Episode 29. Matt Mikalatos joins us again, this time to talk about demons and possession, and what the Bible says about both.
“What I’m trying to do is to not be skeptical, or not be naive, or just accepting, but to be discerning. Is this in the realm of what could happen? Is it likely that it did happen? … And regardless of what the situation is, it never hurts to pray with someone.”
0:00 ~ who has authority to exorcise demons
8:15 ~ views from a secular vs christian childhood
14:55 ~ What are demons?
25:00 ~ Satan’s powers and abilities
31:20 ~ How do you know? (examples of possession)
44:00 ~ a worldview of demons and possession
49:30 ~ personal experiences
moving the podcast – interview from September 17, 2013
Matt is just a genuinely nice guy. He has a heart for service and Jesus and I think teaching. I wanted to talk to him about his work for Cru, a Christian non-profit that’s active in 191 countries across the globe. We did that, and then we did a little verbal globe-trotting ourselves! We talk about his foreign travels, how he gets paid to go to the beach on spring break, and the importance of being of service to other people.
“Instead of making myself the center of a ministry…I’m coming in as a servant
to other people and the body of Christ, and I’m saying ‘what has the Lord
put on your heart…and how can I help you accomplish that?'”
0:00 ~ writer, StoryMan, huge smiler
6:50 ~ Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
13:30 ~ from teacher to Cru missionary
18:45 ~ an open-ended job description
29:00 ~ What are those trips all about?
36:25 ~ life changing world travels
44:05~ two awesome travel stories
50:10 ~ “it doesn’t matter what your role is, it matters what your relationship is”
Matt explains the Atheist Support Group
Matt defines Evangelical for me and I still don’t quite get it
Loving people is sometimes hard work. Because they don’t always look like us, they don’t always act like we want them to act…they aren’t always nice to us. Sometimes the people that we are called to love are actually our enemies. That’s what Jesus has called us to do as his people. So loving people is hard, but we know that that’s the standard. That’s the foundation for everything that we do as followers of Jesus.