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Christian Parent, Crazy World

with Catherine Segars

Christian Parent, Crazy World Episodes
13 Ways to Be a Better Parent in 2022 – Episode 22
January 17, 2022 - 34 min
This is Catherine’s most practical podcast yet. In this insightful episode, Catherine helps you leave behind the old and embrace the new in 2022 with a “Dashboard for Life,” which is a report card containing 13 gauges on how to improve in the new year. Catherine walks you through how to examine your faith life, your marriage or dating life, your family life, and nine other areas by offering simple, everyday guidance on how to make effective and lasting change.

This powerful tool for self-assessment will help all of your relationships, especially your parenting relationships. But most of all, it will help improve your relationship with God, and when that relationship is better, all of your relationships are better.

NOW, with each and every one of these gauges, don’t just write something down on how to improve. Our methods, our remedies often fall short. Ask God. And listen to His prompting. See what He has to say. Because He has the remedy that really works.

To get the “Dashboard for Life” Report Card, subscribe on Catherine’s website: https://catherinesegars.com/

OTHER RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Chris Hodges’ Sermon, The Best Teacher, Dec. 26, 2021: https://www.churchofthehighlands.com/media/message/the-best-teacher

Financial class: Financial Peace University: https://www.ramseysolutions.com/ramseyplus/financial-peace

The One Year Bible:
Paperback: https://bit.ly/34RK7GZ
Ebook: https://bit.ly/3A4yesO
Bible Reading Plans: https://bit.ly/3FzgdUM
Life Application Bible: https://bit.ly/3A5iPIN

Episode 17 of our show - “How To Discover Your Purpose in Life,” https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-world/how-to-discover-your-purpose-in-life

Spiritual Gifts & Personality tests:
https://giftstest.com/
http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality

Scriptures mentioned:
Psalm 100:4; Psalm 51:10; Romans 8:28; Proverbs 29:18; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Episode Image Credit: Getty/gvardgraph
Why Are So Many People Obsessed with Hallmark Films? – Episode 21
December 20, 2021 - 30 min
The Hallmark Channel has found a cash cow with their Countdown to Christmas, attracting around 80 million viewers during the 8-week event. These films are a cultural phenomenon. Why are they so popular? After all, they are predictable and a little cheesy. Why do we love them so much?

Catherine has a theory on that, which is both enlightening and entertaining. The answer is very significant both culturally and spiritually. In this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, Catherine identifies what we are really looking for when we imbibe hours of this fluffy, feel-good entertainment. And then she points us towards what we really need.

ARTICLES REFERENCED:

“Why Are So Many People Obsessed with Hallmark Movies?” https://bit.ly/3swRhdL

“Hallmark Christmas Movies: Five Reasons To Be Careful”: https://bit.ly/3E7qPJK

“Should Christians Be Concerned by the LGBTQ Direction in Hallmark Movies?”: https://bit.ly/3e7wWDl

“How Should Christians Talk to Their Kids about LGBTQ Issues?”: https://bit.ly/3EeMTSP

“Is It Possible to Be a Christian and a Modern Feminist?”: https://bit.ly/3Ee14az

STATISTICS MENTIONED:

“How Hallmark Takes Over Your TV Every Christmas” by Emily VanDerWerff, Vox https://bit.ly/3H06cB6

“Why Netflix Is Making Hallmark Christmas Movies” by Caroline Fox, Screenrant https://bit.ly/3GVQHKr

“The Impact of Coronavirus on Cable TV is Mixed” by Brad Adgate, Forbes https://bit.ly/3padw76

PODCASTS & BLOGS REFERENCED:

CPCW Episode 13: “Four Types of Prayer Every Believer Should Know”: https://bit.ly/30Hpz2a

“I Want to Live in a Hallmark Film”: https://catherinesegars.com/2019/11/26/i-want-to-live-in-a-hallmark-film/

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Follow Catherine:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodfaithandculture/

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Svitlana Tytska
How Does the Enemy Use Culture to Lead Us Astray? - Episode 20
December 13, 2021 - 33 min
Culture swings on a pendulum between two extremes, and the enemy is very adept at using these extremes to his advantage. He is masterful at hiding our vices, and using a complementary virtue to reinforce what is our greatest area of weakness, as a culture and as individuals. 

In this episode, Catherine shows how culture how ebbs and flows between these two extremes throughout history. Then she identifies what is the greatest virtue of our culture and how the enemy is using that virtue to lead us astray.

Resources mentioned:

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis: https://bit.ly/3GEdNF9
Audio version from Focus on the Family: https://bit.ly/3IJP8ku
The Unfortunate Tale of the Witch of Pungo: https://bit.ly/3ymyNNF

C.S. Lewis quote: https://bit.ly/33g0jB0
Wisdom from Lewis (The Gospel Coalition): https://bit.ly/3Gw5dbA
Hedonsim (Philosophy Terms): https://philosophyterms.com/hedonism/

Scriptures Referenced:
Exodus 32 (The Golden Calf)
2 Kings 17:33-41

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodfaithandculture/

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Flash Vector
6 Guidelines to Living a Counter-Cultural Life - Episode 19
November 29, 2021 - 26 min
HOW DO YOU LIVE BIBLICALLY WHEN EVERYONE AROUND YOU ISN’T? Or a lot of people around you aren’t. In other words, how do you live a counter-cultural life? Good question, huh?

