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By Jon B. Fuller

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Jon Fuller is on a mission to be a true example of Christ in his life and in his work. He introduces you to men and women of faith who have walked different paths to find a true Christianity that they live out each and every day. Some paths have been bumpy and filled with debris, but through it all, grace and faith have been a sustaining force in the lives of these men. You won't find any fake and phoney Christianity here.....just real people with a heart for God and living out His call on their lives. Join us for new episodes each week. We'd love it if you'd share the show with other men of faith who need support and encouragement along their journey.

Episode Date
Government 20: Changing Culture Through Prophetic Influence with Matt Gonzales
01:04:20

this episode of Are you Real Government Dubb talks to Matt Gonzales about what it looks like to change culture with prophetic influence. Matt and his wife Desiree, have done campus ministries, church plants, and school of ministry trainings just to name a few! Matt has been influential in creating prophetic companies, culture, and helping others understand what a prophet is. Matt believes his highest priority is being a husband, and a father to his three kids. He says the way he advances the kingdom starts with his family. Matt shares his journey of starting on a college campus, and having an encounter with God in 2000, and how that started a campus movement that propelled a massive move of God. From there, Matt has seen God do work through so many different ays to bring His kingdom to Earth including creative miracles, operating in the prophetic, and changing cultures all around him daily through understanding God's principles. He shares these experiences, and how they have opened doors to impact government in surprising ways. You don't want to miss this interview!

Links;

Connect with Dubb Alexander

Connect with Matt Gonzales

Follow Matt on Social Media

Jun 22, 2018
Purpose 107: My Business On Purpose With Scott Beebe
44:37

When life takes you in many different directions, it can feel very confusing and purposeless. God uses our gifts and strengths in many ways and in many areas. Sometimes, it is up to us to choose what path we want to pursue. This is exactly the mentality that my guest, Scott Beebe, has used to find his passion and purpose in life. He decided that his true purpose was finding the place where business and faith intertwined.

Scott is the founder of My Business On Purpose. He is on a mission to coach small business owners to leave behind chaos and step forward into a clear vision for their business. His 4 Steps to Business Freedom systematize business principles in a structure that makes sense to everyone. He has seen firsthand how businesses thrive under clear vision and direction.

Transforming businesses just wasn’t enough for Scott. Today, you are going to find out how he used his faith to drive every business decision and vision session. You will get to see the many twists and turns that led Scott to entrepreneurship. It was an internal struggle between a desire to do God’s mission work on earth, but also to use the skills in business. Scott has managed to create something that blends the two perfectly, and I am excited for you to learn from him today.

More in this episode:

  • Scott shares his past work history, and how God led him to so many different industries.
  • How Scott walked onto the USC football team.
  • Vision statements aren’t new. Vision precedes time.
  • What we can learn from the prophet Habakkuk.
  • How Scott got pushed into the entrepreneurial pool.
  • Learn how Scott made faith and business intertwine.
  • Global mission work has always been important with Scott.
  • How Scott handled the loss of his position.
  • Learn how to take care of your people.
  • What you can do before you have a business to start it off strong.

Resources:

My Business On Purpose Vision

Jun 20, 2018
Government 19: TX 126 State Rep Candidate Dr. Undrai F. Fizer
55:46

Join Dubb Alexander as he talks with TX 126 State Rep Candidate Dr. Undrai F. Fizer.

Jun 15, 2018
Linked 21: Worship and Prayer: Pioneering His Presence in Cities
37:17

Christy Austin talks about Worship and Prayer: Pioneering His Presence in Cities.

Jun 14, 2018
Purpose 106: Women's Discipleship With Melissa Kruger
43:16

God’s purpose for our lives will always lead us to serve and edify other people in the church. My guest today never imagined she would be writing Bible studies or leading women towards discipleship, but by faithfully following God’s call on her life, that is exactly where she landed. Today on the show is Melissa Kruger, a writer, editor, disciple maker, and Jesus-follower who is living out her purpose in a mighty way.

Melissa is a writer focused on bringing the principles of strong discipleship to women across the world. She is a regular contributor to the Gospel Coalition and is on staff with Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her favorite role so far has been to be a mother to her 3 kids, a wife to her husband, and a sister who points others to Jesus faithfully. Melissa has found her purpose in making the Word of God accessible to women who are seeking after Him.

After noticing that there was a gap in women’s discipleship and Bible Study material, Melissa felt God calling her to bridge that gap. Filling that needled others to notice her gift for writing, and then the rest is history. Today, we had the chance to talk about the importance of studying God’s Word, finding joy in all circumstances, and what it takes to be a working writer.

More in this episode:

  • The more we learn about Christ, the more we grow and the more our church grows.
  • Melissa draws strength from Isaiah 55 and God’s invitation to life.
  • Discover Melissa’s untraditional journey to becoming a writer.
  • You can start your purpose journey later in life!
  • Melissa stepped into the gap to write excellent Bible study material.
  • What it was like to plant a church.
  • The moment Melissa realized she was called to write.
  • How to learn how to say “No.”
  • Discover the heart behind Melissa’s new book!

Resources:

Melissa Kruger

The Gospel Coalition

In All Things: Unshakable Joy

Jun 13, 2018
Government 18: Kingdom Governance With Brian Orme
42:47

In this episode of Are You Real Government Host Dubb Alexander talks to Brian Orme about University Ministry, and the unique tactics and strategies he and his wife, Cecily, have learned over the past 20 years. He will go into to depth about what it takes for this type of ministry to think outside the box to reach the "hungry" on the campus God has called them to in San Diego, California.

Through the last 20 years, Brian has learned some important lessons including what it looks like to operate out of "rest" as opposed to doing more than is humanly possible. As you listen to this episode of Are You Real Government you will be stretched in your thinking, and hear more about Brian's journey into the prophetic that started when he was only a young boy at the age of 10 years old. Brian talks about the advancement of prophetic, and what that looks like for the future of the church including how we are moving into knowing what we are, and not just who we are! This is an exciting episode you will not want to miss!

 

LINKS;

Connect with Dubb Alexander

iborme.com

iborme.com/store

Jun 08, 2018
LINKED 20: ERUPTION OF HOPE IN GUATEMALA
37:04

On this week's episode of Are You Real Linked host Christy Austin talks in depth to Kaitlyn Lee. Kaitlyn is an intern at the Living Water adopt a child out of Guatemala where they have impacted over 8,000 children. This ministry is giving back to the city by making it a priority to feed the children, provide much needed discipleship programs, and church planting that will ultimately lead not only the children, but the families to God.

The unique expression this ministry has is directly linked to the needs of the community, and making a difference by setting up weekly meals, and addressing very specific ways they can do that. Kaitlyn also talks about the challenges she has faced as an American coming to a new country, and gives her ultimate key to being able to take the city she feels God is calling her to be. You don't want to miss this episode of Are You Real Linked where Christy gives you unlimited strategies for being a city taker through the art of giving!

 

LINKS;

Connect with Christy Austin

Living Water Adopt A Child Ministries

Jun 07, 2018
Purpose 105: Finding Purpose Through Bi-Racial Adoption with Katie Ganshert
45:17

Is the church blinded to injustice? How can a novelist be on the front lines of change? I am excited you are joining in today because I have a guest who is writing books that are on track to change the church.

Katie Ganshert is a midwest gal who is passionate about Jesus, writing, her family, adoption, and God’s grace and justice. When she’s not plotting her next novel, she is on dates with her husband, hanging with her kids, and chatting with girlfriends over coffee. Her passion is for telling stories that demonstrate life’s most difficult problems from a spiritual perspective. Katie’s newest book, No One Ever Asked, is an incredible story based on true events about issues of racial injustice in America. Today, Katie is going to explain why social justice is so important to her and to God, and how sharing stories can change lives. Writing is such an exploration of how God has uniquely gifted Katie, and I am excited to share her stories with you.

If you are interested in racial reconciliation in the church, writing good stories, and finding your purpose inside change, feel free to chime in! This is an episode you do not want to miss.

More in this episode:

  • Katie shares why she is so passionate about storytelling.
  • Katie uses Isaiah 1:17 and it speaks to her heart.
  • Social justice is a part of the gospel.
  • Katie wants to write stories that the whole world will hear.
  • How one trip to Kenya gave Katie the story she needed to share.
  • How to become a working writer.
  • Dive into Katie’s book, spoiler free.
  • Katie asks the question of “What does it mean to be human?” in the light of real events.
  • Learn Katie’s perspective on racial inequality and where that journey started.
  • International adoption takes a long time, but Katie was determined to get her daughter.
  • The church needs education to have eyes to see injustice.
  • How our strengths can also be our weaknesses.
  • Let’s get uncomfortable for those we love.

Resources:

Katie Ganshert

Katie Ganshert

Facebook: Katie Ganshert

No One Ever Asked

Jun 06, 2018
Government 17: Kingdom Governance in Business with Pedro Adao
59:11

Today on Are You Real Government Dubb Alexander welcomes Pedro Adao. Pedro is an established businessman with a Kingdom mindset.

Predro started his career in the corporate world and left it to become an entrepreneur. Now, Pedro is a financial services professional, specialising in helping people plan for retirement and live life on their terms. Through God-given ideas, great marketing plans, and more Predro is able to use his company to influence the Business Mountain for the Kindom.

Dubb and Pedro talk about how the church can use the wisdom of the business mountain, how the prophetic can play into your business, and how the Kingdom of God operates plus so much more.

If God has called you to the business mountain you're going to love this interview. Do you have questions about the Kingdom? Dubb would love to talk with you! 

LINKS:

Connect with Dubb

 
 
Facebook Search "Pedro Adao"
Jun 02, 2018
Linked 19: How To Connect With Next Generation
33:12

Over the past several episodes we have been learning what it means to be a City Taker. From our studies in Luke 10, we know that taking a city starts with the art of giving. But how can you bring true revival to your city for generations to come?

Today on Are You Real Linked we are excited to welcome Leland Hall. Leland is from Aiken, South Carolina and is over the youth department of Enkindle Ministries.  Leland has an anointing on his life to connect with the younger generations. Through being a local teacher and other outreaches he is trying to make sure every young adult in Aiken feels the love of the Father.

Christy Austin shares her heart for the younger generations and her affection for Millennials. If you want to know how to connect with the younger generations through the ecclesia than you're going to love this interview.

What city are you taking? Connect with Christy and let us know!

LINKS:

Connect with Christy

Enkindleministries.org

 

May 31, 2018
Purpose 104: Look to Jesus to Stay Humble With Mac Powell
21:04

God gives us all unique gifts, and to some he even grants fame. What happens when fame comes knocking? Is it possible to stay humble? That was my burning question for Mac Powell, the lead singer of the band, Third Day. Many people consider Third Day to be a pioneer in the Christian music business, but to Mac, it was just a result following God’s call on his life. 

Mac has toured all over the world and has even been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. During his two decades of being a recording artist, Mac stays true to his faith by clinging to scriptures like Romans 5:8. Mac looks to Jesus and his five children as his guiding forces. The music he makes is for his family and his savior. It was truly a privilege to get to talk to Mac today, and I know you will be blessed by what he has to say about his crazy gift of a life.

More in this episode:

  • Mac shares all about his history and why he started Third Day.
  • After 25 years, Mac still feels the great joy of bringing music to the world.
  • Mac tells us how he looks to Jesus to stay humble.
  • How music was a huge part of connecting Mac to his heavenly Father.
  • Mac knew nothing about Christian music before starting Third Day.
  • Holding onto something too tightly is just as dangerous as ignoring your calling.
  • Mac’s biggest strength is his people.
  • How Mac battles to have patience.

Resources:

http://www.thirdday.com/

May 30, 2018
Business 10: Family Business with Brianna McIntyre
27:35

Today we are going to explore how to do business with family. Sometimes, it’s awesome. Sometimes...not so much. My special guest today is Brianna McIntyre, my very own daughter. Today is an opportunity for you to get a peek behind the curtain to see what running the family business is all about.

Brianna is going to offer up her perspective on how to compartmentalize family and business while still utilizing the strength of those relationships. I think you will love her solid advice for young people working for their parents, as well as advice for Millennials in general. I am also excited to share with you stories from our Next Level Trainings and how it has shaped our family business! I am thankful to have Brianna on the show, and I know you will get so much out of her perspective! 

More in this episode:

  • What happens when we make excuses.
  • Brianna is excited to give you a look behind the curtain.
  • Empathy is the key to working with your family.
  • Keep your roles clear.
  • Your family can still surprise you.
  • Brianna’s takeaway from doing Next Level Training.
  • What Brianna has learned about taking care of your people.
  • What I learned by directing a conference.
  • Be servant hearted and promote them to be successful.
  • Brianna’s advice to Millennials.

Resources:

Michael P. Mcintyre

Wild at Heart

Intimacy With Christ

May 29, 2018
Fit 10: Mental Health And How It Affects Your Overall Well-Being With Christy Austin
27:39

Mental health is a huge buzz word in our culture these days, but many people in the church are still grappling with how to look at mental health practices from a spiritual perspective. Our brains might seem distant or even disconnected from the health of the rest of our bodies, but the opposite is true! When we are not taking care of ourselves mentally, we are not reaching our fullest potential for our physical health. My guest, Christy Austin, is here to share her godly perspective on mental health, and how we can improve our overall well being.

Christy is a psychiatric therapist with a heart for the church. Though she is not a Christian counselor, there are many secular studies and practices that we as believers should apply when managing our mental health. Today, you will learn why your mental health is important and then gain some wisdom about how to go about fortifying it.

More in this episode:

  • Learn all about Christy’s history and experiences with mental health.
  • All about art therapy.
  • Christy is not a Christian counselor, but God uses her in mighty ways.
  • Physical activity can improve your mental health.
  • Christy wants to start with natural ways to boost mental health and then try medication.
  • Christy’s keys to staying mentally healthy.
  • Engage in a right brain activity to pull fear out of your brain.
  • It is important to renew your mind with the Word.
  • There is a mental component to increasing our physical activity.
  • We need more mental health plans in our high schools and churches.
  • Discover Christy’s parting wisdom.
May 28, 2018
Government 16: Prophet to the Nations Keith Ferrante
01:06:23

Today on Are You Real Government Dubb Alexander welcomes Keith Ferrante. Keith is a powerful prophet to the nations, an accomplished author, and a worldwide prophetic trainer. 

Keith shares his story about how he started walking in his prophetic gift when he was 22 after God started delivering him from a religious mindset. Through that, he started to shift from the church mountain to the business and government mountain. Now Keith travels the world sharing his gift of past, present, and future prophecy to bring breakthrough to the nations.

In this episode Keith will explain how you can't bring something to people, they have to be that something. He will also share his involvement in the restoration of North and South Korea, what the Fathers' heart is for Germany and speak about the poverty mindset in the world plus much more.

What do you think about today's episode? Reach out to Dubb and let him know!

LINKS: 

Connect with Dubb

facebook.com/EmergingProphets

emergingprophets.com

Government 09:  Abby Abildness

May 25, 2018
Linked 18: Words or Power: What’s the Takeaway?
36:27

Today on Are You Real Linked Christy Austin welcomes Carston and Mandy Woodouse.

Carston and Mandy are currently planted in Glory City Aiken. However, they refer to themselves as City Takers for the entire Central Savannah River area, of South Carolina. The Woodhouse's and the Austin's have been co-labouring together for many years through the art of giving and evangelism to see an abundant harvest in their area.

Join in as they discuss how to tell the difference between religion or relationship, their personal salvation stories, their advice to fellow City Takers, and how they believe God will manifest to usher in a season of revival for all the generations.

We would love to get linked with you in prayer! Connect with Christy and the Are You Real team and tell us what City you are taking.

LINKS:

Connect with Christy

Carston and Mandy on Facebook

Email Carston and Mandy

May 24, 2018
Purpose 103: Finding Purpose Through Service - Brian Schiele
32:42

Having a heart and a passion for service doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes, the way we conduct our businesses can also have God’s mission and our purpose in mind. My guest today sees his business in just this way—as a way to live out his calling to minister to God’s people.

Brian Schiele has been in the mortgage lending business for the past 15 yrs, and he sees his job as the perfect opportunity to serve others. Your home is your largest asset, and many people come to Brian and Fellowship Home Loans with a dream. Brian makes those dreams financially possible. For Brian, mortgages are all about the stories of people and what they are looking to accomplish. He was lucky and found a business that enabled him to use his passion for people and gift with numbers together. He grew his business not just so he could make a lot of money, but so he could help a lot of people.

The market hasn’t always been so kind to Brian. Through the market crash in ’07-’08, Brian and his partner remained faithful to the ministry God had called them to. After the crash, the market changed and they learned their trade anew. Brain’s faithfulness and passion have carried him far, and I know you will take a lot of away from this interview today!

More in this episode:

  • How Brian got his start in this business world.
  • The Scripture from Proverbs 15:3 that is so important to Brian, it’s on the back of his business card.
  • The story behind Brian’s partnership and a business built by values.
  • Brian’s business was a slow start, but he was OK with that!
  • Brian’s story of the housing market crash and how that completely changed his plans.
  • How Brian managed the changes in the market even though he felt like he was brand new at it.
  • What happens when we spread ourselves too thin.
  • God is doing big things in Brian’s life in the family sphere.
  • How Brian integrates his ministry into his business.
  • Brian shares how he wishes he had gotten to know more diverse people in college.

Resources:

Fellowship Home Loans

800- 804-SAVE

May 23, 2018
Government 15: Kingdom Consciousness with Dr. Undrai Fizer Part 2
35:26

Today Dubb Alexander welcomes back Dr. Undrai Fizer, for part two of Kingdom Consciousness.

Dubb and Dr. Fizer have a great conversation about how the Kingdom of God is governmental in nature, and what that means to us as Kings of the earth.

If the earth is our Kingdom, why are we not taking our inheritance? Because we don't truly believe we are Kings. In the garden, Adam and Eve did not believe who they were. They didn't claim their territory. The fall was the first act of religion. The difference between religion and the Kingdom is: Religion caters to your mere humanity, the Kingdom tells you who you were before the foundation of the world.

Your identity transcends this dimension and this world.

