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On episode 168 of The Pirate Monk Podcast, the guys welcome author, speaking agent, and fellow struggler on the path, Wes Yoder, Our conversation may meander, but we will touch on confession, sorrow, lament, healing, fathers, and Elvis.
Show Notes

by Wes Yoder

 

Wes Yoder is the founder and President of The Ambassador Agency in Franklin, Tenn. He is also the local representative for The New Canaan Society which has groups across the nation. Click here to find a group meeting near you.

 Quotes Used

Wes referred to The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. In this novel, Lewis paints broad pictures about our entry and existence in heaven. It's worth the read. A third-party summary of the section on heaven is:
In The Great Divorce Lewis paints a picture in which the closer we get to God, the more real everything gets. Hell (the farthest place from God) would only be the size of a pebble on earth, earth the size of a pebble in heaven. When souls first arrive in heaven, their appearance is as ghosts. Their forms have been expanded, like blowing up a balloon, so that they match the size of things in heaven, but they are like empty air. A body is outlined but they are transparent and so weightless that they cannot bend the grass beneath their feet (it feels like needles to walk on), nor sink in water, nor pick up a heavenly apple from the ground. Those residents of heaven who come to greet the ghosts have been filled with the fullness of God’s Divine Being. As God is more solid than anything on earth, in Lewis’s vision, so these people are more solid, more real, and now more fully human than any human being in our world.


Michael Card, a mutual friend of Nate Larkin and Wes Yoder (and one of our favorite songwriters), wrote a book and a set of songs on lament.


Wes made reference to a number of authors and recording artists his career has crossed paths with. If you're curious, check out their work.







Scripture Used
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.



The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.


Wes commented that the Hebrew word for "Spirit of God" in this verse is in the feminine gender. Check out this online Strong's Concordance entry for more information.

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Episode 167 • Step 1

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On episode 167 of The Pirate Monk Podcast, Nate and Mark go for a virtual walk with microphones on to discuss the first step of the 12 Steps.

 

Show Notes

Nate brought up three books worth having in your library.

The Big Book: Alcoholics Anonymous


The Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions


Find Samson meetings here. Find AA meetings here.

The Good Book and the Big Book


 

Quotes Used

Nate quote Martin Luther from his writing called "Two Kinds of Righteousness." The full quote is as follows:
There are two kinds of Christian righteousness, just as man’s sin is of two kinds. The first is alien righteousness, that is the righteousness of another, instilled from without. This is the righteousness of Christ by which he justifies though faith, as it is written in I Cor. 1:30: “whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” In John 11:25-26, Christ himself states: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me.....shall never die.” Later he adds in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This righteousness, then, is given to men in baptism and whenever they are truly repentant. Therefore a man can with confidence boast in Christ and say: “Mine are Christ’s living, doing, and speaking, his suffering and dying, mine as much as if I had lived, done, spoken, suffered, and died as he did.”

Scripture Used
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.



"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell."

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Episode 166 • Cycles

On episode 166 of The Pirate Monk Podcast, Nate shares a personal challenge and we take two phone calls from listeners like you.

 

Show Notes

Aaron shared a quote by his co-pastor at Vintage Community Church.

Humility quote Dayn Mansfield

Nate also said, "Don't go toward isolation to get out of a cycle."

If you feel stuck in a cycle, Nate offers these four ideas:
Tracking your sobriety and serenity. Some groups use chips. Some individuals use a Sobriety Counter app [iOS] [Android] to track their "one day at a time."
Keeping a Gratitude List. Write down everything—big and small—you're thankful to God for.
Service in Obscurity. Nate told the story of a man who picked up trash in the Walmart parking lot as a way to serve without anyone patting him on the back.
Get your butt to a meeting. Find Samson meetings here. Find AA meetings here.
 

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Erik Guzman 500px short beardNate Larkin and the guys welcome Erik Guzman, Vice President of Communications from Key Life, to discuss transformation by the gospel even in the midst of recovery.

Show Notes

Read more about Erik

Read Erik's article series on addiction
Order Erik's new novel, The Seek: A True Myth

 

Resources Discussed

TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know about Addiction is Wrong
Johann Hari

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves


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Ep164 • Best of 2015

Listen back to clips from the top three listened to podcast episodes of 2015.

The number three most popular episode of 2015 was #161, "Cross Road" featuring Ken Snyder.

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Click here to listen to the entire episode #161 "Cross Road."

Find out more or order Ken Snyder's book, Cross Road.

In this clip, Ken addresses the spiritual benefits of recovery and how he brings the Gospel into the process. Nate, Aaron, and Newton talk about community and the standards in their recovery program.



The number two most popular episode of 2015 was #153, "The River of Denial" featuring Nate Larkin.

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Click here to listen to the entire episode #153 "The River of Denial"

Subscribe to the Walking Lessons podcast by Nate Larkin.

In this clip, Nate addresses ten strategies we employ to deny our problems and addictions.

Ten Strategies for Denial

  1. Minimizing
  2. Comparison
  3. Create a Diversion
  4. Distraction
  5. Blaming
  6. Working
  7. Pick Another Area in which to Succeed
  8. Fantasy
  9. False Repentance
  10. Absolute Denial


The most popular episode of 2015 was #159 "Where Do I Go from Here" featuring Greg Oliver and Adam Calvert of Route 1520.

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Click here to listen to the entire episode #159, "Where Do I Go from Here?"

In this clip, Greg and Adam discuss the first steps of safety for a man struggling with sex addiction in one of its many forms.

Take the self-inventory discussed in this clip.


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Ep 163 • Dating God

Show Notes:

In this episode, a look at Stage 4 of The Path as expressed in the charter of The Samson Society. (Download the Charter here.)

Encouraged by my Silas and others, I develop the daily disciplines of prayer, study, and self-examination. I abandon self-help, asking God instead to do for me what I cannot do for myself.

Nate shared an article by Tim Challies. Read the article here.

Download Psalm 23 in several translations here.
Special Request:
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Nate, Aaron, and Mondo are back after a too-long hiatus and welcome a new member of the team, Mark.


On this Episode:
1. What happened to Aaron in the hot tub?
2. How can a man make sure he is fully known?
3. What does Positive Sobriety look like?
4. Should we go to the pub for the "meeting after the meeting?"

Show Notes:
Nate quoted this passage from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.

We began practicing a positive sobriety, taking the actions of love to improve our relations with others. We were learning how to give; and the measure we gave was the measure we got back. We were finding what none of the substitutes had ever supplied. We were making the real connection. We were home.

Related to Positive Sobriety, Nate mentioned these resources:
Book: The Cure by by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNichol, and John Lynch

Bible Passages Discussed:
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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A conversation with author Ken Snyder.

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An inspiring conversation with Kurt Graves of Warehouse 242.

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Greg Oliver of Route 1520 and Adam Calvert, a certified sex addiction therapist call in to chat about the nuts and bolts of addiction, what diagnosis looks like, and what some first steps towards healing could be.

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