, these exploiters are broken. They're sinners and God loves them and wants them to repent and to change. And so it's perfectly correct that you would try to reach them with the love of Jesus. And you find out they were abused as kids. They're divorced three times. Their wife cheated on them. Their kids have abandoned them. Again, only Satan builds an empire where everybody is just broken and tragically lost. But Sunday morning, we're up in the breakfast area. There was no men. This is Sunday morning. This is after the biggest night of the week. There were no men having breakfast. Is the idea that this trade not flourishing anymore? We look around and there's worship music, not just playing in a Muzak speaker. On a big PA, worship music is blasting on the roof. And it's not because, had nothing to do with us. They didn't know we were there. So I go over to the waitress. I go, what is this music? And she goes, oh, it's my playlist. I said, they let you play this? Oh, yes, yes. And I said, do you love Jesus? She goes, oh, I love Jesus. And we realized, like you said, the leading indicators for trafficking right now don't look good in Angeles. And I do believe the years of worship, the years of feeding, the years of praying. We anoint the door. When we walk into a bar, we anoint it with oil before we walk in. This stuff has effect. We're not going there just to get a list. Who made a decision for Christ? You know, Evan Roberts talks about the great Welsh revival, and he talks about how everything changed. It wasn't just salvation. Right? Look, that's page one of the gospel, right? That's page one, right? God is writing a whole book once you're. And Evan talked about how the pubs emptied, crime diminished, and the horses no longer responded to vocal commands. Why? Because the men stopped swearing.
A highlight from Ricky Skaggs (Encore Continued)
"Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show with your host, Eric Metaxas. Hey, folks. I'm talking to Ricky Skaggs. Seriously, look, he's right here. Ricky, welcome. I'm so happy you could be with us in the studio with your mandolin, with or without your mandolin, but even better with your mandolin. I want to talk to you a little bit about your faith. And you grew up, obviously you said your father would set you up on the pulpit when you were like five. So you grew up very much in the church. I did. Foot washing Baptist, you know, is what we were, free will Baptist. And was it just a beautiful thing to grow up like that, you know, and, you know, preacher would get up and say, has anybody got a word or a testimony? Well, here the testimonies would start, you know. So wait, the Baptist would think that somebody could get a word? That sounds more Pentecostal. Well, it wasn't like a word of prophecy. It was like you got a word to say, or do you have something to say or give your testimony? And so these precious old women of the faith would get up and talk about their son coming to Jesus, you know, and that they'd prayed for him for years and alcoholic and God has delivered him and stuff like that, you know, and just beautiful, beautiful things, you know. And when they prayed, they all prayed together. And boy, you talk about something that will run the chills up your back is to hear, you know, 75 people in a little small wooden church, you know, just praying to God, just going after it. You know, some of the old men up at the altar just going after it, you know, with the Lord and praying, you know, all at the same time, you know, and that's the way I grew up. So you go pray in the middle of this, but, you know, a lot of people talk about, well, I grew up singing in the church, but then they go on to have kind of a secular career that's extra secular. You know, they really move away from those roots. Doesn't sound like you ever did. No, no, sir. You always believed in Jesus. Yeah. You know, there wasn't it wasn't even five minutes when you were, you know, on a crack binge or something. This is the place to confess these things. I realize, you know, I've had experiences with the Lord where, you know, Sharon and I both, you know, when we got married, you know, we both had come from from a divorced background. She didn't have any kids. I did. I had two older children, but we dedicated our lives to the Lord from that moment on when we when we got married. And I had recommitted my faith, you know, to Jesus. And I wasn't baptized when I went to the altar when I was 13 years old. I wasn't baptized after that. And not that baptized baptism saves you. Go back when you went to the altar at 13. So you at age 13. Yeah, you made a profession of faith. But I mean, I get the impression you believe before that, but that for some reason at age 13. Well, I knew that I wasn't saved. I couldn't get to heaven just because of my mom and dad's goodness. You know, God has no grandchildren in heaven. That's right. You know, and so we all come and have our own relationship with Jesus. And I knew I needed that, you know, and I knew that I needed my sins to be forgiven, you know. And but, you know, we got baptized in the Holy Spirit, you know, a few years after after we got married, we knew that there was more. We knew that it was more than just just a Baptist, you know, come to faith that that there was a you know, there was, you know, John the Baptist talked about Jesus would baptize you with water and fire, you know. And and so we always always wondered what that fire was, you know, and that we wanted we wanted, you know, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you know. And I mean, a lot of people listening don't even know what that is. And I you know, I came to faith around my 25th birthday and I pretty quickly got the whole thing. Yeah. You know, so to me, I was speaking in tongues and believing in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and all of that stuff immediately. But there are a lot of people that they think, well, that's a little odd or that's maybe extra credit Christianity. I'm not into that stuff. Well, it's I say it's the full package, but, you know, Jesus is always the full package. He brings everything with him. You know, he brings the bread and the wine when he comes to dinner. You know, in Revelation, you know, not only is he the wine and is he the bread of life, but he brings it with you with him when you when he comes in to have dinner, you know, to said, if you'll open the door to me, I'll come in and sup, you know. And so he's he's all of that, you know, and we need all of him. You know, we don't just need I don't want to I don't want to have anything hidden from the Lord because you can't you can't hide anything from the Lord. And so, you know, I just I really believe in communion, you know, with the Lord every day, you know. And there's just something about it, you know, that's very, very special. That time just to sit and have have time with the Lord, you know, and just just have communion with him, you know. Well, you I guess, you know, again, when we when we think about country music, it's a very faith friendly world. Obviously, Johnny Cash was a very serious believer in Jesus and God. And one of the things that I hated about the film, the only thing I hated about the film Walk the Line was that it completely left out how he gets pulled out of the hell of drugs and alcohol. It was Jesus. Yes, it was. And it was his wife praying for him and leading him along that and her dad. And, you know, in other words, that's that's the heart of the story, folks. If you want to know how Johnny Cash survived and lived and had a career, it's because of Jesus. And when they leave that out, I think to myself, Hollywood tends to do this. We live in a secular culture that secularizes everything. And you think that's that doesn't make any sense because you can't there is no story without that part of the story. That's right. And of course, you knew him personally, as you said earlier. So you knew this was real. I mean, I heard Billy Graham speak in in Central Park. I think it was 1990. And up on the stage, here comes Johnny Cash. And so I think a lot of people that they forget that a lot of these icons, these American icons love Jesus. And Johnny was one of them. He was. But so many I'm just fascinated by how that runs all through, you know, country music. You can't turn around without bumping into somebody who believes. And there's different, you know, different levels of belief. But I think I told you over the phone the story. I was in the Berlin Zoo in the hippo house in the Berlin Zoo. It's like I'm making this up. And this is about five, four, five years ago. And I'm looking for the hippos, can't find the hippos. And I turn around and there's a guy who thinks he's disguised standing there. But I knew who it was, and it was Chris Kristofferson standing there, this legend of legends or whatever. And anyway, I was honored to meet him. But a few days later, a friend of mine sent me Chris Kristofferson telling his story of being drugged, to use your language, being drugged into a church and having an experience with God that was so profound that he wrote that classic song, Why Me Lord, which George Jones sang about. But I mean, people need to know that a lot of these folks that they think, well, so -and -so's a legend. He knows Jesus. Yeah. Yeah, he did. And my friend Connie Smith took him to church, you know. They had a friendship and she loved his songwriting. And Connie Smith is the one who's married to Marty Stewart.
