Questioning Religious Beliefs? One of Joan’s Favorite Callers!

Daniel talks about being raised to believe in Jesus. He attended church with his family every Sunday and went to a Christian School through age 12. From a young age, he was told to “believe in Jesus”. Yet, at age 24, he struggles with his belief in Christianity, and with what Jesus means to him personally. Although Daniel’s call originally broadcast in December 2013, he remains one of my favorite callers! Listen to Daniel in the Podcast titled, “Questioning Religious Beliefs”. Listen as we explore some of these questions: • What is belief? • Can we make ourselves believe, just because our parents “said so”? • What if belief is “easy for them”, but not for you? • What is Faith? Where can it be found? • Joan shares that “Faith is a gift”. • If we don’t have faith, is there something wrong with us? • Can an intense spiritual seeking, or life challenge, lead you to faith? Daniel thought he would eventually find God, but it never really happened for him. He stopped going to church after he left home. He said he “gave up” trying… Yet, Daniel found God in an unexpected way, through his study of Mathematics. He also got more interested in Jesus through his study of Art. Listen as we discuss belief, proof of God versus the mystery of God, and atheism. Allow your own personal spirituality to flow as you listen to this conversation with Daniel. He found his truth. He found a way to live with the mystery of faith. He found a way to relish it, and to revel in it. …one of my favorite callers! This weekend on “The Joan Jerkovich Show”, I talk with Joe who is an “Atheist Challenged With Dating Christians”. Listen for ways to relate, and

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A Doctors Near Death Experience, Proof Of Heaven

When a man of science finds reason to believe there is a God and Heaven, it breaks barriers. Scientists want facts. Believers embrace mystery. When the two meet, it is often a battle of wills as to who is right and who is wrong, with the ultimate battle being the debate over whether or not God and Heaven exist. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander fell in to a coma after contracting a very rare bacterial meningitis. He writes about his experience in, “Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife.” While laying in a coma for seven days, the bacteria were eating away his brain until the “human part” of his brain, the neocortex, was inactivated. Although there is no scientific explanation for how the part of his brain he calls his “conscious, inner self” was “alive and well”, it was in this state that Dr. Alexander “journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.” The new world dimension Dr. Alexander described is one of mystery and revelation. The revelations contained a message of three parts, and a universal message for all. He tells of how in this state of consciousness he found himself in a place of clouds. “Big, puffy, pink-white ones that showed up sharply against the deep blue-black sky. Higher than the clouds-immeasurably higher-flocks of transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamerlike lines behind them.” He wrote that, to call them “birds” or “angels” would not do justice to the beings themselves. They were more advanced. Higher forms. As the creatures soared along, they made a noise that was like a glorious chant. It was as if the

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Cultivating a Gratitude Discipline

Gratitude is expressing thanks. This can be done internally in quiet moments of prayer or meditation or it can be spread out in to the world. Either way, to express thanks, can be the basis from which to live your best life. Do you want to feel happier? Would you like to increase your sense of well-being, your energy and optimism? Cultivating a discipline of expressing gratitude can reap those rewards. It’s easy to feel grateful for the good things you have in your life, what is hard, is to feel grateful for the challenges that life has delivered. This is where the notion of discipline comes in to play. Discipline is the exercise of self-control. You have the choice to see things in a negative light, or to give them a positive spin. Practice and discipline yourself to feel, think and express thanks. Making the conscious choice to live in gratitude will be life changing. In Gratitude for Life’s Lessons~ ~I am grateful for the mistakes I have made, for they have taught me to grow in character. ~I am grateful for the forgiveness others have granted me, for it has taught me humility. ~I am grateful for the things I want but don’t have, for it has taught me patience. ~I am grateful for the things that have not worked out as planned, for they have taught me perseverance. ~I am grateful for the people who challenge me, for they have taught me to look within. ~I am grateful for my limitations, for it has taught me to rely on others. ~I am grateful for my failures, for they have taught me that new opportunities abound. ~I am grateful for the pain and suffering of my most challenging life lessons, for they have made me who I am

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