In this episode:
Chris unpacks a few on the highlights from his amazing conversation with Al Robertson.
It’s Fun Friday time and this one does not disappoint. They covered a ton including how to defend the defenseless, what desperate forgiveness looks like in marriages and even some behind the scenes information on his role as the main host of the Unashamed Podcast.
You cannot become a historian if you get into an argument by bringing stuff up from eight years ago. You got to let that stuff go. Click To TweetChris Grainger
We’re gonna start with scripture scripture. This week was Psalm 1 39 versus 13 through 16. For you created my innermost parts. You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you because I am awesomely and wonderfully made wonderful all your works and my soul, my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hitting from you when I was made in secret and skillfully formed in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes have seen my formless substance and in your book were written all the days that were ordained for. When is yet, there was not one of them guys love that scripture go back to their spiritual kickoff. Earlier this week, really dove deep into that scripture gave you some insights, gave you some ideas.
Really. I think that was a SKO that could really gave you a better understanding of what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made. And I definitely made that point earlier as well. If you’re, if you’re raising children, you need to pray this, that over them daily. They need to know that they’re fearfully and wonderfully made.
They need to hear that from you as their father. So guys, I pray that scripture that really spoke to you, go back and check it out. Now this fun Friday just feels unreal. I’m I’m gonna give you a little insight. Okay. To, so what really happened here on the line with Dennis? So obviously we recorded with Al Robertson for those that you that know me, and as you’ve listened to the podcast, you’ve gotten to know.
Honest shame is my podcast. That is it. I listen to it every week. Can’t get enough of it. Uh, growing up, duck dynasty the show, it was just top 10, obviously. I mean, maybe right behind Andy Griffith. Like that is my number one, but duck dynasty, that show just phenomenal just to, to have the opportunity to meet Al was a dream come true.
It was, it was great. It was wonderful. He he’s such a gentleman and I’m gonna talk about, you know, my time without here in a second, but here’s what happens. When we finish recording the platform we’re using, I’m not gonna name it. Cuz I don’t wanna throw ’em under the bus cuz it ended up at the end of the day, it did work out, but it happens to be the same platform that Al uses to record under shame.
So it uploads as you go. Okay. So when you finish, you have to finish upload. So Al’s finish upload it. Great. And we, we popped off the, uh, podcast and I, and I looked and I noticed it. Mine was stuck at 29% and it wouldn’t move. Then all of a sudden it said stop. And then we went and looked and it said zero, like it wasn’t there.
So I freaked out, you know, as, as, as, as I do, as I tell you guys not to do, but I do, you know, so I freaked out called my buddy, Adam, we got on the phone, we got together, we hooked up on and looked and saw. So there was a backup vow, but the backup vow was just really low quality. Right. And. 70 or 80% the way through it.
My video dropped out on the backup file and I’m thinking the biggest, you know, opportunity on the line within is that I’ve been just, just praying over. It took Al and I about three months to coordinate schedules to make it happen. And this is what’s going happen. We’re gonna lose the video feed. So, and again, the video is a small component.
We know most of you guys listen, but there are some that watch on YouTube. So we, we want to have it right. Worked with the, the platform that night, which happened be last night, I I’m recording this fun Friday. The next day, after recording with Al wouldn’t work, couldn’t get it to work. They email me back.
They said, you know what? Just so sorry, but you’re, you’re half going. You’re gonna have to use the backup. We know that’s not ideal said, okay. All I was frustrated. I had a bad night, you know, I couldn’t even celebr. The time of, of, of recording with Al because I so frustrated that the technology didn’t work and, you know, and we even pray, I pray with every guest before we start.
And Al and I, we, I prayed it over. I said, let the technology work, you know, get Satan outta the technology. So we, uh, the, the next morning, the, the platform email that says can’t fix it. So you have to use your backup file. I say, oh, well, okay, great. By one. I reset. I rebooted my computer and I tried one more time and you have to do this little upload feature.
So I, I let it start upload and it takes a while. So I uploaded and I threw on a sermon old pastor Jovie church, 1122. I threw on one Jo’s sermons and I went and did some work and came back in here to the studio to record this episode and looked and guys, you don’t believe it a hundred percent. And I, you know, with full HD quality, like the way it’s supposed to be, you know, the platform had told me it’s broke.
It’s not gonna work, walked away, prayed about it. Lord, get, you know, get Satan outta here. Let’s figure this out. And when all else was failed, just threw on a sermon, got in God’s word soaked in that came back. And it’s there you now, guys, you know, I don’t know why I, I don’t know how these things happen, but I believe that the Lord had his.
In that in some, you know, I don’t, I don’t know how all the bits and bites work together for the platform. I just know, after prayer walking away trust came back, it was, it was fixed. So take whatever lesson you want to from there, maybe something, the lesson is just walk away from it. You know, I had to do that last night, you know, I, wasn’t not the best husband last night.
I was frustrated, you know, at the, and there’s a lesson learned there for me, for sure. So guys, you know, your day may not go the way you think. Might not go the way you, the way that you hope put your wife tonight, but just take your time, let God have an opportunity to move. Cause we may be forcing that stuff.
