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March 10, 2023 4:30 pm

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March 10, 2023 4:30 pm

Open calls, questions, and discussion with Matt Slick LIVE in the studio. Topics include- --1. Israel Trip update-2. Should Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter -14- -3. Emotional sites in Israel -23-4. Archaeology in Israel -25 -5. Is Christian YOGA ok-- -31-6. Mourning within Christianity -40

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The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network. Okay, everybody, I guess we're on.

Wow, I had a little bit of an issue there and got out of time out of stuff. So hey, I'm back. I'm back. This is Matt Slick live.

Listen to Matt Slick. And today is March 6, 2023. So I just want to say, oh yeah, I went to Israel and I'll talk about that a little bit. We've got four open lines. If you want to give me a call, 877-207-2276. I want to hear from you.

Give me a call. And I want to say thanks. Let's see. No, for the producer. No, I got mixed up by a full minute on the time. That's all. Nope, that's on my end.

So I didn't hear the bump because I didn't have my headset on. So it's just doing stuff. And there we go. So working it. So I was out of the state, out of the state, out of the country for, let's see, I was out for two weeks, went to Israel, had a good time in Israel, got back yesterday, which I'm still struggling from the jet lag. So had a 13 hour flight from Istanbul to LAX, spent the night almost in the airport, and then got a flight back later in the morning. And I'm going to say thanks to some people here a little bit, bottom of the hour, who helped out a little bit with getting me a hotel and things like that, reimbursing the stuff. So let me just tell you, I went to Israel and Charlie Spine, he filled in for a couple of weeks. So I want you guys to call me up and tell me how he did. I've heard he did well, but I want to hear from you so you can tell me. And he's a good guy and he knows a lot of stuff. So, you know, thanks Charlie for helping out.

Really appreciate that. So we went to Israel, I saw the places that kind of stick out in my mind this time. We saw the place where Samson, I keep saying Samson, where David and Goliath fought. We went to Hezekiah's tunnel.

1786 feet we walked. Let's see, we saw the foundation of David's palace. We saw the tomb of David, the tomb of Joseph.

We went to where Abraham and Sarah were buried. We went to the West Bank, Palestine, and the Gaza Strip. And we went to within a stone throw of Syria. And what was interesting there, this is going to sound a little bit odd, but we were all delighted about this. So we went to this one place, Syria, you could just almost throw a rock at it.

It wasn't quite that close, but, you know, maybe a couple, three, four stone throws away kind of a thing, Syria. And there was this guy who had like a little Toyota truck and he was gruff and didn't speak English, but he could say, you know, one for a dollar and he had oranges. And so we got some oranges. I'm going to tell you, I have never in my life tasted an orange. It was so good. Everybody on the bus who had it was incredible. Every single orange I've ever had in my life, none of them was as good as the ones we ate right there. They were fantastic. They really were.

So that was a, believe it or not, those are odd highlights. We went to Masada and went to the Dead Sea. Let's see, Galilee, went on a boat out there in Galilee. We saw the Wailing Wall, went to that, up close to it, down below, underneath.

So many things. We went to the place where Jacob's ladder occurred, where Jacob had the dream of the angels ascending and descending. We went to that place. We went to different restaurants. I had traditional lapia, not lapia, tilapia, fish lunch. And I was just a fish, gutted, and that was it. And they baked it and you had the eyeballs and everything. And so I gave a traditional attempt to enjoy that. And it was good.

It was a lot of fun. And let's see, oh yeah, I lost my hearing aids coming back. Man, that really, I don't know what happened. I don't know how I lost them, but they were gone when I went to retrieve them. They weren't stolen.

But so I've got to figure out what I'm going to do about that because they cost a lot of money. I spent an hour today going through the Turkish airline lost and found thing, putting in requests and all this kind of stuff. Hopefully people found them, but I doubt it. It reminds me because people find stuff and on the most part, they're pretty honest people. And I noticed this, that they had all kinds of shops and all kinds of places and they had stuff for sale outside of the shop. And I mean outside of the shop, anybody could just walk by, take something and keep going.

Seriously. And I had to, once I had to not fight my way in to pay, but it was like that. I had to get something. So I'm going to, I got to pay now. And I, you know, it's like, got to go in and wait in line. And it was fun, you know, and they go, okay, you know, and they'd say, you know, shekels, you know, how about dollars? They go, yeah, $2, you know, and we give that and walk out.