Carrie Fisher gets her Walk of Fame star, on May the Fourth
"On May the fourth Carrie Fisher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fisher joined Star Wars costars with Hollywood stars, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. She was our princess damn it. And the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny take charge woman who took our collective breath away. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, wearing her mother's portrait printed on her metallic dress accepted the star. She was throwing around a lot of glitter. My mom was glitter. She covered her world, and it both literally and metaphorically. She left a mark of her sparkle on everyone she met. People in the crowd were dressed as characters from the Star Wars franchise. People's love for Leia didn't die with my mom. It continues to get passed on from generation to generation. Billy Lorde said no one will ever be as hot or as cool as princess Leia. I'm Ed Donahue
Mark Milley and the Subversion of the Military With Robert Wilkie
"Issue of critical race theory, et cetera, I'll obviously have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is. But I do think it's important, actually. For those of us in uniform, to be open minded and be widely read, and the United States military academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand, and I want to understand white rage. And I'm white. And I want to understand it. This Shakespearean phrase cuckold comes to mind. There's also the word traitor when you think about his relations with general Lee in the People's Liberation Army of China. But even just let me just for one moment vent a secretary wilkie colonel wilkie. That sentence in and of itself, not only is the general of the joint chiefs a disgrace to the oversized army uniform he wears. He actually said there, I don't know what critical race theory is, but I like that it's being taught at West Point. I mean, that is actually a moron. But let's finish out this sentence. What he didn't say. I like the fact that critical race theory is being taught at West Point. And by the way, congressman, you can graduate from the military academy without taking one course in military history. No, no, no, no, no. No. Yes. It is no longer required. But this kind of nonsense is now being imposed on all ranks. And by the way, let's also finish the response to it, general milley said it. I've known general Billy a long time. He said. A communist, but I read Mao. Well, you read Mao to understand how the enemy is thinking. You don't read mal to figure out how to run your armed forces.
Joe Piscopo Describes His Amazing Journey to SNL
"Improv. I heard that the original cast was leaving Saturday Night Live. That's Gilda Radner. That's Chevy Chase. That's John Belushi. That's Billy Murray. My hero, Danny aykroyd. And they were looking for cast to replace the original Saturday live. And I wanted nothing to do about it. NBC did a go round of all the comedy clubs. They never picked anybody. I got a call from a friend who was writing on SNL on the new SNL. He got a writing job. He told gene dominion produced at the time. You got to see Joe Piscopo. He does impressions. I would do impressions. I was doing the Frank Sinatra president on stage. I would do Tom Snyder. Remember Tom Snyder said that day was great. And I would do all of that on the stick. So they brought me to NBC. I went up to the 17th floor. I did an in studio kind of audition for gene domain and she said, okay, you know what? We're going to put you on tape. We're going to put you on tape. Come in this date. So I bypassed a lot of auditions, but I went in, I got down to the last few hundred, and I went into what it was David Letterman studio in the 6 a, I believe it was at NBC. And I just riffed on camera. Now, I was so cocky back then. I was young number one, number two. Who wants to replace the original cast of Saturday Night Live? But I did the old man, this is Sinatra. I did all the impressions. They left. They liked it. They hired me as a utility guy. They needed somebody to do the impressions right there. They hired me. And so we went in. And if I could cut to, we did about ten shows on SNL. Gilbert Gottfried was in the cast. There was some great chemical. Billy, the gili, I came up with Gilead to comedy club. Then as we were casting the show about to mount the show on the air, I walked up to the 17th floor one day and someone said, I want you to meet a kid from Long Island comedy clubs. I was in New York City comedy clubs. We didn't know the Long Island comedy clubs at the time. I walked in and as a young kid sitting down and they said, Joe, I want you to meet Eddie Murphy. And I sat with this young kid who was 19 years old, 19 years old. And I immediately talked about connection, you were gracious enough to make the introduction. And the connect with Eddie, the laughing, we just joked around, what are we doing here? We just hit it off.
"billy" Discussed on Insight Out with Billy Samoa
"Sweat equity the that is a theme as well so carrying on with the story. And i think it's worth mentioning. Rica's people can relate to us more than gary v. I mean everyone who's listening. We put in the time to when we're on clubhouse like our twenty thousand disappeared now and just people understand the smart familiar with the app even if clubhouse is pretty much going to be dead at a few months in my opinion twenty thousand followers on clubhouse puts you in the top three thousand users on the platform at the very minimum. It's probably better than three thousand. But it's around three thousand. That's insane 'cause there's like millions of accounts but that wasn't free either like me and billy put in the time that was like ten hours easily a day. Like forget like your family that doesn't happen on clubhouse it's literally some tests billy would stay up to nine. Am in the morning. And i just couldn't. Because i had a meeting. If i didn't have the meeting i would've stayed with it was ninety six. Am my time. Yes and we have the iphone tracks it right so we know how much time we spend on the app it's obscene. It was well worth well worth it. Because now we're super well-connected. I'd like din. You're already super. Echoes beneficial for view. That new. But the key is put in the. You want to be at the top right. You gotta put in the time so he put it in the time on twitter. He made a bet on a gambled with another video platform. And adam. thank you for that. I'm sure it wasn't video. I just looked it up. And i couldn't find i know what you're talking about. I wanted to say fine. But it's not that but he took a gamble and that's what happens when you're first on anything. It's a gamble because you don't know it's always an unknown. So i know was very bullish on tick-tock even before talk blew up to the point that he did so most of the time when he's gambled he's been right correct and then there's a few cases where he's been wrong where else he'd been wrong before we go. Deeper on those other fiddler was fiddler. Fiddler fiddler. That's awesome you know. It's funny bill. I was just looking in the background on the youtube. Channel is about to find it but yes. I'm glad adam jumped in there. So yes there's a bunch of other places failed absolutely mostly in the investment space..
