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24 TODAY: EVERYBODY knows something that I do not know. I LOVE LEARNING from others and I LOVE SHARING what I have learned. I invite you to JOIN ME.

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Keep Your Mouth Shut!
08:04

Does your mouth get you into a lot of trouble? There are two "fighting words". Relationships would go a lot better if we could just learn to keep our mouth shut.

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24TODAY PODCAST -
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Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member.

Apr 02, 2019
My Child Is Being Bullied
46:33

Angela Mahoney (MEd/Author of "I Can Work") discusses the problem of bullying and offers helpful tips for parents, grandparents, etc.

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MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:


24Today.org - https://24today.org
TomWhitesel.com - https://TomWhitesel.com
24TODAY Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/P.T.24Today/
24TODAY PODCAST -
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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EPISODE SPONSOR:
Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member.

Mar 22, 2019
Here Comes FAT Tom!
09:50

I sometimes see myself as "FAT Tom". But God doesn't. Neither do the people who know and love me. I often look at myself through the worst possible eyes. Do you do the same thing? This podcast episode will help.  [Scroll down for complete SHOW NOTES!]

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24Today.org - https://24today.org
TomWhitesel.com - https://TomWhitesel.com
24TODAY Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/P.T.24Today/
24TODAY PODCAST -
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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EPISODE SPONSOR:
Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member.

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24 TODAY SHOW NOTES for "Here Comes FAT Tom" - Episode 91

NOTE: The 24TODAY podcast transcripts are generated using speech recognition software, and may contain errors. 

Hello again. It's pastor Tom and this particular podcast is called "Here comes FAT Tom"

There's a passage of scripture that's an interesting statement in First Samuel 16:7 that says that God doesn't look at our physical stature and He doesn't judge us by our outward appearance. God doesn't care about our physical stature. It says on the other hand, man man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart and that's First Samuel 16:7, and that is a very good reminder of the way God views us.

He (God) views the heart... and it's also a very true statement about people... and about you and I... because we look too much (especially really about when it comes to our own self), we are far too critical of ourselves and we see what in our mind our physical imperfections and we blow that way out of proportion. And we we kind of view ourselves through through those eyes of only seeing our worst possible self.

So the title of this again is "Here Comes FAT Tom".

I did a video recording just yesterday of myself and another pastor. We were talking about a particular cause that we're we're promoting in the community that is going to help people and so we're doing this video to explain that... and I I looked at myself on that video and immediately my eyes went toward my stomach and how fat I am on that video because... that's just something that I've kind of picked on myself about for years... and so in my mind it's "FAT Tom.

And you know, I had to I had to remind myself of the truth that... yeah, I am heavier than I should be, and my stomach is too big. By the way, I'm trying to eat better and trying to lose weight you know, remind myself of that.

But also remind myself of the truth that other people don't see me as "FAT Tom". Now if, if they were to be asked, you know, is is Tom heavier than it should be? Does Tom have a belly? They would say, Yes. Yeah, I guess so.

But yet they see me as Tom, or they see me as Pastor Tom. They see me as what they love about me or like in me and they see the relationship that they have with me.

They just see me as Tom, not FAT Tom...

I mean, how cruel would would that be? By the way, you don't do that with other people. If somebody might be overweight, or somebody has a big nose or someone you know, is losing their hair or someone walks pigeon-toed or whatever else they might have. You don't see them as "Pigeon-toed Pam". You don't see them as "Bald Barry".

You just see them as Barry or you see them as Pam. Do you see what i'm saying?

Barry probably sees himself as "Bald Barry". And Pam probably sees herself as "Pigeon-toed". She probably criticizes herself or he does... and maybe, maybe he sometimes (like me), even feels intimidated about that or even allows the day to be ruined. Because they think "everyone's looking at my bald head" or "everyone just sees me as imperfect in the way that I walk."

And...and yet other people just see them as someone that they love and someone that they know.

So I could... I can... if I allow this to get out of control being that I'm on stage a lot... I could, I could feel like everyone's looking at my stomach or everyone's (you know), thinking I'm fat and allow that to, to hurt my effectiveness as a pastor or speaker or allow that certainly to ruin my experience at that moment.

Instead of just saying, Hey, you know, I do have a problem with my weight. I am working on it. I do have a problem with my weight. But it's just, it's just who I am and where I'm at right now in life. But that doesn't have to mean that I have to project myself like that, or even put myself self down or see myself as "FAT Pastor Tom".

And just as a reminder, God doesn't look at me that way either. And for you and for myself, it's good to remember that God doesn't see us as (you know), the the sin that most embarrasses us, or most trips us up.

God doesn't see us as you know... whatever that sin is, and then put your name behind it. You know, instead of "FAT Tom", you know, whatever that whatever that sin as and then label you as is that sin and then put your name. You know what I'm saying?

God doesn't see you that way. God just sees you as someone that he loves. As someone that he has a relationship with someone that he cares about, who happens to have the struggle here and there in his or her life. But God doesn't see you or see me as "FAT Tom". He sees me as someone that he cares about, and loves very deeply.

So, I know that when you look at me, you're not saying "Here comes FAT Tom"... you're just saying... "Here comes Tom. We love Tom. We care about Tom. And yeah, I suppose if you were to really think about it. Yeah, he does have a big belly. He has a little overweight, but that's not how I view him."

So the encouragement for you is to not view yourself from your own bad vision, you know, in your own way of distorting the reality of who you are. Stop viewing yourself in the worst possible light. Stop viewing yourself from whatever it is that you most hate about yourself... that you're most embarrassed about yourself... that you wish that you didn't look this way or you could change. Stop viewing yourself from that lens and blowing that way out of proportion. Just see yourself as Tom... or put your name in there. Whatever your name is. Just see yourself as who you are.

Because that's the way God does.

And by the way, that's the way the people who love you do as well..................

Thanks for listening. We'll talk again next time.

I'd like to thank a friend of mine Kendra Dahlstrom... for sponsoring this episode. Kendra and I provide content for our free Facebook group which you are invited to join. Just go to Facebook, look for the groups tab on the left search for Live Into Your Calling Membership Group, and asked to join. That's it. You can also find Kendra at KendraDahlstrom.com ... that's KendraDahlstrom.com..........

If this podcast has been helpful for you, and you haven't already subscribed... just just go to the subscribe button that you'll see on the page and subscribe. That way. You'll make sure that you get everything that I put on the podcast the moment that it's available. And if it's helpful for you, then probably it would be helpful for someone that you know as well. If you could send them a link or tell them about the podcast, and then also comment on the particular podcast... or wherever you're at... rate it, if you will, and that will help others to be able to see and hear about the podcast.