I got some coffee cups and beautiful coffee cups. Let's see what else. We went to the place where in Genesis 17 and 18, where Abraham where the Lord appeared to Abraham. We went to that place, all that. We went to Bethel. We went to Ai, A-I, where Abraham and Lot were.

We, man, there's just so much. We went to the Dead, to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the place, the caves. We went to the Jerusalem Museum and we went to and we went to the Holocaust Museum and they requested that we don't take any pictures in there.

So we don't, I didn't take any pictures. I'm going to tell you something. Going to the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem is, it's sobering. It just was. And these, it's an interesting way that they have the museum designed.

It snakes through left, right, left, right, and you progress down that way as you do that. And what we saw and original garments worn by the prisoners, shoes and piles and stuff and pictures and various things. I listened to a video or a man talked about how he was, a bunch of people were shot, a machine gun. And he fell down and bodies were on top of him for hours. And he finally started to move because he was so afraid. And he did and someone else was already also alive.

They were unhurt. And then they had to find out how to get out amongst the bodies and find a place to go to. You watch this stuff and you listen and you're right there. It was really interesting. We went to on a camel ride and different hotels. The food was great. The people were great. It was a great experience. And if you ever have a chance to do something like that, if you're able to, you know, take the opportunity, it costs about five grand.

And that's not something I can do very often. But arrangements were made and I was able to go. But the Bible comes alive when you read things that you've been to. You know, you go to Jerusalem and you can have memories of Jerusalem. We went to Lazarus' tomb where Jesus raised Lazarus. We went there.

We went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And we went to Jericho and stood on the fallen walls and walked through the ruins of Jericho. So it was really great.

We didn't go to Bethlehem to the well where Jesus, I've done that before there, where we drank out of the very well that Jesus was talking in John 4 to the woman at the well there. And so it was good. It was very interesting. It was entertaining. And one of the blessings that I found was the people. I really enjoyed the people. It was a lot of fun.

If Donna's listening, hey, Donna, how you doing? I didn't get to really say bye to the people because I'd lost my hearing aids at a critical point. We had to go through customs and that's when I discovered I didn't have them. And it really panicked me.

So I was trying to find them, but never did. And those things happened. And some other stuff happened too that I lost going before we get there.

Just odd things. And then I'll tell you this story. We had our Karm guy, the Karm guy from Brazil was there. And he lost his wallet. And he lost his wallet.

And so a friend of mine, Dave Kimball and I were sitting there talking in a lobby of this restaurant after dinner. And David, he comes out and he goes, I can't find my wallet. I can't find my wallet. Went on the bus and couldn't find it.

It was gone. And he had some credit cards. He had some cash. He wasn't so worried about the cash, even though he said he didn't have very much. And we asked, go look at the bus and ask the, maybe someone turned it in.

Go to the lobby and things like that. And nothing. It was nowhere. He remembered he had it like an hour and a half earlier at some store someplace. And so he couldn't, you know, he was really distraught.

He was going to have to call up the companies and cancel the credit cards. And so he disappears. And 10 minutes later he comes back and he says, I found it. I said, you did?

Where was it? And he sits there and he said, you won't believe this. And he said he got on his knees. He went into the room, the hotel room where he was staying. He's got on his knees and asked the Lord to help him find that wallet. And he said that an image flashed into his mind to look in the trash can inside the room where he was staying. And it didn't make any sense, the trash can. You know, he lost it away from the hotel. And he looked in the trash can and the bottom of the trash, underneath everything, was his wallet.

And he doesn't know how it got there. So that was strange and interesting. But a lot of good people sat next to Anthony and Angie and there was Patricia, there was Ruth, there was just a lot of good people. I remember all the names.

I got to do a devotion in the Garden of Gethsemane. And I'll talk about that a little bit after the break. We have two open lines. Go ahead and give me a call. 877-207-2276. We'll be right back.

877-207-2276. Here's Matt Slick. All right, everybody. We're back on the air. Had a little bit of a crash on the system someplace.

That does happen. But we are back. Today is March 6, 2023. All right. If you want to give me a call, 877-207-2276. Let's get on the air with, let's see, Rudolph from North Carolina.

