Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith

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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

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Family Matters: Country Music’s High Valley & The NFL’s Trent Dilfer
33:28

From time to time, life has a way of making us feel that everything is crumbling down around us. Problems can shake us, and even break us. But what will still be there when nothing else is left is family: whether it’s the family you’re born into or the family you choose. Growing up in a remote Mennonite community in northern Alberta, Canada, Brad and Curtis Rempel of the country music duo High Valley cultivated a rich passion for music and tight-knit family. As they try to put music into the world that draws families together, Brad and Curtis have come to realize where their priorities lie—and that’s with raising their kids. Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer knows the value of appreciating your family, particularly since he tragically lost his son Trevin at a young age. Keeping faith as the foundation for his life, Trent has repurposed his pain into passion, and started saying yes to where God wanted him to go, which led to the unlikely decision to coach high school football and mentor young athletes in Nashville, TN.

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Always

Jesus Calling Note-Taking Edition

Jesus Calling book

Past interview:  Ron Hall

Upcoming interview: Matthew McConaughey

 

Brad and Curtis Rempel

Ricky Skaggs

Skaggs Family Records.com

 

Trent Dilfer

Super Bowl XXXV

Lipscomb Academy

Disneyland

Philippians 4:6–7

 

Interview Quotes:

“I've been a dad for almost seven years, and I'm still just trying to always pray that God will keep me humble, and if I want my kids to own their own mistakes, I’ve got to own mine.” - Curtis Rempel

“We pray as a family all the time that God will work in our hearts, help us to be servants of each other, and be humble.” - Curtis Rempel

”You do all the things that you think are the right things to do, but God has this story that He's writing.” - Brad Rempel

“God has this amazing way of just doing what He wants with what you've got.” - Brad Rempel

“Football has this unique way of not just impacting the individual that's playing it, coaching it, but especially here in the south, it impacts communities.” - Trent Dilfer

“I've been asked this question a million times about how my faith has impacted my life, and I can always give the same answer. It is my life. It's the foundation. It's the starting point for everything.” - Trent Dilfer

“I still to this day can't understand how somebody can get through how hard life is without that peace that transcends understanding.” - Trent Dilfer

“As these wounds were being opened, as I was dealing with some of this pain, again, it was bringing out a passion in me that I hadn't had in years—maybe more than I had ever had. That passion surfaced as thought leadership, has surfaced as capacity, has surfaced as energy, has surfaced as compassion.” - Trent Dilfer, on coaching high school football

“Sometimes we stay in our pain because we think that's where we should live. And we'd feel guilty if that pain turns into something positive. I would just tell you from life experience that that pain repurposed into passion is an incredible, redemptive quality that only the Lord Jesus Christ can provide.” - Trent Dilfer

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Nov 19, 2020
Our Secret Weapon for the Battles of Life—Prayer: Bishop T.D. Jakes & Lt. Col. Dan Rooney
27:34

Can you remember praying for something with everything you had, but felt your pleas went unanswered? Maybe you’ve prayed a silent prayer, unable to find the words, and God moved everything into place better than you could’ve imagined. Regardless of how we perceive it or how we’ve experienced it, prayer is powerful, and it can change things—whether it’s your circumstances, or even you. Throughout his personal life and his forty-year ministry, Bishop T.D. Jakes has seen firsthand how the earth moves when women engage in prayer. And now that our world is facing battles on so many fronts, he urges everyone to pray both offensively and defensively, because it has the potential to change the world. Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot and PGA professional, considers himself a vessel of impact, noting that the only way he was able to achieve his goals was because God was on his side. By dedicating himself to 30 minutes of prayer a day, Lt. Col Rooney has learned how to engineer a life of fulfillment, noting that as a faith-based person, we often have to jump before we’re ready. Driven by his God-given purpose, Lt. Col Rooney’s organization Folds of Honor is assisting families of fallen and disabled veterans, showing that when we dedicate ourselves to the Lord, He will use you as an instrument for good. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Past interview: Charles Billingsley

Upcoming interview: Trent Dilfer

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

Build a shoebox for a child online at Samaritan’s Purse.org/occ

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Potter's House

T.D. Jakes Foundation

T.D. Jakes Enterprises

When Women Pray book

Mother Teresa

COVID-19

 

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney

Folds of Honor

University of Kansas

United States Air Force

Eglin Air Force Base

Luke Air Force Base

Fly into the Wind book



Interview Quotes:

“This is a good time to amass women and challenge them to pray, because we are being attacked on so many fronts today: personally, nationally, medically, economically.” - T.D. Jakes

“Every woman has to use prayer both as offense and defense.” - T.D. Jakes

“Every choice you make follows a logical path. And it starts with, I won't do that. I can't do that. I'd like to. I'll try. I can. I will.” - Lt. Col. Dan Rooney

“I dedicated myself to thirty minutes of daily prayer. And it was a life changing gift that the Air Force, probably above all else, gave me.” - Lt. Col. Dan Rooney

“I would say the defiant thread of true greatness in faith-based people is you get to a place in your life and you’ve got to go before you're ready...This reckless faith that I've learned as a fighter pilot in an inherently very dangerous business is such a gift. Life is not a dress rehearsal.” - Lt. Col. Dan Rooney

“He picks the least among us, but He picks the willing.” - Lt. Col. Dan Rooney

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Nov 12, 2020
Giving Love Away, Getting More Back: Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary & Beth Guckenberger
33:04

The greatest gift we can ever give—or receive—is love. It’s the only thing that multiples when we give it away, whether we’re showing that love to family and pets, friends and strangers. Michael and Zina Goodin of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary share how they began to care for older dogs who often got overlooked, providing for them in such a way that brings out their best. Over the years, Michael and Zina have learned a few life lessons from their canine friends, which they share in their new book, Homecoming Tales. Orphan care advocate Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries is familiar with small beginnings—and if you ask her, she’ll tell you just how amazing it is that God was ever able to use her to create such a ministry. Through the miracles she’s seen, and the amazing children she’s met along the way, Beth has seen the value of stepping out in faith, and how God works all things together for good as we shower others with His love. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Past interview: Kristen Chenoweth and Joanne Rogers
Upcoming interview: Bishop TD Jakes

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

Build a shoebox for a child online at Samaritan’s Purse.org/occ

 

Michael and Zina Goodin

Book: Homecoming Tales

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue

Simon and Garfunkel song, “Old Friends” 

Michael and Zina’s feature in the October 2020 issue of Jesus Calling Magazine



Beth Guckenberger

Back2Back Ministries

Young Life

Zachariah 14

BRCA2 cancer

BRCA2 positive

 

Interview Quotes:

“That's our goal: for as long as the dogs are with us, to keep them as happy and comfortable as we can.” - Michael Goodin 

“Because of Lucy-Lu's attitude, we realized that these senior dogs, no matter what terrible background they came from, could appreciate the rest of their life and leave the past behind them and have a good life.” - Zina Goodin

“One of the greatest things about older dogs, especially when they have been in the shelters, when we bring them out of that shelter, they don't even remember the past. They just live in the day, and they get so happy.” - Michael Goodin

“I had to try to understand what it looked like for God to be sovereign in stories that were hard.” - Beth Guckenberger

“We knew that we were taking small steps, and this was a small beginning. We had no idea what was going ahead. But there was a lot of comfort in believing that God was just rejoicing in our obedience.” - Beth Guckenberger

“Watching the power of love in the life of an adopted child and what it does to a child to feel known and loved and seen, it definitely birthed all the rest of the stories that happened in our family.” - Beth Guckenberger

“This is exactly why we sow truth into our hearts, so that in a moment we most need it, It's right there at the ready for us. So for me, when I get big feelings like fear or anger or anything that can threaten to steal the peace that I have, I just remind myself of what's true.” - Beth Guckenberger

“The faster we get to that space where we can trust God to be good and right, the less energy we spend fighting what He has for us.” - Beth Guckenberger

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Nov 05, 2020
Responding to Nudges from the Spirit: Anne Neilson & Nikki Speer
33:49

Have you ever felt pulled towards something, but you’re not sure what? Maybe God was nudging you to pursue the calling He has for you. Artist Anne Neilson, famous for her angel paintings, has felt those nudges all throughout her life, starting when she was a little girl and knew she was meant to be an artist. Now looking back, Anne can see God’s fingerprints all over her life, and how He shaped her art into a ministry beyond what she ever imagined, including the inspiration to write a new devotional called Anne Neilson’s Angels. Nikki Speer, founder of the nonprofit Redefined Courage, has watched many women in her family battle with breast cancer. When Nikki noticed that her mom—the woman she’d always seen as the most radiant in the room—no longer felt beautiful, she realized God was prompting her toward a new calling: to design clothing for women dealing with breast cancer that was not only comfortable and allowed them to heal, but also helped them feel confident in their fight. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling Devotional

Jesus Calling Magazine

Jesus Calling for Kids

Past guest: Delilah

Upcoming guest: Michael and Zina Goodin of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

Build a shoebox for a child online at Samaritan’s Purse.org/occ

 

Anne Neilson

Anne Nielson's Angels: Devotions and Art to Encourage, Refresh, and Inspire

Steven Curtis Chapman

Kathie Lee Gifford



Nikki Speer

Redefined Courage

Breast cancer

Lymphedema

 

Interview Quotes:

“There were times that I really questioned, Is this what God has called me to do?”  - Anne Neilson

“God has put these people in my path. He weaves us all together, and it's for a purpose that we might not even know.” - Anne Neilson

“Words are powerful—the words that come out of our mouth, the words that are spoken to our friends, our children, our colleagues, our employees, to ourselves.“ - Anne Neilson

“These angels do bring comfort and healing through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit, through art. God is the master Artist. He is the master Creator.” - Anne Neilson

“We were walking out of the mall, and I made the bold promise that I would design clothing for [my mom] so that she could feel beautiful.” - Nikki Speer 

“This is not a, ‘Man, I drew this sticky note, and this amazing thing was created.’ There were a lot of samples, and there was a lot of learning and growing and changing and mistakes, but a lot of God working.” - Nikki Speer

“When I was growing up, my mom would tell me, ‘You should always leave a conversation knowing more about the other person than they know about you.’” - Nikki Speer

“I have these What if? moments that well up inside of me. But in quietness and trust truly is my strength. And those What if? moments become my Even if... moments with God.” - Nikki Speer 

“I really do believe that if you are feeling right now--a nudge or a calling or prompting from God, that you should go for it. I have always said that it was in the obedience I found the blessing.” - Nikki Speer

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Oct 29, 2020
Healing Our Wounds & Restoring Our Lives: Lecrae Moore and Jeremy & Adrienne Camp
35:20

In times of hurt, sometimes our first instinct is to distance ourselves from God, because it’s hard to understand why He’d allow us to suffer. But what we don’t always realize is that He is a God of restoration. And when we turn to Him to find peace, He can bring good out of our brokenness. GRAMMY award-winning rhymist and activist Lecrae Moore’s early years were spent in a broken, abused environment, creating emotional trauma he had to learn to unpack. Curious about who God was, and terrified he would be responsible for his own destiny, Lecrae looked to Christianity for purpose. But as he began to find healing, the religious community turned their back on him because his views were different than theirs. In response, Lecrae turned his back on God, seeking affirmation in all the wrong places. Lecrae began seeing a therapist and was diagnosed with depression, and as he worked through his trauma, his heart was softened—and restored—by Jesus. Christian music artist Jeremy Camp’s first wife, Melissa, tragically passed away from cancer at only 21 years old. But through his grief, Jeremy knew God was still good, and he continued to pursue faith in all that he did. Eventually, God led Jeremy to find his wife Adrienne, and now they continue to build their faith as a family.   

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Episode Sponsor: Samaritan’s Purse.org/occ

Past interview: John and Stasi Eldredge

Future interview: Anne Neilson

 

Lecrae Moore

Cry for You” song

Jeremiah 30:17

Restoration album

I Am Restored book

Psalm 23

 

Jeremy Camp

Adrienne Camp

I Still Believe” song

Psalm 34:18

Proverbs 3:5–6

I Still Believe movie



Interview Quotes:

“When you're neglected and abused, you can develop a massive sense of insecurity. And in order to deal with that insecurity, I performed because it was a way I could find affirmation.” - Lecrae Moore

“I had a friend tell me, “Well, since you're an atheist, Lecrae, you know that there's no hope or belief in anything except yourself.” And I never forgot how petrified I was, because I could barely tie my shoe, and now I was in control of my destiny and purpose.” - Lecrae Moore 

“Even the toughest of people have a breaking point. I knew I had reached my breaking point, and I knew I needed professional help.” - Lecrae Moore

“The fear is that you're standing on the edge, the precipice of change, and you're afraid to jump because you just don't believe that change can really happen. But the reality is that the first jump is the evidence of change. You've already begun the process when you take the leap.” - Lecrae Moore

“That's one of the most beautiful realizations I came to is that even in my darkest place, God's there. If I return to that dark place, what's the worst thing that's gonna happen that I'm afraid of? God will be there with me.” - Lecrae Moore

“When we can see the massive length, the depth, the height of God's love, it's transforming. It transforms our views on everything.” - Lecrae Moore

“You're not gonna be able to change the world effectively until you own your story and allow it to turn you into someone amazing.” - Lecrae Moore

“When asked how she was doing, her response to me was, ‘I'm doing okay because I realized that if I die from this cancer, but if one person gives their life to Jesus, then it's all worth it.’” - Jeremy Camp, on his first wife Melissa as she battled cancer

“God definitely walked me through some grieving that was not easy.” - Jeremy Camp 

“Okay, God, I'm going to acknowledge You in this. I’ll acknowledge You and acknowledge my pain. I’ll acknowledge my hurt, be real with You. And I know that You'll direct me.” - Jeremy Camp, on his faith after his wife Melissa's death

“I was blown away by somebody who could watch his wife suffer and die and still be standing up saying, ‘Lord, I believe. And even though I don't understand everything and even though this is hard, I'm choosing to trust You and I'm choosing to walk through this just clinging on to You.’” - Adrienne Camp, on her husband Jeremy 

“This is just a story of someone who went through a hardship, went through pain, and realized that the only thing that got him through it was Jesus. And that is the only hope and the only true source of peace and joy. He's the answer to everything. - Jeremy Camp

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Oct 22, 2020
Big Changes, New Dreams: Kathie Lee Gifford and Jim & Jill Kelly
30:08

Often in life, unexpected changes can lead to new dreams. God has proven time and time again that He can use any moment—good or bad—to change the trajectory of our lives for His glory. Legendary entertainer Kathie Lee Gifford was born with dreams that unfolded as she pursued her passion to perform. As she’s moved through the entertainment world for the past fifty years, Kathie has followed where God has called her, including a new season where she’s helping kids pinpoint the dreams God has in store for them with her brand-new book children’s book Hello, Little Dreamer. NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, and his wife, philanthropist Jill Kelly were living what they thought was the perfect life—Jim had just retired after a successful career with the Buffalo Bills, they had a beautiful daughter and had just welcomed their son Hunter into the world. But their world was rocked when Hunter was diagnosed with a rare disorder and projected not to live past his second birthday. The Kellys realized they couldn’t rely on the things they had before, like their own ability to make things happen, and had to instead reach for something greater. Both Jim and Jill came to faith because of a desperate need for hope, and when they realized how much healing God can bring, they started the Hunter’s Hope Foundation to provide that same light to others. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show on Circle TV

Note-Taking edition of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Jesus Lives

Jesus Today

Jesus Always

Past interviews: Matthew Barnett, Richard Cowdrey

Future interviews: Lecrae Moore

 

Kathie Lee Gifford

Hello, Little Dreamer

 

Jim Kelly

Jill Kelly 

National Football League

Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl 

University of Miami

USFL

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Hunter’s Hope Foundation

Cerebral palsy

Krabbe leukodystrophy

 

Interview Quotes:

“People asked me this my whole life: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And I think that's the wrong question to ask children. I think it's not what they want to be so much as what does God want you to be?” - Kathie Lee Gifford

“I can't tell you how many people I was honored and privileged to lead to the Lord because I happened to be on a movie set, on a TV set, or in a recording studio or on location.” - Kathie Lee Gifford

“Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words. Love people. When you love people, that's when they sense Jesus.” - Kathie Lee Gifford

“I've never been confused at all about what I'm supposed to do. And I think that's because I was pursuing my dreams. I can't even imagine what God's got for me next.” - Kathie Lee Gifford

“In that moment of just tremendous fear and anguish and devastation, I knew that I was going to have to seek beyond what this world has to offer.” - Jill Kelly, on her son Hunter’s Krabbe leukodystrophy diagnosis

“We realized . . . that it was God using the suffering of our one and only son to point us to the suffering of His one and only Son, Jesus.” - Jill Kelly 

“He is the reason, without doubt, that I've seeked the Lord and that I am where I am now in my walk with my faith.”  - Jim Kelly, on his son Hunter

“God, through Hunter, taught us the greater hope. And that's eternal life. So that's our greater hope for the foundation as well.” - Jill Kelly  

“As long as what I'm doing today is making somebody want to seek tomorrow, make them want to thank the good Lord for that tomorrow, that's what it's about. “ - Jim Kelly

“What an honor it is and so humbling to be a conduit of God and to be His ambassador and to allow Him to work through us.” - Jill Kelly

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Oct 15, 2020
Freedom and Forgiveness After Tragedy: Casey, C.J., & Tucker Beathard
30:48

Losing someone you love is one of the most devastating, heart-breaking things we can go through—and the pain feels especially sharp when that person is taken from us by the hands of another. Even though we’ll always carry grief from losing our loved one, God offers us a chance to find life again as we reach for Him and remember He’s still there, leading us toward a hope and a future. Award-winning country music songwriter Casey Beathard, along with his sons—San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard and country music artist Tucker Beathard—share stories of a close-knit, loving family of seven surrounded by football and music. But tragedy struck the family in December 2019, when their son and brother Clay was the victim of a fatal stabbing in Nashville. In the days that followed, the Beathards dug deep into faith, finding hope in God and encouragement in the memories of Clay’s strong conviction and light. As they healed together, the Beathards found there’s freedom in forgiveness, and they take heart in knowing that one day, they’ll see Clay again.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show on Circle TV

jesuscalling.com/TV 

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Past interview: Eddie Montgomery

Upcoming interview: Kathie Lee Gifford

 

Casey Beathard

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Don Shula

Redskins

San Diego Chargers

 

C.J. Beathard

Junior Seau

Rodney Harrison

 

Tucker Beathard

 

Interview Quotes:

“If he didn't believe in something, if he didn't didn't agree with something, he was not going to get peer pressured into doing something he didn't think was right.” - C.J. Beathard on his brother, Clay

“He wanted to do what was right and fight for the people that were oppressed.” - Casey Beathard, on his son Clay

“The only thing that possibly got us through this is at the end of the day: our core foundation. We were all at least rooted with the mindset of knowing that the only way to get through this was diving in and asking Jesus and and relying on the Lord to handle it.” - Tucker Beathard

“We dug hard looking for hope...We were just feeding off each other about who God is and what He really has for you. And all sudden, the despair turned into a gigantic hope.” - Casey Beathard

“I literally used to pray, like, “God, please let me be the first one to go in my family, because I can't—I wouldn't be able to handle it.” But I'd totally underestimated the power of Jesus Christ. I mean, that's just the bottom line. That's all that really matters. And it's like with Him, this world can't faze you.” - Tucker Beathard

“I truly believe—I know [my brother Clay is in heaven]. And we'll be there someday, and I know I'm gonna get to see him again." - C.J. Beathard

 

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Oct 08, 2020
Tuning Out the Chaos, Listening to God: Ally Brooke & Jamie Ivey
26:16

The world is a noisy, chaotic place. At any given moment, there are countless voices shouting at us, trying to command our attention. But we can find peace when we train ourselves to mute those voices and listen to the only One who matters: God. Pop singer Ally Brooke rode a rollercoaster of highs and lows during her stint in the iconic girl group Fifth Harmony, and over time she felt her voice was drowned out by the demands of the music industry on the group. After branching out as a solo artist, Ally began to uncover her authentic self, thanks in part to the strong foundation of faith her tight-knit Mexican American family helped her build, which she talks about in her brand-new book Finding Your Harmony. Podcaster and author Jamie Ivey knows all about comparison culture, and how it always seems the grass is greener on the other side. But she’s learned a new phrase that’s set her free: You Be You. Now she shares how to utilize the gifts God has given you, and that it’s how you use your influence—not how large it is—that really makes a difference. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show on Circle TV

jesuscalling.com/TV

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Note-taking edition of Jesus Calling

Jesus Always

Past guests: Morgan Harper Nichols, Kel Mitchell

Upcoming guests: Casey Beathard, CJ Beathard, Tucker Beathard

TV show host: Lauren Alaina

 

Ally Brooke

Fifth Harmony

Finding Your Harmony

The X Factor

 

Jamie Ivey

You Be You

 

Interview Quotes:

“Number one in our house is God and Jesus. And having that type of foundation in my life has completely changed everything for me.” - Ally Brooke

“When I took a beating from the music industry, being in Fifth Harmony and the real challenges that came my way afterwards too, God was right there to say, ‘Trust me. I have a plan for you and I'm here with you. You're not alone. We're going to get through this together.’” - Ally Brooke

“I'll have my days where maybe I'm going through something or I'm sad or I have a ton of anxiety or I have a ton of worry or doubt. And Jesus Calling, through that devotion, I'm able to silence those thoughts and those worries and to help put them at ease.” - Ally Brooke

"It takes a lot of spiritual maturity to say, 'I'm very thankful for the people I'm having lunch with. And I'm going to spend my life doing whatever God wants for me right where I am, and not constantly look at the other table wondering what they're doing.'" - Jamie Ivey

“I started recognizing so many moments of people wishing that they had a different life, a “better” life, her life. And I noticed that they were missing the moments that God had created for them.” - Jamie Ivey

“There's this idea that you begin to matter and what you have to say begins to matter when a lot of people are listening. And I just want to encourage people that believing that lie keeps people paralyzed and not doing the things God's asked them to do.” - Jamie Ivey

“Every one that God's put in front of you matters. And we don't need to put our eyes on what we hope to happen five, ten years down the road, because we will waste a lot of time wishing for something we don't have.” - Jamie Ivey

“If the only thing I was looking at and noticing was other people's lives, then I would struggle to think that my life mattered and my voice was enough.” - Jamie Ivey

"We can yearn for the day we don't have to wear a mask and we can go back to 'normal.' But we can also be in the moment and go, 'What do You have for me right here where I am?'" - Jamie Ivey

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What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ

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Oct 01, 2020
Mercy for Your Mistakes: Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin and Margaret Feinberg
28:41

We are human, which means we will make mistakes and never reach a standard of perfection. But we live in a world that constantly whispers, You can never come back from this mistake, or, You’ll never be good enough—but God’s grace and mercy say otherwise. Actor and singer Jana Kramer and her husband, NFL alum Mike Caussin, faced their own share of uphill battles in their young marriage. Facing her husband’s infidelity and addiction publicly, Jana had a choice to make: walk away, or work through it together. Jana and Mike chose to fight for their marriage, and now they’ve filled their toolbox with skills that they put into practice every single day, reminding us in their new book The Good Fight that while relationships are hard work, they’re worth it. Author Margaret Feinberg felt herself begin to believe lies that whispered, You’re a has-been, and, You’re a failure. Her overthinking began a negative thought spiral, so she began a practice of declaring God’s truths over her life daily, leading her to see her worth through His eyes and writing a book to encourage others called More Power to You. We serve a God of mercy, love, and healing. And though we may not live the picture-perfect life we want, He can redeem any mistakes we make so we can show the power He gives broken people.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Always

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show

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Jesus Calling app 

Cyntoia Brown-Long

 

Jana Kramer 

Mike Caussin

The Good Fight book

Dancing with the Stars

Whine Down podcast

 

Margaret Feinberg

More Power to You book

 

Interview Quotes:

“I'm constantly praying for our family. I want us to stay together. I'm praying for his recovery. I'm praying for our recovery. I just hope that we always choose to stay in it. And so I just pray that we're always strong enough to continue to grow.” - Jana Kramer

“When we finally started praying out loud together, I'm doing my stuff spiritually, she's doing her stuff spiritually, then we started to see where we allowed Him in and we could feel that vulnerability in the room.” - Mike Caussin 

“Owning your side of the street, it's controlling what you can control. And as much as we find us trying to convince each other to see things our way, to convince each other to have our opinion or our outlook or believe our truth, we can't control someone else's thoughts or feelings. Control what you can control.” - Mike Caussin

“Where we're at now is just remembering all the things that we've learned and how to continue to keep using our tools and to continue to grow. We have the tool box filled with stuff, we continue to go to therapy. We continue to learn. And so I just pray that we're always strong enough to continue to grow.” - Jana Kramer

”We have a lifetime full of tools in our tool box. And we just need to use them, because we've learned them for a reason. They have helped us. They've helped us get this far. And so for the next five years and so on, we need to continue to implement them because that'll help us avoid some of these moments of disconnect.” - Mike Caussin

“God ultimately has control over the situation and we need to give Him more power.” - Mike Caussin

“What's incredible is God has given us the ability to literally renew our mind through the power of the Holy Spirit and scripture, and we can begin doing it today.” - Margaret Feinberg

“I began just carving out ninety seconds a day or so, just to begin declaring these and to declare them out loud. And they’re declarations like this: ‘Jesus is king of my life. I am who Christ says I am.’” - Margaret Feinberg

“There is something that happens when we begin declaring the truth of who we are and who were called to be.” - Margaret Feinberg

“When those lies start to enter in and try to tell us these things that just simply aren't true, we rise up with the truth embedded in us about our beauty, about the way that we're made, about how God is and the power of God guarding our thoughts.” - Margaret Feinberg

“Joy is the weapon that we use to fight life's battles.” - Margaret Feinberg

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Sep 24, 2020
Love Conquers Fear: Lauren Akins & Nik Wallenda
36:13

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Knowing that we have God on our side enables us to find the courage to overcome any fear. Lauren Akins—philanthropist, author, mom, and wife to country music superstar Thomas Rhett—longed to find her purpose. When she turned to God for help, He opened doors that led to a life of service and loving the ones in front of her, expanding her life to reach more than she ever hoped for. Now as a mom to three little girls, Lauren reflects back on her life, thankful for the many types of love she’s experienced, and recognizes “God-winks” woven into the fabric of who she is. Guinness World Record-holding tightrope walker Nik Wallenda comes from seven generations of performers. Through all the daring feats and dazzling challenges that he’s faced in his lifetime, he’s always kept his eye on the One who could get him through. But when one terrifying moment happened right in front of his eyes—when his family members fell off the wire—he faced a fear that almost crippled his career. After coming to terms with that fear and realizing God still needed to use him to inspire others, Nik found the courage to get back on the wire, and show the world the power of God. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Life in His Presence

Bear Grylls and Rhonda Vincent

 

Upcoming Guests

One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer

NFL player Mike Caussin

 

Lauren Akins

Live in Love book by Lauren Akins

Thomas Rhett

University of Tennessee

Suzanne Mayernick

Love One International

www.laurenakins.com

 

Nik Wallenda

Facing Fear book by Nik Wallenda

Guinness World record setting “King of the High Wire”

Funambulist

SeaWorld San Diego

Niagara Falls

Discovery Channel

PTSD

 

Interview Quotes:

“It felt like I was just kind of tagging along wherever Thomas Rhett went. I love being his cheerleader and supporting him, and I love watching him do what he loves. But I felt like I had more of a purpose.” - Lauren Akins

“I can see, looking back, where the Lord has shut doors and open doors, and I tried to have the motto of, ‘Where He opens the door, I'll walk through it, regardless of what I can see on the other side.’” - Lauren Akins

“There were times where I felt like I just couldn't pray another prayer, or when I felt the weakest in those moments, that is where I could just feel Jesus was carrying me on the backs of my friends spiritually and on His back.” - Lauren Akins

“Loving one at a time and doing what you can right just for the one, and then moving on to another one, and then another one—that's how Jesus works. Those are His hands and feet.” - Lauren Akins

“The Lord puts people in front of us to love.” - Lauren Akins

“That is the most important thing, inviting Him into your world so that you're able to see the world through His eyes and you're able to love the way that He loves.” - Lauren Akins

“To think that we still can't grasp just quite how much He loves and how good His love is something that is so hard for my mind to try to wrap around.” - Lauren Akins

“My great-grandfather said it best: ‘Life is on the wire, and everything else is just waiting.’"  - Nik Wallenda 

“I know for a fact that God has opened doors for me to get to where I am in order to bring glory to His name” - Nik Wallenda

“What I didn't realize was that was a seed of fear, of negativity, of doubt, implanted in my head right after that accident happened, and I just wouldn’t acknowledge it.” - Nik Wallenda

“I think that's what so many people do as they continue to water that seed of doubt, seed of negativity, that seed of I'm not good enough and I'm not smart enough and I will not make it through this, I'm not healthy enough, and people continue to water them. I think that's what holds people back from their greatness and often holds people back from their calling.” - Nik Wallenda

“I would much rather go to heaven knowing that I was bold in who I was and what I believed in, that some people were upset and offended by that, then offend those people and they not ever get the knowledge of who God really isn't and how much you really love them.” - Nik Wallenda

“I think we have such an amazing, gracious God. And He acknowledges that even to those who don't believe in Him, His Word still applies. His Word cannot return void.” - Nik Wallenda 

“As my relationship with God has grown more and more, it took those valleys in order for me to get to those peaks.” - Nik Wallenda

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Sep 17, 2020
Pain Doesn’t Have to Be a Life Sentence: Beth Nimmo & TJ Stevens
18:21

Sometimes before we know it, darkness can wrap itself around our hearts and minds. But when we feel ourselves lost and without hope, God is always there to lead us toward a new way of living, where we can find forgiveness for others—and ourselves. Beth Nimmo is the mother of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Beth didn’t know she’d ever see light again after the loss of her precious daughter, but God used Rachel’s strong faith and spirit of joy to guide Beth to help troubled teens. TJ Stevens was one such teen—after an abusive childhood and several suicide attempts, TJ walked into his Virginia high school with a gun, filled with a darkness driving him to do things he’d have never thought possible. But when TJ was on his knees in desperation, he felt God moving him toward a different outcome. As TJ says, “It’s never too late to turn around and do the right thing.” Beth and TJ’s paths crossed along parallel lines, and together, they share how God has met them in their lowest points, and how pain doesn’t have to be a life sentence. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Thomas Rhett

Lauren Akins

National Suicide Prevention line

 

I Am Second

 

Beth Nimmo

Rachel Joy Scott

Columbine School shootings in 1999

 

TJ Stevens

 

Interview Quotes:

“What we give focus to, we give strength to--I gave focus to nothing but darkness, and darkness filled me to a point where there was an abyss of nowhere to turn.” - TJ Stevens

“When the heart isn't changed, even if you have modified behavior and there's a certain amount of control there, eventually what's in the heart will manifest itself on the surface.” - Beth Nimmo

“It's never too late to turn around and do the right thing.” - TJ Stevens

“One of the things that we have a responsibility for to the next generation coming up is; we have to show them what you're in right now doesn't have to be your life sentence and it doesn't have to define the rest of your life.” - Beth Nimmo

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Sep 10, 2020
Born to Fly, Not to Fear: Sara Evans & Caitlin Crosby
24:11

Fear and anxiety often worm their way into our lives, and it is easy to give into them. But we have a mighty God on our side, who replaces fear with a beautiful peace that reminds us everything will turn out exactly the way He intends it. Country music artist Sara Evans knew as a young girl that she was “Born to Fly,” because God had called her to a music career. And as Sara looks back on defining moments of her career and her journeys with family and faith, she can trace the moments when fear would try to take over but God gave her the resilience to push through. Growing up in Los Angeles with a passion for helping others, actor and singer Caitlin Crosby learned early on that real beauty and character are found in our flaws. As she prayed for God to show her how to give to others, Caitlin met a talented couple who helped turn her heart for helping into a real-life mission: a jewelry-for-good business called The Giving Keys, which helps people transition out of homelessness. Caitlin believes that embracing the things that scare us can help us uncover our purpose. And as she shares in her new book You are the Key, she’s seen that paying forward a word of encouragement, whether you sleep in a mansion or a cardboard box, can go a long way in helping others—and ourselves—keep reaching for faith and courage.



Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling Bible study

Jesus Calling, from July 27th

interview with heroic Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults and Vietnam POW Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

TJ Stevens 

Beth Nimmo

Rachel Scott

 

Sara Evans

Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

Gideon's Bible

Grand Ole Opry

Born to Fly memoir

 

Caitlin Crosby

The Giving Keys

You are the Key book

LoveYourFlawz

Lifehouse

Flawz album

Invisible Children documentary

 

Interview Quotes:

“We just have so many people to love and so many people to take care of. That is such a blessing.” - Sara Evans, on her blended family

“I really, really, really believe in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I believe that God understands our hearts and He knows where we are.” - Sara Evans

“God is the potter and I'm the clay, so I just need to trust Him every day, and really just have no fear.” - Sara Evans

“There's nothing more comforting than having a relationship with Jesus.” - Sara Evans

“The whole premise [of The Giving Keys] is you get a word that you need in your life, you embrace it, you own it, but then you're supposed to pass it on to somebody you feel needs it more than you.” - Caitlin Crosby

“Our model [at The Giving Keys] is the more products we sell, the more jobs we can create, and the more people we can try and get off the streets.” - Caitlin Crosby

“Everyone needs help. Everyone needs love. Everyone needs strength.” - Caitlin Crosby

“The things that they feel kind of secretive or shameful about, those are the things that really can bring your purpose alive and bring it to another level.” - Caitlin Crosby

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Sep 03, 2020
Embracing God-Given Second Chances: Lori Allen & Raleigh Keegan
19:47

With each new day, God is blessing us with another chance—a chance to say yes to the things we might’ve said no to before, and a chance to embrace the people we love. Lori Allen, star of the TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and owner of Bridals by Lori, is adamant that the best days of her life are still ahead of her. From conquering challenges to keep her store open, to battling breast cancer and being the best working mom and grandma she can be, Lori has consistently said yes to savoring every moment, and grounding her life in her faith. Country music artist Raleigh Keegan was given a poignant second chance—a chance at life itself—when his mom gave birth to him while she was in prison, and then allowing him to be adopted into a loving family. Now, Raleigh seeks to demonstrate the love of God daily, thanking Him for the life he was given then, and the one he has now—which included eventually meeting and thanking his birth mom, too.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling website

Life in His Presence: A Jesus Calling Guided Journal

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling Podcast episode with author and activist Cyntoia Brown-Long and designer Liz Marie Galvan

Sara Evans



Lori Allen

TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta 

Bridals by Lori

Say Yes to What's Next book

COVID-19



Raleigh Keegan

Boy Scouts

Eagle Scout

Psalms

Romans 8:1

University of Cincinnati

 

Interview Quotes:

“I've always had my faith, and I've always had a very strong will and conviction that I would succeed.” - Lori Allen

“What for women after age forty-five motivates us? We are very smart women that have a lot of life ahead of us . . . I plan to savor every last crumb, and I want to motivate other women to do the same.“ - Lori Allen

“I think that God wants us to live ‘till our very last day with meaning and hope.” - Lori Allen

“Life's never easy, but with your attitude and showing your faith and your fortitude, you can make it a wonderful life.” - Lori Allen

“I don't think the fact that I was adopted and came from a really hard start ever made me question God's love for me, that specific thing, because I always viewed it as, I had a chance.” - Raleigh Keegan

“On my worst day and on my best day, because of what Jesus did for me, I'm viewed the same. That just changed me.” - Raleigh Keegan

“My life's mission is just to be a Christian in whatever I'm doing.” - Raleigh Keegan

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Aug 27, 2020
Leaving Footsteps Worth Following: Trent Shelton & Peggy Rowe
31:58

It’s a great privilege to make an impact on others by leading a life worth emulating—and having mentors in our lives who once gave us the same gift. Motivational speaker Trent Shelton grew up in a family of faith who supported his dreams of becoming a professional athlete. After Trent worked his way to the NFL, he realized he was sacrificing his future by chasing temporary fulfillment. When he hit rock bottom, Trent decided to make God the rock of his life, and after his son Tristan was born, Trent worked hard to become a father his son would be proud of. And now, as he shares in his new book Straight Up, Trent tries every day to become the best version of himself so that he can impact his family and show them how to live well. Author Peggy Rowe—mom to Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs—was raised by loving parents who sacrificed time, money, and energy so Peggy could explore who she wanted to be. Now, Peggy seeks to impact others the way her parents inspired her through writing and sharing stories with millions of readers. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling Podcast episode ft. The Bachelorette’s Luke Pell and pastor Jack Deere

Lori Allen, founder of the shop Bridals by Lori

TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

 

Trent Shelton

Straight Up

Rehab Time

Saints player Gene Atkins

Bengals player Geno Atkins

imposter syndrome



Peggy Rowe

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

The Discovery Channel

"About My Mother" by Peggy Rowe

'About Your Father" by Peggy Rowe

The Baltimore Sun

Misty of Chincoteague



Interview Quotes:

“What I realized, once I hit rock bottom, was I never really built a solid relationship with God for myself.” - Trent Shelton

“Oftentimes I feel like we place blame on God for situations we put ourselves in.” - Trent Shelton

“If my son follows my footsteps, where is my life leading him? What's the path that I've created? What's the mindset? What's the faith? And I wasn't happy with the answers that I told myself.” - Trent Shelton

“My prayers used to be asking God for things, and now my prayers are, ‘God, what do you need from me?’ And that has brought more clarity in my life.” - Trent Shelton

“I feel like God leaves a void in each and every one of us that can only be filled by Him. And until He fills that void, you will never feel that overwhelming internal peace in your life.” - Trent Shelton

“The most important work that you ever will do is the work that you do on yourself.” - Trent Shelton

“Maybe that light that comes from my life, because I did the work on myself, could be the light that they need to light up their dark world or their dark times.” - Trent Shelton

“We can't change the world if we don't change our households. We can't change our households if we don't change the way we think, if we don't renew our mind, if we don't renew our heart. And so it all starts with you. So, be the reflection of the change that you wish to see.” - Trent Shelton

“I think probably the greatest gift my mother gave me was an ability to treat people the way that I would like to be treated.” - Peggy Rowe

“[Mike Rowe] unfailingly respected and continues to respect the people that he worked with, the people that get up every day and do those less-than-desirable jobs. He treats those people and has treated them with the same respect that he would like to be treated.” - Peggy Rowe, on her son, Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe

“I think that we human beings need constant reminders that we are not alone.” - Peggy Rowe

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Aug 20, 2020
Surviving and Thriving to Help God’s Children: Victoria Damone & Catherine Wood
29:54

God puts people in our lives for a reason: to teach us, to inspire us, to allow us to be a blessing to them. There are no accidental encounters, only ones that shape us into who we were created to be. Victoria Damone grew up in a family of entertainment royalty, as the daughter of ‘50s crooner Vic Damone and actress Judy Rawlins. But show business wasn’t always kind to Victoria and her sisters, and they had to learn to survive by relying on each other through their parents’ absence and their mother’s struggle with addiction. As she grew older, Victoria forged her own path by working for a faith-based organization, OneShare Health, as a way to combine her love of people and God. Catherine Wood has always kept faith at the heart of her life, but that faith has been tested through the financial ups and downs she’s faced throughout her investing career. After Cathie tried to navigate the financial peculiarities leading up to the 2008 economic crash, a member of her church introduced her to Jesus Calling, which Cathie’s read every day since. In 2014, Cathie founded her own company called ARK Invest, to find and fund transformative technologies that could change lives and make the world a better place. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling App

Jesus Calling on YouTube

Interview with country music artist Josh Turner and NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

Jesus Calling Facebook

Jesus Calling Instagram



Victoria Damone

Vic Damone

actress Judy Rawlins

OneShare Health

 

Catherine Wood

ARK Invest

Art Laffer

Jennison Associates

Reuters and Telerate

Ark of the Covenant

 

Upcoming guest: Trent Shelton

 

Interview Quotes:

“I know that God was watching over me in my younger years.” - Victoria Damone

“Even though we all fail miserably, we can aspire to do the best we can. But I think that's when God walks in.” - Victoria Damone

“I love what I do, but I also love the thought that we're part of something that can really help people emotionally with their health care needs, but also that we can help other organizations and we can make a difference.” - Victoria Damone, on working at OneShare Health

“When I think of Jesus, I think of Him sitting at the table and ministering and teaching people that were perhaps the unsavory characters, the people that were abandoned. And yet those are the individuals that need the most love and understanding.” - Victoria Damone

“I never felt that God was leaving me or deserting me. I felt like I had to hold on a little tighter.” -Catherine Wood

“I would kneel down and say, ‘Okay, God, You're in control. Even if this company fails, I know I've done the right thing. This is a walk of faith for me. Your will be done.’” - Catherine Wood 

“I believe that in starting ARK Invest, I was fulfilling His will for me here on Earth and that if I had not done it, that I would have died an unhappy woman not having not fulfilled my promise here.” - Catherine Wood

 

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Aug 13, 2020
Finding “Tidbits of Joy” in Seasons of Pain: Mattie Jackson Selecman & Deborah Evans Price
32:06

Our stories are a combination of pain and beauty, of grief and love, of despair and wonder. In the moments when pain and isolation threaten to engulf us, God is there to lift us up and, as our guest Mattie Jackson Selecman says, sprinkle “tidbits of joy” along our darkest paths. Growing up, Mattie watched her dad, country music superstar Alan Jackson, sing songs that connected with people across the country, and she knew she was born to tell stories just like him. But Mattie never could’ve imagined one of the stories she’d tell would be a tragic story of her own: losing her newlywed husband Ben in an accident. With God’s help, and with her Jesus Calling devotional by her side, Mattie began to put the pieces of her life back together and found healing in the very ministry that she co-founded to heal others, NaSHEville. Music journalist Deborah Evans Price passionately chased her dream to tell stories behind some of country and Christian music’s biggest stars, becoming a full-time journalist at Billboard Magazine. But Deborah learned firsthand that just because part of your dream works out doesn’t mean your whole life will fall into place. As Deborah tackled an unexpected cancer diagnosis, she learned there’s true joy in allowing others to come alongside us and care for us when we’re at our lowest.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling Peace for Everyday Life video series

Jesus Calling Magazine [FREE!]

Jesus Calling Podcast Episode with Dawn Barton: Joy: God’s Antidote to Pain



Mattie Jackson Selecman

Alan Jackson

UT [University of Tennessee]

NaSHEville

Human trafficking

 

Deborah Evans Price

Billboard Magazine

Billboard.com

First for Women Magazine

Redbook 

Woman's World 

Sounds Like Nashville

LSU [Louisiana State University]

 

Victoria Damone

1950’s Big Band crooner Vic Damone

 

Interview Quotes:

“Jesus is the only hope, not because He's the only thing left to turn to, but because He's the only thing that will bring light in the dark.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“You kind of take [faith] for granted until you have real reason to buckle down and understand and evaluate, Why is this my faith, and why is this not just what I've been told and taught?” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“Don't feel like it's your job to plan out every step of your life—go live it. And what happens to you will be the story that you'll end up telling.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“He walked the way Jesus walked. He saw people for who they were, and not for what they did, or for something that he expected or wanted from them.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman, on her husband Ben

“On paper, we did all the things we were supposed to do, you know, to “get the miracle.” But we didn't. And part of understanding and processing and finding joy amidst the pain doesn't come from having that question answered.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“Wherever you are in your faith, He'll find you.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“God will bring tidbits of joy. That's what I've learned above all else. And I tell people, pain and joy are not mutually exclusive. They can dance in the same scene together.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman

“God's put me here to help tell people stories. That's a privilege.” - Deborah Evans Price

“It’s hard to be vulnerable and let people see when you're when you're hurting.” - Deborah Evans Price

“I just wake up every day thinking, You just don't know what God’s going to bring in your life or what exciting door He’s gonna be opening. Every day is a new adventure.” - Deborah Evans Price



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Aug 06, 2020
Connection Through Praise and Worship: Matt Redman & Mark Schultz
31:22

We all value connection: to our loved ones, to the world around us, to the principles that matter to us. And our most important connection is with God, which can feel so powerful through our praise. Worship leader Matt Redman shares how music became his escape from the darkness he endured in his youth—his father’s suicide early in his life, then abuse in his teen years. But when Matt was introduced to Steven Curtis Chapman’s music in college, he found a path that would draw him near to God through living in a state of constant wonder. Singer/songwriter Mark Schultz was struggling to make it big in the Nashville music scene when he met a youth pastor who would change his life. After working with kids and singing songs from the heart, Mark landed a record deal, and today, he’s built a beautiful life by putting praise for Jesus above everything. Plus, after being adopted in his childhood, Mark finally understood the heavenly meaning of that word when he adopted his own little one.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling Prayer Call

Jesus Calling Kids/Childrens

Jesus Calling Podcast Episode with Steven Curtis Chapman: "A Father's Love Is Special" 

 

Matt Redman

BibleGateway.com Psalms

10,000 Reasons song
Let There Be Wonder album

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, there’s help. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

Mark Schultz 

Remember Me Mission

Kansas State University

Ryman Auditorium

Grand Ole Opry

 

Mattie Jackson Selecman

 

Interview Quotes:

“I needed to talk to God. I needed to cry out to God. Music seemed like a really powerful way to do that.” - Matt Redman

“I loved that we weren't just singing about Him, but we were singing to Him.” - Matt Redman

“One of the challenges of trying to portray God through music is to do with trying to paint the biggest picture of Him that you can.” - Matt Redman

“He's the lion and the lamb, He is the God who thunders and whispers. He's a God who terrifies, and yet He befriends. He's the one who knelt down, washed the feet of His disciples, even though He's the one whose footstool is the earth.” - Matt Redman

“There's something special about hearing a father's words speak over you, that they believe in you, and cast a vision for you, and I think there's something about that that you kind of grow into that as your story unfolds.” - Mark Schultz

“That would be one of those moments that I look back on that I feel like it was a dad's vision and a belief in me, just following that.” - Mark Schultz, on a dream fulfilled to play at Ryman Auditorium

“God doesn't want something from us—He wants something for us.” - Mark Schultz

 

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Jul 30, 2020
Rewriting Our Stories, Redefining Our Lives: Scott Sauls and Jay & Katherine Wolf 
30:32

We have a tendency to see black and white in our stories. We believe we’re doing the right things because we don’t seem to be encountering many problems. We think we’re loving others well because we don’t see any evidence that says otherwise. But the truth is that no matter how hard we try, we will face hard problems and tough situations. We will face division and anger. But God will equip us with the tools we need to navigate life with profound faith and great love. Pastor and author Scott Sauls asks us to think about what our world would be like if we approached others with compassion and gentleness like Jesus, to try and heal a hurting world. Advocates Jay and Katherine Wolf faced the unimaginable when Katherine, a twenty-six-year-old mother of a six-month-old son, suffered a brain stem stroke that turned their world upside down. Now a full-time caregiver, Jay shares how God brought them closer to Him through each other, and how sometimes healing and despair go hand in hand. 



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Matt Redman

 

Interview Quotes:

 

“What could it look like for followers of Christ, especially, to give ourselves to a gentleness movement or a kindness movement in a climate where kindness is so scarce?” - Scott Sauls

“Cynicism and negativity are very contagious, but so are love and kindness.” - Scott Sauls

“Every single square inch of the universe—people, places, and things—belongs to God, is created by God, and is entrusted to our care.” - Scott Sauls

“Everybody's job is an opportunity to serve God in the same way that a pastor's job is an opportunity to serve God.” - Scott Sauls

“Christians have that resource to be more difficult to offend, because Christ chose not to be offended by us. He chose instead to love us and to forgive us and to draw us into His family and adopt us.” - Scott Sauls

 

“Looking back on your story, it's important and it's profound to see some things you didn't see in the moment because it was up close, and to see how God was putting those pieces together.” - Jay Wolf

“The idea that God had spared her life was the beginning of hope for me.” - Jay Wolf

”We thought [Katherine’s being on life support] was really just a sign and a little sort of glimmer that God was saying, ‘I'm still here. I haven't abandoned you, even if I'm silent.’” - Jay Wolf

“I think we want to say it's one or the other, ‘Oh, you're in this healing mode,’ or, ‘You're in this despairing mode.’ Sometimes they're right in the same place together.” - Jay Wolf

“‘You get to put into practice everything you believe, and I'm going to supernaturally supply you. My divine power will give you everything that you need to do this. And it is going to be hard. It's going to be good’.” - Katherine Wolf speaking how she believes God rallied her husband Jay

“We knew the presence of God would sustain, and His power would make a way for us to move forward.” - Katherine Wolf

 

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Jul 23, 2020
Our Dreams, God’s Calling: Jaci Velasquez and Andy Harrison
28:32

Dreaming, planning, preparing for the future—it’s in our nature to map out where we’d like our lives to go. But in the midst of our dreaming, it’s important to take a step back and ask God, “What do You want for my life?” Because He might have a different—and better—answer for us. When Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez was pregnant with her son Zealand, she knew he’d have a ministry of his own one day. But when Jaci discovered Zealand had autism, she wondered how he’d ever spread God’s love if he couldn’t communicate. Over time, Jaci learned to shift her perspective from “Why me?” to “Why not me?” and she began to see how God can use anyone or anything for good. Worship pastor Andy Harrison was raised in a Christian home, but never really felt connected to God. After attending a youth camp and a Planetshakers conference, Andy was struck by how passionate the people around him were, and he wanted to discover this Jesus that had everyone so shaken up. Today Andy’s a mentor to youth and shows them how to be strong in faith while growing up, and how, even when we don’t know where to turn, we can find everything we need in Jesus.



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When God Rescripts Your Life: Seeing Value, Beauty, and Purpose When Life is Interrupted book

IEP—Individualized Educational Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder - pervasive developmental delay

 

Andy Harrison

Jesus Over Everything album

Jesus Over Everything: Notes for the Next Generation of Planetshakers book

Planetshakers Youth Ministry

Planetshakers Music

Planetshakers Conference

BibleGateway.com (Psalms 139 & Matthew 6:33)

 

Jay and Katherine Wolf

 

Interview Quotes:

“I stopped asking the question, ‘Why me?’ And I started asking the most important question, which was ‘Why not me?’” - Jaci Velasquez

“Sometimes what He wants for our lives and what He wants for our families looks different than what we had pictured.” - Jaci Velasquez

“We have to continuously dive into what God is trying to show us.” - Jaci Velasquez

“He forgives you sooner than you forgive yourself. So why do we continue putting ourselves on the cross? “ - Jaci Velasquez

“Listen for His interpretation. Our dreams and God's calling are not always the same thing.” - Jaci Velasquez

“[Growing up] I knew a lot of things about God, but I didn't know Him for myself.“ - Andy Harrison

“I'm really passionate about seeing young people encounter Jesus, because that was the season in my life where I came to know Him, and I want to see other young people come to know Him, too.” - Andy Harrison

“Everything that we need is found in Jesus.” - Andy Harrison

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Finding What Matters Most with Daniel & Katherine Carlson
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[Special Series] Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson and his wife Katherine join us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to share how they’re rediscovering what matters most in this trying season: rest, reflection, connecting with one another, and trusting God with the future. They remind us that when we look back on times of trial, we’ll often see where God’s light was shining through.

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Interview Quotes:

“One of the best things that's come out of this [time of quarantine] is that we were able to sit back and just really enjoy each other's company and enjoy growing together and learning together and learning from our Lord and learning about our Lord and, you know, spending time on word and spending time worshiping.” - Daniel Carlson

“If we really press into God and begin to hand over our worries and our concerns to our Lord and Savior, He will sustain us and that He will be faithful.” - Daniel Carlson

 

 

Jul 14, 2020
Turning Love into Action: Cynthia Garrett & Paige VanZant
22:36

If there’s one thing our world needs at this moment, it’s love—the kind of 1 Corinthians 13 love God asks us to show each other. TBN host Cynthia Garrett walks us through how to understand that love is not found only in words—love is an action. She explains how, when we learn to release society’s distractions, we can truly listen to the hearts of those around us, learn from their experiences, and work together for what is good and right. MMA fighter Paige VanZant turned to fighting as a coping mechanism for the horrific bullying she faced in high school. And when fighting turned into her career, Paige began to use her platform to help others facing emotional trauma, letting love heal both her heart and theirs.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

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The Joy of Spreading Love, One Heart At A Time: Delilah and Gary Thomas episode

 

Gary Sinise Foundation

 

Cynthia Garrett

Cynthia Garrett Ministries
The Sessions with Cynthia Garrett on TBN

Cynthia Garrett Ministries YouTube

BibleGateway.com - 1 Corinthians 13

 

Paige VanZant 

Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life book

UFC

 

 Jaci Velasquez

 

Interview Quotes:

“One of the things that I think that we can all do is to listen. We have to listen more. I think we are here because we stopped listening to each other.” - Cynthia Garrett

“There's someone you know who’s different from you, and the best way to have understanding and wisdom is to ask them questions about their experience in life and to listen.” - Cynthia Garrett

“When you love your neighbor, racism does not exist.” - Cynthia Garrett

“If we examine our hearts and seek righteousness in our hearts, we can make a difference.” - Cynthia Garrett

Love is an action. Love is messy. Love is inconvenient. But love is also the most powerful word in the Bible.” - Cynthia Garrett

“I know that I can stay positive because it's all in God's plan.” - Paige VanZant

“God's given you all these talents. Why waste them?” - Paige VanZant

“I think it says, “Do not be afraid,” 365 times in the Bible. So that means every single day you need to be reminded, don't be afraid.” - Paige VanZant

“I'm still working every day to try to use my platform to connect to people and help people grow and help people through these emotional times.” - Paige VanZant

“In every fight I go through, both in the cage and outside of the cage, I know that there is somebody who is on my side and is fighting with me the entire time, and that's God.” - Paige VanZant

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Jul 09, 2020
The Journey from Self to Service: Gary Sinise & Dr. Derwin Gray 
28:42

There comes a point when our faith has grown strong enough that we can turn outward and put it to work serving those who need it most. Gary Sinise comes from a long legacy of supporting the military, from brave family members who served as far back as World War I, to portraying wounded Vietnam vet Lt. Dan Taylor in the iconic movie Forrest Gump. After the events of 9/11, Gary was inspired to find more ways to serve those who sacrificed for our nation, which he details in his book Grateful American. Dr. Derwin Gray created a successful life for himself in the NFL, desperate to escape the dysfunction that surrounded him in childhood. But after achieving his career dreams, Derwin realized he wouldn’t ever be satisfied without a greater purpose. He bravely stepped into God’s calling for his life and founded Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic church seeking to help others live a Jesus-centered life—what Dr. Gray calls in his new book The Good Life. These two men have grown their faith and been encouraged by the people they serve, and they demonstrate the beautiful things that can happen when we use our gifts and talents to bless those around us.



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Courage to Use Your Voice: Mark & Danielle Herzlich episode 

 

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Gary Sinise Foundation

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service book

Vets Night

Disabled American Veterans Organization

Lt. Dan Band

Battle of the Argonne
Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago

Forrest Gump

Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance




Dr. Derwin Gray

Transformation Church

The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness book

 

 

Paige VanZant

 

Interview Quotes:

“September 11th, 2001, our country is attacked and our men and women start raising their hands to deploy in reaction to that terrible event. And I just felt compelled and called in a certain way to serve. And so you go from this singular focus on self to this broader focus on serving others.” - Gary Sinise 

“I am a grateful American. I'm grateful for so many things.” - Gary Sinise

“Having veterans in my family, having been involved with supporting Vietnam veterans, I just knew where I was going to employ my services, and it was going to be to help our men and women get through the next phase of deploying to the war zones and helping them and their families get through that. And that just that lit a fire under me.” - Gary Sinise 

“The more I got active, the more I gave, the more I healed, the more I wanted to do.” - Gary Sinise

“I've seen the needs in all these different places and I want to try to continue to help fill those needs.” - Gary Sinise

“When Jesus called me, when Jesus loved me, when Jesus met me, He literally put things in me and brought gifts out of me that I didn’t even know was possible.” - Dr. Derwin Gray

“By my third year in the NFL at age twenty-five, I said ‘There's got to be more to life than this.’” - Dr. Derwin Gray

“It was like I was chasing my shadow and I finally caught it, but realized it went right through my hands, and I was looking for things that only Jesus can give.” - Dr. Derwin Gray

“He gave me unconditional love. He gave me a new identity: beloved child of God. He gave me a new purpose, and that is to know Him and to make Him known through every facet of my life.” - Dr. Derwin Gray

“Jesus's blood not only forgives our sins, but He gives us a family with different colored skins.” - Dr. Derwin Gray

”So often we are so self-sufficient that we can't be God sufficient. So often we're so centered upon ourselves that we can't be Jesus-centered.” - Dr. Derwin Gray

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Jul 02, 2020
Supporting Our Front Line Workers with Adam Hambrick
08:14

[Special Series] Musician Adam Hambrick joins us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to share his experience as the spouse of a front line worker, the fear in facing the unknown, and the inspiration he’s found in his wife’s bravery. He reminds us to look for a source of hope and to find peace in knowing that God is in control. Adam also shares his touching new song, “Between Me & The End of the World,” written for his wife and other first responders who are battling the coronavirus on the front lines. 🎶

 

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Interview Quotes:

“When I'm afraid, I try to look for the good. I try to look for the thread of hope in and through the course of this big trying time throughout the world.” - Adam Hambrick

 

“It's easy to think that [God’s] in control when things are easy. But when things feel unjust, when things feel completely out of control--where does my help come from? Who has me? Who has me in His hand? Do you actually believe this? That's God.” - Adam Hambrick

 

“[God’s] challenged me to believe and to have hope that He is who He is even in these dark times [of the pandemic].” - Adam Hambrick

 

“I hope that this time [of the pandemic] drives us more toward each other. By the time this is over, we realize how much we need people and we realize how much we need to be invested in each other emotionally and spiritually--that's connection as community.” - Adam Hambrick

Jun 30, 2020
Cynthia Garrett: Love Is the Most Powerful Word in the Bible
11:07

[Special Series] TV host Cynthia Garrett joins us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to discuss why it’s so important for Christians to listen to and love their neighbors. Cynthia reminds us to “turn your love into an action, into a verb.”  

 

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1 Corinthians 13; BibleGateway.com

 

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Interview Quotes:

“Turn your love into an action - into a verb and do something, stand up when you need to stand up.” - Cynthia Garrett

“We can’t really call ourselves Chrsitians if we don’t seek to love - to love our neighbor.” - Cynthia Garrett

“I’ve learned how to choose victory every day, and that is a daily choice” - Cynthia Garrett

“One of the things that we can all do is listen. We can listen more….Listen to people because you’ll hear their heart” - Cynthia Garrett

“I believe there is hope. When you love your neighbor, racism does not exist.” - Cynthia Garrett

“Love is messy, but it gets involved with other people. Love stands up for right.” - Cynthia Garrett

“Love is the most powerful word in the Bible. It is the most powerful lesson that we learn from Christ, the most powerful command that we’re given because Jesus said that all the law and all the commandments are summed up in one simple word, love.” - Cynthia Garrett

Jun 30, 2020
Give Your Dreams to God: Morgan Harper Nichols & Kel Mitchell 
26:12

We spend so much time trying to choose a path for our futures, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in what *we* want versus what *God* wants. Artist, musician, writer, and creator Morgan Harper Nichols struggled to find her purpose, her identity, and her place to belong. By pushing herself to go deeper into connection and following God’s nudges to use her artistic gifts, Morgan found hope in showing up for others, and she realized the true definition of “grace.” Actor and producer Kel Mitchell spent most of his childhood in the Nickelodeon spotlight on shows like All That and Kenan & Kel. As he suffered through mistakes in his young adulthood, Kel realized he needed to discover who he was outside of television—and that instead of leading his own way, he needed to let God show him the way forward. Kel came back to his spiritual roots, where Jesus showed him his true calling: youth ministry. Today, Kel reminds us that we can never be too busy for God, because it’s only when we hand over our time and our plans that we see our lives begin to fall into place. 



