Arena 22

Arena 22

By Tobin Crenshaw
A 22 minute podcast about the best in personal and spiritual growth. It is in the arenas of life that our mettle, faith, and commitments are put to the test. Tobin Crenshaw is a strategic interventionist coach and graduate of Robbins-Madanes Training. A best-selling author and a former Marine, he has spent over 15 years in full-time ministry while simultaneously working in the criminal justice field. In 22 minutes an episode he reveals some of the deepest tools, strategies, and inspiring stories you will hear in regards to personal and spiritual growth.
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Skepticism, Holidays, Noah's Ark, And Living Without Regret
One skeptics uncanny ability to dismiss the supernatural; the stunning statement Jesus said about the love of God; why you can't be a winner at life if you are a loser in your own head; the nuttiness of the holidays, and evidence of Noah's Ark found in a 1000-year-old map. As Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now, or even 12 months from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover," so let's go!
21:43
September 16, 2019
What If? Following The Only Perfect Person To Ever Walk On The Earth.
Finding lessons in "Who Moved My Cheese"; what really happens to astronauts when they return to the earth and wonder "Is this all there is?"; why no one wants to watch a movie about a guy who buys a Volvo and why you must change the movie of your life; a change to go from common to uncommon; deeper spiritual lessons in a familiar gospel story; learning to give God more than 2 percent of our attention; and the perfect motto for every believer.
21:58
September 15, 2019
Believing God Enough For It
What Jesus said before Bethlehem; measuring your faith by your confession; finding lasting joy; learning to focus on success instead of failure; when your past deceives you; and finding the one solution to the world's problems.
19:44
September 14, 2019
What Do You Most Crave To Hear?
How author Malcolm Gladwell recovered his faith after a tragic accident; the top 2 things people most want to hear in life; the real story of the mysterious travelers that followed the infamous star and why coming from the east is so significant spiritually; some amazing stories of people's last moments and what they "saw"; and truly understanding the reality of God's love.
19:13
September 13, 2019
The Exceedingly Awesome One
A deep look at some familiar verses in the New Testament about the arrival of the Messiah; why Malcolm Muggeridge would say that all the success in the world added up to less than nothing when one thing was absent; other miracle births in the Bible; learning the truth found in the statement "The best of men are men at best"; finding the one who looked 'exceedingly awesome' and how his life can change yours; and learning the name that is secret, beyond comprehension, beyond wonderful, and fully yours to know this very day.
21:26
September 12, 2019
The Crimson Worm And A Certain Dead Man Claimed To Be Alive
Billy Graham said he wanted to set the church back 2000 years, and for good reason. Learn about the reward offered to anyone that could identify a person that fulfilled half the biblical prophecies, how one set of parents sacrificed their own comfort to teach their child about grace, why Corrie Ten Boom shared that "God does no have problems, only plans", and uncover the incredible picture painted in the biology of the crimson worm.
19:47
September 11, 2019
Swinging Over Hell On A Cornstalk
Who do people think are the most honest professionals in our culture? Plus, one of David's favorite titles for God, how the devils uses discouragement, the difference a father makes to a bullied child, Kyle Maynard's inspiring story, putting an end to the real place of playing small, Terry Crew's life motto, and Charles Spurgeon on his utter confidence in God's grace. 
21:59
September 10, 2019
A Slave To Christ
Research shows that the odds of one man fulfilling all the prophecies of the Messiah is 1 in 10(45), or in with forty five zeroes. That looks like this: 1 in 1,000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled each of these prophecies. The question is what will we do with that information? A common term the disciples used of themselves is "slave to Christ", meaning completely sold out and surrendered to him. Come along and listen to the advice an atheist gave his dying mother, what Tony Robbins shares we need to move our lives forward, why the Old Testament speaks of nailing your ear to a door, how one courageous groups is ending human trafficking, and how one minister in North Korea is rescuing abandoned children.
21:17
September 9, 2019
Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional
There are two words for healing in the Bible, and understanding this can radically change how we view faith and prayer; plus what Tony Robbins prays, how to know what you really need to change in your life beginning today, an awesome story of overcoming fear and rejection and how you can do the same thing, the forcefulness of John the Baptist, Larry King's most wanted interview, any why the religious leaders criticized Jesus' ministry.
