Podcast Episode

The Suffering Substitution (Self-Brain Surgery Saturday)

Jun 29, 2024

It’s Self-Brain Surgery Saturday!

“Pain is inevitable. But suffering is optional”

Haruki Murakami

Today, a very personal talk about how to reframe our thinking about long-held narratives, God’s answer to our prayers, and the difference between pain and suffering. 

“After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips. “ 

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Scripture: Psalm 34, Psalm 124

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  • (00:01) – Introduction to Self-Brain Surgery Saturday
  • (01:19) – Reframing Suffering Through Self-Brain Surgery
  • (02:55) – The Importance of Changing Your Response to Trauma
  • (04:33) – The Process of Self-Brain Surgery in the Book
  • (06:00) – A Father’s Last Conversation with His Son
  • (08:18) – Finding Meaning and Purpose in Tragedy
  • (10:23) – Questioning God’s Actions and Seeking Answers
  • (12:44) – Understanding the Choice Between Pain and Suffering
  • (16:05) – Trusting God to Substitute Suffering with Trust
  • (19:55) – Reflecting on God’s Presence in Times of Trouble
  • (22:41) – Realizing God’s Answered Prayers in Unexpected Ways
  • (24:52) – Changing Your Narrative Through Self-Brain Surgery
  • (27:00) – Encouragement to Reframe Your Personal Narratives

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