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You are a navigator; a trail blazer; a Believer on a mission. But how do you respond when the culture moves against you? What do you do when the waves of worldly trends coming crashing in on you? The Navigator is a weekly podcast that equips men and women to steer the course of Biblical Christianity in our culture today. Each week we discuss faith, family, and the trends that are sure to impact the local church. We major on God’s principles; not man’s preferences. Join us as we study God’s Word together, and answer the cultural questions of our day.
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At The Dinner Table

At The Dinner Table

2021-02-2518:03

Support this show - tylerarobertson.com/supportThe dinner table is a very special place in the Robertson household. It’s a place of warm food, meaningful conversations, and a time of prayer. It is part of my day that I can unwind with those I love, and I truly look forward to it. But I often think about what the dinner table looks like through the eyes of the average American home. A study by New York University Langone Health found that, in the past 20 years, the frequency of family dinners has declined by 33%.In addition, a recent poll by YouGov found that 62% of parents with children under 18 wish they had family dinners “much more often” or “somewhat more often.The fast-paced American culture has often shoved aside family priorities and thrown away any sense of meaningful and healthy conversation. The table has become a decorative household item versus a wholesome desk of fellowship and support.  I think that the benefits of being together at the dinner table far outweigh some of the “inconveniences.” According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, children who share family dinners three or more times per week:Are less likely to be overweightAre more likely to eat healthy foodPerform better academicallyAre less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)Have better relationships with their parentsThere are tremendous benefits in prioritizing the family table. Have you noticed that Jesus had special moments with His disciples at the table? It was in the last hours of His life that He chose the table in the upper room to commune with His followers and share His heart with them. It was there that He broke the bread and commanded, “this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).Jesus invites you to pull up a chair at His table. He wants your fellowship and longs to give you the nourishment that you need for your journey. We have been talking in the Back To Basics series about our alone time with God. We looked at how to make the most of our devotions and how to dwell in the secret place and how to keep the door of fellowship open to Christ. Imagine that! Jesus Christ at your table! What a thought the King of Kings wishes to be my honored guest. It has the idea that Jesus sits down at our table and lets us be the host. We spread the table and pour out our hearts to Him--praise, thanksgiving, honor, and petitions. But then, it gets even better. He says, “…and he with me.” This holds the idea that the roles are switched. I am no longer the host, but the guest. He is the host. He is the one that spreads the table. He spills out His heart to us.God gifts us with His heart in written form. His Word bears the truth of His character and leads us to a place of repentance. But I think we often have the same response to the Lord’s table as we do the family table. We get too busy and side-tracked to notice what He has prepared. We come and quickly consume what is on our plate without ever considering Who put it there. Or we rush into His presence, vent to Him about our problems and never stay long enough for Him to share His heart. Can I encourage you to come to table with Christ? Pour out your heart to Him, and let Him pour out His heart to you. Don’t be in a hurry to leave. Stay awhile. You might just learn something.Support the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
Support this podcast - https://www.tylerarobertson.com/supportBelieve it or not, poor posture does affect your health. It can lead to neck and back problems if not corrected. Whether you sit at a desk all day, or browse your smartphone on the couch, it is often hard to remember to straighten up during the day. My wife will often give me a stern elbow while sitting in church, and that’s just a little “loving” reminder to sit up nice and tall, and put those shoulders back. Like a good husband--I usually listen. Although I am truly convinced of the importance of healthy living and taking care of our “temple,” I am often reminded that God’s work is very much inward. It’s the shaping of my heart into the image of Christ that brings on great transformation and spiritual health. Romans 8:29.We often tend to put a lot of emphasis on physical posture and health, but what about your heart? How is your heart’s posture toward the things of God? Is it upright and open to Him and His Word? Or is it slouching into apathy and coldness towards His will and purpose for your life? There is no better “loving reminder” to straighten up our heart’s health then the Word of God. It is our nudge to keep our hearts open and right with Jesus throughout the day. Here are three ways to help with your heart’s posture as you go about today: 1. Keep short accounts with God.Sin will make you slouch. There is is doubt about it. Sin destroys your spiritual health and contaminates any good thing God tries to place into your life. One of the greatest lessons that I learned at a young age, was to keep short accounts with God--keep my sins confessed. I John 1:9.How soon should you confess your sins to God? ASAP. Don’t let much time pass before your get that specific sin confessed to God. The longer you wait the more your heart will get used to the comfort of slouching--but the implications are detrimental.Confront your sin - get honest about itConfess your sin - literally means to say the same thing as God. (Call it what it is--God already knows· Continue - Don’t let guilt of the past paralyze you from God’s blessings for the future2. Consult Christ in every decision--BIG or smallThis may seem elementary but it’s so vitally important. We often clock-in at our jobs and work our busy schedules without much thought of Christ. Sure we may start our day in His Word, but then we put on our “work hat” and keep our spiritual lives out of our secular lives. Jesus wishes for us to Keep the Door Open to Him all day long.Proverbs 3:5-6.Many times, we do not acknowledge Him in our decisions because we do not trust that He will make the right one. Let him direct your paths, big or small. Even if it’s on what you are deciding to wear that day. Let Him lead your heart.3. Be quick to thank Him for the little thingsNothing accelerates your heart’s health like giving praise and thanks to God! It is an attitude that energizes your mind and gives you the support that you truly need throughout the day. Psalm 100. As soon as the blessing lands in your lap, straighten your heart’s posture to God. Give Him the praise that He deserves. James 1:17. How is your heart’s posture to God? Do you keep short accounts with Him? Are you quick to consult Him? Do you stop and praise him for the little thingsLike my wife does to me on occasion can I give you a little nudge and challenge you to keep your posture in check? As you browse the aisle for Valentine’s Day and see the big signs and boxes shaped like hearts, let it serve as a reminder to you to keep your heart’s posture in check toward the things of God. Proverbs 4:23.Support the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
Keep The Door Open

