Break Through Any Struggle! (Season 5, Ep. 36)

Break Through Any Struggle! (Season 5, Ep. 36)

Break through in areas you have not seen in your life. You can find hope and life in the struggles you are facing. This is not the hour to give up.

Dr. Fred Antonelli explains how our strengths come naturally, but be aware of your weaknesses or you may fall toward temptations. In this episode, Dr. Antonelli discusses his book, "Struggling Well," and why Lord allows sorrow in your life.

Listen to hear how you can change the behavior patterns hindering you by acknowledging the issues and then go there with God.

30 Minutes • 2 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Fred Antonelli

 

Break through in areas you have not seen success in your life. You can find hope and life in the struggles you are facing. This is not the hour to give up.

Dr. Fred Antonelli explains how our strengths come naturally, but be aware of your weaknesses or you may fall toward temptations. In this episode, Dr. Antonelli discusses his book, "Struggling Well," and why Lord allows sorrow in your life.

Listen to hear how you can change the behavior patterns hindering you by acknowledging the issues and then go there with God.

Introduction

Actress Audrey Hepburn once said for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. If you want beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And if you want to walk with poise and the knowledge that you're never alone, then walk with Jesus. What a wise saying about beauty, isn't it? My daily Bible reading this morning included a passage from Proverbs. It's a good guess to know I read a lot about the getting of wisdom. It's a difficult get. It doesn't come quickly, nor does it necessarily come with the old age. And I should know about that. I did some serious research this weekend about wisdom. I Googled it. That's the way to research today. It seems to be the modern-day equivalent of setting on a front porch and a rocker whittling away at a hickory stick, drinking an ice-cold Cherry Coke and watching friends walk by. The important part of rocker time, though, is who you rock with. I think wisdom and rocking chairs are good compliments. Rocking chairs force us to slow down and sees a few moments of spiritual downloads. Proverbs 4:7 says getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do. I just love that thought. Getting wisdom is wise. If I said that, people would laugh at me. Whatever else you do, develop good judgment. What a great goal for a day; to wake up in the morning and say today, I want to develop good judgment. We know that good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from walking through many struggles. My guest today has written a book to provide insight into the question, ‘Why Lord have you allowed such sorrow and pain to flood into my world?’ Dr. Fred Antonelli has been a pastor for over 20 years. He has written a book titled, Struggling Well. Think about that concept for a moment; a how-to book on struggling well. I love how those two words come together. I believe this interview will richly bless you. I'm grateful to welcome my guest, Dr. Fred Antonelli.

 

We're so glad to offer our readers a book that will help us with a daily struggle, because we've all got it. I'd like to ask you right from the beginning of this interview to explain what you mean by struggling well.

 

Fred Antonelli Books

·         Struggling Well: Balancing the Love and Grace of God with the Pain and Questions of Life

·         Free to Be You

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: We all struggle, and within the evangelical, charismatic world, we have all had struggles. We live them, we walk through them, but we seldom talk about them. The church throughout the years is not really given us a platform to do that. So, when you say you struggle, you have a difficult or even a mental illness, depression or anxiety, we dare not do that unless we become a spiritual one. I've been a mental health professional for 23 years. I’ve tabulated some information but I needed a title. So, a friend of mine came by, Ed Gunger, who actually wrote a book several years ago titled There’s More to the Secret. The long and short of it is he came down he was looking at some clinical practice for his church and we were having a conversation at lunch and we were talking about this subject we just talked with you about. Freddie said, yeah, we struggle as believers, but we can struggle well. I said Ed, that's it. I'm the kind of pastor and speaker that I have to have a title before I build the message. When he said that, I said it coincides so much with what I'm doing. As we built that title, I began to build my information around it. That's basically how I got the term and the title of Struggling Well.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's a great title, but let's dig in a little bit deeper into what kind of struggles are you referring to.

