FGG-174 Occupational Hazards

May 25, 2017

I just reviewed a survey taken on a college campus.  As part of the survey college students were asked of their religious affiliation.  Over 40% replied “none.”  We know that many of these young adults were raised as Christians and Catholics.  Now they have either left the faith or are too embarrassed to admit to being Christian.  In this podcast, Tony discusses the occupational hazards of being a Christian.

Scripture: Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  –Matthew 5:01-12

“Whoever believes themselves just and judges others and scorns them is corrupt and a hypocrite. Arrogance compromises every good action, empties prayer, distances from God and others.” –Pope Francis

Reflections:  Are you reluctant to call yourself a Christian?  Are there people in your life that you avoid sharing your faith?  Are you guilty of the charges that society levels against Christians?

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FGG-172 A Matter of Trust

May 12, 2017

Did I trust him because he was an elderly farmer in a Buick?  Would I have trusted him if he were younger, Hispanic or African-American? Or, did I trust him, because the day before a woman I didn’t know trusted me with a large amount of cash?  In this podcast, Tony discusses trust.

Scripture: So now, my son, find yourself a trustworthy man who will make the journey with you.”  Tobit 5:3

Reflections:  Did I trust him because he was elderly?  Would I have had the same reaction if he were homeless?  What makes us trust some people and not others?

Reflections:  Have you ever been called an angel?  What things have you done that were a miracle?  Was Tony’s experience just a coincidence?

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FGG-171 She Called Me an Angel

May 5, 2017

Glancing at my busy schedule today, I noticed that I have a strategic Planning Session coming up for the Community Pregnancy Center.  Several times each year, I get to meet with the board and plan their strategy for running this very worthwhile ministry.  In this podcast, Tony discusses his first experience with a Community Pregnancy Center.

Scripture: Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:1-2

Reflections:  Have you ever been called an angel?  What things have you done that were a miracle?  Was Tony’s experience just a coincidence?

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FGG-170 Bad Company

May 5, 2017

My dad had a simple philosophy; “you are who you hang out with!”  He would argue that if you hung out with complainers, you became a complainer.  If you hung out with drinkers, you would become a drinker.  If your friends did drugs, eventually you would too. In this podcast Tony discusses Bad Company.

Scripture: “Do not be led astray: Bad company corrupts good morals.”  1 Corrinthians 15:33

Reflections: Do you agree with my dad’s philosophy?  Having good positive friends gives you the best chance to succeed? Do you agree?

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