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

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How Can We Help Others In Need?: Hal Donaldson & Will McGinniss
26:17

Many of us feel called to serve others in some way—and often when we think about what that could look like, we feel paralyzed by too many options. There are so many needs all across the world that must urgently be met, so how do we know where to start? This week’s guests, CEO of Convoy of Hope Hal Donaldson and CEO of Haiti Made Will McGinniss share how they found a way to make real change in lives and in hearts—spreading the word of God and caring for His people at the same time. 

 

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Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith

Susie McEntire-Eaton  

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Past interview: Brian Tome

Upcoming interview: Sharon Jaynes

 

Hal Donaldson

Convoy of Hope

Mother Teresa

Golden State Warriors

San Jose State University

Disruptive Compassion

Your Next 24 Hours

 

Will McGinniss

Audio Adrenaline

Hands and Feet Project 

Haiti Made

“Hands and Feet” song

James 1:27 NIV

www.haitimade.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“I met Mother Teresa. And during the course of that interview, she asked me, “What are you doing to help the poor and the suffering?” And I figured it was probably not a good idea to lie to Mother Teresa. So I told her the truth. I said, “I'm really not doing much of anything.” And she looked back at me and she said, “Everyone can do something.” And she began to talk to me about doing the next kind thing that Jesus put in front of me.” - Hal Donaldson

“When you're obedient to God and you do the things that are important to God, God takes that step of faith and He grows it. He makes it something larger than we ever dreamed.” - Hal Donaldson

“We can allow the images of despair to paralyze us or the enormity of the problems to paralyze us, or we can roll up our sleeves and say, “Let's get to work.” Jesus used me to make a difference.” - Hal Donaldson

“The key to life, the key to fulfillment, purpose, it doesn't come from exceeding others. It comes from elevating others.” - Hal Donaldson

“The very first week I got into this Christian rock band and God had a different plan, He would be like, ‘Yeah, I'm going to take your heart to help people and I'm going to give you a platform to do that. And you're going to reach a lot of people who come from all different walks of life and your music's going to bless them and encourage them.’” - Will McGinniss 

“What we've learned through time is that there has to be a cultural exchange and we both learn from one another, you know, not that we come in with all the right ideas and completely, you know, just save them, because Jesus has been there for centuries, you know, and decades. But we often come in and feel like we know what's best for these people. And we want to help and have great intentions, but our helping can often create more problems. And so we want to do that in a way that's an equitable exchange.” - Will McGinniss

“And as He's entrusted more to me, running Haiti Made now, I don't always feel qualified every day, but I know if I show up every day with a good effort and a good work ethic and just with God's spirit and His help, I call on Him daily to help me lead this team and to be able to get in the right doors, get the right doors open to sell these goods. And we're just continually trying to be creative and having this work grow and to create more jobs and touch more and more families through that.” - Will McGinniss

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Jul 29, 2021
God Is The Healer Of All Wounds: Michael Franzese & Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
22:36

When we face life experiences that hurt us, that drastically alter the way things go, it can cut deep and cause us significant pain. But as the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” Remember that even in the most daunting of circumstances, Jesus took your wounds as His own so that you may know peace and hope in salvation. Our guests this week have experienced their own personal wounds. Former mafia member Michael Franzese shares about growing up in one of the most notorious crime families, how he himself descended into the darkness, and how ultimately, God healed every element of his past and made him a new person. Michele Wilbur-Christiansen shares the tragic story of her parents’ heartbreaking death, and how her and her siblings found peace in knowing that one day, they will be reunited with them in heaven. 

 

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Jesus Calling Podcast

1 Peter 2:24 NIV

Jesus Listens

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling 

Past interview: Lecrae Moore

Upcoming interview: Hal Donaldson

 

Michael Franzese

New York Cosa Nostra 

Joe Colombo

Rudy Giuliani

Book of Proverbs

 

Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

Capital University in Columbus, Ohio

 

Interview Quotes:

“The night I went back into prison, they told me I'd never see the street again, I'd never seen my wife and children, they were going to try and indict me on new charges. The government was upset with me because I wouldn't cooperate. They threw me in a hole, I was in solitary, and it was probably the worst night of my life. I thought I was going to lose everything that was dear to me, never see my wife and kids again, I was in my mid thirties. I was still a young guy. So it was a very difficult night. And I was lying on the cot, honestly, I just wanted to close my eyes and not wake up.” - Michael Franzese

“The Bible became my Bible. It became true to me.” - Michael Franzese

“The heroism of my life kind of transferred from my father to Jesus. I was enamored with the personality of Jesus, the character of Jesus as a man. He was a true man's man.” - Michael Franzese

“When times are at their worst for us is when Jesus is the most powerful in our lives.” - Michael Franzese

“I did stray away from God, but never really from family. And then over time, I saw how God was working for me in my life, I became a born-again Christian. So I was able to see how God was working for me, even if I kept Him behind the scenes. And then eventually I came to know Him as more than just a religion, but more as my personal friend and Savior.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

“Knowing our parents were in His presence gave us comfort through our pain. And a reminder that He always has our best interests in mind, even in the worst moments of our lives.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

“This tragedy has caused me to question God at times. I've asked, ‘Why them God, why now?’” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

“God continually reminds me that we are to trust Him with all of our heart, not just some or not just the parts that we decide to give Him.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiantiansen

“Take your anger, your sadness, and all your emotions and all your questions to God, He can handle it and still lovingly accepts you with open arms. He will meet you in your mess.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

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Jul 22, 2021
Jesus Listens to Our Doubts: Jamie Kern Lima & Cole Arthur Riley
30:50

Every Christian faces a time in their relationship with Jesus that is frustrating, that’s full of questions, full of doubt, full of wondering if God is even real, if He listens, or if He cares. But time and time again, the Lord has proven that He does hear your every prayer, as Psalm 66:19 reminds us: “God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” God is also okay with our doubts—He gives us the space we need to figure out for ourselves that He is good, all the time, and He will be with us always. This week’s guests are two dreamers—the founder of IT Cosmetics, the largest luxury makeup company in the country, Jamie Kern Lima, who faced years of trials and God doubt but managed to find a way to keep the faith, and God rewarded her with the breakthrough she’d been longing for. And the creator of Black Liturgies, Cole Arthur Riley, a born skeptic who educated herself on a variety of religions before finding a home in the Christian church who held space for her questions.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Psalm 66:19 NIV

Jesus Calling

TV show Jesus Calling Stories of Faith

Susie McEntire-Eaton

Circleallacess.com

Past interview: Dominic Done

Upcoming interview: Michael Franzese

 

Jamie Kern Lima

IT Cosmetics

Believe It

Jesus Calling app

Rosacea

QVC

Cosmetic Executive Women

Miss Lisa Mason. QVC show host

jamiekernlima.com 

itcosmetics.com

 

Cole Arthur Riley

Black Liturgies

Chesterton House

Blackliturgust.com

Instagram

 

Interview Quotes:

“I think so many of us learn that sometimes God's setbacks are really set ups for what we're supposed to do next.” - Jamie Kern Lima

“Truthfully, there are nights when I’d get these really hard rejections and I’d end up crying myself to sleep. And the one thing that kept going as I would literally pray and be like, ‘God, I feel like you put this dream on my heart and I don't understand why it's not working, am I wrong?’” - Jamie Kern Lima

“All of us have had people reject us or tell us we're not enough or we need to change who we are to fit in or we don't belong. And I think so many times learning to turn down the volume on that and not let it take root in our spirit is so important, because I believe our calling is always stronger than our opposition.” - Jamie Kern Lima

“I would rather show real women all ages, shapes, sizes, skin challenges, skin tones. And if the single mom in Nebraska is going to give me two seconds of her time and she turns on her television, even if she buys nothing, I would rather have her see women who look like her and me calling them beautiful and meaning it, than sell a ton of product and stand for nothing.” - Jamie Kern Lima

“I was really fortunate to have spiritual mentors early on that allowed me to have a lot of agency over my seeking even as they were teaching me things that probably felt really basic to them in many ways.” - Cole Arthur Riley

“Words do have tremendous power, both their presence and their absence. I think our task as Christians is to be really honest and faithful discerners of what any given moment calls for, voice or silence. Both can be oppressive, but both can be beautiful disciplines of rest, hope, and solidarity.” - Cole Arthur Riley

It can be a real gift for us to join voices with other people across space and across time to say, ‘This is who God is, this is who we are,’ and to tell the story.” - Cole Arthur Riley

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Jul 15, 2021
When God Changes Our Direction: Paula Faris & Jason Brown
32:47