Mar 18, 2019
Amy Perkins Is Grateful
44:08

Amy Perkins shares why she has learned to be grateful.

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MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:


24Today.org - https://24today.org
TomWhitesel.com - https://TomWhitesel.com
24TODAY Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/P.T.24Today/
24TODAY PODCAST -
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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EPISODE SPONSOR:
Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member!

Mar 14, 2019
My Doctor Has Bad Breath
11:57

Pastor Tom shares why he is glad that his eye doctor has bad breath. Scripture passage discussed: 1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am...

MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:


24Today.org - https://24today.org
TomWhitesel.com - https://TomWhitesel.com
24TODAY Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/P.T.24Today/
24TODAY PODCAST -
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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EPISODE SPONSOR:
Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member!

Mar 08, 2019
I've Got Questions!!! (Shea Houdmann)
39:52

GotQuestions.org founder and CEO (SHEA HOUDMANN) tells Pastor Tom about his website, which has become one of the most popular Christian websites in the world.

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Shea Houdmann             GotQuestions.org

MORE FROM GOT QUESTIONS!
https://www.GotQuestions.org
https://www.gqkidz.org/
https://412teens.org/
https://www.compellingtruth.org/
www.bibleref.com
https://www.gotquestions.blog/
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MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:
24Today.org - https://24today.org
TomWhitesel.com - https://TomWhitesel.com
24TODAY Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/P.T.24Today/
24TODAY PODCAST -
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2...
Google Play:
https://play.google.com/music/listen#...

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EPISODE SPONSOR:
Kendra Dahlstrom Website - https://kendradahlstrom.com/


Kendra's Online Community - LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING is FREE
(go to Facebook - look for GROUPS on the left hand side - enter in LIVE INTO YOUR CALLING MEMBERSHIP GROUP - ask to become a member!

Mar 01, 2019
LARA CASEY ("My Messy Story")
01:03:24
LARA CASEY (Author, CEO of CultivateWhatMatters.com) shares her personal life story with Pastor Tom.
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Lara's Books can be found on her website!
 
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SHOW NOTES:
(All quotes from Lara Casey, unless otherwise noted).
 
“We think… I’ve messed up so much in my life, there’s no way the Lord could use me for something good.”
 
“God can take all those broken pieces and make them into something marvelous.” 
 
[we feel] we have to rise to some standard that somebody made up (which is usually us)… [these standards] wrap up into who we are SUPPOSED to be…"
 
“What if you made a list of dreams as a kid… and had to stick
to to that list no matter what? You weren’t allowed to switch course of
change your paths… in that case… I’d be a very unhappy archaeologist
right now… and I wouldn’t have met Ari. I’m so glad that my path did not follow a linear path… it was more of a zigzag.”
 
“… And I said to God… why can’t I be perfect? Why can’t I have my emotions in check all the time? And He says back to me, 'cause you wouldn’t need me. If you were perfect you would not need me.’”
 
“…Sometimes you have to shut one door before another one even opens…”
 
[speaking of her Grandpa Cecil… Lara says]… “He was someone that did not have big accomplishments to speak of. I mean, he had nothing on paper. If you were to ask him of his proudest accomplishment in life… he without a doubt would say being married to his wife Celeste. There was something about [Grandpa] Cecil that left an impression on all of us. And it was in that moment of realizing… wow, I want that. Where did that humility come from? And that really pushed me to think about the big picture of my life. Am I going in that direction? Is this career really leading me in that way? And the answer was no. Sometimes when you have a jarring experience… a tipping point… IT GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO PIVOT.”
 
“You can have weeds in your garden and still have flowers.”
 
[Pastor Tom] - “Whatever it is that you are going through, that you can’t stand, that you don’t think you can face this one more day… just know that someday, you will be through it.”
 
“My work became my worth… “I had to prove to everybody that I was enough. I felt like I had created this new identify for myself, and I’m worth it. And I had to maintain that in my head.”
 
[speaking about women] - "The thing that matters most to us (in the big picture) typically circles around relationships.”
 
“When we focus so much on what didn’t go well, we miss what did go well. When we are focused on the imperfection of our lives or in our hearts or in our character, we miss the Author and Perfecter of our faith."
 
“I have struggled more in writing this paragraph than any in this book. This isn’t pretty to type or remember. But it happened. My marriage crumbled. It happened so fast. Like the
hurricane that tore through our town. We lacked the firm foundation that only God could solidity. I remember the day that I sat in the courthouse to finalize our divorce. Less than a year after our wedding and my dad telling me how disappointed he was and my mom crying… … In sharing my failure and what followed, I hope it will help you know what I know now… Your past and your mistakes… they do not define you.”
 
“Feel the FEAR and do it anyway,” (Michael DeMaria - therapist)
 
“What we fear as humans [is that] even in the privacy of our closet, as we are there just exposed and vulnerable with the Lord… that that will mean we are weak. And we equate weakness with a lack of worth. And I know that’s not true now, but that’s what I felt. I felt like if I feel broken, that must be I AM BROKEN. If I feel WEAK or sad, that must mean that I am weak… We know that’s not true. We can feel a lot of things. But our feelings don’t define us.”
 
 
MORE of Lara’s Quotes:
“You get to change your mind if you want to.”
 
“It’s ok to grow slow. In fact it’s good.”
 
“When we only focus on the finish line (or on perfect outcomes), we miss all the life that happens along the way. We miss potentially better outcomes.”
 
“Little by little progress adds up, and in the wait, we are ripened and
readied.”
 
“Trust that what you want to cultivate matters enough to allow it to grow over time. It matters enough to fall down seven times and get up eight.”
 
”Your mess can become your message.”
Feb 14, 2019
Disposable Relationships?
14:38
We live in a world that treats relationships as though they were disposable. The Bible teaches us something different. It teaches us restoration.
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SHOW NOTES:
 
David did some awful things, yet was know as a man after God’s own heart. 
 
Note: David was the king of Israel.
 
You and I have the tendency to "keep score". And when we look at Davids life, it seems as though his “score” was pretty low. So we say… how could a man with so many bad grades be “after God’s heart”?
 
We believe that if our moral score card looks good and we have not been sinning as much… then God would naturally think that we are a person “after His own heart."
 
It is true that how we live is a response to what is going on in our heart.
 
Yet, “a man after God’s own heart” is a statement of God saying… "regardless of behavior, this is a person who really does LOVE me. I know without a doubt that they long to have a good relationship with me and they really are trying to love me and get things together.”
 
David truly did love God. 
 
