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Christian Parent, Crazy World

with Catherine Segars

Christian Parent, Crazy World Episodes
How Do Our Words Form a Legacy for Our Children? - Episode 38
August 15, 2022 - 21 min
Catherine concludes this uplifting series on the power of our words by pulling the lens way back to show how our words water the seeds of legacy in our kids’ lives.

In this episode, Catherine travels to the future, to a place where all our hard parenting work is done. All the seeds are planted. All the water has poured out of us onto those little seeds, and these precious plants are strong and vibrant. The fruit growing out of their lives is bold and beautiful. And these plants are blessing others. They are blessing us.

That may seem like a long way off, but when you are in the thick of a long journey, you need to be reminded of the destination, because those sweet reminders keep us going.

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom… Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.” (Psalm 91:12, 16)

SCRIPTURES CITED:

Proverbs 18:21
Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Psalm 90:12, 16

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:
Episode 36: How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids?: https://bit.ly/3SQdA8G
Episode 37: 7 Ways to Bless Your Kids with Words: https://bit.ly/3dlqStA

RESOURCES CITED:
Blog: Sing to Me by Catherine Segars: https://catherinesegars.com/2020/03/07/sing-to-me/

Episode 14 (testimony): How To Battle for Your Kids in Prayer: https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-world/how-to-battle-for-your-kids-in-prayer-episode-14
Seven Ways to Bless Your Kids with Words - Episode 37
August 8, 2022 - 26 min
Words can change the course of a life. They can build dreams, or they can break them. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We want our words to produce healthy fruit in the lives of our children. But how can we do that specifically?

In this refreshing episode, Catherine offers seven ways to bless your kids with words. As a parent, you need to:

1.Speak into your kids’ strengths.
2.Speak into your kids’ weaknesses.
3.Thank your children for what they do well.
4.Ask God to give you a life verse for your child.
5.Ask God to give you a specific word of encouragement for your child.
6.Write a note of encouragement for your child
7.Speak this blessing over your child.

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:
Proverbs 18:21
2 Corinthians 2:9
Psalm 46:4

SOURCES CITED:

“Olympic Memories of Wilma Rudolf/Doctor Said She Could Not Walk, So She Ran,” Sports Café: https://bit.ly/3vOSj5E

The Blessing with Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4

A Father’s Blessing by John Paul Jackson: https://bit.ly/3vJxubO

EPISODES CITED:

Episode 14: “How to Battle for Your Kids in Prayer”: https://bit.ly/3P30hyF

Subscribe on Catherine’s website to receive a special copy of John Paul Jackson’s blessing for your child. https://catherinesegars.com/resources
How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids? - Episode 36
July 25, 2022 - 19 min
A little boy whose dreams were dashed by the words of a teacher. A young man whose aspirations were ignited by the words of a co-worker. A poor child who believed he could be anything if he kept reading because his illiterate mom said so.

These are some of the incredible stories that Catherine brings to life in this uplifting series on the power of our words.

Words are weighty. They can shape the course of a life.

Scripture tells us that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

Our tongues can be a megaphone we use to cheer our kids on in their purpose and calling in life, or they can be a sword that cuts them down, that brings death to their destiny. We’ve got to speak life over our kids because what we tell our kids sticks. The good and the bad.
Join Catherine in this uplifting series on how impacting our words can be in the lives of our kids.

RESOURCES CONSULTED
Sean Dietrich, a.k.a. “Sean of the South”: Personal Memoir -https://amzn.to/3J2QsiK
Sonya and Dr. Ben Carson’s story: https://bit.ly/3b76wnh

THEME VERSE:
Proverbs 18:21

FOLLOW CATHERINE:
Email questions or answers to Catherine catherine@catherinesegars.com.
What Do We Do with the Parts of Scripture We Still Don’t Understand? – Episode 35
July 12, 2022 - 20 min
In this episode, Catherine wraps up this series on dealing with the difficult parts of the Bible by addressing those parts of Scripture we still don’t understand. Let’s be honest—sometimes Scripture does say what we want it to say. What is the point of these passages dealing with rape, slavery, and murder?

Issues like these frequently come up when discussing the Christian faith with unbelievers and with our kids. They wonder how we can overlook such things.

We shouldn’t.

We should wrestle with these sections of Scripture. We must not change them. We must not discard them. We must study and question and pray and wring our hands. Often when we do, we will find answers rendered more precious because of the journey it took to find them.

Join Catherine in this divine search for answers to the tough questions in the Bible.

EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:

Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? – https://bit.ly/3xX9XnV
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? - https://bit.ly/3NouE1P
Episode 33: Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? - https://bit.ly/3nmxtWF
Episode 34: How Can We Help Our Kids Understand Who God Is? - https://bit.ly/3yYZZUH

RESOURCES MENTIONED:
Article: “How Do I Deal with the Terribly Disturbing Parts of Scripture?” - https://bit.ly/3z8j5YR

Video: “Where Does the Evidence Lead? What Darwin Didn’t Know.” - https://bit.ly/3yYmglH

Video: “Jonathan Wells: Zombie Science Keeps Pushing Junk DNA Myth” - https://bit.ly/3yXw8ff

Article: “There’s Nothing Blind about Faith,” by Alister McGrath - https://ab.co/3PiDkbl

SCRIPTURES MENTIONED:

The Rape of Tamar: 2 Samuel 13
The Levite Concubine: Judges 19-20
Jesus allows divorce: Matthew 19:8
Love your neighbor as yourself: Mark 12:31
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Proverbs 25:2
How Can We Help Our Kids Understand Who God Is? - Episode 34
July 4, 2022 - 23 min
Catherine continues in a series on dealing with the difficult parts of Scripture by discussing two often misunderstood aspects of God’s nature: his mercy and his justice. These attributes are opposite ends of the divine pendulum. If we don’t understand them, we don’t understand who God is. We must properly comprehend these parts of God’s character if we want to prevent our kids from falling for the mischaracterizations of God that abound in our culture.

In a tour through literature that ends with a fascinating story from a world-renowned theologian, Catherine unpacks these beautiful attributes of God. He is passionately concerned about justice, but he is equally if not more concerned about mercy. Time and time and time again we see that God forgoes justice and gives mercy. Mercy literally runs through God’s veins.

But God does not force his mercy upon us. If we don’t choose to receive God’s mercy, we will receive his justice. We must teach our kids that God is merciful and He is just. How he interacts with us is up to us. So, we must teach our kids to choose wisely.

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:
Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? – https://bit.ly/3xX9XnV
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? - https://bit.ly/3NouE1P
Episode 33: Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? - https://bit.ly/3nmxtWF

Summary for the Merchant of Venice: https://bit.ly/3uFPJOT
Portia’s Speech: https://poets.org/poem/merchant-venice-act-iv-scene-i-quality-mercy-not-strained
“Holiness and Justice” by Dr. R. C. Sproul: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/holiness-of-god/holiness-and-justice

SCRIPTURES CITED:

Psalm 82:3
Isaiah 1:17
Micah 6:8
Jeremiah 1:5
Psalm 139
Psalm 56:8
Genesis 16:1-16 (Story of Hagar)


FOLLOW CATHERINE:
Email questions or answers to Catherine: catherine@catherinesegars.com
Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? – Episode 33
June 27, 2022 - 20 min
There are many out there who would mischaracterize God. We need to prepare our kids for these mischaracterizations of God. We must not ignore, sanitize, or downplay the difficult parts of Scripture. We must address them head on and give our kids an accurate understanding of who God is.

If we read the Old Testament honestly, we will see a God of great compassion and mercy. A God who pleads with his people to choose wisely. A God who continually points to his plan of salvation for all mankind – Jesus. And Jesus continually points back to God in the Old Testament.

You can’t separate the God of the Old Testament and Jesus. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:
Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? – https://bit.ly/3xX9XnV
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? - https://bit.ly/3NouE1P

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

A New Kind of Apologist by Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/item/a-new-kind-of-apologist

Scary Mary Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5_0AGdFic&t=3s

Scary Mrs. Doubtfire Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ckv_Dz-Sio

Richard Dawkins Quote: https://strangenotions.com/richard-dawkins-and-the-god-of-the-old-testament/

Episode 4: Is Christianity Just a Religion of Do’s and Don’ts?: https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-world/is-christianity-just-a-religion-of-dos-and-donts-episode-4

FOLLOW CATHERINE:
Email questions or answers to Catherine: catherine@catherinesegars.com.
How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? – Episode 32
June 15, 2022 - 26 min
Catherine continues in her series on dealing with difficult parts of Scripture with installment two. In this episode, Catherine applies the practical guidelines that she gave in episode 31 to a difficult story from the Bible that led a young college-age Christian to abandon his faith. Our kids are getting blindsided by parts of the Bible that they haven’t heard or haven’t properly considered, and this is causing many young believers to leave the faith.

We need to help our kids find reasonable, rational answers for why the Bible is true. As you walk with Catherine through this difficult part of Scripture, you will learn how to provide those answers yourself.

GUIDELINES for dealing with the difficult part of Scripture:

1. Take away the ambush.
2. Don’t ignore the question.
3. Don’t downplay the question.
4. Pray about it.
5. Get to work. (Research)
6. Stand on what you know.
7. Wrestle out loud.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Episode 31: Why does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank?: https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-world/why-does-the-bible-say-fill-in-the-blank-episode-31

A New Kind of Apologist by Sean McDowell, Chapter 6: “Don’t Blame Us, It’s in the Bible” by Dan Kimball: https://seanmcdowell.org/item/a-new-kind-of-apologist

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:
- James 1:5
- The Exodus & the ten plagues: Exodus 1-12
- Herod’s massacre of the innocent: Matthew 2:1-18
- Exodus 1:22
- Galatians 6:7-9
Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? - Episode 31
May 31, 2022 - 26 min
There is stuff in the Bible that is hard to understand and difficult to explain. And too often, the first time many Christian kids encounter these difficult parts of the Bible is when an atheist professor brings them up in a class, or a friend who is a secular humanist challenges them in the cafeteria or at work. Kids are getting blindsided because they didn’t cover those topics in Sunday School or in their youth group.

