This week on Sharin’ Hearts: The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green explores Forgiving Forward by Bruce and Toni Hebel. This is not the average “forgiveness” book. Heavy with experiences made practical and answering questions many are not even asking; makes this a life-transforming book and one that should be in your library.
Forgiveness is foundational to a life of faith. It is so much more than saying, “I am sorry.” True forgiveness will take us out of our comfort zone and required a renewing of our minds. Our natural minds cannot work from logic and reason in this matter because it is a supernatural work provided by The Supernatural God. We are told to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:30.) Whatever has been done to me from another’s sin nature, I have done to Christ with my sin nature. All sin, no matter the degree required Christ to go to the Cross and pay the price. The words may be simple but the process is complex in that our hearts must be made right before God with having our speech free of corrupt communication and only for edification to the hearer, being free from grieving or quenching the Spirit and getting rid of bitterness, extreme anger for harm to another person, and other thinking that is of the flesh with corresponding negative emotions. (Ephesians 4:29-31.)
Many often quote John 8:32 “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” However, there is a key to that reality being applied and that is found in the preceding verse 31, “IF you abide (to be at home)in ME and My words abide in you, THEN, knowing and applying the Truth can be made practical for necessary forgiveness releasing burden and guilt that unforgiveness carries.
“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7
This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon continue with their discussion in Ephesians Chapter One. They tackle the word redemption to give a word picture of what Christ has done for us on the Cross. With redemption comes wisdom and prudence; it may take us a while to grab ahold of all that is ours because of the redemptions. There are many riches of God’s grace that are flowing toward us, we just don’t always know what all belongs to us according to those riches.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” Romans 6:4-6.
This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the joy of understanding the full benefits of living under Grace. For those that choose to accept salvation without finding out the beauty of Romans 6, they will miss living the life that was freely given at the Cross. The Lord Jesus deserves to be trusted and since He says, “I have forgiven” then we can trust His wisdom, His grace, and His knowledge in being willing to forgive those that are our enemies. That, then allows the joy start to flow back within your life and when the joy flows back in your life, there is an inward and outward manifestation that we know the forgiveness is real. Let’s uncover the promise of Christ taking care of all at the Cross when He said: “It is finished.”
“He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:20-21.
Sharon and Janie discuss how the wounded can get well. Wounds can be deep and painful or surface scratches that sting, but either way wounds hurt. Using the hospital as an analogy, they share the importance of taking medicine that the Doctor (God) orders. Knowing that medicine is available or having medicine within reach will not work, only when it is taken will it make a difference in our life. Sometimes we look in the medicine cabinet (Scripture) and we just don’t know what to take that will make us better. Healing is a process that requires covering the wound in His word. Showing others our wounds only causes infection and disease.
Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio – Grove, Ok.
This is Sharon Hoskins writing to you from Studio B located at Grace Harbor Baptist Church in Grove Ok. I want to send you a special invitation to listen on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio or kwxcradio.com every Friday at noon. I am so thankful for the support and encouragement you give me through your emails and Facebook posts. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you as you have shared your stories with me.
As we begin this new year, my “resolution” is to have a closer relationship with the Lord at the end of this year and I would like to ask you to join me in this journey. I have asked Janie Ratzlaff to host this show with me and discuss topics that relates to our Christian journey. Janie has become a mentor to me over the past six months, not because I asked her to be, but because when I spend time with her I always walk away encouraged in the Lord, strengthened in my faith, and lifted in my spirit. I hope you feel the same way as you spend time with us listening as we share in our relationship to the Lord.
This month we are talking about ways that we can start the new year right toward the Lord. We touch on topics of forgiveness, perseverance, establishing turning points, remembering the victories and renewing our first love.
Episode 1 – January 06, 2017
Episode 2 – January 13, 2017
Episode 3 – January 20, 2017
We spent some time discussing the inauguration and how we can continue to trust God in the unknown future of our country.
Episode 4 – January 27, 2017
We camped out on faith today and gave some encouragement for how to grow in our faith through our relationship with the Lord. Janie shared a teaching handout for those who need help recognizing the works of the flesh.
We hope you enjoyed this month’s programming. During the month of February, we will be looking at “The Heart of God”. It is important that we understand who God is and what His character looks like so that we can recognize Him when He speaks.