Psalm 70:2 - May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 
(NIV version of The Bible)
 
Note: It was common in that day for a king to have many enemies. There were always people who were wanting to kill the king so that they could become king.
 
Key ideas of Psalm 70:2)
May they be put to shame (feel bad about what they are planning)
May they feel confusion (maybe this isn’t such a good idea)
May they turn back (BE TURNED BACK TO WHAT?)
 
Psalm 70:3 - May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame. (NIV version of The Bible)
 
“Aha! Aha!” meant… “May you go to H _ _ _"! Literally in the Hebrew culture of that day… "May you go to a very warm place; may you boil in oil!”
 
May they be turned back to relationship with David and be restored to friendship with him. May that relationship be restored.
 
I think that he is talking about people that knew him and loved him but now have turned on him. But David is hoping that the hearts of these people would soften. He was desiring that they could become friends again.
 
This is the tender side of David. The part that God was speaking of when He refers to David as "a man after God’s heart.”
 
David wasn't willing to write off the relationship. He was asking God to do something in their heart. He was praying that God would help them feel guilt and shame so that it would lead to restoration of a relationship.
 
Is there someone in your life who has hurt you, harmed you? Maybe they have even said… “may you go to a very warm place!”
 
A person who is in a love relationship with God is a person who says… “God, I am asking you to help their heart to change. No so I can prove I was right. But so that they might turn back to me. I am already turning to them. I want this relationship to be right again.”
 
Our prayer should not be: “God get them.” But it should be: “God change them."
 
Feb 05, 2019
HER EPIC FAIL P2 (BRITTANY RUST)
29:58
Brittany Rust shares her EPIC fail with Pastor Tom.
(Part 2 of 2)
 
MORE From Brittany Rust:
 
 
SHOW NOTES:
 
Note: Please listen to PART 1 of 24 TODAY Podcast (HER EPIC FAIL)
 
HER EPIC FAIL (Brittany Rust) - P2
 
Untouchable means - “Sins” we assume we would NEVER do.
SIN - things we do that violate God’s standards.
 
Brittany confided in a friend who worked at the church. Brittany was going to tell her Pastor what had happened, but her friend told the Pastor before Brittany had the opportunity.
 
Brittany speaks well of the church.
“It was all done in such love and such grace. But there are consequences to our actions.” -Brittany
 
“I had to confess to my team that day… what had happened and start all over again.” -Brittany
 
[The church] …“truly loved me and wanted me to be restored and healed.” -Brittany
 
We’re not keeping secrets, we’re telling them; we’re not hiding things, we’re bringing them out into the open. -Mark 4:22 MSG (The Bible)
 
“I will always be an advocate for confession. And that could look so many ways… confession is so freeing. -Brittany
 
Confession allows us to step into the freedom. When we don’t confess, we live under that blanket of shame and guilt and isolation… the longer you hold onto the guilt, the harder it’s going to be for you.” -Brittany
 
“Not only had I lost my job and my dreams but I had lost the guy that I loved.” -Brittany
 
“God, however long it takes. Whatever it takes. I’m Yours. I surrender. I JUST WANT YOU TO HEAL ME THE RIGHT WAY.” -Brittany Rust
 
Brittany’s prayer was basically…
“God, I can’t deal with this. I am really doing a bad job (at trying to control my life). So, whatever YOU want to do, whatever it looks like, however It feels… whatever else I have to do… whatever it is, I will do it, because I’ll trust that You’re in control. And somehow You’re the ONLY one that’s going to bring me out of this.”
 
[to Brittany]...Did you feel anything different when you prayed that prayer?
“Yeah, I mean, I think thats when that shame and the guilt lifted for me and began having hope again. I began holding on to the promises that God’s mercies are new every day. I began to feel HOPE again.
 
“I just gave everything to God. I set my eyes on HIM. I committed to the healing process and eventually God opened up the door for Ryan and I to start dating again.” -Brittany
 
[Pastor Tom to Brittany]… When you talk about SURRENDER, did that mean that even if it meant NEVER getting back with Ryan… being single for the rest of my life… not getting back into leadership at the church that I love… even if it means all of these things… whatever it is YOU want to do GOD, I’m going to let YOU do it… and then, amazingly GOD brings Ryan back into your life…. ….. [Brittany]… "I think that’s really the heart of surrender. YOU'RE letting go. YOU'RE letting go of control. YOU’RE letting go of what YOU want YOUR life to look like and what YOU want for YOUR life. And it really puts you in a place of just being like GOD CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO… because you’re not fighting it and you’re not pulling in a different direction. And so, in that SURRENDER I found such freedom and HOPE for my life.” -Brittany
 
“God did the thing that (for a long time) I always hoped HE would do, but it wasn’t until I just let go of trying to make that happen and really pursuing just making HIM my focal point and pursuing a life outside of what I thought MY life should look like… then GOD brought those pieces back together." -Brittany 
 
 
Please Listen To Part 1 of the 24TODAY Podcast (HER EPIC FAIL) with Brittany Rust
Feb 03, 2019
HER EPIC FAIL P1 (BRITTANY RUST)
34:24
 
Brittany Rust shares her EPIC fail with Pastor Tom.
(Part 1 of 2)
 
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MORE From Brittany Rust:
 
 
SHOW NOTES:
 
How do we recover from EPIC failures?
Does God forgive EPIC failures?
 
"I knew for the first time in my life, I was hearing truth. I was hearing what I’d always been longing for… and that was the gospel." -Brittany Rust
 
Gospel means “good news”. 
[to Brittany] - What was the good news that you heard in the church service you attended when you were 16? [Brittany] - “That He would see a broken, depressed, 16 yr old girl, struggling with these horrible strongholds. That He would see that girl and still love her and still offer grace and redemption to her.”
 
“I felt guilty and ashamed for even struggling with these issues (pornography and masturbation ) because there was this mindset that this isn’t a woman's struggle… I didn’t think there was anyone I could talk to… I felt alone.” -Brittany Rust
 
In our shame, we feel as though we are the worst - the only one who has struggled or gone this far. 
 
You never get over everything and are perfect. There’s always bullies who threaten to take away our lunch money.
 
Early in her Christian life, Brittany felt delivered from all her former strongholds. Brittany began to feel UNTOUCHABLE… as though God had done all the work He needed to do and that it would be smooth sailing from that point. 
 
One lie is that you can never overcome. Another lie is… “I’ve really done pretty good here! I can’t even imagine myself failing at all.” At that point, we begin to develop UNTOUCHABLES.
 
“I saw it very black and white. I do this and I don’t do this and everything should be good, right?” -Brittany Rust
 
SIN - things we do that violate God’s standards.
 