Many of us have had a moment in our lives that define us as people and as servants of God—and sometimes that moment comes at a fork in the road. Which path will you take? The one you’ve worked hard for and the world tells you you should want? Or the one God wants you to take? It’s almost guaranteed that every time you decide to take the Lord’s path, you will encounter mountains of blessings that you’d never have expected. ABC News reporter Paula Faris was at the height of her career when she faced a devastating series of tragedies that forced her to slow down and recognize that God was calling her to go in another direction. Former NFL lineman Jason Brown had worked hard to make his way up the football ladder, eventually becoming the highest-paid center in the sport. It seemed he had everything he wanted, but the luxurious lifestyle he pursued took his focus off his family and marriage which began to suffer, causing him to reassess what he really wanted out of life. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Sarah Young

Jesus Listens

jesuscalling.com/jesuslistens

Past interview: Zim Flores

Upcoming interview: Jamie Kern Lima, IT Cosmetics

 

Paula Faris

Morning Star Christian Community

Good Morning America Weekend

The View

Joshua 5-6 NIV

Journeys of Faith at ABC 

Faith & Calling Podcast

The Paula Faris Show

www.paulafarisofficial.com

Called Out

 

Jason Brown

First Fruits Farm

Lunsford Bernard Brown II

UNC Chapel Hill

2005 NFL draft

wisdomforlife.org 

Centered

 

Interview Quotes:

“And at the end of the day, I think what's most important is that we don't get caught up in the differences, but that we can unite on some of the main tenets of the Bible...the most important thing at the end of the day is that if we are Christians, they'll know it by our love for one another.” - Paula Faris 

“I think we owe it to not only ourselves, but we owe it to unbelievers to have a reason for the hope that is within us.” - Paula Faris

“Trying to keep a positive mindset when you're in that valley, when you're circling that city, that this is where the growth is happening and God is getting ready to start a new chapter and write a new chapter in your life.” - Paula Faris

“I don't want to just have five, ten minutes out of the day where I'm talking to God, I try to talk to God throughout my day, and I'm the type of person where I need encouragement throughout the day. So for me, it's a daily conversation. God is always by my side.” - Paula Faris

“Once you ask the spirit to come into your life and to allow you to see things in a new way, you will. And it'll transform your relationship with God. It will transform your belief in God, it’ll transform the way that you see God. And you'll start seeing Him in the sunsets across the sky. You'll start to hear Him in the voices of loved ones and in the faces of loved ones. And you'll feel Him in that gentle breeze and you'll hear Him speaking softly in the depths of your spirit.” - Paula Faris

“What do you want people to truly remember you by at the end of your life?” - Jason Brown

“Everybody on the outside thought that we were this picture perfect family, but on the inside, behind closed doors, we weren't. We were still going to church every single Sunday, and we knew the talk and the lingo of how to put on the fakeness and the front of being a good Christian. Right? But when we left church and came back home, you know, there was no true mission. There was no true obedience to Christ.” - Jason Brown

“Because of my success and my pride in sports and football, it developed an arrogance that I thought I was strong enough and smart enough to be in control and to fight hard enough in my flesh and figure this thing out. And Jesus simply told me that there's nothing that you can do in and of yourself that can bring about the faithfulness that He desires for me.” - Jason Brown

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Jul 08, 2021
Braving Our Way to a Better Life: Chad Robichaux and Tim Atwood
26:26

At this time of year, as we celebrate the brave men and women who fought for the freedom of our country, it’s a good time to reflect on what it actually means to be brave. Sometimes, as in the case of our military heroes, bravery means laying down your life for a greater good, or for your fellow man. Sometimes bravery can mean stepping into something new, apart from everything you’ve known before, to pursue something greater for your life. And sometimes bravery is the simple act of pushing through something hard, something painful, in order to climb out of the darkness to step back into the light. Our guests this week have each shown acts of bravery in their lives—one in service to our country as a Marine, and in his own personal battle with PTSD, and another who faced addiction and fights each day not to be pulled back into its grip; we’re talking with Chad Robichaux, a former Force Recon Marine who served in Afghanistan, and Tim Atwood, a touring musician who has shared the stage with some of country music’s biggest legends. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Jesus Always

Jesus Calling armed forces edition

Christianbook.com

Past interview: Sara Evans

Upcoming interview: Paula Faris

 

Chad Robichaux

PTSD

United States Marines

Recon marine 

TS-SCI clearance

Mighty Oaks Foundation

www.mightyoaksprograms.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

 

Tim Atwood

Mel Street

Lynn Anderson

Jim Ed Brown

Grand Ole Opry’s staff band

Taylor Swift 

Carrie Underwood

Vince Gill

Inspirational Country Music Awards

Who I Am

www.timatwood.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“I'll be forever grateful for the Marine Corps for giving me that second chance, a clean slate of life and to escape that childhood that I was in and have a chance to build a life.” - Chad Robichaux

“What I discovered is that the Bible has a very clear blueprint on how to navigate each and every situation.” - Chad Robichaux

“During that time, I really dove into martial arts as a professional fighter and won a world championship, ranked number six in the world as a flyweight. And so on the surface, everything looked really good. But I was spiraling personally. And I was still dealing with panic attacks. I was still dealing with a lot of anger issues in my life. And my marriage was falling apart.” - Chad Robichaux

“I surrendered my life to Christ. I began to find restoration in my marriage and my relationship, in my own brokenness, and the PTSD. And so I was able to get hold of my life again. So I found restoration. I found hope again for the first time in a very long time.” - Chad Robichaux

“We really have to seek our purpose to find out what His purpose is. And I think when we find that we find a role in His purpose, that's when we find our contentment, our joy, and then we are able to tap into everything we're created for.” - Chad Robichaux

“One day I just decided, you know, I've played behind everybody I can think of, just enjoyed it. But I think that I would be better served at the front of the stage. And by watching all these entertainers over the years, I kind of learned exactly how to do it.” - Tim Atwood

“I’m really just enjoying the opportunity to get out front and entertain because I feel like I'm more of an entertainer than anything. It gives me a platform to talk at most of the shows I do. I've mentioned to everybody that I'm a Christian and that God gave me the gift and I've given the gift back to God.” - Tim Atwood

“You have to believe that you've got what it takes, but you also have to listen to the Voice.” - Tim Atwood

“I thank God that there’s servicemen and women out there fighting for our freedom.” - Tim Atwood

“I pray for Him to give me guidance and show me the way that I should go and the things that I should do to be a blessing to other folks.” - Tim Atwood

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Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH

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

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Jul 01, 2021
Everyone Is Worthy of God’s Love: Cece Jones-Davis & Danielle Coke
27:40

The idea of loving others doesn’t seem too difficult when we put it in the context of those closest to us, the ones who support us, care for us, and who give love in return. But the love that God commands us to have as Christians goes beyond that love we have in small circles—and it demands that as Jesus first loved us, we must love others in return. In the Bible, we’ll find in I John 4:20-21, it says: Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. Our guests this week have committed their lives to showing the world that there isn’t anyone who isn’t worthy of love—both God’s love and the love of their fellow man. We’re talking to singer, speaker, and social advocate Cece Jones-Davis, and digital artist Danielle Coke

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

John 4:20-21 NIV

Jesus Calling devotional for kids 

Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith on Circle TV

Circleallacess.com

Past interview: Linsey Davis

Upcoming interview: Chad Robichaux

 

Cece Jones-Davis

Matthew 5:6 NIV

Howard University

Yale Divinity School

Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts

Sing for Change

www.cecejonesdavis.com

Alive 

 

Danielle Coke

Artivism

Luke 10:27 NIV

Good Samaritan

Worthy

https://ohhappydani.com/

@ohhappydani

 

Interview Quotes:

“As a kid, I was curious, I wanted to know more, even though there was a lot about spirituality that was really scary to me. And the older I got, that yearning just never left me, it constantly chased me down. And it drove me into pursuing God.” - Cece Jones-Davis

“God has had to do a lot of work with me over the years to say, ‘You are smart, you are enough, you're not just what other people have said about you.’” - Cece Jones-Davis

“My ministry has from the beginning more so been about my public witness and about how I can outwardly face toward the world outside of the church. What can I do? And so I'm happy to be living in this time when I feel like my life can be used in some way to advance God's kingdom and to stand up for what I believe God is on the side of.” - Cece Jones-Davis

“Sometimes I'm connecting as I'm sitting at my desk and I'm like, ‘Okay, now, Lord, I know we haven't had a long conversation today yet, but Lord, you saw the calendar. I'm going to need you to be with me every step of the way.’” - Cece Jones-Davis

“I've witnessed what happens when diversity is not a priority.” - Danielle Coke

“A big part of why I'm so passionate about justice is tied back to my relationship with God and how I view His calling for our lives.” - Danielle Coke

“I encourage people to seek the scriptures about how God is consistently calling us to seek justice and love mercy, how He's giving us stories like the Good Samaritan and illustrating what it means to not just walk past by someone who is struggling, but to help them, lift them up, and be there in a tangible way.” - Danielle Coke

“We are all worthy of love. We are worthy of being valued and we're worth fighting for.” - Danielle Coke

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Jun 24, 2021
God Knows Our Whole Story And Still Loves Us: Rosie Rivera and Jason Sautel
35:58

