097 - Those Nasty Little and Not So Little Idols

May 26, 2020

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 097 – SHOW NOTES

THE Q&A FORMAT

 

  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 097 titled:

“Those Nasty Little And Not Little Idols

– 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 – How has you life changed with the onset of COVID 19?

JT answers

  • JT – How about you – has your life changed any?

BB answers

 

  • BB – Let’s talk about idols. Do you ever find any in your life?

JT answers

 

  • JT – What about you, what are some of the idols that creep into your life?

BB answers

 

  1. Bob – POINT: There’s nobody that is exempt from idols – John Calvin wrote about our minds being like a factory that produces one idol after another… But God makes it clear that He does not approve of idols and we are to do our best to flee from them.

 

Hosea 4:17 (ESV) — 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.

1 John 5:21 (ESV) — 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

  1. JT – Before we jump into your PowerBreak blog – I think we should define an idol because I’d say most people think of an idol as a little statue…
  2. Good point JT

 

What is an idol? Not necessarily a little statue of wood, metal, or clay but anything more important to you than God or anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God. You can also say, and idol is anything you seek to give you what only God can give. We worship idols when we allow them to control us because of what we believe they will give us. A true test of idolatry is our response to its loss.

 

  1. JT ------ OK THEN 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,

“Those Nasty Little And Not Little Idols

 

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

“Those Nasty Little And Not Little Idols

 

  • 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 “Finding Delight In The Lord’s Day”))))

–… & 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

 

Why are idols so offensive to God?

 

  1. Bob

 

Exodus 20:1–6 (ESV) — 1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 

What is an idol? Not necessarily a little statue of wood, metal, or clay but anything more important to you than God or anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God. You can also say, and idol is anything you seek to give you what only God can give. We worship idols when we allow them to control us because of what we believe they will give us. A true test of idolatry is our response to its loss.

 

Isaiah 42:8 (ESV) — 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.

Isaiah 48:11 (ESV) — 11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.

 

  1. JT – Question Two… Are there any mental strategies to apply to keeping out idols from overtaking us?

 

  1. Bob

 

A mental key is admitting that we have the potential to taking on idols… so we are aware of the need to have regular check ups… and asking is this thing an idol?

The best way to test  it is this: How would I feel if  this were taken from me?

 

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

 

Can working out become and idol?

 

  1. Bob

 

So much good from working out – physical, mental, even spiritual but like any good thing – it can become an idol… so we have to have a loose and as we ask what if it were taken away…

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 (ESV) — 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

 

  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 097

 

  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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