Moms and dads, we aren’t doing our kids any favors when we skip these parts of the Bible.

In this episode, Catherine discusses what can happen when our kids get questions about parts of the Bible that they’ve never considered or even heard before. Then she offers 7 practical guidelines on how to approach these sections of Scripture with your kids.

GUIDELINES:

1. Take away the ambush.
2. Don’t ignore the question.
3 .Don’t downplay the question.
4. Pray about it.
5. Get to work. (Research)
6. Stand on what you know.
7. Wrestle out loud.

ARTICLES & PODCASTS MENTIONED:

1. “How Do I Deal with the Terribly Disturbing Parts of Scripture?”: https://bit.ly/3wWtlC6
2. “Why Does the Bible Tell Women to be Silent and Not to Teach?”: https://bit.ly/38Xw1Gy
3. “Christian Kids Are Leaving the Faith. What Can We Do About It?”: https://bit.ly/3t0WUjt
4. CPCW Episode 2: “What is the Key for Our Kids to Have an Authentic Faith?”: https://bit.ly/3z7o5NJ
5. CPCW Episode 3: “How Do I Teach My Kids to Contend for Their Faith?”: https://bit.ly/3a5DDa6

RESOURCES CITED:

A New Kind of Apologist by Sean McDowell: https://bit.ly/3M4rfnX
The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask by Mark Mittelberg: https://bit.ly/391XJlk

SCRIPTURES CITED:

James 1:5

FOLLOW CATHERINE:
Email questions or answers to Catherine catherine@catherinesegars.com.
Is It Okay to Question God and The Christian Faith? – Episode 30
May 16, 2022 - 29 min
In this episode, Catherine tackles a question that every parent needs to have firmly settled: is it ok to question God and the Christian faith? Kids are coming home from school, extracurricular activities, higher education, work, or even church with serious questions about their beliefs. This is a good thing. But how do you handle that? How do we help our kids with these difficult topics? How do we encourage them to seek answers?

Catherine answers those questions in this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD. And she gives some critically important advice on how to prepare for the tough conversations that inevitably arise in our parenting.

*REFERENCES CITED:

The Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University:

https://www.ccu.edu/strobelcenter/
https://www.ccu.edu/

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel: https://bit.ly/3MfjZXo
The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel: https://bit.ly/3PzHsVs
The Case for Christ Movie DVD: https://bit.ly/3MlYggD

Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Dr. Douglas Groothuis: https://bit.ly/39XeRZH

*SCRIPTURE REFERENCED:

Acts 17
Job 38
Luke 1:18
Luke 1:38
Proverbs 25:2

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7 Guidelines for Challenging Our Culture – Episode 29
May 2, 2022 - 34 min
When it comes to defending your faith, you don’t always need to play defense. Sometimes you need to go on the offense. These 7 guidelines will help you and your kiddos challenge cultural lies and lead others to the truth.

You and your children need to:

1. Always define your terms.
2. Question everything.
3. Challenge labels. (Don’t label and discard.)
4. Don’t Cancel. Instead, consult.
5. Don’t censor lies. Defeat lies with the truth.
6. Use the boycott wisely.
7. Go directly to the original source.

Moms and dads, let’s be a force for good in the way we engage others to think and act!

ARTICLES REFERENCED OR CONSULTED:

6 Guidelines for Challenging Our Culture: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/guidelines-for-challenging-our-culture.html

New York Post: “Judge Jackson declines to define ‘woman,’ says she’s ‘not a biologist’,”: https://bit.ly/3MGi5yU

DUK News: “Columbia student who escaped North Korea says she sees similarities in the US”: https://bit.ly/3vz9xUC

British Library: “Learning Voices of the Holocaust”: https://bit.ly/3w4zHOq

United Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Adolf Hitler Issues Comment on the “Jewish Question”: https://bit.ly/3vBGqjQ

The Independent: “Jen Psaki Urges Spotify to take further action on Joe Rogan: ‘More can be done’”: https://bit.ly/3y4CeKP

The New York Post: “The White House Is Spreading Vile Lies about the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill”: https://bit.ly/3MGkBVO

PODCASTS REFERENCED:

Episode 19: 6 Guidelines to Living a Counter-Cultural Life: https://bit.ly/3vSNlE2

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:

Ephesians 6:12


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