In this podcast, Dr. Undrai Fizer will give you great resources to explore the Kingdom, teach you how to identify a Kingdom meeting, and more.

LINKS:

Connect with Dubb

UndraiFizer.com

Dr. Undrai Fizer on Facebook

BOOKS:

The Excuse-less Life

The 365

May 18, 2018
Linked 17: The Art Of Unity In Community
26:17

Today in episode 17 of Are You Real Linked Christy Austin will guide you through Luke chapter ten verse seven.

 "And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house."

This verse says a lot to City Takers about the importance of community. For true revival to come to our cities we need to link arm in arm with our brothers and sisters around us because we can not take a city alone. There is no such thing as a lone ranger city taker. 

In 2018 society is telling us that it is okay to bounce around from community to community. But Jesus is calling us in this verse to commit to one and other and stick it out even when it gets difficult.

Christy will share what her community looks like and how being intimate with each other also means true intimacy with the Holy Spirit.

LINKS:

Connect with Christy 

enkindleministries.org

Areyoureal.org

May 17, 2018
Purpose 102: Passion Conference With Kristian Stanfill
38:31

One of the most influential ministries in the United States has got to be the Passion Conference, a ministry of Passion City Church. I’ve been following this ministry for 20 years, and it is so evident that God is moving through the worship ministry at Passion City Church. Even though Kristian Stanfill is at the center of this movement, making records and writing music heard all over the world, he knows that he would be nothing without the saving grace of Jesus.

Kristian is a singer and songwriter. His most recent album, Mountains Move, is absolutely incredible. Today, Kristian is going to share all of the experiences and decisions that led him to this amazing ministry. You see for Kristian, it’s not just about making records. For him, it’s about capturing what God is doing in the people of his church. God is the vision, and he simply acts in faith. Kristian and I had the chance to talk about community, unique gifts, and God’s call on our lives. I know you are going to love hearing the extreme faith that Kristian lives out every day!

More in this episode:

  • What it is like to be a part of the Passion City Church.
  • Learn the story behind the Passion Mission.
  • Kristian shares his own experiences by the Passion Movement.
  • How Kristian learned how to write songs and express his love for God.
  • Take your walk with God seriously.
  • Get anchored to your church community.
  • You don’t have to promote yourself when you are seeking Jesus.
  • What it was like for Kristian and his wife to move to Atlanta to plant a church.
  • What happens when God calls you to give sacrificially.
  • Kristian’s biggest strength with Passion City is to see people.
  • Pray for God to show you the people that you need to love.
  • Kristian’s biggest weakness is an inability to plan ahead.
  • What’s going on in Kristian’s life that we need to know about.
  • Get Kristian’s “Back to the Future” answer!

Resources:

Passion City Church

Instagram

@PassionMusic

May 16, 2018
Government 14: Kingdom Consciousness with Dr. Undrai Fizer Part 1
43:54

Today Dubb Alexander talks with Dr. Undrai Fizer from the Kairos Institute of Personal Discovery!

Dr. Undrai Fizer is also the publisher of Divine House Books. Fizer has devoted his life to the genius work of the Kingdom and the Fathers divine mind as it pertains to the spiritual intelligence of sons and daughters of God on the earth. 

Listen in as they discuss how the Kindom of God is governmental in nature and how it displays the Fathers' heart.

Dr. Undrai Fizer's will share how he first experienced the Kingdom and explain how a saved man has trauma but a Lord has authority, plus more. You will love being challenged to live a more Kindom live style through this episode!

"The Kingdom is question activated"

Reach out to Dubb If you have any questions about the Kingdom or any ideas presented in this episode.

LINKS:

Connect with Dubb

UndraiFizer.com

Dr. Undrai Fizer on Facebook

BOOKS: 

The Excuse-less Life

The 365

May 11, 2018
Linked 16: Religion or Relationship
22:17

Welcome to Are You Real Linked episode 16! Today Christy Austin breaks down Luke 10 and Galatians 5. These verses are extremely important for all City Takers as we look for "men and women of peace" in our towns.

The church is having an identity crisis because we are losing the relational aspect of the body and the bride.  In the beginning, God longed for intimacy with man. A relationship is the foundation of our creation. When we press into our relationship with Him it transforms us from the inside out and we start bearing good fruit.

In Luke 10 Jesus doesn't tell us to look for the rule followers, or the churchgoers, or the religious He says "look for the man of peace". Peace is a fruit of the spirit if you flip over to Galatians 5 Paul clearly lays out how to identify good (Holy Spirit) and bad (Sin Nature) "fruits".  If you are taking a city through the art of giving, you will love the wisdom in this episode. 

What City are you taking? Reach out and tell us! We would love to link with you in prayer.

LINKS:

Connect with Christy

Areyoureal.org

May 10, 2018
Purpose 101: Fear Of Failure With Matt Miller
39:34

Is the fear of failure holding you back from God’s purpose for your life? Do you get stuck in the planning phases, but never actually take that leap of faith? I think today’s guest might inspire you to step out into your purpose. Matt Miller has had a variety of experiences from 9 years in the Air Force to being a top performer in the corporate world. Eventually, Matt decided that he wanted to be his own boss, so he started his wild ride in entrepreneurship. Now, he is helping schools raise funds and running a successful business, School Spirit Vending. You'll also want to check out his podcast, School Zone!              

Today, Matt is going to share how failure was his best teacher, and why it is so easy to be paralyzed by analysis. We also had the chance to talk about podcasting, mastermind groups, and building a business after a market crash. Matt has so much practical wisdom to share for any of you out there with a dream you are scared to pursue. Lucky for you, Matt has had plenty of experience and is willing to get you started. Most importantly, Matt sees his businesses as a way to bring God glory. The relationships he has built as a result of his business has opened doors for the gospel.

You can bring God glory through your business, too! You just have to step out in faith.

More in this episode:

  • Matt shares his personal history and experiences in the Air Force and in the corporate world.
  • How the idea for custom stickers for schools came to be.
  • How to manage when you are burning the candle at both ends and making time for your family.
  • Matt shares all of the financial setbacks that happened after the market crash.
  • The process of getting School Spirit Vending in schools.
  • How to create a win-win setup.
  • Why niche is important.
  • Matt’s biggest strength is to use an outsider perspective to get into an industry he knows nothing about.
  • Matt got into podcasting just for his private team.
  • Why a mastermind is so important.
  • Your ministry is all about relationships.
  • Matt shares his best stories of failure.

Resources:

School Spirit Vending

School Zone Podcast

Sewing Seed: Faith, Family, Farming, and Financial Freedom

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud

May 09, 2018
Fit 09: Teri Dempsey: Fitness, Faith and Family
30:36

When we commit our fitness goals to the Lord, he will absolutely bless our endeavors. This is exactly the mentality of Teri Dempsey, my guest on Are You Real: Fit. Teri has over 20 years of personal training experience, with additional certifications in all kinds of athletic disciplines. She runs a small, private gym called Fit For My King, and hosts online and in-person challenges. Teri is a grace mentality trainer, and she works with women to empower them spiritually as well as physically.

Teri cites Proverbs 3:5-6 as her inspiration. When she is trusting the Lord the most, she finds that her goals are absolutely achievable. Today, Teri and I will talk fitness, faith, and family. I am excited for you to hear how Teri has been seeking God through her athleticism and her business. I think you’ll be inspired by her passion for Jesus and for other people!

More in this episode:

  • Teri gives us the inside scoop about what it is like to be a personal trainer.
  • Teri is also on staff at her church.
  • The personal training businesses is also a spiritual ministry.
  • We have to get rid of the root issue and have an inward change before we can enjoy an outward transformation.
  • Teri shares her testimony about overcoming issues of depression and anxiety.
  • The flaws we see have a divine purpose from God.
  • How Teri went from a fear of jumping to specializing in high jump!
  • What Teri’s workouts look like now.
  • Our diet impacts our overall health just as much as an exercise plan.
  • Teri’s motto is “Do it anyway.”
  • We have to work through fear and trust God. 

Resources:

Facebook

May 08, 2018
Government 13: Dr. Barry Lenhardt Part 2
43:26

Today on Are You Real Government Dubb Alexander welcomes back Dr. Barry Lenhardt.

Dr. Lenhardt joined us on episode six and touched on many great Kingdom points and ideas, we wanted to dive a little deeper into these topics. We would love for you to go back and listen to part one before joining today's conversation.

We will explore the ideas of how to start governing yourself properly, how to start seeing yourself as a country. Along with expounding on the different departments in heaven, having the mind of God versus having a mind on God, how you can't have two kings in the same territory, and so much more. 

Get ready for your mind to be blown! This episode has so much Kingdom wisdom waiting for you.

We would love to hear what God is has been showing through Are You Real Government. Reach out to Dubb with your questions and comments! 

LINKS:

Connect with Dubb

Llbd.org

Listen to Part 1

May 04, 2018
Purpose 100: Embryo Adoption - Katie Cline and Charis Boone
42:20

Today, we are going to shine some light on a topic many people don’t know much about. The subject is Embryo Adoption, and my expert guests are Katie Cline and Charis Boone. Embryo Adoption occurs when a couple has undergone IVF to produce embryos outside of the womb for the mother to carry to term. It is a miracle of modern medicine that is helping infertile couples grow their families, but it also has an unfortunate consequence: there are leftover embryos. Charis and Katie believe that life begins at conception, so these embryos are children waiting to be adopted. This is the inspiration behind the National Registry for Adoption, an organization committed to helping these embryos find forever families.

If this whole process sounds a little uncertain to you at first, give these ladies a chance to explain. Katie is an Embryo Donor, and Charis is an Embryo Adopter. They each have a unique perspective on the adoption process that is truly wonderful. Each of these ladies has the heart to give homes to the homeless and to nurture every child that is born or unborn. They were willing to walk through uncertainty, awkward conversations, and pregnancy to give these kids a life. God has been blessing their organization, and it is clear why. The National Registry is on to something!

Listen this week to hear how Charis and Katie found their purpose, and why Embryo Adoption needs to be at the forefront of the public eye. 

More in this episode:

  • Katie shares the process of IVF and what it means to be an Embryo Donor.
  • Charis shares what it meant for her to be an Embryo Adopter.
  • An embryo adoption only costs $4,000.
  • The difference between orphan care adoption and family growth adoption.
  • There are 28 families waiting for every child put up for adoption.
  • God is using the gifts he gave Charis and Katie to change lives.
  • No one hears about embryo adoption.
  • Is it difficult to donate an embryo?
  • There are varying levels of involvement with the donor families.
  • Charis shares her relationship with her donor family.
  • The positives of Embryo Adoption.
  • How the National Registry for Adoption has grown over the years. 

Resources:

Prebornkids.com

Twelve Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden

May 02, 2018
Business 09: Money and Artist
33:42

This is a historic day for the Are You Real: Business podcast because I am interviewing my very first guest, Merrick Porchéddu, Founder and CEO of the Dallas-based Artist Uprising. Along with her business partner, Angela, Merrick took a unique idea and transformed it into a business that serves others and also glorifies God.

Artist Uprising is devoted to uncovering hidden talent and matching them to clients and audiences across the nation. They have carefully curated their groups of artists and then given them the tools they need to gain exposure and build an audience. Merrick is going to share today about the amazing ways God has blessed their business. She is equal parts steeped in ministry and business acumen, and we have so much to learn from her!

More in this episode:

  • Merrick tells us her testimony and how God gave her an encounter with his messenger.
  • How Artist Uprising helps clients find an artist to pair with them.
  • Business can be a model of caring.
  • How Merrick fills a niche with a killer business model.
  • How the ladies rely on their faith in their business.
  • Merrick breaks down the course that she developed to help artists network and become visible.
  • The story behind Forbes!
  • Two pieces of advice for entrepreneurs.

Resources

Artist Uprising

May 01, 2018
Success 08: 8 Stages of Psychological Development
14:46

Do brothers and sisters grow up to be exactly the same? We would probably all answer a resounding NO! Think about it: they have the same parents, the same house, the same rules, and the same environment---yet can grow up to be VERY different. Today’s discussion is about the three stages of psychological development, meaning how we become who we are.

These three stages are particularly important for those of us who are raising children in today’s world. You may hear negative feedback about today’s youth, their work ethic, their character, etc., but the fact remains that WE are teaching them and allowing them to develop their work habits. Dr. Morris Massey says that we each process our experiences differently and that what really matters in our development is how we label these experiences. Let’s dive deeper!

More in this episode:

  • Three stages of psychological development:
  • Stage 1:  Imprinting:  This stage is all about teaching the duality of life.  A child will learn right from wrong, good from bad, and will take on some of the personality aspects of the person or persons that are raising them.  They will shift their brain waves from slower cycles (like a hypnotic state) to higher frequency cycles (conscious processing). As this shift happens around 4 years old, young people begin to have the ability for conscious processing and reasoning.
  • Stage 2:  Modeling: This stage is about the development of values and beliefs.  Young people will begin to find people who they wish to be just like, or to model.  The most common models are teachers and coaches. If a child is required to do chores and to work on a regular basis during this stage, they are more like to have high work ethic, better customer service skills, and will be less likely to return home after their education.  How a person works later in life is strongly dependent upon the meaning that they give to their experiences during this time. Also, when a child is exposed to Christian principles on a regular basis early in life, they are 80% more likely to be a Christian when they grow up.
  • Stage 3:  Socialization:  This stage is about learning critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and ultimately will serve as their blueprint for personal accountability.  It is incredibly important who the young person hangs out with during this stage because they adopt the strategies of those that they are close to. It is important to note that males and females develop at a different pace from one another.  The male brain grows 4 years slower than the female brain.
  • One criticism of youth today is that they expect things to be given to them. They are NOT born with that expectation, but it is conditioned into them.
  • Tips for holding children accountable:
    • During socialization, they should be responsible for waking themselves up in the morning for school/work
    • Parents should ask about their “homework situation” and about their specific plan to get it done, but it should be THEIR responsibility
  • During socialization, when they make a mistake, ask three critical questions:
    • What happened?
    • At what point could you have done something differently?
    • What will you do next time?
  • When a mistake occurs, transfer the locus of control from external to internal, so they say, “I made a choice.” The goal is for them to say, “I choose my actions, my attitude, my emotions, and my homework habits.”
  • For kids AND adults, the five people who are closest to you will determine who you are, because you will be just like them.
  • It is critical that we continue to develop the right character, values, and behavioral habits in the people we lead.
Apr 30, 2018
Linked 15: How To Partner With Peace
26:14

Welcome to Are You Real Linked Episode 15.

Today we continue our teaching on Luke 10. Specifically, verse 5.

Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!'

This may be a short verse, but if you dive a little deeper there is so much Jesus is telling us. Christy Austin will guide you through the true meaning of this verse, and what it means for City Takers. She will explain why Jesus tells us to go to peoples houses, and how to find true peace through prayers of thanksgiving and much more.

Being a therapist, Christy sees first hand how the world needs the peace that only God can give. Not temporary peace the world gives.

You will love taking a longer look at this verse. If you are called to be a city taker, we would love to hear how this episode inspires you to transform your city through the act of giving.

LINKS:

Connect with Christy

Areyoureal.org

Fellowshiphomeloans.com

Apr 26, 2018
Purpose 99: When God's Purpose Finds You with Matthew Paul Turner
45:32

Sometimes, we don’t find our purpose; it finds us. This is exactly the position Matthew Paul Turner found himself in, and that is exactly why we needed to have him on the show! Matthew is a writer and photographer who has contributed his work to National Geographic and is one of the most influential progressive Christian voices the music media. Like so many of us, Matthew has struggled with doubt and uncertainty, but God has also blessed him greatly! He is certainly an inspiration to me, and I hope he will be for you as well.

Today, you will get to hear how Matthew thought he had turned away from Christian Music only to become the editor of a Christian Music Magazine. You will learn why he is an unlikely photographer, and how he came to self-publish several books. Matthew will explain why writing books for children hits close to home, and he will share why his family remains the most important source of inspiration in his life. You will also find out just how Matthew came to travel the world with Morgan Freeman. Yes, that Morgan Freeman.

Throughout all of his creative endeavors, Matthew remains committed to God’s mission. He cares deeply about children across the globe, and his work with World Vision speaks for itself. If you are the creative type who never thought you could make a go at having a creative career, give this episode a listen. Matthew has a story that will speak to just about everyone!

More in this episode:

  • Message us on Facebook to win a copy of Matthew’s book!
  • How Matthew stumbled into his career as a writer in the music industry.
  • The insane story about how Matthew got to travel the world with Morgan Freeman and National Geographic.
  • Matthew’s Life Scripture: “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the founder, and perfecter of our faith.”
  • Advice for writers and inspiration for getting started.
  • All the places Matthew has traveled with World Vision.
  • Matthew wants people to experience the world.
  • Get the inside scoop on “The Story of God.”
  • Gaining hope from the most unexpected places.
  • Give yourself permission to be a little disappointed.
  • Why Matthew was drawn to write children’s books.
  • The ins and outs of publishing!
  • Make sure you have good people in your life!
  • Matthews’ best advice: keep moving forward

Resources

When God Made You

Twitter: @Heympt

Instagram @MatthewPaulTurner

Matthew Paul Turner

Apr 25, 2018
Fit 08: Your Health - Spirit, Soul and Body (Part 3)
12:04

Welcome to the third part of this series, Your health- spirit, soul, and body.

Today we will be discussing what it looks like to be healthy physically and what the necessary components are to having an overall healthy physical body.

For many people, the first thing they think of when anyone mentions a healthy body, is the idea of weight. As a trainer, I am frequently asked “what is a healthy weight for me?” or “how much weight should I lose?” and these are never  easy questions to answer. Most people tend to only look at the scale, or focus on their BMI, so I'd like to answer these questions by breaking the idea of healthy body weight down for you in a way that will make it easier to understand. Listen in today to find out about body composition and why everyone's body composition is going to be different.

Although having a healthy body weight is really important, this is subjective to each  individual, as body composition varies from one person to the next. The body composition includes all the factors relating to one's weight- the muscle, the fat, the bones, and also the vital organs, so it's really necessary to look at all these factors when doing an evaluation of your health and this also means that everyone's ideal body weight will be different. Listen in today as I explain some of the often overlooked factors pertaining to body composition that really need to be taken into account when assessing your ideal body weight.