"billy" Discussed on Insight Out with Billy Samoa
"Was ten times cheaper, ten times faster and ten times better. And that's why Jeff was a scary entrepreneur. If you ask me another example, Billy of another company that has done this, I actually have a heart I would actually have a very hard time figuring out I can name your founders in each category. But a founder who has done all three in a single company, that is absolutely scary. And that's what Jeff has done in spades. But going back to you who's listening, you only need one of this three. You could either be ten times cheaper, you could either pay ten times faster or ten times better. It's just the reason why Jeff is revered as one is the best entrepreneurs of all time. He did all three and he executed all three exceptionally. Well, how did he do it? If you could boil it down, what do you think are the reasons how he was able to do all three when most struggle to do just one? Yeah, I would say the first piece is long-term vision. This is what Jeff has that a lot of entrepreneurs don't have is yet a 20, 30 year vision for Amazon. It wasn't a quick buck, where it's like, oh yeah, we're just going to sell a bunch of books, make a lot of money and then sell the company. No, that's actually to use Jeff his own product. His first prize analogy, that was chapter one of his 50 chapter game, or 500 chapter game. And I think chapter 500 is landing on Mars, which is super fascinating. It's start with selling books, then go into toys. They had like a negotiation Toys "R" Us and then kind of crush them, which is another thing. And then after that, they went to other verticals. They started dominating all the verticals that after they went down is on pride that all that stuff and other doing TV and media will also say is Jeff has been exceptionally good at having a multi decade vision. Most of us don't really get the following, including.
"billy" Discussed on Insight Out with Billy Samoa
"We don't know where the money and he's like. Whoa this is crazy. So what he did. And i was one of those people by the way guilty as charged. But what he did is he said. Okay i'm gonna create to bank accounts one bank account where a hundred percent of all the money. Go straight to the programs so if you donate twenty bucks dot twenty bucks goes directly to someone in it but to fund your donation. He has a separate bank account that rich people fund to fund all the overhead costs. This is what he called the well. That was absolutely insane. It's going to high net worth individual. Who's worth five million dollars and say. Hey i don't want you to fund programs or water. Let billy do that. I need you to fund the salaries. The printing costs the credit card transaction fees and the craziest thing of all of it is he pulled all three of those things off flawlessly despite some of the challenges so those were the three reasons that caught my initial okay. So let's good bit deeper on problem solving because you highlighted that as one of the things that stood out how it really impress you and you gave an example of how he solved a problem which is hey people. Don't trust nonprofits. They don't know where the money's gonna go. They don't have confidence that when they donate money that it's actually going to go to the intended purpose or caused that they think it's going to so he solved. What are some other things that stand out from a problem solving perspective either the way in which he thinks or something that you picked up from the book that would be valuable to share right now absolutely so the first piece is definitely that one that you just mentioned around how most people don't trust including me by the way charity water was my first ever thousand dollars donation to a charity before that i'd never donated more than fifty or a hundred bucks to a charity right so i was saying level of skepticism and by the way so just word transferred. I still have that level of skepticism for most on offense. I just make an exception for charity. Water that's worth noting for the pod as the second thing. That really is interesting about scott that we can all learn from him is when we think about nonprofit focus on the hope rather than the despair so of course you know. The water crisis is a tragic thing..
"billy" Discussed on Billy Dees Podcast
"I have decades of experience working with creative types from all kinds of different backgrounds. And over the past number of years i've gotten involved with networking groups and diversity groups when we run into issues. It is very often because of someone with a fixed mindset among the many ways. Detest yourself to find out if you have a fixed mindset is ask yourself who do. I follow on social media. Do i follow people who look like me. Sound like me and talk like me and worship. Do i unfold or block. People i don't agree with. Here's a question for you. Is it possible that people with a fixed mindset follower block people they disagree with because on some level they are afraid they are going to hear something that they know is correct. It takes a lot of courage to admit we might be wrong or at least have an incomplete perspective. People with fixed mindsets will often resort to gotcha terminology. What about 'isms and straw man arguments and those never move the needle on anyone on the other hand someone with a growth mindset can very often move the needle on you because their approach is completely different and sometimes you can move the needle on them as well creating a whole new perspective and that my friends is very often the best part of the day for the week for that matter. Well hello everyone. I am from the self titled billy by guest. You can find me on apple podcasts. Stitcher tune in iheartradio and many more of the best podcast networks. Join me for my commentary and interviews. Follow me on twitter. Really's defined at billy ds i am billy dis about love to have you listening..
"billy" Discussed on Billy Dees Podcast
"To well hello. Everyone i m and welcome to the podcast. I am absolutely thrilled. That you're here. And i always chuckle when i say that because i i've been Imitate by a number of other different. Here's reluctance aol through here. So but i am thrilled that you are here and very happy that you're here with me today. My co host as he often is every once in a while. We do these. just fun. topical conversation type podcasts. Ami of different guests hosts. And jack casey is one of them. What's going on jack. It's been awhile in the man i'm telling you. This summer has been very. I've had cars breaking down money. I've had a food poisoning. I've had a sick cat that have had to deal with that. Breaks my heart because i love him and on top of that work has been very busy and I always say this summer. I am going to enjoy i i. I'm going to enjoy the summer and here we are. We're on the cusp of august. And you know soil summers that you just kinda right off you know. And it's getting to the point you'll only have so many summers a lifetime right a lot of. Gee jack how are you doing doing a lotta hiking. Biking in Some photography as much lately. I don't take my camera with me. Wanna go biking. Should i get hit by a car or like you know take spill. I don't want to land on top of a five hundred dollar camera now. Break a rib or something but on on the summit county fair yesterday. Interesting Wada animal exhibits because the four inches exhibition there so going around petted rabbits and goats and stuff like that. It's some terrible food. Checked out all the all the people with their pro pro-gun shirts and no got noticed about lake. The answer you actually noticed one thing about the crowd is that a. Have you seen those t shirts. Now that people have been wiring. They've gotten trendy where it's like an entire full like attitude phrase on their like mother who you get between me and my mama barricade not have a good time usually more vulgar than that yes at. There's an entire booth them and east. And i'm going you know what these people wearing. These shirts have not read that many words in their entire lives. Well you got a novel log your shirt right there that i it was kind of bizarre to me. It's going around broadcasting like Truck driver and if you don't get out of my way with your previous how al flatly down like a pancake or something like that. Yeah it's bizarre. I'm like why would you wear that go outside. I'm guilty of wearing pajama pants. Outside every now. And then. When