21:52
September 8, 2019
The Day Of Small Beginnings
Why cancer patients get sick from chemotherapy before they even begin the treatments; how small adjustments in our thinking and actions produce massive results; how a rocket metaphor explains momentum towards our goals; getting off the sidelines and into the game; overcoming rejection and fear; the tool the devil won't give up; the testimony of Gracie and Martin Burnam who were help hostage in the Middle East for many months; a moving story of a couple who were unable to have children; and turning around a marriage in one minute.
21:44
September 7, 2019
The World's Best Book Titles, Little Red Balls, And The 10 Second Blessing
What a simple change can produce as seen in the greatest titles in history and in one of the worlds' most popular toys; the 10 second blessing you can begin using immediately; the draw of some of the most insane fast food; what the highest paid writer thinks about faith and why he mocks it at every chance he gets; the shocking state of sexually transmitted diseases in America; how a new fossil find could rewrite history (and why it won't); plus Lincoln, Moody, and Ziglar on life; and the advice of a man who lost his limbs and now speaks to people all around the world about happiness.
21:46
September 6, 2019
When A Miracle Is Not A Miracle
A personal story where the stars were aligned, or so it seemed; when life gets messy: the prayer Jabez prayed and how to follow his example; when the fortune is beneath your feet and you don't know it; being blessed to be a blessing; spoiled kids; Steve Jobs, Jack Lalanne, and why people create conflict in the first place.
20:49
September 5, 2019
Real Answers For Dealing With Anger
Some 2/3rd of traditional psychological patients fail to improve. What you identity with controls you, and labels can often entrap people. What does the Bible mean when it says be angry but sin not? Plus, what couples really complain about, the top pet peeves of Americans, why we have so many lawyers, how a goat can save your marriage, and the most fundamental tool you need to make authentic change. You can't change what you don't acknowledge, but everything can change in a moment of decision when a person simply says, "No more."
20:04
September 4, 2019
I Met God. I Met The Devil. God Won.
The Chilean miners, Chick-fil-A's decision to close on Sundays, Tom Brady's missing jersey, Dolly Madison on power, the Fred Factor, the worst cheating scandal in college, why kids stop going to church, and why you are stronger than you think. As Russell Brunson shares, "•As much as we hate to admit it, we are all slaves to what we believe other people will think of us." Ready to find freedom?
21:58
September 3, 2019
Stranger Than Fiction
From National Atheist Day to debates between creationists and evolutionists, the amount of disbelief can be overwhelming. John Osteen shared, "You can change the whole course of your life by looking at the promises of God and daring to believe them." But is that true, does God even notice people anymore, let alone exist? Come along and see the difference between what people call "prayer" and what Jesus did when he prayed. Study the foolishness of the cross; learn from one man's test of God on a day of deer spotting; uncover the the curious events of the Futility and of three presidents born within weeks of each other, and be challenged to live with your chest in a world of fear and anxiety.
21:41
September 2, 2019
One Greater Than Solomon
Why would the Queen of Sheba travel 1400 miles to listen to Solomon, and what does that teach us about our spiritual birthright? As Billy Burke shares, "You get what you fight and contend for, not what you want." Such is the story of men from the 1800s who put it all on the line for Jesus across the American frontier, most dying by 30, never marrying because their life was dedicated to a cause bigger than their own lives. Hear what they wrote about that commitment, plus the one answer to all questions, what two seminary student learn about changing the external without changing the heart, Thomas Aquinas on his last book, the time Jacques Cousteau almost died, and why the story of a man and his dog crossing the Appalachian Trail inspired a nation.
21:34
September 1, 2019
Terrifyingly Free
Real tips to clean up the messy parts of life; the challenge of experiencing grace on the raw edge of human emotion; the failure of religion; different standards for creating a different life; some grace-filled quotes to live by; and what happens when an ego-driven memorial begins to collapse on itself, leaving a millionaire broke and alone.
22:00
August 31, 2019
Belief Is The Drug
Why you should never say "I'm sorry", and what to say instead; the redemption of Rahab, a minister transformed by an encounter with a homeless man, what determines the quality of your life, the secret to change, and the reason Jesus entered our world. Plus, how come doctors seem to get it wrong so often?
20:55
August 30, 2019
Why Your Victory Is Found In The Most Quoted Verse In Scripture
"Is the devil beating up your family? Is he messing with your money? Is he kicking sand in your face? Is he mocking you? Are you fed up with his mess? What are you going to do about it?" (Terry Sisney). Learn from the most quoted verse in the Old Testament how to live in victory; uncover the desperate act of Hazael, a little known but important figure in the Book of Kings; learn how to put to death the lower, earthly nature; discover the key distinction between law and grace, and recognize that once in a lifetime opportunities come along every two weeks, so seize the day!