Untouchable means - “Sins” we assume we would NEVER do.
 
LISTENERS...What are the things that you would say… I WOULD NEVER DO THAT!
 
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. (James 1:17 NIV, Bible)
 
Please Listen To Part 2 of the 24TODAY Podcast (HER EPIC FAIL) with Brittany Rust
Feb 01, 2019
This Day!!!
30:03

Pastor Tom shares a message with his congregation about a man in scripture who encountered Jesus and had the best day of his life.

NOTE: previous to this message... Pastor Tom showed this video:

PLEASE WATCH

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John 5:1-8

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

 

Jan 30, 2019
Mom Guilt (Kendra Dahlstrom)
49:33
Kendra Dahlstrom [Mom's Success Coach/20+ years consultant to Fortune 500 companies] joins Pastor Tom to talk about "Mom Guilt" and several other topics applicable to moms.
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MORE from Pastor Tom:
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24TODAY Podcast Notes: "Mom Guilt"
(with Kendra Dahlstrom)
 
“Mompreneur" - a mom who wants to create her own business.
 
After 20 years in the corporate world, Kendra began feeling God was saying to her that she was capable of more. Kendra says, “I didn’t know what that looked like yet. I just had to trust Him.”
 
“I had experienced many signs throughout my life that I would be connected to God in a closer way. After almost 20 years in corporate, I was burned-out, exhausted, my marriage was stressed, and I felt like the unhealthiest person I knew.” -Kendra Dohlstrom
 
Intimacy: “Into-Me-You-See”
 
“Everything is either in love or fear. When we have a sense of 'overwhelm' or stress, it’s really a fear response. It’s a fear of judgement or the fear that you don’t want people to see you as you really are. It could be a fear caused by "people pleasing" or a fear of upsetting people. If I cut off intimacy to myself (because I don’t want to really see what’s going on in me)… then I project that. I end up cutting off that connection with others. It’s really an inward job.” -Kendra Dohlstrom
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE.” -Jeremiah 29:11
 
“Calling-Blocker” - anything that gets in the way of you fulfilling your calling or your purpose.
 
God leads us into times where we have to realize that WE AREN’T IN CONTROL.
 
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28
 
Helicopter Mom - this comes from a loving place. A mom cares so deeply… they don’t want their child to get hurt. It comes from a "FEAR mode". It’s about control. It makes us feel safe when things are in control. We know the outcome and their are no surprises. 
 
A common theme of control is SAFETY. 
 
"The most difficult area for me to let go of control is when it has to do with my kids. The more you love something, the more control you want to have."    -Kendra Dahlstrom
 
Jeremiah 29:11 applies to your children as well.
 
“Overwhelmed" typically comes about when there is an "upset" inside of us. We either are fearful of something that is going to happen (but hasn’t), or we are fearful because we are trying to get a future outcome.”   -Kendra Dahlstrom
 
“I sometimes ask God to help me determine the top priorities of my "To Do" list so that I don’t unnecessarily add stress to my life.   -Kendra Dahlstrom
 
A general reason for not feeling appreciated is because you aren’t appreciating yourself.
 
MOMGUILT:
 
"If we hide the reality of our shortcomings from ourselves, then we judge ourselves. But if we have compassion for ourselves and allow God to forgive us… then we must forgive ourselves as well." - Kendra Dahlstrom 
 
"Remember if moms are judging you, they are also judging themselves." -Kendra Dahlstrom
 
Do the best you can and be honest with yourself and your kids.
Jan 28, 2019
FORGIVE INSTANTLY!
54:54

Author, Terry Stueck shares his amazing knowledge on how to forgive INSTANTLY! Terry tells his story of personal heartache and a need to forgive his father.

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MORE FROM TERRY STUECK:

ForgiveInstantly.com

Books:

     

 
MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:
 
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SHOW NOTES
 
All of us have basic needs:
Acceptance / Love / Security / Approval / Comfort / Encouragement / Respect
 
FORGIVENESS
“Hearing that answer, I began to take the blame for my father’s hand.” -Terry Stueck
 
How do I forgive instantly?
All this is possible because God is the owner.
If God is our owner, we can instantly forgive.
If I kick in the door of your car and damage your car, I would need to give you a check for $500.
Why wouldn’t I give that check to the car?
You give the money to the owner of the car.
If God is my owner and somebody damages me… they don’t owe me and apology. THEY OWE GOD AN APOLOGY!
“When somebody cuts me off in traffic, I actually pray for them!” -Terry Stueck
 
STEPS TO FORGIVENESS:
(Say it out loud)… I forgive you. I cancel the debt I have held against you. I’m not going to try to collect. YOU ARE FREE AND SO AM I!
 
They don’t deserve my forgiveness. “I don’t deserve God’s forgiveness either” —Terry Stueck
“It’s like your just excusing them for what you did. It’s like you just let them off the hook.” - They are still on the hook with God. At least you are not holding that hook anymore.
 
The greatest benefit of forgiveness is HAPPINESS.
Were you instantly happy when you forgave your father? Yes, within an hour, I was a changed man. -Terry Stueck
Jan 26, 2019
Hearing God's Voice (Norman Rawlings)
41:26
Author, Norman Rawlings explains how to hear God's voice.
 
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MORE from Norman Rawlings
(also available on Norman's website)
 
MORE from Pastor Tom:
 
Show Notes:
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“We are spirit beings, God speaks to us directly though our spirit.” - Norman Rawlings
 
We are not bodies with a spirit. We are spirit with bodies.
 
God speaks quietly in our spirit.
God speaks through the Bible.
 
God gives us an assurance, a sense of peace.
 
It is important to verify when we think we are hearing the voice of God... such as... talking to a mature Christian friend or pastor about what you are feeling and hearing. This is one important way that God confirms (or doesn’t confirm) what we are hearing.
 
So often, we don’t even look for God or get quiet enough to hear God’s quiet voice.
 
We need to make sure that what we feel we are hearing does not disagree with the Bible.
 
A sense of PEACE is one of the greatest confirmations that we are hearing God’s voice. Feeling God’s peace doesn’t mean that everything around us is calm. But we DO feel a calm inside of us... that somehow God is going to work the situation out as we do what He desires.
 
The thoughts of God are alive through the Bible. God uses the Bible to speak to us. As we are reading the Bible, God causes His thoughts and understandings to come to jump out us to us 
 
"40 To The Dozen"! - Translation = we are trying to do to much…our minds are going to fast. 🙂
 
“Steel Elevator” moments are moments during the day that are natural to be still and listen to God... such as the time that you spend getting dressed in the morning … or the drive to work and back… or spend in the shower. What are your “Steel Elevators”?
 