i'm just running to the store doing good god dude. I ran across the guy that was wearing a t shirt. That said i take my old car batteries. And i throw them in the ocean. Ohno dude good for you. Thank you want making some environmental boy. I don't know but anyway. Just let our audience know we are live on three a social platforms today. We're live on the last year. We're live on twitter. Where live on youtube and we are live on facebook because of the fact that we are simultaneously live on all these platforms. We cannot interact with you but we'll do our best after the show to answer any remarks. I have my screen name from twitter. And also jacks in the tweet so And jack if you wanna check out your phone every once in a while just should we ran into this before. Just fisher attorney last time zone. Volume and the Browser volume where the same thing the same thing for those of you who may be checking us out on social media we are essentially pike. Abilities podcast is essentially a podcast. And i say that because to me a podcast is a dedicated type of media for audio platforms in this in our case it includes apple. Podcast spotify on pandora were on iheartradio. I could go down a whole list but suffice it to say just about all of the major podcasting platforms. We are available on the audio of this program will be made available on those platforms sometime later this evening and will be of course available anytime you wish to find it the billy pike as like i said can be found on your favorite podcasting platform and in regard to social media. You can pretty much find me. Just about anywhere I don't do all social media. It's impossible but the major ones. I just mentioned if he just search. Billy dis on any social media platform. I should come up. Because i don't very my screen name. That is pretty much. We're going to talk about a number of different things today. we're gonna talk about the olympic games and we're not gonna talk much about the athletics but it's a trend. I recently did a dedicated podcast on the subject of being woke. And i if you go back and listen to that podcast you will find out that. I'm very empathetic to a lot of the things that have been done in the past With verbiage and other things that may impact the lives of people. I think that's something we should be aware of but with that being said like so many other things in our life it has it has gone the other way so much so that we you can't say the site slightest thing without some big discussion about what it means. And and all these other things and i believe. It is impacting the olympics. I believe it's impacting award shows and its impact a lot of other things. And we're gonna talk about that a little bit. Roster gonna tuck ballot. I guess you could call it a resurgence with what's going on with cove nineteen and the delta variant and a number of those things coming up along those lines were from northeastern ohio. The cleveland indians are another cleveland guardians. Is that what it is. And we're gonna talk about that a little bit that kind of fits into commentary here just a little bit of entertainment There's any. I gotta say there aren't too many musical acts that really impressed me. I mean Whether you your hip hop fan or whether you're a rock and roll fan you know. It seems like You know the days of off the top of my head here. People like a doctor trae and to park. And all those people They're you know they were in their time. The prime stuff and probably one of the you know when you're talking about rock bands nirvana and metallica. And that era right there and it just seems in the last twenty years. i mean. there's some good artists out there but there just hasn't been anybody from any particular drama a genre that has blown me away. It just hasn't happened. There's two exceptions. Of course foo fighters are pretty much from that older era. And what i like about dave grohl and his whole group is those guys can do pretty.
"billy" Discussed on Digital Conversations with Billy Bateman
"I'm joined by the great david delaney david. Thanks for joining me. I'm hearing well thank you so much for having me audience. I appreciate it yeah. I'm excited that we finally got you on. And we're going to talk about your book. The sales development framework got my copyright hear. Anybody a- hasn't read it in your in sales development. I think you should pick it up and you're bound to learn something out of it But before we get into that like for those. That don't know david. Can you introduce yourself and ten bound in what you do. Yeah absolutely so you know. I'm i'm here in silicon valley and and You know in the tech industry. A lot of companies have the sales development teams right. They call him. Bdr's sdr's etcetera. And i was running sales development programs that a few tech companies And you know. I went out on my own about five years ago and started ten bound as a way to help with the performance of those team. So we right play books. We do training and and consulting and put on event. So you know we. We run the sales development conference and do a ton of digital events now And you know this book. Just working with You know those. Those companies that were trying to figure out sales development and kind of putting in a framework to start those programs. Run the programs and everything that we've learned over the last few years so Yeah it's it's been a great right awesome awesome and then you know with ten bound. You guys do a lot of great craig research. You know you present conferences all the time. Where the specially in sales development. This is something that. I've always wondered Intech you know. We have the sales development function than like the eighties on. They work hand in hand. And everyone everyone seems to think a we gotta start these guys off as sdr beady ours and then the ones that are good. Move on up to an e- And i've i've always wondered. How do the skills really translate like. Yeah if you're good next year you might be good as they eat. But you might also just be great as nasty are but everyone wants to get to that eight-year-old because they usually pays more. What are you what. What are your thoughts on. Why why we pay more to the eighty s Because if the as not have any appointments like they're not gonna cause any deals like always wondered like how can we make this more equal because you really need both. Yeah it's a really good question man. I mean one of the reasons that you know. We started ten bound and put some serious research behind the sales development function was. We just felt like it wasn't really being taken seriously now. And there's a lot of people involved. There's a lot of technology involved like what you're doing at at your company and and you know there wasn't sort of enough emphasis on. Hey how do you. How do you do this
"billy" Discussed on Digital Conversations with Billy Bateman
"Alright everyone welcome to digital conversations. I am your host billy bateman and today i am joined by munish nepal. Moosh how you doing man. I'm doing great bill. Thanks for having me excited to be talking to you. Yeah excited to have you. We're gonna we're gonna talk about a few different things But before before we hop into it. I wanna give you a chance to let everyone get to know you tell us a little bit about yourself then and what you work not char so My name is monica. And i'm a freelance to marketer with Lillo ten years of experience working with bands mostly b. two b. brands like fresh works. Ringcentral and seals hacker. I recently lost my own marketing agency in bang in the middle of the pandemic and it's called marketing impact and i started to scale my one person. Freelance a business. Because i think that the demand for marketing related services has gone up exponentially owing to the pandemic which i think has forced several people to start their businesses on their own and up until february this year. Two thousand twenty one. I was running. Ask all abm conversations podcast with michael host young. We covered a lot of topics in marketing. The same we are doing here with diesel citizens believed. I decided to move on from that. Podcast after doing it for a little over year year. Because i wanted to invest my time and energy on setting up online. Isn't that. I just mentioned so a from being a podcast host onto two months back. Huron today talking to you in your forecast. That's the story up my personal life in less than thirty seconds.
