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In My Weakness You Can Shine

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June 15, 2024 12:30 pm

In My Weakness You Can Shine

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June 15, 2024 12:30 pm

Welcome fellow adventurers! This week, the guys discuss in our moments of weakness, God's strength and glory will shine. The clips are from "Superman," and "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade."

Be sure to check out our other podcasts, Masculine Journey After Hours and Masculine Journey Joyride for more great content!

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Oh yes it does, and we have a different like cast of characters today than often. What is that interesting noise I'm hearing? Oh, it's, it's... Art's phone is what we were hearing, but don't worry about that. Meanwhile... And speaking of a cast of characters, we have Art with us from, and we have Grant, and we have Harold, and we have Rodney, and we have Terry, which is awesome. And you may know me, but what we're missing... Who are you? I'm Robby.

Hi Robby. We're missing Sam, and we're missing David, and we're missing Andy. You know, we have noticed, and I don't want to say anything, you know, Danny might be here for the after hours, which you have to get on any podcasting, but... You know, have you guys noticed, and I'm sure you have, that if Sam isn't here, magically David, somehow or another, doesn't make it either. It's, it's, it's, there's like a team effort. And then recently, if Sam's not here, and David's not here, then Andy's not here. And so I don't know if there's some going on.

I'm just saying, but it is my job as the host when they're gone to find ways to throw them under the bus. So there you go. We're off to a good start. But in its own way, Grant, it illustrates tonight's topic, which I know you're saying, Robby, are you ever going to get to the topic? Yes. Yes. Yes, Grant, I am. But it illustrates, it illustrates this topic tonight, doesn't it, Rodney?

Because what is it? In their weakness, those losers that aren't here, we are made stronger. Amen. I know. It's in my weakness, you will shine.

There you go. In my weakness, right? My weakness. Yeah.

And clearly we've seen that time and again. Each one of us saying my weakness, yeah. Yeah, yeah. And so what's been, this is my topic this week, interestingly, and I almost couldn't make it because my daughter's in the throes of having a granddaughter for me.

So I'm very excited to be there shortly. But meanwhile, yeah, I can't get over this idea of labor pains being, they come in waves. And you know, the whole earth is in labor pains, as Jesus would tell you, especially awaiting his return.

But labor pains were meant to do something that was to stretch and to create an opening for the baby, right? And so I was studying Peter walking on the water, and I think it's a perfect illustration of in my weakness, you can, you know, in my weakness, you will shine. That Peter had some weaknesses, right? Like he was a little, you know, what's the word I'm looking for? You know, when you do something spontaneous, maybe he was just spontaneous.

That's a good word. I usually use spontaneous when I mean spontaneous. Yeah, it's very spontaneous. Yeah, he was spontaneous.

Might have been a weakness, might have been a strength, whatever. You can tell that this is, you know, one of his times that he chooses to get out of the boat. And when he does, these waves start to hit him. And I don't know what your life has been like, but I bet you may have been hit by waves of stuff that comes at you, right? And so as Peter is hit by these waves, then he begins to doubt, and he begins to sink.

But I've thought more and more about this. There could be nothing better on the planet than when you sink, Jesus pulls you up, and then like Peter, you get to walk on water with him, right? You never would have ever, you know, been able to pull yourself up out of the water, and then once you're up out of the water, not only are you up out of the water, but you're in Jesus' arms. And then you get to watch what he can really do. But if you hadn't sunk, you never would have experienced what Peter got to experience, as the other 11 in the boat, right? And you've heard this, you know, John Ortenberg's book, if you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat.

And so in so many instances, we see that. Now, as I understand it, you know, for many years of watching cartoons and later on TV, even on radio back in the day, there was this guy named Superman. And now he is pretty strong. He was. But Rodney, your clip really goes into, you know, where he did have a weakness.

Just a little one. And I think we all know Superman's story. It's the old kryptonite story, right? So this goes back to the original Superman, and Gene Hackman is Lex Luthor, and I forget a lot of what's going on in this movie.

And just looking back at the movie now, I just like, wow, movies were really cheesy back then, weren't they? But, you know, the rockets are flying to whatever destination they're supposed to be going to to kill a bunch of people. And you have this whole scene playing out where Superman is solving the mystery. He's going to take care of Lex Luthor. And it sounds Superman, what I see in this clip is that he's not only confident, he's kind of overconfident. He's not thinking about the next step. Well, what is he, Lex Luthor, my archenemy here, going to do to me?