Maybe you’ve heard someone say “Well, if you really knew me, you might not like me…” or maybe you’ve even said that to yourself. There can be much fear in being truly known—will I still be loved, despite my mistakes, despite my desperate thoughts, despite that I might not ever be enough on my own? The resounding answer to that question from God’s perspective is yes. God promises to love us with an everlasting love, and is continually drawing us to Himself with loving kindness, as we’re told in the scripture (Jeremiah 31:3). Our guests this week hit lows in their lives they didn’t know if they’d recover from, and just when they lost hope, they turned to God only to find that He was there, loving them despite their mistakes, fear, and pain. We’re speaking with television personality Rosie Rivera, the CEO of Jenni Rivera enterprises, and firefighter turned evangelist Jason Sautel

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Jeremiah 31:3

Jesus Calling  for First Responders editions

ChristianBook.com

Past interview: The Next Door organization

Upcoming interview: Cece Jones-Davis

 

Rosie Rivera

Jenni Rivera enterprises

Rosierivera.com

God Is Your Defender

 

Jason Sautel

The Rescuer

California Conservation Corps

California Department of Forestry

https://jasonsautel.wordpress.com/

 

Interview Quotes:

“I really, really loathed myself and I thought everyone else would, too, if they really, really knew me and that somehow transferred into God.” - Rosie Rivera 

“I told God I was a mess. I was still hung over. I still smelled like alcohol and everything. And I was just at the front of the altar crying my eyes out, letting Jesus know everything that He already knew, that I didn't want to live anymore without Him, and that day I just realized what the cross was, like, it just hit me in such a beautiful way that He had died for me. He already knew everything, and that He loved me. And it can still fill me with love.” - Rosie Rivera

“Power comes with His word. I can trust that no matter what is going on with the world, as long as I am holding His hand, I am safe and I am on the right path. It reminds me that in the highs and the lows, He is the same.” Rosie Rivera

“No matter what goodness of this world I'd try to throw into it, it would not seal it up and it would actually make things worse. So being a firefighter that was called to help other people but had no idea how to rescue himself, it was really challenging, especially at that point in my life.” - Jason Sautel

“At the end of the day, all that is on that fire truck and under all that gear and behind that badge is a human being who just wants to help other people.” - Jason Sautel

“I started recognizing Grace, even though I didn't realize what it was at the time, in the form of people being nice to me when I didn't deserve it.” - Jason Sautel

“I'm just praying for people that draw closer to God and I'm praying for people to put their faith in Jesus. And for those who have, I'm praying that they will reflect on what their faith truly means, because I have learned over the many years of responding to the bad stuff of this world, I can't fix anything, nor can time. Time alone heals nothing. Time with Jesus heals everything.” - Jason Sautel

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Jun 17, 2021
You Can’t Move Forward If You Keep Looking Back: Christine Caine & I Am They
38:42

It’s often been said that we shouldn’t live in the past, but sometimes, inevitably, our past mistakes can haunt us. Regret over decisions made, things we’ve said and done that impacted others negatively, or opportunities missed. But God calls us to a different reality—one that is based on the present with Him and the promise for a future that He lovingly prescribes. Our guests this week have all had events in their past that haven’t been easy to overcome. But each of them took a step forward, a step toward God, and stepped away from having their past define them. We’re talking to author and speaker Christine Caine and the members of the popular worship band I Am They—Matt Hein, Justin Shinn, and Abbie Parker.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Listens

jesuscalling.com/jesuslistens

Jesus Calling

Past interview: Jamie Blane

Upcoming interview: Rosie Rivera

 

Christine Caine

Propel Women

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

1 John 1:5 NIV

Psalm 119 NIV

Revelation 21:5 NIV

Hebrews 12 NIV

A-21 Campaign

ChristineCaine.com

How Did I Get Here?

 

I Am They

Foursquare Church

Vicodin 

OxyContin

Heroin

Mennonite church

Romans 5:20-21 NIV

“Scars”

https://www.iamthey.com/

Faithful God

 

Interview Quotes:

“There are a lot of things in my life that, you know, it would seem naturally speaking, should have stopped me from fulfilling my purpose and destiny. But Jesus being the amazing God that He is, He not only saved me and healed me and restored me, but He used those broken fragments of my past to not only give me a future, but to help me give other people a future.” - Christine Caine

“You are never too far gone for God not to be able to bring you back.” - Christine Caine

“I have found in my life that prayer moves God, and when God is moved, God can move mountains.” - Christine Caine

“I think that if we could trust the character and the nature and the goodness of God, we will get to the other side and find that our God was in control the whole time. I love that about God.” - Christine Caine

“I went into an eighteen month drug court program, so I was doing outpatient rehab, I was doing counseling, all that stuff. But what really made the biggest difference in keeping me clean was getting back involved with my church.” - Justin Shinn

“When you disappoint yourself, it can be really hard to believe that anyone else would not be disappointed in you, so that was a lesson that took a long time to relearn.” - Abbie Parker

“We sort of flipped the narrative that shame would have cast in our lives and decided this is no longer going to be a shameful narrative. This is going to be a story of God's grace and forgiveness and goodness and redemption in our lives.” - Abbie Parker

“It was just something that became the hidden addiction. And I never drank and I never got into drugs and that kind of thing, but [pornography] was kind of the thing that I could hide that was slowly but surely, in the same ways, eating me up from the inside.” - Matt Hein

“[Sitting in my pastor’s office confessing my addiction] was the moment that I found and I realized Grace and who Grace was and what Grace was capable of.” - Matt Hein

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Jun 10, 2021
Rooting Our Identity in Christ: Brandi Rhodes & Dr. Sasha Shillcutt
27:07

The concept of identity is a lofty one to wrap our minds around, and we are often encouraged to make sure our identity aligns with who God has called us to be. But how do we do that in real life? It often takes a situation beyond our control, where we feel over our heads, to get us to a point where we realize we have to realign our priorities. It’s there, in that space, that we often find God, and we see clearly what He wants for us. All Elite Wrestling star Brandi Rhodes is the wife of Cody Rhodes and daughter-in-law of the legendary Dusty Rhodes and is a star herself in American Elite Wrestling, talks about how faith and family played a role in forging her into the strong woman she is today. Renowned cardiac anesthesiologist and TedX speaker Dr. Sasha Shillcutt discusses the difficulties of juggling the roles of mom and a physician, how she found the balance by developing a spiritual practice of seeking God daily for 30 minutes.

 

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Brandi Rhodes

Cody Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes

All Elite Wrestling

Christopher Bowman

 

Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

Brave Enough

Jesus Calling app

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Interview Quotes:

“I had a really, really core upbringing in church and Christianity. And I love that because it was a situation, at least back then, where everybody was okay with everybody. We had all kinds of people across the board at that little school. Everyone was accepted, and we learned so much. I think that alone is the reason why I continue to pursue faith today.” - Brandi Rhodes

“I remember I just prayed that whole time that I was just warming up around, God, please be my legs. I can't feel them. This is important. I really need You right now. And that was the best I ever skated in my entire life.” - Brandi Rhodes, on prepping for one of her biggest skating competitions as a young adult

“I felt like I was failing as a mom. And when I would spend time trying to be the best mom I could be, I felt like I was failing as a physician. I think this is something that happens to a lot of women. I recognized how isolated I was, how I had really drifted away from the person God had called me to be.” - Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

“When you bring women together from diverse backgrounds, you recognize that so many of our trials and tribulations are similar, and we may be in different stages of our life or different phases, different states, different countries even. But we often face the same struggles.” - Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

“There's times as a doctor that it’s 3:00 in the morning and I'm in the operating room, and I don't know the next thing I should do to help a patient. I don't know the best thing. I'm not sure we're gonna make it out of the operating room. I'm struggling. And I can tell you in those moments, what I lean on is Christ.” - Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

“I pray that when I show up, I will affect the people in the room--sometimes that's two people, sometimes that's a thousand people--but that God will just help me bring kindness and clarity wherever I go, because the world is hard right now and there's a lot of anger and anxiety. And I just want to be a person that can bring clarity and kindness.” - Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

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Jun 03, 2021
A Love You Can Trust At All Times: Gary LeVox and Dr. Don Wilton
28:33

When we’re having a bad week and it seems like everything is going wrong, it’s nice to be able to have one constant to look to—something that never changes, is always reliable and there for us when we need it. This week two men of faith share how God’s love has been that constant in their lives; Grammy award winning country singer from the group Rascal Flatts, Gary LeVox and pastor, speaker, and evangelist—and the personal pastor of Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Don Wilton.