And I was trying to force it yesterday. I was really trying to force it versus just celebrating the fact that I had a wonderful conversation with a mentor. And, and ultimately, ultimately it’s gonna bless you guys cuz you were able to hear it. So I wanted to share that little. Before going any further, obviously Al unpacked a ton.
You know, we talked about so much what a gentleman, we were able to talk before and after, and just spend some time together. Again, spent a lot of time talking about the defenseless and pro-life what that actually looks like from a Christian standpoint, Al we can start acting definitely want you yes.
Check out that. Embrace grace that he talked about, uh, you know, start digging in there and then just forgiveness and just story of forgiveness for him and Lisa. That is such a powerful story and how he ties it all together and, and can speak with authority on what a forgiveness looks like. And it’s literally through the grace of Christ, but just their marriage and what that, what that means and the covenant.
And guys, you may be going through a rough time. You may be really struggling right now in your marriage. Maybe you’re not connect. Okay. Somebody who’s walked through divorce. I mean, it’s tough, no matter how justified or in the rights you, you know, a divorce may be, it’s still tough. This is the whole, probably the hardest thing ever walked through now by the grace of God, I’ve walked through it.
I got on the other side and you know, and, and now my marriage we’re, we’re constantly, constantly investing in our marriage cuz we want her to be not just good. We want her to be awesome. Great. There’s not a day that goes by that. I don’t want my marriage to be awesome. I want that for you too. But again right now, right now you may be listening to this and your marriage is suffering.
You’re struggling. I encourage you get Al’s get, go get Al’s books that are in the resources. Want that? Wanna make sure we have them in linked up for you guys for the book of the week and then start leaning in and understanding what forgiveness looks like. Because if you got into an argument with your wife and you turn into a historian and you’re bringing up stuff to happen eight years ago, guys, you gotta let that stuff go.
It’s here’s the beauty of it. When we stand behold in front of our, of our savior at the end of the, of the day, and he reads all the stuff that we’re guilty of, guess what? At the end of it, if we’re standing, when Jesus, Jesus is gonna step in and say, I got this, this man is, is, is. Wipe the slate clean, then not only that would we get to go with him to his house.
So guys, we get that type of grace. We need to start forgetting some of those things and forgiving our wives, lay him down, lay him down, forgive, move forward. Don’t keep bringing it back up. But guys, we’re kinda getting ahead of myself, but Al again, highly, highly encourage you guys to check that. Wonderful conversation.
And you know, for a fun Friday, I’m gonna give you a health, wealth and self tip, right? I’ve been doing it for every fun Friday of the line within us. So why stop now? One Friday health tip. What I want you to think about that from a health? I really wanna go to the mind on this one. I want you to think about when you’re reading God’s word and you’re, and you’re taking the time.
First of all, kudos, you need to be doing it. You need to be doing it every. So many guys think about when they read the Bible, they’re reading it like with, through binoculars, they’re looking at a story, right? And they got the binoculars. They’re seeing all, and they’re seeing what’s happening to the people, to the stories throughout the, to the different types of characters.
What, you know, how it’s impacting them.
I want you to put the binoculars down, guys. I want you to, I want you to pull out a mirror. Okay. Pull out a mirror instead, see what God is trying to teach you, right. Start seeing how you can apply what you’re reading to your life, right. And how you can serve others with what you learn. Right. I mean, it, it, it tells us in ity that, that, that scripture is, is purposeful.
It teaches us, it guides us. It directs us, but, but you know, it can be hard to do that if we’re constantly just trying to look at it through other, through other lenses. See what it’s trying to tell you about yourself. I mean, that’s what the line within us. That’s what I’m trying to do here, guys, in so many ways is how do we take scripture and apply it to our life, to be better fathers, to be better husbands, to be better leaders in our community, at our work and to work in our churches and our, as we serve.
So put the vernaculars down and pick the mirror up. Hey, if you need to get a mirror, put it beside your Bible, maybe get you a little flexible mirror, put it in your Bible, do that. Whatever you need to do to remember when you’re in God’s word, look for ways to apply it to your life. Okay. Well, tip, I want you to think, hold your fist in front of you right now.
Ball it up. That fist is closed. Okay. When you think about your, your, your, uh, finances is your mindset. That the money is yours and that you’ve wrapped your hand around it. So the money’s in there say you got a hundred dollars bill on that. In that hand, nobody can get it out. Right? Granted it’s, it’s safe and secure.
Right? I want you to think about this. Whether if you got that fist wrapped tight around it, nothing can come in either. So yeah, nothing can come out. You got it. But nothing’s gonna be able to come in. We were called to be stewards and stewards. Open our fist. If we have a open paw, right? We’ll manage whatever comes in, whatever goes out.
Cause we’re managing what guy provides. It’s not us. It’s him. Right? Abundance cannot flow in or out. If you got your, if your fist is clenched, you can’t, it just, it, it physically can’t. God knows you’re holding that hand open or if you got it clenched tight, and you’re saying it’s. Guys, we are called to be good stewards.
