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Neurosurgeon and writer Dr. W. Lee Warren, MD delivers weekly prescriptions from neuroscience, faith, and common sense on how to lead a healthier, better, happier life. You can't change your life until you change your mind, and Dr. Warren will teach you the art of self brain surgery to get it done. Patrons have access to special episodes, transcripts, free books, and more!
 
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From the Very First Chapter, the Bible Teaches Us That God is Good The original language of the Bible, Hebrew, uses the word tov, which means "good." Join Lisa and me for a fascinating and important conversation with Laura Barringer and Scot McKnight, authors of the incredible book, A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuse…
 
Hope Springs from Truth Rehearsed Join me with special guest Mark Vroegop, author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament! When life hits you hard, sometimes you can't find the words to pray. When you're doubting, hurting, scared, and you're wondering where God is, the prayer language of lament is exactly what you need. Here's h…
 
When You Can't Hear Truth in Your Own Brain, You Need Better Words “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are goin…
 
It's Memorial Day 2021, a Day to Remember to Never Forget Special thanks to my guest on today's podcast, Al Genatone. Al is a combat veteran, bronze star recipient from the war in Afghanistan. He played college football at Washington State. Al and I had a great conversation about war, combat, and what Memorial Day really means. No Greater Way to Lo…
 
There Are Some Things We Need to Line Up This conversation with New York Times bestselling author Philip Yancey will help you get there. This is a replay of YST041 from 2015, in preparation for Philip coming back on the show in a couple of weeks. Get to know Philip, my spiritual and writing mentor, and he'll help you find your feet no matter what y…
 
The Hard Things in Life Can Make Us Feel Very Alone Your pain can be extraordinary, even though hardship is an ordinary part of the human experience. Having a framework to guide your prayers can be incredibly, and having a friend to pray with and for you is invaluable in learning that you're never alone. We use Psalm 138 as our guide to the ACTS pr…
 
Which is better: justice, mercy or grace? Truth is, we need all three! Justice: when we get what we deserve Mercy: when we do not get what we deserve Grace: when we get what we do not deserve The problem is, we all want justice when other people do wrong by us, but we want mercy when we do wrong. Here's a story from my time in Iraq that helps us to…
 
Are the things we believe taught to us, or are they true? A lesson I learned in Iraq about the difference between truth, and things we're just taught. Books mentioned Adamant by Lisa Bevere The Always God by Jarrett Stephens Scriptures mentioned Colossians 2:8 (NLT) Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense tha…
 
Most of my problems relate to me not being able to see past myself I have "I" trouble. Can you relate? Here's a few thoughts on "I" surgery to gain perspective and see things more clearly! Books mentioned Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop Scripture Mentioned Lamentations 3:1-3 I am the man who has seen afflicti…
 
Did you ever take a road trip? Lisa and I have had three that were epic. One in the beautiful northeast of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, and two when we were moving from Alabama to Wyoming. Roadtrips can be exciting, adventurous, beautiful, unless you have car trouble, detours, accidents, or construction… Well, today we are going on a road tri…
 
This is the final Wyoming Tapes Episode! Wouldn't it be great if everyone in your life was kind, generous, friendly, loving, and acted out of a spirit of service and helpfulness all the time? If everyone in your family sought to follow the Golden Rule? If everyone at work looked out for each other's best interest and not their own? If those things …
 
Sometimes, God seems really far away. Today, I want to talk about the parallels between two passages I keep running into that seem opposite of each other Isaiah and James describe two sets of life change: one is God's dream for what he wants to do for us, and the other is what we should do when we realize that our issues are keeping us from being c…
 
Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin Are All the Rage! Here's what it has to do with your life! Scriptures mentioned: Colossians 3:23-25 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. A…
 
The Ten Best Ways to Be Infinitely Happier! Scriptures mentioned: John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Psalm 1:1-3 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose …
 
It's Time for Some Relationship Brain Surgery!Our relationships have arguably the biggest impact on the quality and course of our lives compared to any other aspect. Think about it: we choose a lot about where we live, what we do, how we spend our time, how we earn our living, how we dress, how we worship, pretty much everything based on the relati…
 
The Beginning of Self Brain Surgery! If you're struggling, stuck, sick of the sameness, and can't seem to get moving in your life, the first place to look is inside your own head. Friend, I implore you to understand how important it is to learn how to master your thought life! It's like the old children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. When yo…
 
If You Try to Do Everything, You'll Accomplish Nothing Raise your hand if you've ever said anything like this (or if you're driving, just nod your head): There's too much to do, too many projects, too many meetings, too many people to serve to please all of them. Too much work, not enough time, no space left for me or for creativity, or the other t…
 
Ten Ways to be Super Miserable (S2E30) It dawned on me that I might be underserving some of my listeners. I’m always talking about how to be happier, but today I thought, “Wait, Lee. Some listeners might want you to teach them how NOT to be happy too!” Friend, please forgive me if you’ve been waiting on me to release content to help you NOT be happ…
 
We have some things to straighten out, my friend. You know me, I'm all about helping you become healthier, feel better, and be happier. But I woke up this morning worried about you, and your ability to do those things to improve your life. Remember: you can't change your life until you change your mind, and we need to get something cleared up. So t…
 