Rudolph, welcome. You're on the air, buddy. Yes, sir. I did get a chance to connect with your guy that was there. We had a problem with a technical problem, but he does good job when you go. Yes. Yeah, Charlie's a good guy. I've known him for a long time.

He's very competent, quite good. Yep. Okay. My question is, should Christians still follow the pagan traditions learned by the Roman Catholic Church? Wait, I'm not sure I understand. You said, should Christians follow the pagan traditions of the Catholics?

Is that what you're asking? Which... That we've learned from the Roman Catholic Church. Like what? Which ones?

Give me a couple. One, two big ones that we've learned from Roman Catholics is Christmas and Easter. All right.

Okay. So Christmas, December 25th, the reason we celebrate Christ's birthday on that day is because it was actually the winter solstice day in Europe and the pagans would have celebrations on that day. And so that was the day that the winter was finally at midpoint and the days are starting to get longer. So they have a celebration and the pagans wouldn't give up that holiday celebrations on the Roman Catholic Church, put the date of Christ's birth on that for a celebration, trying to change the focus from paganism to Christianity. So I don't have a problem celebrating on December 25th. And it's not relevant to me that the Roman Catholic Church is the group that instituted it, even though Roman Catholicism is false. We've got to be careful what's called the genetic fallacy that somebody or something that was bad started something, so therefore that something is bad also. So it's like you have an atheist teacher who taught algebra. Well, that doesn't mean that algebra is invalid because of the teacher's atheism. So it's called a genetic fallacy.

We've got to be careful of that. So it's okay to celebrate the Christmas of the 25th, the birth of Christ, even though it wasn't on that day. It's okay. We're not celebrating the Roman Catholic paganism.

Okay? Yes, and Easter with Ashtar. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Ashtar and became Easter.

And so the same kind of a thing is there. So we're not celebrating the Catholic Church when we do these. We're just celebrating those events.

But they're not stained by the fallacies and the blasphemies of the Roman Catholic Church, which are many. So we can celebrate those days. It doesn't really matter. You can celebrate any day you want, really.

But Easter, Ashtar, but the day of Christ's resurrection did happen around that time of the year. So it's good. You know, it's okay to celebrate it. It's all right. Okay. Okay. Well, all right. Well, it's good. I'm glad you made it back.

Take care. I'll be talking to you soon about your favorite topic, flat earth. Oh, flat earth. It's so stupid. Yes. Okay. It is. I'm sorry, but it is.

Christians should not get mixed up with that fallacy. It's very easy to refute. It's extremely easy to refute. And if people want me to tell them, I can tell you how to refute it very easily just by going outside and looking up in the air.

And I'll tell you what to look at and how it works. So, okay, buddy. Yes, sir. God bless you, man. God bless Rudolf.

All right. Let's get on the air with Martin from Virginia. Martin, welcome. You're on the air.

Hey, Matt. Glad to see you made it. You had a good time out there.

Oh, man. We did. We walked a lot. I'll tell you. We walked like five miles a day, up and down 20 stories. We walked a lot.

I'll tell you. We walked like five miles a day, up and down 20 stories. Yeah, I would not doubt that at all. Yeah. So, a couple quick questions, both related to your Israel trip. Was there any time that, any place or occasion that kind of brought you to these more reverent, maybe the tears, maybe the prayer on that trip that you would recommend to other folks to kind of go to me as well?

No, nothing for me like that. There were probably others on the trip that had profound effects. I don't get affected by things like that as much as a lot of people do.

That's the way I'm put together. We went to a place where supposedly, for example, Jesus... Okay. All right. Fair enough. But, for example, we went to a place where Jesus apparently wept on a rock or prayed on this one particular rock, and people are there wiping the rock, put it on their foreheads. And it's like, why are you doing that?

Don't do that. I don't need to see the empty tomb. I don't need to see Golgotha. My spirituality, my relationship with God is not dependent on those objects and those locations.

But still, it's great to see. What really does it for me is being in Jerusalem. I just like Jerusalem. I just, you're in Jerusalem, you know, and it's like home. So that helps. Historical and prophetic, you know, it's very prophetic. I mean, it's going to be part of our reality in the end of time. Amen.

Amen. So they had some, you know, Netanyahu, he made some decisions that caused a lot of turmoil, and there's a lot of protests that were going on. Did you ever feel unsafe when you were there?

