This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own.Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives," to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs. --Today’s podcast format is unique. We start by introducing Soma’s Creative Director, Mark Söderwall, who will be integral to today’s discussion. Next, we invite you to an audio recording of a recent Jesus Time (Soma’s in-shop version of Tempus Divum). After the recorded message is complete, Chris, JB, and Mark will debrief. All the audio has been seamed together by our Sound Designer, James Marantette, so you only need to click on the episode to listen. Thanks for tuning in today. What's covered in this episode: Grieving is not commonplace in North American culture, but people in the Bible are not foreign to grieving, so it’s something we should learn how to do, and do it well.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Sabrina Walters (who happens to be JB’s sister) joins to discuss her perspective on what “holy grieving” means. For a more in-depth look at her talk, please see Tempus Divum Episode 15 on Holy Grieving. Grieving is difficult. However, grieving does NOT make you less than a whole person. And, according to Mark, “God is a gentleman,” by which he means that God won’t force you to grieve, or to grieve with him. If you want God to be a part of that process, he’ll likely need to be invited. As Mark recently started to identify losses in his life that had never been grieved and started to invite God into that healing process, he’s experienced a “surge” of creativity and innovation.JB shares that when two family members and role models in his early teenage years died, he let his creativity slip because he didn’t grieve the losses. He’s spent the last 30+ years on a journey to re-embrace creativity. Soma Games largely caters to a creative workforce. Chris shares that by asking hard, unexpected, or unconventional questions, Soma’s leadership offers space for their workers and contractors to wrestle with soul stuff that they may have never realized needed healing.Grief and acceptance. (an endnote from Sabina)When we think of the process of grief, the end isn’t that everything goes back to normal, or that we are able to “accept” that which will NEVER be acceptable! It simply means your brain has been able to gain flexibility again. When we are deeply grieving, our brain becomes rigid, much like when we are in fight or flight mode. We can’t really think straight. We often just react (anger, bargaining, depression). We are stuck. To reach a place of acceptance means your brain is able to think outside the box of grief again. It becomes flexible and not stuck in a depressed or as John stated earlier, less creative mode. You are once again able to think creatively, problem-solve, and truly live again. It doesn’t mean that you will be able to ever be the same as you were before the loss. No. You will always be changed, but your brain will allow you to be able to think more clearly and move you forward in new ways (and some old ways too), but you will no longer be stuck. Resources: Verses:John 10:10Mark 10:13-16 (JB meant to
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own.Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives, and innovators in arts and entertainment" to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs. What’s covered in this episode: This episode includes our first interview, with Amri Rigby. Amri is currently working as a Fulbright Scholar in Kampala, Uganda. While his time in Uganda is developing him in his career as a storyteller and filmmaker, the theme of the last ten months is God developing Amri's understanding of sonship and what it means to be a child of God. For Amri, being a child of God means releasing personal and cultural pressures; in doing so, he experiences more joy. In John 1:9-13 the bible says "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." Resources mentioned:Become Good Soil website Becoming a King by Morgan SnyderBoot Camp Northwest website Hearing God by Dallas WillardCheck out more about Amri’s filmmaker journey here.  Email us ideas, questions or suggestions at tempusdivum@somagames.com
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own.Welcome to the Soma SoulWorks Podcast! This podcast serves to help people, particularly those who may label themselves as "creatives," to seek wholeness and calling so they are ready to embrace the mission God has for them. Consider this podcast a rogue harmony of professional development and self-care, hosted by John Bergquist and Chris Skaggs. What’s covered in this episode: Strongholds, by which we mean spiritual strongholds, are referenced in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds,” (ESV).According to Chris, strongholds are, “A battle for the mind.”John “JB” says, “We live in a broken world, and we don’t come in or go out without a wound, without losing our identity, and that place we’re supposed to live in Christ.” We need to find the negative strongholds and replace them with the mindset of Christ.Unrecognized or unexamined strongholds can have a toxic hold on one’s life. Often, addictions and bad habits are rooted in strongholds, and the unwanted behavior is the symptom. Attempting to eliminate the symptoms may help, but it won’t solve or cure the underlying stronghold. Producer’s Note: Addictions of any kind should not be treated lightly. Please seek professional (medical and/or pastoral) help if embarking on a journey to resolve an addiction. Satan will lie to us because that’s his job. It’s common for him to share or reinforce a lie during painful times. When someone is experiencing pain or deep emotion, those feelings are so real the lie can slip in and seem real too. John 8:44: (esv)Good strongholds do exist, and produce good symptoms. Good symptoms are more commonly referred to as “fruit.” Galatians 5:22-23We learn to identify strongholds by first seeking to understand what you find hurtful or irritating. Identifying the underlying cause of these issues can reveal the stronghold. Another reaction to consider is defensiveness, as it is natural to defend our strongholds.Don’t choose complacency. Satan is going to lie; no one is immune to strongholds. Chris says, “Going after strongholds is next-level stuff for the Christian walk. It’s hard. When we go after strongholds we are attacking the enemy’s fortified position. We are picking a fight.”Next, examine the message of the stronghold. For example, envy's message is "I not just want what someone else wants, I don't want them to have it either".After identifying these we turn to God's truth in scripture and find out what it says about the stronghold as well as how to live differently.Resources mentioned:Danny Silk -- Seek to understand rather than convinceBethel Pastor Eric Johnson’s sermon -- Don’t get distracted and lose sight of what God is doing.Sign up for the Tempus Divum newsletter Bootcampnw.comKilling Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals Your Strength by John BevereFree to Live: The Utter Relief of Holiness by John EldredgeEmail us ideas, questions or suggestions at tempusdivum@somagames.co
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Soma Games earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you, but all of our recommendations and opinions are our own. In the shop during Jesus Time, we've adapted the stages of life from John Eldredge's book, Fathered by God, to fit a male and female audience. Today, Chris and John "JB" discuss the "Royalty" stage in which a leader has the opportunity to use his or her power to lead and empower others or to selfishly use it for their glory.What's covered in this episode: The markers or characteristics of a good rulerBoundaries within a kingdomThe consequences of ruling poorlyRuling is a spiritual command -- we are all called to royalty (the specific verse Chris mentioned is from 1 Corinthians 6:2)Ruling well requires trainingResources mentioned:Books: Fathered by God by John EldredgeDerailed by Tim Irwin, PhD.Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil VischerBecoming a King by Morgan SnyderOther: Becoming Good Soil Blog
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3 hours, 37 minutes