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: All kinds of struggles. When we look at the body of Christ, and all of us Jesus lovers, we have issues. All of us do. We have this thing out of Genesis that tells us and tells us in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve recognized that they were naked, and at that particular moment in biblical history sin entered our lives. So as a result of that, I mean, we got messed up. We got messed up I believe in six ways: physically, psychologically, physiologically, emotionally, neurologically, spiritually. We haven't stopped that mess up to this day. The only person that can give us a center in that and give us hope and a promise of redemption is Jesus. So, we are the those who stand and those who fall, those are weak and strong and confident and fearful; we’re the people who are faithful and faithless. We’re steady at times and unstable, we love, right or wrong. We love difficultly and we love strongly. We have hope and we have doubt. So, we are those people in the body of Christ who are the great crippled church of Jesus. We love Him immensely, but acknowledge that we have the human condition and it started then. The good news is God is able to help us through Christ Jesus.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's not just good news, that's the best news we can hear from you. But I also was blessed to read deeply in your book that that you really understand how comforting Jesus can be in a struggle He is very aware that humans are going to struggle. It's not a surprise. What shocks you about the fact that you're struggling today? He told us we were going to struggle. But you wrote about it, so would you expand on that a little bit about how Jesus is so focused on struggle throughout his teaching.

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: I believe He is concentrating on that with us and kind of zeroes in because He understands our struggle. He was a man of sorrows. In the Scripture it says He was acquainted with grief. He was both fully God and fully man. There’s nobody that has ever done that before. So, He emphasizes, not just sympathizes. It’s not like, gosh, you hurt your leg. I feel bad for you. I'm praying for you. I hope you get better believing God for healing. He says I've been there, so when you're depressed or you're anxious, because He went to the garden and He sweat drops of blood. That's an enormous amount of anxiety. He understands the anxiety and the issues and the temptations that we go through. So, as a result of that, Him going through all of these things, He gets us. He gets our human condition, which is the reason for Him to come and redeem us of these idiosyncrasies and problems that we have. To not acknowledge it, it doesn't exist; I'm fine, you're fine, we're all fine, we're not. We have fallen; that's bad stuff. However, God wants to do great things in our lives and He really can't help me as someone sovereign unless I identify what that issue is.

 

For the rest of the interview with Dr. Fred Antonelli, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Dr. Antonelli

·         At fredantonelli.com

·         On Facebook

·         At lifecounsel.org

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Fred Antonelli

 

Break through in areas you have not seen success in your life. You can find hope and life in the struggles you are facing. This is not the hour to give up.

Dr. Fred Antonelli explains how our strengths come naturally, but be aware of your weaknesses or you may fall toward temptations. In this episode, Dr. Antonelli discusses his book, "Struggling Well," and why Lord allows sorrow in your life.

Listen to hear how you can change the behavior patterns hindering you by acknowledging the issues and then go there with God.

Introduction

Actress Audrey Hepburn once said for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. If you want beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And if you want to walk with poise and the knowledge that you're never alone, then walk with Jesus. What a wise saying about beauty, isn't it? My daily Bible reading this morning included a passage from Proverbs. It's a good guess to know I read a lot about the getting of wisdom. It's a difficult get. It doesn't come quickly, nor does it necessarily come with the old age. And I should know about that. I did some serious research this weekend about wisdom. I Googled it. That's the way to research today. It seems to be the modern-day equivalent of setting on a front porch and a rocker whittling away at a hickory stick, drinking an ice-cold Cherry Coke and watching friends walk by. The important part of rocker time, though, is who you rock with. I think wisdom and rocking chairs are good compliments. Rocking chairs force us to slow down and sees a few moments of spiritual downloads. Proverbs 4:7 says getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do. I just love that thought. Getting wisdom is wise. If I said that, people would laugh at me. Whatever else you do, develop good judgment. What a great goal for a day; to wake up in the morning and say today, I want to develop good judgment. We know that good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from walking through many struggles. My guest today has written a book to provide insight into the question, ‘Why Lord have you allowed such sorrow and pain to flood into my world?’ Dr. Fred Antonelli has been a pastor for over 20 years. He has written a book titled, Struggling Well. Think about that concept for a moment; a how-to book on struggling well. I love how those two words come together. I believe this interview will richly bless you. I'm grateful to welcome my guest, Dr. Fred Antonelli.