"billy" Discussed on Billy Dees Podcast
"Make the big great falls yes. That's a good message You know you're a delightful person. You have project positively in your account on tiktok and I would advise anybody of thinking about getting on tiktok or if you already on to look up and once again her screen name. Correct me if i'm wrong is at g. e. g. e. e. Let me try that again at. E. e. g. i l. l. y. n. g. jelly yet. Does that cracks right all right. Well thank you very much for being on. I really enjoyed the conversation. I really enjoyed your insights into what you're going up there in canada and learning what you've been through about your health and so glad that you're on the men and it's such a very important message to know that this is something that you can recover from an not takes a little time. It takes a long time. But hopefully i'm still on one hundred percent recovery awesome. Thank you so much for inviting me on this. It's wonderful well. I'm glad you. I'm glad you. You feel that way and it was certainly a joy to have you on a. Please stay in touch. If there's anything that comes up that you would like to share Be in your part of the world during your life or you feel that Just something you wanna talk about. You be sure to get a hold of me. I would certainly enjoy having you on again. Thank you so much. You're very welcome. We've been talking to julie. And she has just a a breath of fresh air positive One of these people that just exudes good energy. That's so glad to have you on. Thank you very much Next week of course the podcast will be back. Thank you very much for checking out our episode today. Just let you know you can find me on twitter. That is kind of like my social media home at on twitter and just about most of the major social media platforms. I guess i am on and it's always the same screen name. It's billy dee so research me and you see my see my face there. You got the right guy so once again. Thank you chilly. A really appreciate you being on thank you. You're very welcome and thanks to the audience willie back next week. Have a great day. Well everyone i am from the self titled billy dis by guest. You can find me on apple. Podcast stitcher tune in iheartradio and many more of the best podcast networks. Join me for my commentary and interviews. Follow me on twitter. Release defined at. Billy ds i am. Billy dis to have you listening..
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"Would be your opinion about about racing. There's There's there's a. There's an anti racing movement. I would say here. In the united states by a lot of animal rights activists A lot of 'em claim that it's it's abuse What's your feeling on it. I didn't even really know that racing was because we don't have trucks here in canada. I i'd heard it mentioned on movies and stuff. But i really. I was surprised when i learned I don't really know too much about the actual racing industry I'm low worried. It's it's closed down now. There's i think the last track closed not long ago in florida where my place from and it's it's it's really hard i as did. There's a there's a lot of people say that now about horses. The horses are often driven hard to their training and everything and sometimes they break their legs and and all these other things. I do love animals. So i kind of i have some empathy towards that i mean place place. Career ended because he did break his leg and they thought he would race again so he had hawk prepare and he's thought he still has troubles with it. they both came with issues so but they can't really tell me what happened. Yeah sure hard all loved can now. He has sure and and anybody. That rescue has a rescue That's what it's all about and You know when you go out and buy these breeds that are that are bred for the purpose of being bought or sold. I sometimes question that as well but anybody who picks up a you know a rescue of one kind of i have two cats and i got mine from the you know the humane society here and Oh yeah. I love animals so i. I have a lot of empathy for treating animals correctly. I number two d. i don't like hearing about the being test used for testing. And all these other things The one thing. I do worry about. With now that racing's slows is racing will go underground and they are won't be the rules and the regulations that kept my boys is safe as they could does a good point and it's it it scares me in that respect mostly now because what will happen to those dogs yes. That's an interesting point in the end. I hope somebody is staying on top of that as best as possible but as you know when it comes to things like that. Somebody's always gonna find a way to subvert everyone's goodwill and the law and everything else and do what they want let's talk a little bit about your affliction and i'll let you pronounce it. One more time. What is it called again. Em beret syndrome dion beret syndrome. Okay this is something that Incorrect with them wrong. It affects the way the nerves interact with muscles in your control. Is that correct. It does well. It destroys the nerves for a little while basically so no control. No feeling i mean. There's different degrees that people get lucky. Mine was quite a mild case. Calm but it's still been six years of healing so it's a really long hair from getting through to healing so yeah now it's not as As destructive as what like f. a. a. l. s. Or something like that. You can recover although some people probably better than others but there is. There is a recovery path but it takes a long time is that is that fair to say it does what. When did you first noticed that something was wrong. How did the The mishap start. Did you start losing your balance or dropping things and he's something's wrong here. How did how did it happen now. It started really really suddenly actually It attacked brutally quickly. Generally it's not. Like ms ms is what they. I started testing me for but it doesn't usually attacked violently brazil. I had been doing everything normally. I'd been really active I was active in sports and working out really hard and i went to bed one night on the wednesday night before the paralysis happened. A gas and at about four o'clock in the morning thursday morning i just had intense intense pain. Start in the bottom of my feet. I actually woke up thinking somebody was attacking my with nails while and it just came out of nowhere so it was it was really it was terrifying actually and i started screaming and and my husband has named his ends. You said there's nobody here what's happening in my feet. Nothing was happening and that was really the first sign and then it cleared up throughout the day but it turned into to really describe it as anything other than what dentals feels like. It has started creeping up my right leg and so it was like that truth. Thursday friday better. Saturday was completely back to normal then took my we only had day at the time are one greyhound. We took him for what and came back in. It was like get warm. And i felt really cool and i felt really strange about going to the hospital for something so silly but i did and after i walked into the hospital about within a half an hour my legs and arms for paralyzed. Oh my so it just came out might like instant and of course i would be. I would be scared to death Yeah you know it's interesting you say could you. You hope that it would pass. I had a A number of years ago had a kidney stone. I did i. This was before. I knew what was i remember. It was a saturday. I was sitting in my truck. And i got this real uncomfortable. Pain like rates all like any just lasted for real attentive for about a minute and a half and then it went away. Oh and and i said to myself. I wonder what thou can't be good and throughout the day. I felt pretty normal. I went to bed that night and two o'clock in the morning it came with a vengeance. I mean i. It felt that the best way.
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"I am joined once again by mark bryson. How you doing man today. I'm doing good. I'm glad to have you back on So today we're gonna talk about you. Know how d- right great. Cta's for live chat for chat bots for sales and marketing to get people engaged in in you and your team to a lot of work with that but for those those people that don't know who you are and what you do like. Just tell us a little bit. I'm like you said my name's mark handy run the consulting team here at chat funnel so that means i help People are our clients implement chat bots to help them achieve some of their sales and marketing goals. We engage their site visitors and helped convert them into conversations eventually leading to demos Meetings and another engagement goals go you guys do great job to So like. I said we're gonna talk about. Cta's how do you ride a good see ta For for live chat for a chat get people engaged so I'm just gonna turn it over to you. They'll let you talk about you. Know what's the team's general philosophy when it comes to to writing good. Cta's yeah thanks So we wanna make them as humanly possible is the first thing you know. People kind of the old school way of a building. A bomb was without much thought into making it an enjoyable experience for people and People made him very robotic We want people to feel connected to it and similar to they do when you're chatting with a person of text on your phone or other other application We like to match the c. T. a. to the messaging tone of the site using similar acronyms. Similar technical verbiage Maybe they're more slang. Maybe they're more professional Trying to to be in sync with the other language that the marketing team is using.
