2/5/23

140. Drift Ye Not


If you can picture Sue Duffield in a kayak adrift in the middle of a lake without a paddle, then that memory and depiction could coincide with a spiritual revelation that, quite frankly, is evident of many ministries, non-profits and Christian leaders today. Adrift. They've either lost their paddle or their anchor. This episode gives fair warning to those who have forsaken their original calling. There's reasons why some believers literally just drift away. But there's also a biblically prophetic reason too, that in the end times - some will just fall away. Be encouraged and be strengthened by not letting your missional calling drift. 

Also mentioned on this episode is the book, "Mission Drift - The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities and Churches", written by Peter Greer and Chris Horst, available on Amazon. This is a useful book for key leaders in churches, pastors, nonprofit agencies, and social service agencies. "Drift Ye Not!"

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1/27/23

139. Tea Bag Therapy


There's such a strong correlation between the healing properties of used tea bags and the healing balm mentioned in the scriptures. And what a fun way to present the gospel too, knowing that (1) tea bags are great for chapped lips, (2) puffy eyes, (3) reducing swelling while stopping the bleeding, and (4) to get rid of pungent odor. Think about that for a moment: In the Kingdom, God's Word has the power to keep our mouths clean and to keep them shut when they need to be shut; God's Word has the power to reduce the self-inflicted puffiness and the healing of spiritual wounds; and God's Word has the power to keep us from stinking it up!

Then Jesus walked up to him and asked a strange question, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6b) Answering that question takes a lot of guts, because if you really do want to get well, then you'll really need to follow Jesus. Tea Bag Therapy, if nothing more, will make you look at tea bags in a whole new light!

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1/20/23

138. Hope You Have UNStar!


While taking a trip in a rental car, Sue accidentally pressed the "OnStar" button several times. She was eventually reprimanded by one of the OnStar associates, saying, "Ma'am, don't do that; do you think you're a superstar or something?"

From that experience came this episode, "How to be an UNStar". Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr's super hit, "You Don't Have to be A Star" is the setting of this post. What a super explanation of what it takes to really be a star in the Kingdom of God. For the performer who just can’t wait to be noticed, Jesus strongly urges (much like the lyrics to the song) to come as we are. He takes us in. We’re rejected, hurt, filled with jealousy, envy, and even succumbing to the comparison factor. But to HIM, we’re worth what we have within. No where is it stated in this pop hit, “You’re worth what you have because of what is on the outside.” So why do we work so hard on everything exterior, yet leave our insides deplete of maturity and spiritual hunger? BTW, spiritual hunger is a good thing.. Check what's inside your heart.

Have fun with this one. And take a quick look at how you represent Jesus. He's the only true star.

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1/13/23

137. The Truth Will Make You Mad


How dare Sue Duffield suggest that someone should not speak “their truth!” But what if this is “her truth?” Shouldn’t she be free and able to speak “her own truth?” Your truth (and her truth) may not the be the actual truth, and that is not just her truth, but the truth. How confusing…truthfully. LOL.

Episode 137 dares to challenge situational ethics. What does the truth do to people? Is it motivating to hear the truth, or is it something that makes you mad? And why does it seem that absolutes have disappeared and evaporated into thin air? And why can't we talk to each other anymore without getting hot under the collar?

The pun and truth of those questions stir up the realities of Sue's childhood, recalling her grandmother saying, “Well, If everybody jumps off the Walt Whitman Bridge, does that mean you will too?” (That was usually in response to Sue asking or wanting to conform to her friends’ desires or wants.) Or, the truth of this saying, “Go ahead, play out in the street in traffic. Your truth will be - you’ll get hit by a car!”

Desiring biblical truth and living by the gospel of truth, is liberating. And if it makes you mad, there's a good chance truth has hit your last nerve of denial. There's an infinitum of scripture in this episode. It's so much better sharing the truth of God's Word, than opinion.

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1/7/23

136. The Patty Duke Flu


Long before podcasting was a thing, blogging took over the world. It’s both fun and sobering to go back on the internet search and find articles, blog posts and pieces that Sue Duffield has written over the years. Go ahead - we dare you - just google Sue Duffield blogspot, and you’ll get more that you’ll ever want or need! Now we're not saying that podcasting or vloging has taken over my medium of writing, but we will say that Sue doesn't do it quite as often as she used to.

Thirteen years ago, Sue wrote this post called “The Patty Duke Flu”, and since the new year gave her a bought of upper respiratory craziness, we thought it would be fun to revisit that blogpost, and maybe add a few spiritual and historical facts at the end. So, if you started off the new year feeling under the weather or suffering a serious illness, you surely will want to listen to this hopeful episode today.