 

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Past interview: Lauren Akins

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Gary LeVox

Rascal Flatts

Board of DD, Developmental Disabilities

“Someone Else's Star”

Hebrews 11 NIV

One On One

 

Dr. Don Wilton

Dr. Reverend Billy Graham

Saturdays With Billy

Africa Inland Mission

theencouragingword.org

 

Interview Quotes:

“I was like, ‘Lord, I think you've given me the gift of a gift to sing,’ and I just felt so convicted, I was like, ‘I'm so sorry that I have not used it.’” - Gary LeVox

“I really trust and believe that He's got everything laid out, His purpose and His plan for me is going to be perfect, even though I don't see it, sometimes I get so frustrated that I have no other choice but to trust Him.” - Gary LeVox

“There's so many times I look back through my musical career and just my life and being a husband and a dad that I've looked and have just [seen] where God has shown up, where I have fallen short, where He's picked it back up and, you know, God has always been with me at times I didn't even know to help me get through things.“ - Gary LeVox

“I came into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. And my life has never been the same again, because the Lord gave to me a fresh purpose and a new meaning, and He changed my life and my perspective forever. And I will forever be grateful to the Lord and the influence of people in my life.” - Dr. Don Wilton

“To describe the impact of Mr. Graham on my life is almost impossible for me to do. Mr. Graham didn't just talk to me about how to live. He showed me, up close and personal. I didn't just watch him. I sat with him. I didn't just listen to him. I conversed with him. And we became so close. He enabled me to see my own life in a fresh way. He challenged me at the deepest level of my soul spirit.” - Dr. Don Wilton

“The very love with which he [Billy Graham] loved me was in and of itself the greatest reflection of [the way] God loves you, which he said over and over and over again to peoples and nations of every tongue and of every tribe and of every race and of every culture.” - Dr. Don Wilton

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May 27, 2021
Signs & Wonders Are All Around Us: Harry Connick, Jr. and SQuire Rushnell, & Louise DuArt
26:27

Have you ever asked God to send you a sign? Just a little signal that you’re going in the right direction, or maybe a big red warning sign when you’re not? Whether we see them every day or not, God has a way of showing up and showing His love for us in the simple things—and in the complex things of life. Whether it’s a beautifully composed song that brings tears to your eyes, or the faithful wagging tail of a beloved canine companion, God has a way of delighting us by filling our world with little signs every day of His love and care for us, and if we stay on the lookout for those signs, we’ll begin to see His presence much more clearly. Harry Connick, Jr. recognizes the power of music, and loves to use his talent for singing, writing, and performing to bring joy to others—and now, through a new collection of gospel songs, he’s sharing the faith that has carried him through the ups and downs of his life. SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt are the authors of the bestselling books Godwinks—and now a brand new book called Dogwinks that tells the true stories of how God has used our canine companions to show His love for us in simple and profound ways.  

 

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Season 2 of the TV Show Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith

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Past interview: Bradley Walker

Upcoming interview: Dr. Don Wilton

 

Harry Connick, Jr.

When Harry Met Sally

The Memphis Belle

“Alone with My Faith” single

Alone With My Faith album

 

SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt

Godwinks

Dogwinks

Schoolhouse Rock

The Carol Burnett Show

Sandi Patty

Nicole C. Mullen

www.godwinks.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“I've always been someone who really wanted to try as many things as possible. I really love life. I love living life. I love—this sounds a little strange, I guess—but I love the potential to fail, I like taking risks, I like the potential to succeed more, but I don't mind failing.” - Harry Connick, Jr.

“I'm a work in progress. I'm imperfect. I have a long way to go, so I feel like my purpose is to try—quotes around the word “try”—to be the best person that I can be every day. I don't always succeed, but if I can continue to try to emulate what I believe to be true, I think that's my most powerful way of getting the message of my faith across.” - Harry Connick, Jr.

“My faith is what continues to get me through these tough times. But I just thought about how complex it is and how it's a gift, I think, from God to really compel us to want to communicate with Him.” - Harry Connick, Jr. 

“We may forget our prayer, but God never does.” - Louise DuArt 

“God had a plan and a purpose the whole time.” - Louise DuArt 

“A dogwink is simply God using that vessel to just love us through them.” - Louise DuArt

“I just love how God uses everything in nature. He uses everything. He's sovereign.” - Louise DuArt 

“It's very logical that if you have a conversation daily with your own earthly mother or father or children or boss or neighbor, the more conversation that you have on a regular basis, the better your relationship. So it stands to reason that if we have a great conversation, a relationship every day with our Father in heaven, He's going to be listening to us as much as we're listening to Him.” - SQuire Rushnell

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May 20, 2021
God’s Unexpected Answers to Our Toughest Questions: Lathan Warlick and Dr. William Cooke
37:15

Sometimes when we pray, we really want answers, and sometimes we don’t always get those answers we’re seeking. However, our faith tells us that when we ask for help, whether we see it or feel it, God is there. When we ask for guidance, He leads us, not always on the path we would choose, but one that shapes who we are to become; and always to a place where He knows we can be used well. Lathan Warlick is a positive musician who had a near-death experience one night when he was confronted by two men with a gun. Lathan did the only thing he could think of—ask God for help—and when he was inexplicably saved, he decided to dedicate his life and career to spreading God’s word and encouraging positivity. Growing up in poverty, Dr. William Cooke shares how he wanted to truly make a difference by helping others. That desire led him to begin a practice in a community that was dealing with a devastating opioid crisis that was so overwhelming, after several exhausting years, Dr. Cooke questioned God as to if he had pursued the right path. Just as he was ready to throw in the towel, the answer to his question came from a very unexpected place. Both men looked to God for what roads they should take next, and God was faithful to lead them to the next season of faithfulness to Him, and better equipped to serve others. 

 

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Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith 

Circleallacess.com

Jesus Calling book

Past interview: Carlos Whittaker

Upcoming interview: Harry Connick Jr.

 

Lathan Warlick

Luke 15 NIV

lathanwarlick.com

 

Dr. William Cooke

National Physician of the Year

Canary in the Coal Mine

Community Health and Economic Prosperity

Hepatitis C

HIV

 

Interview Quotes:

“It was like something was sitting on my shoulders. It was like something was holding me, you know, and the feeling was so powerful that it made me start weeping for no reason.” - Lathan Warlick

“God was calling me to be a light out into the world.” - Lathan Warlick

“It was like God put me out of my comfort zone to put me over here in order for something else to happen. God will make stuff so uncomfortable for you for Him to get your attention.” - Lathan Warlick

“I felt my calling was to try to work with individuals, families in a community that didn't have access to health and opportunity and hope.” - Dr. Willam Cooke

“As I started working with patients and families, I started to realize that there was something really dark there, that there was this sense that the American dream was not available to everyone.” - Dr. William Cooke

“We had to treat people, not diseases. So this seemed like the opportunity to do something new that, you know, this had never happened before. No one really knew how to respond to this.” - Dr. William Cooke

“I had this idea that if I had enough faith and I fought hard enough for the people of Austin, [Indiana] that God would come in and fill in the gap and make the change. And I'd done my part. I had done my part. The people of Austin had tried. Why was God not doing what I thought was His end of the bargain?” - Dr. William Cooke

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May 13, 2021
Moving The World For Jesus: Lucas Hoge & Brian Tome
21:22

Ministry has many layers—it must be adaptable, malleable, able to meet the needs of whoever needs serving the most. It requires a lot of creativity, and often, it means stepping outside our comfort zone, stretching our abilities to fill the gaps. Number 1 Billboard-charting artist Lucas Hoge has integrated his faith and his music for years, and has gotten to travel all over the world experiencing God’s creation. But when he and his bandmates faced seasons in which they weren’t able to get to church, they came up with a creative solution to a common problem: virtual Sunday sessions that cater to those who can’t attend a brick-and-mortar gathering, enabling them to fill their souls with a good word regardless of location. Pastor Brian Tome has seen firsthand how the church often does not cater to men’s learning styles, and has dedicated his life to speaking guys’ language through movement, camping, and connection in a way that effectively reaches the leaders of the household and inspires them to walk in the Christian way. He shares about the concept of understanding our identity, and how to take the one small step that will make God’s heart smile, even if it scares you. 