No. We were rejected at one border crossing because some of the people on the bus didn't have their passports with them. And the tour guide said it had never happened before, where people, where people forget. You change pants or whatever it is, your purse, you forget. And he says, we got rejected probably because of a little bit of tension.

We had to go around 40 minute detour and stuff like that. We've got a break. So hold on, man. Okay. We'll be right back.

All right. Hey folks, if you want to keep listening, please do an open line 877-207-2276. We'll be right back. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. Everybody welcome back to the show at the bottom of the hour. Just want to, before we get back to the caller, I'm going to just give you a little bit of an update on something.

It was really good. So, when coming back from, from Israel, we had a layover about 15 hours in LAX before he'd come here back to Idaho. So I was going to go to my brother's, my brother-in-law's house, but that fell through.

He's out of town and some other stuff happened. So I was going to spend the night in the airport because the hotels are too expensive, like $300 to $400, you know, right there that night. And I decided that I could not stay in the hotel, I mean in the airport, because just way too noisy, overhead this and that, people walking by.

And I was going to, you know, I just couldn't do it. And as with Stacia, she was going to stay in the, the airport with me. She had a similar situation and I got a sneeze coming out, so we'll see how that goes. And so long story short, I put the word out on Facebook, hey, we're going to stuck in the airport, blah, blah, blah, you know. And people came together and let's just say that they, they got raised money for myself and Stacia's going to get some for the hotel. And so Jimmy thank you, you sent some stuff. And Randall, I want to thank you, both you guys for that. We've got information about you guys too. Jimmy's, I don't know how much I'm going to say, because I don't know how much they want me to say over the year about their personal stuff.

We have a lot of stuff there, but Randall's son, TJ, recently got saved. Bill cannot. Thanks a lot, Bill. We appreciate it.

And Bill Chibidis. Amen. Thanks for helping out. Appreciate that.

Donna Torres. Thanks a lot. Appreciate you.

And just want to say thanks to you. Hope we didn't miss anybody. And the one person who helped out doesn't want me to mention them over the air.

So I won't mention her over the air who kind of coordinated some stuff and is in the room. All right, let's get back on the air with Martin. Okay, there you go. Sorry about that, Martin.

You're back on. Yeah, no, no worries. Yeah, no, that was just a follow up question about your safety with some of the protests that have been going on there and how they, if they curtailed your access or anything. Yes, it did.

We did not go to the, to Jacob's Well, because of some of the issues that were going on. And there were a couple of changes that happened, but it was, it was good. It was definitely well worth going. Absolutely. Good.

Yeah. Hey, and thumbs up to Charlie. You know, I called in one time and probably listened most every day. He did a good job. There's the typical little technical glitchy things, but he professionally still do it. So yeah, he's quite competent.

He knows his stuff. He's a good guy. I've known him for a long time and just thank God for his friendship and Dave Kimball. These guys are great.

I've known them for over 40 years each. Good, good men. So praise God. God bless Matt. You too, man.

Thanks a lot. All right, now let's get on the air with, let's see, Noel. Hey Noel, welcome. You're on the air. Hello. Are you there?

Did I lose you? Let's see. Give another few seconds.

Maybe there's a problem. You can call back. Okay.

So call back if you can. Let's get to Luke from Arizona. Luke, welcome. You're on the air. Hey Matt, how's it going?

Hey, I thought it was you buddy. How you doing, man? I'm doing good. Doing good. Good to hear your voice. Good to have you back.

Nice to hear your voice too. You know, how are you doing down there in Arizona? Things are going great down here.

God's been good. And tell Charlie he did a fantastic job while you were gone. Way better than that other guy you used to have to look for.

The other guy was lame, but you know, when you're desperate, what are you going to do? You know, but actually thought about, you know, when you, if I'm out again, I may have to go to Japan in four weeks. I don't know if that's going to happen, but maybe if you're able to, you can get on the air too and we'll have Charlie on or we'll have some others, but we'll see.

But we'd love to. Yeah. Yeah. So good. Now you tell the family, I said hi and everything and, and the people there at the new ministry you're at. So, you know, we'll do, we'll do.

Yep. Now that said, I did legitimately, did legitimately have a, have a question. Just curious your thoughts about, you know, you're talking about all the different sites that you went to over there and in Israel, and obviously some of them, we know exactly very firmly where the location is. When you talk about going places like, well, this is where God appeared to Abraham in Genesis and to what, to what degree of certainty do you have that that really is that site?