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When Dream Are Far From Reach, Trust God’s Vision: Matthew Barnett and Richard Cowdrey

 

Morgan Harper Nichols 

Morgan Harper Nichols’s Pinterest

All Along You Were Blooming book

 

Kel Mitchell

All That

Kenan & Kel

Nickelodeon

Kel Mitchell’s Facebook

 

Dr. Derwin Gray

 

Interview Quotes:

“What does it mean to serve and to love and to give to others while also simultaneously feeling like you're not enough?” - Morgan Harper Nichols

“But all along, [my purpose] was just about how I can be present to other people with what I have, with what I've been given, even though I don't feel good enough.” - Morgan Harper Nichols 

“We're still being called to go deeper. We're still being called to come out on the water and to not be afraid of engaging with what's bigger than us.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

“One single word can really, really impact someone in a way that matters in their life, whether they tell you or not. Connection happens through the imperfections and it happens through the broken places.” - Morgan Harper Nichols

“I decided to say, ‘Hey, I'll figure this out on my own. I'll figure this out.’ And when I did that, it put me on the wrong path a lot of times.” - Kel Mitchell

“As Christians, there are troubles you're going to go through, because we live in a sinful world. But at that same time, you have to know that God knows the way of getting you out of trouble.” - Kel Mitchell

“It's awesome to be an ambassador of Christ and lead [kids] to the Lord as they see the light within you.” - Kel Mitchell

“I feel like you have to learn and you have to go through those setbacks so you can have an amazing and beautiful, divine comeback.” - Kel Mitchell

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Jun 25, 2020
Hope for Fathers & the Fatherless: Dr. Rick Rigsby and Jerrad Lopes
30:59

Fathers play a lasting role in our lives, and we learn countless lessons from them, like who we want to be and how we want to lead. Master communicator and motivational speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby grew up with a father who, despite being a third-grade dropout, sailed across the world, learned multiple languages, and instilled in a young Dr. Rigsby the basic life lessons that profoundly impacted the way he viewed himself and his potential. Above all, Dr. Rigsby’s father helped him see how living with faith and keeping our word can grow our influence to impact other people for the better. From the time he was a young boy, Jerrad Lopes couldn’t wait to be the dad he never had. But as an adult, when Jerrad hit a wall of professional setbacks that sent him into depression, he knew he wasn’t being the best dad and husband he could be. After a bitter fight with his wife, Jerrad turned to God to help show him how to lead. Now, Jerrad ministers through his organization Dad Tired to other men who face shame and a lack of confidence, so they can become dads and husbands who help their families grow more rooted in faith.

 

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Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout: How the Timeless Wisdom of One Man Can Impact an Entire Generation book

Texas A&M

California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA

Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football coach

John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach

 

Jerrad Lopes

DadTired.com

Dad Tire Podcast 

Dad Tired: Stumbling Your Way to Spiritual Leadership book

BibleGateway.com Psalm 1

 

Kel Mitchell

 

Interview Quotes:

“How you do anything is how you do everything. It's never wrong to do the right thing. You tell somebody you're gonna get there at five, get there at four. Be ready to work.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby quoting his father

“[My parents constantly raising the bar was] something I hated as a kid, something I couldn't stand as a teenager, but something that brings water to my eyes as an adult.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby

“If you don't learn character in the trenches, if you don't learn the basics in the trenches, what in the world makes us think that when we get to the big stage, it's all of a sudden going to happen?” - Dr. Rick Rigsby

“Faith encourages me to go beyond my comfort zone and to have a visceral reaction for the people of Jesus and encourage them.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby

“Your ability to influence people within the sphere of your periphery will determine the impact that you make.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby

“Think for a moment about the person who led you to the Lord. Was it that person's words, or was it that person's lifestyle?” - Dr. Rick Rigsby

“I’m going to have a bunch of titles on my business card one day, [but] the thing that will go with me to the grave are the titles of husband, father, and disciple.” - Jerrad Lopes

“If you believe you're too sinful or you're not equipped or you're not spiritual enough to lead your family, you're not believing in the God of the Bible.” - Jerrad Lopes

‘I'm just reminded that for me to be filled with life, to give life, to see the goodness of God used and fruit come out of it, I just have to be in the Living Water, which is the Word and Jesus Himself.” - Jerrad Lopes

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Jun 18, 2020
Lifting Each Other Up Changes Everything: Dr. Dharius Daniels & Ron Hall
35:17

Everyone is placed in our lives for a reason. God intentionally chooses to put people in our path to teach us and to mold us into who He created us to be, and sometimes those relationships are not what we would expect. Dr. Dharius Daniels was studying to be a lawyer, until a mentor in college helped him realize that his true calling was ministry. As he began to study the Bible more intently, Dr. Daniels realized how we as individuals (and our relationships) have the ability to change lives, and that adding value to someone’s life is a calling of the highest kind, which he shares in his book Relational Intelligence. Ron Hall had one goal in life: to get out of poverty and create a life that matched his definition of success. He worked hard and achieved his goals, but his pursuit of success led to challenges in his relationship with his wife, Debbie. After reexamining his priorities, Ron committed himself to pursuing God the way Debbie did, and it led him to work with the homeless. On the streets of Fort Worth, Texas, Ron met a remarkable man named Denver, who would teach Ron more about life than he ever expected, as chronicled in the movie and New York Times bestselling book, Same Kind of Different as Me.

 

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Same Kind of Different as Me book

Same Kind of Different as Me movie

Texas Christian University

Ecclesiastes 9:15 (BibleGateway.com)

 

Dr. Rick Rigsby



Interview Quotes:

“What I began to see is the need for an expression of the gospel that did more than address people's morals, but addressed people's lives.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels 

“You cannot have a high quality of life without doing relationships well.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels 

“There is no area of our life that is not directly or indirectly impacted by our relationships: our physical well-being, our financial well-being, our relational well-being, our spiritual well-being.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels

“God knew what He was doing when He put [my wife Debbie] in my life.” - Ron Hall

“I told people that my wife and I at the time, we were both living purpose-driven lives. My purpose in life was chasing the almighty dollar and her purpose in life was chasing the Almighty God.“ - Ron Hall

“‘God is checking you out to see what kind of person you really are,’ Denver said, ‘because most of you folks look at the homeless as a problem. But through God's eyes, He sees this as an opportunity for the faithful to show the love of Christ. We’re all homeless. We’re just working our way back home.’“ - Ron Hall

“I witnessed the miracle of a homeless ex-con known as Suicide, who did not know how to read and write, become a number-one New York Times bestselling author . . . My good friend Denver, who was my homeless mentor, taught me more about life than anyone.” - Ron Hall

 

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Jun 11, 2020
Coping with Grief and Loss: Eddie Montgomery & Kacie Clousing
28:25

It’s a hard truth that none of us is exempt from the pain of losing loved ones. And while Jesus tells us that, “In this world, you’ll have trouble,” He also promises that no matter what, He will never leave our side, and that He’ll remain a rock we can lean on through the pain of loss. Our two guests, country music artist Eddie Montgomery and Jesus Calling reader Kacie Clousing, have experienced tragic losses. But as they reached for God, He paved the way to survival and healing. Eddie Montgomery, of the award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry, talks about the deep bond he had with his music partner of three decades, Troy Gentry. When he lost Troy in a devastating helicopter crash, Eddie learned how to cope with his pain by remembering the good memories they made together, and turned to “the Man Upstairs” for strength. After battling infertility and having two healthy miracle babies, Kacie Clousing was thrilled when she and her husband discovered she was pregnant again. At a routine twenty-week ultrasound, Kacie learned that although she could feel her son kicking and moving within her, he wouldn’t survive the pregnancy. As she grieved the shattered dreams of what could’ve been, she kept reaching for God during her darkest days and held on to the belief that He would take care of her and her family, no matter how difficult the outcome. 



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Interview Quotes:

“Me and Troy put this duo [Montgomery Gentry] together, Nashville did not. And I think that’s why it was different, because we’d get each other in and out of trouble, we had each other's back. We knew who we were.” - Eddie Montgomery

“There’s not a day that goes by I don’t think about [Troy].” - Eddie Montgomery

“Before we go on stage, we get together and thank the Man Upstairs that He’s let us live this long and let us do what we do.” - Eddie Montgomery

“That's how you get through [loss]. You remember all the smiles and the good times.”- Eddie Montgomery

“In a second, our life went from, Oh, my goodness, things are fine. We're having a boy. We're so excited, to just nothing but complete sorrow and grief.” - Kacie Clousing

“I started to have a mantra, where when I would start to think about the bad, I would just say, ‘I trust in you, Lord, to stop my negative thoughts and to not fall into the dark hole again.’” - Kacie Clousing 

“God will take care of you and your family, and bring to your life what is meant to be.” - Kacie Clousing  

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Jun 04, 2020
When Life’s Events Bring Anxiousness with Dr. Michelle Bengtson
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[Special Series] Neuropsychologist and author Dr. Michelle Bengtson joins us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to discuss how we can learn to break anxiety’s grip on us and manage it by turning to God. Dr. Bengtson reassures us that God has already provided us with the weapons we need to defeat fear, and that “worry, fear and anxiety are not our portion, but God's peace is.”



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Interview Quotes:

 

“What I've learned is that worry, fear and anxiety are not our portion, but God's peace is.” - Dr. Michelle Bengtson

“Worry, fear and anxiety are really a misappropriation of our trust. We have a tendency to trust in people or circumstances, and when we do, it's a slippery slope into worry, fear or anxiety.” - Dr. Michelle Bengtson

“You can know that you were praying God's will when you were praying His words back to Him because He has already spoken them. That’s a prayer He delights in answering.” - Dr. Michelle Bengtson 

 ”If you want to trade your worry, fear and anxiety for God's peace today. Be in His word, be in His will and ask Him to replace that worry, fear and anxiety with his everlasting peace. I promise you He wants to do so.” - Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Jun 02, 2020
Being Present with God During Hard Times with Dennis Quaid
12:23

[Special Series] Actor, singer and podcaster Dennis Quaid shares about the faith that was instilled into his life at any early age by his mother, and the special song he wrote for her that appeared in the film “I Can Only Imagine.” He also gives us a peek into his routine while confined at home during the Pandemic, including taking the opportunity to be present with God through prayer, Bible reading and connection with friends and loved ones. 




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“We are Americans. We're going to get through these times [of the COV-19 pandemic]...We're going to remember these times...for the rest of our lives. And we might even be grateful.” - Dennis Quaid

“I keep coming back to the Red words of Jesus; and every time I read the Bible, which is now going on my fourth time in my life, it reveals itself to me in a very different, incredible way that it's always bringing something new and something that is just the truth.” - Dennis Quaid

“You have to be present in the present moment to talk with God; because there, you will find God's presence when something wonderful happens.” - Dennis Quaid

“God is right there in this moment to help you through it.” - Dennis Quaid

“Try to use this time to pray to really deal with what's going on inside you.,,And know that you're all right and that there is going to be an end to this”- Dennis Quaid on this time of COV-19 quarantine

Jun 02, 2020
Dreaming Big Despite Our Circumstances with Jennie Finch
09:11

[Special Series] Olympic softball player and mom of three Jennie Finch shares her prayer of making the most of the time we have together; as many of us continue to shelter at home. Her hope is that God will reveal dreams we never knew we had before. She also gives tips on how her family has coped during the pandemic and how the ups and downs of a career in softball prepared her for this experience. Jennie encourages us to cling to God’s promises and through calmness and stillness, discover the joy He provides. 




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Interview Quotes:

 

“As a family were appreciating this time of just being still and being calm and being in His Word and trusting and ultimately focusing on what we're here to focus on, and that's our purpose, our mission and what God is doing through us through this time and through this tragedy [of the COV-19 pandemic].” - Jennie Finch Daigle

“I want to be pruned in this time [of the COV-19 quarantine]. I want to come out stronger and be a better mother, a better wife, a better teacher through this trialing time that we're embracing. And so I just say hold tight, cling to His promises. We don't know what's to come, but He does promise that He'll be with us in those times. And that's where my peace lies.” - Jennie Finch Daigle

“I'm so thankful that we have the peace that surpasses all understanding, and we can look to Him and His word for the promises and the hope for what is to come.” - Jennie Finch Daigle

“No matter what storms we're gonna face, we can find our peace and hope and joy in Him. Our circumstances don't determine our joy. Our joy is in the Lord and his promises.” - Jennie Finch Daigle

May 30, 2020
Parenting Well During a Crisis with Dr. Meg Meeker
09:36

[Special Series] Parenting expert Dr. Meg Meeker joins our Peace in Uncertain Times series to share ways we can give our fears about COVID to Christ and guide our children well, despite the turmoil of this season. Meg reminds us that we can be free of the pressure to be a perfect parent and instead be one that our kids truly need: by seeking ways to be peaceful and finding the simple joys in this time. (PLUS some handy tips on how to handle the kids when they are fighting!!) 




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Interview Quotes:

 

Trusting God and giving God our fears so that we can be relaxed enough and laugh is a tough thing to do.” - Meg Meeker

 

I think it's important just to be honest with your kids...sit down and talk to your kids very truthfully...it's your job as a mom or dad to sort of take charge and make everything OK for them.” - Meg Meeker speaking in regards to parents working together to calm a child’s concerns during the COV-19 pandemic

“It's really important when you see your kids fighting to give them a plan, an alternate plan to fighting and let them know that anger and frustration is what triggers the fighting. So whenever they feel that anger and frustration, they now know what to do instead of fighting with their sibling. ” - Meg Meeker

“Parents, guilt will rob you of your joy.” - Meg Meeker

May 30, 2020
Joy: God’s Antidote to Pain with Dawn Barton & Ashlyn Grayce
26:51

Through all the highs and lows that life throws our way, there is one constant: God. Despite uncertainties, despite pain, and despite hurt, God is always there, longing for us to rely on Him to become our source of Joy. Author and joyologist Dawn Barton has faced more fall-to-your-knees pain and loss than most can imagine. And after every setback, Dawn shares she found the secret to moving forward: choosing to stand back up and look for joy. Singer/songwriter Ashlyn Grayce was raised in a home filled with music and faith, and now she’s branching out into a career of her own. Ashlyn dedicates every performance to the One who got her there, and shares her faith and life story to write songs that she hopes will bring healing to people of all ages from the inside out. 



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Interview Quotes:

“I've had so much that I think gives me every excuse in the world to be not joyful. But I really want to scream from the mountaintops why we should be joyful and why it's a choice.” - Dawn Barton

“It’s no one's job to make you feel better but yours.” - Dawn Barton

“I think it's important to have a friend that will say, ‘This is enough. It's time for you to get up.’” - Dawn Barton

“I think that's that little gift God gives you, sometimes just that feeling of, ‘Don't let go. Hold on a little tighter, a little longer, this time.’” - Dawn Barton

“I'm so glad that I used tragedy as the fuel for something that was beautiful.” - Dawn Barton 

“It's just so powerful that one three-minute song can really change the life of a listener or someone writing it.” - Ashlyn Grayce

“I just think that it's so important to not be afraid and know that Jesus is right there with you every step of the way.” - Ashlyn Grayce

 

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May 28, 2020
Faith on the Front Lines: Craig Morgan and Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
30:15

In observance of Memorial Day, veteran and country music artist Craig Morgan and the First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards, join the Jesus Calling Podcast to share how their faith, families, and a dedication to public service have shaped their lives in incredible ways. Craig Morgan served in the Army for 17 years before pursuing a country music career, which now allows him to serve military members via USO shows and special tours. After losing his 19-year-old son Jerry in a tragic accident, Craig felt moved by God to share his pain through a song called “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost,” which has touched countless lives. First Lady Edwards shares why she and her husband, Governor John Bel Edwards, were inspired to dedicate their lives to serving the public. As part of that service and in devotion to God, First Lady Edwards felt led to share Jesus Calling with incarcerated women in her state, and visited them in person to deliver the books, which had an enormous impact on her and women in the facility.



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Interview Quotes:

“It was when I left home and joined the military, I think that's when I developed the aspirations for writing. Being away from home, creating a sense of appreciation for all the things that I had left and got away from.” - Craig Morgan

“I thought I was exempt from something like that [when my son died], because our faith was so strong. We were a good Christian family, and I thought that something like this would never happen to us.” - Craig Morgan

“When I lost Jerry, I felt like I didn't know enough about God because I needed to know more to understand what was going on.” - Craig Morgan

“God wrote this song. I did not write this song.” - Craig Morgan, on his song "The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost"

“I can't hug people that aren't standing before me, but I still very much feel their presence. Everybody talks about these God moments, you know, where you feel something and you feel the presence of God. That's what that is. I still feel that I have those moments with my son.” - Craig Morgan

“We’ve always been firm in our direction and what we felt were our morals and values.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

 

“We don’t necessarily have to agree — but I’m called to love you regardless.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

 

“150 women who were imprisoned stood up and applauded the fact that I stepped into their life that day,” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

 

“Only with God’s help and praying and asking for God to help you, can one truly forgive.” - Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards

 

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May 21, 2020
God Can Handle Our Brokenness: Andrew & Shawn Johnson East and Lisa Leonard
31:27

We don’t have to be perfect to receive God’s love. He longs to meet us in our brokenness so that He can be a part of our healing. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her husband, NFL player Andrew East, share their love story that’s now blossomed into parenthood. And in their young marriage, Shawn and Andrew have weathered highs and lows, including a painful miscarriage, and they remember how sharing with their online community and hearing stories from thousands who had experienced the same pain helped them heal. Jewelry designer Lisa Leonard was juggling so much—a loving marriage, being a mom to two sons (one with special needs) and a passion for her burgeoning business—that she worked herself into a burnout, which took a toll especially on her marriage. As she began to work through these hard feelings, Lisa realized God didn’t require her to be perfect and put together all the time. Slowly but surely, Lisa’s zest for life returned, and she began to build a peaceful life that allowed her to keep creating new resources and loving others the way she always wanted.

 

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Interview Quotes:

“I remember going to the Olympics, winning an Olympic gold medal, standing on the medal podium with a gold medal around my neck and feeling almost empty.” - Shawn Johnson East

“Shawn's career was just kind of ending when we met, and my career was about to begin in the NFL. It's such a unique position, and I'm so thankful that Shawn is very uniquely qualified to be a part of the ups and downs of the NFL.” - Andrew East

“[Sharing about my miscarriage with my online community] helped me heal so much, just seeing how many thousands of stories came back of people who had gone through the same thing.” - Shawn Johnson East

“There's so much power in the community.” - Andrew East

“I'm excited about the marriage aspect of parenting, but I'm also excited about the responsibility of what it means to be a thoughtful parent and how you do that well.” - Shawn Johnson East

“I felt like I wanted to do something different and bring beauty into the world.” - Lisa Leonard

“I felt like as a mom with two boys, one with special needs, and my husband and my friends and my extended family, the easiest way to simplify things was to take my needs and wants and put them way up high on a shelf.” - Lisa Leonard

“God can handle our brokenness. He is not surprised by it. He's not scared of it. He's enough to fill that space.” - Lisa Leonard

“This is a journey. We don't have it all figured out. And there's grace, so this is love, right? We don't do everything perfectly, but we're in it together.” - Lisa Leonard

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May 14, 2020
God Helps Us Rebuild Homes & Hearts: HGTV’s Leanne & Steve Ford and Dr. David Vanderpool
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God is the restorer of all, and He often works through us to rebuild lives, to touch hearts, and to transform people here on earth. Stars of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords” brother-and-sister-duo Leanne and Steve Ford share how their supportive parents paved the way for their creative careers, encouraging their kids to try new things, even if they made mistakes along the way. When they understood failure is a normal part of life, Leanne and Steve learned to push their creativity to new heights, and today they inspire others to create homes that help them feel safe and loved. Dr. David Vanderpool has also taken part in rebuilding, but in a different way: by living in Haiti and serving others through his relief organization Live Beyond, Dr. Vanderpool has discovered that living simply and focusing on connecting with others has brought his family closer to God and allowed him to share God’s love with those in need. 



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Interview Quotes:

“I realized that it was our family and our faith that created this life where we didn't care what anyone else thought.” - Leanne Ford, remembering her childhood

“We are in a society where if you mess up, it's looked down upon. And the problem with that is that the fear of failure kills creativity.” - Leanne Ford

“I really believe that when you love your home, it really translates into the rest of your life.” - Leanne Ford

The ability to bring joy and happiness to people, whether it be a giggle or a laugh or a house they're proud of or an idea that gets them inspired, what an awesome gift that we’re able to do that.” - Leanne Ford 

“Jesus came to fill the gap between this disparity.” - Dr. David Vanderpool

“When you divest yourself of material things and Plan B starts to fade away a little bit, I think what happens is the Lord becomes nearer and He becomes a whole lot more apparent.” - Dr. David Vanderpool

“There's nothing that is more gratifying or supporting than knowing that you're walking exactly where God wants you to walk.” - Dr. David Vanderpool

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May 07, 2020
4 Ways To Weather The Storm Well with Pastor Jonathan Pitts
07:38

[Special Series] Dad, pastor, author, and president of For Girls Like You Jonathan Pitts shares 4 Ways to Weather the Storm Well as we search for Peace In Uncertain Times. Jonathan shares how we need to give ourselves a little grace in this season, how saying yes to family time can bring us joy, and how being transparent about our struggles can help us lead effectively and grow our relationship with God. 

 

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Interview Quotes:

This life in the kingdom is just a crazy adventure where we can't expect anything, but we can trust that God is in control regardless.” - Jonathan Pitts

Family has been a thing for me that God has reminded me is really where most of my joy comes from.” - Jonathan Pitts

 

Living in the presence of Jesus is really critical to our relationship with God.” - Jonathan Pitts

:I really just try to practice being in God's presence because it's not necessarily easy. It's like any other relationship. Sometimes they can be difficult to be with people, to relate to people. And so I just practice showing up to him and I ask that when I show up to him, he shows up to me and he never fails me.” - Jonathan Pitts

May 06, 2020
Helping People On the Front Lines: The Cookery’s Brett Swayn
09:56

[Special Series] Brett Swayn, Executive Chef of the Cookery in Nashville, TN is one of the people on the front lines, helping others during times of crisis. He shows us what can happen when we invest in each other, invest in our world, and invest in prayer; using this time to strengthen our hearts and come closer together as God’s people. 

 

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Interview Quotes:

“The spirit in the Cookery cafe has blossomed because [the team] know that they are doing God’s work, and they can feel His Spirit encouraging them.” - Brett Swayn speaking on behalf of his team members working without pay to serve others during the pandemic. 

 

“I’ve encouraged the men here to look for places to invest; and from the beginning, they have. They’ve invested in each other, they’ve invested in time in the Word, they’ve invested in time in prayer, they’ve invested time in those that needed help, and they’ve become richer.” - Brett Swayn speaking on behalf of his team serving each other and those in need during the pandemic.

 

“People can help right now with prayer and pursuing the things that matter on a deeper level.” - Brett Swayn

 

“Some of us are being taken care of with salary, so now is the time for us to look to those who may be in need and help them with your gift, with your acknowledgement, by your compassion, by your love.” - Brett Swayn

May 04, 2020
Family Connections Through Story & Song with Ellie Holcomb
15:12

[Special Series] Children’s book author and musician Ellie Holcomb (and her kiddos!) join our Peace in Uncertain Times series to share some ways they are connecting as a family while staying at home, including reading stories, making music together, and having family devotional time. Ellie reminds what we might be able to take away in this season, sharing that, “there's so much that we always have to be grateful for, because God is always faithful and He's always near.”

 

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“God is in the business of making all things new. And so I am so grateful for those tangible reminders of God's faithfulness.” - Ellie Holcomb

 

“Something that's really helpful during this season [of quarantine] is to name our losses rather than spending the energy, just burying them or trying to just stuff them down.” - Ellie Holcomb

 

“It helps us anytime we think about other people, it helps us get out of just our own selves and our own story.” - Ellie Holcomb

 

“[I am] so grateful for God's truth that can ground us and anchor our hearts down during a very uncertain and crazy storm that we are riding through.” - Ellie Holcomb speaking in reference to living life during COV-19 pandemic

May 04, 2020
Though We May Feel Alone, God Will Never Forsake Us: Angela Braniff and Jennifer Greenberg
29:58

Whether or not we see Him, whether or not we feel Him, God is always near, walking beside us no matter where we go. YouTuber and mother of eight Angela Braniff shares how she checked all the boxes to gain a “perfect” life, until she realized Jesus’ life was about far more than giving her what the world considered “perfect.” By warily trusting God’s plan, and learning that she didn’t have to please others, Angela stepped out in faith and discovered a life more fulfilling than she’d ever imagined for herself. Jennifer Greenberg was a victim of abuse for twenty-one years, and in her darkest moments, she cried out to God, wanting to know if He was there. When she clearly heard God say that He would never forsake her, it all changed for Jennifer. She learned to trust God with her anger, moving forward into freedom and healing. 



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Interview Quotes:

“I just thought that if I did all the right things, then my life would turn out how everyone told me, and it would be happy and fulfilled and everything would be great.” - Angela Braniff

“I cried out to God and said, ‘I need you to give me Your eyes. Break my heart for what breaks Yours. If there's more to this life, I need You to show me.’” - Angela Braniff

“They will grow up and have questions, things I can't answer, things I can, and wounds that I, in my humanness, no matter how much I love them as their mother, cannot fix or heal. But the one thing I can do is point them to Jesus, who loves them and who can heal those wounds for them.” - Angela Braniff, on her adoptive children

“Trust that the plan He has is just so much better than any plans we could have ever made for ourselves.” - Angela Braniff

“I knew that no matter what happened, God would never forsake me. He would never abandon me.” - Jennifer Greenberg

"When you grow up with abuse, that is your normal. And so when you start to leave that environment, you're going to come to new realizations for how dysfunctional your past environment was." - Jennifer Greenberg

“I was able to come to a place in my life where I realized that the reason I was angry at my abuser was because I was angry at evil...I realized that I could trust God to be angry for me.” - Jennier Greenberg

“I realized at one point that sometimes we talk about clinging to faith in God, but really, it's God who clings to us.” - Jennifer Greenberg

”Not only do we have a Savior who redeems us from our sins, we have a Savior who can relate with us in an extraordinarily personal and profound way.” - Jennifer Greenberg

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Apr 30, 2020
4 Ways to Find Balance When Life Is Turned Upside Down with Hillary Scott & Chris Tyrrell
12:56

[Special Series] Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell share 4 Ways to Find Balance When Life Is Turned Upside Down. The musicians share how balancing routine with flexibility, checking in with each other to stay in the right mindset, juggling responsibilities and goals, and maintaining our relationships with others and God can help us achieve Peace In Uncertain Times, and the answer to an important question: Who do we want to be when this is all over? Includes a live at home performance of the beloved hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness!”



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Interview Quotes:

“Just because the world is shut down for a few months or few weeks, it doesn’t mean God’s stopped calling us to things It doesn’t mean He’s stopped working through us--on behalf of others and others on behalf of us.” - Chris Tyrrell

“We want to give our kids the peace and calm that can come from having routines and healthy habits.” - Chris Tyrrell, speaking in regards to how the pandemic has tossed so many priorities of life into the air.

“The healthy perspective is to try to find the balance of looking at what is in front of you & prayerfully looking at who God has placed within your grasp right now.” - Chris Tyrrell

“Lord, who do you want me to be, how do you want me to grow at the end of all this [pandemic].” - Hillary Scott

“Let that be our prayer, that we worry less and walk alongside the path of peace with our Lord.” - Hillary Scott

Apr 28, 2020
Gifts of Joy in Seasons of Heartache with Dawn Barton
08:04

[Special Series] Dawn Barton is author of Laughing Through the Ugly Cry, and her personal journey through traumatic experiences have led her to believe that the obstacles in our lives should not beat us down, but give us reasons to more fully embrace joy wherever we can find it. In this edition of Peace for Uncertain Times, Dawn gives us tips on how to create joy in lives--even during difficult seasons.

 

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Interview Quotes:

“I am a woman who loves to spread the message of joy.” - Dawn Barton 

“It was in those seasons of heartache that I learn what joy felt like.” - Dawn Barton

“Even though I turned from Him [God], He never turned away from me..He had me always in the palm of His hand.” - Dawn Barton 

“Great things can come from horrible, traumatic times.” - Dawn Barton

“There’s a moment, a pivot point, when we come out of any situation where we get to make a choice of what’s the next part of the story.” - Dawn Barton

“Positivity and joy do not just happen...they are something we have to work at day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute sometimes.” - Dawn Barton

“I promise you wherever there is heartache, there are immeasurable amounts of joy.” - Dawn Barton

“Joy is a choice. Joy is God, God is joy.” - Dawn Barton

Apr 28, 2020
Tested by Hardship, Trusting in Jesus: Bud Welch, Jeanne Bishop, and Christine Carter
30:34

One of God’s greatest gifts is the healing we can find in forgiveness, whether we’re learning to to love and accept others or even ourselves. April 19, 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, when Bud Welch’s 23-year-old daughter Julie was tragically killed in the blast. Bud shares how he turned his grief into compassion for Bill McVeigh, father of the bomber Timothy McVeigh. Bud is joined by Jeanne Bishop, who recounts how these two fathers shared losses and became the unlikeliest of friends in her new book Grace from the Rubble. After years of struggling to find her way as a young adult, Christine Carter found herself trying to fill the hole in her heart with food. After a heartbreaking encounter with a family member, Christine embarked on a journey to learn how to change from the inside out. Along the way, Christine learned God loved her just as she was, she began to love herself too—and now she’s striving to help others learn to love themselves and cultivate a healthier mindset and lifestyle in her brand-new book Weight-Loss Hero.



