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Simply Stories Podcast

Sep 3, 2020

As I have been praying for direction from God on this season of the podcast, I kept coming back to the heart of the matter: we as the people of God need to remember who we are and whose we are. When we can live from that knowledge, we can press in to the places where we have been placed and live out what we were created to do. As I’ve asked the Lord to show me who would be able to speak into these places with power, authority, honesty, and humility, one of the names that kept coming up for me over and over again is today’s guest: Phil Herndon.

Phil is a counselor that has dedicated his career to shepherding people who are battling anxiety and various types of addiction. He has such a powerful gift of taking big ideas about God, the needs of humanity, the mind, and body and breaking them down into bites that can not only be understood but consumed for soul nourishment. That is exactly what happens in this episode today. During this conversation, we break down what tends to drive the human heart, as well as how it works in the brain, and the assurance that God made us this way on purpose! We then wade through the deep waters of the various spiritual gifts and how we are each uniquely wired to reflect these gifts in our spheres of influence. 

I hope and pray that you’ll stick with us all the way to the end on this one. Even though it's a little long, its power packed around every corner. Phil just has so much wisdom and insight to share, I just couldn’t condense it down! Join us on the deep dive, take notes on what stands out to you, and let’s lay our hearts before our Creator, and ask Him to show us how to be who He made us to be.  

We need you, friend. We need your gifting. Come alive to His story. It matters. You matter.


-Fellowship Bible Church Rutherford County is the church we attend together :) 

**Phil just recently preached a POWERFUL word about The Sheep and the Shepherd in Chaotic Times. I’ve linked it here!

-limbic brain

-AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

-Southwestern Seminary

-LPC compatible (licensed professional counselor)


-Chip Dodd - His book The Voice of the Heart (which we mention!) is a game. changer.

-Stephen James - He has other works, but if you are a person with a little boy in your life, PLEASE get a copy of his book Wild Things. Its about raising boys. Lord, help us all. lol

-Young Life

-thinking brain

-”E.T. phone home

-Aslan’s quote: “Aslan" said Lucy "you're bigger". "That is because you are older, little one" answered he. "Not because you are?" "I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” ― C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian 


-the written Law

-the Jewish oral law/Torah


-DTS- Dallas Theological Seminary

-Carson Newman

-exceptions to the draft for the Vietnam War

-SHAPE test (spiritual gifts test)

-Christine Caine’s A21 Campaign

-ecclesia- The Greek word for an assembly, especially the popular assembly of ancient Athens. // A community or a church.

-Heilsgeschichte -- German word for history, story. Literally means “salvation story” and “History as continued divine action on, for and with people”

-Raising the little light :: scene from Harry Potter 

-The Body Keeps The Score

*Scripture References:

Isaiah 14:27 / Job 42:2 -My ways are not thwarted 

Isaiah 41:10 / Isaiah 43:2 / Psalm 40:17/ 1 Peter 5:6-7-God cares for you

Jeremiah 29:11 / Psalm 57:2- -I’m made for something else

John 10:27- the sheep know my voice 

Psalm 139:14- fearfully and wonderfully made

Ecclesiastes 3:11-God has placed eternity in the hearts of men

Matthew 19:14-Let the little children come to me

Galatians 5:19-21-list of what we fall into

Galatians 2:11-14-Paul corrects Peter about codependency (his relationship with the Jews: be one guy)

1 Corinthians 12:12-31-the diversity of the body of Christ

-Psalm 139

-1 Corinthians 12- y’all are a MESS and also spiritual gifts :) 

-accept each other because God made you and brought you together

Romans 12:3-8-with another set of gift

Ephesians 2:8 -You were saved by the same grace

John 10:10- He came that we would have life and life to the full

John 1:5 / Luke 1:76-79-hold a light against a dark background of the world 

Matthew 5:29- gouge out your eye (deal with your sin)

Ephesians 6:12- we are not at war with flesh and blood

Luke 18:27- what is impossible for the Lord

Acts 2- Pentecost in Acts and the tongues of fire

1 Peter 2:5- we are an altar of living stones

Jeremiah 20:9 -If I don’t speak it burns in my bones

Psalm 23- The Lord is my shepherd

Hebrews 12:1-2- the course set out for her

Genesis 3-brokenness part of the world

1 Peter 1:20 / Ephesians 1:4 /His redemptive plan has always been part of the plan

John 14:27- Jesus never promised the absence of fear, He promised the absence of anxiety when we lean into Him

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 / Psalm 51:17 / Psalm 33:18-22 / 2 Chronicles 7:14 / / Deuteronomy 28:9/ Proverbs 3:5 / 2 Timothy 3:14-15- we can control how we respond to the Father

James 3 / Romans 12:2 / Romans 12:18/ Psalm 133:1 / Colossians 3:14 - we can control how we respond to people

*Full list of Spiritual Gifts (from 1 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians, and 1 Peter)

Encouragement (sometimes called exhortation)





Service (or serving)








Interpretation of Languages (often called Tongues)

Languages (Tongues)





Connecting with Phil:

Sage Hill Counseling Facebook

Email Phil

Listen Phil’s latest sermon here.(His actual message starts about 47 minutes in to the service)

Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:

Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)




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