21:25
August 29, 2019
The Compound Effect: The Magic Penny Applied To Success
The power of the compound effect in practicality and in simple terms so you can see how it can change your finances, relationships, and level of fulfillment. It is true that nothing fails like success, so listen and learn real strategies to change your life. Different standards lead to a different life. Small changes made on a consistent basis lead to massive results, but only if we do the daily work. Plus, why Jesus talked so much about love, the origins of "Be Thou My Vision", the life of Saint Patrick, the birth of dream, and the power of a simple understanding of the meaning of your name.
21:41
August 28, 2019
The Garden Of Gethsemane And The Quality Of Your Life
Jesus knew the Garden of Gethsemane, and so did Judas. In it the latter betrayed the innocent with a kiss, while the former stepped between all hell and you and me. Are lives are shaped by the quality of the questions we ask on a consistent basis. Here you will find 3 that can change your life. It is important to know that the longer we delay taking action, the less likely we are to follow through, so today is the day to begin making massive changes. You will hear a personal story of someone embezzling a half million dollars, to powerful tools to take control of your relationships and your finances. Begin making magic moments, and be inspired by a man who literally risked his freedom to share the message of Jesus.
22:33
August 27, 2019
The Mystery Of Mold And The Cost Of Corruption
Tired of corruption, division and compromise? Learn where did Billy Graham believed the greatest mission field was in the United States, and how Eckerd Drugs took a strong stand against. pornography. Uncover the mystery message of mold in the book of Leviticus, and why there are so many prohibitions in the Bible about mixing seeds and clothing. Plus, the real reason Barabbas was chosen to be set free, and what happens when a king visits a village where every man does what is right in his own eyes. A timeless discussion for a time such as this.
20:17
August 26, 2019
Why a coat? Why a palm branch? Why a donkey? Why a prodigal? Answers around Jesus trial and crucifixion.
A piece of steel can be worth $5.00 or $250,000, depending upon how it is used. Our days are the same, either filled with value or waste. It is amazing what simple choices can produce. At the heart of personal and spiritual growth is the need to trade our expectations for appreciation. The problem is that it is so easy to be fooled by false claims. Houdini learned this as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame was convinced Houdini held truly magical powers, no matter how much the latter tried to tell him it was all an illusion. The truth is so much more fascinating; come and see for yourself, and return from a distant land to your true home.
21:01
August 24, 2019
Insert Awesome Title Here, Or Just Listen Now And Stop Being Afraid
It is the fear of death that leads to depression, apathy, and pain. What if that fear no longer existed? From the lives and philosophies of Billy Graham, Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, Anthony Hopkins, Prince Rogers Nelson (Prince), Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) and Ray Comfort, come and uncover what people really believe about the hereafter. Plus, one of the most powerful stories you will hear about what it is like for  Jesus to enter your pain and remind you, "You should not be here." Special thanks to the incredible work of Ray Comfort and Tim Ballard, and to that One Perfect Life.
21:16
August 23, 2019
When You Feel Most Worthless, Move To Cherith
What chance would you give an unwanted infant whose mother put him up for adoption by placing an ad in a local newspaper? Smith Wigglesworth would say there is a big difference between waiting on God to more, or wanting God to move. In the story of Elijah there is a location known as Cherith, which is a place of separation, a place of getting away from all the mess of life. It is a place where the worthless find how much they are valued by a loving God, and where the abandoned can finally find a home. Learn why Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver, and why another famous person was sold for only 15, and the reason that changes everything for you and me. Plus, why the third leading cause of death in America should give us all pause about conventional wisdom.
21:44
August 22, 2019
As He Is, So Are We In This World
Uncover the startling revelation of this mystery, Christ IN you, the hope of glory. Plus, three questions to change your life, the price of arrogance, what it truly means to die to self, and how a popular speaker got gut honest with his son and what the end result produced. What one bold woman found when she demanded to know, "What exactly do you want from me, God?". Also, how to truly add value by understanding the example of Zappos, which offers to pay its employees to quit; what 75% of patients need instead of surgery, a few affirmations to make your own, and the meaning of the feast of Firstfruits.