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Bud Welch
25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing
Timothy McVeigh
Marquette University
St. Charles Borromeo Church in Oklahoma City
Communicant at her Catholic Church,
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City OK

 

Christine Carter, founder and CEO of Weight Loss Hero

Weight-Loss Hero: Transform Your Mind and Body with a Healthy Keto Lifestyle
Mayo Clinic, weight loss surgery

Bible Gateway Matthew 22

 

Angela Braniff, founder of the popular YouTube channel This Gathered Nest
Love Without Borders book

 

Interview Quotes:

“What I learned that day about Bill McVeigh was that he and I had the exact same thing in common: we had both buried our children.” - Bud Welch

“There’s such a hunger out there for these stories of people who found a way to get out from under that burden of hate and bitterness, and found this freedom and the grace and mercy and compassion.” - Jeanne Bishop

“I wanted to uplift these two men, these extraordinary men, these two fathers who should have been enemies and instead became these unexpected friends precisely because they were willing to see in one another that they had this common ground.” - Jeanne Bishop

“When your parents die, you go to the hilltop and you bury them. When your children die, you bury them in your heart. It’s forever. It never goes away.” - Bud Welch 

“To have that redemption come from such tragedy is just a way of doing what God calls us all to do, which is to forgive others as we've been forgiven.” - Jeanne Bishop

“I thought I had a weight problem, and I didn't know the weight I was carrying was a symptom of what was lurking beneath the surface.” - Christine Carter

“I think that if you've ever overcome something in your life, I feel that part of what God calls us to do is to help someone else, even if it's just one person, help somebody else do the same.” - Christine Carter

“I think a lot of our habits that we have and a lot of our mindsets are really what's holding us hostage.” - Christine Carter

“We put ourselves last—and certainly there's something to be said about having a servant's heart—but you can never pour from an empty cup.” - Christine Carter

“It's easy to fall into that temptation of picking the things that satisfy in the moment. But those things rarely satisfy for a lifetime. I've learned to put my eyes on Christ, put my eyes on God, to say, ‘What does He want for me?’” - Christine Carter 

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Apr 23, 2020
God Remembers Us--Even In Our Darkest Hours with Sandi Patty
11:25

[Special Series] Beloved GRAMMY Award winning and platinum album selling singer Sandi Patty announced in early March that she and her husband had contracted the Coronavirus while traveling. Sandi shares how, along with following the protocol for self isolating, she and her husband coped with having to be separated from family in the early days of the crises, the pain of missing important family events like the birth of a grandchild, and how she created new routines to heal her body and her spirit--intentionally connecting with her family in new ways and connecting with God through music, prayer and devotional time. 

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Interview Quotes:

“It's a time to see God at work and it's a really hard time.” Sandi Patty discussing the current COVID19 pandemic

“There’s power in reading God’s word out loud in the Psalms, which really gives voice to our own feelings.” - Sandi Patty

“I have been reading Jesus Calling for a very, very, very long time, and it is amazing to me how it is so spot on for what we're going through.” - Sandi Patty

“I ask God that you continue to guide us. That you continue to be a lamp so we can see just what the next step should be. You've given us faith, Father, but You've also given us wisdom. So may we exercise Your wisdom in this season, and may we remember the best place to start is just centering our hearts in Your presence.” - Sandi Patty, prayer

 

 

Apr 20, 2020
Seeking Joy In Uncertainty with Alena Pitts
04:55

[Special Series] Sixteen year old actress and author Alena Pitts shares how she’s seeking joy as we search for Peace In Uncertain Times. Alena shares what it’s like for teens whose lives have been upended by the quarantine, how she finds comfort in family time and knowing that God’s got this, and how prayer and devotion time is bringing her hope, including an encouraging passage from Jesus Calling for Teens.

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Interview Quotes:

“The God I serve Who loves me and everyone on this earth, He’s in control. So that definitely gave me a lot of peace,” Alean Pitts discussing her faith in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic.

“God will do anything it takes to disrupt our daily lives so that we all will depend on Him.” - Alena Pitts

 

 

Apr 20, 2020
God’s Peace for Our Mind, Body & Spirit: Christina Anstead & Melissa d’Arabian
25:31

Sometimes we have to take a step back and reevaluate, taking a different approach to the things we can control—such as nutrition and wellness—in order to open our hearts and minds to spiritual connection with God. HGTV’s Christina Anstead shares how her stressful career and crumbling marriage took a toll on her emotional, mental, and physical health, and how she fought her way back to wellness by seeking God’s help. Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian has always seen food as a base for connection, realizing that God has always held space at the table for every single one of us, no matter our differences. By pursuing a higher calling than just being the next Food Network Star, Melissa has discovered the power of seeking daily time with God, and the realization that we can never be fully whole and at peace without connection to the Father. 

 

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Emily Stroud

Dr. Henry Cloud

 

HGTV’s Christina Anstead

HGTV’s Flip or Flop

HGTV’s Christina on the Coast

The Wellness Remodel: A Guide to Rebooting How You Eat, Move and Feed Your Soul book

Cara Clark Nutrition

WebMD: Naturopathic Doctor

Mayo Clinic: Hashimoto's thyroid

 

Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian

Ten Dollar Dinners

Next Food Network Star (Melissa d’Arabian - Winner of Season 5)

Tasting Grace: Discovering the Power of Food to Connect Us to God, One Another, and Ourselves book

 

Christine Carter, the founder and CEO of Weight Loss Hero

 

Interview Quotes:

“I was able to mentally refocus and know there was a bigger purpose in all this, which was huge for me.” - Christina Anstead, on growing closer to God

“Every night before bed, I just pray that doors that need to be shut, that don't bring me something to my greater good, shut them and lock them. Doors that need to be open, that are better for my spirit, then open those up.” - Christina Anstead

“When you go back and focus on the Lord and focus on peace, joy will come.” - Christina Anstead

“Food saved me, which is not something I say lightly.” - Melissa d’Arabian

“That school cafeteria was that first peek into the compassion and the unifying and the equalizing power of food.” - Melissa d’Arabian

“I think our life mission statement is a bigger thing, that we might be called to show up for and be open to the details of how that plays out.”- Melissa d’Arabian

“I love the beauty of us trusting God and getting our daily bread, our daily fill. I love how generous that God is.” - Melissa d’Arabian

“What if all of these features of the food system aren't flaws, but actually invitations into a greater joy and into a greater connection with our Maker and with each other?” - Melissa d’Arabian

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Apr 16, 2020
[Special Episode] 5 Ways to Maintain Your Well-Being During a Crisis with Dr. Henry Cloud
09:23

[PEACE FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES SERIES - Eps 2] As we seek to find peace during uncertain times, psychologist and best-selling author of Boundaries Dr. Henry Cloud shares some practical ways to take care of ourselves and re-adjust our lives during difficult times.

 

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Interview Quotes:

“The foundation of a house--like you pour a slab--and the foundation of a human being is our sense of connectedness; how connected we feel to God and to other people.” - Dr. Henry Cloud

“When you’re thinking about getting those connections rewired and making sure you have a list of the people you're going to reach out with and connect with, you know, regularly, almost like a dosage of a medicine, because it is medicine.” - Dr Henry Cloud

“When we don't have control, then we start to feel powerless. And so when that sets in, and then depression can set in, anxiety can set in, and fear can set in.” - Dr Henry Cloud

“If you’ve never been a to-do list maker, think about the three or 4 things that are most important each day and every day, make a daily list of “this is what I do have control of.” That will move the needle and move the ball forward and help.”- Dr Henry Cloud

Apr 14, 2020
[Special Episode] 4 Ways To Face Your Financial Fears with Emily Stroud
09:08

[PEACE FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES SERIES - Eps 1] As we search for peace while navigating uncertain times, financial planner Emily Stroud shows us how to look at our finances while going through tumultuous life events.

 

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Interview Quotes:

“I want you to look at [the COVID-19 Pandemic] as a storm. The rain will eventually stop. This will not go on forever. I know it's very unsettling when you don't know what the endgame is and how long it's gonna go on for. But you have to remember that this is temporary. “ - Emily Stroud

“Do not let your emotions drive your investment decisions.” - Emily Stroud

“God's still in control. He is not surprised by what is going on in the world right now. We were surprised. He is not surprised. He has good plans for you.” - Emily Stroud

“He knows exactly what your situation is. True wealth really does come from God--and blessings may not look like financial blessings.” - Emily Stroud 

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Apr 14, 2020
When Dreams Are Far From Reach, Trust God’s Vision: Matthew Barnett & Richard Cowdrey 
34:26

Sometimes our dreams seem so far out of our reach, we don’t know if we’ll ever achieve them. And sometimes we’ve been chasing dreams for so long, we need to remember why we began the chase in the first place. Matthew Barnett, pastor of the Dream Center, shares how the organization is serving the people of Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic. He talks about how, over the course of the center’s twenty-five year legacy, he’s learned God has placed the Dream Center in LA as a steady force for change in the community, and how little things we do for others have a big impact. With a few strokes of his pencil, Richard Cowdrey can bring to life whimsical children’s book characters like Marley from “Marley & Me” and Fiona the Hippo. Richard shares how, during a troubled adolescence, two teachers helped unveil the artistic dreams he’d always held in his heart and even led Richard to faith. Today Richard is paying it forward by speaking to students and helping them reach for their own passions.

 

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Matthew Barnett

Los Angeles Dream Center
Coronavirus epidemic
Queen of Angels Hospital
One Small Step: The Life-Changing Adventure of Following God's Nudges book

 

Richard Cowdrey

Fiona, It's Bedtime children’s book
Fiona books
Gray's Anatomy books
Columbus College of Art and Design
Bad Dog, Marley children’s book

Melissa D’Arabian (Food Network)

 

Interview Quotes:

“Just staying in the neighborhood, not leaving, and being there for people is one of the best things you could do at a time of crisis. [Let them] know that you're not going to run, you're not going to leave. You're still going to be a steady force of change in the community.” - Matthew Barnett

“In the twenty-five years of feeding fifteen hundred hot meals every day, we really believe that we were born for this era that we're facing right now.” - Matthew Barnett

“Every program that we build at the Dream Center is one year, and the reason why it's one year is because we want to give people the luxury of time to change.” - Matthew Barnett

“You're doing the urgent, but you're not responding to the important.” - Matthew Barnett, on times we wander away from God

"I still cannot actually come up with the words to describe what happened. I knew the answers. I knew who I was, why I was." - Richard Cowdrey, on reading the Gospel of John in college

"I have a real love for nature . . . even at a young age, I was aware there must be a God who created the animals and the woods." - Richard Cowdrey

“I'm looking for the ones that look like me, who weren't the straight-A students, who weren't the quarterback, who weren't the star students. They're the ones on the edges, on the fringe. I try to encourage them that they have a gift.” Richard Cowdrey, on speaking in schools

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Apr 09, 2020
When You Are Broken, God Can Make You Strong: Lisa Bevere & Kurt Angle
30:55

In our weakest hour, when all hope is lost and we don’t feel like we can pick ourselves back up, God is there, waiting for us to release our burdens and ask for help. Writer and speaker Lisa Bevere had to overcome a hurt she didn’t even realize was holding her back: a difficult relationship with her mother. Lisa spent years trying to find a female mentor, only to discover God wanted Lisa to be the mentor to other young women she’d always wanted. Lisa had to learn that God had given her strength, and as she let go of the excuses she had made for herself, she stepped into the strength that was always there. Former WWE wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle had it all—he was in the spotlight on the world’s stage. But Kurt struggled as he followed a pattern of drugs and alcohol his dad set before him. He realized that he would never be strong enough to break the cycle on his own: he needed Jesus.

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Lisa Bevere

Messenger International

Strong: Devotions to Live a Powerful & Passionate Life book

BibleGateway.com

 

Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle (Facebook)

ESPN 

 

Interview Quotes:

“I have such a heart to see women empowered, to be strong, and to understand they don't have to take their strength from somebody else—they get their strength from God.” - Lisa Bevere

“God said to me, ‘I don't want a mentoring of pride. I want mentoring of brokenness. I want you to pour out of your longing, because this is what is going to actually bring healing.’” - Lisa Bevere

“When we think in the back of our mind that being a woman is a weakness, being a woman is a problem, when we think, I could be more powerful if I was a man, then we're actually buying into the enemy's lie, and we're devaluing who God created us to be.” - Lisa Bevere 

“I didn't know how to do the, "I'm upset. I'm going to step back so that we can sit down together." What I did is I attacked people instead of problems. I attacked character instead of the crisis.” -  Lisa Bevere, on her struggle with anger

“There are a whole lot of reasons that people can give on why they're broken, why they are wounded, why they are hurt. And I have so much compassion for that, but I have good news: what Jesus did for you is more powerful than what anybody did to you.” - Lisa Bevere

”I think it's important for women to have friendships with women that are older than them, women that are their same age and in the same season, and then women who are younger.” - Lisa Bevere 

“Too many people think that God has somehow gone mute, and yet Jesus still speaks. He speaks love. He speaks redemption. He says, “I do not condemn.” He says, “I am your light. You don't have to walk in the realm of shadow anymore.” - Lisa Bevere

“One thing I did think about was, I don’t want to become that guy. And, you know, twenty-five years later, I was much of the same guy, my father in every aspect.” - Kurt Angle, on his father  

“I had this love affair on the side with alcohol and drugs. And I also had my relationship with God, but I never mixed it. So I was like, “God, I'm going to turn off right now. I'm going to go to my drinking and my drugs and I'll get back to You in a few hours.’” - Kurt Angle

“So every day in rehab, I kept praying, ‘God, please, I don't want to be a screw up. I don't want to come out of here and go back to where I was. I want to progress. I want to move forward.’” - Kurt Angle

“I'm always changing and always asking, ‘What's the next step for me? Where do I go from here and how do I make it?’ And, you know, a lot of it is prayer and my relationship with Jesus, and asking Him, ‘Where do I go?’ I listen to Him quite a bit.” - Kurt Angle  

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Apr 02, 2020
God’s People, Made In His Image, Working Together: Miles McPherson & Derek Evans
27:48

The more we work and serve alongside people who are different from us, the more readily we see the image of God in everyone. Former San Diego Chargers player Miles McPherson shares how he got mixed up in drugs and the wrong lifestyle in the NFL, but was saved by God when he called out to Him in his lowest moment. Today Miles pastors the Rock Church in San Diego shares that we all have one very important thing in common: God made us in His image, which means we’re all neighbors regardless of skin color. Since he was a little boy, Derek Evans knew he wanted to lend a helping hand to many. After a series of obstacles led him to question his purpose, God helped Derek discover how a small t-shirt company he’d started called Project 615 could change the lives of not only his neighbors at home, but across the world. 

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Rock Church in San Diego, CA
The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation book
Pop Warner football
The Good Samaritan story

 

Derek Evans


Project 615
The Bridge Ministry
Made to Change the World book

 

Interview Quotes:

“Every NFL team has a Christian contingent. They all have chapels. They all have chapel before the game. They all have Bible study during the week. And so there was a group on our team, and I watched them and knew that what they had, I wanted.” - Miles McPherson 

“The big difference for me was having people in my life to hold me accountable and just be there to be an example.” - Miles McPherson, on life after becoming a Christian

”Every race conversation is about us vs. them. And the third option is that we honor what we have in common.” - Miles McPherson

“Every time you see someone, rename them neighbor. You know, the greatest commandment is to love God with your heart, mind, and soul. And the second is just like it, to love your neighbor as yourself . . . If we would just start there and talk about people through the lens of a neighbor or brother or sister, we wouldn't say a lot of the things we say.” - Miles McPherson

“Anytime there's change in my life, I'm more excited than fearful because I know that God always uses those opportunities to really strengthen us.” - Derek Evans 

“The beautiful thing about being at rock bottom is that God truly uses that time to mold you, to really speak to you, to really transform your life.” - Derek Evans

"As we're praying over [this homeless man], for the first time in my life, I felt God say, 'You're no different than this man you're praying for.'" – Derek Evans

“God calls us to different things, and not only does He call for different things, He plants different gifts and talents inside of us that He uses to further His kingdom.” - Derek Evans

“We must be the light, as Jesus calls us to be.” - Derek Evans

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Mar 26, 2020
God Is the Restorer of Our Hearts: John & Stasi Eldredge and Chris & Emily Norton
34:38

In our darkest moments, when we’re searching for hope and healing, we can take comfort in this: we serve a God of restoration, and His greatest desire is to heal our hearts. And all around us, we can see God’s handiwork in the living testimonies of lives restored by Him. Husband-and-wife ministry team John and Stasi Eldredge share how they help others discover (and, for some, remember) the life-changing power of turning your focus back to God, which John outlines in his devotional Restoration Year. Chris Norton was a young college football player when he suffered a devastating injury that left him paralyzed below the neck. With grit and faith, he worked hard to overcome negative diagnoses and met the goal of walking across the stage at his college graduation. Chris and his wife Emily share how they’ve weathered some of their toughest times.

Mar 19, 2020
Life Is Hard, But God Is Good: Anne Belier and Nancy Hicks
33:41

God works in mysterious ways. When we have the road mapped out, He can take us in an entirely different direction than where we thought we were headed. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels founder, Anne Beiler, shares how she was striving to keep up the pretense of a perfect life, but when her daughter was tragically killed and Anne was manipulated and abused by someone who should’ve been a counselor, Anne buried herself in secrets. Eventually Anne discovered the power of confession, and she decided to let go of guilt and live with transparency. And today God has taken Anne’s pain and used it to help her lead a life of compassion. Starting her entertainment career as a professional singer, Nancy Hicks felt God pulling her away from music to become a host at QVC, where she ministered to others on and off screen. As her life changed, Nancy felt God guiding her to a life in ministry, and today Nancy’s mission is to share God’s love with the world.

 

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Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always

Jesus Calling episode, “Women Leading through Forgiveness and Grace: Nona Jones & Alex Seeley”

 

Anne Beiler

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Anne Beiler’s new book, “The Secret Lies Within: An Inside Out at Overcoming Trauma and Finding Purpose in the Pain
Bible Gateway
Bobcat Equipment

 

Nancy Hicks

QVC Broadcast Programming
Nancy Hicks’s new book, “Meant to Live: Living in Light of the Good News”
Parsons Institute (Fashion)
FIT in New York (Fashion)
Wheaton College (Chicago, IL)
Mayo Clinic (Colon Cancer)

John and Stasi Eldredge

 

Interview Quotes:

“Secrets leave you powerless, they keep you in a place of darkness, keep you defeated. These secrets that talk to us inside do not allow us to live in freedom.” - Anne Beiler 

“Confession can change the trajectory of your entire life and your family.” - Anne Beiler

“I had to experience all this pain so that I could be compassionate with those who are suffering in our world today. “ - Anne Beiler

“Guilt says, ‘I did something wrong.’ Shame says, ‘I am something wrong.’ So in our pain, we believe lies.” - Anne Beiler

“When I feel decisions are tough, and things don’t always turn out the way I prayed for or believed that they should turn out, that's my go to: Life is hard, God is good. ” - Anne Beiler

“I was like, Where am I going here? At the end of this one event that I was singing at, I sensed the Lord saying, “Continue to use the gift to honor me.” - Nancy Hicks

“If you call yourself a follower of Christ, you don't get to pick whether or not you get to be a minister of the gospel, or whether you're in ministry. Everything is ministry.” - Nancy Hicks

“It didn't matter what time, I was in my car, I'd be praying and saying, “Abba, use me today. Use me in the green room. Use me in the makeup chair. God, use me as light and salt.“ - Nancy Hicks, on ministering while she was at QVC

“I remember holding my arms wide out, tears streaming down my face, and just saying, ‘God, what are we gonna do with the next chapter of this one life? I am all in for the kingdom, and I don't have anything holding me back.’ I just begged God, ‘Spend me. Just spend me.’” - Nancy Hicks

“I think there is no substitute for an authentic relationship which takes time with God. - Nancy Hicks

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Mar 12, 2020
Keeping Hope Alive Through Unexpected Losses: Lauren Alaina and Kreis Beall
30:50

God will always be with you, supporting you in times of joy and carrying you through times of despair. This week’s guests tell how, after weathering success and loss, sharing their artistic talents with others have brought hope and healing: country music artist Lauren Alaina and hospitality pioneer Kreis Beall. Lauren traces her path as a young singer from the American Idol stage to Dancing with the Stars and beyond. After American Idol, Lauren remembers how, as a 15-year-old, the sudden pressure in the spotlight alongside horrific social media comments about her appearance spawned an eating disorder, and how her faith and family helped her through that dark time. And Lauren shares why she knows God is real, after her beloved stepfather described heaven as he slipped away from the earth. In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Kreis Beall and her husband Sandy slowly built a luxury destination resort called Blackberry Farm, where Kreis’s talents soared as she shared her gifts for design and hospitality. Though she’s won considerable success, it wasn’t until she developed a relationship with God later in life that she truly felt successful—and she recalls how her new-found faith helped her through the devastating loss of her son, Sam, which she shares in her memoir called The Great Blue Hills of God.

 

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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling for Easter 

Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always

 

Lauren Alaina

American Idol (Season 10)
Dancing with th Stars (Season 28)
Mayo Clinic (Melanoma Cancer)
“The Other Side” lyric video

 

Kreis Beall

Blackberry Farm
The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning The True Meaning of Home book
Bible Gateway (Matthew 10:25)

 

Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

 

Interview Quotes:

“There are always going to be people who are going to have something to say that is not nice. But if I feel good about myself, and I have people around me that lift me up, that takes the power away from them.” - Lauren Alaina

“We turn our back on Him, but He never turns his back on us. And [if] we're willing to go back to Him, He's always there.” - Lauren Alaina

“I don't want some young girl out there looking at me and thinking that I'm just the most confident person in the world, because I choose to be confident. . . . I was very insecure for a long time, and I've had to work really hard on learning to love myself.” - Lauren Alaina 

”I think the most important thing we can do is lift people up and love others and and know that someday we're all going to be reunited in the kingdom of heaven.” - Lauren Alaina

“I'm constantly thinking about the next step, where we're going, what we're going to do. I love to set goals, but I think it's also really important to count your blessings where you are right now.” - Lauren Alaina

“It's super important to find what God means to you. He means something different to everyone. He is my best friend and my Father and all of these things, but for me, He is just a source of strength, and someone that I can talk to when I'm weak.” - Lauren Alaina

“I think having someone who totally believed in me fueled the fire. And it kept pushing me to dream and create.” - Kreis Beall

“Sometimes the role of success can put a blinder on the things that are really important in life.” - Kreis Beall

”As I slowed down, I could experience more than in all the busyness and success that ruled my life.” - Kreis Beall

“Once you uncover the joy that God provides for you, joy is always deep within. And it remains, whether happenings are good or bad.” - Kreis Beall

“I don't know what I would have done without my faith if Sam had died five years earlier, if either one of my children had.” - Kreis Beall

“I have had a lot of sorrow and loss in my life, but it's important for me to look at all the joy.” - Kreis Beall

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Mar 05, 2020
When We Can’t See God’s Plan, Trust His Heart: Dave Pittman & Rachel Van Kluyve
30:33

“Why me, God?” Sound familiar? We’ve all questioned why God has allowed bad things to happen in our lives, but this week’s guests, musician Dave Pittman and home designer Rachel Van Kluyve, have faced serious trials that caused them to question their purpose and how to move forward. Growing up, Dave faced bullies because of his Tourette’s Syndrome. After a deep, dark battle, Dave learned to embrace what made him different. As he’s built his music career post-American Idol, today Dave uses his music and experiences to help others find their reason to live. After Rachel had her first child, she grappled with postpartum depression that isolated her. As she began to post online about her decorating hobby, she began to build a supportive, close-knit online community that now helps women and girls around the world. Today Rachel shares her book She Built Herself a Home and how people can easily create spaces to build closer connections to God and to each other.



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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling for Easter 

Jesus Calling ‘What’s Good’ YouTube series featuring Dave Pittman

Jesus Calling podcast episode with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jeremy Cowart

 

Davd Pittman
“Crazy Brave’ song
“Different Kind of Love” album
Tourette Syndrome
ABC’s American Idol
Neil Patrick Harris
Bible Gateway

 

Rachel Van Kluyve
CrateandCottage.com
She Made Herself a Home: A Practical Guide to Design, Organize, and Give Purpose to Your Space book
Facebook Marketplace

 

Lauren Alaina

Interview Quotes:

“I was more afraid of living through that again than I was of dying.” - Dave Pittman, on being bullied as a child with Tourette Syndrome

”My mom—both my parents—just drilled into my head and my heart the importance of accepting yourself for who you are, and not just who you are, but who you are in Christ, your identity, who you've become in your walk with Christ.” - Dave Pittman

“I think it's okay to ask why, even now, because Job did. We look at Job in the Bible, he asked God, ‘Why? Why is this happening to me?’” - Dave Pittman

“Anyone can accept something they have to do, but when you can embrace something that you get to do, it’s different. It changes things.” - Dave Pittman

”After I had my first baby, it just kind of all fell apart. I got postpartum [depression]. I lost myself. You know, I was a smart magna cum laude graduate, and I just didn't know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be, and it spiraled quickly out of control.” - Rachel Van Kluyve

“When I started my Instagram journey, I felt the Lord specifically saying, ‘Everyone knocks social media for not being a good thing for this generation. But I want to use it for good.’” - Rachel Van Kluyve

“We have the power to do so much as moms, as women. [We can] sit at home with a touch of a button and some ingenuity, and we can put together this great thing for people around the world.” - Rachel Van Kluyve

“When we built this house, I prayed specifically that we'd always be hospitable. And it's really the home that's never closed. So because of that, our why has become hospitality, and letting people see Christ at all times, and that they're welcome here.” - Rachel Van Kluyve 

“It's all about creating that space that gives security and peace so that you can give it to others.” - Rachel Van Kluyve

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Feb 27, 2020
Growing Brave to Become More: Rebecca Bender and Patti Callahan Henry
32:31

Fear of the unknown and fear of change are some of the greatest struggles we will ever face. How can we possibly leave behind what’s familiar to us? How will we know where to go next? What will happen to us and our loved ones? It can be terrifying, lonely, and confusing. Today’s guests share how they found the courage to make a change, which led them to freedom and joy like they had never experienced. Human trafficking survivor and activist Rebecca Bender opens up about the life she was manipulated into and how, by listening to God’s voice and the strong spirit that He gave her, she found a way out. Novelist Patti Callahan Henry shares how she left her job as a nurse to become a writer, and the story she wrote about C.S. Lewis’ wife, Joy, who also took a leap of faith that led her to a love that she never could’ve imagined for herself. If you’re considering making a change in your life, remember this: it is in the uncomfortable and the unfamiliar that we grow and have an opportunity to depend on God like never before. And He has plans for hope and a future for each one of us. 



Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling: The Jesus Calling Magazine
Jesus Calling for Kids at Barnes & Noble (PINK and BLUE versions)



Rebecca Bender

Rebecca Bender Initiative
In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant book
National U.S. Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 to get help today



Patti Callahan Henry

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis book

Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis [Podcast]

 

C.S. Lewis
Yale Younger Poets Award

 

American Idol finalist Dave Pittman
Tourette’s Syndrome

Interview Quotes:

”I felt like an outsider, which pushed me, I think, even further away from wanting to be a part of a community of faith.” - Rebecca Bender 

”You can't imagine going back to hopelessness, so you choose to look the other way because you really want the dream that's being dangled in front of you.” - Rebecca Bender

“I was so, so filled with knowing that I could hear the voice of the Lord, the voice of the Creator of the universe who chose to talk to me, and that really kept me through some of my darkest times.” - Rebecca Bender

“This is my favorite part about God: how He breaks off chains, He breaks up shame. He can completely redo our lives.” - Rebecca Bender

“You have to be real with God. He knows what you're thinking, and He knows even more than you do what's happening in your brain and in your mind and your heart. So just crying out to Him helps really shift and give you some revelation and helps you take your eyes off of your circumstance to see what He has in store.” - Rebecca Bender

“What I love about the work that God allows me to do today is not only do we get to bring justice for the victim . . . but I love that it's also creating constant change in the community.” - Rebecca Bender

”You know, Jesus loves girls like me—we’re all over the Bible. Put the shame on who should own the shame, which is the perpetrators.” - Rebecca Bender

“[My faith] transforms, and it transforms me. As long as it's always about the indwelling God, I feel fairly safe in my faith. - Patti Callahan Henry

“I do believe that it was the first time Joy ever truly loved, and it's because she first found her true self in God.” - Patti Callahan Henry

”We might need to pack up everybody's expectations and everybody's demands and everybody's definitions of us.” - Patti Callahan Henry

“My favorite quote by Joy is, ‘If we should ever grow brave, what on earth would become of us?’" - Patti Callahan Henry

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Feb 20, 2020
Seeking a Life of Love & Truth: Rev Run & Justine Simmons and Matt Brown
24:01

We’re able to share our hearts and to love others because God chose to love us first. Today’s guests, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C. and his wife Justine, along with evangelist and founder of Think Eternity Matt Brown share how they’ve learned to develop qualities of pure, selfless love and how this love has profoundly changed their lives. When he was at the height of his music career, Rev Run couldn’t ignore the void inside him, and it wasn’t until he discovered Jesus that he finally felt whole. He and Justine share their marriage secrets and what it takes to make a relationship work (spoiler alert: put God first!). There’s one nagging thought that keeps Matt Brown up at night: how will the world ever feel God’s love if Christians don’t accurately represent it? If we want to experience the full love that God has for each of us and spread that love to others, we need to set our intentions of seeking that love daily.