Where do we get that information? Well, Joel, was he there when you went, did you get to hang Joel? I did not get the pleasure to meet Joel. I did not.

Okay. So Joel's an archeologist and he led us through and he was talking about that location. Now, the problem is that there's a city around there and it's a Muslim area, so you really can't do much excavation.

And I couldn't listen to Joel as much as I wanted to. We were right there and he says, this is the area where this happened, in this area. How big is the area? Well, I couldn't tell you.

Football field, kind of size. And so we were distracted, at least David and I, Dave Kimball and I were distracted because Joel said that sometimes, it's happened before, one of the kids in the area will throw rocks at the tour people. It doesn't happen very often, but it's happened. Keep your eye on him. So what Dave and I did was we separated from the group. He went one way and I went another way towards those kids that were watching. And we made friends with them, took pictures with them, got to know them as far as their names go and they practice English with us. So I was distracted basically because of that. So I didn't get all the information, for example, about that exact place. But we do have, in Israel, there are Joel, yeah, Joel was telling us that there are some places that, yeah, this is the place. For example, the room where Jesus was when they tore the roof out and let the man down, the paralytic, into the house. That was an actual place. The tomb of Golgotha, they think it probably is right there where, or at least the hill where Jesus crucified it.

It looks like that right there. The Garden of Gethsemane we went to and the Mount of Olives. So some things are really exact and some things are not. We went to and saw, we didn't walk down in it, but we saw the valley where David and Goliath did their battle. So where exactly was it?

A quarter mile left and right direction kind of thing, but that kind of stuff. But Joel knows the exact stuff, like Jericho. I mean, Jericho, we're on the walls of Jericho. There it is, you know, it was exact. So some things were exact and some weren't. Are you there? All right. Yeah. Yep. Yep. But you went and you saw some of the things, same kind of stuff I know. Some were exact and some weren't. Well, I went in 2020.

Everything was closed off there. That's true. Those problems. Yeah. No, no, it was a great trip and I'll be forever grateful for it. But you got to see so many amazing things that a lot of us haven't and, you know, appreciate you being able to share those connections to the scriptures and everything. Thank you.

It was great. And I hope you get to go again too. So, God bless. We have to keep in touch, Luke. Yeah. We have to keep in touch, man. All right. Yeah. All right, man. God bless. Have a good one, brother.

Okay. So that's Luke and he had to leave our ministry and go to another ministry, which is fine. And he had to move up, let's just say move up and over. And so he's down there in Arizona now doing tours and stuff like that to the Grand Canyon and stuff like that.

I want to go down there and go through one of his tours once. I told him if I do that, I'll be in the back of the crowd looking at him with my eyeballs all squinched out and slapping my forehead and shaking my head to distract him. He goes, that'd be fine.

Put it all in good fun. All right. Almost ready for the next break, but give me a call.

877-207-2276. Devon from Ohio or no, Idaho. Welcome, Devon. You're on the air. Hey, man. How are you doing? Doing all right, man. It's getting back from, suffering from jet lag, but hanging in there.

What do you got, buddy? Um, so I know that you have a break coming up and we can talk about this afterwards, unless there's time, but, um, I've never heard you talk about this topic. Um, but what, what do you think of Christian yoga, quote unquote, uh, Christian yoga is okay. As long as you're not doing chakra energy, balancing light, energy work, things like that. Stretching is simply stretching in martial arts. We would do stretches and some of the stretches were the same things we would do in yoga. When I took yoga, when I was a kid and ignorant, I just took a lot of yoga, did yoga, real yoga. But, uh, some of the stretching moves were identical and it doesn't really make any difference.

So if they have Christian where it's Christian stretch and they want to call it yoga, they really shouldn't do that. But, uh, it's not that big a deal. Then it's fine. As long as they're not doing things like focusing on energy, they certainly should not do things like, uh, focus on this verse and let your mind go free.

If they do that, that would be bad. Uh, but hold on, we'll be right back. Okay, buddy, we've got a break coming up.

Hey, there's the music. If you want to give me a call, all you gotta do is dial 877-207-2276. You can also email me a question at info at karm.org. Hey, we'll be right back. It's Matt Slick live, taking your calls at 877-207-2276.