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"Out something to do with it. Yeah and e. You have to know that going in okay. I mean it's not like and she claims that she wasn't prepared for it and here again. A lot of these British news outlets have showed you know in their archives story after story of how she was being educated how she had a I dunno a personal assistant to help her transition to make her understand. What the role was i. I don't know that she. I don't know what her motives are. And i just. I wish prince harry well because something goes wrong with the marriage boys out there blowing in the in going back back. What never understand is why people in america care so much about the british royal family. Did we fight like two words can. Yeah that's a good point. What does the british royal ever done for. You exactly exactly stimulus check. No they did not and here again. I have a certain amount of respect for prince harry. Es served very honorably in afghanistan he was in some dangerous areas. And i gotta tell you a number of years ago. He came to the united states. I forget what the occasion was. But he was dressed up in a military uniform of some kind and He did this thing. I believe is at the tomb of the unknown soldier. One of those kind of places and He spun around on his heels and saluted that grave man. I'm telling you gave you chills. He looked like he belonged. There are a lot more than any of the president's ever did during my lifetime. Okay so i admire him for that. But i i and the other thing that really bugged me about this interview. Him quoting family members publicly. I mean that would be like you talking to your brother or sister your mom or dad and then going on the oprah show and then throwing them under the bus i mean you don't know what the context of what some of these conversations were and that's something that i have a problem with on with our presidents a lot of times they'll confide in an an end adviser and say what are my options here and sometime later like a year or two later the whole situation has blown over one of these advises his book and paint this picture will. This is what the president was considering and make it sound like this was his first choice of something to do and it was just trying to understand what his options were. And i just. I don't dig that. I don't like people's confidence being betrayed Especially your own family. They might have had a heart to heart with him about something. That was very genuine in terms of their concern about this marriage. It could have been anything and for him to just go on there and say that his family you know treated him so badly i and here again. I don't doubt that that family is dysfunctional. I mean what would ever possess. Prince charles the have an affair when you're married princess diana which was one of the most beautiful women in the world you know you just don't know what's in someone's heart and So anyway i just. I don't wanna spend too much time on it. But that was such an enormous story and the allah can tell you if you're listening to this and you have a very strong opinion about this and it's really eating at you and you're really mad about what i said. You're concerned about the wrong things about what's going on in our society today misplaced priorities life. Their reading level headed opinion right there. Yeah i mean because hen is somebody on tiktok remark. If you know all about this three and you don't know who your own senators are wrong and is that true People are genuinely concerned about the wrong things. Though i mean slick kim kardashian county are getting a divorce like meanwhile you know your house is burning down around you as well. I i understand the kind of the interest in the royal family It is designed to be something that entertains end and you know enthralled the british people. that's the that's what it's there for the american obsession with it. The only thing that. I the only thing that i can say is that you know that there is one of the reasons you know. A little bit about history. The tell me if you agree with this. I think one of the reasons that we succeeded in our in our revolution and breaking away from the british government is for the most part. We didn't have to turn our society upside down. We were very much like them in. Congress is very parliamentary. The governor's System is set up very much from nobility the idea that you pardon somebody that the governor has part that's all descendant of royal. That's all descended of their system over there and even the election system The way they select the prime minister and so on and so forth here again. It's very similar to us. We didn't turn our society upside down when we kick in the doors in the middle east. And say we're going to give you democracy okay. It's completely different to their culture. They enjoy having the leaders that they do. Their religion is intertwined with their government. A lot of times how they feel about certain leaders is an wind with their with their government. So that's it doesn't always work but with us. All's we basically wanted was somebody different to pay taxes to. We didn't win. Our culture turned upside down. And if you look at our history we love british literature whether it be Shakespeare what have you. We love british actors. We love british Rockstars down the whole list. End the closest thing that we had the royalty was probably the kennedy administration. You know what they referred to as camelot and we really have not had that you know our leaders come and go every four years and a lot of a lot of critics of our system around the world do say that sometimes four years isn't enough time for a leader to be truly successful. truly fail new. There may be some truth to that. I don't know but we don't get too attached to our leaders. They come and go pretty quickly. I've always liked the idea of having our president serve six year terms. Yeah that wouldn't there's enough time to kinda get agendas pushed through and there's no reelection worry so you don't have yes. We see increasingly in modern times You get elected president and then you keep campaigning throughout the first term. So therefore you can't do anything maybe on popular you know that's for the greater good. The as it might hurt you getting reelected getting your agenda in for the second term so i agree with that and i think some of our critics have a point with that You got to keep in mind that there are people that live in britain. Who have their their their father. Grandfather served under. You know The queen's father when he was a king during world war two and they had this they have this generational thing where they grew up with this family. And they have this connection. And we don't have that with our presidents here here again. They come and go every four years so or they might serve. Two terms of the point is they're they're they're up for re election every four years. We have this very quick cycle. We either like the more. We don't in a very quick turnaround time so all of hours or so. yeah so anyway Speaking of our government. I did a commentary recently about the importance of nasa the the importance of Space exploration. so i'm not gonna necessarily cover all those points again. However i do a really like.
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"Verifiable and repeatable results in the quest for ufo. Confirmation as with any conjectured topic we are left only to consider what may be possible in. Some broad sense along with what comparatively is most likely for the sake of being thorough. I must clarify that. And unidentified flying object is just that and the term does not necessarily imply that the object is being operated by intelligent life from outer space. It does follow all the same that the fascination with reports of ufo's is drawn from possible inference that our planet could be visited by extraterrestrial life. Polling on this varies but on the average a third of the public believe in ufo's to put this in context. This percentage is about the same as for people stating that. They are baseball fans. Is it possible that there is intelligent life somewhere in space. Yes it is. New information is becoming available all of the time regarding the existence of other planets. That could possibly support life the exhilarating prospect of taking this another step and suggesting that we could be visited by some other life form from space has inspired speculation about aliens and fictional works and in society as a whole aliens in pop culture can be traced in a roundabout way to the observations of percival lowell. I actually visited the lowell observatory in flagstaff arizona. Some years ago viewed through his telescopes in the late eighteen ninety s loeb believed. He was observing a network of canals on the surface of mars. The word canal implies that designers and builders were involved in some sort of construction who of course have to be intelligent. The scientific community was less than enthusiastic. About the notion of intelligent life. On mars building canals but lowells depiction of mars captured the general public's immagination science fiction was becoming very popular and each g wells published war of the worlds and eighteen ninety eight shortly. After lulls first mars book the radio performances war of the worlds terrified a large portion of the audience. Who mistakenly interpreted this show as an of real events in nineteen thirty eight movies featuring flying saucers and aliens from just about anywhere in space became during the nineteen