 

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Life in His Presence

Past interview: Angus Buchan

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Lucas Hoge

Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions album

Golden Knights

https://www.lucashoge.com/

 

Brian Tome 

Crossroads Church

Move

Matthew 3:16-17 NIV

www.briantome.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“God is the center of my relationship with Him and with the world, I feel we can get through this if I know that He's there guiding me.” - Lucas Hoge

“I feel like God put songs and ideas into my heart so that I can put them out there. And even if it's one person that hears that song that resonates for them and maybe helps them or gets them through a tough time or might even change their life, that's what that means to me.” - Lucas Hoge

“I came into a relationship with Jesus, which I found a relationship with Him is different than a relationship with religion. And that changed everything.” - Brian Tome

“I couldn't have predicted that God would do those things in and through us. But what I found, is if you take just one faithful step every day, if you actually do the thing, whatever the thing is that God is putting before you, that thing will snowball.” - Brian Tome

“Most men feel very disconnected from their church. Most men, if they go to church, they feel like they are in an environment that is foreign to them.” - Brian Tome

“Jesus didn't come to hold class. He came to change the world. He came to move you and me out of the place of apathy and into a place of challenge.” - Brian Tome

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May 06, 2021
Loving People Out Of Their Trauma: Holly Hayes & Rebecca Smith
31:33

The Bible shows time and time again that Jesus was near to the broken. He was close to those that society discarded, He brought healing to the hopeless, and He reached into the pit of sin and rescued those who didn’t even believe themselves worth rescue. That is our call as Christians, to provide that same type of love and support to those who need it the most, rather than turning our backs on them. CEO of the Sanctuary Project, Holly Hayes, was saved from a life of violence and trauma by turning to a stolen Bible. Now, Holly uses her company, which creates jewelry, to employ women coming out of violence, trafficking, and addiction, giving them a place to start fresh, a place to feel loved, and a place to develop a relationship with Christ, free of judgement. Founder of Better Life Bags Rebecca Smith thought God had made a mistake calling her to move to a little town in Michigan, thinking she’d never feel at home. But after Rebecca’s bag company grew too big for her to handle by herself, she found that there was a large community of women who desperately needed employment and a place to connect with other women. Holly and Rebecca have both experienced the call of God in their lives, and now hope to make that same difference for the people they help by meeting them in their pain and needs. 

 

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Mark 2:17 NIV

Jesus Calling

Life in His Presence

Past interview: Tammy Arnold

Upcoming interview: Lucas Hoge

 

Holly Hayes

The Sanctuary Project

Oprah’s book recommendations 

John 8:7 NIV

SanctuaryProject.com

 

Rebecca Smith

Better Life Bags

Kiva

www.betterlifebags.com

A Better Life

 

Interview Quotes:

“I went from this really normal, healthy young girl who had trauma but didn't know it to someone who began acting out in every sense of the word and in every way. And all of the sudden my inward trauma became very outward.” - Holly Hayes

“I was homeless, addicted, completely lost, completely broken. And I was on the floor of a public bathroom just crying and watching my tears hit the floor one day and three words fell out of my mouth. I said, ‘God help me.’” - Holly Hayes

“You would think I cried out to God and then I was all better, right? It took years for me to even realize who that God was that I cried out to.” - Holly Hayes

“I was desperate to know who this God was that saved me all those years ago on that bathroom floor, because at this point, I knew I had been so miraculously rescued and everything I had searched for had come up empty.” - Holly Hayes

“I stood face to face for the first time with this God who had rescued me off the floor of that bathroom those years ago. And so it was so clear in that moment that Jesus was the God that would rescue someone in the pit of sin and give them a whole new life.” - Holly Hayes

“I know there is only one way to get needs met, and that is through prayer.” - Holly Hayes

“He is so faithful to the people He loves, especially the vulnerable.” - Holly Hayes

“When it comes to meeting the needs of his Beloved, of His people, He is so faithful.” - Holly Hayes

“Anything that's different than what we grew up with or are used to is scary if you're just entering it. But my challenge to myself and to people who are scared, I think any time we are confronted with fear of any sort of race, religion, like any sort of difference, is just meet somebody. Like, get a face and a name and shake their hand, get to know their story.” - Rebecca Smith

“If we're hurrying through life and rushing, we can't hear those [whispers from God]. We're just too loud and too busy to be able to hear His still, small whispers.” - Rebecca Smith

“God has a plan for each one of our lives. He has it laid out for me. He has this pathway laid out. And my only job is just to take one step at a time. I don't have to run down the path. I can simply walk and God reveals the next step as it comes.” - Rebecca Smith

“To me, the goal in life, in business, in parenting, in any of it is not winning. The goal is not to finish first, the goal is to finish and to finish well in the lane that God has given us to run.” - Rebecca Smith

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Apr 29, 2021
Starting Over After Our “Wake-Up Call” Moments: Darryl Strawberry & Amy Downs
36:50

Outcomes in our lives are comprised of both decisions we make and things that happen to us. Some we can control and others we can’t, but what we do have a say in is how we respond to the events that take place. We can allow our experiences to pull us into darkness, or we can use them as a catalyst for good change—getting us closer to the lives God intended. 

Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry had a difficult childhood full of abuse and violence at the hands of his alcoholic father. Those difficulties left him unable to handle the stardom that would come his way once he entered the professional sports world, and he found himself down a path paved with sin. Darryl’s mother prayed fervently that God would knock him from his throne, and God saved Darryl when he couldn’t save himself. Now, Darryl has been called to spread the message of God’s forgiveness and redemption all over the country through Strawberry Ministries

Amy Downs was just an average girl who found herself in a tragic situation: she was a clerk at a bank that was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of eighteen of her coworkers. Amy was one of the last survivors to be pulled from the rubble, and once she saw the sunlight, Amy told God that she wanted to live her life differently. That sparked a myriad of changes, including improvements to her health, her spiritual life, her education, and her career—and now Amy is the CEO of the very same bank where she was once a “math challenged” teller who saw no hope in her future. 

 

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Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling for Graduates

Jesus Calling

Past interview: Kurt Angle

Upcoming interview: Holly Hayes

 

Darryl Strawberry

Strawberry Ministries

MVP of the Texas League

Findingyourway.com

Turn Your Season Around

 

Amy Downs

Murrah Building

https://amydowns.org

 

Interview Quotes:

“I wore a baseball uniform for seventeen years and I identified myself as a baseball player. And it wasn't until I came to Christ that I was able to identify myself as a man.” - Darryl Strawberry

“Everybody was praising me for this great baseball player I was about to become. But I always say it was my pain that started to lead me to my greatness and my greatness would lead me to my destructive behavior.” - Darryl Strawberry

“God was doing for me what I couldn't do for myself because of my mother’s prayers to cover her children.” - Darryl Strawberry

“God made me understand that the forgiveness was not for [my father]. It was for me.” - Darryl Strawberry

“When God does His transformation, He does it for you, but He does it to get through to you so He can get somebody else to have the same revelation that you have had.” - Darryl Strawberry

“I remember looking up at the gray sky and just taking that first breath of fresh air and promising God I will never live my life the same.” - Amy Downs

“I thought, if I had an issue with drugs, I would go to rehab. I'm going to have to do what it takes for me to get free [from obesity] and just not worry about judgment from others. So I did.” - Amy Downs

“Having that experience of facing death at twenty-eight and just sort of realizing, like, I want to live my life with intention, and whether that's doing things purely for my own selfish enjoyment, like a triathlon, you know, or whether that is wanting to serve people in a very difficult role and position, like being CEO of an organization.” - Amy Downs

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Apr 22, 2021
Owning The Person God Meant You To Be: Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Shannon Bream
26:16

Finding our God-given purpose is just the first step—it’s truly owning who He meant us to be that makes a difference, because follow through and commitment mean everything. However, earthly obstacles can get in our way of fully believing in and accepting ourselves. That’s why we need Christ so desperately, to help us understand our own value. Gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kelly has waded through her fair share of negativity and body-shaming, and pursuing a career in the spotlight meant that there were scores of mean comments thrown her way. Kierra decided that she’d fortify herself by rooting her heart and her feelings in the word of God, which centered her and helped her embrace how God shaped her. Now, she’s living her faith boldly and proudly, encouraging others to stand out. Fox News anchor Shannon Bream started out as a lawyer, but felt a deep pull to the world of journalism, and sacrificed endlessly to work her way in. After being told by one television exec that she wasn’t good for TV, and that she’d never make it in the business, Shannon took a good hard look at her skills and her purpose, dug her heels in, and trusted that God would open the doors needed, and eventually she was led to a series of opportunities that got her where she is today. Now, she’s sharing stories about women in the Bible who sat at God’s feet, and is highlighting how passionately Christ cared for His relationships with women—placing them in positions where they can maximize their influence. 

 

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Jesus Calling Podcast

Romans 8:38 and 39

Jesus Calling

Jesus Always

Past interview: Mike Weaver

Upcoming interview: Darryl Strawberry

 

Kierra Sheard-Kelly

Clark Sisters

Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Proverbs 11:14

 

Shannon Bream

Fox News at Night

Women of the Bible Speak

Finding the Bright Side

Liberty University

Florida State

Miss America pageant program

Miss USA

Brit Hume

Fox News

Queen Esther

Deborah

 

Interview Quotes:

“I literally have gotten so many answers from my advisors. And that can be my friends, my loved ones, my sibling, anybody that I feel like God has said yes to. And they've contributed so much to the path of my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly

“I live my faith, bold and proud, by owning who I am, owning what God is doing in my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly

“Because you know Jesus, it doesn't make you small, it doesn't make you weird, it doesn't make you abnormal, it actually puts you in a secure place, in a sure place,” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly

“There's a glory that rests on your life, and heaven is rejoicing when you live it out and when you own it.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly

“Even if you don't speak the same language, you can have the same heart and be a part of the body of Christ.” - Shannon Bream

“Your job cannot be your God, it can't be what drives your life.” - Shannon Bream

“Jesus treated women as equals. They were studying with Him at His feet, which was not common in those days.” - Shannon Bream

“The God who intervened in all of these situations centuries ago is the same God today. I'm struck by the fact that these frustrations and troubles and challenges the women had, many of them are very common to today. Family troubles, sibling rivalries, chronic illness, financial trouble, widowhood, infertility, betrayal.” - Shannon Bream 

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Apr 15, 2021
We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin
21:01

Though it can be difficult to comprehend, God places equal weight on the lives of all His children. That’s the beauty of the cross—no matter what we’ve done, our sins are washed clean. And no matter what sort of trouble we may find ourselves in, He will rescue us over and over. Pianist Paul Cardall was born with only half a heart, which meant years of stress, surgery, and pain. When finally given the opportunity for a transplant, Paul faced the hardship of knowing that his survival meant someone else lost their own life. Paul battled PTSD and survivor’s guilt for years, finally coming to accept that God laid down His own life willingly for Paul, and that he was worth being rescued. Author Charles Martin spent years trying to uncover what his parents had always instilled in him: what was the thing God created you to do? After walking away from an amazing employment opportunity to pursue writing full force, Charles dove into Matthew 8 and the story of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to save the one, which inspired his newest book, The Water Keeper.

