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A weekly conversation around a variety of topics being shared and discussed at the WholeLife Church in Orlando Florida. If you join us online or in person you are familiar with our #WholeLifeTakeAways and this is where we continue those conversations! Join pastors Ken Wetmore, Jeff Cinquemani, and host Randy Magray as they take a look back, a look deeper, and peak to the week ahead! You can reach out to us with your comments and questions by email: podcast@wholelife.church, voice mail, or te ...
 
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The Messy Middle – John Monday Instead of giving answers, God places us in complex, messy, fraught relationships and tells us, “Love and trust me as I have loved and trusted you. And love and trust each other.” It’s not for us to help God achieve his goals; it’s our job and privilege to love each other, to hold one another’s hand in the pain, the j…
 
Great Question 4: Does God Cause Pain and Suffering? – Ken Wetmore Considering, the story of Hagar and Sarah: In the Genesis version, there is a lot of difficult complexity - for instance, God sends Hagar back into bondage then tells Abraham to listen to Sarah and cast Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. Then, Paul does a REALLY horrible retelli…
 
Great Question 3: Jesus vs Denomination? – Ken Wetmore (Part 1) How do we, as a church, stay focused on Jesus when so many in our denomination believe that our mission is to fixate on major doctrinal issues, political hot potatoes, and/or cultural preferences? (Part 2) As someone not raised Seventh-day Adventist, I have embraced the warmth and free…
 
Great Question 2: Grace vs Merit? – Ken Wetmore It seems like our world – and even Christian organizations – give rewards on a merit-based system – what someone can or cannot accomplish. How can we, as Christians – and especially those of us who work in various organizations – offer the grace God has given us to others? This week one of our #WholeL…
 
Great Question 1: Man of God? – Ken Wetmore In 1 Kings 13, the “man of God” from Samaria lies to the man of God from Judah with lethal consequences. How can he be a man of God and do such terrible things? The Bible does not shy away from differentiating between true prophets and false prophets, so it implies the lying prophet is a true prophet in r…
 
Chosen Family – Ken Wetmore As you process the emotions of choosing to open your life up to someone else, consider that God chooses you. God picked you to be family, and now you get to decide whether you want to be a part of God's family. In place of our #WholeLifeReflections this week and the realization that we have all been ‘Chosen’ by God we ar…
 
Chosen For This Moment – Bernie Anderson and Ken Wetmore In John 10:10 Jesus says: “The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy but I came to bring life to the full.” How do we participate in fulfilling Jesus’ words by helping to bring FULLNESS OF LIFE to every child living in extreme poverty? If you would like the opportunity to join WholeLife Chu…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: Participation – Ken Wetmore Jesus calls for us to not merely talk about our values, but to live them - in other words, to participate. We are to participate in loving, accepting, forgiving, giving grace, studying the Bible, and worshipping. Our participation is for the purpose of falling more deeply in love with Jesus and sharin…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: Worship – Ken Wetmore Who you worship and how you worship are at the heart of the Bible’s message. Fighting over worship styles misses what true worship is all about. True worship is found in the truth, as it is in Jesus, and our spirits connecting with God’s Spirit. When we do this, everything else will fall into place, and we …
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: The Bible – Ken Wetmore Love letter or instruction manual? How you approach the Bible is crucial. The religious leaders in Jesus’ day proved it was possible to have the Scriptures completely memorized but miss the point. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the Bible is all about Jesus and an intimate relationship with Him. Jes…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: Grace – Ken Wetmore They say you can’t choose your family, but that isn’t the case. Adoption is one of the most beautiful and loving acts because the one doing the adopting is choosing a specific person to be a part of their family. God has adopted us. We are a part of God’s family. We have all the rights and privileges that com…
 
A short story about consequences and forgiveness by and about Ken Wetmore, recorded during Episode 266: This Is US: Forgiveness on Tuesday, July 7th. The full episode can be found here: https://bit.ly/ThisIsWholeLife or wherever you listen to podcasts! Send us your feedback by voicemail or text to 407-965-1607 or by email at podcast@wholelife.churc…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: Forgiveness – Ken Wetmore Defining forgiveness is not as simple as Googling the definition. Truly understanding and practicing forgiveness is layered, complex, multi-faceted, and often counterintuitive. It is anything but easy. In spite of this, in multiple places in the Gospel Jesus sets forgiveness of our fellow human beings a…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US: Forgiveness – Ken Wetmore Fred “Mister” Rogers has been called the champion of radical acceptance. A Presbyterian minister, Mister Rogers took his cues about acceptance from Jesus. Jesus is the original champion of radical acceptance. Acceptance is not the endpoint of a relationship. It is the beginning. It allows transformation…
 
SERIES: This Is US Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of Blacks enslaved unjustly in the United States. On this day, it is right to reflect on God’s core value: love. The Bible is so adamant about the centrality of love that John does not write that it is one of many attributes of God, but instead writes “God is love.” God showed what love is w…
 
