Hey Love, in this week’s episode, I confess that I used to be a compulsive liar even well into adulthood. I tell you about the time a friend in my college sorority lovingly confronted me on it, how I attempted to stop unsuccessfully on my own strength… and then feeling so defeated, started stealing food from my own sorority sisters. Don’tchya wish I was YOUR friend???/
I share with you the effect of my husband’s firm but kind challenge to stop lying (about a missing piece of cheesecake-apparently I was obsessed with the stealing of and lying about FOOD!!!) His gentle rebuke led me to a different approach… I now know that I could not have ever been set free from lying (or stealing) without the Holy Spirit’s intervention.
Eric Hoffman is back for part 2 of his interview. He shares how the Holy Spirit has delivered him of “broken systems” too. I ask Eric if he’s ever gone back to the people in his past to apologize for having “steamrolled” over them before he learned to yield to the Spirit. You’ll appreciate his honest answer. (Talk about steamrolling, I talk SUPER FAST in this episode!!! Hold on to that treadmill!)
Eric also admits why it was hard for him to take any criticsm because his identity was based on his performance. He explains how all that’s changed- further evidence of the Holy Spirit’s activity in a believer’s life.
This caring, tender shepherd, wise-way-beyond-his-years-pastor talks with us today about how we can experience supernatural miracles like these every day, how the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out… which subsequently affects and plays out in our relationships. We are living proof to a watching world that the Spirit is still in the business of transforming humans.
Eric confirms my suspicions that the majority of Americans are still impoverished relationally but there is a shift happening in churches across the country. He lays out the path to real change; being still long enough to engage with God’s Spirit, reading and digesting God’s Word and opening up to intimacy with God’s people- these lead to unity in the Body of Christ. If we’re all adopted sons and daughters, this makes us all brothers and sisters. And owning our redemption stories brings us all closer to each other & God.
On another note, I have been on a big Karen Carpenter kick lately- I mean, we listen to the Carpenters’ Christmas every year, but for the last month or so, I can’t get her out of my stuffy head. If ya wanna hear a decent (or the lamest?) impression of her, stay tuned for the outtakes at the very end- that part was caught on tape when I was sick over Christmas break so my voice sounds really resonant and full- like a stuffy, phlegmy lounge singer from the 70’s.
You’ll hear our church facility’s massive heating unit kick on and off again during the interview. Rosemary Khamati’s name again in our conversation-what an inspiration this woman has been over the last few years to me and countless others all over the globe! She came to visit our church family recently to say thanks for our support her work with Sudanese refugees in Uganda; To get involved, do check out her video; http://www.peaceint.org/
To find the book that Eric refers to (When Helping Hurts) about poverty paradigms: http://amzn.to/2hIWDOo
Lloyd Shadrach’s sermon on the Holy Spirit; http://vimeo.com/34531097
And here’s a great song by Seeds Family Worship to encourage you as you abide in Christ called, “Remain in me.” http://bit.ly/2i7iywd
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