Here's Matt Slick. All right. Welcome back to the show.

We have a few open lines. If you want to give me a call 877-207-2276 call, you can email me at info at karm.org. C-A-R-M dot O-R-G. Let's get back on with Devin. All right. About Christian yoga. Ready to talk about it a little bit more? Yeah.

All right. So, yoga is problematic whenever it deals with the issues of energy balancing, chakra balancing, emptying your mind, and things like this. These are occult practices. That's what yoga is officially. So, can Christians do yoga? No, Christians cannot do yoga. Not when it involves the issue of meditation, chakra balancing, emptying the mind. You can do Christian yoga type stuff. I hate using the word yoga because yoga means the actual practice, not only of stretching, but the meditations on those movements, as well as emptying the mind, moving energy, thinking things like that. That's what yoga is. So, when you say Christian yoga, it's kind of a misnomer because what they're trying to do is Christian meditation without the Eastern occult meditative aspects. They're still using the same word, but the word actually entails the idea of those things.

This is why it's confusing. So, as I said before the break, when we come to the issue of stretching, there's nothing wrong with doing stretching like the lotus, the bound lotus, things like that. Those aren't occultic things to do. There's actually a position where you sit in a chair, and you sit straight back, and you're back straight, and you relax all your muscles. You do breathing exercises. Those things aren't occultic, but they are when you focus on something, and I keep repeating this, the emptying of the mind and waiting for your energy to move in your body.

That's occultic and bad news. So, can a Christian do stretching in a class situation, and then you have, say, Christian music on, or you have a scripture that's red, and you do a stretch in a different position? I don't see any problem with that because the positions, the stretches themselves are not bad. They're just positions. It's the association with the occult practices done with them is a problem. As long as those are removed, and the stretching is incorporated, then that's fine. As far as meditation goes, the Christians should never just empty their minds.

That should not be something that they should do at all. It should be focusing on scripture, maybe having a discussion on a verse while they're stretching and things like that. So, it just depends on a few variables.

You want to add anything to that? Oh, yeah. I was just curious because I never really thought of anything of yoga or whatever, and then I think I heard you saying something a while back about that, and then I completely forgot about it, but then it kind of got me thinking about how, kind of like with what Paul said about eating meat sacrificed to idols and stuff, and how it's just meat and that you can partake in it because it's the Lord allowed everybody to eat meat.

It just got me kind of thinking about how we also, Christians usually decorate trees during Christmas, and that has roots in paganism and stuff too. So, it's just like I got lower back issues, so I was like, maybe I should try some stretches out, and then it got me onto the yoga path, and I was like, well, let me talk to Matt first, see what he thinks. Yeah, you can do stretches for your lower back. Like I said, it took martial arts for years, and we would sit there and do stretches and do rolls in different directions, different sizes, different angles, and I didn't have any problem with any of that stuff. In fact, I talked to the sensei that I ended up taking Krav Maga for several years with.

He would teach another martial art, which was steeped in the traditions of Japan, and there were some meditative practices done with those. I talked to him and I said, oh, my daughter is doing that. He says, they don't do that.

They don't do any of that occult stuff. So, you know, no big deal. So, do those stretches for your back.

You know, the swan, these names of positions and things like that. You can do stuff that's helpful. Just don't hurt yourself.

You know, you can. I hurt my right knee stretching once for martial arts, and twisted it. To this day, it still hurts if I do certain things a certain way. So, just be careful and just don't push yourself. Let your body guide you, but it'll be fine.

As long as you're not doing the meditation, stuff like that. Don't do that. All right? Right. Okay. Well, thank you. Okay, man. Well, God bless. All right.

You too. Okay. All right. We have nobody waiting online.

Let's see if anybody's put in. Okay. Yeah. So, what we do online here.

I'm sorry to hear that. One of the things we do online during the radio show is we have people in the chat room. And I broadcast on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Rumble simultaneously. And we're doing it right now.

And plus, the show goes out over the years. So, what happened over the years is that we've developed a community of people in the chat. And they're good people.

All right? And sometimes people will donate like Mr. Kitt on Rumble did a $5 rant. I appreciate that, Mr. Kitt. And so, there's that.