21:55
August 21, 2019
No More Participation Trophies, Here Is What People Really Need
Want to know why people that win the lottery inevitably lose it? Jim Rohn said, "Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better." Uncover why marriages really fail, what works to really inspire others and why participation trophies are mostly ineffective, and why God won't do the work for you but will help you as you do it. Plus one of the strangest dinners I have ever been to, what Generation Z ranks number one in, ONE WORD that can change your outcome, and why Tony Robbins astutely says, "Open your heart to a man and he will die for you; close to him and he will leave." Finally, what men respond to, what women respond to, and the power of praying together.
21:41
August 20, 2019
From Slavery To Freedom
A simple but powerful tool to you can use every day to transform your marriage, the message of Pentecost found in a single letter, what we can learn about faith from the heretic king of Egypt, why taking action is so important, and what to do with rejection. Dale Carnegie said, "All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory." Let's go!
21:18
August 19, 2019
Stumbling In The Dark: The Price Of Hypocrisy
As Tony Robbins says, most people's lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group. A lot of people talk about what they are going to do, it is the ones who do what they say that make the difference, so choose wisely who you allow into your inner circle. Includes a brief introduction to Pentecost, biblical feasts, and the story of Moses; but most of all to a consideration of what happens when the blind lead the blind, and what to do when the Pharaoh of your life tries to stop you from entering your promised land. As David McKay states, "The purpose of the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better."
21:37
August 18, 2019
Comfort Is Popular, But Courage Changes Lives
The powerful story of Mike Melio, who was abandoned by his father, beaten by his mother, and much later found his true calling as a motivational speaker. Plus, the number one reason people believe churches exist, why life is not about avoiding death, the two ways to enslave a nation, a little known fact about In-N-Out Burger, and the primary indicator of joy.
21:43
August 16, 2019
The Coffee Test, Amalek, and Kayla Knight's Miracle
A simple coffee test reveals the power of subliminal messaging. Plus, why Amalek will always show up after your greatest victory and what to do about it.  Listen to the story of a gardener who learned to love his his enemy, uncover the power of Pentecost in daily life, and learn the true story behind the miracle healing that made media headlines and left doctor's stunned.
21:57
August 15, 2019
Did God Hide His Name In The Sound Of Breathing? The Mystery Of Yud Hey Vav Hey
Is it possible the sound of God's name is the sound of breathing? Follow along as we go deep theologically to the very core of existence. Why did God change Abram and Sara to AbraHAM and SarAH? The power is found in a simple letter. See why Jesus asked people to do things they couldn't do, why we control our emotions, and the need to turn our shoulds into musts. 
20:32
August 14, 2019
Soul or Spirit? The Difference Between Going Through Life and Growing Through Life
The difference between selfish soul living and the honest life of the spiritual man. Learn about the power of making a 1% difference, the testimony of a woman who lost her faith, the real meaning of being the "salt" of the earth, and an easy to understand explanation of the tripartite nature of humanity, and how the devil seeks to exploit it all.
21:55
August 13, 2019
The Impostor Syndrome: From Brainwashed To Blessed
A look at the lies we tell ourselves, and the power of right thinking. Includes a simple riddle to demonstrate how easy it is to be brainwashed, and why following the crowd is the simple way to fail. Learn what Napoleon said is the most important character trait, and understand the difference between an amateur and a professional. Uncover the power of silence, and the strength found in confessing what is true over what is easy.
21:30
August 12, 2019
Bill Nye's Atheism And A Resolved Faith
An honest consideration of Bill Nye's book "Undeniable", and a look at the reason why Woody Harrelson didn't enter ministry. A study of what 20 minutes of anger does to the immune system, compared to what gratitude does to heal the body. What Jesus and a strong resolve says to those who are asleep, and the bizarre story surrounding the "Alexandra Limp."
21:50
August 9, 2019
Eddie Would Go...And So Should We
The story and example of a fearless lifeguard named Eddie; learning to see people as they are supposed to be; the power of exchanging beauty for ashes, and what people wish they would have done differently when they reach the end of their life.
19:29
August 8, 2019
The Smuggler And The Seed
Why traditional marriage therapy has the highest failure rate of all therapies, and what actually works to make a passionate relationship. (Two of the most requested statements couples want to hear!) Plus the story of the smuggler who may be doing more harm to your thoughts than you realize, how Martin Luther enlarged our understanding of daily bread, and one mans journey from penniless to wealth. 
19:29
August 7, 2019
Finding Faith In The Dark
The legacy of free books, the miracle of the Brooklyn Bridge, the music of Hank Williams, and how the Red Sea was truly split.
20:17
August 6, 2019
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