Battle For the Truth

John 8:31-23 Then Jesus said to those Jews who BELIEVED in Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.



This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss why it is so hard to abide in the freedom that God’s truth promises.

Truth can hurt and be painful until we SEE the benefits of Truth. Our natural nature is to desire comfort, pleasure, good feelings, and smooth sailing in maneuvering the storms of life. If these are our priorities over living in Truth, then our ego will demand satisfaction.

Failing to prioritize renewing our minds, not understanding the necessity of the conscience to be in agreement with the Holy Spirit, and refusing to live by our surrendered heart will determine our receptivity to discern and know Truth.

As you join us today, take time to search your heart to see if you are ready to Battle for the Truth.

Tearing Down Defense Mechanisms

11 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, and casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of  God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.



This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the walls we build and then hide behind. We protect our egos, wounds of the past and present, lies we want to believe as Truth; not realizing the damage the walls cause in isolating us from the reality of TRUTH.

This is not the “normal Christian life” but originates in the mind of our own agenda.  Proverbs 16:2 Says, “All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits of a person.”

Jesus Christ has not left us in a delima, but He has promised to those that seek His direction,  guidance and resources for overcoming all blindness and obstacles.

As you listen to the conversation, ask the Lord to open the door of your heart in order to  tear down any walls that keep you from a life of sincere love and joy; regardless of circumstances.

Defense Mechanisms Part 2

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the ways we escape hurts, wounds, and renegade emotions that keep us locked up inside; resulting in damaged thinking, relationships, and lifestyles.



Some people believe what they don’t know will NOT hurt them, so they cling to attitudes and actions that increase the pain rather than finding the solutions to solve the agonies of unbelief. 

Many qualified professionals can reveal the circumstantial causes behind these issues but only One Source, God’s Word, can take us back to the root cause of why we are entrapped in these mysteries and offer lasting solutions.

As you listen today, you will discover the Defense Mechanisms that entice us to look for a quick fix to our troubles, but instead, take us deeper and deeper into a maze of misery. You will gain understanding and assured hope for getting rid of “baggage that binds.”  

Defense Mechanisms Part 1

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the comparison of secular/modern psychology and Christian theology.



The stark contrast between the Word of God and man’s therapies of psychology should give us insights into the simplicity that God provides to His children. It should also help us see the foolishness that keeps us continually seeking solutions in the frailty of man’s thinking. God is the ultimate healer and redeemer.
However, psychology can be used to identify certain issues in human behavior, but it has no solution for those issues. Psychology promotes defense mechanisms that prevent us from finding the real solution for our lives and even as Christians we can (and probably are) use defense mechanisms to function in our lives.
As you listen, we pray that you will recognize where you have believed modern psychology over God’s word and make a real change in your heart towards the Lord.

Philosophy and Psychology

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters, Janie and Sharon tackle some of the world’s thinking based on man’s appraisal of how “man can fix man” using Psychology to promote empty philosophies. Let’s clear the air and our minds by understanding TRUTH in Reality of God’s Word and avoid emotional reasoning as a final authority.



Colossians 2:8 -“BEWARE lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

A modern-day translation may be worded with this same principle: “BEWARE, what you are so sure is true, but isn’t, can make a fool of you.” Philosophies of this world do not have a sure foundation to rest upon and are many times taught to us through Psychology.  With over 250 separate modalities and an unknown number of therapies, none are conclusive. WHY: Because man has free will and participants can lie.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us words do matter and the Word of God can pierce to dividing soul and spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Do we really want to understand life? The answers are in the Book of LIFE.

Come explore with us as we take on the challenge of seeing life from a different perspective.

Believing Lies as Truth

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters, Janie and Sharon expose some of the lies that we have believed as truth. The lies that we believe affect our lives as though they are true, even though they are a lie.



In the culture we are living in today, lies spread quickly and the truth is suppressed. “In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own sleeves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” 2 Timothy 3:1-6.
Grounding ourselves in the truth of scripture is a sure way that we can protect our hearts and lives from being deceived with lies.
As you listen, we pray that you will examine your heart to find where you may have believed lies as truth. Allow God to reveal, renew, and restore your foundation in Christ.