096 - A Passage Out Of The Pit

May 19, 2020

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 096 – SHOW NOTES



  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 096 titled:

A Passage Out Of The Pit

– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”


  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…


  • BB – Have your ever found yourself in the pit in life?

JT answers

  • BB - What did you do?


  • JT – What about you, what do you do when you get in the pit?

BB answers


  1. Bob – POINT: There’s nobody that is exempt from the pit of life, times when you feel everything is closing in on you and you seem to be without hope…


Psalm 38:6–8 (ESV) — 6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. 7 For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

Psalm 38:15 (ESV) — 15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.


  1. JT ------ LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

Bob, tell us what you wrote in your blog,

A Passage Out Of The Pit


  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog

       “A Passage Out Of The Pit

  • Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”

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  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…


  1. Bob (((BOOK PITCH FOR “Power In the Valley”))))

–… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT – “So here we go… in our time for WHAT ABOUT THIS…  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…


  1. JTQuestion ONE


Let’s talk about a lament … and how that is different from just complaining. AND let’s talk about Jeremiah’s turning from “no hope to hope” in the book of Lamentations.


  1. Bob
  • You are correct --- a lament is different that a mere complaint, although a biblical lament includes a complaint – probably in more explicit terms that just your common ordinary complaint.
  • A lament is different in that it directs the complaint to God, - even though all complaining is actually a complaint to God and usually about Him – a lament actually addresses Him, NEXT a lament complains in terms of honesty totally emptying the cup, NEXT a lament includes a request – as if God is saying, OK what would you like me to do?, NEXT a lament includes a word of trust in God having complete control and in His doing what is right…

NOW LET’S TALK JEREMIAH IN Lamentations chapter 3


Lamentations 3:19–21 (ESV) — 19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! 20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:


  • First, he remembered where he was and what he was experiencing. Duh! How could he forget and how can we forget our situation when we are in the pit? That is the point. We can’t just forget it. It plays over and over in our minds. So, Jeremiah tell us he remembered or rehearsed the misery of the situation.
  • Secondly, he rejected the situation by realizing the more he thought about things the worse he felt.
  • Thirdly, he changed the focus of what he thought upon as he recalled things he knew about God and he began to live with expectation (hope).

That sounds surprisingly good. About what specially did he put his mind?


Lamentations 3:22–24 (ESV) — 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”


The focus of Jeremiah which is the key to leaving the prison of the pit of his mind was the Lord. Specially:

  • The steadfast love of the Lord (His unconditional covenant love that never ends)
  • The mercies (blessings) of the Lord that go on and on, in fact are fresh everyday.
  • The faithfulness of the Lord which is beyond measure.

JT –  Question Two… Are there any mental strategies to apply to our time in the pit?


  1. Bob

I suppose applying Jeremiah’s – remember, reject, and recall, although based in


Lamentations 3:19–21 (ESV) — 19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! 20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:


  1. (JT) Third Question …. Turning to the physical aspect of life….


Let’s talk about times we’ve all been in the pit physically – maybe after an injury or when life happens and we can’t workout.. and our training has gone down the tubes…


  1. Bob
  • Remember, reject, recall


REMEMBER – take an honest assessment of where you are

REJECT IT – hate the situation (not yourself) – get motivated to change

RECALL – methods, coaches, a place of hope for a plan of action


  1. Bob’s final comment


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life


  1. Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 096


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to JT@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast


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  1. (((commercial by Bob))) --- The Battle For the Mind


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