Janie Ratzlaff has been in ministry for over 40 years; traveling overseas for decades with her husband’s job, she would team up with missionaries in the area and work alongside them. She has worked with Evangelical Mission Ministries, helping with teachings in over 70 churches that were planted in Mexico along with a seminary. She has also assisted in different areas of ministry with His Truth Transforms International. She trained and worked as a Biblical counselor and teacher. She has written and developed “Wellness Wisdom Workshops” and “Lighthouse Lifelines” both were made into seminars and study groups for churches, and put into Christian educational institutions both stateside and international. She is active in her local church teaching young girls and a prayer class. Every week she hosts a live radio show with Sharon Hoskins to mentor listeners and encourage them in their walk with God.
Follows is a series of broadcasts from 2016.
Janie encourages us with the remedy for bitterness. Ending this year’s teaching with ways to recognize the symptoms of bitterness and scripture to help us find healing. More information about Bruce and Toni Hebel can be found at Forgiving Forward. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, Ok.
Building on the sufficiency of scripture, Janie shares a teaching on our belief systems. She gives us a list of lies we have been told and the truth of scripture that we should be trusting instead. Once we recognize the lies we have believed we can begin to renew our mind with the truth of God’s word. She offers two teaching handouts this week are Defining Lies and Process for Renewing the Mind. Please forgive the first 7 minutes, it has a bit of noise that couldn’t be edited out, but recording gets better after that time. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, OK.
Technical difficulties have prevented us from making this podcast available to you. We apologize for any inconvenience. You can listen to the teaching on 12-02-16 and receive much of the information that was discussed on this date. The teaching handout The Truth About Me is also available for you to download.
Janie shares the second part in her teaching series on depression. She describes the emotions and other causes that can contribute to depression. Janie teaches on how to recognize depression and gives a definition of spiritual depression. She shares scripture to help us apply God’s word to overcome the heavy weight of depression and give us hope. This is the second part of the teaching that began with the podcast “10-21-16” If you are struggling with depression you can glean from her message and be encouraged. She offers teaching handouts Body-Soul-Spirit , Recognize Depression , Symptoms and Anedotes for you to download. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, OK.
Janie shares a teaching on the causes, cures, and other emotions that contribute to depression and how to find hope through it. Next month we will continue this teaching along with renewing the mind. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, OK.
Janie shares “Guidelines About Expectations” in this month’s podcast. She enlightens us about the emotions that surround our expectations. She shares warnings of the downward spiral that expectations can lead us into and encouragement for getting out of the whirlwind that may have us feeling trapped. She also offers teaching handouts Expectations, Anger, and Bitterness , Dealing with the Emotional Process , Process of Forgiveness this week for you to download. Janie also mentioned Blue Bible to find scriptures on “anger.” Next month she will share more on depression; causes, cures, and other emotions that contribute to depression. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio Grove, Ok.
Janie teaches on the concept of “doing wrong for the right reasons.” Exploring the story of David moving the ark of God in First Chronicles 13, she brings practical applications to how we can learn from David’s mistake so that we don’t continue doing things wrong for right reasons. Teaching handout R.E.A.C.T. To Your Emotions is available to download. Recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio Grove, Ok.
Janie has a passion to share practical teachings from God’s word about the heart of God and man. Teaching handout Comparison Test is available to download. Listen to her interview recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, Ok
Janie’s introduction interview, learn her testimony and be encouraged by her genuine heart. She has provided teaching handout My Heart: Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger and God Is is available for you to download. Listen to her interview recorded live on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio in Grove, Ok
Julie Arnall is 15 years old and going into 9th grade. She plays softball and involved in a college preparation class. She plans to attend Bible Baptist College in Springfield MO and hopes to help others through counseling after college. Julie shares her testimony and encourages all teens to stand in their faith at school. She gives words of wisdom for forgiving from your heart and finding a role model.
Listen to her interview from 07/01/2016 on KWXC 88.9 Christian Talk Radio
Julie says, “God has showed me that through the past events in my life I can help others who are going through the same thing that I went through. That is why I want to be a counselor after I graduate college. My mother is my role model. She’s such a strong and independent lady and my goal is to be just like her.” She is an inspiration to both young and old.