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In this week's episode Lynn Wilder reviews the 7 Stages of Grief and we talk about how these relate to the transition out of performance-based religion.  This week we have a special focus on anger, and next week we'll continue the conversation looking other stages like denial, depression and acceptance.  In both episodes we talk about how grace can bring hope and healing to what is often a traumatic transition experience.



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Lynn Wilder continues sharing her transition story out of performance-based religion to a grace-based faith in Jesus.  It's a fun and candid interview with a lot of helpful insights for people finding themselves in the uncertainty of religious transition. 



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Lynn shares from her life in performance-based religion, and how she thought she was good.  When she started reading the Bible all that changed. Jesus changed everything

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What does gambling have to do with grace? What’s the risk? It’s all on the table, no negotiating.

What’s the guarantee?

 

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Deciding to stand firm of proving what she believed through Mormonism, Lisa agreed to study the Bible confident she could defend her faith. The gods of her life began to be exposed by God for how weak, small and lifeless they were. December 20, 1990, all the chains and addictions fell off. Being compelled to love she had a desire to share with her parents, her family and all who would listen about the intimate God she had found.

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Can I have a direct relationship with God without organized religion or the Church? We must figure out truth. Performance based religions have an authority based structure of who can hear from God. Jesus is our mediator, we have direct access no need for anyone else but is there a biblical paradigm from hearing from God?

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Warnings were given to Anna to be careful of what she read or researched because the devil is working against the one true church. Preparing to be baptized and join the Mormon Church she was so baffled when she began to see the church was hiding many things. The difference between what the Bible said and what the Book of Mormon said was drawing her to question what is truth.

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Anna raised in a Christian home was drawn to Mormonism through a romantic relationship. Drawn to the family unit and someone who was very dedicated to his faith. She was on the path to study Mormon scriptures, become baptized and become a member of the LDS Church.

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  • Grace by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)

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Sometimes relationships blinds or clouds our perspective



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Micah Wilder shares how God made a radical change in his life. Because he loved people so much he wanted to share what he found and he did so through a ministry called Adams Road. Five friends that had the same radical change and having a unique background of music started writing music and formed a band.

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Stefan and Sarah were a faithful LDS couple who began to read the Bible and ask questions regarding the differences between the Mormon faith and what the Bible said.

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  • God does not live in temples made with hands (Acts 7:48)

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Doubt is always the first penetration of new truth

Asking for the truth, scales fell from my eyes –Sarah

Jesus is enough-He is sufficient!



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Our guests are a married couple who were faithful to the LDS Church together. Stefan coming back from his Mormon mission on fire to live a faithful, worthy life as a husband and father. Desiring to be even more worthy after the birth of their first child, Stefan questioned his worthiness and began reading the Bible diligently with the Mormon scriptures.

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What is it like to die to an old life and to move on to a new life? The fear of the unknown can sometimes be greater than what actually happens.

The Word of God has a patterned that tells us what to do for our entire life.

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Confronting a family that for generations was LDS. Alicia began to understand that Jesus was more important than family. Holding on to faith and hope knowing that God was there she confronted the cost of losing family, friends and career and moved away from Utah and pursued following Jesus and the truth of His Word.

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Alicia, Lynn’s daughter-in-law, grew up as a little “righteous girl”. Born into a Mormon family, she did her absolute best at living up to the standards but yet once in college at BYU felt like she was missing something, having uncertainties, feeling insecure and worthless.

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  • Jesus is the Word (John 1)
  • Become like a child (Matthew 18:3-4)


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Anna continues to share her story of validating and highlighting concerns she began to have about the Mormon faith. Comparing verses from the Bible and Mormon scripture, internet research and digging into apologetics. Struggling with what to believe, where true faith was and holding on to the romantic relationship she longed for she continued to study. Rejoice with Anna as she shares answers to prayer and the peace and joy she has finally found!

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Anna Banister was raised in a Christian family but was drawn away to Mormonism through a relationship with a Mormon man and his family. Mormonism taught her that the more persecution she received for pursuing Mormonism was a confirmation that she was choosing the right path.

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Mormonism was giving me control over my own salvation – Anna



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Garron Brown shares the adventure God has taken him from the Mormon Church to belief in true Biblical Christianity. Garron’s spiritual thirst for God came from his feeling of drought even in the midst of a successful Mormon mission.

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  • All fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)


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God is so faithful. He can take our ashes and build it into something beautiful-Garron



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Garron Brown shares his testimony of growing up Mormon, being in seminary, his mission work and his turn just 7 months ago to a personal relationship with God.

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What is performance based religion?

The basis of eternal life is very different from a performance based religion than that of the New Testament scriptures. 

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