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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book
Jesus Calling for Kids, Girls Edition devotional

BibleGateway

 

Patti Callahan Henry

Becoming Mrs. Lewis book


Rev Run & Justine Simmons

Old School Love: And Why It Works book
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons

God, Can You Hear Me? Children’s book
Rolling Stone Magazine

 

Matt Brown

Think Eternity

Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence book

 

Interview Quotes:

”It's just funny how you can visualize and set your intentions, and things just come to pass.” - Rev Run

“There's this void that success and money can't fill.” - Rev Run

“You’d think that making hit records or money or cars or fame or people saying, "Oh, you're the greatest," people praising you for making your music would do it. But actually, when you start praising God, that's when you get happy.” - Rev Run 

“I love [my husband] so much, but I love God more.” - Justine Simmons

“Spending and dedicating time with God leads to a better hearing ear.” - Rev Run

“Enjoying each other's company is probably a big part of staying together.” - Rev Run

“God has a way of making it clear to us where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do. . . . To grow in the Lord, and to reflect God to the world around us, we need both truth and love.” - Matt Brown

“How is the world supposed to see the grace of God if the people of God are not gracious?” - Matt Brown

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Feb 13, 2020
Meeting the Healer of Broken People: Amy Kavelaris & Austin French
27:43

Jesus didn’t come for perfect people—He came to heal the broken and the hurting. Today’s guests, artist and author Amy Kavelaris and Christian music artist Austin French, share how God met them in their broken places and healed their lives and hearts. Amy draws inspiration from the awe-filled way her three little girls see the world, and it reminds her of the light God is in her life. When she gets overwhelmed by demands on her time or struggles to navigate life’s changing seasons, Amy remembers that God is creating opportunities for her. Austin French faced an internal battle with Christianity for years, only to realize he wasn’t hurt by a broken God, but by broken people. He finally found peace and healing when he learned that Jesus wants every piece of us. We are not defined by our scars—we’re defined by His. 

 

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Jesus Calling book

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Jesus Calling® for Easter. With 50 Jesus Calling devotions

Jesus Calling interview with Mercy Me’s Bart Millard

Amy Kavelaris

Bloom Print Studio

Harper Collins / Thomas Nelson / Tommy Nelson

Good Night, My Darling Dear book

 

Austin French

ABC’s “Rising Star”

NBC’s “The Voice,”

 

Interview Quotes:

“I just had this innate feeling that God existed and that I just wanted to follow Him with my life.” - Amy Kavelaris

”I think it's so important that we celebrate God's creation. It's fun to add a little whimsy and sparkle into the everyday, because our kids see the everyday as wonderful and extraordinary.” - Amy Kavelaris

”I get so much more from watching [my girls] and seeing how they react to [the world]. It's just this beautiful relationship that we have, where it 100 percent inspires what I do every day.” - Amy Kavelaris

”This is all about Him. He’s the only reason I'm doing any of this.” - Amy Kavelaris 

“I find that the only joy and freedom is when we gaze upon His light and His truth. It's then that we find that true, indescribable joy, and stop chasing after what the world tells us we need.” - Amy Kavelaris

“I didn't understand why we had to change who we were at church and why we couldn't be who we were all the time. As an eight-year-old kid, I wrote down: I never want to be a Christian.” - Austin French

“I realized that I had been hurt by broken people, not Jesus. Jesus is what He told me He was—He was the Healer of broken people.” - Austin French 

“We're very needy people, all of us. We need people. We need a God who's with us and working with us.” - Austin French

”I think the only way to find a relationship with Jesus and truly find freedom in Jesus is to understand that brokenness is a part of this story.” - Austin French

“We're not defined by our scars or the scars that you're walking through right now— we're defined by His. - Austin French

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Feb 06, 2020
Discovering Light When Our Hearts Are Breaking: Linsey Davis & Grace Anna Rodgers
25:23

Life will give us our share of dark times, but we can choose to be the light. Today’s guests share how they use the power of story to share messages of hope and purpose. Award-winning ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis shares how she has taken lessons from her childhood in church, her time as a reporter, and the values she’s trying to instill in her young son to show that what’s important is loving people, not focusing on our differences. After several miscarriages, when Angela Rodgers discovered she was pregnant again, she was told the baby would have several health issues—but Angela loved her little girl and knew God had a plan for her life. Dynamic mother-daughter duo Angela and Grace Anna Rodgers are now sharing nine-year-old Grace Anna’s gift of singing with the world, spreading happiness and reminding others that what matters about people is who they are on the inside, not the outside. 

 

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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling Family Devotional

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids
Jesus Calling App

 

Linsey Davis

ABC’s World News Tonight

ABC’s Good Morning America

ABC’s Nightline

The World is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings book

One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike Than Different book

 

Angela and Grace Anna Rodgers

GraceAnnaSings.org 

Grace Anna Sings: A Story of Hope Through a Little Girl with a Big Voice book

Who Do You See When You Look at Me? book

Grace Anna singing the National Anthem (Facebook video)

Conradi Hunermann Syndrome

Sammy Kershaw

Bobby Henline

 

Contemporary Christian Music artist Austin French

 

Interview Quotes:

“[My mom was] very much responsible for my falling in love with storytelling and with writing and with the English language.” - Linsey Davis 

“When I look back now, I think [my time in church as a child] was so important to who I am today.” - Linsey Davis 

“I can see God's hand in other people's lives, for sure. But when truly catastrophic things happen, I don't know how to explain it. But I have to believe that God has a plan.” - Linsey Davis

“My son's five, and when he comes home and he's met a new friend, he doesn't tell me about their race or their background or religion or culture. He just says what they have in common.” - Linsey Davis

“Let's say, ‘Hey, we have different color skin and hair and features and likes and dislikes. But guess what? God gave us all this one unique gift. He gave us all one big heart and that's the most important part, because that's where love starts.’” - Linsey Davis

“From the very beginning, we wanted Grace Anna, even when the doctors didn't give us a whole lot of hope.” - Angela Rodgers

“What would touch my heart so deeply is you would see these colonels and these generals with all these medals be brought to tears when Grace Anna would sing the national anthem.” - Angela Rodgers

“Sometimes you go through things that change who we become.” - Angela Rodgers

“I think God made each of us with unique gifts. We’re all different in some way. So we can show love by being kind and trying to learn from each other.” - Grace Anna Rodgers

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Jan 30, 2020
Women Leading through Forgiveness and Grace: Nona Jones & Alex Seeley
31:04

Our planet holds more than seven billion people, and each one reflects who God is—because He created every one of us in His image. Today we hear from two women who have learned the value of who God created them to be and now lead others into finding their own worth as they carve out new spaces to foster connection. Nona Jones, head of faith-based partnerships at Facebook, shares how she overcame years of abuse and trauma to learn that she’s more than what happened to her, and chose forgiveness as a way out of her shame. Today she connects with churches all over the world and people searching for God’s purpose for their own lives. Pastor Alex Seeley shares how difficult it was to uproot her life in Australia to follow God’s calling for her family in America, only to discover that churches in the US didn’t seem to have a place for her. Alex shares how she and her husband Henry created The Belonging Co as a place to help artists and musicians in Nashville without a church home to experience God’s presence, and the life-changing power of discovering His presence in our own journeys.

 

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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling Weekly Prayer Call



Nona Jones

Success From the Inside Out: Power to Rise from the Past to a Fulfilling Future Book 

 

Alex Seeley

The Belonging Co Church

The Opposite Life: Unlocking the Mysteries of God’s Upside-Down Kingdom Book 

Biblegateway (The Beatitudes)

Planetshakers Ministry

 

Interview Quotes:

“The reason I was acting out [was] because of so much chaos at home. I was responding and reacting to trauma, and nobody ever asked me why I was acting that way. They just assumed I was a bad kid.” - Nona Jones

“I have this scar on one of my wrists that's a constant reminder of what I tried to do [to end my life], but it's also a reminder of God's grace, because He determined that my life was worth living, even when I didn't see it.” - Nona Jones

“Trauma really changes the way you see yourself. The thing I would like to encourage other people to know is you are not what happened to you.” - Nona Jones

“Twenty-five minutes after I resigned from my job in faith, Facebook called me out of the blue.” - Nona Jones

“If you look at the life of Jesus, He didn't tell people, ‘Hey guys, come see me at the temple on Sunday at 11:00, I have this amazing series that's coming up.’ He didn't do that. He ministered to people wherever they were.” - Nona Jones

“Just like a healthy family needs both parents to bring balance to home life, I think a church so needs the balance of male and female attributes of the father heart of God.” - Alex Seeley

“There are so many people that are hungry for an encounter with God, but they're being given a religious experience, but not this amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit and Jesus.” - Alex Seeley

“To have an encounter where Jesus changes your life, and then people take note of the change that's happening.” - Alex Seeley

“I think the world is confused, because people who call themselves Christians are not acting in an opposite spirit. They're acting like everybody else.” - Alex Seeley

“I've been a Christian for thirty-five years, and I can't get past the fact that He loved me while I was a broken mess.” - Alex Seeley

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Jan 23, 2020
His Hand Will Guide Us Through the Darkness: Luke Pell and Jack Deere
37:00

None of us is guaranteed a pain-free life. But when we can’t see the right way to move forward, that’s where God steps in to take us by the hand and leads us out of the dark. On today’s episode, Army veteran and Bachelorette contestant Luke Pell and author/speaker Jack Deere share some of their painful moments—an unexplainable, near-death experience; watching a spouse slip into an alcohol addiction; losing a child—events that almost caused them to give up. But each man reminds us: when it feels like we have nothing left to cling to, God is there. And He’s ready to guide us through those experiences so that later, we can support others who may not be able to find their way out, either.

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Always Family Prayer Calendar

 

Luke Pell

ABC’s The Bachelorette show

West Point - United States Military Academy

Mayo Clinic (PTSD)

BibleGateway

 

Jack Deere

Dallas Theological Seminary

Even in Our Darkness: The Story of Beauty in a Broken Life book

Young Life

C. S. Lewis

John Snyder Oil Company

 

Nona Jones, Facebook’s Global Faith-Based Partnerships

 

Interview Quotes:

“As you become an adult, you have to figure out what your faith really means to you.” - Luke Pell

“If you're not growing and getting stronger and [going in] the direction of your goals, you're going to be digressing in the wrong direction.” - Luke Pell

“One of the biggest victories in my faith was that I came back to a spot where I was completely surrendering my plans and my expectations back to God, and what purpose I was put on this earth for, instead of [wondering] what I could get out of this world and what people thought of me.” - Luke Pell 

“Only one thing does matter: it’s the legacy that you left, the inspiration that you left in the world, the people that you inspired, your faith that you were able to show to the rest of the world around you, and the lives that you were able to change.” - Luke Pell

“Then God shows up and comes alongside you through somebody [who] gives you inspiration, or however that message comes, ‘You're gonna be okay. You're gonna make it through.’” - Luke Pell

“I've really learned to appreciate those moments of uncertainty, when you're feeling more alone and you're feeling like you don't know what tomorrow holds. . . . Those are the times when I get the most direct purpose from God in my life.” - Luke Pell

“We have to really stay true to ourselves and true to our faith, and keep that faith walk intact, regardless of what the rest of the world is throwing at you every day. The more we're thinking about the rest of the world and what they're thinking about us, the less we're thinking about what God has for us and where our faith walk should be.” - Luke Pell 

“[My] childhood produced this desire to keep really tight control in my life. I blocked out some of the stuff and thought, Feelings are bad. Stay in your mind. Don't go to your feelings. That was the hardening effect that my childhood had on me.” - Jack Deere 

“When you're seventeen years old and everybody you've ever loved has left you, to hear that God won't leave you is just too good to be true.” - Jack Deere

“The only Person who never needed any help chose twelve helpers. Why? For the pleasure it gave Him to love those twelve apostles and to teach them to love what He loved.” - Jack Deere

“Although I had plenty of my own shame, I didn't even think in those categories. I just thought, You have an unpleasant feeling. Just get rid of it. I lived out of my mind, not out of my feelings.” - Jack Deere

“I began to see that the most important thing in life is feeling the affection of God, actually being friends with Him. We love Him because He first loved us.” - Jack Deere 

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Jan 16, 2020
Who Are We Really? Beth McCord & Esther Fleece Allen Show Us God Knows
18:47

Ever wonder exactly who you are and what you were made for? Today’s guests tell how, as they pursued ways to know God and themselves a bit more, He’s helped them understand their true selves—not what other people say they are. Enneagram coach Beth McCord shares how she and her husband, Jeff, used this popular personality test to understand each other and improve their marriage, finding out the attributes God gave them both along the way. Author Esther Fleece Allen explores the power behind the names that God gives us, and how this can help us shed labels others might give us so that we can hear who God says we are while discovering His purpose for our lives. 

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Sarah Young

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True Connection with God and Each Other: Darlene Zschech and Margaret Feinberg episode 

 

Beth McCord

YourEnneagramCoach.com

The Enneagram Collection Book Series

Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage book

 

Esther Fleece Allen

No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending book

Your New Name: Saying Goodby to the Labels that Limit book  

 

Interview Quotes:

“If we learn why people do what they do, we can have more empathy, understanding, grace, mercy, compassion, and love in ways that really reflect the heart of Christ.” - Beth McCord

“God created us all differently, and each of the personality types have a beautiful way that we reflect in it.” - Beth McCord 

So often my heart wants to do it myself, to figure it out myself, to pull myself up by my bootstraps. But only Christ can fix me. Only Christ can love me. Only Christ has everything accomplished for me.” - Beth McCord

“Something that is very sacred and important to God is names.” - Esther Fleece Allen

“[I ask myself,] ‘Who does He say that I am and how can I begin to believe the new names He's given me, apart from the labels that I've associated with for far too long?’” - Esther Fleece Allen 

“God does not speak to me in a condemning way like these labels are doing. God speaks to me in a new way, a language that I'm not even really familiar with, because we're so used to criticism in this life.” - Esther Fleece Allen

“There's power in a name. There's power in what we name others, what we name future generations, and there's power in the name we take on for ourselves, of who we're going to become.” - Esther Fleece Allen

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Jan 09, 2020
Never Give Up the Fight to Get Better: Lolo Jones & Evander Holyfield
32:35

No matter where we grow up, no matter who our parents are or which zip code we live in, each of us will meet challenges. And in those moments, we have a choice: do we give up, or do we keep going? Today we talk with two athletes who, with God by their sides, have endured the sting of defeat and the joy of victory. Lolo Jones is one of only ten athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. Lolo shares how some of the hardest moments of her childhood helped her to compete on the world stage. When he was growing up in Atlanta, Evander Holyfield found community (and a hint at his athletic future) at the Boys Clubs of America. He shares how his mother and his faith guided him into a storied boxing career, and why sometimes our defeats are more instructive than our wins.



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Sarah Young

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Serving Our Savior in the Spotlight: Josh Turner and Michael McDowell episode 

 

Lolo Jones 

Salvation Army
Hurdles of Hope Foundation
London Olympics

 

Evander Holyfield

Atlanta’s Boy’s Clubs of America

 

Riddick Bowe

Michael Moorer

Mike Tyson

Lennox Lewis

John Ruiz

Muhammad Ali




Interview Quotes:

“I definitely think that my hardships molded me for the life that I would have to go through later. - Lolo Jones 

“This statistic of kids that have incarcerated parents—it tremendously increases their chance that at one point in their life, they will be incarcerated as well. I wanted to break that chain.” - Lolo Jones

“I know my childhood strengthened me for a time to stand on the world stage and compete.” - Lolo Jones 

“If I go through hardships, I know to say, ‘Okay, this really, really hurt me. This is frustrating. I wanted this so bad, and it was ripped away,’ instead of being like, ‘How could you, God?’”- Lolo Jones

“As Christians, we try to predict how God's going to use us, and when He doesn't use us in that manner, we become hurt.” - Lolo Jones 

“I became who I am because I really wanted to please my momma. My mom was so disappointed so much her life, and I wanted to be that joy.” - Evander Holyfield

“Having setbacks paves the way to show you how good God is.” - Evander Holyfield

“Every time you mess up, you've got to have Somebody who will give you another opportunity.” - Evander Holyfield

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Jan 02, 2020
Being Real When Life Isn’t Great: The Genesis Project & Carrie Stuart Parks
35:45

Some of God’s greatest miracles come when He brings good out of dark places. In Ogden, Utah, pastor Matt Roberts felt he didn’t feel comfortable inviting his friends and neighbors to church as it didn’t feel like a place where people could be vulnerable, so he decided to create an open community he thought they—and he—would feel like they belonged. When his former youth pastor, Rob Cowles, came for a visit, Rob knew The Genesis Project was something special and decided to plant his own location in Fort Collins, Colorado—in, of all places, a former strip club. Carrie Stuart Parks was a young woman with a flair for art when her father, the head of the School of Law Enforcement in northern Idaho, decided to invite Carrie to use her talents on crime scenes. Carrie became enamored with the work, helping victims close the chapter on some of the darkest moments of their lives. She even began a second career as a thriller novelist—not knowing her mentor was a wildly successful author himself—and work to help reach not knowing her mentor was a wildly successful author himself—now reaches the world through stories and emotions we all can relate to.

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Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling Large Text Cloth Botanical Cover

God Can Redeem Your Struggles: Joel & Luke Smallbone and Sandi Patty

Lolo Jones Olympic athlete

 

The Genesis Project

Matt Roberts

The Genesis Project, Ogden, UT

 

Rob Cowles

The Genesis Project, Fort Collins, CO

 

The God of New Beginnings: How the Power of Relationship Brings Hope and Redeems Lives book

Gary Haugen International Justice Mission, founder

 

Carrie Stuart Parks

FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia

Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces book

Frank Peretti author

Unitarian Universalism

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

 

Interview Quotes:

"It was really hard to invite [my friends and community] to church with me. It was such a cultural gap . . . " - Matt Roberts

“That time in Portland was very monumental for us, really learning what it meant to be an embedded church in the middle of a culture that desperately needed a Savior.” - Matt Roberts

“What does it mean to live bravely in the way of Jesus?” - Rob Cowles, on Gary Haugen

“There was an authenticity about their worship [at The Genesis Project], because they really knew what it was to be brought back from darkness, brought back from death into new life.” - Rob Cowles

“Community doesn't happen by accident. We have to actually cultivate and create a space where people can come in and be real, be open, and be honest.” - Matt Roberts

“What happens is if you create a culture where it's not safe to talk about your brokenness, to talk about your failure, to talk about your pain, that then you naturally create a culture where you have to be fake.” - Rob Cowles 

“I pray that I will be salt and light to them as I speak to them. I wear a cross, I let them know, just by having that cross on the outside, where I'm coming from. I don't say anything to them. I just let the presence of that and my words be, hopefully, helpful.” - Carrie Stuart Parks 

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Dec 26, 2019
Taking the Hope of Christmas to a Hurting World: Dailey & Vincent and Ernie Haase
25:39

Christmas can be a time for joy, but also for reflection—and for many, a reminder of lost moments and loved ones. This week’s guests, musicians Dailey & Vincent and Ernie Haase, remind us this season is filled with hope, because God loved us so much that He sent Jesus into the world. These artists tell us how they fell in love with music (from bluegrass to gospel) and why they center their songs and shows around positive messages. Dailey & Vincent recently released The Sounds of Christmas project, and share their warmest (and most hilarious) Christmas memories and family traditions. Ernie Haase gives a behind-the-scenes look at the way his new album with Signature Sound, A Jazzy Little Christmas, was born out of a fun-filled holiday trip to New York, and how we can still celebrate the holiday while honoring those who are no longer with us at Christmas.

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Jesus Calling for Christmas

Dolly Parton Belives with God, All Things Are Possible episode

Celebrating the Power of Jesus’ Love:  Mark Lowry and CBD President Ray Hendrickson episode
Choosing Christ Through Doubt & Fear: Bear Grylls & Rhonda Vincent episode

Lifting Up Others Through Service: Country Singer Jimmy Fortune and US Army Veteran Jess Key episode

Shining God’s Light Through Music: Oak Ridge Boys & Aaron Watson episode



Dailey & Vincent

The Sounds of Christmas album

The Dailey & Vincent show on RFD Television

“Jingle Bells” video

International Bluegrass Music Association

Ricky Skaggs

BibleGateway (1 Timothy 6:12)

Hallmark Channel Christmas

 

Ernie Haase

“A Jazzy Little Christmas” album

Cathedral Quartet

The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson

New York Cares (Winter Wishes program)

 

Interview Quotes:

“The most important part about all the music, just boiling it down to the bare bones, is the way you speak to other people. The songs that we pick and the way the songs speak to their hearts and give them such peace and joy.” - Darrin Vincent

“It's a universal language—music speaks to everybody.” - Darrin Vincent

“We don't know what all these people are going through. But many people in that audience are going through something. It is our job to go out there and take them on a 90-minute ride that will make them forget whatever they're dealing with, and hopefully leave there feeling a lot better.” - Jamie Dailey

“My testimony is that a perceived no might be just a not now from God.“ - Ernie Haase

“What Sarah has done with the Jesus Calling book, for me, she’s made Jesus very personal, very relatable.” - Ernie Haase

“Hopefully, by people listening to our music and enjoying our music, it'll make the season a little bit brighter for some people.” - Ernie Haase 

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Dec 19, 2019
Joyful Connection with All God's Creatures: Bull Rider Cody Nance and HIS Haven Ranch
22:09

Whether our friends walk on two legs or four, connection gives meaning to our lives. God often uses these bonds to show how we can care for others, but what we don’t often realize is that those opportunities help us learn how to care for ourselves, too. Bull rider Cody Nance talks about how his faith and career blossomed through his family and through friends he met on the rodeo circuit. HIS Haven Ranch mentors Laurie Baer and Janice Larsen share how they serve kids who are hurting in their community through horse therapy by providing an additional support system to their lives, reminding us all how God's creatures, big and small, can bring joy to our lives. 

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God’s Gift of Pets: Animal Rescue Advocate Lavonne Redferring and Country Singer Irlene Mandrell

 

Cody Nance

Paris, Tennessee

Cody Nance Instagram

Cody Nance Facebook

Cody Nance Twitter 

 

HIS Haven Ranch

 

Dailey & Vincent

 

Interview Quotes:

“I've been able to be used on a platform like I've never imagined before, and I'm just thankful that God is allowing me to do that.” - Cody Nance

“I do believe that God saved me when I was young, but I believe I lost track of the most important thing, and that was being faithful in my love for Him and His worship.” - Cody Nance

"[When] I'm strapped to the back of a [2,000 lb. bull] jumping in the air and kicking . . . sometimes it gets a little wild. But He's always there and He's always taking care of me." - Cody Nance

“Our four-legged friends gave us a picture and a model of something that God could do on a greater level.” - Laurie Baer

“Our mission was to make a place that would empower and transform lives through healing and the Savior.” - Laurie Baer

“We pray that the perspective that [our riders] have will be an eternal perspective, so we'll use a horse and we use the Word of God. And they seem to work really well together.” - Laurie Baer 

“It's not our job to judge the growth. It's not our job to judge the fruit. It's our job to sow the seed, to water the seed, and that means giving God's Word and dispensing it freely.” - Janice Larsen 

“We're all at risk for something, if we're being honest with ourselves. We all have vulnerabilities.” - Laurie Baer

 

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Dec 12, 2019
Through Life’s Ups & Downs, There Is Jesus: Trevor Brazile & Zach Williams
28:26

God never leaves our side, no matter what. On today’s episode, 24-time PRCA rodeo champion Trevor Brazile shares how bull rider Cody Custer helped him rededicate his life to Jesus, and why he is instilling strong cowboy values of honor, respect, and faith into his children. Christian music artist Zach Williams shares how God reclaimed his story as a struggling rock star and transformed his life toward creating a different kind of music, touching more lives than Zach could have ever imagined—thanks, in part, to a surprise collaboration with Dolly Parton. Both Trevor and Zach show how God stuck by them in good times and bad, even if they didn’t feel His presence, and how they honor Him by using their platforms to spread His love to others. 



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Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling Textured Gray Leathersoft with Full Scriptures 

Trusting God to Fill the Gap: Rodeo Stars Tyson Durfey (w/ wife Shea Fisher) and Cody Custer

Dolly Parton Believes in God, All Things are Possible

 

Trevor Brazile

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association



Zach Williams

Rescue Story album

Rescue Story video

“There Was Jesus” Live CMA Performance with Dolly Parton

 

Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

 

His Haven Ranch

 

Interview Quotes:

"[My son] may not choose to be a rodeo cowboy . . . but I wanted him to grow up in a culture of respect, not only for people, but for animals." - Trevor Brazile

”Philippians 4:13—I like that [verse]. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Because we can't do everything under our own power. We need God's help sometimes—all the time.” - Treston Brazile

”Unconditional love is perfected when we love Him back, and that's why it's so important to spend that time in the Word and just build on that relationship.” - Trevor Brazile

“The success that we've had has given me a platform to let people know that it wasn't all me. It was my Savior.” - Trevor Brazile

“I just fell in love with this idea that I could start writing these songs and telling these stories in this season of life that I was going through.” - Zach Williams

“I was thinking that I should be happy for all the things that I have, but nothing I was doing was filling this hole in my life.” - Zach Williams

“My wife invited me to go to a prison with her and share some of these songs. And for me, that was like the first time that God had really spoken to me and said, ‘These are the songs. These are the people. These are places. This is the music that I have for you to write.’” - Zach Williams

“To hear people share a story with me and be like, 'Hey, man, I heard your song, "Fear's a Liar," and it saved my life' . . . it's better than any award you're going to get or any kind of recognition." - Zach Williams

“God has been doing some pretty amazing things in my life over the last few years.” - Zach Williams

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Dec 05, 2019
Understanding a God Who Is For Us: John Maxwell & Nate Pyle
28:12

As we walk unexpected paths in our lives, we’re joined by a God who never leaves our side and is involved in every step of our journey. On today’s episode, John Maxwell shares the joy of understanding the God who speaks in Jeremiah 29:11, who has “plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future.” He also shows us that we all have leadership qualities if we’re positively influencing others’ lives. 

 

When he was a young husband, pastor Nate Pyle never imagined he’d have to face the “for worse” part of his marriage vows so early. As he and his wife experienced infertility and struggles with mental health, Nate began to think about the difference between giving up and letting go, and how God helps us move through grief and times of suffering.

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Sarah Young

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T. D. Jakes and Don Moen: Where Is God When Our Dreams Are Crushed?

 

John Maxwell

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace book

The Leader's Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders book

 

Nate Pyle

More Than You Can Handle: When Life's Overwhelming Pain Meets God's Overcoming Grace book

 

Bible Gateway

Trevor Brazile

 

Interview Quotes:

“Everything I know about leadership is from the Bible.” - John Maxwell

“I think God's Word is the ultimate leadership book.” - John Maxwell

“God’s incredibly interested in all your junk.” - John Maxwell

“If I'm 1000 steps from God, He takes 999 steps to my door.” - John Maxwell

“The moment I ask questions, I start connecting with people, because now I'm valuing their opinion and I'm starting to influence and lead them from where they are, not from where I am.” - John Maxwell

“This idea that God won't give you more than you can handle, I think, is a way in which we try to shelter ourselves from the world, because the world is more than you can handle.” - Nate Pyle

“We read through the Bible, what we see, more often than not, is that the way God chooses to save His people is not to save them from the negative experience, but rather to save them through it.” Nate Pyle

“We have to remember that sometimes God shows up through the people who show up next to us as we're walking through something difficult.“ - Nate Pyle

“Suffering is the common denominator for all humans. It's the thing we have in common.” - Nate Pyle

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Nov 28, 2019
Heavenly Connections: Kristin Chenoweth, Joanne Rogers, & Montell Jordan
34:19

One of God’s greatest blessings to us are friends and neighbors. And in fact, God designed us to care for each other, to learn from each other, and to support each other in life’s most difficult moments. In today’s episode, entertainer Kristin Chenoweth shares how good friends have mentored her and shaped her—and how actor/producer Rita Wilson sharing a copy of Jesus Calling strengthened her faith. As the wife of Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers saw firsthand how an open heart and a soft word can change a relationship, and she shares how important reconciliation and being a good neighbor was to her husband. R&B sensation and now-pastor Montell Jordan tells how, even in the midst of worldwide music success, a family friend saved him from the brink of losing everything he loved, including his marriage, by sitting him down to have a painful discussion. More than ever, we need connection with others who will walk alongside us through thick and thin—and God wants us to be that friend to others as well.