 

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Paul Cardall

New Life

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Trauma-related guilt

The Broken Miracle book

“Family”

“For Better Or Worse”

 

Charles Martin

The Water Keeper

Matthew 18

www.charlesmartinbooks.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“I was feeling God telling me, ‘Everything is okay. I've got you. This is a gift I'm giving you.’” - Paul Cardall 

“The hardest thing in my world was I knew that for me to live, it meant somebody had died.” - Paul Cardall

“It struck me as completely illogical that the shepherd would leave the flock and the safety of the flock to go get the one who's got himself lost. And yet He does it repeatedly, and of course, I know that's the story of the gospel and of course, I know that's what Jesus does for us.” - Charles Martin

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Apr 08, 2021
The Pursuit of Prayerfulness & Selflessness: Father James Martin and Richard Lui
33:16

As we seek to determine God’s wishes for who we are to become, pursuing Him through prayer is one of our most trustworthy tools. If we seek to strengthen that bond with our Savior by staying in constant communication with Him, we’ll have clarity on where we are headed, and we will also begin to live from a more selfless perspective. Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of America Magazine, has learned over the years that prayer requires honesty, trust, and acceptance—but the good news is that there isn’t a right or a wrong way to pray, because God will reveal Himself to each of us differently. A relationship with God requires the same elements and effort as any of our human relationships, and when we take that approach, our faith walk will begin to change. MSNBC and NBC news anchor Richard Lui is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program. As his career was soaring to new heights, he was presented with the greatest challenge yet: to care for his aging father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Taking this opportunity as a lesson in selflessness, Richard was prepared to walk away from his dream job, but luckily was given a chance to balance both his career and his family. Richard shares about his father’s faithfulness throughout the years, and what he’s learned by being a caregiver. 

 

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Past interview: Greg Alan Williams

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Matthew 18

 

Father James Martin

Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone

University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business

Thomas Merton

The Seven Storey Mountain

Jesuits

Karl Rahner

Matthew 26:38-40

John 11

 

Richard Lui

Alzheimer’s disease

Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness

Mrs. Fields cookies 

City College of San Francisco 

Berkeley

Rodney King 

Magic Johnson

 

Interview Quotes:

“I was invited to think about having a personal relationship with Jesus and a real, open relationship with God.” - Father James Martin, S.J.

“For the most part, I think that people can trust within reason the kinds of things that happen to them in their prayer and in their daily life. If they feel that it is God's presence, it usually is.” - Father James Martin, S.J.

“All the things that make for a good personal relationship make for a good relationship with God.” - Father James Martin, S.J.

“God loves us. And so once people are able to accept that love, it really is transformational. They know that they're valued and who they are and that they are enough.” - Father James Martin, S.J.

“The idea is to trust that God is waiting to hear from you and that also there's no wrong way or right way to pray.” - Fames James Martin, S.J.

“Sometimes you get up in the morning, and you walk outside and you take a deep breath and something hits your brain and hits you in a way that says, You know what? I think my calling just may have changed and what I want to do just changed.” - Richard Lui

“[This memory of my dad] gave me a point of view that these little things I was doing, they were important.” - Richard Lui

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Apr 01, 2021
God Put the Song in Our Hearts: Kari Jobe & Mica Paris
19:56

God finds great joy in us using our gifts to share His light in the world—there is no greater feeling than recognizing our purpose and fulfilling it to the best of our ability, giving voice to His faithfulness. Worship artist Kari Jobe began writing and singing songs of praise when she was only thirteen, paving the way for a lifetime of ministry. Now she pours blessings over her listeners and brings her family along for the journey, and feels honored that God has fulfilled her deepest desires to sing. British gospel singer Mica Paris was raised in the church, and got her start in music there. Over the years, Mica began to stray from her faith and got caught up in glittery fame. Looking back, she realizes that God was always there holding her steady, and her renewed hope in Him has changed her voice and her message.

 

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Past interview: Lacey Buchanan

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Kari Jobe

“The Blessing” 

Numbers 6 

www.karijobe.com

 

Mica Paris 

The Gospel According to Mica: The Story of Gospel Music in Six Songs

Gospel

Windrush generation

Rupert the Bear

https://gospel.micaparis.com

 

Interview Quotes:
“I brought everybody [my listeners] along that journey with me, because I realized there are people who probably have been through that or a similar thing. And it's like, ‘I need your wisdom and maybe anything I'm learning could be ministry to you.’” - Kari Jobe

“God is so faithful, we can look back and see similarities in our lives where we weren't sure what was going to happen. But God came through. God did a miracle. God changed our perspective. God brought healing. And so I just want to say, let's look to the future and realize that the same God that walked us through all those other things, is the same God that walks with us into our future.” - Kari Jobe

“If you don't have a little time with Him on your own, you kind of feel a bit disconnected if you don't do it for a bit. So you literally have to keep checking in.” - Mica Paris

“I feel like even the times when I did forget the faith, it was something that was always looking after me.” - Mica Paris

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Mar 25, 2021
Grace That Is Greater Than All We Do: Michael Jr. and Jordan Matthews
27:59

There is no better feeling than the moment you discover you are a part of something bigger than yourself—when you know God is there with a plan for you, and you realize that you have been soaked in His grace since the beginning of time. Comedian Michael Jr. had that moment after using his last few dollars to get to New Jersey to perform a show with iconic comedians George Wallace and Jerry Seinfeld. After performing, the manager invited Michael to church with him. Dejected about being completely broke and unable to get back to New York, Michael was gifted $200 and a napkin with a church address on it. That was a turning point, pushing Michael to read the Bible and use his gift of creating laughter to help spread the gospel. NFL player Jordan Matthews was trying desperately to navigate a performance-based world, but he was getting caught up in the highs and lows. Longing for consistency, Jordan looked to other guys in the NFL who had built a foundation of faith that allowed them to be okay no matter their circumstances. That’s when Jordan found Jesus, and began to walk in true relationship with Christ. 

 

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Ephesians 2:8-9

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Past interview: Trevor Brazile

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Michael Jr.

Jerry Seinfeld

George Wallace

Chris Rock

Seinfeld

A Red Blueprint

michaeljr.com

 

Jordan Matthews

Trey Burton 

Chris Maragos

Nick Foles

Galatians 5

Psalm 34:4-6

Psalm 105:4

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

 

Interview Quotes:

“All these people I never even knew before gave me all this love because I gave them a part of me.” - Michael Jr.

“It's just super exciting to be able to see this and notice and feel it—that heaven is real, that God gave me this gift not to serve me, not so I can do a bunch of shows and get a bunch of people and just laugh. It's so much more to do than just laughter. Comedy is the vehicle. It is not a destination.“ - Michael Jr.

“I know I'm called to help people understand their purpose.” - Michael Jr. 

“I want to make laughter common in uncommon places.” - Michael Jr. 

“Everything [humans make is], 100-percent, always going to be performance-based. If you don't meet this criteria, you're out, you're done.” - Jordan Matthews

“I realized that those pages in the Word, they weren't just words on a page. Those things meant something.” - Jordan Matthews

“And I was like, ‘Look, Lord, I know I haven’t been doing this thing right. I know that I'm probably still going to mess up at times, but I know this whole thing is about You. And I can't save myself, so it's up to You to do it, and I feel that happening right now.’” - Jordan Matthews

“I know that I have a foundation that I can stand on and a relationship that can't be taken away, no matter my performance. And that's something that's very freeing.” - Jordan Matthews

“I just felt like the gospel was able to give me perspective. I don't serve a God who sat on a throne and didn't know what suffering was. He came down, and He did the work, and He suffered. If He can go through that for me, I can go through this for somebody else.” - Jordan Matthews

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Mar 18, 2021
Facing Life with a Miracle Mentality: Tim Storey and Gordon Mote
29:10

It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we take for granted the little miracles that come together to form our very existence. If we learn to train our minds to sort out God’s miracle moments from the mundane, we will learn to live from a posture of reverence and awe—making our faith walk more wondrous than we could’ve thought. Life coach Tim Storey is a miracle himself—raised in a low income family, Tim relied on his understanding of God from a young age, and it led him to become a leader among some of Hollywood’s most successful names. Now, Tim seeks to point others to God by unifying them through universal principles straight out of the Bible, bringing healing where there was once hurt. Pianist Gordon Mote was born blind, but he was also born with immense musical talent, which took him to Nashville where he eventually became a first call studio keyboardist--performing on albums for the biggest names in country music. After 9/11, Gordon prayed deeply for one thing: to make a difference in the world. Each of us has the potential to be a miracle to someone else and to appreciate the miracles in the world around us—if only we ask God to let us see ourselves and His creation through His eyes. 