 

Show Highlights:

 

  • Looking at body composition as an evaluation of your overall health.
  • How the body composition of two individuals with the same statistics can vary.
  • Taking all the factors pertaining to body composition into account when looking at your weight.
  • Being on a strategic exercise program and eating healthily can influence your amount of body fat.
  • How genetics play a role in some people's ability to lose weight faster than others.
  • Hard work does pay off!
  • The importance of committing to (and adhering to) a fitness goal.
  • How you can really benefit from an exercise program.
  • About your cardio-respiratory endurance.
  • What weight training does for your body.
  • Creating an exercise program that will help you to maintain an ideal weight.
  • Why you really need to maintain your flexibility.
  • Building overall muscular endurance with your exercise program.
  • Nutrition is a huge part of creating and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

 

                       

                             Set your goals. Say your prayers. Work hard. 

Apr 24, 2018
Government 12: Zimbabwe Presidential Candidate Dr. Noah Manyika
49:33

Today on Are You Real Government we are honored to talk to Dr. Noah Manyika.

He is running for the presidential office of Zimbabwe in the 2018 race under the Build Zimbabwe Alliance. Dr. Manyika truly is a man after Gods own heart. He grew up in Zimbabwe with parents who had faith and taught him how to have hope despite the circumstances that were around him. When he was older, God called Dr. Manyika and his wife to be missionaries in the North Carolina for 22 years.

More recently God has brought the Manyika's back home to Zimbabwe to claim their inheritance and change the direction of the country. You will hear about how God has guided his campaign trail, and how the Kingdom is manifesting in the country of Africa.

This interview has so much depth, insight, and wisdom from Dr. Noah Manyika that it is undeniable that God is moving in the Government Mountain. 

If you would like to hear more about Dr. Manyika and his team we recommend going back and listening to episode 08 with Dr. Manyika's campaign advisor Chantelle Irish.

LINKS:

buildzimbabwe.org

BZA Manifesto

Donate to BZA

Email the BAZ

BZA Facebook

Apr 20, 2018
Linked 14: The Secret formula of faith - Missions
27:21

On Are You Real Linked 14 we dive further into Luke 10.

In 2017 God spoke to Christy Austin and said: "2018 will be the year of abundant harvest". That's why we love to talk to city takers around the world to see how God is fulfilling this promise. 

Today we want to introduce you to Steve and Amanda Pettit. Many years ago God told them to sell everything they own and be missionaries. Obeying that call the Lord has taken them around the world to spread the gospel and meet some incredible people.

Currently, they are taking the city of Fort Worth Texas with Mission 820. Every night they go into the streets and evangels to prostitutes, crack heads, and sex traffickers to show them the love of God. 

We love how Steve and Amanda live out Luke 10 so beautifully. They are going to people and BEING the church not TAKING people to the church.

You will love hearing how much influence God is giving them around the world.

LINKS:

Connect with Christy

Mission 8:20

Areyoureal.org

Fellowshiphomeloans.com

Apr 19, 2018
Purpose 98: Finding Purpose with Captain Awesome - Byron Taylor
57:48

I hope you are ready for some amazing truth bombs today because I am literally talking to Captain Awesome today. Byron Taylor (AKA Captain Awesome) is a spirited speaker, trainer, and coach. He has competed in world championships in public speaking and is the co-author of The Psyche of Success. Byron Taylor has found his calling as an inspirational speaker, but the story of how he got there is absolutely magnificent. God is clearly using Byron in incredible ways.

Byron had to walk through incredible hardship to reach the level of clarity and wisdom he has attained today. I am thankful that he had the chance to openly talk about childhood trauma, depression in adulthood, and figuring out life with God one leap of faith at a time. Byron is going to share his best pieces of wisdom for going after your purpose, facing fear, and listening to the voice of God. His stories are all very real and really funny. No one shares a story like Byron! Dive in with us today to experience the wild ride for yourself!

More in this episode:

  • How “Captain Awesome” came to be.
  • Why God’s plan is better than our best predictions.
  • Byron gave his first speech at his first Toastmasters meeting.
  • Out of the hurt and pain we experience, we can glorify God.
  • Mark 11:24 is Byron’s signature Scripture.
  • Byron opens up about his past struggles and the trauma that shaped him.
  • The things we struggle with the most are often our ministry calling.
  • What being a parent can teach us about God’s character.
  • How Byron fights discouragement.
  • Stories of experiencing God’s glory.
  • A speech is important for the one life that is impacted.
  • Byron shares all of the things that excite him.
  • When we knock on doors, God will open, and we have to step through.
  • Sometimes, we learn more about what we don’t want to do than what we want.
  • Byron would help his younger self-heal more quickly if he could. 

Resources:

Byron Taylor Speaks

Toast Masters

Facebook: Byron Taylor Speaks

Apr 18, 2018
Business 08: How to Find a Life Coach
23:09

Successful business leaders and entrepreneurs have one thing in common: they are coachable. If you have people in your life who have been appointed to give you guidance and clarity, then there is no way you can go wrong. Success is about more than just making a lot of money, and we need someone who can hold us accountable and offer wisdom to help us gain excellence in all areas of life.

In order to be coachable, you need to be able to swallow your pride. Once you know you are coachable, the hard work of finding someone begins. Lucky for you, I happen to have plenty of knowledge about how to find a great life or business coach. Let’s dive in today to see what it takes!

More in this episode:

  • What we can learn from Jerry McGuire.
  • Check ego and pride at the door in order to be successful.
  • How do your find a coach?
  • Look at the fruit from that coach.
  • Your coach should not be your peer.
  • Pay for your coach!
  • In Samuel 1, David shows us the power of a coach.
  • You’ve got to know when to get out of the way.
  • Don’t forget your affirmations!
Apr 17, 2018
Success 07: Comedian Jason Earls
35:17

I met Jason Earls, the comedian, about a week ago at the Shawn Bolz Conference, in Dallas, Tx, and had an immediate connection with him. I ask Jason to tell us one of his favorite verses that help guide him. He quoted Colossians 4:17. Paul writes, “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.” Paul saw the need to encourage Archippus, maybe because people were not paying his ministry much attention, and Paul knew he wanted him to fulfill it.

Jason says he doesn’t live to make people laugh but makes people laugh to help them live! He says he knew as early as high school that being a comedian was his destiny. He went on to seminary and grad school, and knew he could use laughter to glorify the King!

Learn to be diligent to God’s direction in this episode of Are You Real: Success!

More in this episode:

  • Jason shares how God directs his ministry.
  • You can desire success in your family and career, but you also have to be diligent!
  • If we are going to be in our best place to succeed, we cannot compare ourselves to others.
  • Learn what Jason does when he finds himself in a difficult place.
  • Sometimes things crack us so that the treasure inside us oozes out.
  • Learn to surround yourself with key people to help ensure your success.
  • Learn how you shouldn’t be satisfied with “base camp,” but need to press on to the peak!
  • Jason uses humor to share his passion for living for God.
  • Jody shares his views on successful living.

Resources:

Are You Real

Jason Earls

Apr 16, 2018
Government 11: D.R. Congo Presidential Campaign Advisor David Windhorn
31:45

Today on Are You Real Government we talk to David Windhorn. He is the Congo Presidential Campaign Advisor for  Dr. Mukumbay's.

Their vision is to build and promote The Democratic Republic of Congo and to care for its people and its land. This vision summarizes the work of Dr. Mukumbay who, professionally, is an independent business consultant in the United Kingdom. Dr. Mukumbay is regarded as a statesman in the truest sense for his new leadership style and stands out among a new generation of African leaders in diaspora. 

David shares his passion to see Dr. Mukumbay succeed, how God is using his gift of prophecy to influence government leaders, and why he believes God will use Congo to restore Africa.

You will also hear David's insight on what God is doing in the U.S.A, The Korea's and why God is rising up women leaders across the world.

LINKS:

Upardc.org

Connect with Dubb

Fellowshiphomeloans.com

Apr 13, 2018
Linked 13: Faith Fuels Where Distractions Delay
28:37

Today on Are You Real Linked we continue our study on Luke 10. Over the past few episodes, we have talked to many different city takers across the nation and heard their story's about how God is using them to take back their city for the Kingdom through the art of giving. If you have missed these interviews we highly recommend going back and listening before you dive into today's episode.

On episode 13 Christy Austin dissects Luke 10 Verse 4 and what it means in 2018.

 "Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road."

What does that mean? Why is Jesus saying I don't need my shoes? What about my debit card? This verse can bring up so many questions if you are not studying the word properly.

Christy breaks down how this verse is talking to us about God's provision, his faithfulness, and how we need to silence our distractions.

We can't wait to hear how God speaks to you in this episode!

Connect with Christy

Past Linked Episodes

Areyoureal.org

Fellowshiphomeloans.com

Apr 12, 2018
Purpose 97: Bros, Bible and Beer
46:49

It is always refreshing to find someone else who has found purpose in podcasting, and that is exactly what the Zach, Scott, and Jeff over at Bros, Bibles, and Beer are doing. These three guys are modeling what it means to have authentic, real, and often difficult conversations around a shared belief in God. Unlike many podcasts out there, the Bros all come from incredibly different spiritual backgrounds and viewpoints. The result: authentic conversations that are rarely tied up in a bow, but are often glorifying.

Today, we are getting real and talking about everything, from Angry God to Grief and Theology. Along the way, the Bros will share some of their favorite moments and discussions from the show, and how they have been stretched and their view of God has changed. Each of these gentlemen has been called to a different area of God’s mission, but they can still come together to produce an amazing show you should certainly check out. Today, we won’t shy away from the hard stuff, but in the end, we will all agree that God is good! I can’t wait for you to hear what Scott, Jeff, and Zach have to say!

More in this episode:

  • The podcast started with authentic conversations, and it has transformed into something amazing.
  • Dive into the “Angry God” debate.
  • There is a need for repentance and to turn from your sin.
  • How our parents might (or might not) change our perception of God.
  • The Bros share some of their favorite moments of the podcast.
  • Why the Bros want to avoid the “echo chamber” effect.
  • Be with people while they are grieving.
  • How grief affects faith.
  • All of God’s children have value.
  • Conversations on education and the impact of real-life implications in the classroom.
  • Look at multiple angles for every story to create empathy.
  • The Bros help one another see their gifts and strengths.
  • Get a little advice from the Bros.

Resources:

https://www.brosbiblesbeer.com/

Find Your Purpose Chapter 1

Rureal.org

The Canon Revisited

Apr 11, 2018
Government 10: City of Glory with Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson
31:25

Joining us today on Are You Real Government is the Mayor of Amarillo, Texas Ginger Nelson.

Ginger Nelson got her unexpected start in local government after she saw the need for Godly leaders to step up in her city. After months of praying for these leaders to come Ginger thought that God was calling her husband to run for Mayor. However, God had placed the mantle of leadership for Mayor on Ginger's shoulders. 

Ginger truly lets the heart of the Father direct her time in office. Since being elected in 2017 she has been hard at work creating a culture of honor and a culture where every citizen in Amarillo can achieve greatness for the Kingdom.

She believes the God-given identity for Amarillo is to be the Ambassador for the state of Texas. Due to interstate 40, Amarillo has a unique opportunity to represent the state of Texas and the body of Christ to over 8 million people that drive through every year.

           

We would love to hear how God uses this episode in your life.

LINKS:

Ginger's Official Facebook

City of Amarillo Facebook

Connect with Dubb

Areyoureal.org

Fellowship Home Loans

Apr 06, 2018
Linked 12: Tents of Mountain Moving Faith With Michael Thorton
44:37

Today on Are You Real Linked we continue our talk on the church leaving the building and going out into the world. Our guest today is Pastor Michael Thorton from Global River Church. They are a network church of Bethal and are doing huge things for the Kingdome in Wilmington North Carolina.

Their vision statement reads...

"We are loving God and loving people, encouraging them to live the Spirit-empowered life, reaching pre-Christians, making disciples, and raising up leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. We live as a Family, an Army, a School in the Spirit, a Temple of worship, and a Hospital to the wounded."

... and they are doing that and much more.

Micheal shares how when you have the anointing of the Holy Spirit it empowers you to go into your city and cross over every race, social, or political barrier and start changing it for the Kingdome.

You will also enjoy hearing about Micheal's advice on how to get your assignment from God, how to start taking your city and how to find the "man or women of peace" in a community.

LINKS:

Global River Church

Ignite the Nations

Connect with Christy

Fellowship Home Loans

AreYouReal.org

Apr 05, 2018
Purpose 96: Jerrad Lopes: Dad Tired
45:34

Through pain, we find purpose. No one understands that Like Jerrad Lopes. After starting out early in full-time ministry as a pastor, Jerrad placed all of his identity in his ministry. Late in his twenties, Jerrad knew he needed to leave ministry, and his world was wrecked. Looking back, Jerrad knew he was being a bad husband and an absent father as he tried to pursue things of this earth that would fulfill him. He reached out on the internet, asking if any other fathers and husbands felt this struggle, and the response was incredible.

Dad Tired is a podcast and a movement that is leading men to Jesus. Jerrad is cultivating authenticity within marriages leadership within the culture. He believes that more men need to step up to the plate to lead their families by example. This knowledge is personal, and it was born from years of struggle. Jerrad’s dark season gave birth to a movement that God is using to transform families.

In addition to Dad Tired, Jerrad has started a nonprofit and his own branding agency. Even with all of these plates spinning, Jerrad prioritizes time with his family and his wife of 8 years. Instead of being content to stay in struggle and in failure, Jerrad asked God to transform his life. He answered in a big way. Listen to this week’s episode to find out how he did it!

More in this episode:

  • Jerrad shares why he feels called to many different things over the course of his life.
  • Scripture from Exodus 35:6 has influenced how Jerrad views God.
  • Jerrad has spent his journey starting as a pastor, but he always felt called to branch out.
  • In the middle of an identity crisis, Jerrad discovered that so many other fathers wanted to learn how to lead their families better.
  • What we can learn from the God-led decisions that do not lead to perfect happiness.
  • Discover the explosion of Dad Tired.
  • Jerrad’s wife prayed for Jesus to capture his heart again.
  • There is hope for your marriage if you feel like you have fallen away.
  • We need to be investing in young people.
  • How Jerrad grew his ministry to reach tens of thousands of people.
  • Jerrad can communicate the gospel in “street language.”
  • How we can respond to an identity crisis to fuel our faith.
  • Let’s not rely on technology to connect with one another.
  • Audiobooks are a go-to for busy parents.
  • What changes to our responsibilities once we get married.

Resources:

Dad Tired

Apr 04, 2018
Business 07: Setbacks; They Do Happen!
21:22

Today we need to talk about something really important for the life of your business: failure. Yes, failure is important! How and why we fail can teach us so much about where our business is weak, and also strong. I have noticed over the years that there are 3 Big Business Setbacks: Disappointment, Discouragement, and Distrust. 

I am going to break down each of these three setbacks and show you how your authentic faith can combat each of them. God has given us Scripture as a guide and a comfort when failure strikes. Instead of making us figure it all out on our own, we can rely on His wisdom and the wisdom of those who have gone before us to understand how to be successful in business. Just because you have suffered a setback does not mean you cannot move forward. Today, I am going to show you how.

More in this episode:

  • We set out all the plans we possibly can.
  • Failure happens to everyone.
  • Where does disappointment in business happen?
  • We need to manage our expectations.
  • What happens when we experience disappointment, and then manage it.
  • Discouragement is brutal.
  • Psalm 112 is a great way to get out of discouragement.
  • Distrust is from the enemy.
  • The world is going to want to make us jaded.
  • There are so many wounds that we have to deal with!
  • There is hope and encouragement for you!
  • Pray over your business.
  • John 10:10—have an abundant life!

Resources:

Are You Real

Apr 03, 2018
Success 06: Success Leaves Clues with John Clark
20:55

Today’s guest is John Clark. John Clark was the general manager of the Boys Scouts of America and he’s here to talk about what it took to be successful leading these organizations. Success leaves clues and today we are looking for all the clues that John’s successful career left behind.

John’s favorite quote is a Teddy Roosevelt quote that says, “A job that’s worth doing is worth doing well.”

 

Show Highlights:

  • Failure is the inability to meet our goals.
  • Success can look different at different points in your career.
  • Being happy with what you are doing is a key factor in your success.
  • Relying on God to help make tough decisions and handle tough circumstances is key.
  • If you can figure out what keeps people awake at night and then solve that problem, you will have unlimited income.
  • Setting goals will help improve your performance.
  • When we have success, you always have success habits that were implemented to make it happen.
  • Knowing how to set and manage goals individually and as a team is critical to success.
  • You can’t achieve success completely on your own. You have to have a winning team around you and achieve the goals together.
  • Sometimes to be a good leader it just means that you get out in front of your team and run faster.

 

Connect with Jody on Twitter: @jodynholland

Apr 02, 2018
Government 09: Abby Abildness with Healing Tree International
38:52

 

Our guest today is Abby Abildness. You will hear all about the Kingdom Start of our nation and her study of William Penn.

Have you ever heard of William Penn? You may know him by "Grandfather of our nation". He is the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. William wrote the first founding documents of the United States of America and his peace treaties are still used today. William Penn went on to be a spiritual advisor to our founding fathers. He understood government with a kingdom mind.

"Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn

William Penn started a good work in Pennsylvania that people and nations have benefited from for generations. Abby Abildness is going to make sure that legacy continues.

Abby has such a big heart for Pennsylvania, it will make you want to move there tomorrow. She is currently the State Leader of the International Prayer Coccus. She sits with government leaders and prayers with them so that God's will can be done in legislation.  Abby and her husband are also the CEO's of Healing Tree International.  Their passion is to network pastoral, medical, business and government leaders for the healing of nations.

LINKS:

 
 
 
CONNECT WITH ABBY:
 
 
Abby@healingtreeinternational.com
 
Mar 30, 2018
Linked 11: Keys For Serving with Kari Heffron
35:08

Today on Are You Real Linked you will hear the heart and passion of one woman who has been called my God to help heal and restore women and children who have found themselves homeless.

