I am super excited to release this 131st episode of the Encouraging Others Through Christ Podcast. Out of all the podcast episodes that I have produced since December 2005, this is, by far, my favorite episode to date. In this episode, I share an hour long conversation that I had with Steve Brown from Key Life Ministries.
If you have been following my journey, since September of last year, you have certainly heard me mention Steve Brown on multiple occasions. Back in September, Steve's Scandalous Freedom Podcast was such an amazing breath of fresh air after being smothered by religion for the past twenty years of my life.
Since episode 121 of this podcast (Previously named the About The Church Podcast), I have shared many of the sources that God has been using to communicate to me about the unconditional love that He has for me. When I look back over this past year, it is fun to actually play the “connect the dots” game, tracing all the steps that God took to get me to this place. The story of how I was introduced to Steve and how this conversation with him came about is worthy of a whole episode of its own.
I'm happy to announce that something finally clicked for me when I read Steve Brown's most recent book, Three Free Sins. Somewhere in the middle of this book, I became so overjoyed that I actually did a little dance. I felt fully loved by my Heavenly Father and I still do.
Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from this book:
1) Repentance is from a Greek word meaning to chanege one's mind. It doesn't mean changing your ways.
2) Having free sins doesn't only mean that you can throw away the mask, it also means that you don't have anybody to please except Jesus–and he's already pleased.
3) You don't have to get better to get God to love you. You don't have to get better to maintain God's love. You don't have to get better to witness. You don't have to get better to be forgiven. You don't have to get better to “make a difference.” And You don't have to get better to be sanctified or holy!
I sincerely hope that this conversation that I had with Steve blesses you and that if you are not already convinced that God loves you, that it will at least draw you closer to Him.