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Podcast: How to Stop Complaining (& Save Your Family in the Process?)

Christians are not taught how complaining repels blessings and attracts curses as Exodus 15-16 graphically proves and Paul warned (1Co 10:9-10). This happens because even a grumbling thought puts you out of the faith needed to please God (Heb 11:6=2Co 10:5). In this talk we share powerful insights and testimonies for overcoming both superficial and "engine warning light" complaints in your words and your thoughts. Learn how doing repentance like this blesses you now and may be the only way your family will follow you to Judea later (Joel 2:32) as the precedents of Noah and Lot's families shows!

This is the first time I was inspired by God with an insight that I was also inspired on who to deliver it to: supporters. Once you consider it, it's immediate obvious how complaining is an excellent starting point for repentance. So much so that I think it will be a foundational teaching in the coming workbook. Yet, as the podcast explains, there are critical reasons you'll want to start using the wisdom in this podcast now!

Unlike sermons on complaining you may have heard at church that simply share some of the same passages on why believers should not complain, I think this podcast goes several levels beyond:

  1. We call out complaining as attracting curses (1Co 10:9) and repelling blessings by it putting you out of faith (Heb 11:6).
  2. Testimonies of our own past complaining and bad fruits.
  3. How to change your complaining on both a surface level and a deeper healing level as appropriate.
  4. Testimonies of how people reacted positively to our later non-complaining and blessed us greatly.
  5. A powerfully compelling reason for why you want to start working on serious repentance like this now: it may be the only way your family will respect your opinion enough to come with you to Judea.

Note: In the podcast, I state that "Wormwood somehow comes out of nowhere" to sneak up on the world. Exactly one week after that recording that statement, Katrina and I received the insight that Wormwood is being sent from Heaven last minute, thereby sneaking up on the world.

Finally, pay attention for when God unexpectedly intervenes in the podcast to test our non-complaining resolve!

Outline of topics covered:

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  • 03:15 – What God revealed to Tim about complaining.
  • 05:03 – Why even complaining about other people is actually a complaint to God, too.
  • 06:30 – Considering family members’ roles – leadership and short versus long-term goals of the family. Do we complain because of self-focus?
  • 10:20 – Complaining brings curses and repels blessings. "What you resist persists." Wants vs. needs.
  • 12:20 – Complaining leads to depression, and the answer to this from Katrina’s personal experience.
  • 13:20 – How do we grow in this life? What’s pushing your buttons? Look at Paul.
  • 15:00 – What complaining says to God. Are you missing the point about this life's meaning?
  • 16:20 – Why could King David complain to God in the psalms? What about our unspoken complaints?
  • 17:30 – What is the energy that makes us want to complain?
  • 18:57 – Examples of how to deal with complaining.
  • 20:33 – Wait on God and be blessed.
  • 21:52 – Recognizing different forms of complaining.
  • 22:32 – Don’t set yourself up for failure. Become aware.
  • 23:57 – Is it a deeper issue? Don’t bury it; dig it up.
  • 26:01 – The importance of hope and control issues.
  • 29:42 – Perfect live example of being out of control yet staying in peace: Katrina’s bracelet loudly spills onto the tile floor during recording!
  • 31:23 – Are we loving or unloving?
  • 32:22 – Wisdom and insights to become a better person.
  • 32:56 – Going deeper with control issues. Awareness is key.
  • 34:40 – "I don’t have time to slow down." What am I forgetting?
  • 36:56 – Why people may get upset when you stop complaining.
  • 38:41 – Another good example of not complaining from our Michael Rood Israel tour & lost luggage for our 10th anniversary.
  • 40:19 – Focus on the positive. Are you grateful? Shine your light.
  • 41:24 – "Tim, How can I save my family member?" 2022 will be here soon.
  • 42:57 – Stop manipulating others and improve relationships. Tim and Katrina’s testimony.
  • 44:25 – Concerned about family members not coming with you when the time comes to flee? Here is your best bet.
  • 48:20 – How does our repentance come into play? What if you’re wrong about 2022, Tim? Should I change my life?
  • 51:48 – 1 Cor 10:9-11 Warning from Paul on complaining
  • 52:32 – Repentance should be highest priority. Do you have radical faith?
  • 55:13 – Good example of “others” going with you.
  • 55:37 - You can do this with God’s help. It does work. Others will be greatly influenced by what they see in you. Prepare for eternal life – salt and light.

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Felicia - May 10, 2018

Excellent podcast! This answered many of the questions I had about complaining and how to stop. It also opened up my eyes about some ways I was complaining and didn’t even realize it! Wow more to work on. Can’t wait till the workbook comes out.

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Sue W - May 11, 2018

This stuff is so obvious once pointed out.
Why haven’t I noticed it before?
Perhaps I did but didn’t bother working on it not knowing the significance.
Where have you guys been all my life?
Praise Yehovah that He is using you to teach.

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Scott Duncan - May 11, 2018

Listened on my drive to work this morning. That I was able to listen to almost all of it shows the traffic issues I face daily…PLENTY opportunities to complain about everyday. 🙂

My gradual understanding of the need to overcome by rereading your articles is helping me find a peace and contentment in my daily life. Still plenty of issues to work on though. God is very clearly convicting me to work on my patience and anger issues. You mentioned gratitude, which I’m curious to hear about. It’s one thing to not complain but to take that extra step and give thanks (1 Thes 5:18) seems like a hurdle at times. Really looking forward to the workbook you are working on

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Andreas - May 14, 2018

Thank you for another great podcast about how to stop complaining.

I was wondering about Colossians 4:5-6

“Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.”

What does this mean?

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Andreas - May 15, 2018

Blessings to all who hear this Podcast. Tim and Katrina are good, they are good teachers. May much blessing come to them and their family, and may God continue to lead them as teachers of His word, and in every way, as He leads us listeners of this Podcast to repent from our sins and our complaining, on daily basis, so that we can walk on the Narrow Path.

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