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This week Nate and Aaron discuss a blog about Game of Thrones, and read a question from a listener that needs your input.  After that, Nate chats with Noel Bouche of Pure Hope.  To find out more about Pure Hope or to check out Noel's podcast, head on over to:

https://purehope.net/

 

Sit back, put up your feet, or start your lawn mower (Tom), and enjoy a chat with Andrew Osenga of the Normals and Caedmon's Call.  He'll be talking through some of Nate's favorite songs and their stories off his newest album.  If you would like to keep tabs on what Andrew is up to, check him out at http://www.andrewosenga.com/ 

At the beginning of the episode, the boys listen to a modern adaptation of the poem The Hound of Heaven written by Francis Thompson produced by Emblem Media LLC. The book was written by Brian and Sally Oxley, Sonja Oxley Peterson with Dr. Devin Brown. Illustrations by Tim Ladwig.  Here is the link if you want to check it out in its full glory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXlgz4aBKt8&t=724s

Today Nate & Aaron get answers to one of their most asked questions.  "What about the women?" "How can my wife get this kind of community?"  To answer that question they've enlisted a bevy of lady travelers to talk about their journies.  To find out more about getting involved, contact Erin at:  women.to.women2717@gmail.com

The administration would like to apologize for the audio during the first segment and makes all promises necessary to ensure that listeners believe audio problems will NEVER happen at ANY time EVER in the future.  

Nate and Aaron chat about the Scotland retreat and play some audio clips from the experiences of its participants.  

Today the boys chat with Dina Alexander MS, about how to talk with kids about technology and sex.  Dina is the author of some great books that will help educate parents and get the conversations started.  Check out her resources at:

https://educateempowerkids.org/

 

Nate is out of town, so Aaron conscripted one of our favorite buddies Tom Ryan (Ashamed No More) to hang with Kathy Reynolds for part two of the conversation on the practical side of disclosure.  Kathy and Tom give some real-world advice and real-life experience on the good, the bad and the ugly...and the beautiful, of disclosure.  

Check out the ministry Kathy serves with at:  http://www.daringventures.com/

Check out Tom's book Ashamed No More at:   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837930/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

The music between segments was our friend Andy Gullahorn singing his song "Any Other Way"   Check it out!

Today is part one of two conversations with coach Kathy Reynolds, who talks about her own journey of disclosure, loss, and redemption in her marriage.  Stay tuned for part two when we get into the nitty gritty of what to do and not to do in the dangerous waters of full disclosure. 

As promised...a bit late, below is the poem Singing Warriors by Paige that was read a couple shows back.

Singing Warriors

By Paige

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you,

But will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

 

We serve a God who is a Warrior who sings.

And, He enables us to be singing warriors.

 

Just as he fights for us, he has invited us to join Him in the battle.

And, the enemy is not our husbands.

 

The enemy is the one who has ensnared our husbands.

The one who has deceived them and blinded them.

The one who is out to steal, kill, and destroy.

The one who uses darkness and hiddenness.

Who tempts and then, when the deed is done,

Heaps on shame so that returning to God (and to us) feels unbearable.

 

So, we find ourselves here in this place.

In this battle that we didn’t see coming.

That we didn’t sign up for.

That has knocked us to the ground.

And often leaves us as a puddle on the floor.

 

But, again and again we rise up,

Slowly, hesitantly.

Inch by inch rising to take our place as warriors.

To fight against the enemy.

To fight for truth.

To fight for health.

 

We fight for our husbands.

And, as we do so, we are fighting for our marriages.

For our children.

For future generations.

 

But, even if the marriage is not restored.

We choose to pray.

We want to see every Christian man (and woman)

Walk free of sexual brokenness.

Welk free of hiddenness.

Walk free of broken vows.

Walk free of regrets.

 

God also invites us to sing.

To worship Him even as the all-too-familiar tears

Find their paths down our faces once again.

He invites us to cling to His goodness even in the midst of the storm.

 

He invites us to join Him in the song He sings over our husbands.

The song of redemption.

The song of forgiveness.

The song of resurrection.

 

The song that calls out the spark that God put inside our men—

That image of God that is there.

That always has the potential to choose…

Redemption,

Hatred of sin,

Recovery,

Restoration,

Empathy

Coming out of isolation and

Walking in community.

 

We join this song because of love.

Because even though we have been hurt more than we ever dreamed possible,

We also believe in the man we fell in love with.

We believe that he can be the man He was created to be.

We believe he can walk in honesty.

We believe he can resist temptation.

We believe he can learn to love.

 

We believe this because he is God’s beloved, too.

We believe this because we know the God of the impossible.

We believe this because we believe in the power of the gospel.

Because we believe in both truth and grace.

 

However, if the man we love chooses to remain…

Remain in his lies

Remain in the darkness

Remain in his pattern of giving into temptation

Remain in choosing death over life…

 

We will still know that we have a Singing Warrior

Who delights in us and who saves us.

We know no matter what happens

We are loved by the One who knows us best

By the One who weeps when we weep

And by the One who understands betrayal all too well.

 

Today EMT and firefighter Joshua Mast talks with the lads about brotherhood in the firehouse and how that translates to deeper community for us all.  Every man is in a battle, but do we know how to support a brother in the fire?

Ever get frustrated with the younger generation and feel like you can't relate?  How about you younger folks who think older guys have little or nothing to offer and just want to change you?  Well, today's episode is for you.  Nate and Aaron sit down and chat with Randall Thomas to get some understanding and hopefully practical tools that will help communities of men find love and authenticity across generational divides.

Today Nate and Aaron Chat with David Cassidy, Pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin Tennessee, to chat about his book Indispensable: The Basics of Christian Belief.  They discuss the invitation to the common table that binds all Christians of every denomination together. 

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