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12/28/22

135. Merry Twixmas!


What's become of the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day? To quote the Jimmy Webb song, recorded by Frank Sinatra, "Whatever Happened to Christmas?", it could be even worse than this...

Whatever happened to Christmas?
It's gone and left no traces
Whatever happened to the faces or the glow?
Whatever happened to Christmas
To the Christmas way of living?
Whatever happened to the giving
The magic in the snow?
Remember the sights and the smells and the sounds
And remember the cheery call
Remember how love was all around
Whatever happened to it all?
Whatever happened to Christmas?
The bells in the streets are ringing
Whatever happened to the singing?
The songs we used to know
Whatever happened to Christmas?
And when it disappeared from view
Where was I (where was I), and whatever happened to you?
(Whatever happened to Christmas) and you?

Sue Duffield takes you on a journey of faith on how to make that "tween" week many call "TWIXMAS" now, a time of reflection and preparation for the new year. It’s a good thing to hunger and it’s a good thing to “feel” the pain and joy of experincing or wanting something deeper. Be encouraged to go deeper; don’t just put away your Christmas decorations, and rush through the week.. take time to invest in your heart and soul and spend more time with Jesus, even if the people around you aren't all that interested. Make those goals and stick to them for 2023. Sue will be there right with you along the way!

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12/23/22

134. Stories Of Christmas


Sue Duffield loves Christmas story books. Today's episode is a compilation of an ebook entitled, "Santa's Greatest Gift - The Truth about Santa's Identity Wrapped in the Spiritual Meaning of Christmas", by Rebecca Gittrick Whitecotton, published by Bright Treasures at www.Smashwords.com. Also, as Christmas stories come and go, there is still nothing like Luke's Gospel, chapter two, read from The Passion Translation. Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Suebiquitous Podcast and Sue Duffield Ministries. Don't EVER let the wonder of Christ's birth and His presence in your life disappear.

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12/16/22

133. The Christmas We Downsized


It doesn't take much these days to realize, we do SO much better with less. Downsizing Christmas seems to be a trend but it surely isn't new. Episode 133 will take you on a journey of counting and categorizing the amount of decorations you might have. Sue Duffield also remembers a time when cutting back on spending during the holidays wasn't so much as a choice but a necessity. But we all know the truth: creating memories and making special times for your loved ones doesn't always have to cost a fortune. With every cut-back, there's an opportunity to replace that void with something even more special. You'll love Sue's line in this episode, "downsizing Christmas, but upsizing the Gospel." You might want to write that down. Christmas should be a time of sharing our stories and and especially sharing our faith. Always always upsize that. So maybe downsize the clutter you don't need, but never forget to upsize Jesus to a world who hardly knows Him.

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12/9/22

132. The Jeff Pearles Story


It's great to have Jeff Pearles return for a second time on this podcast! Jeff has had a stellar career in Gospel Music singing bass for the King's Heralds, appearing on many Gaither Homecoming videos, as well as a studio singer and voice-over talent for audio books and events. But all of that could have come to a screeching halt with his diagnosis of Covid-19 and double pneumonia. The truth is, Jeff almost died, and Linda (his wife) both battled a severe bought of serious lung problems as a result of Covid-19. When someone contracts COVID, the lungs get small and stiff, which explains why many experience shortness of breath and massive fatigue. His oxygen levels plummeted, while his heart rate tripled. The doctor gave very little hope to Jeff as he lay for three days in a hospital bed. However, Jeff began to pray that God would send someone to him that would show him hope. And literally, within hours, "hope" AND a miracle walked into that room.

This is a very personal testimony of God's unfailing intervention for a man who has dedicated his life to music and ministry. Jeff has started to share his healing story more open and often in his public performances with many positive responses. This is his first podcast interview with Sue Duffield, telling this amazing story of recovery.

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12/1/22

131. Let's Bake Some Cookies!


No matter what your favorite Christmas cookie is, we all know the truth - you just can't have Christmas without cookies! In this episode, the Duffields take the cookie journey and recall the memories that go along with every recipe, every crazy kitchen caper and every tasty morsel that just can't be explained. Peanut butter blossoms, Archway's Cherry Chip Nougat (no longer in production - stupid!), homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pizelles (Anise flavored), petit fours and ITALIAN COOKIES from Serpes Bakery in Elsemere, Delaware and Oakmont Bakery cookie trays/macaroons/Iced Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees, Molasses Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies. And then there's Crumbl cookies.. ALL this and more right here.

But stick with Sue Duffield long enough on this episode to hear her experience an incredible miracle while baking and stepping outside to get a breath of fresh air to see the moonlight. Making memories forever.

