Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team discusses what it really means to speak the truth in love. Karl and Sputnik both share stories of when influential people in their life had to tell them a hard truth to hear in tears. Sometimes we withold what we say to people, or we soften it up because it seems more kind to do so. That is not love at all. Speaking the truth in love is all about having a passion for the potential good someone can experience. This isn't condemning a person for their actions, but it isn't softening the blow either. This is being bold and loving so that this person can experience more freedom in Christ.
Later in the day Monique Schlictman and Skye Jethani joined us to speak about real love for others in their respective ministries.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team hits the severity of losing your first love. In Revelation 2, Jesus is speaking to the church in Ephesus where they have done all of these fantastic things for the sake of Christ, but they have lost the love they originally had for Him. This scenario can be all too real for us as well. Karl shares a story of being on stage preaching at his church when God communicated to him that he had lost his first love. The good news is this first love can be regained. God cares for you and He wants you to be in love with Him. All you have to do is ask God to fan the flames of your heart, and He will do that.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team begins a week of meditating on God's perfect love. One aspect of God's love is how it casts out the fear in our lives. Even as children of God we can often be stricken with fear. It could be fear of rejection, fear from your profession, or even fear that God will not keep His promises. Nevertheless, fear is not from God. When we come closer to the love of God by spending time with Him and expressing His love to the others around us, we will begin to trust God more with our lives and well being. God is not impersonal, just shouting from afar that you'll be alright. He is your Father who runs to you when you're hurting and wraps you in His arms to assure you He has got you.
It's that time of the week yet again, Boom Crew! Freedom Friday is back in town and praise the Lord it is. Freedom Friday is all about Christ pouring absolute Freedom into your life. No matter where you were, no matter what you did, Christ came to you and showed you His great love, and you responded. Each freedom story is beautiful in its unique way, and each Friday, we want to hear yours.
Throughout the day, you, The Boom Crew, gave us an awesome playlist of music to play at weddings. Young Thunder was especially excited because his upcoming wedding needs some awesome songs to jam out to. Thank you for such an amazing time of reminiscing love stories and freedom stories alike.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team dives into reaching people where they are at. We read stories of Christ sitting with those the rest of the religious world wouldn't dare go near, but still we struggle in applying that practice to our own lives. Christ calls us to meet people where they are at, showing His love to them all the way through it. You do not have to condone the sins of another to be with them where they are at. God's power can reach them even when they are in the midst of sin. Continue to lean on Christ and to share His loving news boldly with the ones around you.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team tackles differing opinions and loving your brother through those disagreements. Having someone disagree with what you think is best can hurt a lot, but we do not always handle it in the best way. We either express our discontent outright, or we bottle up that bitterness inside only for it to explode later. Through Christ, we can learn to let these differences go. 1 Corinthians 13 says, "Love does not insist on its own way". Personal opinions are often not worth straining relationships. Genuinely discuss with those who disagree, but let go what needs to be let go of.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team talks about how real religion honors women in a way that the rest the world cannot. All around the world, women are often treated as objects to be obtained rather than people to be cherished. This is where Christ and His people come in. Christianity is all about standing equally loved in Christ. There are objective differences between men and women both in personality and in roles, but that does not make us unequal. God has beautifully and wonderfully made every man and woman.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team begins their week of real religion. Karl shares how real religion will unite those who would never come together otherwise. Too often to we group ourselves with some and reject being with others. The Gospel is so contrary to that habit. Living a lfe of real religion in Christ will bring people together, not tear them apart. No matter the differences we have, Christ can bring us together and create a community truly beautiful.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, it's Freedom Friday! Throughout the day, you share FANTASTIC stories of freedom and life change through Christ. God absolutley worked so thoroughly in your stories and even brought life change to others through your stories. We are so thankful for you, Boom Crew, and cannot wait for the next Freedom Friday.
You may be thinking, "How in the world can religion be an idol?" Isn't religion supposed to show that we stand with Christ. Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team takes on religious legalism and how holding too fast to law and works does more damage than good. Karl shares of a time in his life where he became exactly what he loathes now: an angry evangelical. At the end of Karl's freedom story, he shares a quote from Chuck Swindoll, "Legalism is rigid, grim, exacting, and lawlike in nature. Pride, which is at the heart of legalism, works in sync with other motivating factors. Like guilt. And fear. And shame. It leads to an emphasis on what one should not be and what one should not do. It flourishes in a drab context of negativism."
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team tackles the idol of addiction. This is one of the most common idols out there because of the many different, and dangerous forms that it takes. Asheritah Ciuciu, author of the book, "Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction" joins the conversation as well to talk about her food addiction and how God broke it. How has God brought you out of a place of addiction? What did He do to bring you close to Himself?
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team tackles one of the more difficult aspects of idols: pain. No one would outright say they enjoy going through pain, yet so many times people are too content to sit in it. They may be completely justified in feeling pain, but that refusal to keep moving forward can hinder our relationship with God and with others. Karl shares a story of betrayal and the pain he felt through it. Karl was content to sit in this until a friend of his came alongside him and told him that this pain was hindering him from moving with God. It is absolutely right to feel pain when it is there. Everyone has pain to deal with, but it is what we do after the mourning is over. Make that choice to lean on God today.
There is no such thing as loving your child too much, but can you hold them higher than God in your heart? Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team continues their talk about idols with a second week of discussion. A good parent only wants the best for their child, but sometimes we can want things for them for the wrong reasons. Whether it is seeing your child grow up to become the baseball star you never were, or to see them graduate college because you are worried about them making it in life, these aspirations can cause us to hold our child as an idol in our lives. Give your child up to God. It is not about what you want for your child, but rather what God wants for your child.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, It is Freedom Friday! This week, the team has been talking all about crushing idols that take root in our lives. It could be sports, technology, comfort, or a variety of other things.Whatever it is, God wants you to be free from that idol. God wants your whole heart to belong to Him, rather than split up between various things. This is not to say that we can't have fun and enjoy ourselves. A lot of the idols we struggle with are great for enjoyment, but once they become a struggle or an obsession, they have gone too far. What do you need to give up to God today? Give Him your whole heart.
Today on Karl and Crew Mornings, the team talks about the idol of winning. To be clear, there is a very biblical sense of the word "winning". After all, Paul says we are to run in a manner as to win the race. Winning becomes unbiblical when it becomes an obsession. The need to be better than everyone else, and the lack of being able to handle losing. These things can be poisonous and will ruin relationships with those closest to you. Give your winning up to God today. Let your desire to win aim to glorify God and to serve Him more each day. That is true way to win biblically.
Start your day with spiritual encouragement, fresh conversation, and the power of
prayer. Join Karl and Crew weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. Moody Radio in Chicago.