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Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling books

Jesus Always

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God’s Perfect Purpose for Our Imperfect Lives: Rita Wilson and Lisa Osteen Comes

The Joy of Spreading Love, One Heart at a Time: Deliliah and Gary Thomas

 

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth Arts and Education Fund

Broadway Bootcamp

Kristin Chenoweth Theatre

 

Hallmark’s A Christmas Love Story
Kristin Chenoweth’s Christmas Concert with the Tabernacle Choir

 

For the Girls recording

Art of Elegance recording

 

Joanne Rogers

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie



Montell Jordan

Victory World Church

Lecrae

 

Interview Quotes:

“Work hard, play hard, love what you do. Life's short. Don't live beyond your means. All those things—stay humble. A smile goes a long way. Don't sweat the small stuff. Those kinds of things that I heard growing up helped me a lot.” - Kristin Chenoweth

“A lot of people say you should do your prayer or meditation or your quiet time, whatever that is for you, in the morning. But for me, it's a nighttime thing.” - Kristin Chenoweth

“I believe that sometimes things happen to you so that God can speak, because sometimes you can't hear when you get too busy.” - Kristin Chenoweth

“I think it's important, when you have been given opportunities and had success, you need to give it to the people behind you.” - Kristin Chenoweth

“[Fred and I] did have a very good friendship, which I think is very important for young married people.” - Joanne Rogers

“His program was his ministry.” - Joanne Rogers

“Everything is so divisive right now. Someone said to me, ‘He would be on his soapbox,’ and I said, ‘Oh, no, I don't think so. He would just be walking the walk and trying to do what he could with reconciliation.’“ - Joanne Rogers

“A lot of times I was in church, but church wasn't always in me.” - Montell Jordan

“Everything changed for me, having a number-one record as your first record out of the box. I didn't recognize that great success did not come with an instruction manual.” - Montell Jordan

“[My wife Kristin and I] are still regularly recovering to make sure that that we maintain what God restored.” - Montell Jordan

”When God closes the door, no man can open it. And when he opens the door, no man can close it.” - Montell Jordan

“Maybe this is something that people need, and our story is something that makes sense to people who are navigating through landmines and fields that we've already crossed.” - Montell Jordan, on sharing his story

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Nov 21, 2019
You’re Different—And God Designed You That Way: Sally & Nathan Clarkson and Hayley Morgan
25:06

We were not designed to be perfect; we were designed to be uniquely us. Today’s guests, authors Sally Clarkson and her son Nathan, and writer Hayley Morgan share their stories of struggling to accept their differences and imperfections. Though Nathan was discouraged because he didn’t fit into society’s mold, and Hayley feared she wasn’t perfect enough, God revealed His purpose for their lives and has helped them utilize their gifts in ways they never knew possible. Their stories remind us even if we can’t see it, God has a bigger plan ahead for each one of us, and He can use our differences to do all kinds of good.

 

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When Your Purpose Seems Unclear, Seek God: Jeremy Cowart & Elisabeth Hasselbeck

 

Sally Clarkson 

Nathan Clarkson

“Only You Can Be You: What Make You Different Makes You Great” book

“Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him” book

 

Hayley Morgan

The Twig Goes Out On a Limb blog

“Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free” book

 

Interview Quotes:

“Even in the midst of my adolescent angst, I found a God who says He loved me as I was, and I found a God who said I was made for a purpose, and that all these differences could be used for His glory and for the story that He wanted to tell with my life.” - Nathan Clarkson

“Let's rejoice in this place and find out how we can bring light to any of our dark corners, but also to learn to be content within the story that we've been given.“ - Sally Clarkson

“Every single personality, whether they're loud or or whether they're shy, whether they like adventure or they like sitting at home reading—we wanted to give a book to parents that would imprint the minds of their children to say, ‘All of us are an incredible, magnificent reflection of the fingerprints of God as He made us each individually for His own glory.’“ - Sally Clarkson

“I started to untangle the idea of grace and grace for every day, not just grace as a one time event. - Hayley Morgan

“Once I really understood grace, I had to apply the gospel to my life every day, to myself every day. I'm never going to grow out of needing it. That freed me up so much to then walk with the Lord, not just try to please Him and try to impress Him.” - Hayley Morgan 

“The Lord has used my failures in equal or greater measures than He has used my successes to draw me closer to Him.” - Hayley Morgan 

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Nov 14, 2019
A Pilot & a POW Cling to Faith During Crisis: Tammie Jo Shults & Carlyle “Smitty” Harris
39:36

There is always light, even in the darkest times. Today’s guests faced the most unimaginable circumstances, but by clinging to faith, they survived and protected others. Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults saved the lives of 148 passengers when she safely landed a plane after an engine exploded mid-flight. In the middle of chaos, Tammie Jo’s conversation with God gave her peace during the crisis and helped reveal a solution to landing the plane. Retired Air Force pilot and former Vietnam POW Col. Smitty Harris spent years in prison teaching others a method of communication called the tap code, which helped boost morale and spread information among other prisoners. Smitty shares powerful stories of secret church services and moments that helped prisoners survive mentally, physically, and spiritually. Through the uncertainty of survival, Tammie Jo and Smitty realized that God will never forsake us—He will always provide a way. 

 

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Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly prayer call

Becoming an Everyday Hero:  Neal McCoy & Rodney D. Bullard

 

Tammie Jo Shults

Nerves of Steel (Young Readers Edition) book

Holloman Air Force Base

Jungle Pilot Book (Nate Saint)

 

Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything book

Hanoi Hilton

Ho Chi Minh

Tap Code, Chapter 1 on audiobook

 

Interview Quotes:

“Whenever I dreamed about what I wanted to do in life, I dreamed without fences.” - Capt. Tammie Jo Shults

“There are some times when we just have to take what's not fair and and work around it.” - Capt. Tammie Jo Shults

“He asks us to pray for people that don't treat us very well, because He'll deal with them. But dealing with us, in our own heart, in that situation, is really the first step to overcoming it.” - Capt. Tammie Jo Shults

“Hope doesn't have to change our circumstances to change us. - Tammie Jo Shults

“Our communication [with the tap code] became so fast and so good, and we were interested in so many things, between each other and trying to find out information. . . . We talked about God, religion, and how important it was, especially now. It turned out that we were all Christian.” - Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

“We used our time [as POWs] productively. We had classes in almost anything you'd want. There would be someone in that group—it was pretty educated group, everyone had at least a Bachelor's degree and [there were] quite a few Masters.” - Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

“The hardest part about those eight years being away from my family was just that—being away from my family.” - Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

“And I knew, even in the darkest times, when things were at their lowest, lowest ebb, I knew I could always pray and I knew someone was listening, they could do something about it.”  - Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris

 

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Nov 07, 2019
The Life-Changing Power of Connection: Jeremy Miller, Brandon Lane Phillips, & The Singing Contractors
36:52

Some days, it feels like we’re facing battles alone. But the truth is, God is always with us. And He shows His presence through the connections we have with others. Today’s guests share how cultivating strong friendships over time have transformed their lives. TV actor Jeremy Miller (best known as Ben Seaver on Growing Pains) and pediatric cardiologist Brandon Lane Phillips met when they were kids, and eventually, Brandon’s fight for Jeremy would end up saving his life. Indiana friends and contractors Josh Arnett and Aaron Gray were propelled to fame when they put aside their tools to record a spontaneous hymn of worship—and one Facebook video later, the viral singing sensations “The Singing Contractors” were born. With these stories, we remember that when we step outside our comfort zone and reach out to others, God can use those people and those moments for His purpose.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly prayer call

NEW! Jesus Calling Magazine 

The Unfailing Kindness of Christ: Candace Cameron Buré and Kristin Fry

 

Jeremy Miller & Brandon Lande Phillips

When I Wished Upon a Star book

IMDB: Jeremy Miller, ‘Ben Seaver on Growing Pains’

IMDB: Kirk Cameron 

IMDB: Alan Thicke

Congenital Heart Defect

Tetralogy of Fallot

Starlight Children’s Foundation 

 

The Singing Contractors 

“How Great Thou Art” song

“Working on a Building” CD

 

Interview Quotes:

“If I could go from my little town in Louisiana to meet these people in Hollywood, then as far as I was concerned, I could do anything.” - Brandon Lane Phillips

“I started running from God. I wasn't angry at God, I was just ashamed. I knew I was doing everything wrong. I quit going to church. I quit praying. I quit everything. I just ran the other direction. And it was a miserable way to live, I can tell you that. “ - Jeremy Miller

“My family, my faith, and my recovery are the center of my life every single day.” - Jeremy Miller

“[I am] able to utilize all the hurts, all the problems, all the horrors that I went through in my addiction, and even growing up, to help others.” - Jeremy Miller

“The fact that God gives us that opportunity to take that pain and those struggles and use them for something good and give them a purpose is such a blessing. And in my mind, it makes all of it worth it.” - Jeremy Miller 

“God's plan—good, bad, or indifferent as it's affecting our life at that moment—is exactly how He meant it to be. So wherever we are, whatever we're dealing with right now, at this moment, is exactly perfect.” - Jeremy Miller

“What did Jesus do? He equipped the unequipped . . . I feel it's what He's doing with us. We're unequipped, but He's helping us every step we take.” - Aaron Gray, The Singing Contractors

“What keeps us going is when we know that something as little as what we're doing can encourage somebody else—that encourages us to keep going and to keep pressing on. That's why we do it.” - Josh Arnett, The Singing Contractors

“The ultimate friend and the ultimate encourager is Jesus himself.” - Josh Arnett, The Singing Contractors

When tools, beards, Jesus, and our music collide—it's fun to talk about the tools and beards and everything. But at the end of the day, we just want to uplift Jesus’ name.” - Aaron Gray, The Singing Contractors

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Oct 31, 2019
God’s Perfect Purpose for Our Imperfect Lives: Rita Wilson and Lisa Osteen Comes
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Many of us spend our lives trying to match our talents with the world’s need. We want to feel useful, after all. But when we’re hustling to get dinner on the table, or shuttling loved ones to doctor’s appointments, or rushing to meet a deadline, “finding our purpose” feels like a task that’s way too big to check off the list. But even if we don’t feel it, God has a purpose for our lives, and is doing great things, even through imperfect humans. Our guests, actor/producer Rita Wilson and pastor Lisa Osteen Comes, remind us that God has put greatness inside each of us, and as we travel through our lives, He reveals new gifts we can use to reach others.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly prayer call

Jesus Calling podcast - “Using Our Gifts for Good: Musciaian RaeLynn & Writer Kristy Cambron


Rita Wilson

Halfway to Home album

The Spark song

Throw Me a Party song

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie

Mamma Mia! Movie

 

Screen Actor’s Guild

The Brady Bunch sitcom

 

Lisa Osteen Comes 

Lakewood Church (Houston, TX)

You Were Made for More: How to Become All You Were Created to Be book

 

The Singing Contractors’ “How Great Thou Art”

 

Interview Quotes:

“We're works in progress. We're not really finished, and we are constantly trying to be better.” - Rita Wilson 

 

“But at the end of the day, you want to be remembered for making someone's life better.” - Rita Wilson 

 

“Having been blessed with an extraordinary life, you almost become more thankful. You can't take credit for it. In a way, I feel like everything that I do—anything good that is coming out of it, I believe—is from a higher power.” - Rita Wilson

 

“Creativity is time independent.” - Rita Wilson

“All these things come against us in life, and sometimes it looks like we're not gonna make it, we're not going to live out our dreams. But with God's help, we can.” - Lisa Osteen Comes

“What did God put in you naturally? What are your gifts, what are your talents? Because whatever He puts in you, He's going to use for your destiny, for His purpose, for His glory.” - Lisa Osteen Comes

"I am God's child and He has a plan for me. He will help me if He calls me. He will equip me and help me to do whatever He has called me to do." - Lisa Osteen Comes



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Oct 24, 2019
God Can Rewrite Any Story: Cyntoia Brown-Long and Liz Marie Galvan
43:06

Sometimes we picture our lives going one way, until we encounter impossible choices and painful struggles we never saw coming. But no matter your past, your pain, or your mistakes, when we give our stories over to God, He can write a new ending for us—one filled with potential and purpose. On today’s episode, author and activist Cyntoia Brown-Long is joined by her husband Jamie Long as she shares her redemptive story of an adolescence marred by trafficking and drug use that led to a murder conviction and a life sentence in prison. Despite the walls around her and no guarantee of freedom, Cyntoia determined to expand her horizons and better herself personally in prison. But Cyntoia found it was when she began to give her life back to God that a new chapter really started to unfold. Cyntoia’s husband Jamie tells how God miraculously brought the couple together, and how He’s using them to not only strengthen each other, but to help others find justice and mercy. Interior designer Liz Marie Galvan tells the story of a life seemingly filled with joy and opportunity. Married to the love of her life, she had a budding career in design and dreams of a family—until she was confronted with the harsh reality of infertility. Hesitant to share her pain with others, she eventually found community with those who were walking through the same issues. Now, through the work she does to create cozy homes and being open about her personal story, Liz Marie sees how God can be a light during our darkest of hours and how He can redeem our stories for a greater good.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly prayer call

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith [Original Video Series] featuring Rita Wilson

Cyntoia Brown-Long

Simon Shuster Book publisher

‘Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System’ book

 

Libscomb University

PBS Documentary: Me Facing Life 

#FreeCyntoia hashtag (Twitter)

Bill Haslam (Tennessee Governor)

 

Liz Marie Galvan

Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home

The Found Cottage

Christopher Lowell

Trading Spaces

 

Interview Quotes:

I knew that there was some way that I could live some type of meaningful life [in prison].” - Cyntoia Brown-Long

“Jesus is always calling. He has a word for you 365 days every year. It doesn't stop. He's always there. He's there when you need Him. He's there just to say, "Hey, thank you." - Jamie Long

“But to experience true freedom—whether in prison or out of prison—it comes through Him.”- Cyntoia Brown-Long

He is a God of second chances.” - Cyntoia Brown-Long

“Even though I was in a physical prison, I was in prison within prison. I was in a prison of anger. I was in a prison of my past, constantly letting that anxiety hold me captive.” - Cyntoia Brown-Long

No matter what your prison is, you just have to submit to Him and cast all your cares on Him and let Him do what He does. That's who He is. He's God.” - Cyntoia Brown-Long 

“I was able to meet an entire community of people that were going through the same struggle [through my blog]. It was so helpful to be able to rally together and give each other hope and pray for each other.” - Liz Marie Galvan

“I was starting to stumble a little bit and wonder why I was going through this. And I was looking to God, wanting to know why I was not able to bear a child. It was one of the darkest seasons of my life.” - Liz Marie Galvan

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Oct 17, 2019
God Loves Broken People: The Next Door’s Lauren, Aja, & Natalie
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When we’re mired in shame, it’s hard to believe we could ever be worthy of God’s grace. But when we step aside and allow God into the pit, He can pull us out of our mess and use our lives to show His glory in ways we could never imagine. Today we hear from Lauren, Aja, and Natalie—three women who have traveled through The Next Door, a nonprofit, faith-based organization that helps women coming out of incarceration to rebuild their lives. With vulnerability and strength, these women remind us there is nothing we can do that can separate us from God’s love. 

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly prayer call

Jesus Calling interview with Next Door graduates Janie & Tammy

The Next Door non-profit organization 

Nashville, TN 

 

Interview Quotes:

“The Next Door has completely changed my life. I had to find me again.” - Lauren, The Next Door

“There’s a difference between guilt and shame. Guilt is, ;I feel bad for something I've done,” but shame is, “I feel bad because of who I am.’” - Lauren, The Next Door 

“God really shows up when we get out of the way and let Him.” - Lauren, The Next Door

“[The Next Door] took me in. And I'll never forget walking in the building and taking the biggest deep breath, because it was like coming home again. You know, I didn't have a home. And that's what they've become for me.” - Lauren, The Next Door

“When I finally stop trying to save myself, to let Him save me, He does it's much bigger than I could have ever done for myself.” - Lauren, The Next Door

“You have no idea what you'll do until you're in the grips of [addiction]. It was really hard. But because it was so hard, it helped someone else, and it qualifies me to speak life into other women. That, to me, is all the hope I need.” - Lauren, The Next Door 

“When I came to The Next Door, I found a greater relationship with God.” - Aja, The Next Door

“We would read Jesus Calling at the beginning of group every day, and it would just fall right in line with what was going on in my life. And today, it is still falling in line with what is going on in my life, right in the middle of my struggles.” - Aja, The Next Door

“There is a God and He is real. AlI you have to do is hold onto His hand and He will do the rest. Hold on to Him. He will lead you where you need to go.” - Aja, The Next Door

“I found that not only does He know broken people, but He loves broken people that can help broken people.” - Natalie, The Next Door

 

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Oct 10, 2019
God Is Our Hero: Dr. Derek Grier and Wayne McKay
25:36

We humans love to feel powerful and in control. But each of us has a handful of weaknesses, and we try desperately to hide them from the rest of the world. But time and again, God tells us when we’re weak, He is strong. And when we turn over our weakness to Him and make Him the hero of our lives, He can transform that weakness into our greatest strength for His glory. Our guests this week, pastor Derek Grier and publisher Wayne McKay, share how God’s used some of their pain points to reach others. As an introvert, Dr. Grier never expected to be a pastor. With God’s help, he’s learned how to refuel so he can lead the rapidly-growing Grace Church and reach others through new book When God Stops. When he was a child in Sunday School, Wayne McKay had a hard time understanding the Bible. As an adult, he developed BibleForce, a graphic novel brand that would help kids engage with the life-changing messages of God’s Word and show them heroes to look up to.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Always

Jesus Calling (Textured Gray Leathersoft): Enjoying Peace in His Presence (with Full Scriptures)

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling interview with David Crowder & Francesca Battistelli

Bishop Derek Grier

Grace Church (Dumfries, VA)

When God Stops: Faith That Gets God’s Attention

Howard University

 

Wayne McKay (Founder of BibleForce)

BibleForce Graphic Novel

 

The Next Door ministry organization 

 

Interview Quotes:

“The way I have learned to describe it is that introversion versus extroversion is about how you refuel.” - Dr. Derek Grier

 

“What captured me was [Jesus’] character. He became my hero, even before He became my Lord.” - Dr. Derek Grier 

 

“I don't really think I grew my church as much as my church grew me.” - Dr. Derek Grier

 

“If you begin to really communicate God's truth caringly, consistently, and clearly, hungry people will beat a path to your door, because people want to know God.” - Dr. Derek Grier

 

“Sometimes, we just stay in that place where God revealed Himself to us twenty years ago, and that's it.” - Dr. Derek Grier

 

“We have to continue to step out in our faith journey and do things that we have not done before, in order for us to continue to get a growing revelation of who God is.” - Dr. Derek Grier 

 

“I wasn't a very good student of the Bible when I was a kid, because I just didn't understand it. If I'd had a picture story where I could’ve looked at something, then I would have been far more interested when I was younger.” - Wayne McKay 

 

“I think heroes should be displaying good moral code, standing up for others, unafraid to take on confrontation, and should be a good member of the community.” - Wayne McKay

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Oct 03, 2019
“I Will Survive” – Believing God Can Get You Through: Gloria Gaynor and Jeff Huxford
32:39

Our journey of faith can be a long, slow process, or one where a single life event can jar us into discovering our true relationship with God. Singer Gloria Gaynor, the voice behind one of the world’s most powerful anthems, “I Will Survive,” knows what it’s like to be moved into a space where she needed to know about “this Jesus” she had heard about all her life and if she really believed who He said He was. Former physician Jeff Huxford also knows, all too well, what it was like to have a “comfortable” faith, until a devastating accident turned his world upside down and caused him to reassess everything. Through both their stories, we’ll see how they arrived at a place of deep trust in Jesus—when everything else was going awry in their lives—and how God’s grace, mercy and faithfulness helped them survive their toughest moments. 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling (Textured Gray Leathersoft): Enjoying Peace in His Presence (with Full Scriptures)

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling interview with NFL Mark Herzlich and his wife Danielle



Gloria Gaynor

Gloria's new gospel album, "Testimony"

Jason Crabb, Bart Millard, & Yolanda Adams

“He Won’t Let Go” ft. Bart Millard 

 

“I Will Survive” Video

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon

“Save Your Love For Me” by Nancy Wilson 

Isaiah 7:14 on BibleGateway

 

Jeff Huxford

Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome

“Traumatic Brain Injury” – The Mayo Clinic

 

Interview Quotes:

“Children don't know they're poor, as long as they're loved. So we didn't know we were poor, because we were very much loved.” - Gloria Gaynor

“I just wanted somebody to hear me sing. I didn't care about accolades or applause, I just wanted somebody to hear me sing.” - Gloria Gaynor

“So I was just leaving [my problems] up to Him. I was fully assured that God would do something, I just didn't know what.” - Gloria Gaynor

“I like songs that are meaningful, that have lyrics, that touch people's hearts, and that have good melodies.” - Gloria Gaynor 

“My pastor AR Bernard says, ‘If you want to be successful in life, find out what God is doing and get in on it.’” - Gloria Gaynor

“He is so faithful. It is incredible how He is always there for you.” - Gloria Gaynor

“When God has a timetable, and you run out ahead of God, you end up out there by yourself.” - Gloria Gaynor

“Hold on. Stay on the path. Keep the faith, and know that He won't let go.” - Gloria Gaynor

“My head went through the open window, slammed against the concrete pole, and I suffered a traumatic brain injury.“ Jeff Huxford

“After a brain injury, the [affected] person essentially becomes a new person. Who they were before is a thing of the past.” - Jeff Huxford

“My faith was based more on the don'ts rather than the do's.” - Jeff Huxford

“I like the way Jesus Calling seems to make you slow down, rest, and think about what Jesus is trying to tell you right now.” - Jeff Huxford

“I grew up believing that it makes you uncomfortable, don't do it. But the truth is, there's a lot of things in the Bible that God calls us to do. And it's not always going to be comfortable, because He knows that when we do things that are uncomfortable, that's when we grow, and our faith gets stronger.” - Jeff Huxford

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Sep 26, 2019
God Can Use Our Present to Heal Our Past: Pastor Robert Morris and Musician Matt Maher
27:06

Even after we know Jesus, many of us struggle with mistakes from our past. It seems like those memories will always haunt us and influence decisions we make. How do we learn to let go of the past and let God guide our future? This week’s guests, pastor Robert Morris and singer/songwriter Matt Maher, share how we can use our experiences and the constant presence of a supporting, loving God to become a blessing to others, whether we’re sharing our resources or learning to forgive our parents (and ourselves). In this episode, we’re reminded that God believes in us and He can help us peel back the layers of our souls; using our present to heal our past. 

 

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Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling (Textured Gray Leathersoft): Enjoying Peace in His Presence (with Full Scriptures)

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling interview with Jay DeMarcus & Kim Walker-Smith



Pastor Robert Morris

Gateway Church

Beyond Blessed: God's Perfect Plan to Overcome All Financial Stress book

The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living book

Televangelist James Robison

 

Singer/Songwriter Matt Maher

Echoes album

Newfoundland

St. Johns, Newfoundland

Benedictine Order 

Arizona State University

 

Interview Quotes:

“Even though I believed in Jesus, I'd never given Him my will. I'd never given Him control, and I wanted to. I wanted to more than anything.” - Robert Morris

“There's a different direction in my heart.” - Robert Morris

“I teach that we get to give, we don't give to get.” - Robert Morris

“For us to truly live a life of blessing, or a life that blesses others, we've got to be generous. But we've also got to be good stewards of what God gives us.” - Robert Morris

“One of the most important things that I learned in growing up in Newfoundland, you treat everyone as if you are encountering the face of God.” - Matt Maher

“I think there were plenty of times when I didn't realize how much God believed in me.” - Matt Maher

“When it comes to the psychology of faith and how faith develops, a lot of us end up having very stunted experiences of growth. And we don't even realize that subconsciously, we're still praying and talking with God the same way that we did when we were four or five years old.” - Matt Maher

“There was just a lot of undoing that God needed to do. He needed to peel back a lot of layers, there was a lot of inner monologues where I was speaking for Him.” - Matt Maher

“I've always said that songwriting comes out of the overflow of the human heart that [comes from] spending time with God. And that's how I express. That's how God made me, to express life and process the things that I see or the things that I'm going through.” - Matt Maher

“For me, fatherhood has been one of the ways in which God has brought a lot of healing into my life, as I've been able to lean into faith and grace and extend that to my kids. God uses those moments in the present. He repairs the past.” - Matt Maher

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Sep 19, 2019
Wrestling with Questions, Finding Peace from God: Erwin McManus & Dominic Done
31:18

As people of faith, we can talk about some of life’s hardest moments openly, knowing when we share our struggles, our friends and family will rally around us. But what do we do when we have questions and doubts about our faith? Where will we find acceptance when we question the tenets of our faith or even the presence of God? God promises He is always near to us, no matter what—and that includes our questions and doubts. This week’s guests, pastors and writers Erwin McManus and Dominic Done, talk about the battles we fight to find hope and answers. And they remind us when we seek God, even in the midst of our hardest moments, we can find His peace, which passes all understanding.

 

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Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly Prayer Call

Jesus Calling interview with Bishop T. D. Jakes & worship leader Don Moen

 

Erwin McManus

Mosaic Church (Los Angeles, CA)

The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

 

Dominic Done

Westside: A Jesus Church

When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt

James K. A. Smith

Doubting Thomas

Bible Gateway

C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Friedrich Nietzsche

Existential Nihilism vs. Atheism Worldviews

 

Interview Quotes:

“The reason there are wars that rage all around us is that there are wars that rage within us.” Erwin McManus

“The battle for peace is exactly that: it's a struggle, it's a battle, it's a daily engagement for peace within your soul.” - Erwin McManus

”For hope to exist, it has to be in the future. When our hope is placed in the past, it turns into regret.” - Erwin McManus

“I'm convinced the reason we're created in the image of God is that we're imagined by God to create” - Erwin McManus

“Anyone who ever aspires to do anything meaningful is going to have the loss of a dream. One huge challenge is to not put your identity in the dream, because if your value as a human being is based on the dream you're pursuing, then your value is really fragile.” - Erwin McManus

“Many of us can identify and relate to a guy like Doubting Thomas. We want a deeper form of faith, but we also don't know what to do with our struggles and our questions.” - Dominic Done

“I think it takes wisdom to learn how to live in the tension of an unresolved faith.” - Dominic Done

“I would actually argue that God designed [us] in such a way that questions are born and that questions can lead us into a deeper, richer, more meaningful relationship with God.” - Dominic Done

“I would argue that the mystery in a relationship is actually what makes a relationship beautiful.” - Dominic Done

“We get so obsessed with wanting all the answers. But it's not about having every single answer. It's about the wrestle. It's about the struggle. It's about intimacy with God.” - Dominic Done

“I'm learning that God is speaking, but I'm not always listening.” - Dominic Done

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Sep 12, 2019
Kurt Warner and CBS’ James Brown: Living by God’s Playbook
45:51

Some moments feel like you’re playing in a big game. It’s the 4th quarter, your team is down by 6, and you’re the quarterback—the outcome rests on your shoulders. You’ve spent hours watching your opponent on film, and you’ve played against them for nearly 60 minutes. You’ve been watching their patterns and strategies, and you come up with a play you’re certain will outsmart them and lead you to victory—but your Coach doesn’t agree. He gives you another play to run, one you don’t quite understand. So you’re faced with a dilemma: should you run your own play, the one you understand? Or do you trust your Coach’s wisdom and run with His strategy, leaving the game in His hands? Our guests this week, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and CBS Sports broadcaster James Brown, decided to live according to God’s playbook. And each of their journeys is a testament to the amazing things that happen when we lean on God’s wisdom and trust His timing.

 

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Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly Prayer Call

Jesus Calling interview with Mark Herzlich

Jesus Calling interview with Erwin McManus

Kurt Warner, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback

TreasureHouse Organization 


James Brown, Sportscaster

60 Minutes

CBS Sports

Fox NFL Sunday

Fox Sports

NFL Network

NFL Today

Thursday Night Football

DeMatha Catholic High School

Bill Bradley

The Cove (Billy Graham Training Center)

 

Interview Quotes:

"When I finally did get to the NFL, it was so much bigger than [people wearing my jersey]. It was, 'How can I use this to inspire and impact other people?'" - Kurt Warner

“[I have] this unique story that has a chance to impact more people because of the journey [itself] than anything accomplished on the field.” - Kurt Warner

“Every time something goes against us, the first thing we want to do is scream out to God, or blame God, or blame someone else. And [now I] have that constant reminder: Hold on, we've been here before. And you've seen how God has taken something that you think is horrific and [He has] made it into something unique, special, and impactful.” - Kurt Warner 

"My [high school basketball coach] stressed those of us playing for him had to have four priorities in place: God had to be first. Family second. Then school, then your sport." - James Brown

“Many things that are very simple are really profound and leave an indelible impression, a life-changing influence.” - James Brown

“So even though in the work environment, you may not find me running around beating people over the head with the Bible, I pray that I am modeling God's word with all the characteristics being displayed in what I do.” - James Brown

“God has got each of us right where He wants us, so let's maximize that lean, that sphere of influence where we are.” - James Brown

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Sep 05, 2019
Overcomers Are Defined and Refined by God: Priscilla Shirer & Jeremy Ray Taylor
23:27

In our world, it’s easy to let others define our worth. After all, we interact with people and get feedback on our performance all day long at work, at school, in communities online and off. We feel great when other people compliment us or “like” our posts—but what happens when people don’t like what we’re doing? What happens when we try to chase that affirmation from people and fail to live up to their ever-changing standards? This week, we talk with two actors in the spotlight—Priscilla Shirer and Jeremy Ray Taylor—who try diligently to remember God defines their worth, not the world, and that our days are so much better when we live for His glory and not our own.