Keep The Door Open

2021-02-0515:55

Website: tylerarobertson.comSupport this Podcast: tylerarobertson.com/supportDo you keep the door open at your house? This time of year I believe it’s safe to say you don’t. Cold wind and icy weather doesn’t sound very comfy-cozy in your living room. But did you know God wishes for us to keep the door open all of the time? I’m not talking about the physical door at the front of your house. I’m talking about the door of fellowship that leads into your life. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."Over the last few weeks in the Back to Basics series, we have looked at the imporatance of spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. Our time alone with God is foundational to growing in the admonition of the Lord, and changing the culture around us. But our goal as believers is not to formulate the perfect devotional time, but to develop a devotional life--keep the door open all day long. Jesus is pleading with you. He wants to come into your life--your home, school, job--He wants to fellowship with you all day long. He doesn’t want to be forgotten when you go to work. He does not want to leave when you go out with your friends. He is knocking. Will you let him in?  Will you let Him stay? Here are a few things that have helped me to keep the door of fellowship open to Christ throughout the day. 1. Practicing His PresenceThere is something so sweet about realizing that Jesus is with you at this moment. He is ready and willing to talk to you and share the blessings of his heart.Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures evermore."When you are at work or busily going about at home, imagine that Jesus is there with you. Picture him sitting on the couch across from you as you pray. Picture him leaning over your shoulder whispering into your ear every word from the pages of Scripture you are reading. Wherever you are acknowledge Him and keep the conversation going. 2. Quote Scripture throughout the day. Nothing fills our home with the presence of God more than Scripture being quoted aloud. It adds such a sweet spirit that brings about an atmosphere of worship and praise to God. It sets up a stronghold of defense that seems to encompass our family and keep the “adversary the devil” at bay. Remember, when you recite God’s word you are starting a conversation. It is not just ritualistic memorization, but a conversation with God that illuminates truth into your life.Psalms 119:105-106 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”3. Turn off distractions - namely your phone or TV.To be honest, I don’t know why they put ON/OFF buttons on phones anymore. Anyone still use them? I didn’t think so (myself included). We live so glued to all the fancies of a distracted world and then we wonder why we are so restless. In my book Restless: Finding Rest in a Restless World, which will be releasing this year, I talk about how we can get so enamored with the “extras” that we miss what really matters. Turn off your TV, podcasts, put your phone on silent if you just cant bring yourself to do it--whatever it takes cut out the distractions and invite Christ into your fellowship. Shut out the noise around you and keep the door open to Him. Support the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
Website - tylerarobertson.comHave you ever listened to yourself pray? You should try it sometime.  “Dear Father Lord God etc…” You wouldn’t say:“Father, Dad, Daddy, Tim etc…”So, where do we truly begin?  Last week we talked about the idea of praying the very Words of God. Not just using Scripture as you model, but as you message to God. Here are 5 points for praying God’s Word.1. Pick A PassageObviously you’ve got to start somewhere. Ask the Holy Spirit what passage would best fit your current situation. Psalms and Proverbs is a great place to start since they are already prayerful in nature. 2. Personalize Your PrayerWhen you look at a verse, ask yourself, “If this passage were my prayer to God, what would it say?”Take Psalm 119:9-11: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”Your prayer could look something like this:Oh God! I pray that you would cleanse my way. Help me to take heed to your Word in everything that I do. Help me to seek after You with my whole heart and let me not stray from Your commandments. Hide Your Word deeply within my heart, so that I will not sin against You!What about if you’re reading a narrative? Take the principals that God illuminates to you within the story and make them yours! Remember it is a conversation with God, so talk to Him about what He is pin-pointing in your life. Profound, isn’t it?3. Pray the Passage for Someone ElseSometimes God doesn’t just give you something to get it, but to give it! We are so stingy sometimes aren’t we? When we find something good we immediately hide it away. The wonderful thing about our daily bread is that it can feed you and everyone else without being exhausted! You‘ll never reach the depth of His bountiful Truth.Here are some ways you can pray for others according to God’s heartSalvation for another – Acts 2:21Healing – Psalm 103:3,5Repentance for another – Luke 15 – “…he came to himself…” 4. Put it on paperOne of the greatest things I learned to do as a teenager was to journal. I still write my heart out to God almost every day, and I can assure you it does my soul good. There is something that constitutes the validity of His hand working when you write it down. It becomes real, alive to you!I personally make it a point to not write many study notes during this time. I have other ways I study for a message or a Sunday School lesson. I try to stick to one thing, and that is my response to the Truth God has given me.  