TLP 408: The Best of 2020 | #1
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Okay, so we’ve learned that 2020 has had some wonderful reminders for God’s people.
We were reminded how desperately we need to live in the hope God provides, and we are reminded that we all need to cherish the time we spend with our families . . . and probably spend a lot more time with them.
Even though I work from home and spend all day with my family, I’m very much looking forward to Christmas break and spending even more quality time with them.
But I believe the greatest blessing of 2020 was God reminding His people how desperately important it is that we actually . . . physically . . . assemble with God’s people, the church.
Zoom meetings don’t cut it. Internet church is not really church. YouTube sermons can give you information, but you can’t live out those truths in practical discipleship and one-anothering unless you actually meet face-to-face in life-on-life ministry.
My family moved to North Carolina in November of 2019. You all know what happened shortly thereafter, and we couldn’t even join our new church for months. And then — when we finally did — there was still so much distancing and general avoidance that it didn’t really feel like church.
Now, my family did not ever prescribe to that constant distancing of ourselves. We were famished for communion with God’s people, so we did everything we could to fellowship with the body of Christ as often as possible during the week.
And I think that all of God’s people felt the same way at different times this year. Deep inside we all knew that it wasn’t natural for the body of Christ to be amputated like that.
I don’t know when people will finally feel comfortable meeting and shaking hands and hugging like we used too — by the way, I’ve been ready for all of that for months — and I don’t know how long our government is going to fight the church’s attempts to obey God. But whether the pressure increases or decreases, I believe God has used 2020 to show His people how much we really need each other. Maybe this is the calm before the storm, and maybe it’s not, but I hope we’re all more passionate and eager to meet than we used to be. I hope it will take more to stop us. I hope the body of Christ — both locally and universally — will bond even tighter because of this experience.
If you’re uncertain why church is that big of a deal, I want to ask you, as a friend to listen to our “Your Family Needs to Go to Church” series. It should help you better understand God’s mind on the subject.
Now, on the TLP side of things we learned that our number 3 episode of the year was about fixing our family fighting, and our second most popular episode was about becoming parabolic parents. What could possibly have been our most popular episode of the year?
Well, there were a number of fantastic runners-up. For example, our “Spiritual Warfare in Your Home” series was extremely powerful and timely as was our “Parenting Suffering Children” series.
And so many people are loving using our new Celebration of God discipleship experience with their families.
But the most popular, #1 episode of 2020 was downloaded more times than the second and third most popular episodes combined!
Episode 393 from the beginning of Season 16 is called “What Happens When Your Family Does What’s Right in Its Own Eyes?” It was one of our most shared episodes on social media, and — that one episode alone — ranked in the top 10% of all podcast episodes by download.
Apparently many people resonated with it. I know it was an important and timely reminder for my family. So, whether you’re hearing it for the second time or this is your first go around, I pray TLP’s best of 2020 is exactly what you need.
And be sure to catch our annual “TLP’s Top 10” blog post in January to see what you may have missed.
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