fifties and still proved to be box office gold. To this day there is no question that alliens exist in our collective imaginations it may be evident that are human imaginations are the inspirations for most of the depictions of aliens in entertainment as well as with the descriptions of aliens given by those people claiming to have encountered them because these representations of alien life most often resemble humans. We have all heard the stories of little green. In portions of one alleged account of an alien body recovered from roswell the infamous and fabled supposed alien crash site in the desert. Outside of roswell new mexico includes such particulars as a four foot human shaped figure with arms bazaar four fingered hands and an oversized incandescent lightbulb head. We humans are psychologically predisposed to interacting with creatures that have similar structures as ourselves such as body with a head and four major extremities. Dogs cats and horses all fit this criteria. Et would not have been as endearing if the character was based on the shape of a maggot. If horses could imagine aliens might there of aliens resemble horses with exaggerated features. This is where what is likely or perhaps what is not likely begins to separate from what is possible. How likely can it be that intelligent alien life would have any type of body structure comparable to that of life existing here on earth let alone similar to humans or even vertebrates for that matter right here on earth. For example when part of the general progress of life is separated from the rest of the world. The development of species can become unique. An example of this would be the life found at hydrothermal vents. In the deep ocean if these life forms can evolve to endure poison gas heavy metals extreme acidity and other harsh conditions. Imagine what direction alien life could take on a different planet. Altogether to truly consider what alien life might be like. We have to suspend everything about life as we know it. We most likely can presume that any alien life we happen to find will be carbon based although even that is not a given. This is a good because carbon is proficient at making complex structures and these structures are the building blocks of life. It is afterlife. Starts that the possibilities become really multifaceted. The potential complex combinations in the initial microbiology of these early life forms are endless. And furthermore there is no way of predicting the influences under which these life forms would grow and evolve in an alien world. The very definition of intelligence consciousness or even morality may have to be radically modified when trying to determine what is likely regarding alien visitation. We must also consider the incredible distances in vast -ness of space a light year is the total distance. That light travels in one year. Light travels at an approximate speed of about one hundred. Eighty six thousand miles per second even with the substantial speed of light. Fifty thousand light years is a remarkably short distance in the universe. Now consider what this means to us. On a practical level most people consider the signals in their phone conversations as pretty much instant on the other hand. If you were to call someone who was fifty thousand light years away. Their phone would ring about fifty thousand years after you hit call by the time they said hello and that signal travel back to your phone. One hundred thousand years would have elapsed after you. I placed the call taking into account my luck. I would probably get voicemail. I find it. Oddly curious that ufo enthusiasts suggest that aliens cans supposedly utilize all of their advanced technology to traverse space. And time dive through wormholes or even travel faster than the speed of light.
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"L. everyone and welcome to the billy dis podcast. I am absolutely thrilled. That you are. And i chuckle. When i say that because it has come to my attention that i've been imitated in those words. Well i guess. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery right. That's that's what i'm told. And that is what we are going to stick with. So there you go. You can find abilities podcasts. Pretty much anywhere. Podcasts are found including apple podcasts. And spotify but no matter where you find us no matter what platform you have found us on. I am absolutely thrilled that you are here. The billy dis podcast is primarily a commentary and an interview program. Today's episode will be a commentary. I am going to be speaking about alien visitation to our world. That subject obviously always very intriguing always very captivating and eighty jolt question. And we'll be getting into that and just a few moments just a little more information about the podcast itself. We do podcast a number of different ways here for example. We will often do with podcasts. Sometimes we do podcast. That have video and we do this very often when we have guests and today we are audio and it's not just a matter of separating the concepts of video. I believe that the spoken word is an art form. We are primarily vocal creatures and with no only for one. You can't rely on fresh ines on gestures on graphics in your video. What have you. You have to rely on the passion in your voice. We have to rely on your vocabulary. You have to rely on all of these tools and also from an audio perspective as well. I i really like the microphone. Skillset that comes with audio only the little different for video and the way you approach your production and everything is a little different with audio. And the reason why i believe. I'm mentioning this is i've The popularity of of podcasts. How obviously has exploded okay. And you're getting a lot of people that are getting on the podcast bandwagon for lack of a better term that come from different types of content creation and basically what they're doing with their podcast. Is there repurposing Or maybe redoing their content that they normally do for their videos or their blog. Or have you. And i really want to stress that the energy with audio only your voice going just a few inches into a professional microphone and directly into someone's year that dynamic is very important to me and that is why we will often do audio only podcast because the approach to them is different and i certainly hope the audience Notices that and appreciates it and enjoys the program before we dive into the topic of. Ufo's anytime. i approach a subject. Such as this. And what i mean by that. Let's say you psychic's supernatural things of any kind. I am not necessarily saying that. These things are untrue. There may very well be as big as the universe is. There may very well be life out there somewhere. Okay and same goes for some of these other things that you may or may not believe in but there's a difference between having evidence that shows something or evidence that is very impressive. And let's say evidence that is conclusive. Those are two different things so anytime i approach something like this when it comes to what i am going to accept us to. There's some basic guidelines. Let's say for example. We are proposing something. We are suggesting something to be true. Whatever guidelines whatever controls we have in place those have to be accepted by a third party it has to be in other words like peer reviewed. Okay our suggestions about our experiment. The results have to be predictable. And they have to be repeatable. They can't just be one time chance things. They have to be things that we can produce the same predictable result and of course there has to be some way of outside by our third party and whoever else may be involved i recently did a commentary. I guess you can find it. In the playlist about the importance of space technology space exploration and when it comes to the mars rover and some of these other things the idea the prospect that we could find evidence of life other than our own in space is absolutely incredible and just because that fills us with wonderment and it sparks our imagination. We have to be very careful not to let that aspect of it. Allow us to accept evidence to quickly. That is incomplete. Okay now that you kind of have an idea of where. I'm coming from with his commentary. Let's kind of get into it. We're in production february twenty eighth twenty twenty one and this past week. An american airlines plane reported a mid-flight flight close encounter with a ufo. The pilot of the flight bound for phoenix reported an object quote. That almost looked like a cruise missile. And we have some audio for you right here. Targets up here. We just had something no right over the top of that. I hate to say this look like a long electrical object. It almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast right over the palpable this past year. Twenty twenty in documents recently released by the navy fighter pilots reported close encounters with unidentified aerial vehicles including several dangerously close in eight incidents between june twenty seventh two thousand thirteen and february two thousand nineteen and again. We have some audio for you. Roger shooting on address okay. So have we been visited by aliens from outer space. One of the most monumental scientific discoveries and astonishing human experiences would be that of a confirmed alien visitation. I believe there is a part of our lonely human existence that longs for company in the vastness of space and time has alien visitation happened or are various sightings in stories simply.