 

We're so glad to offer our readers a book that will help us with a daily struggle, because we've all got it. I'd like to ask you right from the beginning of this interview to explain what you mean by struggling well.

 

Fred Antonelli Books

·         Struggling Well: Balancing the Love and Grace of God with the Pain and Questions of Life

·         Free to Be You

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: We all struggle, and within the evangelical, charismatic world, we have all had struggles. We live them, we walk through them, but we seldom talk about them. The church throughout the years is not really given us a platform to do that. So, when you say you struggle, you have a difficult or even a mental illness, depression or anxiety, we dare not do that unless we become a spiritual one. I've been a mental health professional for 23 years. I’ve tabulated some information but I needed a title. So, a friend of mine came by, Ed Gunger, who actually wrote a book several years ago titled There’s More to the Secret. The long and short of it is he came down he was looking at some clinical practice for his church and we were having a conversation at lunch and we were talking about this subject we just talked with you about. Freddie said, yeah, we struggle as believers, but we can struggle well. I said Ed, that's it. I'm the kind of pastor and speaker that I have to have a title before I build the message. When he said that, I said it coincides so much with what I'm doing. As we built that title, I began to build my information around it. That's basically how I got the term and the title of Struggling Well.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's a great title, but let's dig in a little bit deeper into what kind of struggles are you referring to.

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: All kinds of struggles. When we look at the body of Christ, and all of us Jesus lovers, we have issues. All of us do. We have this thing out of Genesis that tells us and tells us in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve recognized that they were naked, and at that particular moment in biblical history sin entered our lives. So as a result of that, I mean, we got messed up. We got messed up I believe in six ways: physically, psychologically, physiologically, emotionally, neurologically, spiritually. We haven't stopped that mess up to this day. The only person that can give us a center in that and give us hope and a promise of redemption is Jesus. So, we are the those who stand and those who fall, those are weak and strong and confident and fearful; we’re the people who are faithful and faithless. We’re steady at times and unstable, we love, right or wrong. We love difficultly and we love strongly. We have hope and we have doubt. So, we are those people in the body of Christ who are the great crippled church of Jesus. We love Him immensely, but acknowledge that we have the human condition and it started then. The good news is God is able to help us through Christ Jesus.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's not just good news, that's the best news we can hear from you. But I also was blessed to read deeply in your book that that you really understand how comforting Jesus can be in a struggle He is very aware that humans are going to struggle. It's not a surprise. What shocks you about the fact that you're struggling today? He told us we were going to struggle. But you wrote about it, so would you expand on that a little bit about how Jesus is so focused on struggle throughout his teaching.

 

Dr. Fred Antonelli: I believe He is concentrating on that with us and kind of zeroes in because He understands our struggle. He was a man of sorrows. In the Scripture it says He was acquainted with grief. He was both fully God and fully man. There’s nobody that has ever done that before. So, He emphasizes, not just sympathizes. It’s not like, gosh, you hurt your leg. I feel bad for you. I'm praying for you. I hope you get better believing God for healing. He says I've been there, so when you're depressed or you're anxious, because He went to the garden and He sweat drops of blood. That's an enormous amount of anxiety. He understands the anxiety and the issues and the temptations that we go through. So, as a result of that, Him going through all of these things, He gets us. He gets our human condition, which is the reason for Him to come and redeem us of these idiosyncrasies and problems that we have. To not acknowledge it, it doesn't exist; I'm fine, you're fine, we're all fine, we're not. We have fallen; that's bad stuff. However, God wants to do great things in our lives and He really can't help me as someone sovereign unless I identify what that issue is.

 

For the rest of the interview with Dr. Fred Antonelli, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Dr. Antonelli

·         At fredantonelli.com

·         On Facebook

·         At lifecounsel.org

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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Break Through Any Struggle! (Season 5, Ep. 36)