Kari Heffron is the Woman & Children Program Coordinator at The Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia, South Carolina.  They are currently serving 27 women and 19 families in their area. They are very intentional about calling themselves a "Transitional Home" and not a homeless shelter.

After the Holy Spirit set Kari free from a reckless lifestyle, Kari came to the conclusion that being homeless is not someone's identity it is just a result of being broken. God started a fire in her heart to create a safe place for homeless women and children to come and feel safe, loved, protected, wanted, and somewhere they can meet Jesus.

After 10 years of pressing into God Kari's dream finally came to fruition. Even though Kari is walking in her calling now she gets real about the struggles that come with this type of ministry.

Kari is a true City Taker and we can't wait to see what God does next with her ministry.

LINKS:

Connect with Kari

Donate to The Oliver Gospel Mission

Are You Real

Fellowship Home Loans

Mar 29, 2018
Purpose 95: Using the Passion of Theology to Unify a Diverse Church with Shane Blackshear
55:18

God has given us all a purpose and a passion, and when someone is being obedient to live out that purpose, amazing things happen. I am seeing amazing things from Shane Blackshear, and so I was excited to talk to him today about the unique passion God has given him for theology, ministry, and racial relations in the church. Shane is from West Texas where he lives with his wife and two kids. He is a podcast host with two amazing shows you should definitely check out. On Seminary Dropout, Shane interviews theologians who might not have the biggest microphone but have such wonderful things to share about our Creator. Shane’s second podcast, On Ramp, discusses how race and the church intersect.

Shane and I will dive into a lot of different topics in today’s episode. We started off with a discussion of race in the church, and how God’s Kingdom will absolutely be more diverse than the typical American church. Shane is teaching his listeners how to learn about the human experience through the eyes of someone who might not look exactly like them. It is a humbling conversation and one we probably can’t have enough.

From there, Shane and I are going to talk about how Seminary Dropout came to be, and why a show like Shane’s has such huge potential. God has given Shane more than enough strength and wisdom to graciously and empathetically interview the people who are seeking a thorough understanding of who God is and what his plans are for this world. Ultimately, Shane is encouraging anyone who will listen that, as image bearers of Christ, we have the potential to proclaim God’s goodness through every word and deed. That is absolutely what Shane is doing in the world, so you will want to check out my interview today!

More in this episode:

  • Shane tells us all about himself and what his passions and purposes are.
  • Shane shares why he feels burdened to bring issues of race in America to the church.
  • Diverse churches are incredibly rare in America.
  • We have so much to learn from the experiences of our brothers and sisters in Christ of different races.
  • Shane loves to point people to rich resources for understanding race in the church.
  • Why Shane ended up dropping out of seminary two times.
  • Shane’s favorite, mind-blowing interviews.
  • The thing that keeps Shane going with his podcast is the ministry opportunity.
  • It’s hard to interview well, and Shane is certainly gifted at it!
  • Why we struggle with self-confidence.
  • God is getting Shane excited to speak about idols and the “us v. them” mentality.
  • Who Shane is reading right now!
  • Church can be taken outside the walls.
  • Shane would tell himself right out of college to not limit his options.

Resources:

Twitter: @Beardonabike

Facebook: Shane Blackshear

Seminary Dropout Podcast

N.T. Wright

The Benefit of the Doubt

Fresh Expressions

On Ramp Podcast

Mar 28, 2018
Fit 07: Your Health - Spirit, Soul and Body (Part 2)
14:24

What is the soul? What does it even look like to have a healthy soul? I’m going to tackle these questions in Part 2 of our 3 part series on Spirit, Soul, and Body!

When it comes to complex questions like these, I think it is best to take a basic and practical approach to understanding it. I am so thankful that God has provided us with Scripture that tells us all about our soul and how we can keep it healthy. Today, I am going to bring you Scripture from both the Old and the New Testament that illustrates a healthy soul.

Ultimately, we need to learn how to trust God. When we surrender our mind, will, and emotions to Him, he will bring us to a place of peace and health. If you are pursuing an overall healthy lifestyle, you cannot neglect the health of your soul. You will see today how it impacts every single aspect of your life, including your physical health!

More in this episode:

  • I give my most basic explanation of what the soul actually is.
  • Let’s unpack the mind as described in Lamentations 3:20.
  • Job 7:15 and 1 Chronicles 22:19 give us a good idea about how the will works.
  • Our emotions are complex. Psalm 42:1 and Psalm 86:4 describe just a few emotions we experience.
  • What it means to have a healthy soul according to Romans.
  • Understand that your mind is part of your soul.
  • We can choose to walk in God’s will.
  • Proverbs 3:5-8 is a gem for us!
  • 3 John 1:2 shows us that our soul brings us bodily health.

Resources:

Are You Real

Mar 27, 2018
Government 08: Zimbabwe Presidential Campaign Advisor Chantelle Irish
25:59

Today on Are You Real Government we speak to Chantelle Irish. She is the Senior Campaign Advisor for Zimbabwe candidates: Noah Manyika and William (Widzo) Pilbrough. They are running for President and Vice President of Zimbabwe in the 2018 election. They are running under the political party of "The Build Zimbabwe Alliance".

Despite how dangerous politics can be in their country they are ready to see a change and are helping usher in Gods favor to Zimbabwe. 

The country as a whole is in very hard times. Their people have little access to clean water, and proper medical care. On top of that their unemployment rate is 95% and it is currently illegal to withdraw any sort of currency from a bank due to the countries crippling debt.
Many Zimbabwean people leave the country to work abroad to send money back to their loved ones just to make it by. 
 
This may seem like a terrible place to most people, but not for Chantelle. She shares how there is so many wonderful things about her country and her favorite are: the people, the countryside, and the untapped potential. The Build Zimbabwe Alliance sees past the brokenness, and the statistics to see God's heart for this country. 
 
She believes "God's identity for Zimbabwe is to be the Switzerland of Africa". She longs to see healing and peace in the country just like our Father does. 
 
In future episodes, we will talk to Noah Manyika and  William Pilbrough to hear more about the election.

LINKS:

buildzimbabwe.org

BZA Manifesto

Donate to BZA

Email the BAZ: info@buildzimbabwe.org

BZA Facebook

Samuel Rodriguez book "Lambs Agenda"
lambsagenda.com

messengerinternational.org

Areyoureal.org

Connect with Dubb

Mar 23, 2018
Linked 10: Urgently Called
31:56

Today on Are You Real Linked we speak with Jeremiah Bolich.

When Jeremiah was young he was discharged from the military due to a drug and alcohol problem. After hitting rock bottom a Christian couple invited him into their home and took him to a Billy Graham conference. At the conference, he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that would change his life.

Now Jeremiah is gone 47 weeks of the year traveling the world spreading the good news and equipping "City Takers". You will hear all about how he and his wife lived out of a bus during the first years of the ministry and now how he balances his family and ministries. However, in the near future, his travels may be few and far between as he plants a training center in Lebanon to help equip leaders.

"Reject religion and embrace Jesus".

LINKS:

AreYouReal.org

Connect with Christy

JeremiahBolich.com

Download a Free Audiobook on Audible

Mar 22, 2018
Purpose 94: Redefining Church to Make It a Living Experience with Jordan Sutton
57:03

Purpose is all about living out God’s plan, even if it looks nothing like anything you’ve seen ever before. Christians have a pretty good idea of what it means to do church, but today I am talking with someone who listened to the Lord when he asked him to think differently about his ministry and his congregation. This is Jordan Sutton, the pastor of Clearpath Church in Dallas, TX. He and his congregation are redefining church, and the Lord is working and speaking in mighty ways through them. 

Instead of a pulpit, Clearpath has tables. Instead of a traditional gathering, they meet in homes. Everything from worship to Bible studies has been prayerfully refashioned so that the members of Clearpath can have a whole new experience with the Living God. What gets me excited about guys like Jordan is that I feel like the Lord told me long ago that the church was changing, and I think pastors like Jordan are on the frontlines. 

Today, Jordan is not just going to share how and why Clearpath changed so drastically, but also the amazing changes that happened inside Jordan himself. God really emphasized for him a pursuit of holiness in spite of a fallen world and has asked him to think deeply about what it means to be set apart from the world. If you have a heart for people, especially in the American church, then you are going to want to listen to this episode. I think we have so much to learn from Jordan Sutton. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • Jordan shares how his upbringing led him to a different perspective on church. 
  • 1 Corinthians 2 was super influential for Jordan and his church ministry. 
  • Jordan learned about holiness alongside of grace. 
  • The opposite of holiness is commonness. 
  • Supernatural encounters in the most basic moments. 
  • Why it is so easy to move away from the tenacity of your conviction. 
  • What would church look like if we had never seen it before? 
  • Transforming Sunday services into prayer meetings. 
  • Turning pulpits into tables. 
  • Jordan lost people, and here is how he handled that. 
  • Lessons from God’s people. 
  • The Bible is filled with people who questioned and sought God. 
  • How God impacts our lives through money and privilege. 
  • Abundance looks differently for everyone. 
  • Jordan is still learning how to take care of the details. 
  • How Jordan would challenge us to think about our growth with God
  • Advice to Jordan’s younger self. 

 

Resources:

Jordan Online 

Clearpath Online Magazine 

Clearpath.live 

Clearpathdallas.com 

 

Mar 21, 2018
Business 06: Creativity in Business
20:23

What’s so creative about business? Everything! Especially if you are an entrepreneur, you are extremely creative. Businesses thrive when we are using our God-given creativity. When we don’t we get caught in a cycle of constant striving, and strife is the opposite of creativity. You were made in the image of a creative God, and I think some commonly overlooked creative processes will be the key to your success in business.

Today, I want to give you easy tools to help you access your creativity, apply it to business, and then watch all of your endeavors thrive. I’ll show you 5 habits successful business leaders DON’T have because I think we can learn just as much from what we are not, as we can what we are. Your authentic self is capable of creating so much! It’s time to start thinking about how we can bring some creative solutions to our businesses.

More in this episode:

  • When you get into striving, you are using up your creative energy.
  • Biblically, what does it look like to be creative.
  • We should be praying for creativity specifically for our business.
  • Start drawing things with your opposite hand!
  • Get involved and around creative individuals.
  • Be abundant in the Kingdom.
  • We have such a fear of loss.
  • Money means more opportunities.
  • 5 Things That Great Business leaders DON’T Do.

Resources:

Are You Real

Mar 20, 2018
Success 05: Definition of Success
15:34

How would you define success? We tend to define things in our lives incorrectly because we are either using someone else’s definition of success or following the world’s definition. When we take a close look at our definition, we may start to realize some unrealistic expectations. Today is your chance to redefine success so that you can actually see it manifest in your life. I am going to show you how!

There are five areas of my life where I need to have a balanced definition of success: Faith, Family, Fun, Finance, and Fitness. When I take a close look at these categories, I have to ask myself if I am reaching towards a goal for that particular arena. I want to challenge you today to look at how you define success in these areas and much more. You will also get a look at what influences our definition of success, and how we can take steps now to change our definition to a more positive one.

Practical wisdom and easy first steps are waiting for you in this episode of Are You Real: Success!

More in this episode:

  • We all have a different definition of success, as unique as we are.
  • We often let ourselves down by our own definition of success.
  • Lessons I learned about paying my dues and then redefining success as having fun.
  • We are bombarded with advertisements that try to define our lives.
  • Just doing works is not salvation.
  • You can define balance in your success as well.
  • Motivation starts with movement, and then the mental and emotional follows.
  • We are influenced by our connections.

Resources

Rureal.org

Mar 19, 2018
Government 07: Local Business in Local Government with Jenn Bara
26:11

Hey, everyone! Welcome to Are You Real Government episode 07.

Today we speak to Jenn Bara. You will hear all about her incredible journey about how God is using her in both the Government and Business Mountian. 

When Jenn was young she wanted to be a women's pastor and work in the church, because that is where she thought God moved the most. After attending Bethel Church's Heaven and Business Conference God opened her eyes to all seven Mountains of Influence.

In episode two we explain in depth the Seven Mountains of Influence. If you missed it, we recommend going back and listening so you can fully understand some of the ideas shared today. Click here to listen.

Jenn is the current President of the Panhandle Restaurant Asociation. This organization is equipping the next generation of entrepreneur that want to be in the industry. They provide educational conferences to small business owners to educate them on ever-changing laws, and much more. Jann also helps run her families local restaurant. Their business just celebrated 35 years and is thriving. 

After Jenn realized she was called to both the government and business mountain she received a phone call from Ginger Nelson who was running for mayor in her hometown. During the call, Ginger shared that God had told her that she needed Jenn on her campaign. This was a clearly a God-ordained moment, considering that Ginger Nelson had never met Jenn. She only knew her name because of her great influence Jenn had in the business mountain.

Jenn shares that the number one lesson that she learned from the campaign was learning how to see God moving in people regardless if she agreed with their policy's. Also, she dives into how to fight the spirit of religion in government.

Links:

Seven Mountian Printable PDF

Seven Mountian Strategy Explained 

Download a FREE audiobook today with Audible.

 

Mar 16, 2018
Linked 09: City Taking 102 - Everyday Evangelism
36:31

We are so excited to continue the conversation about "City Taking".

In episode 5 "City taking 101" we had a great time with George and Sarah from City Light Church about how to start "taking" your city back for the Kingdom. We recommend going back and listen before you dive in today. (Link below)

Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Naomi Volkman. She is a 12-year old Christian and is making a huge difference in her community. When Naomi was young her Mother was diagnosed with cancer, and she began to struggle with suicidal thoughts. She was saved after experiencing an incredible vision of Jesus telling her how much he loved her. After that, she started evangelizing in her high school which turned into a passion to see City's restored back to the love of Christ and has since graduated from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and has traveled around the world, sharing the gospel. Pretty much... she is a rock star!

Links:

City Taking 101

citylighttoledo.org

enkindleministries.com

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Mar 15, 2018
Purpose 93: Matt Brough - Spirituality for Ordinary People
51:31

More of then than not, you are in the middle of your purpose before you realize it’s even started. God has a funny way of taking us on a journey to find our calling, and he is certainly capable of working through us all in a might way, even if we can’t see it. This is why I am so excited to have Matt Brough on the show today. Matt has many passions that seemed to have all converged at this moment in time. Primarily, Matt is a family man in Winnipeg, Canada. When he isn’t spending time with his family, he is pastoring Prarie Presbyterian, a small but faithful and diverse congregation that is walking faithfully with God in this season.

What sets Matt apart from the rest is how his ministry has expanded beyond the pulpit. Knowing he had been gifted with words, Matt decided that he would start a podcast and write both non-fiction and fiction books on the side. It is incredible to see the way that Matt has listened to God’s call on his life and walked faithfully towards these creative endeavors, even though “success” looks a bit different than he thought. Matt has no idea what God might have in store for him next, but he continues to pursue more books and opportunities as a supreme act of faith.

Matt’s writing, his podcast, and his pastoring have all converged to make Matt a powerhouse of spirituality. He humbly wears his many hats with an attitude of service. He writes books his family would want to read. He shares stories that his church would want to hear. Above it all, Matt chooses where to use his gifts to serve others, and I think we have a lot to learn from him. You do not want to miss out on Matt’s story in this week’s episode, so let’s dive right in.

More in this episode:

  • Matt considers his family most important next to God.
  • Authoring and podcasting is a very new journey that God has been teaching Matt through.
  • Why the podcast can be a part of Matt’s ministry.
  • Philippians 2 is the character guiding scripture for Matt and his ministry.
  • Matt shares a time when he was doing ministry for the wrong reasons.
  • It is hard to connect sometimes, and Matt shares his best ways to get a support system.
  • How Matt ended up at this point of convergence.
  • Why Matt is just a bit like Abraham.
  • The system that Matt uses when he felt like he needed to start writing.
  • You can trust God with your mission and your gifts.
  • My prayers for Matt.
  • Matt would tell his younger self that fear is normal, and we can have courage.
  • Matt’s big advice would be to step back and listen to God.
  • Learn how to participate in Matt’s giveaway!

Resources:

Enter to Win Free Books from Matt!

Matt Brough

Find all of Matt’s Books

Michael Hyatt Podcast

Mar 14, 2018
Fit 06: Your Health - Spirit, Soul and Body
13:00

If you are going to live a healthy life, you have to take care of your body, your soul, and your spirit. This week, I want to set us off on a three-part series that will change the way we think about taking care of our spirit, soul, and body. Jumping right in, let’s talk about how we can nurture and feed our spirit by looking at the words the world uses to describe health and applying them to things in the spiritual realms.

The spirit is what allows us to communicate with God. When we pray, read Scripture, and act in the authority that Jesus has given us, we are absolutely feeding our spirit. It is so important that we nurture our spirit because otherwise, we will be playing right into what the world wants us to spend all our energy on. Satan loves it when our spirit feels far from God. We have the power to stop him in his tracks!

A healthy life starts with the spirit. Join me today as we look at how the Bible describes a healthy spirit.

More in this episode:

  • We can use Scripture to teach us what it means to have a healthy spirit.
  • What actually is our spirit?
  • Ephesians 2:5 describes what our spirit looks like.
  • Eating well, activity, growth, and alive are words the world uses to describe health.
  • We have to feed our spirit. Learn what that looks like practically.
  • Luke 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 teach us how Jesus fed his spirit through prayer.
  • Hebrews 4:12 illustrates how Scripture keeps our spirit healthy.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 and James 4:7 show us that God has our best interests at heart and we have authority in Jesus.
  • Jesus is our ultimate example of a healthy spirit.
  • Trust that God’s plan is greater.

Resources:

Are You Real

Mar 13, 2018
Creatives 06: Jon Egan and Jesus Culture - Make A Way
41:54

Sometimes, God gives his followers a talent for the creative arts, and so they are called to ministry through the art that they create. Other times, the calling comes first, and the skills follow. This is exactly what happened to Jon Egan, this week’s guest on Are You Real: Creative. Jon had a knack for the drums, but he didn’t know he would lead and write worship music until later in life. God’s call was crystal clear, and Jon listened faithfully. God would continue to ask Jon to be faithful, even in the midst of some truly tragic and difficult circumstances.

