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Joel and Lynn continue exploring a recent column in the Salt Lake Tribune that suggests 20 changes the Mormon Church should make for the sake of its members. From tithing to mission-shaming to men wrongly assuming the place of Jesus, it all adds up to the same thing - demands for performance will end up negating our need for grace and our dependence on Jesus as our only link to God the Father. In the end, less performance requirements will not fix the Mormon religion. Lynn and Joel weave scripture and stories together that will encourage you to experience a grace that heals.



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Joel and Lynn explore a recent column in the Salt Lake Tribune that suggests 20 changes the Mormon Church should make for the sake of its members. However, will less performance requirements actually fix the Mormon religion? Lynn and Joel share scripture and specific reasons why making it easier to be an LDS member is still no substitute for the grace of Jesus. Having fewer rules simply won't fix a broken system that is based on works.

 



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Joel and Lynn share scriptures and a biblical perspective on how to find peace in Jesus and comfort in a God who is both personal and powerful during troubled times like our current Covid pandemic. Lynn contrasts her life now, 14 years after leaving the Mormon religion, with the fear and despair that were so much a part of her life back then. While this is a replay of episode 081 that aired at the beginning of the pandemic, the hope and encouragement we can find in Jesus is just as relevant, and needed today as it was then. Listen in and experience a grace that heals.



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In this episode Lynn and Joel talk with Costi Hinn (nephew of Benny Hinn) about his newest book, "More Than a Healer: Not the Jesus You Want But the Jesus You Need." Costi shares why revenge is so attractive, why some people stay with their anger and addictions, and he gets candid about where he is most tempted to turn for comfort (so do Joel and Lynn). They also talk about more parallels between the prosperity gospel and the Mormon religion, and how relationship with Jesus is the key to breaking free from despair, guilt, shame, and loneliness. It's an episode full of hope for the soul and who we need to experience a grace that heals.



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Growing up in the Hinn family (Benny Hinn is Costi's uncle) Costi and his family enjoyed lavish affluence. Still, as within most performance-based religious systems, for Costi there were cracks in the dam that eventually led to Jesus breaking into his life with both truth and grace. In this episode Costi outlines core false teachings of the "name it and claim it" gospel and shares what changed in his life when he met the Jesus of the Bible. He also talks about his newest book, "More Than a Healer: Not the Jesus You Want But the Jesus You Need" and why we need a "Jesus awakening." Lots of good stuff here to listen and share.



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Carl Wimmer was on the fast-track to the heights of political success.  Outwardly, both he and Sherry were living the LDS dream, but under the surface God was moving to disrupt their tranquil Mormon waters and bring them to a grace that would heal their souls. In this episode God brings together a Christian concert, secret research into Mormon origins, and an LDS bishop who asks them to lie, to bring both Carl and Sherry to Jesus and his gift of eternal life. Together, they and their whole family got to experience the very personal God of the Bible and his grace that heals.



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It looked like Carl Wimmer was on the fast-track to the heights of political success. After a landslide victory for his Utah House of Representatives seat, Carl set his sights on the national political stage, and was confident of a win... until he lost, in a big way. Outwardly, both he and Sherry were living the LDS dream, but under the surface God was moving to disrupt their tranquil Mormon waters and bring them to a grace that would heal their souls.

 



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Less than six months ago Audrie and her husband lost their baby shortly before his expected due date. Audrie shares their journey and how God used the hurt and brokenness of this life to bring healing and restoration to their family. She also highlights the amazing little and big ways God showed up and with Jesus how they experienced a grace that heals. This final segment of Audrie's story provides an honest and raw inside look at how pain, grief, grace and hope can co-exist through the most difficult of circumstances.



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The next chapter of Audrie's story is marked by surprise at an unexpected pregnancy that quickly turns difficult. Through sickness, uncertainty, and then a diagnosis that meant she could lose her child at any time, Audrie's faith is tested like never before. This an honest and raw episode providing an inside look at how pain, grief, grace and hope can co-exist through the most difficult of circumstances.



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Audrie's life has not been easy, but her story is one of God's grace and pursuit. She's seen him at work through her LDS childhood, her parents' divorce, and meeting Jesus at age 11. Later, she and her husband find their world rocked by the birth of a son with a rare and serious chromosomal condition. Audrie's testimony of God's goodness in the face of difficult circumstances provides encouragement and a reason to go deeper with Jesus. In him we can experience a grace that heals. 