 

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Christianbook.com

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Past interview: Joyce and John Smith

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Tim Storey

Pastor Ron Prinzing

Jack Lemmon

Walter Matthau

Vidal Sassoon

Lee Iacocca

James Caan

Charlton Heston

Miracle Mentality

 

Gordon Mote

Alan Jackson

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Martina McBride

Carrie Underwood

Alabama School for the Blind

Pig Robbins 

Country Music Hall of Fame

Amazing Grace

Grace Became Amazing

LOVE LOVE LOVE

 

Interview Quotes:

“I take time to really look at things through the eyes of faith on a daily basis.” - Tim Storey

”I believe that grace fills in the gaps.” - Tim Storey

“A lot of people say, ‘I used to be into faith, but I feel let down,’ or ‘Religion has become big business,’ and that's my opportunity to really talk more about Christ as the friend and Christ as the One who understands and Christ as the humanitarian.” - Tim Storey

“If you have sadness, He came to bring you joy. If you have dead things, He wants to exchange your ashes for beauty.” - Tim Storey

“No matter what you've been through, God is still there for you. God will still guide you, guard you, govern you.” - Tim Storey

“God is a miracle working God, that's part of what He does.” - Tim Storey 

“We are walking miracles, even in our limitations, our setbacks, our frailties, our faults, our failures.” - Tim Storey

“If we could comprehend—which we can't—what it must be like for Jesus to have that kind of mercy and grace for us and then to look down on this earth He created and see how we treat each other...I just feel like we need to love and do our very best to love because He first loved us.” - Gordon Mote

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Mar 11, 2021
Growing Our Faith Through Hard Times: Karen Ehman & Kristina Kotlus
25:25

Though times of pain and difficulty are hard to weather, they are often the seasons of life that bring the greatest spiritual reward, because it is often when we are desperate for healing and relief that we cry out to God, and those are the times that we can see great improvement by clinging to Him. Throughout her marriage, author and speaker Karen Ehman has been surprised by the difference in expectations and reality, and she’s learned that by looking for God in the little moments and continuing to show up in prayer, you can tackle any problem with your spouse. Kristina Kotlus had laid out a specific prayer to God: “Let me see you working.” She never imagined that her encounter with Him would come in the form of two cancer diagnoses, but she’s been amazed at how God took that opportunity to show her just what He was capable of. 

 

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Past interview: Dawn Barton

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Karen Ehman

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Make Their Day

https://www.karenehman.com

Keep Showing Up

 

Kristina Kotlus

I Quit: Facing Cancer with Faith, Family, & Friends

College of the Holy Cross

George Mason

Philippians 4:7

kristinakotlus.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“It brings this little level of excitement when you watch God work while you two are forming a team and working together.” - Karen Ehman

“So often the way that we show love is not the way our spouse receives love.” - Karen Ehman

“I think that's just a real crucial way that we can keep showing up is to use our words to speak to God about our marriages and to speak to God about our own behavior.” - Karen Ehman

“I can look back in my life and see those exact difficulties, those problems, those pains, they were kind of the fertilizer for my faith. They’re when my faith grew the most.” - Karen Ehman

“It really wasn't until I was diagnosed that I really understood an actual really scary thing, and I actually saw God's ability to step into that huge void where I couldn't carry the load and I couldn't change my circumstances—but He could.” - Kristina Kotlus, on her cancer diagnosis

“I let myself have the emotions I was going to have, but I put a time limit on it. So I would literally set an egg timer or a timer on my cell phone and give myself fifteen minutes. I would have all of the negative thoughts. I would have all of the fears. I would just have them all and cry it out. And when my timer went off, I would literally out loud say, ‘Okay, you have been heard.’” - Kristina Kotlus

“I don't think that God gave me cancer, I don't think that He shot down a lightning bolt from heaven and put the tumor inside of my head, but I do think that He used that experience as an answer to that prayer for me to see Him.” - Kristina Kotlus

“I am choosing joy and I am deciding that I am going to go forward with confidence because I know my God has this.” - Kristina Kotlus

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Mar 04, 2021
Unfailing Grace and Sacred Rest: Julie Carrick and Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
25:46

A beautiful element of Christianity is that when we allow ourselves to relax into the peace and grace that God offers, we experience true rest and healing that restores every part of our soul. Catholic recording artist Julie Carrick has seen God touch her life in the moments she was suffering the most—through infidelity, miscarriage, and cancer—and it’s led her to appreciate His unfailing grace and perfect love, which meets her in all of her brokenness and boosts her with the strength to carry on. Physician and author Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an expert on rest in all of its forms, and knows how crucial it is that we give ourselves the type of rest our bodies, minds, and souls truly need. Because it is only when we are well-rested and energized that we can dedicate the best of ourselves to Christ—even the King rested on the 7th day. 

 

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Past interview: Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin
Upcoming interview: Karen Ehman

 

Julie Carrick

Carrick Ministries Foundation

Unfailing Grace

Grotto

JulieCarrick.com

 

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

John 10:10

http://www.drdaltonsmith.com/

 

Interview Quotes:

“God's unfailing grace. No matter what we go through, that grace is there.” - Julie Carrick

“The scripture—although it was written thousands of years ago—it wasn't written just for a thousand years ago. It was written timelessly. There is no beginning. There's no end. It was written for us today as much as it was back in the day.” - Julie Carrick

“We're in a position where we are working out of our exhaustion rather than working out of the fullness of all that we have to give. We're not fully being able to use our gifts and our talents and all that God's placed inside of us because we are always working out of that place of depletion.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“To give of our best, we have to be able to take the time to intentionally rest well.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“I always like to meditate on a characteristic of God or even a word that brings you back to think about who God is in your life. Peace, love, joy. Pick a word, a phrase that you will focus on as a way of calming your mind and keeping it from being able to just jump to whatever thought that it decides it wants to.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“I believe every one of us needs to have those people in our lives, whether it's a counselor or a therapist or a trusted friend, a family member, someone who knows at the very core of what's going on with you.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“We need to see the value in spending time with those people who can pour back into us. We can't always be the ones pouring out into others.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“Spiritual rest is the rest we experience when we have intimacy with God, when we take time to break away just to be with Him where we're not coming with our agenda. We're not coming with our prayer list. We're coming simply to just spend time in His presence and to enjoy being with Him.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

“God's best for us is where we actually go back to the very beginning and we do it as He has modeled even from the very beginning of creation.” - Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Feb 25, 2021
From Stressful Living to Joyful Living: Ruth Chou Simons & Jess Connolly
21:30

Think of a time when you were able to spread a little sunshine to others. What kind of happiness and fullness did that bring you? God calls us to be conduits of His joy, peace, and healing, but we can only do that once we develop our faith muscle enough to leave the stresses and pressures of the world and step into His calling for us. Artist and writer Ruth Chou Simons always had a love for art, but felt pushed into places the world deems more practical. Creativity and beauty continued to find its way into her life through cracks and crevices, and after Ruth became a mom, she started a blog, Grace Laced, as a way to muse on the way God’s faithfulness was showing up in the everyday, and it led to an artistic career that brought her fulfillment beyond her wildest dreams. Life coach and author Jess Connolly has made it her personal mission to help people discover what their God-given gifts are, because it’s not about what we can do with our lives, but who we can serve through our actions. Jess has learned over the years that on our own, we could never be enough, but by His grace, we are.