We tend to fill our lives up with noise because we don’t like silence.
 
God is not a screamer. Satan screams and God whispers.
 
We need to intentionally be quiet so that we can hear God’s voice.
We need to go where God talks.
 
God can speak through music, through nature, through the arts, etc.
 
Reasons Our Prayers Aren’t Effective:
  1. Sin
  2. Unforgiveness
  3. Selfish prayers
Jan 19, 2019
Worried About Your Future? (P1)
28:53

Pastor Tom shares God's solution for our worry. 

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MORE from Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

FACEBOOK:24Today

Jan 14, 2019
Getting Past Your Past (Dr. Barbara Lowe)
37:34

Pastor Tom interviews Psychologist -Barbara Lowe. Dr. Lowe speaks of her own struggles of getting past the past.

Show Quotes of Dr. Lowe:
"It is ok to be flawed. In fact, it is our flaws that make us fabulous.”
“I don’t want to be great anymore. I actually strive to be average with streaks of greatness.”
“We are all flawed but fabulous.”
“It’s ok to finally rest in who I am; in who God made me.”
“Fabulous means being uniquely me. It means being humble.”
“Real humility feels good. We don’t think too much of ourselves and we don’t think too little of ourselves.”
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“I’m nothing more or nothing less than a person walking with Jesus.”
“I don’t need to be my own coach. I have a coach who is full of grace."
“I can be ok while I’m on my way.”
“When you are great, people are like… “Whoa, that was was great!” But if you are great all the time, people expect it all the time, and that’s way too much pressure for me.”
“My whole life, I was holding on to others more than they were holding on to me.”
“If I have narrated my life around rejection… it’s like if someone comes over and makes a mess in my house, it’s still mess in my house when they leave. It’s still on my property. I can be mad that they made the mess but I can’t make them come over and clean it up. It’s in my house and I need to clean it up because it is hurting me.”
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Steps To Forgiveness:
Take inventory -are you in any way part of the problem?
Make amends -include myself
Change the narrative of the story.
Praying for the person who hurt us. (pray for 10 good things Ito happen to the person who hurt you)
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“We are all weird. No one is normal. People are normal until you get to know them… and then we find out they are quirky. Everyone is quirky.”
“We compare our insides to people’s highly edited outsides.”
“We all have weird, inappropriate thoughts from time to time. We need to not judge ourselves based on those thoughts.”
“The root of our symptoms is humanity."
“I feel the gift in you. I see that you can become a phoenix, reborn into something fierce and beautiful."
“To be the phoenix, we have to touch into what is real and authentic. There might be a time of grief."
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Dr. Barbara Lowe's Website:
http://drbarbaralowe.com
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MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:
24TODAY.org
TomWhitesel.com

24TODAY Facebook Video Site

24TODAY Podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/24today/id1344406520?mt=2

YOUTUBE Channel

Jan 11, 2019
Autism (Father's Perspective) Part 2
01:07:07

Part 2 of a candid interview with Amazon Best Selling author - DEREK VOLK. Derek shares the joys and struggles of raising a son with Autism.
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MORE from Derek Volk:

Chasing The Rabbit.org

Derek Volk Show

Volk Books

"Chasing The Rabbit" Book

Chasing The Rabbit
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MORE from Pastor Tom:

24TODAY.org

FACEBOOK Inspirational Video Page (24 TODAY)

PODCAST (24Today)

TomWhitesel.com

24TODAY Podcast

Jan 02, 2019
Sermon With Eric (8 YRS Old)
28:47

My Favorite Sermon Ever! Listen as I do a Christmas message with eight-year old Eric.

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ERIC

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MORE FROM PASTOR TOM

24TODAY.org

24Today Facebook INSPIRATIONAL Videos

TomWhitesel.com

24TODAY Podcast

Dec 17, 2018
The Battery Is In The Trunk
16:14

I know NOTHING about cars, yet I felt compelled to offer knowledge to a mechanic. Why do I have the compulsion to share my insignificant knowledge with an expert? I sometimes do the same thing with God.

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MORE from Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

http://24today.libsyn.com/I know NOTHING about cars, yet I felt compelled to offer knowledge to a mechanic. Why do I have the compulsion to share my insignificant knowledge with an expert? I sometimes do the same thing with God.

Dec 12, 2018
Autism (Father's Perspective) Part 1
53:11

Part 1 - Autism from a father's point of view. Pastor Tom interviews Derek Volk (Amazon best selling author of "Chasing The Rabbit"). Derek speaks candidly about raising a son with Autism.

MORE from Derek at:

Chasing The Rabbit.org

Derek Volk Podcast

BOOK - Chasing The Rabbit

Chasing The Rabbit

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MORE from Pastor Tom at:

https://24today.org/

TomWhitesel.com

24Today PODCAST

Dec 08, 2018
Silencing The Enemy's Accusations (Kyle Winkler)
42:42

Pastor Tom interviews KYLE WINKLER (creator of "Shut Up Devil" App.

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MORE from Kyle
Book - Silence Satan
00KK6B9Y0?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=8XRDZ8TXG8FEY5CJQA6X

Shut Up Devil App
[Apple]
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shut-up-devil/id703383594?mt=8

[Google]
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kylewinkler.shutupdevil&hl=en_US

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24 Today.org
https://24today.org/

TomWhitesel.com
https://tomwhitesel.com/


24Today PODCAST

Dec 02, 2018
Ben Pierce (Jesus/Secular World)
48:31

Pastor Tom interviews Ben Pierce (lead singer/guitarist of NO LONGER MUSIC).

MORE From Ben:

Ben's Band - No Longer Music

Ben's Book - Jesus In The Secular World

Steiger.org

PODCAST - Provoke and Inspire

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MORE From Pastor Tom:

24today.org

TomWhitesel.com

PODCAST: 24Today

Nov 27, 2018
Your Legacy (30 Days To Live)
28:02

If you only had 30 days to live, would you be concerned about the LEGACY that you will leave?

Nov 16, 2018
The "Do Not's"
40:33

We are familiar with the "Thou Shalt Not's" in the Bible. But there are also "DO NOT'S listed in Proverbs 3. The "Thou Shalt Nots" have to do with morality. The Proverbs 3 list has to do with our attitude.

Nov 16, 2018
The "Strong Willed" Child P2 (Shawna Ebbeson)
48:55

Strong Willed Child- P2. Early Child Education Expert, Shawna Ebbeson, joins Pastor Tom for a discussion about THE STRONG WILLED CHILD and DISCIPLINE.