Nerding Out on Happiness A few words about happiness, dancing, and macaroni. It’s all Greek to me, with a little Hebrew in there too. We’re going to talk about why we need to be happy, and we’re going to start today. Links mentioned Greek scholar on makarios Randy Acorn's book Happiness John to Know, James to Grow bible study Scriptures Mentioned J…
 
Fiction is great for reading, but terrible for living! A while back, we received an email from a friend named John. He’s a writer and an artist, and in his email he told of a horrible tragedy. Lisa and I were so saddened, and spent a good part of that day really upset and sorry for our friend’s loss. The problem was, we found out later that day som…
 
Sometimes Life Can Feel Crushing Here's a great conversation with my best friend Lisa Warren about holding up under great trials, and five true things you need to know! The Five Truths: Past losses can teach us, but they can't define us. Massive change requires massive action. If you want to feel better, do better. Peace is achievable in spite of c…
 
A Little Lesson About Promised Land Problems (Originally YST 054) What if I told you that you could take a two-week trip and make it last forty years? What if I told you that you could spend your whole life chasing something in your future, or running from in your past and miss everything good you could have right now? And what if I told you that y…
 
What Are You Really Hungry For? In this episode, we look at food, fuel, numbing, surrogates, tomorrow taxes, and how to fill up on the one thing that really satisfies! Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Also, check out S2E8 Managing or Changing? Book: Brené Brown's excellent Daring Greatly…
 
It's Go Time! It's Action April, and the only question is, are you ready to start today? Philippians 3:13-15 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward…
 
Perspective Changes Everything! This episode is all about airplanes, the magic of imagination, and the power of perspective. Scriptures mentioned in this episode Proverbs 18:17 The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. 1 John 4:5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world list…
 
If, Wait, Then: The Surgery of Hope Life can be very difficult, and sometimes it seems like we're all alone and without hope in a dark world. But here's a few minutes about the self-brain surgery technique that will help you find hope and see the light again! Scriptures mentioned in this episode Habakkuk 1:2 “How long, Lord, must I call for help, b…
 
Mind Change March is Giving Way to Action April. It's go time. And you can't get where you're going without clarity on the path you need to take. Links Mentioned in this episode http://www.bertilvallien.nu/startsidan.html https://www.kimberlyndrydenart.com/ https://akiane.com/product/prince-of-peace/ Scriptures mentioned in this episode Hebrews 12:…
 
It's time to get up! I had a long night last night. Just struggling with some of the same old issues I’ve dealt with for years; missing my son and feeling sad about that, and covering a lot of ground in my mind over things I’d thought were settled. Does that surprise you? Look, no matter how squared away you think someone else is, they’re not. We a…
 
Life is too short not to enjoy our labor. This episode is all about making fun of work. (First posted as YST035 in February 2015) This episode is all about work. Of course, this means different things depending on the season of life you're in.For some, it might mean a job. The old 9-to-5, punching a clock.For others, it might be a house full of kid…
 
A Story About Plaid Pants, Spiritual Gifts, and How to Find Your Purpose Today, a rare chance to see clearly when you’re where you’re supposed to be, a quick story about plaid pants preachers, church abuse, the value of listening, and we’re going to start today. Scriptures Mentioned in This Episode 1 John 5:13 NIV I write these things to you who be…
 
Life is a Series of Hobson's Choices Note: This was posted on 3/11/2021, but the file was corrupted and an old episode was playing. This is the correct episode! Hobson's choiceA Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing.…
 
We Can't Keep Life From Being Hard But we CAN choose the ground on which we fight life's battles! Proverbs 29:18(NIV) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Today, we’re going to talk about vision, the Civil War, the 5/5/5 Rule we taught our kids, and the value of choosing. We…
 
Cashing Out Paper Losses Turns Them Into Real Losses That's tragic in investing, but it's a disaster in the rest of your life too. Here are some principles to help manage our minds and behaviors when life seems to be handing us big losses. We'll look at the psychology of investing, and apply it to the rest of our lives. And we'll see God as the God…
 
It's Mind Change March! Hey, it’s March 1. We’re going to call it “Mind Change March,” and we’re going to make sure that every single day in this month, we’re going to press deeper into changing the things we need to change to get where we want to be in our lives. No more wasted time. No more regrets. 31 days from now we’ll be smarter, richer, wise…
 
Are We Managing Our Lives, or Really Changing Them? I see people in my office every week who are hurting, and often times I can offer them a fix for their problem. But some folks just want to manage their pain, take a pill, or do something that's quicker and less scary than having surgery. This episode was inspired by Tommy Walker's song Water Into…
 
To Get Real About What You Want, You Have to Avoid Mission Creep (Originally YST 063, December 2015) A few months ago, Lisa and I realized that we were working harder and harder on more and more things, but that we were so busy with everything that we were having a hard time really making progress on any one thing. Nod your head if you can relate. …
 
It's Not Valentine's Day, But You Need to Hear This Love Letter! (Originally YST069 from February 2018) Today I'm going to share with you a love letter, a late Valentine, a message from God directly from his word, just for you. And the bottom line of the message is this: You're special, and today is the day it's going to start being better. (Note: …
 
It's the Point of No Return There's something holding us back, something blocking our path. An obstacle, a habit, a past pattern, a negative influence or a bad relationship. Fear, anxiety or plain-old indecisiveness. Something's keeping us stuck. It's time to break free, friend. Before we can take our "start today" moment and really step into the l…
 
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