These days, Jon is leading worship at New Life Church and writing songs with people like Desperation Band and Jesus Culture. You’ve probably heard a lot of Jon’s songs, but today we wanted to hone in on “Make a Way.” This song was a response to scandals, shame, and fear that Jon was facing in his church. Through it all, God made a way for Jon to continue to make music. He makes things happen so that our relationship with Him and with others runs deep. If you’ve been experiencing a real struggle in your life lately, you need to listen to this episode!

Jon is not just going to reflect on his own experiences, but also on his experiences with the Christian music industry in general. The music industry can be a monster, but it is also reaching millions of ears. How can older musicians expect to keep up with the pace of the industry? What do musicians need to keep in mind if they want to make it big? Do they even want to make it big? We will dive into all of these topics and much more in our next incredible podcast installment. When you get a guy like Jon Egan with you, you know you are going to learn so much. Join us to learn and experience God in his fullness today!

More in this episode:

  • Jon shares his history at New Life Church and how he discovered his calling to be a worship leader.
  • Jon learned music because God called him to worship leading.
  • Learning about God’s strength from struggles, sacrifice, and scandals.
  • Songs were written out of a desperation for God to move and the Scripture around them at the time.
  • How Jon, as a pastor, communicates the humility of praise through pain.
  • We are continuing to repeat the mistakes of our faith founders.
  • How “Make a Way” came to be, and why it was such a special song.
  • Jon feel that we need to talk about the Christian Music industry honestly.
  • God can use you outside of a massive platform in a powerful way.
  • Church music is transforming, and we need older musicians to stand up and stay involved.

Resources:

On Twitter and Instagram

@Joncegan

Mar 12, 2018
Government 06: Statesman Kingdom Understanding with Dr. Barry Lenhardt
38:59

Christians today are very good at the priestly practices but are often find themselves uncomfortable or intimidated by the kingly practices. God’s Kingdom on earth functions in much the same way as an earthly one. There is a ruler, a structure, and a line of command. You and I, as followers of Jesus, have inherited the kingdom from God’s own son. We can participate in princely powers and activities just as he does. It isn’t just a privilege, it is our birthright.

To give us a complete understanding of what it actually means to be a Kingdom Statesman, I have on the show with me today Dr. Barry Lenhardt. Dr. Lenhardt has been working tirelessly to equip and empower men and women to bring God’s dominion to the nations. Today, he is going to describe the physical structure of God’s Kingdom, and how we are called to participate. He will also provide key areas in which we are not currently living out our kingly position. When we take on the mantle of a ruler, we can bring about healing and light to our fallen world. Countries all over the world have soul wounds, and only God’s Kingdom and his promises will fix them.

It is time to take God’s call on our lives very seriously. We only reap the benefits of our position in God’s Kingdom unless we take action and participate!

More in this episode:

  • Lenhardt dives into a good definition of the Kingdom.
  • How the Kingdom is governmental in nature and its structure.
  • In order to be a King, God had to have a territory.
  • We are given a kingly position, not a priestly one.
  • The unseen realm is waiting for our utterance.
  • What we can learn from countries with significant emotional events in their past.
  • As Statesmen, we can begin to heal soul wounds in a nation.
  • You are a country!
  • Get things done with the mind of God.
  • The powerful Kingdom truths that can change the nations.
  • Measure the size of the enemy that is against you.
  • Take a look to the history of our nation to see where we need to act next.
  • We need manifestation to back up what we say.
  • Our enemy knows more about God and his Kingdom than many of us do.

Resources:

Llbd.org

Mar 09, 2018
Linked 08: Destiny - You Can't Do It Alone
36:53

Today on Are You Real Linked Christy Austin speaks to Anthony Turner. He is the founder of Destiny Ministries International, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Almost 40 years ago God spoke to Anthony and told him to: “Elevate minds and disciple men to be examples of God’s awesome power, tender mercies and everlasting love.” ever since, he has been doing just that.

In 2012 Anthony and his wife Alicia started Destiny Ministries International with a goal to disciple, equip and mobilize the next generation of emerging leaders for kingdom transformation.

We continue our teaching over Luke 10, and what it means to be a modern day "City Taker".

You will hear Anthony's wisdom on topics like:

  • How to avoid "burn out" in your ministry
  • Your place in the body
  • How to be a leader in a town full of leaders
  • You can't fulfill your destiny alone
  • Plus more!

Links:

Mar 08, 2018
Purpose 92: Sharing Practical Wisdom in the Middle of the Masses with Preston Sprinkle
54:02

God has gifted and equipped all of us differently. Some of us are prayer warriors, and others glorify God with their service. A few of us have been called to teach and to study and know God’s Word. We tend to see these teachers up in the “ivory tower,” somewhat removed from the mission and the people. I’m here to tell you today that not all teachers are distant from the people they teach. That is the exact opposite of my guest, Preston Sprinkle, who is a clearly gifted scholar and teacher who wants to be in the middle of all the action.

Preston loves to write. He’s written books on just about everything, but recently he is making waves in Christian circles with his Biblically-based perspectives on hell and homosexuality. Preston is a guy who has studied the word thoroughly during most of his adult life. Above all, Preston believes in the power of Scripture to change our lives, so naturally, he uses Scripture to inform his perspective on some of the toughest issues the church is facing. His book, Erasing Hell that he co-wrote with Francis Chan demystified some of our most common misunderstandings of an unsaved destiny. People to Be Loved tackles how we, as the church, should love those who identify as homosexual while still maintaining a Biblical standard of marriage.

Instead of staying high up in theology land, Preston wants to educate people with practical wisdom so that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus. In this conversation, Preston admits to struggles and setbacks with humility and plenty of grace. While he is a scholar at heart, Preston is also a man of the people. He has so much wisdom to share with you today that you do not want to miss. It’s a power-packed episode, so let’s get started.

More in this episode:

  • Preston shares his background in education, and why it is so important to him now.
  • Preston wants to go as deep as he can in Scriptures, but then see how it plays out in real life.
  • Ezra 7:10 and Psalm 115:3 model how Preston wants to first study the word and then execute it
  • How Embracing Hell came to be, and why Preston fell in love with writing.
  • The point in Preston’s faith where he knew he was facing burnout.
  • Jesus has taken the full punishment of our sin!
  • Preston gets real about his struggles.
  • Why People to Be Loved was such a huge undertaking that impacted so many.
  • The advice Preston would give to his younger self.

Resources

Preston Sprinkle

Center For Faith/

Erasing Hell

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

Mar 07, 2018
Business 05: All Money is Good
19:28

Let’s talk about money! What does it mean to make “good money?” Can money even be good? How much do I really need? These are all excellent questions that I am going to tackle in this installment of Are You Real: Business. I think all money can be good money. Like any gift from God, when we use our money for his kingdom and glory, God blesses us with a full and satisfied life. Yes, I said it! Money can be an enormous blessing, but we have to steward it well.             

I am sharing with you today stories from my own life and the lives of those who inspire me most so that you can have a God-honoring mindset about money. You can happily make all the money in the world, but unless you are giving sacrificially, money will become mammon. Today, you will learn what it means to trust God with your finances, be vulnerable with your ambitions, and borrow selectively to grow your business well. Money doesn’t have to be terrifying or all-consuming. All money can be good money. Listen this week to find out how.

More in this episode:

  • All money is good.
  • You can glorify God with your money.
  • The spirit of mammon was chasing me all my life.
  • How to battle the moving goalposts.
  • Get rich so you can give sacrificially.
  • How much money do you really need?
  • What we can learn from David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby.
  • It is important to be vulnerable.
  • Borrow selectively.
  • The affirmations you need to change your perspective on money.

Resources:

A Blessed Life by Robert Morris

Are You Real

Mar 06, 2018
Success 04: The Transformation Principle
10:23

Transformation---how does it happen? We get caught up in the idea of a saved person “becoming a different person” than what they were before. In actuality, the change happens as self-perception changes, which is the way we define ourselves. We are talking in today’s show about The Transformation Principle—something that brings curiosity to all of us. Join me for more about this topic.

More in this episode:

  • Ephesians 5:13---The Transformation Principle
  • The change occurs as variations of your “I AM-ness”
  • Everything is light and is the very substance of God
  • Transformation means that we accept the definition and authenticity of who we were always intended to be
  • We create a new belief model of who we are when we are accepted into God’s kingdom
  • How to change yourself, create more success, and become a better person:
    • Be consciously aware of who you are as that “better person”
    • Feel what it’s like in order to BE that person
  • Man reveals that which he IS, and our subconscious mind is ever in the present, not the past or the future
  • We connect ourselves to the image of Christ that we already are, made perfect through the grace of Jesus Christ
  • The connection between thinking, believing, feeling, and acting: the results demonstrate the beliefs and thoughts
  • Skinner’s philosophy of “Reciprocal Self-determination” and how it applies to transformation
  • Why we have to strip away the worldly definitions of ourselves
Mar 05, 2018
Government 05: Vanessa Chavez with Community For Country
40:54

America is a nation that has forgotten who she is. The mandates of our founding fathers still ring as true today as they did when our nation was born. Now is not the time for the church and her leaders to hide in the cellars and wait for Jesus’ return. It is time for us to consider seriously whether or not we are called to the government mountain. We can shape our nation from the top of the mountain, but to get there we must start on our knees. Today, my guest, Vanessa Chavez is going to declare boldly what it is going to take to remind America about who she is, and it has to start with the power of prayer.

Vanessa is a prayer warrior and the founder of Community for Country, an organization working to bring the Kingdom to earth via the Texas Panhandle. Vanessa has listened to God’s call on her life to become a leader and advisor on the government mountain, and she still listens to his call to this day. She is on her knees praying for God to raise up leaders with integrity, heal the severe racial tension in our nation, and transform the way we perceive issues and write policies in America. Vanessa has a prophetic voice and a natural authority that calls America to awaken. She knows with absolute certainty that this is exactly what she has been born to do, and she asks us all to listen and seek out what we too were born to do.

Pray and listen. If you think God has called you to the government, then allow Vanessa’s wisdom to soften your heart and open your mind. We need more people like her, and like you!

More in this episode:

  • Hear the story of the birth of Community for Country
  • We need to have an impact through prayer.
  • The Community for Country prayer meetings were powerful for racial reconciliation, healing, protection, and God’s will in our nation.
  • Vanessa learned about her calling by watching a movie as well as dreams and visions!
  • How Vanessa keeps her passion for government alive.
  • Why our government needs the will of God and the advice of those called to the government mountain.
  • Vanessa speaks to America and tells her she is loved.
  • We feel the mandate from heaven to remain hopeful and act in bravery.
  • Hear all about Vanessa’s recent trip to D.C.
  • Today, we still have the same mandate President Lincoln gave in his speech.
  • Vanessa’s advice to someone who feels called to the government mountain.
  • Let’s use the power of our words.
  • How Vanessa related to Habakkuk and used that as fuel for her book.

Resources:

Community for Country

The Rampart

Dutch Sheets

Dr. Lance Wallnau

Mar 02, 2018
Purpose 91: Using a Disability and Hardship to Fulfill God's Calling with Nick Vujicic
47:41

We are told that our purpose is to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus on earth. Today, I am chatting with a guy who has taken that calling to heart…even though he has neither hands nor feet. No, you did not read that wrong! Nick Vujicic was born disabled, but rather than letting that define or ruin his life, he praises God every day for the incredible speaking platform he has been given as a result. Nick wants nothing more than to use his story and the truth of Scripture to plant seeds of faith in the ears of whoever will hear. You cannot help but be inspired to act by a guy like Nick, and I think he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Nick is a bestselling author and motivational speaker who has shared his story and the gospel with 8 million people in 68 countries. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe have come to saving faith through his testimony, and God continues to open doors for Nick in hard to reach communities. It is so evident that God has done amazing things through Nick, and he remains faithful that God will continue to move, despite any physical or even mental limitations.

You are not going to want to miss out on Nick’s story! He is living out what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and he will tell you just how easy it is to become a part of that mission too.

More in this episode:

  • Nick shares about his heart for ministry and his personal struggles with his disability.
  • The three big scriptures that turned Nick’s life without limbs into a life without limits.
  • Nick’s Guiding Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, and Philippians 4:13.
  • The journey to moving into this space of ministering to so many people.
  • Nick’s story has impacted global salvation and disability laws in many nations.
  • Nick’s advice for people who don’t feel like they have a story to share, but still want to spread the gospel.
  • You can be planting seeds of love.
  • We are often too busy to prioritize God’s mission in our lives.
  • Nick thinks he has one of the greatest jobs in the world.
  • Ask God where to start, and then take a chance.
  • Nick’s wife is his biggest strength.
  • We all deal with our flesh; we need accountability and time management.
  • Battle depression with gratitude, church counsel, and helping others.
  • Nick would tell his 19-year-old self to focus on quality and not quantity.

Resources:

Be the Hands and Feet

Text “LWL” 66866

Feb 28, 2018
Fit 05: Unconventional Ways to Transform Your Health
37:51

A daily movement practice is absolutely essential for our health and wellness, but one threat to our functional movement is injury. If you’ve been an athlete for any length of time, or if you are starting out by yourself, you might be familiar with the aches and pains that come when we push our physical limits. What if I told you that it didn’t have to be this way? You can absolutely accomplish any fitness goal you want, injury free. I have an expert on the subject with me today, and he is going to show you not only how it is possible, but why we need to focus on moving well. 

My guest, Dr. Freeborn Mondello, is no stranger to pushing physical limits. He is a former mountain biker and wrestler, and now he is running Ironman and Ultra Marathons. Freeborn is motivated by his fitness competitions, but his focus is always on treating his body right. This is because Freeborn is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and he believes in a painkiller-free approach to strengthening our muscles. Freeborn teaches his clients techniques and exercises that will build strength and alleviate pain naturally. His cutting-edge needling techniques are often used by professional athletes, and it is changing the way anyone can use their muscles. Today, Freeborn is going to describe his fitness philosophy and give us all some places to begin as we think about preventing injury and growing strong. 

Our society needs to move more, but it is more important that we move well. Luckily, Freeborn is here to get us going! 

Show Highlights:

  • Hear Freeborn’s background in the wellness industry. 
  • Freeborn wants to enable people to have pain-free performance in whatever their sport they love. 
  • How Freeborn’s practice strives to stay natural and free from doctor’s visits. 
  • Freeborn is on a mission to empower and educate athletes about the power of physical therapy.
  • Freeborn’s needling process is revolutionizing the way muscles work. 
  • How Freeborn is creating a wellness community with his practice. 
  • Freeborn is focusing on competitions and his “why.” 
  • We all need to take a break and commit to our priorities. 
  • Psalm 46:10 is a guiding light for us during our fitness journey.

Resources:

RunFreePT.com 

Reach out on social media 

@RunFreePT

Feb 27, 2018
Creatives 05: Real Artist Struggles and Record Deals with Joel Vaughn
36:05

Most of the time, we hear stories of success and rapid fame out of the music industry. It’s rare to hear the behind-the-scenes perspective of how that artist got there and the sacrifices they had to make for a worthy cause. Today, I am speaking with a young up-and-coming artist that you need to know about. Joel Vaughn is on the rise, but his path to the music industry was anything but straightforward or easy. He’s going to give you the inside scoop on what it takes to sign to a label, produce a record, and then deal with the ebb and flow of fame and recognition.

Joel started out by leading worship in just about every church in the Texas panhandle. While he enjoyed it and was clearly good at leading worship, Joel couldn’t deny the doors that were opening up in the music industry. Taking a leap of faith, Joel moved his family to Nashville to record music. In 2016, everything was coming up roses. He had a hit song appear on Dude Perfect, and all signs pointed to another strong year after landing a record deal. However, just because you land a record deal doesn’t mean everything lands perfectly.

Listen this week as Joel shares the sacrifices, side jobs, and struggles that Joel faced as he made the transition to music. If you ever wanted to know how musicians make ends meet, Joel will clue you in. Above it all, Joel keeps his eyes on the mission—to make great music that will lead people to Jesus. Along the way, he will have to wrestle his pride, take a few hard knocks, and realize that everyone making Christian music is working together towards the same goal. It’s really an inspiring story from an artist you will want to support.

More in this episode:

  • Joel shares who he is, and the background that has led him to the music world.
  • Lessons learned on the church worship team gave Joel deep roots in writing music.
  • Why Joel is pursuing music full-time.
  • God clearly opened doors for Joel to be signed to Christian record labels.
  • How a one song deal for Dude Perfect exploded Joel’s career.
  • 2017 was the year of silence.
  • The songs that put Joel on the map were “In This World,” “Wide Awake,” and “As You Are.”
  • It’s a struggle to stand out in the music industry.
  • Behind the scenes of someone in the record industry.
  • How Indy Artists make things happen financially.
  • Everyone in Nashville wishes the best for the others in the industry.
  • The ministry is the reason!

Resources:

Joel Vaughn Music

Facebook

Instagram and Twitter: @joelvaughnmusic

Feb 26, 2018
Government 04: USGLC Chairman Dr. Reuben Egolf
41:56

The level of influence you can achieve at the top of the government mountain can shape nations. God wants to bring his government to earth, and we know he is using gifted individuals to do that. Today, I am speaking with Dr. Reuben Egolf, Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council. If anyone embodies what it means to be a Kingdom Statesman, it’s Reuben. He is incredibly skilled at establishing relationships with influential people and then maintaining peace during difficult negotiations. Reuben operates with such skill and expertise that I personally admire so much. In this episode, Reuben will share his considerable experience atop the government mountain

For the USGLC and Dr. Reuben Egolf, the solution to a nation’s problems is always more important than any profit they might make in the process. The work the USGLC is doing in developing nations is providing freedom and sustainable solutions that will carry a nation towards prosperity for generations. Reuben and his team work with high-level officials to institute lasting change. All of this is in an effort to be the hands and feet of the Kingdom on earth today. This episode will be of particular interest to anyone who feels called to the government mountain. Reuben has wisdom and experience to share that might just change your life!