We are in the middle of a series on how to be a counter-cultural Christian. In this episode, Catherine offers six guidelines to help you and your kids swim upstream in our downstream culture.

At the end of life, all that matters is our faithfulness to God. Did we stand strong? Culture is always flowing downstream. Always has been. Always will. Did we go with the flow, or were we determined to swim the other way?

If we want to swim upstream, we need to:

(1)Know the Word
(2)Find encouragement in those who swam upstream before us.
(3)Question everything.
(4)Expect opposition and even persecution.
(5)Listen intently for God’s voice.
(6)Maintain an ETERNAL MINDSET

If we can do these things, and if we can teach our kids to do these things, we will be swimming the right way.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Keys for Kids:
Website: https://www.keysforkids.org/
Daily Devotional: https://www.keysforkids.org/Programming/Keys-for-Kids-Daily-Devotional/Read-Listen

The Jesus Storybook Bible: https://amzn.to/3D4GPeU

Apologia What We Believe Series:
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?: https://bit.ly/314vUFn
Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?: https://bit.ly/314jzAZ
Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?: https://bit.ly/3D4FHI8
What On Earth Can I Do?: https://bit.ly/3lktucq

The Bible Project:
Website – https://bibleproject.com/
How To Read the Bible (videos): https://bibleproject.com/explore/how-to-read-the-bible/

Article on Yeonmi Park: “Columbia student who escaped North Korea says she sees similarities in the US”: https://bit.ly/3I4MVzF

“Only One Life” by C.T. Studd: https://bit.ly/3d2puZG

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodfaithandculture/

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Jorm Sangsorm
How to Swim Upstream in a Downstream Culture - Episode 18
November 15, 2021 - 25 min
If we are going to swim God’s direction in this downstream culture, people will think that we are odd. They will have all kinds of choice words to describe us. We need to have this expectation in life, and we need to give our kids this expectation as well. If our children stay true to God’s Word and God’s standard, our culture will not celebrate them. In fact, our culture will accuse and may even cancel them. Other Christians may accuse and cancel them. But that’s ok. We stand in good company when we are accused and canceled for our faith.

This episode is the first in a series on being a counter-cultural Christian. In order to do that, we need to (1) stay grounded in the Word, and (2) draw inspiration from those who swam upstream before us. In this first installment, Catherine gives some practical tips and lots of Biblical inspiration to help us swim upstream in our downstream culture.

PODCASTS REFERENCED:

CPCW 4-part Worldview series – you can find all the episodes at https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-world/episodes

Episode 6: Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Other Worldviews
Episode 7: What Other Worldviews Are Competing for Your Kids’ Faith
Episode 8: What Sets the Christian Worldview Apart from Other Worldviews
Episode 9: How Does the Christian Worldview Create a World We All Want To Live In?

Episode 4: Is Christianity Just a Religion of Do’s and Don’ts

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:

Hebrews 4:12
Proverbs 14:12

RESOURCES FOR SCRIPTURE SONGS:

Catherine Segars’ Website: Resources : https://catherinesegars.com/resources
Esther Mui: Scripture Songs for Worship: http://www.scripturesongsforworship.com/
Seeds Family Worship: https://bit.ly/2YOHnrp
The Corner Room: https://bit.ly/3CckdJ2
Sherri Youngward: http://www.sherriyoungward.com/
King Things: https://bit.ly/3qzp5Wy
The Bigsby Show - Books of the Bible Song: https://bit.ly/3kAQWC0
The Bigsby Show - 12 Disciples Song - https://bit.ly/2YOI9EP
ASL Page on Handspeak (motions to aid in Scripture memory): https://www.handspeak.com/word/

ARTICLES REFERENCED:

“Factose Intolerance,” by Cheryl Lowe, Memoria Press: https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/factose-intolerance

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodfaithandculture/

Episode Image Credit: Getty/PeterHermesFurian
How to Discover Your Purpose in Life - Episode 17
October 25, 2021 - 35 min
EPISODE 17—HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE
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Do you know that you have a purpose in life? Like beyond parenting. Beyond what you do for a living, even, perhaps. Beyond paying the bills and doing the chores and feeding the kids. You have a purpose in life. Something that God created you to do before you were ever born. God has a very specific part for you to play in the grand story He is writing throughout all of history

In this podcast, I’m going to talk about how to discover why you were born. I will give you the Five P’s of finding your purpose.

Discovering your purpose in life really does tie into your parenting in a big way. Because when your kids see you living your purpose in life, they are going to be inspired to live out theirs.

The majority of people live and die without ever discovering their purpose in life, the reason God created them. Isn’t that sad. But what is even more sad is that the majority of Christians, the majority of people who know the God who created them with a purpose to fulfill for His Kingdom, they never discover that purpose is either. They never realize why they were put on this earth. How sad is that? It is tragic, really.