And I know it is hard. It is hard, you know, if you’re, if you’re, if you’re putting your budget and at the end of the month whatever’s left, that’s what you’re giving flip it, flip it. We’ve talked a lot about giving on the line within us. Give God what is his live with an open hand and let the blessing come and manage it.
Manage it. Be the, the stewards you’re called. For your self tip this week, again, going back to Al what do you need to forgive your wife about that you’ve been holding onto. Okay. Al spoke about that. Forgive this big time. I mean, major infidelity, 14 month affair. That’s pretty big. I mean that, I don’t know how I could get much bigger than that from a mayor standpoint on, do you choose to forgive or not, but whatever that is what that looks like in your life.
For your wife and your marriage, you need to let go, guys, you need to choose forgiveness. You need to pray about, you need to ask the spirit to give you. As, as Al mentioned, he asked the spirit to give him spiritual eyes so that if she were to ever go down that path again, God reveal it. He said, Chris, you guys go back to listen to what he said.
He said, Chris, I felt like God told me he would reveal it. Maybe that’s what you need to do. You. We we’ve all fallen short of glory of God. So has your wife, she’s human. Well, guys, we need to learn forgiveness cuz bitterness that cannot cannot be in our, in our marriages. Remember what the marriage is? It’s a covenant, not a contract.
It’s not if you then I, but it’s no matter what I do. So no matter what I do, if that’s what you want your marriage to be, which it should be the. You gotta get rid of that, that, that contr contractual type thinking with the little details and the nuances of the stuff that happened in the past, release it and feel the freedom that comes when you can exercise true forgiveness in your marriage.
And guys, I’m gonna take you one step further. I hadn’t even thought about this, but his spirit just, just, just really come to me right here. If you have something in your life. That your wife doesn’t know about, and you need to repent, repent and ask for forgiveness, make that happen because that stress, whatever it is, holding you down, why she won’t forgive me?
You don’t know, you don’t know, lay it at her feet. If you come at her humbly seeking earnestly for forgiveness, guys, you have to let the spirit do what it’s going to. I’m not gonna tell you it’s gonna be easy. It may be tough. It may particularly, depending on what the sin is, you know, you may have infidelity.
You need to tell her about, and if I just convicted you with that today’s today, you need to have that conversation. And I’m not gonna tell you that you’re married. It’s it’s gonna all work out, but I will tell you this, you cannot be living as a Christian leader and as a Christian man, leading your wife in a covenant, in a marriage, and you have this hidden sin, that’s not.
It’s impossible. You can’t do it. The guys forgive her. If there’s something you need to ask for forgiveness about make it happen. So these are some pretty big tips, guys. I get it. Hell tip. Put that dog on monocular down. Pick the mirror up. When you read God’s words, sit a well tip. Think about it. Your fist closed, or is it open and a self tip?
What do you need to forgive? And then also, what do you need to ask forgiveness? All right, guys. There you go. So your book of the week, big surprise there. Desperate forgiveness. I got it right here. Copy it from Al Lisa Robertson. Check out the show notes. We’ll have a, a link so you can grab a copy for yourself.
Uh, and guys again, wonderful book love the different types of references that he has in here back to scripture. Uh, the woman at the whale, you know, casting stones, guys, he touches it on so many great points. That’s gonna really resonate with you guys. So for your dad jokes this week, we’re go got number one, I’m making a new document, a new documentary on how to fly plane.
We are currently filming the pilot, man. I think I’m hearing crickets on that one. All right. All right. See if number two’s better. Number two 85% of Americans don’t know how to do basic math. Thank goodness. I’m part of the other 25. So there you go guys. Number one, I’m making a new documentary on how to fly a plane.
We are currently filming the pilot number two 85% of Americans don’t know how to do basic math. Thank goodness. I’m part of the 25%. Now, if you still don’t get that second joke. It’s okay. We’ll pray for you. All right guys. Seriously though. Let’s know which one hits home. Hopefully it gets a little chuckle out of your.
So the question I want you to think about this week, how do you fight for the defenseless? And we’ve talked about that all week long. How do you fight for the defenseless they are? If they are fearfully and wonderfully made, like, like Psalm 1 39 says, and they’re being knit together and wo together in the woman’s, uh, womb, we need to take a stand and fight for and many wonderful things have happened in the country here recently.
And I pray many, many more things do, but it’s not gonna happen by. Guys, it gonna take Christian men taking a stance, standing up and fighting for the defenseless. The guys, I pray that the episodes this week served you well, I pray you enjoyed them. They were a ton of fun for me. I really thoroughly enjoyed this week and, and, and being able to bring you this type of ideas, uh, as in topics.
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As always we give you guys health, wealth and self tips. This week pay close attention to the health tip and put your binoculars down. Listen to find out more.
Book of the week: Desperate Forgiveness: How Mercy Sets You Free by Al & Lisa Robertson
We highly encourage adding Al’s book to your library. If your marriage is facing a trial it could help you gain perspective and see how another couple fought to hold on to their beautiful covenant.
Let us know what dad jokes land best and remember to not take yourself so seriously.
This was an incredible week with powerful conversation. The topics were not easy and that is where true growth occurs. Stay after it guys, keep showing up, put on your armor everyday and keep unleashing the Lion Within!
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