What's he going to do? And he, at one moment, Lex looks one way, because you don't get to see this because it's radio. So he looks one way, and Superman looks that way, can see through things. He's like, oh, you thought you could hide behind lead. And he's like, so he doesn't go that direction to get this detonator that he's looking for. But he thinks it's in this trunk that Lex is sitting on, so he picks him up, throws him, right? And you hear him kind of flying through the air, whatever, yelling and screaming a little bit. Then you have him open it up, and right before he does it, Lex says, don't open that, like he really wants him to stay out. But what he wants him to do is go and open it, because that is where this, there's this chain. And what's on the end of that chain, like a necklace, is this beautiful piece of kryptonite, this green kryptonite.

Well, immediately, of course, Superman loses his powers, and he hangs this chain over him, throws him in the water. But then one of Lex's assistants, this lady, I can never remember her name, but he's yelling at her. Sondenbacher. Yeah, I can't remember.

Lueckenbacher or something. Yeah, so he's yelling at her, and she goes and saves him. That's after this clip. But what you hear at the end is she's like, my mother lives in one of the towns in New Jersey that one of the rockets are flying to.

But here's the clip. What do you think, suit baby? Interesting? Well, your theory is quite impressive, Luthor.

Otis, would you go to the viewing room, please? But as for the rest, it's nothing but a sick fantasy. Fantasy? No, no.

It's history. It's happening, Superman. Miss Catrocket! Yes, Lance? Where's the rocket now?

It's going like a bat over the Grand Canyon. So's the other one. The other one?

There's two of them? Yeah, Superman, double jeopardy. Even you, with your great speed, couldn't stop both of them. While I, on the other hand, could stop them with my detonator. All right, Luthor, where is it?

Where's the detonator? You diseased maniac. Do you really think you could hide it from me by encasing it in lead? I'll mold this box into your prison bars. Don't touch that. I told you. That's kryptonite, Superman.

A little souvenir for the old hometown. I've spared no expense to make you feel right at home. You were great in your day, Superman, but it just stands to reason. When it came time to cash in your chips, this old diseased maniac would be your banker.

Mind over muscle? You don't even care where the other missile's headed, do you? Certainly I do.

I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey. I have to leave you now. No hard feelings.

We all have our little faults. Mine's in California. Lex, my mother lives in Hackensack.

And that's kind of the downfall of Lex there, because he has got one sympathizer with Hackensack, New Jersey. Test marker. Miss test marker. Yeah, you remember this. My gosh, that's sick. It was a great movie. As cheesy as it was.

It was big time in my day. So what I see there is this picture of Lex Luthor as Satan in the garden. Did God really say? You know, you can see what I saw was like, Superman, he just gets overconfident. He's like very prideful. I know what I'm doing here. I've got this under control. I'm taking you down, Lex, and what's happening next? Here he is surrendering to the kryptonite, the weakness that he has, because he didn't see what was coming. And typically we don't either. I think of Job.

You got, Job is like, everything was wonderful. And God allowed Satan to wreak havoc on his life. To show Job who he really was, if he was a man of God, and to show Satan that he is mine.

He's not going to follow you in the end. But there's a lot of things that brings out in us the weaknesses that we have so that we can see them. So we don't keep trusting in the weaknesses, which is coming from us. Because the weaknesses are within us.

Their heart issues, their mind issues, their, you know, for me, fear of man issues, things like that, that you just live with all the time. And you're not going to overcome them just by your sure will. And one of the places I went as I was looking at weakness then, I was like, I wonder where Robby's going, because he didn't give a whole lot to us this time, because normally he gives us a lot more to go on. But the 2 Corinthians 12, 9 was one of my favorites. It says, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I would rather boast in my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

So that's coming from Paul. And I find it a lot easier to say than do. And I do struggle with so many different things. And I know one of the places where I've always struggled was with my wife and I, when we would fight, it becomes about winning the fight and showing who really knows and what has to do. And I'd throw myself a little pity party, right, of, oh, poor old me, I'm fighting again. This is what's going on.

I've got it so bad. And then I would say, oh, but how am I going to work out of that? I'm just going to win the fight.

So you dig in your heels, right, and you just go to fight. Because so many times has nothing to do with whatever the subject is. It was just about winning. It's about me. Just make it about yourself. So, so many times, you know, I'd focus on different things. But I tried to turn that finally into being about my plank and not her specs, you know.