SERIES: THIS IS US - ’I Am Ken Wetmore…We Are WholeLife Church’ – Ken Wetmore Where I (Ken Wetmore) grew up in North Carolina, the quickest way to get to know someone was to find out who their parents were. That’s because every family has values. Anyone who knows the family has a pretty good idea of what they can expect from members of that family.…
 
‘Eyes Of Empathy’ – by Jeff Cinquemani Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, and the man who sat paralyzed by a superstitious pool—each time Jesus looks into their questions and poses another question that digs deep into the real issue. As a way of showing us to look beyond the surface, Jesus teaches us to see a new perspective, perhaps to fi…
 
Transitions: Navigating Change – ‘Belief In An Unchanging God’ – by David Banks Transitions are a part of life. Whether positive or negative, change is constant in the human experience. Is this also true for spiritual beliefs? Have your beliefs changed throughout your life? How has your understanding of God and your patterns of observance changed o…
 
Transitions: Navigating Change – ‘Something Old, Something New’ – by Adonna Andino Whether you're going off to college or saying goodbye to a beloved pastor, there will always be times when you have to leave something behind and adjust to something new. In these tough transition periods, we can gain wisdom from those who've been through it before a…
 
Transitions: Navigating Change – ‘Hard, Scary, Important, and Beautiful Change’ – by Jo Newell Change is hard and change is scary. However, change can be important and beautiful. Jo will share stories of when she was faced with hard, scary, important, and beautiful change and how God’s mercy and grace brought her through each of these experiences a…
 
Transitions: Navigating Change – ‘Finding Peace In Who I Am Becoming' – by David & Jordan Vargas David and Jordan share their stories of how God has led them through life changes and their shared experience of the Spirit working in their journeys. This week’s #WholeLifeTakeAways: What do you think people who know you deeply would say makes you valu…
 
Transitions: Navigating Change – ‘The Winding Path’ – by Chad Hess What does it look like to follow God’s calling for your life? God’s plan is not a straight journey to a destination. There are always twists and turns, brought about by change. These changes can be painful and difficult, but they make us into who we are and the person that God wants…
 
Our annual church retreat canceled all live and online services last week so this week is just a quick setup for this week upcoming and invitation by Randy to join the Loop this week and participate with your questions and comments by using one of the following: ■ Text/Voicemail: 407-965-1607 ■ Email: podcast@wholelife.church ■ WLC Mobile App: Medi…
 
Following Jesus Beyond the Cross – ‘The Follower’ In their hearts, Jesus' disciples struggled to fill something, to prove something, and to make something of themselves (just like us today), but the whole time he was there with them, all he wanted was for them to follow—just follow. How could this change Jesus' followers today? This week one of our…
 
Following Jesus Beyond the Cross – ‘The Leader’ When Peter followed Jesus out of the boat to walk on the water, it seemed like an incredible feat to do what Jesus did. But the thought was there, “If he can do it, why can’t I?” until he realized it was God all along. The Leader is not just our teacher, though his words are incredibly thought provoki…
 
Following Jesus Beyond the Cross – ‘The Destination’ He is risen and is our ‘destination’. This week one of our #WhoLifeTakeAways asked: As you think about Christ knowing everything about you, what makes it so comfortable for you to hang onto that thought? What do you keep discovering about God the more you know he sees your heart? So, what about y…
 
Things to Remember - ‘There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow’ There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow. This isn't just optimistic thinking; it is the promised reality of God. However, before we step into the ultimate one at the end of earth’s history, maybe one between now and then would be God’s friends finding unity on three platforms: Jesus is th…
 
Things To Remember – ‘Love Each Other and Everybody Else It is our mission to love people—to love people so well that in, and through, and because of God’s love being exercised through us, the people we love will be drawn into a lifelong friendship with God, and they too will start loving people. Religious organizations like denominations will codi…
 
Things To Remember – ‘Trust The Gospel’ The gospel teaches us that salvation is always the work of the Savior, not the saved. Anything added to the good news of the Gospel of Jesus turns it into bad news. Remember to trust the gospel—it is God’s work, work done by the Divine, and it can be trusted. Andy’s Takeaway from Titus 3:3-7 OUR PART: Once . …
 
Things To Remember – ‘Fix Your Eyes On Jesus’ What is your first line of defense? When you face good times or bad – When your relational world is stable or messed up – When you are the epitome of health or can’t get well – When the bills are all paid and there’s extra or when none are paid. Do you turn to your own mind for answers? Do you seek dive…
 
Jesus Doesn’t Make Life Easy - ‘Stored Treasure’ We all have treasures we store. Where do you store yours? This week one of our #WholeLifeTakeAways asked: What is something you rightfully treasure that could compete with treasuring God? So, what about you? What treasure do you find in your life that competes with treasuring God? Let us know by usin…
 
Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easy – ‘Proper Payback’ You punch me, so I punch you back. In the Bible, it’s called the lex talionis or the law of retaliation. Of course, one of the problems is that, if you punch me, I don’t want to just punch you back; I want to punch you back just a bit harder than you punched me. Rather than revenge, how do we move to re…
 
Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easy – ‘Easy Adultery’ Adultery has become part of our entertainment. Modern media has hardened us to the pain of adultery for all parties involved; however, we’ve not spent much time on heart adultery. What will it mean to guard our hearts and minds against objectifying and marginalizing others? Jesus’ imagery is pretty drast…
 
Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easy – ‘Acceptable Murder’ When we think of murder strictly in the realm of physically taking another’s life, it's never acceptable! However, Jesus expands the concept to being out of sync with someone—being angry, calling them an idiot, or cursing someone. How can we be reconciled when another doesn’t want to be? This week on…
 
Stewarding the Gospel…of Reconciliation Sin separated us from God. God is the source of all life, so sin separated us from life. God is love, so sin separated us from love. We cannot be the answer to our problem. Quite apart from any action on our part, God’s action by Jesus, through Jesus, and because of Jesus brings us back into oneness and invit…
 
Stewarding the Gospel…of Equality When we steward well the gospel, we recognize that it calls us to a radical oneness, a radical equality. We are called to give up the pride of separation and see that we are all equal in two amazing ways: all distinctions of prideful hierarchy are leveled in both the condition of being lost and being found. This we…
 
Stewarding the Gospel…of Others First God’s free amazing grace to each of us calls us to a new way. Solving the sin problem is Jesus leaving the comfort of the adoring angels and the forever unity of the Trinity and putting others first. The gospel is the perfect picture of self-donation, and when Jesus’ followers follow best, that picture of self-…
 
Stewarding the Gospel…of Unfairness If I run a good race, if I keep the faith, if I obey the law, it seems to be fair that there’s a crown of righteousness and glorious future awaiting me. But how can it be fair for God to do it all, and I just benefit? How can it be right that everyone gets a gift? Who really wants to be treated fairly? This week …
 
Stewarding the Gospel…of Worthiness You are worthy of God’s love. You cannot hear this clearly enough or often enough, and you will never understand the depth of this great truth. When we look soberly at ourselves, we might be inclined to believe that we are not worthy. However, we are worthy, not because we deserve the love of God, but because he …
 
Expecting the Unexpected: An Unexpected Life Our world is not as God had intended, and while we’re here, we can separate ourselves from our community and live a safe and secluded life – not allowing the “unholiness” of the world to invade. Mary and Joseph made a home in Egypt, which during that time required both giving to and receiving from a comm…
 
Expecting the Unexpected: An Unexpected Responsibility What if God gives you a purpose for which others have told you that you don’t qualify? “Build my kingdom on earth” is a pretty big responsibility. The shepherds were given the task of announcing the beginning of this new kingdom, and now it’s up to us to begin establishing it in our world. Will…
 
Expecting the Unexpected: An Unexpected Gift There are times when good things come out of unexpected circumstances, things we never could have planned. Change is never easy, rarely anticipated, and often life-altering. A barn was not Joseph’s and Mary’s first choice of where to meet their son but holding the son of God in their arms made their surr…
 
Expect The Unexpected: An Unexpected Addition Elizabeth and Zechariah wanted a child, and when they discovered they would receive just that, Zechariah couldn’t speak to share the exciting news, and Elizabeth was going to deal with all the challenges of pregnancy in her 80’s! How many times in our life have we been waiting for something and, when th…
 
While We Wait: We Trust God’s Word Jesus’ first Advent was prophesied about, but then time marched on. How do we maintain trust that he’s coming again? What can we do while we wait to build our faith and be hopeful? This week one of our #WholeLifeTakeAways asked: In what ways can you choose and help others choose abiding in the vine and trusting Go…
 
While We Wait: We Give Thanks When things are going well, we may begin to believe that we are enjoying the life and success we are due for our hard work, wise decision making, focused attention, and careful planning and execution. However, when days of desperation come, we may become depressed and discouraged. If we’ve given ourselves credit for cr…
 
While We Wait: Isaiah Isaiah says that we can renew our strength as we wait. We can build relationships while we wait—relationships with each other and with God. We can develop patience, and we can follow the wisdom and avoid the pitfalls of the patriarchs of Scripture, learning from them what is wise to do while we wait. This week one of our #Whol…
 
While We Wait: David This week, many of you were pained by the election. Your candidate didn’t prevail. Now you are fearful, concerned where the opposition will lead. Maybe you feel threatened or you feel your nation is threatened. How long can you wait for things to be different? What are you to do while you wait? This week one of our #WholeLifeTa…
 
While We Wait: Daniel Taken captive in a foreign land, out of his element, not clear as to his future, with more unknowns than a pandemic, Daniel prayed. He prayed so regularly, so faithfully, so consistently that it was the only way to get him in trouble with the king by crafty fellow statesmen. While we wait, we can mature in our prayer life. Pra…
 
While We Wait: Moses There’s the temptation to run ahead. Moses knows his story: from basket boat to royalty! He craves justice for his people, so he takes things into his own hands and commits murder. But it was witnessed. He flees to Midan, and for forty years each morning he cares for sheep. Finally, he leads his people to freedom, and they refu…
 
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