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11/25/22

130. Three Amigas! Debra Talley, Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly & Sue Duffield


(Simulcast from the "Aging Angst and Alleluias Podcast" Episode 20)

Since Sue Duffield produces several podcasts, she had a fun idea to "merge" two episodes that have an abundance of hope, laughter and joy for the season. Listen and laugh as Debra Talley (Gospel Music's sweetest and smoothest alto - ever) and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly (founder and director of the Veranda Ministries in Gallatin, TN - a ministry of caregiving for those with dementia) tackle some of life's most pressing issues on aging. This quick and honest friendship between these three has evolved during the most critical of times. Just as loneliness can hurt our health, friendships can actually improve it in far-reaching (and sometimes surprising) ways. Studies have found that bonding with friends can strengthen the immune system. It helps us recover quickly from illness, lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, and sharpen memory. And since Mary Anne's hope is to keep the connection of friendship open and honest, it's not a surprise that both Debra and Sue agree - it can also improve their odds of living longer, so Mary Anne can take care of both of them! LOL. 

But by far the greatest and funniest aspect of this very episode is the unscripted ending, when they attempt to sing "Silent Night", with the delay of WiFi and network. It's a scream and one for the books!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 "A Christmas To Remember" Benefit Concert and Auction at Three Oaks Church, Gallatin, TN 5pm featuring Tribute Quartet, Angie Primm, Lauren Talley, Gene McDonald, Riley Harrison Clark, Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly and Jeff and Sue Duffield

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11/18/22

129. You Look Mah-velous!


Three things happen here: (1) What you think of you, (2) what others think of you, and (3) what God thinks of you. This is an episode focusing on the biblical viewpoint on the body. Culture dictates to us something completely different, and the truth is - it always has. We are wonderfully made according to Psalms 139:14-15, and for all that can be imperfect about the created order and even about our physical appearance, the human body - divine as it is - is an amazing miracle. So, why do we still struggle when we look into a mirror? There's a culture script and especially our own insecurity self-talk that keeps us distracted, defeated, and even addicted to our looks. It's pretty much the enemy's plan to make you feel less than.

Imagine how miraculous the conception and birth of children must have seemed in Old Testament times without ultrasound or scientific understanding. The whole process was captured in mystery and wonder. But even with technological advances and our ability to peer inside the womb, it is still an absolute miracle the way that a child is formed. Beautiful, amazing, and worshipful are words that come to mind when a baby is born into the world. It is sincerely a declaration that God is real, life is a gift, and that we are wonderfully made.

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11/10/22

128. Clips from the Communicators Collective Retreat!


There's no way Sue Duffield could interview ALL the amazing women who attended this year's #CommunicatorsCollectiveRetreat, but the casualness of just walking around the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach and catching these usually predictable women in an off-the-cuff moment was just plain priceless. Sue shares an extremely humbled attitude, to be invited to this exclusive event (as a podcaster and influencer) but even more moved and challenged by these exceptional creatives who worship God in their own incredible way. Carol Kent couldn't have been more timely and on-point with her resilient messages.

Listen to be inspired and challenged while having a great laugh during this episode! Thanks to Angela Donadio and her vision to see such a "collective" of crazies come together! Oh, the stories that will be told over and over and over as we all navigate and steward this trailblazing future. Only God could do this. Only. God.

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11/4/22

127. Jesus Face


Sue Duffield's journey of never meeting a stranger has given her some of her greatest material in her comedic world. Carrying the countenance of the Holy Spirit on your face and in your body language is the definition of a true follower of Christ. But sometimes, there's not a lot of joy on the inside that can translate to the outside with most people. It's like you can really stand out in the crowd if you have any kind of positve energy vibe at all.

Here's a fun and hopefully inspirational episode about just that - being a beacon of God's Light to a unique time in our world. Do you have a Jesus face? Hope so.

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10/28/22

126. Fandom!


The diehard sports family Duffield, has some funny ideals and loyalties. Is there a difference between being a true-blue fan and a follower? Well, Jeff and Sue Duffield will try and answer that during this episode. With the epic end-of-season run by MLB's surprising post-season Phillies, it will surely be a journey to behold in these next few days. Being a follower and not just a fan, will prove itself when this team (or your favorite pass time) disappoints. Hoping for a great outcome, this World Series 2022 has some real wildness about it. How they're able to contain the euphorias at this point, is beyond comprehension.

Now, all those fair weathered fans (disciples of Jesus) soon BECAME followers after the resurrection! But when they thought everything was absolutely falling apart, when they thought Jesus was going to die and that would be the end of the story, they simply gave up. No loyalty and no commitment; which eventually they did gain back (and took that loyalty and commitment to the point of death themselves) AFTER they saw the resurrected Yeshua. 

How deep is your Fandom with Christ?

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