More from Shawna Ebesson at:

Ebbeson YOUniversity - http://ebbesonyouniversity.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ebbyoureaders/

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebbeson/

Amazon Book - https://www.amazon.com/Sleepy-Little-Stingray-Aquatic-Adventures-ebook/dp/B01IBENIL4

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More from Pastor Tom at:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Nov 16, 2018
A Mindset of HOPE (Nancy Virden)
44:53

Feeling HOPELESS? Nancy Virden shares her personal experience of finding HOPE in the midst of a battle of depression and attempted suicide.

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MORE from Nancy Virden at:

Nancy's Website (ALWAYS THE FIGHT.COM)

Blog Post: (GAINING A MINDSET OF HOPE)

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MORE from Pastor Tom at

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Nov 16, 2018
Forgiveness - 30 Days To Live (Sermon)
33:18

Is it worth it to you to hold on to un-forgiveness? It it really doing something positive for you? If not, then why do you hold onto it? It's like carrying around a BIG BAG OF GARBAGE everywhere that you go?

 

 

Nov 13, 2018
When Satan Accuses (DONNA SPARKS)
38:46

Satan loves to ACCUSE us of our past. He loves to try to cause us to "live in yesterday". Rev. Donna Sparks shares about a time recently when she struggled with the discouraging thoughts of the enemy.

MORE FROM DONNA:

Donna's Website

Donna's BLOG - Salt and Grace

Donna's Book - "Beauty From Ashes"

MORE FROM PASTOR TOM:

24Today

TomWhitesel.com

Nov 12, 2018
Passion For The Moment - "30 Days To Live"
26:10

If we knew we only had 30 Days to live, we would treasure each second of those thirty days. Why not live that way now? Shouldn't we have PASSION for this very moment?

Nov 10, 2018
Teens & Media Safety (JIM BURNS)
44:04

Best Selling author Jim Burns discusses Media Safety for your teenager.

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More about Jim Burns 

HOMEWARD.COM

Jim's Amazon Author Page

BOOK - Understanding Your Teenager

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MORE about Pastor Tom 

24Today.org

Tom Whitesel.com

Tom's YouTube Channel

24Today PODCASTS

Nov 02, 2018
GROUPS A and B - "30 Days To Live"
28:16

Be honest. Do you love this world more than you love the thought of going to Heaven? This sermon will help put Earth in proper perspective. It will cause us to not dread the "30 Days", but actually look forward to reaching the finish line.

Oct 26, 2018
Who Owns It Anyway? (Sermon)
27:14

Do you own your life or does God? Your answer to that question will determine how you live your life.

Oct 22, 2018
ANOREXIA (Bracha Goetz Story)
28:22

Every 62 minutes, at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. Bracha Goetz (author of Searching For God In The Garbage) has overcome ANOREXIA. Listen as she shares her story with Pastor Tom.

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MORE about Bracha Goetz:

CLICK: (Bracha's AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE)

CLICK: (Bracha's Book) Finding GOD In The Garbage

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MORE about Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 18, 2018
OVERSENSITIVE!
09:57

If you are oversensitive, YOU ARE CHOOSING TO BE!

Oct 17, 2018
"24 Hour Rule P2"
07:32

God has taught me THE 24 HOUR RULE. I love it. It is found in Matthew 6:34. Here is PART TWO.

Oct 16, 2018
"24 Hour Rule P1"
09:08

God has taught me THE 24 HOUR RULE. I love it. It is found in Matthew 6:34. Here is part one.

Oct 15, 2018
"Are God's Arms Long?"
14:28

Are God's arms long enough to reach down to your life? To your situation? Numbers 11:23 actually poses that question.

Oct 13, 2018
"God Gets Mad At That?"
18:22

If you think of things that God gets mad at, you are not going to come up with the one thing that Pastor Tom talks about in this Podcast.

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More from Pastor Tom at:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 13, 2018
"Subway Blessings"
09:07

In order to get to the amazing places, you have to go through the darkness. Pastor Tom shares the meaning of this statement as well as Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Oct 12, 2018
"You Aren't Getting That Motorcycle!"
12:43

As a 10th grader, Pastor Tom had his mind set on a Harley Davison motorcycle. His dad say no. Occasionally parents say something like "BECAUSE I'M YOUR FATHER! That's Why!!!! God says something similar as well in the Bible.. 167 times! Find out why.

Oct 11, 2018
"PORN ADDICT (No Longer)" (Joshua Shea)
27:13

Josh used to be addicted to porn and alcohol. But no longer! Listen as Pastor Tom interviews author, Joshua Shea. Hear Josh's personal story of brokenness and recovery.

MORE about Joshua Shea at:

https://recoveringpornaddict.com/author/joshuashea/

Josh's book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078YRL9FZ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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MORE about Pastor Tom at:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 09, 2018
"You're Gonna Be Ok"
09:03

God has been good to you. Because God has been good to you in the past, you can count on Him being good to you today and tomorrow. You are going to be ok. You are going to make it! Pastor Tom shares this truth from Malachi 3:3 and Hebrews 13:8.

Oct 08, 2018
"HURT by the CHURCH" (Charlene Feathers Story)
34:43

Charlene was HURT by the CHURCH. Pastor Tom interviews her to learn of her pain and recovery.

BOOK by Charlene Feathers

Still His: Hope and Healing For Those That Were Hurt in Church

Charlene's Website:

https://www.charlenerfeathers.org/

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MORE from Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 08, 2018
ROBIN BERTRAM "No Regrets" P2
27:50

In-depth questions to Robin Bertram about her book "No Regrets". 

MORE about Robin:

Website:

www.RobinBertram.TV

No Regrets Book

No Regrets

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/OfficialRobinBertram/

LinkedIn:

www.linkedin.com/in/robinbertram/

MORE about Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 06, 2018
ROBIN BERTRAM "No Regrets" P1
37:56

Live with No Regrets. Is it possible? Robin Bertram (author) explains how to make this a reality. 

MORE about Robin:

Website:

www.RobinBertram.TV

No Regrets Book

No Regrets

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/OfficialRobinBertram/

LinkedIn:

www.linkedin.com/in/robinbertram/

MORE about Pastor Tom:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

Oct 06, 2018
"A Man After God's Heart?"
09:45

How was David was a man after God's own heart? We know the terrible sins that David had committed.

Oct 06, 2018
"Chihuahua's and Jesus"
04:40

My dogs don't get what Jesus taught. If I could speak to my dogs in a language that they could understand, I would tell them what Jesus meant in Matthew 6:34.

Oct 06, 2018
"God Forgives and Forgets"
08:02

God forgives to infinity. He also chooses to forget. Pastor Tom explains Psalm 103:12.