The 5 P’s to Your Purpose:

People who fulfill their God-given purpose in life are people of prayer.
They are people who plant themselves in Christ’s body, in the church.
They are people who allow God to prune them without losing their faith.
They are people who persevere.
And all the while, they never stop praising God.

The question is not “Do I have a purpose?” Scripture is clear—you do.

The question is, then, “Will I discover God’s purpose for my life?” And then, “Will I fulfill God’s purpose for my life?”

Or…

“Will I usurp God’s purpose for my life with my own?”

I encourage you to fulfill your purpose by praying, planting, allowing God to prune, the persevere, all the while praising God. And as you do this, you will be modeling for your kids how to fulfill their purpose in life too.

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:
Jeremiah 1:5
Isaiah 49:1-2
Psalm 139:13-17
Ephesians 2:10
Isaiah 46:10-11
Proverbs 25:2
Psalm 92:12-13
John 15:1-2
Psalm 144:1

OTHER SOURCES REFERENCED:

John Bevere Devotional

“Jobs Are Hard” video

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
How to Help Your Kids Develop Their Spiritual Gifts – Episode 16
October 04, 2021 - 30 min
The more your kids understand their God-given purpose in life, the more likely they are to stay grounded in their faith into adulthood. As parents, we have this incredibly unique position in our kid’s lives. We are literally front row center for most of the first two decades. We are, hands down, the most important influence on our kids during their formative years. We have not just the ability, but the responsibility to uncover those spiritual gifts in our kids’ lives, and to cultivate them. You could say that we are the chief gardener in their lives. How well those little seeds do is, in a large part, up to us.

“God gave you your kids for a reason, your specific kids. That’s because you hold the key to unlocking who God created them to be.”

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Tips for Cultivating Your Child’s Spiritual Gifts:

1. What do you see in your child’s life that isn’t like your other kids, or other peoples’ children? When you see a gift – feed it. Call it out and encourage it. Water that gift and watch it grow.

2. Don’t compare your parenting or your kids to other kids. God specifically chose you to parent your children. What your kids need is quite simple: they need you. And God will meet all the needs you have as you parent them.

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Pass the Baton (blog)

Blogcasts at CatherineSegars.com

The Mere Mother Blogcast on Apple Podcasts

Evangeline’s Faith Testimony in Episode 14

Sing to Me (blog post)

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Scripture Mentioned in This Week's Episode:
Jesus at the Temple: Luke 2:41-52; Philippians 4:19

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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Olha Khorimarko
What Should I Expect When I Battle in Prayer? – Episode 15
September 13, 2021 - 28 min
When you step out with God in prayer, you need to expect opposition from the enemy. That’s because prayer changes history. Your history, your child’s history, human history.

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Resources:

Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.com

God Is Good, But This Isn’t: Blogcast Recording | Article.
Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life's Not Okay

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Scriptures to Pray When You Go to Battle in Prayer:

Jeremiah 24:7
John 8:31-32
2 Corinthians 3:16-17
2 Peter 3:9
Exodus 23:25-26
Galatians 3:29
Matthew 6:10
Romans 8:28

Whatever happens in this life, it won’t happen because I didn’t pray with faith. Whatever doesn’t happen in this life, it won’t fail to happen because I didn’t pray with faith. Because I didn’t fight, because I didn’t take the authority that God has given me, those keys, and use them to speak forth what I believe is His will here on earth.

HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE when it comes to prayer. Our faith in prayer must not be in a certain outcome—now we may be praying for a particular outcome. Our faith must be in God regardless of the outcome.

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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Yelyzaveta Hryhorieva
How to Battle for Your Kids in Prayer – Episode 14
August 30, 2021 - 36 min
Get close to God. Seek His face. Declare who He is. Exclaim His goodness. Ask for direction. Request what you need. And command His will to be done here on earth in your life as it is in heaven. Pray some bold prayers.

Scriptures referenced:
James 1:5
Philippians 4:6-7
Psalm 37:4
Psalm 144:1-2

Article referenced:
Is God Still Speaking to Us in Dreams, Even Today?

Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.com

Teaching referenced:
8 Steps to Find Redemption after Loss

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Episode Image Credit: Getty/Yelyzaveta Hryhorieva
4 Types of Prayer Every Believer Should Know - Episode 13
August 16, 2021 - 27 min
I love apologetics, explaining the faith and equipping parents to help their children stand strong in the faith. But there comes a time in life when we need to stop explaining and start exercising – we’ve got to start walking out all that we know.

In this episode, we will cover:

1. The four types of prayers we should be praying when we are in a battle for one of our kids
2. The greatest impediments that keep us from being effective in our prayers.

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The Four Types of Prayers:

1. Declarative Prayer
2. Exclamatory Prayer
3. Interrogative Prayer
4. Imperative Prayer

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Scriptures referenced:

James 1:5
Phil. 4:6-7
Matthew 16:19
Matthew 18:18
Luke 10:19
Mark 11:23
John 14:12
2 Chronicles 16:9
Matthew 13:58

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Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.com

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Books referenced:

Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch Sheets, pg. 23 & 29.

Confronting the Powers by C. Peter Wagner, pg. 242.

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

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Episode Image Credit: Getty/siraanamwong
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