More in this episode:

    • How Reuben initially got involved with what’s happening in DC.
    • Why the government mountain is the largest mountain of influence.
    • God brings government to the world.
    • What the USGLC does to reach the nations.
    • Reuben shares what his role as Chairman means for USGLC.
    • A wonderful story from Reuben’s international travels.
    • Reuben believes God’s heart for our nation is for us to be a beacon of hope.
    • We need to leave the four walls of the church.
    • The USGLC is trying to make freedom and sovereignty the pillars of any nation.
    • We need to learn how to carry our message to the government mountain.
    • Advice for someone who feels called to the mountain.

Resources:

https://www.explife.org/

USGLC

Dr. Reuben Egolf

Feb 23, 2018
Linked 07: Go: It's Not Where, But How
25:54

Last week we talked about how to “go” to your city. We’re city takers, remember, so how are we taking our city? By the art of giving. And what are we giving? We are giving love. In this continuing study on Luke 10, we are going to learn today how to give to our city. 

 

Luke 10 is filled with practical acts that we can do for our cities, in love. It’s also a good time for me to remind you to go back and listen to an earlier episode of Are You Real Linked, where I had guests George and Sarah Williams of City Light Church in Toledo, OH on the show. They have completely given their lives for the sake of going to their city. 

 

There are 6 categories of “Go”:

 

Reconciliation

Deliverance

Miracles

Faith

Your Calling or Destiny

Healing

 

 

Show Highlights:

 

  • The “go” we are talking about isn’t going on a journey. 
  • This “go” means to literally lead under. Who are we leading under? We are leading under the Holy Spirit. 
  • To “Go” - it’s an action verb, so it requires action on the part of the sender.
  • Jesus was clear about going and doing very practical things for our fellow city dwellers.
  • This word “go” - always references a Divine partnership with the Holy Spirit.
  • There are 2 components to Linked - prayer and support
  • We are linking to the Spirit to engage in our community.
  • Matthew 20 parallels Luke 10.
  • Vineyard = kingdom

Jesus talked in parables. He gave us practical steps that are parallel to what he mentioned in the parable. Maybe he really wants us to put everything on the altar and be willing to sacrifice it for him. 

This “go” mindset forms in the spiritual and then extends into the natural. 

We have to have a kingdom mindset and be linked in the spirit and then we link with others to do good works so that others can be drawn to the spirit as well.

 

Feb 22, 2018
Purpose 90: Find Your True Calling Where Your Passions and Your Gifts Collide with Chris Date
50:14

Your true calling is found where your passions and your gifts collide. It’s a great feeling to know what God has called you to, but what happens during the period of time where it’s not quite time to quit your day job? How can we reconcile this deep, spiritual knowledge with practical wisdom? Here to talk about calling, theology, passions, and ordinary acts of obedience are Chris Date. By day, Chris is a software designer. His true passion is writing about and teaching on theology, specifically the concept of Hell and conditional immortality. If that sounds a bit heavy, hang in there. Chris has a lot of important ideas to share you do not want to miss. 

 

Chris Date is an Evangelical author whose work has been published in the New York Times and National Geographic, among many others. When he’s not designing software, Chris can be found studying for his Masters at seminary or spending time with his wife and four sons. Theology truly is his passion, and, Lord Willing, he is going to become a teacher and writer on the subject full-time. In the meantime, Chris is staying faithful to God by providing for his family with his software design job. 

 

In today’s episode, we get a little deep into some of the tougher topics of apologetics and the afterlife. What is so great about Chris is that he explains everything in a manner that is simple to understand. Above all else, he is bound by the authority of Scripture as God’s Word, so you know what he is saying is sound. If you are interested in taking a deep dive into some powerful Scripture today, Chris is the man for you! 

Show Highlights:

 

  • Chris shares all about his life, his passion, and his family. 
  • Chris shares his testimony about his overnight transformation from atheist to born-again believer.  
  • The inspirational quote and guiding faith from Acts 17:11.
  • Chris is a young earth creationist, and even with his conservative views, he encourages a diversity of views and unity within the church. 
  • Weighing in on “hanging out” with those with different views on the Trinity. 
  • The Biblical picture of our eternal destiny. 
  • Why Chris became passionate about education and pursuing a place in academia. 
  • We need people to help us understand Scripture, so I am thankful for guys like Chris! 
  • The upcoming Rethinking Hell Conference sounds like it is going to be amazing. 
  • Was Hell even created for humans? 
  • The advice Chris would give his past self.

 

Resources:

Rethinking Hell 

The Pastor-Theologian

 

Feb 21, 2018
BUSINESS 04: Tools for a Balanced Business Life
20:15

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their shoulders. Between the demands on their business and their home life, it can seem like there is not enough time or energy to go around. That is a lie! You can have a balance between your business life and the rest of your life. I am going to give you 4 guiding principles that will help you get there. Business success is within your reach, and what you do outside of business is just as important as what you do within it.

In order to remain balanced, you have to stay grounded. Your life at home can be that grounding place for you. If you have a successful business but an unfulfilling home life, you might find success a little too bitter. Your family can support you and come alongside you in business. There is no need to sacrifice them. Your mastermind group can also help you stay grounded. With their unique insights and support, you cannot help but be successful. Above all else, you need to stay grounded in your own innate abilities. I will explain how you can use positive affirmations to keep your head where it needs to be.

More in this episode:

  • How you can keep your home life in balance with your time.
  • How High/Lows can make family dinnertime a quality moment.
  • Involve your children in your business.
  • Your mastermind group will help you stay humble.
  • Tools to form your own mastermind group.
  • Run your business as if you are always behind.
  • Cutting corners is the death nail for your business.
  • Never count the money until it is in the bank.
  • Affirmations are the key to your success.
Feb 20, 2018
Government 03: Statesmen Character Development with Dr. Tina Hay
26:48

In order to be a statesman on the government mountain, you must represent God’s Kingdom on earth with your sheer force of character. Last week, I shared that there were 7 Attributes of a Kingdom Statesman, and upstanding character is the very first. Without an upstanding character, you can never hope to reach the heights of the Government Mountain. Luckily, anyone has the power to succeed in character development. God has given us guidelines in the Scriptures that will help us get there.

I have a guest with me today that has been my own advisor and spiritual leader as I have sought to develop my character. Dr. Tina Hay is quite literally the Soul Doctor. She is using her God-given gifts and talents to transform souls. Today, Dr. Tina will explain how our character develops from a strength in our souls, and what we need to nurture it. God has made us powerful—powerful enough for self-governance. Dr. Tina will demonstrate the kinds of thoughts and actions that can reinforce your character. We can take feedback and turn it into strength. We can change our mindset about our bad habits.

When we do develop and strengthen our character, we can then teach and strengthen those leaders already in power. Dr. Tina has a vision for each of the individuals she serves. She desires more than anything to bring wholeness back to those who are in leadership. After all, in order to establish the Kingdom above you, you have to establish the Kingdom within you and around you first.  

More in this episode:

  • Tina Hay weighs in on what the soul is.
  • How can we start practically begin disciplining our souls to strengthen character?
  • We all need a little honest perspective.
  • The Bible tells us that we are three-part beings.
  • Tap into the Spirit to look upon the image of God and see how we are made in His likeness.
  • Get your life back on track with the Soul Detox.
  • Change your thinking and everything else will change.
  • Look at your morals and values and evaluate which are serving you.
  • Every nation have things they are known for, and our reputations tell you our thoughts.
  • Talking about the issue of slavery and the past leaders of our nation.
  • Your character bleeds into your leadership.
  • The areas of character people tend to trip up on.
  • Hay’s Number 1 character flaw is our thinking.

Links:

Soul Detox

Llbd.org

drtina@llbd.org

Feb 16, 2018
Linked 06: How to Go to Your City
21:24

We are called to go into a city to transform it by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s a high calling, but how are we expected to go? Are we to charge with the force of an army, go when we feel like it, or go alone? We’ve been walking through Luke 10 to understand what it means to be a modern-day apostle, and we return to Luke 10:3 today to better understand what Jesus meant when he commanded us to go. 

 

Here at Are You Real: Linked, we believe that this year the harvest is plentiful! It is time to ask yourself a few challenging questions. What is God asking you to do? Where is he asking you to go? Whatever the answer, know that God has placed a wall of protection around you! As long as you go in his will, he will not lead you astray. 

 

More in this episode: 

•    Make sure to go back and listen to last week’s episode! 

•    Let’s focus on the word, “Go.” 

•    A quick grammar lesson about active and passive verbs. 

•    Get into the context for the Greek word hypago. 

•    A look at the Old Testament gives us a better understanding of Jesus’ command. 

•    What happens when we look back rather than running forward. 

•    God protects us from fear. 

•    When we Go, God keeps us safe. 

•    We are sheep being led by our loving shepherd.

 

Feb 15, 2018
Purpose 89: Getting Real; Sex- Love & Marriage
32:28

Valentine’s Day is here, and with this day comes a mix of expectations, emotions, and a good deal of pressure. Husbands and wives tend to put a lot of weight on one day to reaffirm their marriage, but in the end the day-to-day intentional choices you make with your spouse will be the thing that turns your marriage from ordinary to extraordinary. I’m here with my wife, Kasey, and together in the spirit of the holiday, we are interviewing another husband and wife duo, Tony and Alisa Dilorenzo. Tony and Alisa are what you might call “Valentine’s Day Specialists.” Together, they are creating invaluable resources for husbands and wives who are looking to build up their marriage.

One Extraordinary Marriage is a podcast that Kasey and I already love and appreciate as we invest in our marriage. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to know how Tony and Alisa celebrate the holiday, as well as hear some of their tips for making the other 364 days of the year just as loving at February 14th. I know you will love hearing the story of how the Dilorenzos got together! Even though the pair is in the “marriage” business,” they will share with you the areas they still work intentionally to build up their relationship. We will talk about how to have the best sex of your marriage, work through emotional intimacy, and have a little fun with your relationship!

Yes, marriage is hard work. Sometimes it’s awkward. Tony and Alisa know that your hard work will pay off in a rewarding, beautiful, Godly marriage. Learn from one another and listen to what your spouse needs. That might be the greatest Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given.

More in this episode:

  • Find out how Tony and Alisa met in the summer of ’94.
  • The biggest challenges of working together on creative projects as a married couple.
  • Intentional conversation is the key!
  • Trust in your partner’s strengths, and don’t focus on the weaknesses.
  • How the Dilorenzos celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking the weight out of it.
  • Guys, learn how to be the hero before Valentines day.
  • Speak your partner’s love language. Learn all you can about them.
  • Advice for married couples to have sexual and emotional intimacy with their spouse.
  • Sexual experiences are about more than the physical act.
  • Grace, Forgiveness, and Intentionality are the biggest components of a successful marriage.
  • We can choose to be intentional and make decisions to build up one another.
  • Find the systems and habits that build up your marriage.
  • There’s always room for improvement, and don’t try to fix it all at once.
  • Get out of a rut in the bedroom. Have conversations.

Links:

19 Questions to Extraordinary Sex

Position of The Month Club

Feb 14, 2018
Fit 04: Success Begins with Setting Goals
23:44

When it comes to fitness, age is just a number. That is the mentality that Katecha Cook brings to every workout, training program or fitness class. Katecha is 44 and is still running marathons, competing in bodybuilding challenges, and keeping up with the young CrossFitters just fine. Beyond the gym, Katecha is a business instructor, a Master of Business Administration, and is working towards a Doctorate degree. Nothing is stopping Katecha.

It’s that time of year when we tend to give up on our fitness goals. Katecha is here to remind our Are You Real: Fit community that your fitness goals are a mindset. She will share all the ways she has made her health her priority, even in the midst of difficult seasons. She will be your goal-setting coach as we try to tackle some of the biggest problems people have with a consistent gym routine. After all, consistency is key!

You are never too old to accomplish a fitness goal. Whether it’s the race you haven’t finished yet or the weekly walk across the block you’ve been meaning to get to, you can begin today. The only thing stopping you from wellness is you!

More in this episode:

  • What motivates Katecha to stay healthy and work out consistently.
  • 1/3 of people in the US are obese. Exercise is the best medicine to prevent costly health problems.
  • The gym brings Katecha peace of mind. It’s an escape.
  • How Katecha has trained for the Europa and other fitness competitions.
  • Age is just a number when it comes to fitness.
  • Katecha had to overcome time obstacles.
  • You have to treat exercise like a habit.
  • Everyone has unique fitness goals, and they are all worthwhile!

Resources:

Katecha Cook on Facebook

Train 4 Life Fitness  on Facebook

Instagram @MamaBeast1206 @806SwoleSisters

Feb 13, 2018
Creatives 04: Life of a Nashville Producer with Chris Clayton
34:24

When it comes to making music, there is so much happening behind the scenes that the general population has no idea about. Behind Christian music production are faithful, talented people producing, writing, and mentoring the artists we see on the stage. It is my goal to bring to you every perspective on creativity, from the people in the front to those behind the booth. Chris Clayton is an acclaimed songwriter, artists, and producer based out of Nashville. His perspective on the music industry, mentoring artists, and the music community at large simply cannot be missed.

Chris has always bloomed wherever the Lord has planted him. Growing up in the church as a PK (Pastor’s Kid,) Chris was exposed to the powerful force that is an interpersonal ministry. He still enjoys putting on his pastor hat every now and then, but God has gifted him with a passion for music, and he intends to use it. Chris has done just about every job in the industry. He has recorded incredible music, written beautiful worship songs, and now his interest lies in developing new artists from the production booth. Today, he is going to give us a unique perspective on the production versus the recording industry.

What makes Chris’ story and perspective so unique is that he never quite set out to launch into the music industry. Instead, he followed where God opened doors. People called on him to lead worship. Artists asked for him to write songs. Ultimately, everything Chris does is to support and nurture the music community to spread its nets wide. He encourages anyone with an interest or a passion to jump in and help wherever they can! Together, artists are stronger, and God’s message can be spread far and wide.

More in this episode:

  • Chris grew up in church culture as a PK (Pastor’s Kid.)
  • How Chris got into music from an early age.
  • Music felt like a calling, but he always had a difficult time finding his place in the world.
  • An email to David Parker changed Chris’ life.
  • Being a songwriter with a publishing deal always felt like an excellent opportunity.
  • The difference between publishing v. recording.
  • Publishing helps you get established and get your songs out there!
  • What it is about songwriting and production that is so interesting to Chris as an artist.
  • Producing music is a form of ministry.
  • This newest phase of Chris’ career is to develop and seek out artists he connects with.
  • The process of making music is as unique as the artists who write the music!
  • We really can help one another along the way.

Links:

Chris Online

Instagram and Twitter @sixarrowsmusic

Church House on iTunes, Spotify 

Connect with me @DietzOfficial

Feb 12, 2018
Government 02: The 7 Mountain Strategy
23:16

What does it mean to stand at the top of the government mountain? Am I talking about a literal mountain or something else entirely? The people have spoken; I have listened, and now we are going to get a 10,000-foot view of the 7 Mountains. Each represents an area of our society and culture where leaders rise and influence the world we live in. I’m talking about our Religion, Arts and Entertainment, Business, Media, Education, Family, and, of course, Government. For good or for bad, the leaders at the top of these mountains have such an influence over our daily lives.

I believe that we can bring the Kingdom of God to fruition on this earth by spreading God’s truth into these spheres of influence. Yes, we can change the entire world by transforming the 7 Mountains. More than any of the other areas of influence, the Government Mountain carries a high level of attention and power that cannot be denied. When we are smart with how we leverage our influence with God, we can win favor with those already at the top of the Government Mountain.

God is bringing his Kingdom here on earth. I want you to understand how to use your talents and gifts atop the Mountain to make that happen. God is moving! Be a part of the movement.

The seven mount strategy.

  • We want to influence the people at the top of the 7 Mountains.
  • Understand what goes on in each of the mountains.
  • What I believe a government should be.
  • How the other mountains have been recently impacted by the last election.
  • Why the Kingdom is concerned about the state of our government mountain.
  • Why I think the overlapping of spheres of influence led to Trump’s election.
  • Taking our lessons from the parable of the talents, and the minas.
  • We are about to receive a wealth mentality.

Resources:

Website: Lance Wallnau

Feb 09, 2018
Purpose 88: Finding Confidence in Yourself Through Your Confidence in God with Natalie Schlabs
42:56

Sometimes, the next step we need to take to achieve our dreams becomes clear, but it’s not so much as a step as it is a leap. Taking those big leaps of faith takes a lot of confidence, but what happens when you start losing confidence in yourself and what God has in store for your life? Small steps after a huge leap can go a long way towards building confidence, and that is why I have my cousin Natalie Schlabs on the show today.     

I’ve known Natalie for almost her entire life, and it’s been an incredible one so far. She’s a singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN with talents and gifts in so many different avenues of creativity. Natalie is an incredible cook, a loving friend and wife, and an incredible musician. Despite all of these gifts, Natalie, like many of us, struggled to build up her confidence when she took a leap of faith and first moved to Nashville. Though she was confident it was the right move to make, Natalie was met with many challenges once she arrived.

The Nashville music scene is filled to bursting with incredible musicians. Natalie shares why it is so easy to play the comparison game, and how that rattled her confidence in writing music. Her story is filled with small, easy steps that you can take to start living our your calling. To all the young people out there feeling afraid to take a leap of faith, I think Natalie’s story is going to resonate with you. We have much to learn from her faithfulness in spite of fear!

Along with Natalie’s interview, you will learn how to get involved with Are You Real’s first Online E-course! It’s in beta mode right now, though we have some cool ways that the first 15-20 people can gain access to as we test it out. If you are looking to find your purpose and get launched onto a new path, you need to hear how to get in on this offer!

More in this episode:

  • Hear how to get exclusive access to the Beta Test of our new E-Course for $97, a $297 value!
  • Natalie shares her heart and her passion for music and food blogging.
  • Psalm 31:14-15 and a quote by NT Wright have been instrumental for Natalie in her current season.
  • Fighting pride and celebrating gifts.
  • Natalie explores why she decided to move to Nashville and pursue music.
  • Hear how Natalie fought to be confident while taking a huge step of faith.
  • Natalie shares why her love of people has been a huge asset to her industry.
  • Learn how to stay connected with all the cool things Natalie is doing.