Oct 06, 2018
"Chronic Fatigue" (Kyle Davies)
39:20

Chronic Fatigue and Emotional pain are more common than ever. Pastor Tom interviews Kyle Davies (Occupational Psychologist, Life Coach, and Author).

MORE from Kyle Davies at:

www.KyleDavies.net

www.EnergyFlowCoaching.com

MORE from Pastor Tom

www.24Today.com

www.TomWhitesel.com

Oct 05, 2018
"Your 9'9" Enemy"
27:45

We have Goliath's in our life. They seem as tall, strong and impossible as Goliath did to David. Pastor Tom explains in detail the famous Biblical story and how it applies to our life.

Oct 01, 2018
"Teach Your Child Responsibility" (Angela Mahoney)
25:57

Your child can be responsible. Pastor Tom interviews Teacher/Author Angela Mahoney.

Angela's website: at:

www.icanwork.therapro.com

Angela's Book - "I Can Work":

https://www.amazon.com/Skills-Curriculum-Special-Needs-Programs/dp/1933940379?keywords=i+can+work+mahoney&qid=1538361608&s=Books&sr=1-1-catcorr&ref=sr_1_1

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Pastor Tom's sites:

24Today.org

TomWhitesel.com

 

Oct 01, 2018
"Help! I'm Drowning In Debt!" (Karen Ford)
36:10

Tips on getting out of debt. Pastor Tom speaks with Karen Ford (Author and Personal Finance Expert). 

Sep 30, 2018
"The Strong Willed Child" (with Shawna Ebbeson)
32:17

Do you have a strong willed child? Early Child Education Expert, Shawna Ebbeson, joins Pastor Tom for a discussion about THE STRONG WILLED CHILD.

More from Shawna Ebesson at:

Ebbeson YOUniversity - http://ebbesonyouniversity.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ebbyoureaders/

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebbeson/

Amazon Book - https://www.amazon.com/Sleepy-Little-Stingray-Aquatic-Adventures-ebook/dp/B01IBENIL4

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TomWhitesel.com

Sep 30, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 10)
05:03

P 10 (LET'S PRAY IT!) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 9)
05:13

P 9 (Summary) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 8)
06:48

P 8 (KINGDOM, POWER, GLORY) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 7)
04:04

P 7 (TEMPTATION) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 6)
06:04

P 6 (FORGIVE) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 5)
07:38

P 5 (BREAD) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 4)
04:23

P 4 (EARTH and HEAVEN) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P. 3)
07:14

P 3 (KINGDOM) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P 2)
06:38

P 2 (OUR FATHER) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The Lord's Prayer" (P 1)
02:27

P 1 (INTRODUCTION) - The Lord's Prayer gives us a list of topics for our prayer life. It only takes a few minutes to include these in your daily prayers. But it is powerful!

Sep 27, 2018
"The ME in Team"
28:27

Work as a TEAM. Amazon best selling author and top motivational speaker (MIKE ROGERS) is Pastor Tom's guest for "ME In Team". There is no "ME" in team, right? Listen as Mike Rogers shares how ME and teamwork work together.

Sep 27, 2018
"Apologize First"
10:53

Be first to Apologize. Join Pastor Tom as he shares the importance of being quick to apologize. Find out what "Whoever Get's There First Wins" means.

Sep 26, 2018
"Depression" (Anita Wilson Story)
40:14

Struggling with depression? Join Pastor Tom for this 24 Today Podcast INTERVIEW of Anita Wilson. Anita suffered from depression to the point of actually trying to end her life. Today, she has recovered. Hear her story!

MORE from Pastor Tom at www.TomWhitesel.com

MORE from Pastor Tom as www.24Today.org

MORE from Anita Wilson at www.AliasInTown.com

Sep 25, 2018
"Burnout, Hopeless to Hope, Healing" (Pastor Tom's Story)
52:19

PASTOR TOM'S STORY!!! Listen to Pastor Tom's personal story of when he went through 17 months of Burnout and feeling Hopeless. Through a series of miracles from God... God led him to Hope and Healing. 

Find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org

Aug 30, 2018
"HOPE" (Donna Sparks Story)
43:05

Attempted suicide to NEW LIFE! Join Pastor Tom for this 24 Today Podcast INTERVIEW of Donna Sparks and hear how God miraculously changed her life from drugs, alcohol, and attempted suicide... to a life full of purpose and direction.

MORE from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org

MORE about Donna Sparks at www.story-of-grace.com

Donna's Book:https://www.story-of-grace.com/get-the-book.html

Donna's Book!

Aug 28, 2018
"Autism" (Ron Sandison Story) - P2
24:30

Overcoming with Autism. Join Pastor Tom for this 24 Today Podcast INTERVIEW of Ron Sandison and hear P. 2 of Ron's amazing story of learning to overcome Autism.

-MORE from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org

-MORE about Ron Sandison at www.spectruminclusion.com

-CONTACT Ron Sandison at sandison456@hotmail.com

Jul 28, 2018
"Autism" (Ron Sandison Story) - P1
21:36

Overcoming with Autism. Join Pastor Tom for this 24 Today Podcast INTERVIEW of Ron Sandison and hear P.1 of Ron's amazing story of learning to overcome Autism.

-MORE from Pastor Tom at www.24today.org

-MORE about Ron Sandison at www.spectruminclusion.com

-CONTACT Ron Sandison at sandison456@hotmail.com

Jul 28, 2018
"Hopefully Somebody Is Talking Bad About You" (5 Min Espresso)
04:01

Somebody talking bad about you? Good! Join Pastor Tom for this 5 Minute Espresso entitled "Hopefully Somebody Is Saying Something Bad About You". Jesus says in Luke 6:26, that we should be concerned if everyone is speaking well of us. Find out why...

-More from Pastor Tom at www.24today.org-

Jul 21, 2018
"Her Father Survived The USS Forestall Fire (1967)"
33:43

Telling the story of survival. Join Pastor Tom for this 24 Today Podcast INTERVIEW of Sharon Wilharm. Sharon's father survived one of the worst Naval tragedies in US history. Sharon has made a feature film about his story, entitled "Summer of 67".

MORE from Pastor Tom at www.TomWhitesel.com

MORE from Pastor Tom as www.24Today.org

MORE from Sharon Wilharm at https://summerof67.com

Jul 20, 2018
"Overcomers Occasionally Lose" (5 Min Espresso)
04:49

Everyone has losses. Join Pastor Tom for this 5 Minute Espresso entitled "Overcomers Occasionally Lose". Romans 8:37 tells us that we are MORE than overcomers. But does that mean that we ALWAYS win in every situation? Isn't it possible that an occasional loss is part of God's plan for us?