 

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Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling weekly Prayer Call
Jesus Calling Interview with Tony Evans

Jesus Calling Interview with country singer Josh Turner and NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

 

Priscilla Shirer

Going Beyond Ministries


Overcomer Movie (official website)

Overcomer Movie  (IMDB)

Overcomer Movie trailer (YouTube)

Alex Kendrick 

Kendrick Brothers

I Can Only Imagine movie

Jeremy Ray Taylor

Harrison Ford

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner

 

Interview Quotes:

“Sometimes we are wishing away the very things about our uniqueness that are designed to be used for a purpose we can't even comprehend.” - Priscilla Shirer

“Each and every one of us have to decide who or what we're gonna give permission to identify us, to label us, to name us.” - Priscilla Shirer

“Who you are in God can still anchor you even when there is chaos swirling around you.” - Priscilla Shirer 

“What [defines] you? Who have you given that authority to? And in the end, it better be God, because everything else is up one day and gone tomorrow. But what God says about you remains, no matter what happens in this life.” - Priscilla Shirer

“I've just enjoyed the creative outlet of doing something different, and yet the same, in the sense that it's an opportunity to still share the love of Jesus just in a different way.” - Priscilla Shirer 

“That's what overcoming is. It's having a peace that literally passes your understanding. You literally don't understand how you have peace in the midst of the storm that you are suffering and struggling through.” - Priscilla Shirer

“Life on a farm definitely has prepared me for acting. It definitely built a work ethic, I’d say.” - Jeremy Ray Taylor

“I recognized [him] and I was like, “Oh gosh, that’s Harrison Ford,” and he's just a normal guy, too. That was one crazy thing that I realized is that everybody [in Hollywood] is just normal.” - Jeremy Ray Taylor 

“The more we're around people [in the film industry], the more we love it, and the more we're just able to love on people.” - Tracy Taylor

“For us, staying connected to God, that’s important as a conversation. And it’s just trying to keep that focus, to keep that the center of what you do and where you are.” - Tracy Taylor

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Aug 29, 2019
Victoria Osteen, Laurie Crouch, Dr. DeeDee Freeman and Rachel Hauck: Building Each Other Up Through Friendship
27:08

We live in a world that’s more connected than ever but, ironically, more isolated. We disappear into our smartphones and tablets, ignoring the the people God placed us with right in our own living rooms, schools, workplaces and out in the world. Perhaps it’s easier to tap “like” on a screen than ask someone about their day or how we can help them—but that’s not the kind of relationship God called us to have with others. Today we talk with four women—Laurie Crouch, Victoria Osteen, and Dr. DeeDee Freeman of TBN’s Better Together, and novelist Rachel Hauck—to learn how they’re intentionally cultivating their relationships with others, especially their friendships, and how taking time to nurture those relationships with love reaps lasting rewards for everyone.

 

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BetterTogether.tv

Laurie Crouch

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Victoria Osteen

Lakewood Church

Dr. DeeDee Freeman

Spirit of Faith Christian Center



Rachel Hauck

The Memory House book

Asbury Seminary

Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” book series

Once Upon a Prince (Hallmark Channel)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle



Interview Quotes:

“One of the biggest lies that the enemy put in the church is what we have taken from the world to say, ‘Women can’t get along.’ But we can get along. We can be here for one another. We can encourage each other” - Dr. DeeDee Freeman

“When you hear someone's story, their challenge, what they've been through, it causes you to understand that person better.” - Victoria Osteen

“I believe the diversity of how we are is a representation of what Christ is. And so we have to learn how to come together, bring our differences together, and really share and look like what God intended for us to look like.” - Dr. DeeDee Freeman 

“It's so important to find people you can pray with, and that can agree with you to lift each other up.” - Laurie Crouch

“If women knew their worth, if they really understood their value in the eyes of God—and that's where it starts. It's not in the eyes of man, but it's in the eyes of God—I believe we tap into a superpower.” - Victoria Osteen

“You know, you can hear scriptures all your life. You can read a scripture a hundred times, but sometimes a friend or someone close to you can read it to you and bring out something that you have never, never thought of.” - Laurie Crouch

“I believe God is so awesome with the creativity of how He made us so unique, if you will, to bring our strengths and our talents together to make the whole picture of what God truly looks like.” - Dr. DeeDee Freeman

“Love is in everything. Is there any story where there's not a love angle, be it parental or sibling or friendship?” - Rachel Hauck

“About the time I started going into full-time writing, I was also on this journey of understanding this amazing love story in scripture.” - Rachel Hauck

“When you're confident you're doing the thing that God designed you to do, then you can endure the hard times, or the disappointments, or the ups and the downs.” - Rachel Hauck

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Aug 22, 2019
Seeking Joy While Carrying Burdens: Matthew Kelly & Tammy Bullock
35:21

Every one of us is fighting a hard battle. Day in and day out, we try our best to care for loved ones and spread a little of God’s goodness in the world—and sometimes that load feels heavier than others. But as we stumble around with the weight of our burdens, we forget we don’t have to carry them alone. Our guests this week, author and speaker Matthew Kelly and nonprofit leader Tammy Bullock, remind us that despite the burdens on our backs, we can choose to view our world through the lens of joy. And that joy helps us remember no matter what we’re carrying, God is always by our side, helping to lighten the load. 

 

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Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling

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Jesus Calling Interview Candace Payne


Matthew Kelly

Dynamic Catholic

Rediscover the Saints: Twenty-Five Questions That Will Change Your Life book

 

Tammy Bullock

Nashville Rescue Mission

Bible Gateway – Philippians 4:13

Marian Love artist

Sony Records

Brentwood Baptist Church

Preston Taylor Ministries

 

Interview Quotes:

“Humanity is broken and messy.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“I still believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way to live." - Matthew Kelly 

 

“I think it's very important that we monitor our joy, that we stay attentive to our joy.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“If we're mindful that everyone we meet is carrying a heavy burden, we treat people with a different gentleness or with a different respect.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“We talk about having a personal relationship with God, but it's hard to connect to that sometimes, and I think [Jesus Calling] effortlessly creates that connection and creates a bridge.” - Matthew Kelly 

 

“In any situation we turn to God and say, ‘God, what do you want me to do right now?’ And if we just set aside self-interest, what we feel like doing, what we want to do, and we just do what we feel God is calling us to do in that moment, we've created a holy moment.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“The saints didn't live holy lives. They lived holy moments, and between the holy moments.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“But we all are called to be saints in the way Paul envisioned in his letters. I think that’s a concept that needs to be rediscovered, because it leads us to understand that we have a part to play in the revitalization of our society and the renewal of our world.” - Matthew Kelly 

 

“As Christians and as a society, we need to give our leaders permission to be human, because we'll see an astounding new authenticity if we do.” - Matthew Kelly 

 

“The spirit of God's relationship with [humanity] throughout the Judeo-Christian tradition has always been one of collaboration.” - Matthew Kelly

 

“At nine years old, I understood [the meaning of] faith: a hope for something I cannot see, but I can believe it.” - Tammy Bullock 

 

“If You will save me, I will use this voice You have given me. I will use my voice, my speaking voice, all that I am to bring You glory." - Tammy Bullock

 

“Some of her last words I can remember [my mom] saying to me are, ‘Tammy, don't scratch with the chickens. You were made to soar.’” - Tammy Bullock

 

“I have seen so many women feel loved, feel embraced, and feel as if Jesus is talking to them. [Jesus Calling] is very personal, and they need to feel loved because perhaps each woman, depending upon her life story, has never felt loved unconditionally.” - Tammy Bullock

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Aug 15, 2019
Following Christ Toward Your Unique Calling: Anthony Evans & Jenny + Tyler
29:02

When God created our world, the first thing He said was, “Let there be light.” And since then, the people of God have been beating back the darkness by shining His glorious light. This week, three music artists—Anthony Evans and duo Jenny & Tyler—tell us how they came to the realization of their calling, and why it’s so meaningful to them to spread Christ’s light to others.

 

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Jesus Always Prayer Calendar


Anthony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Lois Evans

NBC’s The Voice 

Unexpected Places book

Press Release:  Anthony Evans as ‘Beast’ in Beauty & the Beast Live Tour

 

Promise Keepers

International Justice Mission

Bible Gateway

JC Interview with Another Artist Spreading God’s Light: Ellie Holcomb

 

Jenny and Tyler 

Official Music Video:  Waters Roll


Interview Quotes:

“I have never tried to take on the identity of my parents or siblings, because I know that God has created me with a very unique build, and [it’s] the same thing with you.” - Anthony Evans

 

“I believe that my faith and my abilities were not just built for inside of the four walls of a church.” - Anthony Evans

 

“I'm always challenged to make sure I'm not compromising my faith in order to connect.” - Anthony Evans

 

“I define success by, Am I at peace internally? Because you can't go out and write a check for peace after you do the biggest thing in the world.” - Anthony Evans

 

“I have people in my life here in LA, in Hollywood who don't know church, but [Jesus Calling] has impacted their life.” - Anthony Evans 

 

“When you step boldly into the unknown, God is always faithful to light up the next step.” - Anthony Evans 

 

“When we know that we have been crucified with Christ and it's no longer us who live but Him who lives in us, it's a lot easier to live beyond our circumstances and live in hope and in victory.” - Tyler Summers  

 

“I think we'll never get past that message of ‘Abide in Me.’” - Tyler Summers 

 

“It's so easy to hide behind the artist facade, or to look at ourselves as artists instead of as children of God who are loved deeply.” - Tyler Summers

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Aug 08, 2019
Choosing Christ Through Doubt & Fear: Bear Grylls & Rhonda Vincent
20:04

The farther we get into our faith journeys, the more difficult and complex they seem to be. Obstacles block our paths, daylight dims and the road grows hard to see. But after a while in the dark, the light of dawns breaks through the night, warming the world and showing the way forward. God’s love is that light for our paths, and our guests this week—adventurer Bear Grylls and musician Rhonda Vincent—remind us that even when challenges barrage our faith, we can choose to stay on the road and follow the path He laid for us.

 

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CMAfest

 

Bear Grylls

Man vs Wild TV Show

Running Wild TV Show

Soul Fuel daily devotional

 

Rhonda Vincent

Live at the Ryman with Bluegrass Legends

Ryman Auditorium

“Where I Come From” song

 

Interview Quotes:

“But the great message of grace is that through all of that, somehow despite ourselves, despite our fallenness, we're actually still held, and we're still forgiven.” - Bear Grylls

 

“If I ever sense the presence of God, it’s actually in relationships,” - Bear Grylls

 

“The journey of faith can be sort of a difficult one to navigate.” - Bear Grylls

 

“The moments you think would be the greatest triumphs have often been in my place of real doubt and struggle.” - Bear Grylls 

 

“Somehow through the fog of being a human being, I choose to trust in this message of grace and this message of love.” - Bear Grylls

 

“I have seen so many blessings and miracles that God has given us.” - Rhonda Vincent

 

“I am so thankful that I have that faith, and I got to have the Bible as a guide and as a road map of life.” - Rhonda Vincent

 

“I love the connections that that music brings.” - Rhonda Vincent

 

“[When you’re an artist] there becomes a responsibility and expectation to make sure, number one, that you are representing yourself [well. I think], How does God perceive me? “ - Rhonda Vincent 

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Aug 01, 2019
God Brings Life After Loss: Jonathan Pitts and John Hill
27:44

When life brings us to our knees, it’s nearly impossible to remember that one day the pain won’t feel as sharp, and somehow we’ll find new life beyond the sorrow. In fact, God can redeem our darkest moments by bringing love and joy and newfound purpose to our days. That’s what He’s done for our guests this week: pastor and author Jonathan Pitts, who recently lost his 38-year-old wife author Wynter Evans Pitts, and entrepreneur John Hill, who struggled to find his way in life until He trusted God for each moment. 

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Always 

 

CMAfest

 

Jonathan Pitts 

Church of the City, Franklin TN

Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-Out Marriage Book

For Girls Like You organization

Anthony Evans, Jr. singer & artist

Mitral Valve Prolapse (Mayo Clinic)

Factor V Lieden (Mayo Clinic)

Urban Alternative (Tony Evans)

 

John Hill

The Good Contractors List

C12 Group

 

Interview Quotes:

“Our identity, although it included our race, had nothing to do with our race. Our identity was much deeper than that.” - Jonathan Pitts

 

“It would take me years to discover just the level of woman that I married.” - Jonathan Pitts

 

“The beautiful thing of our marriage wasn't that it was perfect, but it was progressional.” - Jonathan Pitts  

 

“Wynter accomplished her mission and God called her home.” - Jonathan Pitts 

 

“[Slowing down] allows my girls to grieve even better, because with me being present, that allows me to be there for them.” - Jonathan Pitts 

 

“As hard as it's been [to lose a wife and mother], there's been a lot of sorrow, but there's been a ton of joy coupled with it.” - Jonathan Pitts  

 

“As a teenager, I started falling away from God, realizing, If it's black or white, there's no way I'm ever gonna make it to heaven.” - John Hill

 

“I just want to love You like I loved You when I was a kid, before I knew what sin was, before I knew what all this stuff was.” - John Hill

 

“I want to live every day--not just be alive.” - John Hill

 

“We get way too involved in trying to help God. God doesn't need our help. He needs our obedience.” - John Hill

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Jul 25, 2019
Trusting God to Fill the Gap: Rodeo Stars Tyson Durfey (w/ wife Shea Fisher) and Cody Custer
27:09

Life can be a long, difficult ride and there are times that fill us with despair, especially when giving our best isn’t enough to help us change our circumstances. While we wrestle with fear and uncertainty, God works quietly in the background, filling the gaps in our efforts, carefully nudging us forward so we can keep going. Our guests have held onto their faith as they’ve traveled the winding roads of Western sports: world champion rodeo athlete Tyson Durfey and his wife, country music artist Shea Fisher, and former champion bull rider Cody Custer

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling.com/daily-email 

 

Tyson Durfey

Shea Fisher

Central Park by the Bethesda Fountain,

 

Cody Custer

National Finals Rodeo

PBR




Interview Quotes:

“I go in 100 percent with whatever I decide to go after. I picked up the Bible, and it grabbed hold of my heart. It was just that transition, and it was truly amazing for me.” - Tyson Durfey

“When you hear the word of the Lord that vivid and that audible, it shakes you to your core, it really does.” - Tyson Durfey

“Where you don't see the way, God sees the way.” - Tyson Durfey

“It's important to remember that if you can't do it, God will fill in the gap.” - Tyson Durfey

“I don't know if everything happens for a reason, but I believe there's a reason in the middle of what happens.” - Cody Custer 

“I don't believe that God ever takes His hand off any of us, no matter what we're doing, no matter what's going on in our lives.” - Cody Custer

”I think people get too wrapped up in circumstances and forget [success is] not the end all.” - Cody Custer

“I learned a lot more from my boy than I ever thought I did.” - Cody Custer

“[Jesus Calling] is just a book with words until the Spirit hits it, and then it's life.” - Cody Custer

“Everybody grieves their own way. Grieve how you grieve. There's no there's no cookie cutter way to grieve.”  - Cody Custer 

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Jul 18, 2019
Every Scar Has a Story: Mark Eaton & Kelsey Lamb
26:59

No matter how careful, each of us will go through life with bumps, bruises and scars. Behind each wound we receive is a story of how we tried, failed, and persevered through hardship. And one of the ways God can redeem our scars is to help us share those experiences with others so they feel less alone. Our guests this week—pastor and writer Mark Eaton, and country music singer/songwriter Kelsey Lamb—come from different places and circumstances. But Mark and Kelsey have each rolled up their sleeves to do the hard work of sharing their scars with others, helping them walk through or avoid pain in their own lives.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling devotional

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Jesus Always July 2019 Family Prayer Calendar



Mark Eaton, Eaton Leadership

Susie McEntire Eaton



Kelsey Lamb

Pali Adventures



Interview Quotes:

"[When I became a Christian], I somehow had the impression that life was going to get better the next day." - Mark Eaton

"I met the Lord when I was 14 because of a church that cared enough to . . . bring a youth pastor onto their staff."  - Mark Eaton

"What was a tool became an addiction and later became a compulsion. 'I have to be popular. I have to be liked.' . . . And there's a point when those tools fail." - Mark Eaton

"What a gift [my dad] gave me by stepping off his platform and being willing to change and adjust our relationship." - Mark Eaton

"To me, every day not not divided up into good and bad, but easy and hard . . . because what's a bad thing one day might be the thing that saves you the next." - Mark Eaton

“I want to be around people who have scars, who are willing to talk about them and not afraid to show them.” - Mark Eaton

“Almost all of my songs come from personal experiences: my break ups, moving to Nashville, college. All of that is in my music, hoping to help someone else get through it.” - Kelsey Lamb 

"When you jump back into [Jesus Calling] you start to realize that every devotion ends up being completely applied to what you're going through." - Kelsey Lamb

"I don't think [my career] will ever just be handed to me. I think [God] puts opportunities in my path to help me work to get to the next step." - Kelsey Lamb

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Jul 11, 2019
Lifting Up Others Through Service: Country Singer Jimmy Fortune and US Army Veteran Jess Key
34:06

While we may not realize it at the time, struggle is a blessing because down the road, remembering the struggles we have endured helps us empathize with others going through the same hardship. Our guests—country and gospel music legend Jimmy Fortune and US Army veteran and dragon boat racing champion Jess Key—have used their lives to spotlight this truth: no matter what you’ve been through, God is not done with you yet. He can use anything in your life, the good and the bad, and make it beautiful.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling devotional

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Jesus Calling on Zulily

 

Jimmy Fortune

Jimmy Fortune’s new album God and Country

Jimmy Fortune, I Believe music video

Jimmy Fortune, Meet at Arlingon video

 

The Statler Brothers

Bill Gaither Music 

Cracker Barrel

 

JESS KEY

Childhood PTSD

National Dragonboat Team

National Suicide Hotline

 

Interview Quotes:

“[My dad’s true character] came to the forefront when he let God have his life.” - Jimmy Fortune 

”The Statler Brothers were a safe place for me because they were all about God and family and their country.” - Jimmy Fortune 

“Whatever I do with my music, I want it to be in a positive way to help people in their lives.” - Jimmy Fortune 

“God works through us. And in His love for us, He works through people and He works through books like this Jesus Calling.” - Jimmy Fortune

“So we [need to] all work together to accomplish the goal that God wants us to accomplish, and that's to help the downtrodden and the people of this world who need to hear about Him.” - Jimmy Fortune

“It's so important that we acknowledge our soldiers and thank them for what they did for us. They gave, they sacrificed their lives for us.” - Jimmy Fortune

“God is where you need to turn to and give your life, because He's going to be the one that's going to help you through all this, because it is no secret what God can do." - Jimmy Fortune

“I grew up seeing this abuse, and I was abused myself. I thought it was normal thing, but come to think of it, I was becoming the abuser. I would get drunk and ballistic with an uncontrollable kind of anger. If you imagine an MMA fighter, that's the kind of rage I had inside and I didn't know why.” - Jess Key

“One night I got drunk, and I attempted suicide. I was not in my right mind. I thought that was the way out. I had suffered so much that I didn't know how to cope.” - Jess Key

“As a kid, I always said to myself I would never grow up and be my mom. Yet I was living that same life, choosing the same path that she did.” - Jess Key

“Through it all, God worked these miraculous things out.” - Jess Key

“Your story is not over. It's just beginning. God will use any circumstance, whether it be good or bad, and He'll turn it into something beautiful.” - Jess Key

“The waves of adversity crashed over me all throughout life, but God is simply saying, ‘Keep your focus on My presence, and be in the present.’” - Jess Key

“You can find freedom once and for all, and it's through Christ. He is our freedom. He is our hope. He is our everything. You’ve just got to trust in that.” - Jess Key

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Jul 04, 2019
The Rewards of Commitment: Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and David & Tamela Mann
33:52

One of the hardest parts of our Christian walk is to make that walk consistent, especially in the storms of life. But today’s guests, pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and entertainers David & Tamela Mann, have found when they draw near to God, especially when they’re in the valley, He remains faithful to us. And in fact, God’s presence gives us the strength to keep going so we can perform one of our highest callings: to nurture relationships with the people around us and fill them with His love.

 

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Jesus Calling devotional

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Jesus Calling June Prayer Calendar

Rich Wilkerson, Jr.  (Facebook)

Vous Church

Rich Wilkerson book, Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection

David Wilkerson book, The Cross and the Switchblade

The Cross and the Switchblade movie trailer

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

David and Tamela Mann (Facebook)

David and Tamela Mann book, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family

The Manns television reality show

Kirk Franklin & The Family

Tyler Perry

 

Interview Quotes:

“[Our time at  VOUS church] has been an amazing three years, getting to see people's lives changed and transformed by the message of Jesus.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“I'm just thankful for the heritage [to] know so many things that have happened in my life are because I stand on the shoulders of the giants in the faith [who] have gone before me.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“From a young age, I was always very sensitive towards God. I knew I loved God, and I knew that God loved me. I don't think I was always sure how I fit in. I didn't really see how I was going to play my part.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“I think so often in church, we're so good at talking about things after the miracle happens. I think we need more people to be open when they're actually in the midst of pain.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“Many times we don't allow ourselves to be honest with God in our pain, in our worry, in our fear to ever discover that He's actually right there with us.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“When it comes to God, there are certain things you can't learn on the mountaintop. You actually have to learn it in the valley.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

”Storms either have a way of pushing you away from God, or you can choose to allow your storm to push you towards God.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“Ultimately the way that you view God is going to dictate how you receive and communicate with God.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“I want people to hear the truth, that the gospel is good news, that God is not mad at you. He’s madly in love with you.” - Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

“In any marriage you're gonna have some challenges, [but] you have to make up your mind that you love each other enough to fight for each other.” - Tamela Mann

“Singing was our passion, it was our heart.” - Tamela Mann

“I'm just so happy to be able to share my gift and to be where we are today. We take no credit. All glory goes to God.” - Tamela Mann

“[Jesus Calling] gives you some practical things I can take home [and go,] ‘Oh okay, I can do that.’” - David Mann

“People won't judge you on your perfection. They'll judge you on your consistency.” - David Mann

“We just want to let people know there is still hope. Our Savior still lives.” - David Mann

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Jun 27, 2019
T. D. Jakes and Don Moen: Where Is God When Our Dreams Are Crushed?
30:20

We all have seasons when we feel crushed by the weight of our problems. A job loss. A loved one grows seriously ill. An unexpected bill in the mail. In the middle of overwhelming anxiety, it’s hard to remember, let alone believe, the promise God gives us in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” But today’s guests, Bishop T. D. Jakes and worship leader Don Moen, remind us that in the middle of our problems, we can take a step back and remember that “God will make a way,” and He can redeem everything, even our darkest moments, for His glory.

 

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T. D. Jakes

The Potter’s House Church

T. D. Jakes’ book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power

 

Don Moen

Don Moen’s book, God Will Make A Way: Finding His Hope in Your Story

Integrity Music

Oral Roberts University

 

Interview Quotes:

“The cross itself was a horrific emblem of suffering and shame. It was not something that Jesus enjoyed. The Bible says He despised the shame of it, but for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the suffering of the cross.” - T. D. Jakes

“There may be some things that are bad that still work together for [our] good.” - T. D. Jakes

“You have to be gentle with people that are hurt. You have to be empathetic.” - T. D. Jakes

“I'm at that stage of my life now that I really want to leave footprints behind about what it really costs to be who you are and how to survive crushings that people don't see.” - T. D. Jakes

“God develops us through the crushing. God develops the world around us. . . . There will be something good that comes out of it, if you can resist the temptation to become bitter and take the more difficult choice of becoming better.” - T. D. Jakes

“I did not ever try to be an artist. I never wanted to be an artist.” - Don Moen

“And as human vessels, we need to just get out of the way and let God do what He wants to do.” - Don Moen

”God will make a way where there seems to be no way.” - Don Moen

“We look at setbacks in our lives sometimes as way too permanent, but God uses these setbacks to bring us to the place where He wants us to be, to help transform us into the men and women He wants us to be.”  - Don Moen

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Jun 20, 2019
A Father’s Love Is Special: Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Miller (and their daughters!)
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Dads hold a tender place in our hearts. Like our heavenly Father, they have a unique way of showing they see us, we matter, and we are loved. And as we become parents, we want to shower our children with the same kind of love and provision a good father graciously gives. Our guests are Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and his daughter Emily Chapman Richards, and Sawyer Brown frontman and Christian music producer Mark Miller and his daughter, TV host Madison Brown. These dads and daughters talk about special moments they had with their own fathers, along with the faithful legacies they’re working to pass on to their children today.

 

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Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling calendar

 

Steven Curtis Chapman

Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows, Steven Curtis Chapman’s latest album

Show Hope

Compassion International

 

Mark Miller, frontman to Sawyer Brown

Madison Brown, host of Chasing Down Madison Brown

Casting Crowns

Star Search

American Idol



Interview Quotes:

“My dad, even if he's not here in physical presence, I know that I'm in his heart and I'm on his mind. I'm in his prayers and his thoughts. He's got my back, and he sees with me." - Steven Curtis Chapman

 

“I love my dad. Dad has always, and continues to remain to this day, always very intentional with every moment he has.” - Emily Chapman Richards

 

“There's nothing sweeter to the heart of a dad than to hear his children bless him.” - Steven Curtis Chapman

 

That’s what’s so beautiful about Jesus Calling, I think. It's just the approach of speaking in a language where you feel like Jesus is speaking these things to you and right into your situation.” - Steven Curtis Chapman

 

“There were several other things throughout my career that were crossroads that really challenged my faith. I always went in the direction of my faith, and it always was the right thing to do.” - Mark Miller

 

“I want [my kids] to grow up the way that I did, to know that if you're willing to work, you can achieve anything you want to. But you have to work to get it.” - Mark Miller

 

”[Jesus Calling has] become not only a great way for all of us to have a good daily devotional, but at the same time a great way to stay together as a family.” - Madison Brown

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Jun 13, 2019
Faith & Family Help Us Find Our Way: Randy Travis & wife, Mary Travis and John Berry
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Sometimes we look at the path before us, and we can’t see the way ahead. But there are two things that bolster our courage and help us take a step forward: a God we know will see us through, and family standing by our sides. Country superstar Randy Travis and his wife Mary, and country artist John Berry have seen their share of highs and lows: humble beginnings, family tragedies, award-winning songs and medical trials. And through it all, they’ve made it to the other side thanks to the love of their God and the unwavering faith of their families.

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling calendar

 

Randy Travis

Randy Travis memoir: “Forever and Ever Amen”

Nashville Palace

 

Randy Travis, Rise & Shine album

Randy Travis, Three Wooden Crosses video

Randy Travis, When Mama Prayed video

Randy Travis, 1982 video

Randy Travis, On the Other Hand video

 

John Berry

John Berry, Saddle in the Wind

John Berry, You Love Amazes Me video

 

Inspirational movie, Beautifully Broken on DVD

 

Interview Quotes:

“The more [Randy] heard [his music] touched somebody, the more inclined he was to sing a new song, write a new song. So I think that's why now . . . we have such a beautiful catalog of Randy Travis music straight from the heart.” - Mary Travis

 

“Randy’s life and music has had an impact on millions of people.” - Mary Travis

 

“I think the great thing about love is that you know the worst about each other, but you only see the best.” - Mary Travis

 

“To watch [my dad] grieve and watch him to lean on Christ and to get up in the morning to deal with face and every day, it was quite a lesson to see my father cling to Christ throughout that time of his life [after my mom’s death].” - John Berry

 

“I found out later every time I was off the bus, the guys in the band would go rummage through the back room, trying to find the drugs they knew I had to have been on.” John Berry

 

“I have to think our Heavenly Father every day for the love [my wife Robin] has for me.” - John Berry

 

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Jun 06, 2019
Connected in Christ: Live at Brookland Baptist Church Women’s Day
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Every year, the women of Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina hold an annual Women’s Day for the community, where they endeavor to lift each other up in Christ. We were honored to listen to mothers, daughters, and friends discuss the importance of community and talk about their weekly prayer call, where they read Jesus Calling together, pray for each other and pray for the women attending their event.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Always Devotional

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling Groups

Brookland Baptist Church

 

Interview Quotes:

“Jesus Calling really helps prepare me for that workday because it asks me to get in His presence and go to Him and not to try and carry all of it with me.” - Angela, Brookland Baptist Church

“[Jesus Calling] has really brought my daughters and I together.” - Johanna, Brookland Baptist Church

”Jesus Calling book has shown me that God loves us, no matter what. No matter what. Through it all, He loves us. - Josephine, Brookland Baptist Church

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May 30, 2019
God’s Love In Action: Altar’d State & Compassion That Compels
17:55

 

Altar'd State is a faith-based retail company that gives back and works with organizations to help people around the world. One of their partners is Compassion That Compels, who provides hope and emotional support to women fighting cancer, one compassionate act at a time.

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling books

 

Altar’d State

Compassion that Compels

 

Interview Quotes:

“One of the things I love about Altar’d State is I'm able to do what I'm passionate about and what I really love, but also live out my faith and give back to my community.” - Aaron Walters, Altar’d State

“I am a living testimony of if you follow God's plan, He will take care of you.” - Aaron Walters, Altar’d State

“We provide hope and emotional support to women fighting any type of cancer, one compassionate act at a time.“ - Kristianne Stewart, Compassion That Compels

“Instead of telling people we're Christians, we just show them that we're Christians.” - Mary Beth Fox, Altar’d State

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May 23, 2019
Running Toward God to Find Our True Value: Ryan Hall and Holly Dowling
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Olympic runner Ryan Hall and inspirational thought leader Holly Dowling have found their true worth comes from God, not the world.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Devotional

Jesus Calling books

 

Ryan and Sara Hall website

Ryan Hall’s book, Run the Mile You’re In: Finding God in Every Step

Team World Vision

 

Holly Dowling website

Young Life organization

Girl Up organization

 

Interview Quotes:

“God was telling me that He gave me a gift to run with the best guys in the world, but He gave me that gift so that I could help other people. - Ryan Hall

“I started seeing myself how God sees me, and that was a really, really powerful shift for me.” - Ryan Hall

“I want to extract all these lessons that God's taught me, all the things I feel like He's told me along the way, and I want to share those with people so I can help them on their journey.” - Ryan Hall

“I believe that it's in our imperfections that we're beautiful. When we're broken, we’re beautiful.” - Holly Dowling

“I think the greatest gift we can give to ourselves is permission to love ourselves for who we are.” - Holly Dowling

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May 16, 2019
Moving from Worry to Worship: Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead
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There are 7 words that can change the way we worship. Today, Christian music songwriter Chris Tomlin and pastor Darren Whitehead let us in on a few and explain how we can revolutionize our relationship with God when we learn the true meaning of worship.  

