170: The Red Dog, the Notebook, and the Stresses of Everyday Life

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170: The Red Dog, the Notebook, and the Stresses of Everyday Life

What do a red dog, a notebook, and dealing with the stresses of life have to do with each other? This isn’t an April Fool’s joke or a puzzle of some sort; its actually the topic for a segment on this episode of the podcast!

This week on the podcast, we’ll be talking about the “growing up” stages in our lives, the tension and stress in our lives, and the three ways we can respond to stress—and, how only one of those responses is the right way. We’ll also be beginning to prepare ourselves for Easter, and looking at the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. All that and more, on this episode of the Sharpening Character Podcast!

Encouraging Segment: The Red Dog, the Notebook, and the Stresses of Everyday Life

Hosted by Andrew

References in this Episode

The April Challenge!

For the month of April, we’re going to be focusing on Easter, and preparing our hearts to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus—the One who was called in John 1:29, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” As we consider the sacrifice He made for us (and the debt which He paid), we’d like to both look deeply at our own hearts, as well as praise God for His grace and mercy!

In keeping with the idea of sacrifice, here’s our challenge for this month: Choose an area to make a physical sacrifice each week, by fasting in a certain area such as food, entertainment, or social media.

The goal for this month is to experience physical sacrifice and to exercise self-control through the Biblical discipline of fasting. As we head throughout the month, ask God to open your eyes to the sin in your heart and your need for Him. Take time to think about what Jesus did now nearly two thousand years ago, giving His perfect, sinless life to pay the debt we could not pay. Praise God for His amazing gift of mercy, grace, and salvation. Join us on the podcast each week as we seek to do each of those aspects this month!

Be sure and check out our challenges page for more information!

Don’t forget our VersePic of the Month!

1 Peter 5:6-7 Phone
1 Peter 5:6-7 Phone

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2 thoughts on “170: The Red Dog, the Notebook, and the Stresses of Everyday Life”

  1. Hi Andrew! Thanks for the encouraging episode! It was very timely for me, I have been dealing with stress lately and it is hard not to look at it as a bad thing, but God uses it in His conforming work on us. Like you mentioned in Romans 8:28. A chapter that has been a real blessing to me is Psalms 37, I think I had better commit it to memory! God bless!

    • Thanks for the kind words Israel–it’s great to know God is working not just in my life but in others as well! 🙂


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