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"Us a little bit a little bit more about Speak on podcast and also the product on boarders. Just you know. what do you guys do with. What's your ideal customer. Look like in in whatever you do provide to sure so with the respond pocus It's an agency so we have a team of dedicated booking agents in what we do. Is we help customers. Get on the podcast with a Already listening to so we do a ton of research to find the most relevant poll coughs reach out to the poco space with really really specific introductions. We to use web pitches. Because i know you've been. He has put cost you. Get lots of pitches. Every day we do our best to stand out from It's not aggressive sales it's overrated accumbens of of my experience with outbound sales on the matchmaking used to recruitment as well so accustomed to sign up with us. When we guarantee a certain amount of bookings on each month and we have a guaranteed to say you can say not any focused if it's not the right fit and i think it's only happened twice in it was downs more of a personal preference than anything else. That's what we do at speaking folks with the product borders is also like a productized service Me in the found the helen. We saw a need that a lot of people dry. There's a lot of content around lead generation and top of the funnel acquisition. But the but there's just not that much of a focus on activation and also turned reduction. so they're obviously. Some is some content out there but it's a minority compared to the top of the funnel staff so we decided to put our heads together and what we do. We offer a product on building review. So we go through a b. two b. companies free trial experience looking at things like the website will looking at the sign up process. I run experienced as what is the ongoing onboarding on the on boarding emails as well. We just present these back in around twenty twenty five minute video if i'm honest is quite brutal feedback. Sometimes we have to give that caveat back into People wit wit with during the reviews all but we always act as almost like the dumbest of that they will get in that apple because you'll product needs to be that simple intuitive so We've fifty reviews. I think a lot of the things that will be covering today. is really a combination of those fifty product devoting reviews that we've done in the lessons learned from older days. Great man so you've done a bunch of these reviews. What are the combination us you see with. The sales marketing handover to customer success teams for to be businesses. Yes so this is amiss to be a service that you're selling or it could be a much larger a product that you're selling well so one of the biggest pitfalls icy is that Let's start with why it's important to hand over to the customer. Success team properly not comes. Down to customers infill really appreciate it Because if they inflammation falls through the cracks they have to repeat themselves. And that's never a good experience to have especially specialist first engagement. The company wants save kind of signed a line. Oftentimes you see is what i've been in the situation as well that the team point fingers at each other when something goes wrong because no one knows. He's accountable full So having that process in place for the handovers really important. And i guess the most important thing when it comes to the unbolting of new customers that it's really is very very hard to win back. The trust of a customer once they had a bad on ordering experience linked to murphy of sixteen inches of he i think he coined the time. Seeds of chun applauded early and actually starts that planted in the sales prices as well. So maybe i can share some of the best practices that Deploy certainly i think if if i could take full main points. The first is just setting expectations with the customers during the sales process leading the know. What the on boarding process is going to be who's involved what's required from them as a customer verse is watsa expected for us business. Do that's really important in. Oftentimes it might be set on the cells gold all one of the one of the sales goals but a lot of companies. Forget that the They're selling is just one tiny part of their prospects that new customers over job not going to remember everything that you say on a cool Is important to follow up those expectations in in written format so they can always revolt back to another thing which i think was his little. Mr misalignment is not understanding how customers are actually going to measure success as a business you might have an idea of what as maybe success mouse. Things will definitely but you really wanna understand what customers are defining success a third. This is a situation. I've been in before i was in a sales role. I was closing deals. And i just didn't feel confident that the process behind the scenes after the sale closed was good enough. No no the people were going to have a great team but it just wasn't a assessing on easy to fully process so one of the things that we did to become. This was actually have a meeting between sales and customer success to officially handed with the customer. And it's all about sharing the little bits information that your customers have shed with you during the sales process. And they're really nuggets of gold because it could just be one thing they said at the end of a sentence that you realize that's really important to them so is handing over some of the informal information that you received an ulcer from the customer success. be it might not be customer success team. It might be applied delivery or could be you'll handing trubisky. That should be a standard set of questions which cost during the voting candidate meeting. And you know as an excels person it can be a waste of time. Because i just wanna go off in sell But it's really important to get right in over properly. And i guess the fine thing would be to keep the communications auto open with the customer and is often the sales person that gets the blame. If the on boarding process isn't smooth An impact your reputation as as a sales person on also impact the opportunity of increasing the lifetime value through a upsells in cross sell opportunities in the future. Because it's a road the trust of as an individual So definitely having that Donald urban and i didn't think there's anything wrong with a salesperson sending an email a few weeks off the on boarding process started saying. Hey just checking in. How's everything going for you. Oftentimes it's a clear cut handover. Sales never speaks to the customer during the on boarding process. But i really don't think there's any harm in doing so
"billy" Discussed on Billy Dees Podcast
"billy" Discussed on Billy Dees Podcast
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"billy" Discussed on Digital Conversations with Billy Bateman
"You start working with the company what's your process like if you're gonna come in and you're gonna start running split test where do you look i <hes>. For things to start working on. Yeah so i've got a three step process the to your quickly. The great thing is the principles that will chat about are equally applicable to e com and beat a and bb or early <hes>. But because the process of conversion rate optimization is about figuring out what does our audience wants to see on our website so usually in stepped one of my testing process <hes>. I call it the existence phase. Basically what you wanna do just phase of terry is you wanna figure out. Do we have the right stuff on the website to begin with nothing. Sucks worse than you start doing testing with a bunch of assumptions. In your mind thinking that everything on your website is working well already when in reality most of the stuff that's on there either shouldn't be there or isn't dial didn't so instead of the process what i do. I typically will go through. Intest removing things from the site <hes>. This usually makes. Seo people dervis because we might just removing content and go. What's going to happen to our seo results if we remove contact and i always respond to that with. Don't worry i'm not saying that we're going to remove this content. What we're trying to figure out step one of the process is what are the things that matter to our audience because there's one of three results that you can get from from split test you either have a winner. Which is great. You'll lose which is also great or you have no impact. No impact means the thing that you tested doesn't matter at all to your audience and so these are the things that we want to figure out early on in the testing process. What does and does not matter tried it. So if we remove a paragraph of contact from the page do conversion rates. Go up down or nothing happens. If conversion rates go up then that means that that content should be there in the first place right so don't should probably just get rid of it and usually if removing content improves conversion rates. It will also improve your organic rankings. So so that's great. If removing content decreases conversion rates than we know that content should be there. And then guess what our next test is going to be refining that concept art we know this content is useful now in step to. Let's make it better. Let's see what happens if we take our turn it into a bowl pointless. Let's see what happens if we take that paragraph and turn it into three paragraphs. Let's see what happens. If instead of focusing on the benefits of our service we focused on <hes>. The pain points that you're experiencing is a customer right so step one is about figuring out you. We have the right stuff step. Two is about refining stuffs that we have and then step three. We're gonna test adding new stuff to the site is where we might just new features <hes>. New designs that kind of stuff and so again. I don't come in with any presupposed ideas. i don't come in my clients. Oh we've gotta get that video off the page or hey. We need a video bates were coming in. And we're trying to learn what the audience wants