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Devotional

Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead book:  Holy Roar: Seven Words That Will Change the Way You Worship

 

Chris Tomlin, How Great Is Our God song

Chris Tomlin, Good, Good Father book

 

Church of the City (Franklin, TN)

Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda

Ocean Way Studio (Nashville, TN)

 

Interview Quotes:

 Toldah is the idea of lifting your hands in praise...thanking God for what He has done, but it's also thanking God for what He has not yet done.” - Darren Whitehead

 

“This is the essence of Toldah. It is, ‘I will trust You when I'm uncertain. I will trust You when I'm afraid. I will worship You when I'm anxious. I will lift my hands to You for that which has happened and that which has not yet happened. I will trust You.’” Darren Whitehead

 

“When we make praising God a lifestyle, He guides us in ways that we are aware of and ways that we are not aware of.” - Darren Whitehead

 

“Worship is, it's universal. It is a universal language. And just to play a small role in that has been an incredible journey in my life.” - Chris Tomlin

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May 09, 2019
God Mends Our Broken Stories: Jay DeMarcus and Kim Walker-Smith
35:04

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith remind us how God can use the shattered pieces of our lives to create a beautiful mosaic that shows His glory.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Devotional

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

Jay DeMarcus’s book, Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope

Max Lucado’s book, Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

Kim Walker-Smith’s book, Brave Surrender: Let God’s Love Rewrite Your Story

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture Conference

 

Interview Quotes:

“I'm grateful I had a mom who cared enough to really lay the groundwork for me for later on in life.” - Jay DeMarcus

 

“[My mom] kept pushing me and telling me that I was right where God wanted me to be and that I didn't need to let the enemy defeat me.” - Jay DeMarcus

 

“As long as you keep your ears and your eyes and your heart open, you also can recognize those God moments.” - Jay DeMarcus

 

“You have to be very deliberate about making time for everything that's important to you in your life.” - Jay DeMarcus

 

“The thing I love about Jesus Calling is I feel like He's speaking right to me when I'm reading it.” - Jay DeMarcus

 

“Man makes his plans, but the Lord aligns his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

 

“I feel Jesus constantly pulling me back and reminding me to live in that moment with Him.” - Kim Walker-Smith

 

“Freedom and authenticity and vulnerability in worship is something that I have contended for in my life.” - Kim Walker-Smith

 

“I poured out my heart into this book with as much vulnerability and honesty as I could, because I wanted people to see the reality of Jesus in our circumstances, our pain, our mess, whatever it is we're facing.” - Kim Walker-Smith

 

“One thing that I have learned in my journey with Him is that it's really easy to surrender when you feel beatdown, broken, at the end of yourself. “ - Kim Walker-Smith

 

“[God] is a kind and loving Father that comes to us and meets us where we are and answers when we call out to Him.” - Kim Walker-Smith

 

“As I surrender to Him and [am] present with Him in the moment, He can transform that and create something beautiful out of that.” - Kim Walker-Smith

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May 02, 2019
God Lifts Us Up to Our Full Potential: Philanthropist Melinda Gates & Pastor Tony Evans
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For decades, Melinda Gates and Dr. Tony Evans have empowered women and men to reach for lives of dignity and hope. Since she and her husband Bill began their foundation in 2000, Melinda has been working tirelessly to improve the lives of women and children worldwide. And in that time, she’s seen when you lift up a woman, she lifts up everyone else. She’s written about her experiences in her new book The Moment of Lift. Dr. Evans believes God wants every man to be a world changer, and in order to do so, he needs to take responsibility for his life and his actions. He shares how an ordinary man can become extraordinary in his new film Kingdom Men Rising.

 

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Interview Quotes:

“We have this need as human beings to connect to one another.” - Melinda Gates

 

“If you lift up a woman, she lifts up everyone else.” - Melinda Gates

 

“I spend quiet time every morning. That's where I find my soul and my inspiration, and where I focus closely on who is it that I want to be in the world.” - Melinda Gates

 

“Men have to be willing for God to tell them what to do in their personal life, in their family life, their church life, and in their civic life.” - Dr. Tony Evans

 

“The way a man leads his family best is around the table—praying and blessing, guidance, correcting—he does all that at the table.” - Dr. Tony Evans

 

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Apr 25, 2019
Trusting the God of Miracles: the Real-Life Story Behind “Breakthrough” Movie
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Today we hear the miraculous true story of one mother’s belief in the power of prayer that not only brought her son back to life, but continues to inspire people around the world in a new inspirational movie called Breakthrough, starring Chrissy Metz from NBC’s This Is Us. On a cold winter’s day in Missouri, John Smith was a 14-year-old boy playing on a frozen lake with two of his best friends. But a carefree day soon grew dire as the ice gave way and boys fell into the lake. While John’s friends were able to escape, John remained underwater for fifteen minutes. And by the time he was pulled out by first responders, he didn’t have a pulse. John’s mother Joyce was summoned to the hospital, and when she saw her son’s lifeless body on the hospital bed, she turned to God for a miracle. Later, we hear how the Smiths’ story traveled from a Missouri hospital room to a Hollywood studio, and how the cast and crew of Breakthrough were able to see God’s hand throughout the creation of the film.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Breakthrough” movie

Breakthrough” book

 

Beth Moore’s “Believing God”

Miracles from Heaven” movie

NBC’s “This Is Us”

 

Interview Quotes:

“I had drowned and was underwater for 15 minutes.” - John Smith

“I lay lifeless. They did everything medically, scientifically that they could do.” - John Smith

"I believe God is who He says He is. I believe God can do what He says He can do. And I believe in God." - Joyce Smith

“Anybody would be [upset] when they tell you that you know they've just pulled your son out of the lake and he doesn't have a heartbeat. . . . But my first go-to was God to pray. That was what I had been prepared to do over the weeks beforehand.” - Joyce Smith

“[God], You say we can come to You with the things going on in our lives, and You're there to be faithful to us and answer our prayers." - Joyce Smith

“Holy Spirit, please come and bring me back my son." - Joyce Smith

“When [Mom] prayed, something so powerful rushed up my body that it pushed three nurses searching for a pulse physically back, and they can't explain it.” - John Smith

“Because God is omnipotent, and we are created in His image, our words have potency to them, they have power.” - Joyce Smith

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Apr 18, 2019
God’s Gift of Pets: Animal Rescue Advocate Lavonne Redferrin and Country Singer Irlene Mandrell
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We’re celebrating one of God’s most special gifts: our pets. Animal rescue advocate Lavonne Redferrin and musician Irlene Mandrell have been deeply touched by God’s creatures and share sweet stories of how animals have impacted their lives. Lavonne Redferrin is the founder and executive director of Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, which not only matches animals up with loving families, but works with local organizations, like prison ministries, to provide the therapeutic benefits of being around animals. Lavonne tells us about the earliest days of the organization and why she thinks God blessed us with the gift of pets. Growing up, Irlene Mandrell saw her fair share of miracles as she watched her sister Barbara rise to country music fame, then saw her sister Louise’s star rise alongside her own as the three formed the group Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. Irlene reflects on everyday miracles and special relationships she’s had with her family, her pets, and with God.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Devotional

“6 Things Pets Teach Us” download

 

Proverbs 12:10 Rescue

Chewy Pet Food & Supplies

Davidson County TN Second Chances (Offender Dog Program)

 

Irlene Mandrell’s “God Rains Miracles” book



Interview Quotes:

“Proverbs 12:10 is an organization dedicated to saving as many of His helpless as we can.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

“[The] animal has blessed [inmates] or taught them patience or given them something to wake up for inside those bars.” - Lavonne Redferrin, on the Second Chances program with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

 

“[Proverbs 12:10 is] at the point that we place an average of a thousand animals a year.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

“We truly are dedicated to all [animals] in our care.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

“The best way to show your animals that you love and care for them is to give them a proper home in which to live.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

“We've had animals surrendered to us, and they will literally sit and watch for hours and days for that person to come back.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

"Push back the demands pressing in on you, and create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest in Me." - Jesus Calling

 

“I truly believe that [animals are] everything God meant for us to be.” - Lavonne Redferrin

 

“You’d wish God would just slow down time a little bit because everything's so wonderful. And I just find myself thanking Him.” - Irlene Mandrell

 

“God rains miracles all around us—we just have to look for them!” - Irlene Mandrell

 

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Apr 11, 2019
God’s Power Over Wrong Choices: Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and WWE’s Marc Mero
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Former WWE wrestlers Ted DiBiase and Marc Mero learned just how powerful our choices could be: they can either leave us empty, or allow us to be used by God for His good. Wrestling fans may know Ted DiBiase as “The Million Dollar Man,” but today, we get a look at the man behind the persona. Ted looks back on how his father, who was also a wrestler, influenced Ted to pursue the sport he loved. As Ted rose through the ranks and became a world-famous wrestler, he reveals how he got caught up in a destructive lifestyle that led him to the brink of losing everything that really mattered to him. A talented athlete from an early age, Marc Mero always had dreams of being in professional sports. As he acquired all the things he had dreamed of since he was a little boy—fame, wealth, status—he quickly realized his choices had consequences. After he recognized he’d been dreaming of the wrong things, Marc took a long, hard look at what he was living for.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young

 

Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase

Heart of David Ministry

 

Marc Mero

Champion of Choices Ministry

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line

 

Interview Quotes:

“But before you can commit your life to Christ, you have to surrender it first. And you're either all in or you're not in.” - Ted DiBiase

 

“Be a leader, not a follower. Be the head, not the tail. If you're willing to sacrifice, if you're willing to pay the price, you can be anything you want to be in life.” - Mike DiBiase, Ted’s father

 

“I had been so faithful to my convictions until God gave me what I wanted.” - Ted DiBiase

 

“I want to tear up and cry because of the realization that there's a God that big who could love me that much.” - Ted DiBiase

 

“I'm at the height of my career. I've got everything I ever dreamed, I ever wanted. Plus I've got this unbelievable wife and these three beautiful children, but I have no character. I have no integrity. I don't have the stuff that counts. And wow, that was a wakeup call.” - Ted DiBiase

 

“God, I don't know where we're going. All I know is this: I don't ever want to feel like this again. I don't ever want to feel this lost, this low. I know You have a plan for me, and I know You’ll help me figure it out. . . . You take the helm of the ship. . . . I'm giving You my world to take care of.” - Ted DiBiase

 

“You always want to be a part of things. You always want to be liked. You want to be a good teammate or a good person. And I think because I wasn't good at first in sports, it made me work that much harder.” - Marc Mero

 

“I often tell kids that failure's not aiming high and missing. Failure's aiming too low and hitting. And I just say, ‘Dream big, aim high.’” - Marc Mero

 

“When you realize it's you that has to change, everything around you starts to change.” - Marc Mero

 

“We all go through hard times. We all go through storms in life. . . . Don't give up because I promise you, after every storm, the sun will eventually shine brighter than you could ever imagine.” - Marc Mero

 

“Many people are guilty of just being too hard on themselves. And when you're hard on yourself, you have to learn to love and value yourself because you can't give away what you don't have.” - Marc Mero

 

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Apr 04, 2019
When Your Purpose Seems Unclear, Seek God: Jeremy Cowart & Elisabeth Hasselbeck
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Jeremy Cowart and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are driven by their faith to find a greater purpose for their lives, and use their talents to help others and reflect God’s glory in our world. Jeremy is a renowned photographer and the founder of The Purpose Hotel. As an artist, he endeavors to use his creativity to spotlight situations of need. Today Jeremy discusses his mission to create an intersection between empathy and creativity, and finding his true purpose.  Elisabeth rose to prominence as a contestant on the second season of the reality television show Survivor, where she finished in fourth place. In July 2002, she joined the daytime talk show The View, and after ten years, she went on to join Fox & Friends. Elisabeth shares her experiences in each of her roles in television and relates how, in looking for her “calling,” she found herself running ahead of God. During these seasons of change, she related how she’s learned to wait for God’s guidance as He’s helped her identify her unique purpose in the world.

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Jeremy Cowart

The Purpose Hotel

Jeremy Cowart’s I'm Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose

book

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom book


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Interview Quotes:

“Greatness should serve a greater purpose.” - Jeremy Cowart

“In every failure, we still learn.” - Jeremy Cowart

“My mission is to explore the intersection of creativity and empathy.” - Jeremy Cowart

“I just love trying to figure out how to be an innovator in times of need.” - Jeremy Cowart

“I just crave to see more people trying to help with their tools, use their [social media] accounts to do good things, to showcase others, to tell others’ stories.” - Jeremy Cowart

“My greatness should serve a greater good, and that is our greater God. It's His purpose.” - Jeremy Cowart

“I just grew up knowing that prayer was not something for one time a day, but something that was essential all times of day.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“God does not need you as His attorney.” - Bob Goff

“Understanding someone's point of view requires being next to them and with them, and just kind of like snuggling up behind their lens.” - Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“Only God can change your heart, and He still had work to do in my heart.” - Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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Mar 28, 2019
Navigating Relationships Through Every Storm: Dr. Jim Burns and Dave & Ann Wilson
31:55

Parenting expert Dr. Jim Burns, along with husband-and-wife ministry team Dave and Ann Wilson teach us about caring for our loved ones through all seasons of life. As a father to three grown daughters, Jim has been through every stage of parenting. But when his daughters reached their adult years, Jim and his wife Cathy realized their parenting style needed to evolve with their changing relationship with their children. Jim took what he learned through the experience and shared it through his latest book, Doing Life with Your Adult Children. In 1990, Dave Wilson was traveling with the Detroit Lions as their chaplain. And when he was home, he and his wife Ann were building their young family and a new church, Though Dave and Ann seemed to be living the life of their dreams, on their 10th anniversary, Ann made a revelation that put their marriage into a spin and would forever change their relationship.

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:


HomeWord

Jim Burns’ Doing Life with Your Adult Children book 

Dave and Ann Wilson:  daveandannwilson.com

Kensington Church

Dave and Ann Willson’s Vertical Marriage book

 

Interview Quotes:

“I heal broken hearts . . . and broken relationships.” –Jesus Calling

The book is called Doing Life With Your Adult Children. We say ‘Keep your mouth shut, keep the welcome mat out.’” - Dr. Jim Burns

“The bottom line in parenting—they could be a five-year-old or an adult—is not that you raise obedient children, but that you raise responsible adults.” - Dr. Jim Burns

“When kids stray, whether it be lifestyle choice or whether it be faith issues, I think what we do is we still stand by them, and we have to understand where they're coming from.” - Dr. Jim Burns

“I think Jesus had some disagreements with people. No doubt He said it. He was verbal about it, but then He still showed love to people that within His generation—you know, tax collectors—shouldn't have been at the party. The prostitutes shouldn't have been wiping her tears on His feet because that was not happening with the rabbis. But 2hat Jesus did was He didn't tend to agree with how they lived their life, but He did show love and acceptance.” - Dr. Jim Burns

“Tough love says that you surround [your children] with love, and while you surround them with love, you don't bail them out. And you don't dump your anger and frustration on them.” - Dr. Jim Burns

“You're overwhelmed by the evidence that says this really did happen and Jesus died for me, forgave me, rose from the dead to give me a new life and power.” - Dave Wilson

I want to use what God's done in our lives to reach other people.” - Dave Wilson

“Dave was fulfilling this dream and this call—I felt like we were both called, but as a mom, I kind of felt left in the dust.” - Ann Wilson

"God, I have made my marriage and my husband an idol, and I put you back on the throne of my life...I confess that I haven't put you first. And I put you first now and make our marriage and our family what you want it to be." Ann Wilson

“We kind of put some things in place that could help us restore our marriage, my feelings, our relationship.” - Ann Wilson

“In time, my feelings for [Dave] came all the way back to a 10, and I feel like that was only because of God's mercy and grace, but also putting it into practice my walk with God [and] really fighting for it and making it a priority.” - Ann Wilson

“You didn't marry the wrong person, you're looking in the wrong place. Only God can give you what you’re really looking for.” - Dave Wilson 

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Mar 21, 2019
When the World Brings Us to Our Knees, God Lifts Us Up: Helena Cho and Susie Larson
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Entrepreneur Helena Cho and radio host Susie Larson were devastated by different events that rocked their worlds and found themselves with nowhere to go—except to their knees in prayer. Helena Cho immigrated to the United States when she was just eight years old. Through hard work and the strong faith of her mother, Helena eventually began building a successful company at age 25. But in the 2008 financial crash, Helena lost everything. In the days that followed, she began to realize God had a much bigger plan for her life than she could’ve ever dreamed of. Through her radio show Live the Promise and now her new book Fully Alive, Susie Larson speaks as a survivor of physical traumas to encourage women everywhere that they are loved, they are strong, and through Jesus they can overcome.

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Interview Quotes:
“With God all things are possible.” - Helena Cho

“[The September 18 entry of Jesus Calling reminds me,] Where is my focal point? It is not to please man. It is to please God.” - Helena Cho

"Lift your eyes to the mountain. Where does my help come from? It comes from above, the maker of heaven and earth." - Psalm 121

“Just because you have this joy, just because God gives you this amazing joy and peace, that doesn't mean everything just gets solved.” - Helena Cho

"The storms reveal the lies we believe and the truth we need.” - Susie Larson

"When you're a sufferer, to hear from someone who's suffered is just a great, great gift." - Susie Larson

"[God said to me] 'You rest while I work. You feast while I fight. You wait to take flight.'" - Susie Larson


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Mar 14, 2019
God Writes the Stories of Our Lives: Tim Tebow and Josh Enck
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Tim Tebow and the cast of the new inspirational movie Run the Race, and Josh Enck of Sight and Sound Theatres share the powerful way God works through stories to change our lives.

With locations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Branson, Missouri, Sight and Sound welcomes more than a million people each year to their immersive productions that feature stories from the Bible. Over the years, Josh Enck has seen the countless ways the Bible’s timeless characters continue to connect with audiences and how the stories hold tremendous power to change lives.

The Jesus Calling team had a chance to connect live with the cast and creators of the inspirational movie Run the Race during a special premiere of the film. Tim Tebow and his brother Robby are the producers of the film, and each were drawn to the story of two brothers who defied all odds to achieve a better life for themselves, and strengthened their faith in God and each other along the way. Tim and cast members Tanner Stine, Evan Hoffer, and Kristoffer Polaha talk about why it was so important to them to bring this story to life on the big screen.

Mar 07, 2019
Transforming Relationships Through Prayer: Joel & Nina Schmidgall and Darlene Brock
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Pastors Joel and Nina Schmidgall and writer Darlene Brock are finding balance in their lives by they committing their closest relationships to prayer and giving their worries and expectations to God.

 

Joel and Nina Schmidgall live in Washington, D.C. and minister to couples at National Community Church. Over the years, they have learned how to include God’s love and guidance in their marriage by praying to Him. Joel and Nina have collaborated with their friends, Mark and Laura Batterson, and put their discoveries into a new book called Praying Circles Around Your Marriage.


After spending 20 years in the Christian music business, Darlene Brock felt God leading her in a new direction: beginning a ministry to help women join together and support each other to become the best version of themselves. Today, she explains why this support and community is so needed by women as they face unique challenges in our current society.

Feb 28, 2019
The Joy of Spreading Love, One Heart at a Time: Delilah and Gary Thomas
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Radio host Delilah and author Gary Thomas are two gifted communicators who spread the joy of God’s love to others and show us different ways we can nourish our closest relationships.

Every night on her show, Delilah hears stories of the heart from her listeners which she in turn shares with millions of other listeners around the world. Today we learn about the woman behind the microphone as Delilah tells us about her growing-up years and how she broke into broadcasting. Despite her broad reach, Delilah has discovered that the easiest way to change the world is by touching the lives of your own neighbors and friends, which she talks about in her new book, One Heart at a Time.

Gary is a teaching pastor who often counsels couples before their wedding day, and this journey has led to his latest book, Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples. Today he shares insights for couples looking to begin their marriages with God at the center, and tells us about the surprising blessings of Gary’s own stage of marriage: empty nester.

Feb 21, 2019
Countless Ways God Shows Us Love: the Authors of Love Inspired
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Authors Brenda Minton, Marta Perry, Lee Tobin McClain, and Shirlee McCoy write for Love Inspired, a line of books that shows how faith, forgiveness, and hope have the power to lift our spirits and change our lives. Through the books they create and the stories they tell us from their own lives, each author reminds us that love takes many forms, from love between parents, friends, partners, pets, children, and more. God gives us many kinds of relationships that bless our lives—all we have to do is look for them.

Feb 14, 2019
A Father's Betrayal, a Daughter's Path to Forgiveness: Kerri Rawson
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Kerri Rawson, had her identity ripped from her at 26 years old, when authorities arrested her father, Dennis Rader, who plead guilty in 2005 to being the notorious BTK serial killer. Through her tremendous faith, Kerri found the strength to forgive the man who ruined eight families, including her own, and the courage to tell her story, first through ministry and now in her book A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming.

Feb 07, 2019
Learning to Trust God’s Timing: Tim Brown and Jeff Hostetler
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NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown and Super Bowl champion quarterback Jeff Hostetler achieved amazing success in their sport, and have witnessed the power of God in their personal and professional lives.

Tim Brown’s career spanned a record-breaking 17 years in the NFL. His motivation to succeed in life and in football was driven by a desire to reconcile with his father, after a misunderstanding when Tim was only 12 years old drove them apart for years. Tim recalls the life-changing moment with his father that would define his path for over a decade.

We welcome back Jeff Hostetler for the continuation of his amazing story. Jeff led the New York Giants to their win in Super Bowl XXV some 1 ½ months after starting quarterback Phil Simms went out for the season with a broken foot. He tells us about his rocky start in the league, the family crises he endured during that time, and how he was able to realize the purpose for years of hard waiting as he learned to trust God’s timing in his life.

 

Jan 31, 2019
True Connection with God and Each Other: Darlene Zschech & Margaret Feinberg
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Darlene Zschech and Margaret Feinberg have seen God’s presence woven into the fabric of their lives and realized He’s closer to us in ways we might have never imagined.

First up, Darlene Zschech grew up in Australia and found commercial success in music at age 10, but decided to leave a career as an entertainer to seek a life in worship and ministry. During In 1993, during a stressful time in her life Darlene found herself at her piano, prayerfully singing her heart to God. The words that flowed out eventually became one of most recognized praise and worship songs of the modern era: “Shout to the Lord.” She shares about the joys and heartaches of being a pastor, and writes candidly about her cancer journey and reconciling the disease with her faith in her new book The Golden Thread.

Beloved Bible teacher Margaret Feinberg has been writing for more than 20 years. She tells us about her early experiences growing up with parents who moved around quite a bit, and how that shaped Margaret’s curiosity and love of exploring different people and cultures. Margaret uses that curiosity in her new book Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers, where she shares a culinary exploration of Scripture that profoundly changed the way she viewed gatherings around food forever.

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Jan 24, 2019
Reflecting Our Maker’s Love: Surfer Bethany Hamilton and Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman
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Surfer Bethany Hamilton and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman both believe that by being open to others with their experiences, whether triumphant or tragic, God can use them to have a mighty impact. First up, A surfing prodigy at just 13 years old, Bethany’s future in the sport looked promising, but in one tragic incident, her life was changed by a shark attack that resulted in the loss of her left arm. With faith and courage, she refused to be a victim, and her story of survival and her return to competitive surfing has inspired millions. Today Bethany tells us how her faith carried her through her darkest days, and about her reluctance to share her story until a sudden realization changed her mind. For more than 20 years, GRAMMY-winning recording artist Jon Foreman has been the lead singer of the alternative band Switchfoot, inspiring legions of fans across the world with guitar riffs and contemplative lyrics in songs like “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live.” Jon tells us about the band’s earliest days and the story behind their breakout moment when their music was featured in the movie A Walk to Remember. He shares about the band’s new album Native Tongue, and why they blur the lines between secular and sacred as they try to reach a broad audience with Christ’s love and life-giving purpose.

Jan 17, 2019
Faith to Tackle Life’s Biggest Challenges: Devon Still and Keni Thomas
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Devon Still and Keni Thomas have braved life-or-death moments. Now they strive to set an example for others and show them how they trusted God for His life-giving presence. First up, Devon Still is an All-American defensive end who spent his NFL career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and New York Jets. In 2014, just weeks after his faith in God was re-ignited, Devon discovered Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He recounts a pivotal moment in a hospital chapel that changed the way he viewed his new faith and his daughter’s disease. Our next guest, country music artist and former Army Ranger Keni Thomas, was impressed with a strong sense of duty to serve in the military. In 1993 he was deployed to Somalia, where he found himself entrenched in the horrific events portrayed in the book and movie Black Hawk Down. Today Keni is a motivational speaker who draws on his military experience to inspire audiences worldwide. He reflects on the fateful day in Mogadishu and describes the work he does now to help veterans transition back into civilian life, while demonstrating how gratitude can drastically change your perspective.

Jan 10, 2019
Following the Unexpected Path: David Crowder and Francesca Battistelli
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David Crowder and Francesca Battistelli are Christian music artists trying their best to follow wherever God leads them to create, even if they end up somewhere unexpected. In 1996, while he was still a student at Baylor University, David and a few of his friends formed popular Christian rock and modern worship music group, The David Crowder*Band. The group went on to win numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and were nominated for a GRAMMY. After 16 years together, and just having released the number 2 album in the world behind Adele,the band decided to part ways. Crowder went on to perform as a solo artist and has just released a new album called I Know a Ghost. Today David shares how his parents and growing up in church shaped his path, and how, through this latest album, he came to recognize the power of God’s spirit living inside each of us. Francesca Battistelli has been a recording artist for more than a decade, all the while touring and raising her young family. Today Francesca tells us about her Broadway musical background, how she strives to be a courageous example for her children, and why she’s thankful God sent her back to the drawing board more than forty times until she had written all the songs for her new album called Own It.

Jan 03, 2019
Living Out a Family Legacy: Will Graham & Myquillyn Smith
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Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham, and Myquillyn Smith have been blessed with rich family legacies, and honor the values and lessons they’ve been taught from previous generations. Today, Will Graham is the vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Although he grew up under the legacy of his grandfather, Will was given freedom to follow any path he chose. Will shares what it was like growing up in the Graham family, about the winding path he followed as God led him to serve in his family’s ministry, and some stories from his first book, Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul. When Myquillyn Smith grew up, she learned to embrace home as a place where rest, creativity, and hospitality could flourish. And for the past ten years, Myquillyn has been encouraging women to embrace their home—imperfections and all—on her blog, The Nester, and now in her new book Cozy Minimalist Home. Today Myquillyn tells us how she began to let go of perfection and be content with what she has, right where God put her, and how she’s been able to use her home to connect with others.

Dec 27, 2018
When Holidays Hurt: Bo Stern and Justine Froelker
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Bo Stern and Justine Froelker have walked dark roads filled with grief and lost hope. Today, Bo and Justine share how God gave them strength during and in the aftermath of their personal heartaches, especially at the holidays. Author and pastor Bo Stern had a happy home filled with four children, lots of friends and a loving church family. After two decades of marriage, her husband Steve’s health gradually began to deteriorate and they came to learn he was battling the first signs of ALS. In her book When Holidays Hurt, Bo recalls how painful and disorienting the Christmas season was during Steve’s illness, and how she wrestled with how to hold sadness and joy in her heart during the holidays. As therapist and author Justine Froelker has grown closer to God and studied with shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown, she has learned how to share her painful journey so she can help others. One of Justine’s most painful battles has been her struggle with infertility, all the while witnessing her friends’ growing families. In an unlikely encounter with God on Christmas Eve, Justine realized He had been with her during every painful step of her journey, and He had great plans for her, though they might look different than Justine’s own plan for her life.

Dec 20, 2018
No One’s Left Out in God’s Family: Kathie Lee Gifford and Andy Stanley
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Kathie Lee Gifford and Andy Stanley are two gifted communicators. Today, they tell us about the ways they reach out to inspire people young and old with the love and gifts God has for them. Up first, Kathie Lee Gifford is a television host, singer, songwriter, and author. She is the co-host with Hoda Kotb of the fourth hour of NBC's TODAY Show. When we spoke with Kathie Lee about her various successes, she talked about how her faith has kept her grounded through it all. She also shared about a new project she has been working on: a children’s book called The Gift That I Can Give, which encourages kids to recognize the unique gifts God has given each of us. In 1995, pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries. Andy is one of the world’s most influential pastors, and one of the most prolific: he’s written more than 20 books, including his latest, Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World. Today, we talk with Andy about why he has a heart for connecting in a relevant way with people who haven’t been to church or have left the church, and about why he feels it’s important to reach people the way Jesus did: by showing His love to others.

Dec 13, 2018
Gaining Confidence Through Christ: Susie McEntire Eaton and Trey Johnson
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Country gospel singer Susie McEntire Eaton and professional team roper and minister Trey Johnson grew up in the world of Western sports and are spreading the message of Christ’s love through music and speaking. First up, Susie McEntire Eaton grew up in rural Oklahoma, the youngest of four kids in a family who worked their ranch and competed in rodeos across the state. She recalls the stories of her early music days, touring with her sister Reba, and meeting her husband on the rodeo circuit. When she became pregnant with their first child, Susie’s marriage took a turn she never expected. She candidly shares how she struggled with years of abuse and shame.

Dec 06, 2018
Hearing God’s Voice In Unlikely Places: Aaron Watson & Anthony Lucia
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Country artist Aaron Watson and rodeo broadcaster Anthony Lucia are entertainers dedicated to sharing their struggles openly, along with the faith that has carried them through. First, we catch up with Aaron Watson, a man of deep conviction who uses his music to spread hope and joy, whether through albums dedicated to hurricane relief or filling our hearts with Christmas cheer. He also tells us why he’s so transparent with his fans about the joys and heartaches he’s faced, and how he’s able to find God’s peace through it all. Rodeo star and broadcaster Anthony Lucia was born into a family well-known across the rodeo scene. His father was a rodeo performer, and Anthony began joining him in performances at age 8. As Anthony’s star began to rise, he moved out his father’s shadow and into his own identity. As a result, Anthony’s relationship with his father became strained, but he tells a beautiful story of reconciliation and healing between father and son.

Nov 29, 2018
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