Links:

Natalie Online

Natalie Schlabs

@NatalieSchlabs

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith

Feb 07, 2018
Business 03: 7 Principles of Success
23:23

God has called us to conduct our business with excellence. Does that mean he demands perfection? Absolutely not! Today, I want to show you how easy it is to shift your mindset and apply easy principles towards excellence. I know how difficult it can be to do everything with excellence when you are just starting out. You are understaffed or underfunded. You have tons of ideas and inspiration but haven’t acted on them yet.

If this sounds like you, then you are in the perfect place to use my 7 Secrets to Business Success. Yes, these are the same secrets outlined in my book, but I believe in them so much that I wanted to share them with you today. If you are looking for practical wisdom that will transform your business, look no further than today’s episode.

More in this episode:

  • I share how Bethel Music really is excellence in motion.
  • Take responsibility because the buck starts with you.
  • Seek council and wisdom. Be a servant-leader.
  • Act now. Don’t get caught in analysis paralysis.
  • Learn from the past, but never allow yourself to dwell there.
  • You need to learn how to forgive.
  • Perseverance will carry you through any obstacle.

Links:

The Authentic Salesman

Feb 06, 2018
Success 03: A Modern Creator Builds a Lifestyle Business with Jacob Breeden
22:05

Jacob Breeden is an innovative and creative artist, “a maker of things and a storyteller.” He’s a working builder, sculptor, painter, and entrepreneur. He has over 15 years’ experience in the world of art and holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Texas. Jacob spent his early career as the Education Director of the Amarillo Museum of Art and as the Exhibitions Builder at the Discovery Center.

Jacob is currently the CEO of Process Art House and a founder and operations manager of Modern Creator. He’s a founding member and artist’s liaison of The Collective Heritage Lab and a founder and acting COO of Applied Comprehensive Therapies, LLC. He has won numerous awards and sold works of art to collectors all over the world. He has been commissioned to do work for hospitals, banks, and children’s centers, and he’s developed and installed large-scale projects in Nevada, Texas, and the UK. Jacob is more than an artist; he’s a modern creator.

More in the episode:

  • Jacob’s definition of success
  • Creating a lifestyle business that is self-perpetuating
  • The mistake many entrepreneurs make
  • Making it through the tough times
  • What you create is not always going to be accepted
  • Why success only teaches repetition
  • What keeps Jacob awake at night
  • Habits of success: working hard every day to DO THE WORK
  • Overcoming “creator’s block” to get ideas to flow
  • Jacob’s three sketchbooks: Play, Work, and Grid Paper
  • “What am I feeling, why am I feeling it, and how can I impart that feeling to someone else?”
  • The best lesson Jacob has learned about success: “the myth of the masterpiece”
  • For today, just take another step forward
  • Be true to who you are and your creativity
  • Jacob’s new business model: Modern Creator
  • Not defining your work or success by ONE thing you do

Resources:

www.jbreeden.com

Feb 05, 2018
Government 01: True Kingdom Statesmen
23:19

Government is everywhere! Whether we are thinking about how nations are ruled or the Kingdom itself, ruling and creating order is a part of God’s design for the earth. We want to release God’s governance on earth, and to do that we must be ready to act and to lead. Get ready to get real about government with me today. I am Dub Alexander, and this is the show where I use my experience and gifts in advising some of the most powerful people in the world to show you how you can begin to bring God’s Kingdom here. 

In the inaugural episode, I want you to understand why it is important to think about and discuss the concept of government. After that, I will explain the 7 Characteristics of a Statesman. Once you understand how we are called to interact with governing bodies, we can begin the hard, but worthy work of bringing God’s Kingdom on earth. I have an info-packed episode for you today, and within you will hear truth to empower and inspire you to act right away.

I’m so glad you are taking this journey with me. I am ready to see the Kingdom of God established in our midst. Are you?

More in this episode:

  • Why should we care about the government?
  • Hear how Living Life By Design transformed my life.
  • Just as God exists in three parts, our Nations exist in parts.
  • Fathers Add Value encourages men to empower the fatherless around them, and it opened up connections for me in government.
  • A common working definition of The Kingdom.
  • Man was made for rulership.
  • We want to make the earth look like heaven.
  • Jesus has rescued us so that we can then partner with him in bringing the Kingdom to earth.
  • Solutions buy you a spot at the table.
  • What the statesman approach can do for us as we try to bring about government.
  • Why character development is so important.
  • You need a deep understanding of Kingdom principles.
  • Ask wisdom from God, and it will be given to you.
  • Live in a state of favor expectancy.
  • A statesman needs to have the skills of prophecy.
  • We need to be aware of the motivations and actions of others.
  • Earn self-awareness to unlock all the potential you will have as a statesman.

Links:

Are You Real

Living Life By Design

Feb 02, 2018
Linked 05: City Taking 101
40:33

Church, we are called to take the cities. If you are a little confused about what that looks like in modern times, never fear. Together, we are going to take apart scripture from Luke 10 to see what Jesus meant about how we are to love our neighbors and serve the Kingdom together. In the paradoxical way that God sometimes takes, we know that to take the city, you have to give to your city. That is why I am excited to have Sarah and George Williams from Toledo as our first interview today.

George and Sarah launched the City Light Church in Toledo because they knew God was calling them to love their neighbors. The couple are taking the city through the art of giving. What started as fresh bread and front porch meals in their low income neighborhood has become a congregation experiencing the Holy Spirit in miraculous ways. It all started because of a simple act of obedience and a heart to love the lost.

Today, you will learn from George and Sarah’s example about what it means to generously serve an entire city. If that feels like too big of a challenge, remember who gives you the strength to carry out such a weighty command! When we pray and ask for God’s heart for his people, our churches cannot be stopped.

More in this episode:

  • George explains how he and Sarah took the biggest commandment seriously in Toledo.
  • God blessed and multiplied the people Sarah and George loved on in their neighborhood.
  • City Light Church experienced a “revival” that showed God’s favor on their congregation.
  • We are asked to believe we can take a city.
  • The practical steps the Williams have taken to save their city.
  • God asked the Williams to plant a church that served their neighborhood.
  • Giving gifts are an incredibly practical and easy way to form relationships.
  • What has propelled Sarah and George through 13 years of ministry.
  • One of the best stories of someone being impacted with the work the Williams have done in Toledo.
  • Unifying pastors is all about prayer and faith.
  • How City Light has grown out of a desire to serve the neighborhood.

Links

City Light Toledo

Feb 01, 2018
87: Are You Real Government Launch with Dubb Alexander
26:43

Roar Nation, I am beyond ready to introduce you to the host of Are You Real: Government. If you’ve been with us a while, you have already been introduced to Dubb Alexander. I am consistently amazed by Dub’bs integrity and ability to disciple a lot of people. Currently, he is doing great work with Living Life By Design, as well as being a spiritual advisor to the most influential people in the world. In particular, Dubb has been called to advise and lead within government spheres, so who better to speak on the Kingdom as it is in our government than Dubb?

I guarantee that you have never heard someone talk about the Kingdom from this perspective before. Dubb is going to show us how we can participate in self-government in a way that proclaims the name of Jesus and changes our world. Hear all about Dubb, his plans for the show, and some of his best stories and memories as we dive in together. You have a lot of good, solid Truth coming your way.

More in this episode:

  • Dubb tells us what his vision for Are You Real: Government is going to be about.
  • We want to give clarity to principles on the kingdom to self-governance.
  • Dubb is most excited to share how we can be ambassadors in the government.
  • The Kingdom will be life-changing.
  • This show will help bring renewal to your mind.
  • You will walk away encouraged and equipped.
  • Letting it be in 2018!
  • Writing down and decreeing truth over ourselves is a part of God’s government.
  • Hear Dubb’s crazy road trip while traveling in Uganda.
Jan 31, 2018
Fit 03: 6 Basic Things You Need to Know About Nutrition
21:11

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for You

We all know that a balanced nutrition is an important building block for a healthy lifestyle, and if you are looking to make some small changes, this is the episode for you! I want to arm you with knowledge today that will help you make small changes to make a big impact on your wellness. Beyond that, I will also explain why these healthy habits are nutritious.

There are so many simple solutions out there that will make a huge difference in how you feel. We’ll break down each group of nutrients that you need, and what purposes they serve in the body. I’ll also share my perspective on certain fad diets, share my biggest advice I give my clients, and get you started on your nutrition journey. Go ahead and grab a glass of water, and sit down with this podcast. It’s a small step you can take towards a healthy, energetic, and fulfilling lifestyle.

More in this episode:

  • Water is important overall.
  • Good nutrition is the building blocks for healthy muscles.
  • Muscle training is important for toning.
  • Discover what protein does for your body.
  • Carbs are not always the enemy.
  • My perspectives on the “Keto” diet.
  • Fats are not the enemy either!
  • Keep a food log.
  • Give your body time to rest.
Jan 30, 2018
Creatives 03: Holy Ghost Art with Darren Wilson
32:24

Welcome back! This show is all about touching base with creative leaders in the church culture, and that is exactly why I have a trailblazer like Darren Wilson here with me today. Darren is doing amazing things to change the way Christians view and use film to communicate our inherent creativity. You see, Darren has a real problem with much of the art that is released in Christian circles. So much of it, he says, is ruled by fear. We fear it will anger or marginalize. We fear we might misrepresent God. Darren is encouraging you today to take a step out in faith and create something as if fear wasn’t in the picture. His films are proof of that.

Darren produces and now directs with WP Films. Each project since day once is seen as a chance to push himself creatively. No project begins without some kind of leading from the Holy Spirit. Films like Finger of God and Holy Ghost are creative explorations that push the limits of where Christian cinema has dared to go before. With each project, Darren has explored the darkest parts of the world, prayed with countless people, and seen miracles happen before his very eyes. All of this was possible because Darren believed God’s promise to lead by his Spirit. You’ll want to follow in his footsteps after this!

More in this episode:

  • Darren gives us his background in film.
  • Charismatic Christianity wasn’t a part of Darren’s history, but it birthed Finger of God and changes so many lives.
  • How Darren moved from scripted films to Spirit-led films.
  • We can, in a sense, negotiate with God.
  • God takes pleasure in our creativity.
  • You have to be fearless to push creative boundaries.
  • What Darren did in filmmaking that was certainly outside the box.
  • There need to be new ways to get people to see the films.
  • What’s next for WP Films.
  • Why Darren films in the darkest, most interesting places.
  • It doesn’t have to be spontaneous to be prophetic.
  • When to expect Finger of God 2.

Links:

http://www.wpfilm.com/

pr@wpfilms.com

@WanderDarren on Instagram and Twitter

Jan 29, 2018
Linked 04: Watch for Your Harvest
23:46

Here at Are You Real, we believe that a deep and fulfilling life only happens when we are linked to the Holy Spirit and to one another. Over the past few weeks, we have taken a deep look at a passage from Luke 10 to show us what it could look like for the church if we were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Today, we continue with our verse from Luke 10 verse 2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

We live in a paradoxical world. While Jesus was sending out his disciples to take a city, he was, in fact, asking them to give of themselves and pour out their lives for others. However, we cannot pour out from what we have not received. Today, I am going to show you how being linked to community with one another empowers us to go out into the harvest. This is such a rich parable upon which we can begin to model our lives. It’s time for the church to leave the building and go out into the harvest. It is, after all, plentiful! To get started, give this podcast a listen, and get connected with someone near you. Watch as the Holy Spirit transforms your life!

More in this episode:

  • I share from my heart what I think we need. Hint: it’s community!
  • What it means to be sent out to the nations.
  • Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to empower us.
  • Hear how harvest is being used in the Scriptures.
  • It’s hard for us to have the same perspective of an agrarian society, but let’s dive in!
  • The spiritual parallels to what happens in the harvest season.
  • Why the watchman is important!
  • My heart is for the laborers.
  • When one is weak, the other is strong.
Jan 25, 2018
86: Stepping Out into What You Love to Do with Eric and Shane Valenstein
42:56

Starting a church is a huge responsibility. How do you know if you are called to lead a church, let alone a brand new one? If you are a young person who is feeling called, how can you plant a church with no money? If these questions seem too big, just wait. We have a lot of good things in store for you! 

 

We all have a lot of ideas about what church should look like, and starting a church is one of the many ways God is moving in his people. Church planters are bringing the gospel right to the people, and that is so exciting to me! Today, I have not one, but two church planters with me on the podcast. Eric and Shane Valenstein are brothers, pastors, and now church planters. They also host the excellent podcast, Not Your Mama’s Christian Podcast. I was on their show about a month ago from this recording, and we had a blast. On Not Your Mama’s Christian Podcast, they share life, they have stupid arguments, and they share the gospel. It’s everything the future of the church should be looking towards. 

 

Today, we try to tackle some of the fine points of finding your calling. Shane and Eric will tackle how to determine if church planting is your calling. Maybe it’s time to dip your toes in and give it a try. It might surprise you how doors open up! We’ll also discuss how the New Testament church in the Bible is so drastically different from what we see today. The face of the church needs to change, and church planting is a huge part of that! Get ready and dig into everything you need to know about starting a church, as well as finding out ways to get involved with all the great things Eric and Shane are doing. 

 

Jan 24, 2018
Business 02: How Your Faith Can Transform Your Business
22:31

In last week's episode, we talked about all the ways you can live out your authentic faith by starting a business. Today, we are taking it to the next level by discussing all the ways you can transform your business. Whether you are just starting out or have been in business for decades now, there is always room to grow. God calls us to steward our businesses for his glory, and by growing your business using your God-given gifts and talents, you are doing just that!

Starting a business and continuing a business require a different mindset. While some might be tempted to hire a new manager or sell their business, I am confident that you can learn the skills and mindset shifts you need to continue. I break down this process into five simple steps: Pray, Prepare, Proclaim Your Idea, Find you People, and Persevere through difficulties. With God at your back, you can accomplish anything. It's OK to run a few metaphorical red lights on your way to success in business. As you are prayerfully preparing for what's next in your business, don't forget the people and friends that God has placed in your life to help you along on your journey.

Are you ready to transform your existing business? You can start today!

More in this episode:

  • Surround yourself with smart people!
  • Your time to act is now, Entrepreneurs.
  • Pray and ask God for next steps in your business. Pray with your spouse or your partnership.
  • Prepare and get your plan together.
  • Proclaim your ideas! The enemy wants you to keep your big dreams silent.
  • You need to find people who are in this dream.
  • Perseverance is critical when you are on the cusp of growth.
  • My secret to when I have a tough day in business.
  • Books make a huge difference.

Links:

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Jan 23, 2018
Success 02: Academic Success is Not a Predictor of Your Success in Life with Javier Flores
28:43

Today I am excited to bring you a success story all about hard work, second chances, and the opportunity to build a legacy. I’m chatting with Javier Flores today, who is leading the way for success through education. However, the educational system wasn’t so kind to him when he was a student. 

 

Javier’s first disadvantage was that he was a 1st Generation college student, the youngest of four in a family that struggled to make ends meet. Despite that, he now holds a Masters and Doctorate degree in Education. You would think with so many degrees that Javier was always a star student, but that wasn’t the case! Javier failed school and was academically suspended. Because a leader gave him a second chance, Javier was able to prove to himself and others that he had what it takes to succeed. 

 

Now, Javier is on a mission to influence education and change the narrative for students like him. He is doing that on the campus of Angelo State University by creating a student-first environment. Of the many programs for students he has started, his First-Year Camp is one of the most successful. ASU is now more affordable and accessible for 1st Generation college students. As Javier likes to say, a degree doesn’t just change your life—it can pave the way for success for generations to come. 

 

I am excited for you to hear all about Javier’s difficult beginning. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances or unsure if you should continue on, this episode will speak to you. It is never too late to try again. Javier is proof of that! 

 

More in this episode: 

•    Javier shares how he is setting first-year student up for success at Angelo State University. 

•    College degrees can change your entire family. Javier is trying to make that happen for so many families. 

•    Balance is important to achieve success. 

•    Look at problems as a creator. 

•    Javier looks back at his childhood in poverty and celebrates the character the parents built up in him. 

•    How Javier is reaching out to kids like him. 

•    Intuition and brokering in relationships are the skills that unlock Javier’s success. 

•    Communication skills that you can use to lead your team. 

•    Be aware that you always have a team behind you. 

•    It’s never too late to go back to school! 

 

Jan 22, 2018
Linked 03: How to Pray
19:25

In order to be the real you in faith, you have to know what your identity is in Christ. Over the past few episodes, we’ve been taking a closer look at Luke 10. I believe this passage is our best example of how the apostles were living out their faith linked to the Holy Spirit. After all, that’s what Are you Real: Linked is all about! I want you to be as connected to the Spirit of the Living God as you can be. As followers of Christ, we have a direct link to God through prayer.

Daily prayer is critical if you want to be linked to the Holy Spirit. Cultivating a prayer life is challenging, but not impossible. Today, I am going to show you how Scripture talks about prayer in 2 distinct ways. We’ll break down how parables work, and why the imagery of the harvest is a believer’s call to prayer. I’ll also be sharing with you ways in which prayer has transformed my own life. I know your life will be forever changed by taking the time to pray over the lost souls in your life, as well as for laborers to go out among them. Start here with me, and never look back! Prayer changes lives.

More in this episode:

  • I share one of the places where I’ve been challenged to demonstrate this Luke 10 faith.
  • The church was called to be people who rise up to take background for the Kingdom.
  • I break down how parables are helpful tools for understanding spiritual matters.
  • We need to ask and beg the Lord to send out laborers into the harvest.
  • Understand the 4 Greek words of prayer.
  • Prayer allows us to be encouraged to go out into the harvest.
  • We can only love well when the Spirit moves in our lives.
  • My prayer challenge to you today.
Jan 18, 2018
85: Acting, Producing and Leaving Hollywood with Nathan VonMinden & Cameron Arnett
44:41

When you find God’s purpose in your life, you gain the confidence to make decisions full of faith and integrity. Today, I am bringing to you two men who have operated with faith and integrity in a way that could completely shift our culture and the entertainment industry. I’m chatting with Nathan VonMinden and Cameron Arnett. Both men are involved in the production of Angry Men, a film about the deadly Challenger explosion that rocked the nation. This film tells the story of the true events of a few angry men who tried to stop the Challenger from launching, knowing very well that they were putting their livelihood on the line. While this film is not evangelical in nature, those guiding principles of faith and integrity are put on full display for audiences to see.