-find more from Pastor Tom at www.24today.org-

Jul 19, 2018
"What Are You Thinking?" (5 Minute Espresso)
04:59

Are you thinking positively? Join Pastor Tom for this 5 Minute Espresso entitled "What Are You Thinking?" Philippians 4:8-9 tells us to choose to think positively. How are you doing with this?

-find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org-

Jul 03, 2018
"Good Guide" (5 Minute Espresso)
04:53

Join Pastor Tom for this 5 Minute Espresso entitled "Good Guide". God promises to be our guide "all the way to the end."

-find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org-

Jun 26, 2018
"Got Peace?" (5 Minute Espresso)
05:01

Join Pastor Tom for this 5 Minute Espresso entitled "Got Peace?". God's peace doesn't happen all by itself. We must "let" it happen.

-find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org-

Jun 26, 2018
"The Other Twenty"
16:54

We have some really good days, some really bad days, and then there are "The Other Twenty". Join Pastor Tom as he shares encouraging and practical thoughts about where we all live.

Find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org

May 26, 2018
"Maybe We Need Jezebels"
23:44

A woman named Jezebel is perhaps the most evil woman in the Bible. You have a difficult person in your life, don't you? You might even have someone who has bitterly hurt you to the core of your being! Is it possible that God could use THIS person to bring something good in your life?

Find more from Pastor Tom at www.24Today.org

May 07, 2018
"Commanded To Be Positive"
18:10

We all know that we are supposed to have a positive attitude, but did you know that it is actually COMMANDED in the Bible? Join Pastor Tom as he shares how this day could be better with positivity.

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Apr 14, 2018
"All Your Needs"
15:49

One of the more amazing promises in scripture is that God will take care of all your needs. Join Pastor Tom as he explains the meaning of of this promise from Philippians 4:19.

 

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Apr 06, 2018
"When Do Don't Know What To Pray"
16:24

Pastor Tom talks about those times when you absolutely don't know what to say when you pray. There are times as well when you don't even have time to formulate a prayer. You just need to say something to God. What do you say?

Link to the song that Pastor Tom mentions

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Mar 13, 2018
"New Normal"
24:23

Listen as Pastor Tom talks about his "New Normal". Enjoy life as it is and refuse to sit around complaining about it. It might not be the normal that we prefer, but "it is what it is". Perhaps our prayer should be that God would free us from the need to be healed?

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Mar 09, 2018
"When Counting Sheep Doesn't Work"
21:01

- Trouble sleeping? Scripture teaches us that God wants us to be able to sleep. Sleep can actually be a spiritual discipline. Listen as Pastor Tom shares ways to combine faith with sleep. Episode Notes  - 

Psalm 121:4
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. -
Quote:
“Sleep is an act of surrender. It is a declaration of trust. It is admitting that we are not God (who never sleeps), and that is good news.” James Bryan Smith
Psalm 3:5:
“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me”
Psalm 16:7:
“I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.”
Make this a daily prayer.
Physically write down the things that you are worried about and cross them off.
Mentally picture yourself giving the concerns to Jesus.
Bow down on your knees- maybe even put your face to the ground and surrender it all to God .
Feb 17, 2018
"Let Them Grumble - Be Encouraged!"
20:31

Got grumblers? Is it possible to not let them ruin your day? YES IT IS! Listen as Pastor Tom shares. 

Episode notes:

Jude 1:16

These people are grumblers and fault-finders; they follow their own evil desires. They boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. 

There are people that have proven to me that they rarely (if ever) see anything positively. I create a filter in my mind when I am around them. 

I EXPECT them to be negative. In fact, if the weren't negative towards me, then I would begin to wonder if I am on the wrong path!

Luke 6:26(a)

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you.

Feb 10, 2018
"It's Time To Send It Away"
21:20

Un-forgiveness kills. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a moment in which you could just let go of the painful past? God wants to do that for you. Listen as Pastor Tom describes a time recently that this happened in his life.

Episode notes:

Three Choices:

Hold it tight

Shove it back

Send it away

Whatever It Takes...

It is possible to "send it away"

God is interested in helping us "send it away"

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Feb 10, 2018
"Bury The Hatchet AND The Handle"
19:49

Deal with YOUR anger. It's yours to do with what you want. You can keep it or send it away. Join pastor Tom as he shares the difference between the two.

Episode Notes:

Garth Brooks - "We Bury The Hatchet"

Three Choices:

1) Hold it tight

2) Shove it back

3) Send it away

Ephesians 4:26-27

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

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Feb 10, 2018
You Might As Well Get Used To The Dark"
23:34

Darkness is ok. In fact, Psalm 23 actually says that God LEADS us into darkness. Listen, as Pastor Tom shares that there are good things that God does in the dark. 

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 "Learning To Walk In The Dark"

      Barbara Brown Taylor

Feb 05, 2018
"You're Still A Newbie" [PART 2]
20:56

You might be OVER-CRITICAL of you! Pastor Tom shares EIGHT "go-to" ways to battle against his tendency to be overly self-critical. There is a better way.

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1 Corinthians 15:10 - "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain..."

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Prayer Before Sleep

Dear God, as I lay me down to sleep, relax the tension of my body; calm the restlessness of my mind; still the thoughts which worry and perplex me.

Help me to rest myself and all my problems in Your strong and loving arms.

Let Your Spirit speak to my mind and heart while I am asleep, so that, when I wake up in the morning, I may find that I have received in the night-time, light for my way; strength for my tasks; peace for my worries; forgiveness for my sins. 

Grant me sleep for tonight, and tomorrow, the power to live. Amen.   [anonymous]

 

 

 

 

Feb 05, 2018
"You're Still A Newbie" [PART 1]
18:34

ARE YOU A PERFECTIONIST?Are you overly critical of yourself? Pastor Tom shares his struggle with perfectionism. There is a better way.

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"Vulnerability is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be, and embracing who we actually are."

Brenae' Brown (researcher/author/speaker)

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John 3:17 - "For God did not send His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world, but to SAVE the world through Him."

Feb 04, 2018
"Weak Is The New Strong"
14:17

WEAKNESS IS A GOOD THING! Believe it or not, your weaknesses could actually be a strength! Join Pastor Tom as he shares this truth from scripture.

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Learn why Pastor Tom runs hot water over his hands before he speaks! :)

 

Feb 04, 2018
"Get Off Your High Horse!"
17:55

Do you judge God??? Join Pastor Tom as he admits to once being on a "high horse" toward God. "High Horses" are a waste of time. Learn a better alternative.

Jan 27, 2018