Take 2

with Jerry & Debbie


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Keep Calm and Enjoy the Holidays

Our last live show before the Thanksgiving break is about how we can all keep the stress and pressure of the holidays at a manageable level, while still enjoy them – God-willing – with family and friends. On Wednesday, call and share your “recipe” for keeping calm and enjoying the holidays. It will be a sort of hybrid show, as we invited those who didn’t get on the air on Tuesday (when we talk all about relationships) to feel free to call and discuss their relationship on Wednesday. Please join us!


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What Do YOU Want to Talk About?

Once a month, normally on the last Friday of the month, we give you the opportunity to call in and talk about anything you wish. Since the last Friday of this month is the day after Thanksgiving, we’ve moved our Unscripted show up a week. Spend a little time today and tonight thinking of what you’d like to discuss or share, and we’ll talk with you on Friday!


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What Is Sin?

In John 18:38 we read Pontius Pilate’s famous question to Jesus: What is truth? He may have been genuinely uncertain or confused, or perhaps he was simply mocking Jesus. At any rate, countless people in today’s world regularly ask the question, “What is sin?” Not necessarily by their words, but more by their actions. So many people in our nation, around the world, and, sadly, even in the Church don’t really know what is sin, and what is not sin. This is due in large measure to bad catechesis over the last several decades. On Thursday, join Jerry and Debbie, and help shed some light on this very crucial subject – one that will determine the eternal fate of every human being. We’ll offer some catechesis, get your insights, and also talk about how seriously each of us takes the reality of sin and tries to avoid it at all cost.


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Spiritual “Farming”

Sharing the Faith can be complicated at times. We want to spread God’s message to all that we know and love. But how can we be sure that the seeds of faith we planted really can and will blossom? Let’s talk about spiritual “farming” and more on the next Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie. 1-833-288-3986

Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer: A Step Along the Way
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen


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Promises, Promises

We’ve all had moments in our lives when we needed God’s favor in a big way – and right away. It’s often at those times when we try to strike a little bargain with Him. “God, if you will do such-and-such, I promise to (insert issue here). Some saints have been known to ask God for a healing of some sort, with the promise to God that they will become priests or religious. Have you ever made a promise to God that you’ll do something for him if he will hear and answer your important prayer intention? Let’s talk about this on Tuesday’s show.


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Are We a Hoarding Culture?

We all need material things in order to live. But is it possible to cross a certain line and have too much “stuff?” There’s a Hoarding Disorder which the Mayo Clinic describes this way:

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Now, before we all start thinking we’re somehow off our rockers, let’s have a real conversation about this. One need not be a hoarder – or suffer from hoarding disorder – to have a few too many possessions. The beautiful thing is, we can always eliminate some of the clutter in our lives created by the “stuff” we own. In fact, it can be an occasion of great generosity when we donate those things to others in need. Join us Friday for a discussion about this.


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What If You Were to Write Your Life Story?

One of the most popular categories of books is autobiographies. We all admire people whom we’d like to know more about, either while they’re living, or after they are deceased. These are usually celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and so forth. The rest of us will likely never even consider writing our autobiography. But, for the sake of conversation and inspiration, let’s talk on Thursday about what the essence of your life story would be. Imagine it like this: you’re in an elevator with someone else for about twenty seconds. How would you describe your autobiography to them in that amount of time? Should be a fun edifying show on Thursday.