Up first is Nathan VonMinden, who started off his adult life as an aerospace engineer, but found a passion in producing video for his church. He saw his early video production days as a training ground for much bigger film projects God had in store. After eight years of research and a year of writing, Nathan decided to take a giant leap of faith and produce Angry Men. It is an all-hands-on-deck type of project, but so far his team has seen incredible results and rewarding experiences of genuine faith. He will share all about how God has empowered him to do the impossible, and after listening to his story, you’ll believe the same. I’m confident in that!

Next up is Cameron Arnett, an actor with one of the pivotal roles in Angry Men. Cameron will share how he got his start in Hollywood, but felt God call him away and into ministry. He never thought he would be able to act again, but God showed him the way to fulfill his purpose and use his gifts in Christian film. Now, he is working with Nathan and his team and seeing the enormous impact that faith and integrity are making in this film’s production process. He has an encouraging word for Christians who might want to consider acting, as well as courage for young people in the midst of tough decision making.

If you need a confidence boost today, this is the episode for you. God is doing incredible things in the lives of Nathan and Cameron. You don’t want to miss out!

More in this episode:

  • Nathan shares how he went from aerospace engineering to producing films.
  • Working with creative believers is all about a creative purpose for Nathan.
  • God has provided everything they needed to create his vision.
  • Entrepreneurship and integrity are the keys to Nathan’s success.
  • Nathan shares a story of creative problem solving on set.
  • Hear all about the incredible story of some angry men who attempted to stop the Challenger launch.
  • Nathan shares why Cameron was such a good fit for the movie.
  • The cast of the movie works together in an incredible way that speaks to God’s character.
  • Cameron speaks candidly about his history as an actor, and what drew him to be a part of Christian Film.
  • Trust that God is for you. All you have to do is give yourself unto his way.

Links:

Learn all about Nathan’s film

Nathan VonMinden

Learn all about Cameron

Cameron Arnett

Jan 17, 2018
Fit 02: The Importance of Exercise
18:22

We are starting the New Year off right by focusing on the basics of health and wellness. This week, we are covering the essentials of exercise. I brought the fun with me today since I am joined by my husband, John. Together, we are going to lay the foundation of why exercise is important, and how you can prioritize these good habits in your everyday life. It’s time to rip up all of our excuses and make exercise one of your goals for the New Year.

In this episode, I am going to give you my Top 5 Reasons Exercise should be your priority. There are so many reasons to exercise beyond losing weight, and I know it will absolutely change your life. You can do it! I want to see all of us achieve our physical goals together. Let’s make 2018 the year you change your life for the better. I will show you how.

More to learn in this episode:

  • My least favorite excuse for not exercising.
  • Exercise is important because it helps you control your weight.
  • What consistent exercise looks like in your daily life.
  • Alternatives to running and exercises that will get your heart rate in the fat burning zone.
  • Stories from John and I about how exercise improved our moods tremendously.
  • Exercise improves your sleep.
  • Improve your relationships through exercise.
  • There is a long list of medical conditions that can be prevented with exercise.
  • My New Year’s challenge to the Are You Real listeners!
  • Where to start when you don’t know where to begin.

Resources

To find out how to work with me on your physical fitness goals:

Are You Real

 

Jan 16, 2018
Creatives 02: The Cross Has the Final Word with Cody Carnes
31:13

Certain songs seem to take the church by storm. Some songs are capable of captivating the hearts of the global church, sending chills up your spine and Truth right to your soul. Right now “The Cross Has The Final Word,” is that thought-provoking song.  It has definitely been an incredible tool that God has used to bring his presence to believers across the world. Today, I am thrilled to get to talk to Cody Carnes. He wrote “The Cross Has The Final Word,” but before that success, he depended on God and his timing to shape his music career. Beyond being a worship leader, musician, and songwriter, he is also married to fellow Christian artist, Kari Jobe. If you spend much time in the Christian music world, you’ll know about Cody!

Today, Cody is going to walk us through his creative process. It all depends on encounters with God, and the Spirit leading him to the right words. He’ll share how he developed his unique sound for “The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Morning” by allowing worlds to collide. You will also get some unique insights into what it’s like to be on tour with an equally talented wife! What is so encouraging about Cody is that he focuses on the sound that he specifically needs to make. Cody’s encouragement to all creators to step out into their own unique territory.  Cody is a young guy on the rise within worship culture, but he humbly thanks God for the words and the music to steward.

Creators can rejoice that God has given us all a unique creative gift. You don’t want to miss out on all the creative inspiration in this week’s episode!

More in this episode:

  • Cody shares all about his life, his family, and his lifelong love of music.
  • Waiting for God’s timing was the key to Cody’s success.
  • Cody shares his process behind “The Cross Has The Final Word.”
  • Write out of encounters with God.
  • Keeping songs at that encounter experience can be challenging.
  • Nobody is creating worship music like Cody!
  • Hear what it’s like to have a musical family touring on the road.
  • Cody wants to do as much live music as he can.

Links:

@CodyCarnes

Cody Carnes

Jan 15, 2018
Linked 02: Reclaim Your Identity
22:04

As we are learning together how to be real and authentic in our faith, the biggest setback for so many Christians is our identity crisis. The rest of the world seems to have clued in on the crisis as well. The church’s largest criticism is hypocrisy and inauthenticity that non-believers see within our congregations. How can we begin to change that narrative? It will start by changing how we view our identity. 

Last week was all about how to be an apostle of Luke 10, walking in the authority of Jesus. Today we will continue that conversation with examples from the Old and New Testament. We can look to Moses, Paul, and the apostles to show us where our identity should be rooted—in God alone. When our identity is rooted in our Creator, we cannot help but reflect his goodness and character. The result is an authenticity that the rest of the world longs for. We can share the hope and salvation of Jesus by our very acts of faith. The key to a deep community of believers and a changed society around us starts with reclaiming our identity.

Let’s learn how we can be linked together by the Holy Spirit, and rooted in our identity in God.

More in this episode:

  • I give you my therapist’s perspective on our identity crisis.
  • Let’s talk about the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • People are drawn to authentic love and peace.
  • When we know our Savior, we know ourselves.
  • Lessons we can learn from the apostles and Moses.
  • We are empowered by the Holy Spirit alone.
  • Use the Biblical example set before us to change our church culture.
Jan 11, 2018
84: Hearing and Answering God's Call on Your Life with Jonathan Parnell
39:01

If you want to live your most authentic life on mission for God, you have to be willing to listen to the call to “go.” I am sitting down with a guy today who took God’s call on his life very seriously. As a result, he has developed an intimate relationship with his Creator and weathered hardship and setbacks with hope and incredible faith. I know you will not be disappointed by my interview with Jonathan Parnell. He is a father first, but he has been using his gifts to pastor a church in the Twin Cities, as well as publish his amazing book, Never Settle For Normal. Along with his pastoral ministry, Jonathan was a long time contributor to John Piper’s Desiring God content ministry. He is definitely a man of many talents, and each is being used to serve God in an authentic way.

Today, Jonathan will share how he knew he was called to be a pastor since he was 17. God called on Jonathan to take some scary leaps of faith, but with each act of obedience, God showed up in a big way. With every step he takes, Jonathan is always asking God for a deeper desire for Him, even if that means going down the hard road. You will hear stories of grief, stories with unexpected endings, and stories of a man who is humbly serving in exactly the place he was meant to be. When God told Jonathan to “go,” he went, no questions asked. Now, his authentic faith is evident to anyone who speaks with him.

Dive in and hear what it can be like to live a life filled with faith and trust!

More in this episode:

  • Jonathan shares all about his wife and 7 kids.
  • The journey behind Jonathan’s book and the Desiring God ministry.
  • How Jonathan managed to survive a crazy brain injury.
  • Hear all about the decision to transfer to seminary and become a pastor.
  • Biblical inspiration from Paul and Abraham to “go.”
  • Learn what the Bible says about seeking pleasure.
  • Stories of times that God showed up in a mighty way.
  • How we can have hope that God is with us.
  • The importance of obedience in our lives.
  • Jonathan shares his love for his wife and his people.
  • Using your personality profile to help in your ministry.
  • Memorizing scripture has been a huge influence on Jonathan as a pastor.
  • Read the Word of God!

Resources:

Never Settle For Normal:  https://www.amazon.com/Never-Settle-Normal-Significance-Happiness/dp/1601429061

Twitter: @JonathanParnell

http://www.jonathanparnell.com/

Jan 10, 2018
Business 01: 4 Simple Steps to Become an Entrepreneur
19:47

Do you want to learn how to grow your business to bless others? Good, you’ve come to the right place. I want to help my listeners take practical steps towards accomplishing their big ideas. Why? When you go out there and make money, you are not only serving your family, but you can also bless others and glorify God. Yes, God can use your business to do big things. I want you to have the tools to go out there confidently. 

 

Today, let’s talk entrepreneurship. It takes a lot of faith and guts to start your own business. These days, anyone can throw up a website and start a new venture, but what separates you from the pack is that you are going to take decisive action. I have a four step process that will take some of the fear and guesswork out of taking this step into entrepreneurship. Step 1: Get yourself a creative idea. 2: Evaluate your risk before stepping headlong. Step 3: Make a basic plan to get you started. Step 4: Act on your plan. 

 

See how simple it is to start your own business? Of course, when you see it written out in four steps, it seems a bit oversimplified. In this episode, I will break down each of these steps to show you the intention and skills that are required to do each one well. If you work ahead of the plan to get your business into shape, you’ll be able to breathe a bit. You are already honing your resources to do well in business, and then turn around and bless others. Being an entrepreneur is definitely special, and I want you to succeed. Let me show you how! 

 

More in this episode: 

  • You have to have an idea to be an entrepreneur. 
  • I share my start in the insurance industry that launched me on my path. 
  • Learn to look at problems from a new angle. 
  • Ask God to talk to you in your dreams.
  • What makes a good mastermind group?
  • Have someone give feedback on your creative idea. 
  • Get real about your risk and risk tolerance.
  • You only need a basic plan to get started. 
  • You have a plan, now do it! 
  • Get your momentum and inspire others to greatness. 
  • Don’t be afraid of failure.

 

Resources:

My E-Course

https://www.michaelpmcintyre.com/

 

Jan 09, 2018
Success 01: Building Positive Relationships to Help You Succeed with Four Price
16:06

Positive relationships are the best way to build up your success. No matter what your goals in life might be, you will always succeed with the right people by your side. I can’t think of a single person who embodies this principle more than Four Price. By day, Four is a Trust Advisor and VP for Amarillo National Bank, the largest Family-owned bank in the Nation. His other job is a seat serving in the Texas House of Representatives for District 87. While serving the public, Four knows that he must always be searching for the right perspective on some of Texas’ weightiest concerns. No matter if a session has been good or bad, Four manages to accomplish whatever goal he sets before him with the power of perspective.

Listen this week as Four shares his best practices for developing these positive relationships. He will also discuss the importance of family, his passions in life, and the seriousness of commitment. Our interview today will be just the inspiration you need to tackle whatever challenges might lie ahead. Stick to your people, and you’ll always find success.

More in this episode:

  • Four shares his definition of success.
  • Hear all about the recent successful House session, as well as the not-so-good ones.
  • Relationships are the source of wisdom that Four depends upon.
  • Four is candid about the things that concern him.
  • Our children are the source of our greatest joy and greatest worry.
  • Learn the habits that have set Four up for success
  • Keep your trust. Your credibility is a huge asset.

Links and Resources:

Twitter: @FourPriceTX

www.fourprice.org

Jan 08, 2018
Linked 01: What's My Identity
22:32

I believe the church is having an identity crisis. The reason: because we, God’s people, are having an identity crisis. My name is Christy Austin, and my heart is to link together the people of God with the Spirit of God. Here on Are You Real: Linked, I want to bring to you the Truth from God’s word so that we can root ourselves in our faith and grow the church from the inside out. 

 

Here’s the key question: Where do you find your identity? Is it in your job, marital status, hobbies, or political viewpoint? Why do we spend so much of our lives chasing after identity, only to come up short again and again? It’s because we are looking in the wrong places. In the very first episode of Are You Real: Linked, I want to show you how to stop chasing your life’s worth outside of your faith and start seeing your identity as God sees it. 

 

Let’s learn together what the Bible says about our community. The only way to truly find our identity, and by extension, the church’s is to be linked with the Holy Spirit. Let’s reconnect ourselves to the Spirit so that we can then reconnect with one another. Today, I break down a familiar passage from Luke 10 that exemplifies how the early church rooted their identity in what truly matters. The challenge is a large one, but the solution is right in front of us. Let’s tune into what the Holy Spirit is teaching us—together. 

 

Show Highlights:

  • I share my story and my journey to finding authentic faith. 
  • When we are in the Holy Spirit, there is no distance from God or from one another. 
  • Each voice in the Are You Real Podcast in authentic and real. 
  • Churches are not growing anymore. 
  • It is time for us to leave the church building and go into our communities.
  • We want to link together to heal and restore hope to the people around us. 
  • Media is a huge way we can shift our culture. 
  • Lessons from Luke 10. 
  • Let’s break down the word “sent.” 
  • Identity is the image of the one sending us. Jesus gives us our identity. 
Jan 04, 2018
83: Christy Austin Shares a Preview of Are You Real Linked
30:32

Have you ever thought about what it would look like to have authentic faith? So many of our heroes from the Bible lived their lives with a faithful authenticity that feels impossible to imitate in this day and age. We are here to tell you that you can have that kind of faith, and we are going to show you how.

This is Are You Real: Linked, hosted by Christy Austin. Christy is a Licensed Therapist and Ministry leader who is passionate about helping her community live authentically. In today’s intro interview, Christy is going to share about her heart for this podcast, you, our listener, and the church in America. Rather than just being another voice amongst many, Christy wants to give you practical steps you can take to become an undercover revivalist in your community.

If you are prepared to strengthen your faith alongside an experienced and compassionate ministry worker, look no further than Are You Real: Linked. This is the start of something great for you!

More in this episode:

  • Christy shares all about her work and ministry in authenticity.
  • How depression and anxiety are linked up with are spiritual being.
  • Christy is most excited about the Are You Real Team.
  • Let’s learn and get linked together to be authentic in our community.
  • Why it is so important to be the change we want to see.
  • Your main weekly takeaways and teachings.
  • Christy’s biggest challenges to overcome.
  • Staying in the voice of the Holy Spirit.
  • Learn some interesting tidbits about Christy.
  • Listen for a chance to get a free copy of John’s book!

Links:

Instagram @AreYouRealPod

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/areyoureal/

Jan 03, 2018
Fit 01:The Spiritual Side of Sleep and How it Affects Your Overall Fitness
19:25

Welcome to the first episode of Are You Real: Fit, where I, Kasey Fuller, bring to you not just the basics of a healthy lifestyle, but also a spiritual approach to health and wellness. I can’t think of a better way to launch a podcast dedicated to wellness than to talk about sleep. We all have different reactions when we think of sleep. Some of us can’t remember the last time we got a good night’s rest. Some of us couldn’t possibly think of functioning without it. Today, I want to break down the science behind why a good night’s sleep is important, and celebrate all the good it does for your body.

In the second half of the show, I had the chance to interview Dr. Tina Hay. Her fascination with sleep began with her childhood as a dreamer. Now, she helps us understand our bodies and sleep from a Scriptural point of view. She is a doctor specializing in sleep, but what makes her work unique is that she wants to deepen our understanding of the spiritual aspect of sleep. Have you taken a moment to think about the spiritual side of sleep? We will discuss why sleep is important for your spirituality, and think about God’s perspective on all of this.

There is a lot to learn in this episode. Hopefully, it will inspire you to do what it takes to get the rest your body and your spirit needs!

 

Show Highlights: 

  • Brain health and the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
  • Sleep curbs inflammation and boosts creativity.
  • Boosting performance physically and mentally with a healthy sleep pattern.
  • Mentally prepare your mind for sleep.
  • Learn all about the spiritual side of sleep.
  • Dr. Tina is passionate about teaching others about God’s design for sleep.
  • What does Scripture say about sleep?
  • What we can do to pay more attention and tune into our sleep habits.
  • God uses dreams to speak to his people.

 

Resources

Living Life By Design

 

 

Jan 02, 2018
Creatives 01: Growing as a Songwriter to Serve and Minister in the Local Church
31:55

On Are You Real: Creative, I want to connect with creative individuals from every discipline and perspective. God has given us the ability to create, and we as believers can build one another up in that gift. Each guest I interview on the show will share how he or she uses creativity to worship God. I choose each guest specifically for their ability to encourage all of you listening.

 

My very first guest is none other than my own brother, Zach Dietz. Zach is a songwriter, musician, worship leader, and incredible father. I am fortunate to have a brother like Zach. He and I have been inspiring one another in music since we were very small. Today, however, I ask for the practical ways in which he has grown as a songwriter. Zach will share with you his unique perspective that sets his music apart from the rest. The ministry he does as the worship leader of Evergreen Church is truly inspiring.

 

Zach brings about a purity and simplicity to songwriting that I know you will all want to know about. His passion for the local church reminds me that our creativity is meant to bless others in the present, and will glorify God for eternity. He is worthy of our worship, and Zach will show you today how to write songs with excellence. Listen to this episode for a powerful, Spirit-filled journey to making wonderful worship music.

 

More in this episode:

  • Zach gives us the rundown of who he is and what he is involved in.
  • Learn why Zach has just now hit his stride as a songwriter.
  • Key takeaways for you if you are interested in writing songs.
  • Why it is important to sing and worship.
  • Thinking outside the box is the key to Zach’s success.
  • Zach teaches others everything he knows about producing and writing music.
  • Using the “Rule of Three” in songwriting.
  • Finding where the presence of God is in a song.
  • Zach shares what he thinks is different from what everyone else is doing.
  • Influence and the local v. global church.

 

Instagram and Twitter @EvergreenMusic_

 

Instagram and Twitter @ZachDietz

Jan 01, 2018