People have become friends and exchange phone numbers. And Noelle lost her baby during this time. And I'm just sorry to hear that. My heart aches with you, Noelle. She's one of the girls in the group. And her situation there is known to us. And just want to let you know that her hearts are with you and prayers are with you and things like that.

And just talk about this publicly. We go through things. We go through difficulties. And Noelle, I don't know the details.

I just now found this out because someone wrote it to me. And I've lost a son. My wife and I, we had to bury our son.

He died right after birth in our arms. And these things, unfortunately, they do happen in the world and many people suffer through them. And Noelle, my heart goes out to you as well as do the other people in the room when it happened.

I don't know what day or what, but my heart breaks for you and with you. And it reminds me as we go through things in this world, so many people have so many difficulties. I mentioned my wife before. She's got a very rare connective tissue disorder. And let's just say it's difficult. There are people that are born with birth defects that never get healed. As a matter of fact, I was talking to the Lord about this kind of stuff just today and last night in prayer about why he doesn't heal more. And it's really bothering me. It is, because I know he's there and I know he can do so much and yet he chooses not to heal people.

And sometimes he does. And I'm not complaining, but it's something I'm thinking about and something I'm wrestling with a little bit. I don't have all the answers.

Lord, why is it that you don't heal more in the areas that people I know and stuff and see? And yet we have to go through things. And I'm not complaining. I'm not doubting God, nothing like that. But it's just something I don't have answers to. And so I have to think about things like that.

And over time I learn, there's a reason here, there's that. He's the Lord, we are not. And for those of you who are out there who are suffering through things, my heart breaks with you. And I don't know why God doesn't heal people more frequently.

I just don't know. It doesn't mean he's not there. And it doesn't mean he doesn't care. But there are reasons that exist that we don't have a knowledge of why God allows us to go through things. I can't help but wonder that it might be for greater reward in heaven as we suffer through periods of difficulties now without our faith wavering. And we look to him, and perhaps this is a greater blessing to not be healed so that we have greater reward in heaven. That's the predominant reason I've come up with, why God doesn't heal people like we think we would like him to do.

But that's okay. There is a God, you're not him. And our faith is not dependent on our healing or not. And your faith should not be dependent on your healing. It's dependent on who Christ is and his death and resurrection, that you can trust in what he has done and who he is. And if you're doubting the Lord because of your situation, financial or marital, familial, that means family, health, maybe you're frustrated and maybe a little angry with God.

I don't know what to tell you other than I would think that your eyes are in the wrong place, that you're looking to your situation more than to him. This is what I'm getting, at least when I think about it, that I get this, well, what are you looking at? Where's your hope? What's your expectation? And so I just don't know.

I just don't know. Yeah, I was actually thinking, Bill, in the chat room there about Justin Peter. I know Justin Peter's, and he's confined to a wheelchair. But yet he travels the country, travels the world, and he ministers to people all over. He has cerebral palsy. And then there's Ed Romine actually, who I tease a lot. He's also got a CP, and he purposely got a doctorate degree to make me look bad.

That's the only reason he did it, was to get a doctorate degree to rub it in. And so I like teasing him. He's a good guy. So why does God let this happen?

He has reasons we just don't understand, and yet we can be used in our frailty, and we can bring glory to God, and we can help others too if we minister by faith. All right, let's get to Charlie from Washington. Charlie, welcome. You're on the air.

Hey, Matt. Thanks for letting me fill in for you while you were gone. Sure. Yeah, I'm glad you touched on that topic, because as Christians, I don't know how people go through such tragic events without the Lord. I mean, the word says that we mourn, but not as those who mourn with no hope. I mean, even in the midst of our bitter, bitter mourning, there's a thread of hope that unbelievers don't have, and I feel sorry for them in that, because as uncomfortable as it is, the Lord, in some fashion, makes it survivable for us.

Yes. And I just thank him for his mercy in that sense, because it's a marvelous indication of how much he loves us. But anyway, thank you for letting me check in. I wanted to let you know that I'm glad you're back, and I appreciate even more what you do while you're here.

It's not as easy as you think, but it's fun. But there's the music. We gotta go. So God bless.

Hey, thanks for filling in, Charlie. Appreciate it. All right. Okay. God bless. Talk to you later. All right.

That's Charlie. Great guy. Hey, folks. Sorry. We're out of time. May the Lord bless you by his grace. I'm back on air tomorrow. We'll talk to you then.
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