Many times it is a cry for help to obey that truth. Other times I find that I can pray nothing but adoration.Why write it down? Can’t I just pray and get on with it? Yes, but I know from own experience that my prayer journal is one of the greatest sources of encouragement. I have re-read some of my prayers from years ago that I had completely forgotten about, and it is amazing to say, “Wow! God has honored that prayer, and I forgot all about it!”5. Practice Holy Spirit PatienceTake your time! Don’t rush the conversation. There is no need to look at the clock. God already knows what time it is, and I promise He’s not in a hurry! As you pray the passage in front of you, slow down and truly meditate on what God is saying to you. If He says to stop on the first verse, stop. If He says to keep going, keep going. "Sensitivity is key to Support the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
Support this podcast - https://www.tylerarobertson.com/plans-pricing Website - tylerarobertson.com4 Helps for your Time with GodIf you truly wish to influence the culture for Jesus, you must dive deeply into His heart and “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15.But the questions comes, How to I dive into the Word? Where do I start in my devotions? Am I making the best of my time alone with God?Here are four helps for your time alone with God:1. Find A PlaceOften times in scripture you find Jesus taking leave to a “mountain apart” or in a solitary place to spend time alone with His Father (Mark 1:35). It was a special time, away from the “hustle and bustle’ of life to consecrate Himself in prayer. Psalm 91 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”The secret place is not secret because God wishes to keep it from you, its secret because very few men find it. Do you have a place; place away from your phone, TV, and other distractions?If you don’t have one, find one. Ask God to help it become a place of Sabbath and rest away from the busyness of everyday life, and consecrate it to God.  2. Have A Plan. Isn’t it amazing how much of our lives that we plan, especially this time of year, and never seem to find time for Him? Or if we do have time for Him, we don’t deem it necessary to “put Him on the calendar.” It’s just one of those things that we check off a list, but we never give it priority. Can I encourage you to have a plan. Ask the Lord what direction he wants you to go in your devotional time. This year I’m reading thought the Bible in chronological order, trying to finish in 12 months. I normally am not a fan of Bible reading lists, but I believe this year God is directing me to do so for a purpose I am excited to find out. Whatever it is, have plan and make it a priority as if it was a special event (because it is).  3. Make It ProfitableThe Word of God is the ultimate transformer in a believers life. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. Talking to God, and letting him talk to you is the most profitable thing you can do today. It’s not adjust your 401k, it’s not demanding a raise, it is getting into the Living Word, that will in turn live in and through you. So, you must not waste time when you are alone with God. Put your phone away, turn the TV off and be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10).  4. Be PersistentIf you are going to do anything in life well, you must do it often. The same applies to our time with God. But to be honest, this is probably the thing most people struggle with when it comes to their devotions. They may know where to go in the Bible, but they get so frustrated because they cant do it everyday. Listen, we live in an imperfect world with changes happening every day. No two days are the same. So, don’t let the devil beat you up for not being perfect in you time with God. No, everything will not go according to plan. Life will happen. The question is will you take Jesus with you when it does. See, the objective is not to have alaborate devotions everyday, but to develop a devotional life to Jesus!I hope these things will encourage in our time with God and I look forward to continuing our study on Back to the Basics in our Reader’s Group and The Navigator PSupport the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
001. Navigating Through The CultureJoin our Readers Group at tylerarobertson.com1.     What is a Navigator?·         Oxford Languages: A person who directs the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments and maps.·         A navigator is someone who blazes the trail of truth  for the next generation. They fight  against the winds of false doctrine that try to bend and break our culture. 2.     We are coasting not blazing·         Martin Luther, who despite the fact he knew he could be killed, stood before authorities 500 years ago and reportedly said: “Here I stand [on God’s Word]; I can do no other; God help me”? 3.     We Must speak up and speak out! We cannot avoid the hard topics forever! ·         Abortion·         Racism·         LGBTQ·         Homosexuality·         Church Culture·         Social Drinking·         Biblical Worldview·         BLM 4.     America is becoming a post-Christian nation.·         Barna Group (2009) 5.     The Next generation depends on where you stand·         We must not let the culture predict the future of the church, but let the church predict the future of the culture. The next generation is depending on it. ·         Psalm 78: 1-8·         I Timothy 2:2 - “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”Support the show (https://www.tylerarobertson.com/support)
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