And that's where I had to try to work my way out of it and try to just keep focusing on me and not enter into a fight when they came up. We've got to go to a break, but we would love to see you at the next boot camp coming up November 1st through the 4th. Register at masculinejourney.org. You know, and hear from you guys. You guys have been through a lot.

And just listen to these guys' stories, their advice. It's just, it's really uplifting to me. I've kind of grown up in church my whole life. You know, I really haven't been as close. And I feel like coming to boot camp has helped me get more close.

Because, you know, I'd kind of gotten to a point where I'd fallen away a little bit. And then my first boot camp, my mom told me about it and I was like, OK, yeah, we'll go. We'll check it out.

We'll see. And then I came and I was like, you know, I'm always going to come back because I'd never been to a place like that before. I really appreciate you guys. I'm glad I can be here. Register today at masculinejourney.org And it's time, and your time is beautiful That is Rebecca St. James in King and Country.

Yes, Harold, do you want to speak? Yeah, I wanted to say to my buddy here that 60 years of experience as a married man has taught me that you don't want to lose the war by winning a battle. Amen. There you go.

And when it comes to trying to fight with a woman. She's already lost. From Matalon down, it's been a toughie.

You only got one option. But getting back to the bump. Losing. And that bump is from the movie Unsung Hero. And the movie itself is a glowing illustration of this idea of in my weakness you can shine. And the reason that I played that is actually her father, Rebecca St. James' father, she had written this song. And he had lost his job in Australia based on a bad business decision of promoting Amy Grant at a time when Australia was going into a recession. Lost everything he had.

Came to Nashville for a job they didn't have. Lost all their money. Oh, and they went to this place where all they could rely on was God. And so the children would write these prayer requests up on the wall as they would mow lawns and clean houses in order to try to make a living, right?

So they went from riches to rags. But then interestingly, Rebecca was the oldest daughter and she wrote this song. You make everything beautiful, right? In my weakness you can shine. And fascinatingly, that was a song that got her the record deal. And again, Unsung Hero really has more to do with the mom who was during this time helping them all to pray and look for God.

Because God was the one that obviously turned the whole thing around as he does in any time, right? That we have this idea of weakness. And so again, as I was thinking about this idea of waves and this idea of new birth, you know, being me, Robby, I've had quite a story of waves.

And I couldn't help but think, God, what did you have in mind exactly? Because in 19 – I'll just give you the quickest rundown I can give you of this, but it's true. 1996, in the winter, I was diagnosed with what they called killer cell lymphoma. That I was told by my oldest sister, worked at the University of Michigan Hospital at the time.

Only two people had ever had that disease in the United States. Both of them didn't live a month. And it looked bad for the home team. But this was 1996. You hear my voice, you know that God came to the rescue.

Huge, huge. In my weakness, right? My body was weak. I didn't know I had lymphoma, right? You know, I have no understanding of why, okay?

But it happened, and it was my weakness. But a man, a pastor in town, listened to the Holy Spirit, and he came into the dealership where I was working in Winston-Salem, and said, the Lord told me there's somebody here that needs to be healed. And my finance manager said, oh, that must be Robby Dilmore. He was back in his office. He's got these tumors all over him from his lymphoma.

He looks like a freak. He won't come out here. So you're going to have to go back there. And so he goes back there, and I literally was covered in these cutaneous tumors that were all over me.

You didn't say it. So he, honestly, I can honestly say I did not have the faith to be healed. I was a babe in Christ, had been in Christ about four or five years, and this guy was going to anoint me with oil and lay hands on me. And those were things I had not experienced, nor did I have any understanding, but I thought that's really, really weird.

But hey, it can't hurt. And so when he prayed, though, I felt something. I honestly felt something like, man, there's something to this.

There was something to this. And I know he would say it was God, right? It wasn't him. It was God. But anyway, in my weakness, he shined. So I was covered in these tumors.

That was a Friday afternoon. When I went to get my chemotherapy treatment on Monday, I did not have a single tumor. And it's written up in Divine Miracle books and all sorts of interesting things. What happened was the result is that, man, I didn't have any tumors. And they said that when they did the biopsy, that the cancer turned on itself and ate itself.

Well, it did so in three days. Like, oh, man. That's what I find amazing about God. And when we allow God the moment in our lives, when we finally slow ourselves down to give God that moment of movement, huh?

You know, think of the testimonies come at a moment of our time we give God. And think of the wave of healing that happens in that moment. So we went through chemotherapy anyway because the doctors wanted us to.