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Tensions escalate as Jason moves toward Jesus and away from the LDS religion until Jason's boss reveals he too has doubts about Mormonism. Together they explore Scripture and find grace and truth and Jason finds his anger dissipating. Meanwhile, Amber's world is rocked by discovering Lucifer's role in the Mormon temple ceremony. In the end, they both find grace, bringing new peace to their relationships with God and each other.



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Jason and Amber traced their LDS ancestry back to the 1800s. They were multi-generation LDS, married in the temple, committed, stalwart Mormons until ...  Jason's experiences within the LDS leadership hierarchy, coupled with personal research into LDS history caused him to re-evaluate the claims of his Mormon faith.  Suddenly they are a house divided, and Amber fears losing everything that's most important. In part 1 they candidly share their journeys, struggles, and what happens when Amber calls in an LDS General Authority to talk to Jason about his concerns.  Can grace bring them back together? Join us this week and next to find out. 
 


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Have you ever felt drawn back to your performance-based religion, even when you knew it was toxic and false? Ever wonder why people go back to abusive situations they know are bad for them? In part 3 of this series Joel and Lynn explore the core lies common to performance religion, how we wrap these around our wounds, and what we need to do to break free. It's a personal, practical, and fast-moving episode with personal stories and scripture to help you experience a grace that heals your past, redeems your present, and gives hope for your future. 



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Have you ever felt drawn back to your performance-based religion, even when you knew it was toxic and false? Ever wonder why people go back to abusive situations they know are bad for them? In part 2 of this series Joel and Lynn explore the triggers that can create the attraction or cause people to react in the extreme. They then provide personal and biblical insight, as well as practical steps for protecting yourself so you can experience a grace that heals your past, redeems your present, and gives hope for your future.

 



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Have you ever felt drawn back to your performance-based religion, even when you knew it was toxic and false? Ever wonder why people go back to abusive situations they know are bad for them? In this series of podcasts Joel and Lynn explore how performance religions create dependency, what are the triggers that create the attraction, and what are some of the lies that leave us vulnerable. They then provide personal and biblical insight, as well as practical steps for protecting yourself so you can experience a grace that heals your past, redeems your present, and gives hope for your future.



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Unemployment, health issues, religious shaming - none of it fun stuff, yet it was some of what God used to bring Richard and Melissa out of their performance-based religion and into faith in Jesus. And to them, it was all worth it to have the weight gone, the pressure off, and see the benefits to their health, their spiritual lives, and their marriage. Listen in as they share how they experienced a grace that heals. The same can be true for you.

 



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Baptists, busses, and baptisms - all played a part in Richard and Melissa's Mormon story.  They candidly share about their in-and-out, up-and-down history with the LDS church. Richard talks about his culture shock going from Arizona to Kentucky for his mission, and Melissa opens up  about what it's like to have everything be fine within a performance-based religion -- until it's not.  Sometimes grace beats down the door, and other times it simply sneaks in a side window.  Either way, it brings healing and hope to spiritually hungry hearts.


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Our previous episode (155) ended with Brandy feeling doomed to a life that would never know mental healing or spiritual peace. In this episode, she finds both. Brandy talks about what God used to open her eyes and her heart to grace, and the huge relief at finding out her husband also had concerns about their performance-based religion of Mormonism.  For Brandy, grace brought mental, emotional, and spiritual healing beyond anything she'd ever experienced. 



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Performance religion defined much of Brandy's life. She was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but following her parent's ex-communication and later divorce, her family moved to Utah and as a teenager found herself a stranger in a strange land.  Drawn by friendships and family culture she converted to Mormonism. Fast forward through some rough years she finally found herself with the husband, family, and temple marriage she thought would bring her peace. Instead, her exterior world only masked growing feelings of unworthiness and despair, something she felt doomed to feel forever. But God was about to intervene and change everything.  


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As a former Mormon missionary, how do you go back and tell the people you converted to Mormonism what you taught them was a lie? With one family that Micah baptized into the LDS church after the death of their young child, helping them leave was a long, difficult, and painful process.

What is one of the most effective things we can do to reach Mormons, especially ones that are hostile to the message of grace?

How do you navigate the danger of knowing so much about Mormonism (or any other religion) that your knowledge might actually hurt the effectiveness of your witness?

Lynn, Joel, and Micah explore all these topics in this deep, rich, and at times emotional episode. Join us for a podcast full of insight and moving stories that will encourage and move your heart as you experience a grace that heals.

 


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