And I certainly didn't want to want to ever that back, whatever it was. And we went to celebrate our last chemotherapy treatment. How exciting. We went on a Jeep Jamboree in the mountains of North Carolina. And the last day of the Jeep Jamboree, this is still 1996, October actually. And the person uphill from me didn't put their Jeep in park. And I was at the back of my Jeep getting my son a root beer. I remember it vividly when I heard the crackling noise of wheels headed my way. And I looked up to see this Jeep and I thought, surely they'll stop.

They didn't stop. But I did get my right leg, that was a good news, up on the bumper, but not my left leg. It didn't make it. And so my left leg almost didn't make it. It was a horrendous compound fracture up in the mountains where, you know, more than an hour from the hospital in Murphy, North Carolina, which I found out later wasn't very large.

And I could tell another 20-minute story on that, where God came through for me in that. But nonetheless, I spent the next two years – you see the wave I'm talking about? I spent the next two years in a wheelchair or in a – I was always in a cast from my ankle clear up to the end of my hip.

And so after those two years, I had a little save the children leg, right? And about the time I got out of that, then all of a sudden I got this unbelievable headache, unbelievable headache that was just completely debilitating. And they took me to the hospital and they said, oh, you got inflammation in the meninges part of your brain. And whoa, whoa, it looks like your lymphoma may have come back and it's in your brain. And we need to do a biopsy. Well, let me just tell you, if anybody ever says they need to do a biopsy in your brain, say no. Sounds easy.

It ain't. They literally have to take a fairly good size, about a quarter-sized chunk out of your skull and go in there and dip out some whatever's in there. And if you ever wondered what happened to me, well, there you go. I would see another wave.

So we got wave of jeep, you know, wave of – now here comes wave of this. And interestingly, they couldn't find anything, no results on that. But when they put a little titanium plate – Must have been empty in there. Yeah, it was.

They put a titanium plate back in there. Unfortunately, that had a staph infection. And that led to something you really, really don't want as much as you don't want a brain biopsy. What you really do not want is a brain abscess, which is what the result of that was. And that really nearly got me.

I mean, and understand all this stuff was coming in waves, right? And once again, you know, I can remember vividly the nurse saying, Mr. Delmar, the abscess is just racing across your brain, and we're going to try this last antibody because nothing is slowing it down at all. And literally, if you wake up in the morning, you know, it will be somewhat of a miracle. Well, once again, here I am. And in fact, she was like, you might want to think about making your arrangements. You know, hear that from a nurse.

You know, it's not like, man. Anyway, that was the scoop on that one. And again, that antibiotic did work. It took months and months and months and what I called my bozo cut. Because I had hair coming out.

If you know me, I've got really curly hair, and you can imagine the hair coming out the sides. And I was bald on top anyway. And just all sorts of shenanigans that were a result of all this. But it was another wave, right? And then I lost the dealership, and that was a huge wave.

And then I fell out of the tree, and that was a huge wave. And all of this, I'm saying, is because there's things that's like step by step. Like any good movie you'll watch that they throw stones at the main character to try to show them that, you know, if you're going to be a hero, you're going to have to go through some tests.

And all of those stretch you because there's got to be a stretching if you're going to have a baby. It just requires that. And so hopefully I got enough time to play this. How much time I got? Can you do? Okay. I'm going to play this.

Not a very long clip. Indiana Jones is going to be trying to make his way to the Holy Grail for his father. He's been shot, and he's trying to save him.

You'll hear his father in the background trying to tell him how to get through this maze as he's trying to get through it. I'm through! We're through.

He's all right. The second challenge of the word of God. Only in the footsteps of God will he proceed. Proceed in the footsteps of the word. The word of God. No, Henry.

Try not to talk. Jehovah. But in the light now forbid, Jehovah begins with an eye. Jesus. Oh, dear. Oh, dear. And Jehovah starts with an eye. So there's a spelling test for all of you. Jehovah begins with an eye in certain languages anyway.

However that works. But the point is, Indy is on his way to try to get the Holy Grail, but it's not just one thing he's got to go through. It's thing after thing after thing. And so maybe in your life you've noticed that you've got waves. And I'm not the only one. But in your weakness he can shine, and he's stretching, stretching, stretching.

Because he said, have a new baby, there's got to be birth pains, and they come in waves. And so, you know, it's really cool to know that his overall plan, as Harold says, there's lots of dominoes going to fall. You're going to find out about it if you listen to After Hours 2, the Masculine Journey After Hours podcast on any podcast network. Stay tuned. We've got that one coming up. This is the Truth Network.
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