 

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Past interview: Jaci Velasquez

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Ruth Chou Simons

Grace Laced

GraceLaced

Beholding and Becoming:The Art of Everyday Worship

Grace Laced Shop

 

Jess Connolly

You Are the Girl for the Job

Bright City Church

Go and Tell Gals

1 Peter 2:9

 

Interview Quotes:

“I thought my worth was so tied to what I could accomplish. And long story short, the Lord really did get a hold of me, and God in His kindness showed me that nothing I had to bring to the table, no matter how hard I tried, no matter what college I went, to what degree I graduated with, what job I landed, none of those things could earn me to favor with God.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“Those are truly just seasons that come about where God really breaks you of things that you think can save yourself. And He shows you what true salvation is.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“I was simply writing to faithfully document and see how God's faith, God's favor, and His grace intersects everyday life, even when life wasn't turning out the way I expected it to.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“I think anything, any dream you have, anything you want to do successfully in a big way, you need to do faithfully in a small way.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“There are lots of things we want to be in the presence of. And we forget that we were made to be in the presence of our Savior.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“Fullness of joy comes through Christ and through our knowing Him.” - Ruth Chou Simons

“We get to be rooted in the good news that though we are not enough, God is.” - Jess Connolly

“One of the best ways we can fight fear is saying true things about God.” - Jess Connolly

“I have learned that part of the beauty of prayer is that when I pray for certain things, for God to move in certain ways, I begin to look for and see the fruit of those things. And so I'm really praying to see His power and to see His presence and to see His peace manifested in people.” - Jess Connolly

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Feb 18, 2021
God Will Meet You in the Middle of Your Storm: Patrick & Ruth Schwenk and Harold & Rachel Earls
28:39

In each of our lives, there will come a time that we face a season of hardship, of difficulty, even true suffering. But no matter how awful things may seem to be, God is right there to help carry you when you can’t walk on your own. Ministry leaders and authors Ruth & Patrick Schwenk went through a ten-year period in which they had nine pregnancies—five of which sadly ended in miscarriage. After having four healthy children and relocating to Ann Arbor, Michigan to launch a new church, Patrick was suddenly diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and it sent their family into a tailspin once again. Clinging to God, the Schwenks found a way to cope and survive, trusting in the strength of Jesus to get them through. Former Army Captain Harold Earls and his wife Rachel know all about sacrifice—from a national perspective to a personal one. Early in their marriage, Harold felt called to climb Mt. Everest in support of veteran PTSD and suicide awareness, and in doing so, it terrified Rachel that she’d lose her husband before they could ever start a life together. By turning to God as reassurance that everything would be okay, they made it through the tumultuous climb. Then, as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, Harold began a new mission each day of honoring the men and women who gave their all for their country and relied on his devotional ritual to help keep his mind on God’s purpose for his life. For each couple, looking to Jesus to help them through their toughest struggles helped them realize that God can bring forth good from pain and from sacrifice—and He can give you the strength to help you through the worst of it.

 

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Jesus Calling devotional

Past interview: Jonathan Pitts

Upcoming interview: Ruth Chou Simons

 

Ruth & Patrick Schwenk

John 3:30

Moody Bible Institute

Psalm 9:10

1 Peter, 1:3-4

In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm

 

Harold & Rachel Earls

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Earls Family Vlogs

Earls Fam Foundation

Florida State University

West Point

Mount Everest

Veteran suicide statistics

Arlington National Cemetery

A Higher Calling

 

Interview Quotes:

“I had to give up everything that I had been and I had to follow Him with my whole heart.” - Ruth Schwenk 

“I feel like God used that suffering and that uncertainty and that fear to really deepen my faith because I had a choice. I could either trust Him or I couldn't. And there was literally no earthly thing that I could do to change my situation.” - Ruth Schwenk 

“There are so many ways that chaos and pain and suffering and loss can be places of great anxiety, but they also can be places of great abundance where God is beginning to do something new and something powerful.” - Patrick Schwenk

“We believe that God hears our prayers. He loves us. He desires to take care of us just as His child. He desires to take care of us just like we as a mom or a dad desire to take care of our own child.” - Ruth Schwenk

“I am grateful and it helps me to see the good around me and all the blessings that God has just given me, which really carries me through those hard moments.” - Rachel Earls

“Everything that makes me proud to be an American, I would see on a daily basis [at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier]. And so for me to have the opportunity to serve there with an extraordinary group of young men and women honestly has been a highlight of my life so far and something that I am thankful for.” - Harold Earls

“This country, although we have our flaws, our flaws are still worth fighting for.” - Harold Earls

“Men and women that were so brave, that we don't even know who they are, made those sacrifices for you and I, so that we could have the religious freedoms that we have so that we can worship the God that we worship, so we can go to church on Sunday and say Jesus in public.” - Harold Earls

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Feb 11, 2021
Every Life Has God-Given Potential: Ben Higgins & John Bevere
28:24

God has blessed each of us with a special gift, a talent, a unique way that we can spread His Word in the world. Our gifts are given to us for a reason—no one else can do what we do. It is the way we were formed, and it’s why it’s so crucial that we learn to hone into God’s voice and what He’s calling us to do, lest the world suffer from the lack of our obedience. Former Bachelor star and founder of Generous Coffee, Ben Higgins, had a moment in his childhood that made him realize that people’s stories are more complex than he ever thought possible, and that pain and suffering are interwoven with joy. After Ben’s following boomed from the publicity that being on national television brought, he realized he had an opportunity to use his platform for good, for change in the lives of those who desperately need it. That’s when he founded Generous Coffee, seeking to fulfill a purpose greater than himself and connecting with stories that truly mean something to us as humans. Author and speaker John Bevere had an encounter with God in 1991, when God told him to write. John laughed at God, thinking he was surely mistaken and calling on the wrong follower. After several nudgings, John gave in, and now his books are being used to build Christ’s kingdom worldwide. These two men show that when we harness our God-given abilities and surrender to His callings, lives and hearts can be changed, and we can have an impact greater than we ever thought possible. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling for Armed Forces edition

JesusCalling.com

Past interview: Cynthia Garrett

Upcoming interview: Patrick and Ruth Schwenk

 

Ben Higgins

ABC’s The Bachelor - 20th season

Generous Coffee

Alone in Plain Sight

Humanity Hope United

generousmovement.com

 

John Bevere

Messenger International

X: Multiply Your God Given Potential

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

COVID

Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

1 Peter 4:10 NIV

2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV

messengerinternational.org

 

Interview Quotes:

“I think the scariest thing that we could have in our life is experiencing pain and feeling alone in that pain. I don't know a scarier feeling than feeling alone.” - Ben Higgins

“What if pain is the connector? What if pain is the thing that we can look at each other and feel less alone? And what if pain is the place that we not only grasp for God, but that God enters into our pain?” - Ben Higgins

“I want to share empathy. I want to hear your story. I don't want to argue with you. I want to understand more than be understood.” - Ben Higgins

“The more I become vulnerable, the more I let people understand who I am, the more that I also believe that I want to understand who others are.” - Ben Higgins

“The callings on our lives are beyond our natural abilities.” - John Bevere

“Being faithful means multiply, even if you're working for somebody else. If you're a line worker at the factory, if you're a janitor, you multiply where God has placed you. Be faithful, believe for the supernatural gifting to multiply, to shine as a light in that arena.” - John Bevere

“God has called us to take what is uniquely gifted in us and multiply it to impact many. If you look at God's first commandment, it was be fruitful and multiply.” - John Bevere

“That gift on your life is not for you. It's for the people that in your world of influence that God is sending you to. So if you don't operate in your gift, then the people in your world of influence don't get what God intended them to get.” - John Bevere

Feb 04, 2021
Loving Our Neighbors Both Near & Far: Rick Steves and Thomas Morstead
25:00

God calls us to two highly important responsibilities: to love our Him with all of our being, and to treat our neighbors as we would want to be treated. By doing so, we can help turn our world into a better place, and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. Travel expert Rick Steves has seen, tasted, and experienced many different cultures, and of all the memories he’s made and souvenirs he’s collected, he believes none are as important as the broadened perspective his adventures have helped him gain. Rick’s faith has deepened after seeing how God works in various cultures of humanity, and worshipping with different people has helped him see the true value of different communities and faith traditions. Thomas Morstead, a punter for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, applied a mantra early on in life that no matter what, he would always give things his best shot, and leave the rest up to God. Following that principle has led Thomas to major success in the NFL, and has helped him use his influence to impact lives through his What You Give Will Grow Foundation

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Past interview: Joanne Rogers

Upcoming interview: Ben Higgins

 

Rick Steves

Rick's public television program

San Juan Islands

Guatemala

RickSteves.com

 

Thomas Morstead

What You Give Will Grow Foundation

Super Bowl XLIV

Coach Payton

What You Give Will Grow

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

Good Friday

The Middle School Rules of Thomas Morstead

Interview Quotes:

“I think it carbonates your whole world when you get out there and you realize, Wow, different people find different truths to be self-evident and God-given. It makes you less fearful. It's a beautiful thing. “ - Rick Steves

“We're a great country, but we're four percent of this planet, and there's ninety-six percent of humanity out there. And it really makes sense to get to know the rest of the world.” - Rick Steves

“I love to meet other people of faith. And I love to share my faith with people who have no faith. Very fundamentally, we are children trying to figure out our relationship with God and trying to get close to our Heavenly Father.” - Rick Steves

“But once in a while, it's good for me to get out there and worship with people who don't have the same hymnal, who don't have the same accent, who don't have the same blonde hair. It's exciting. And it's a beautiful thing. It's a celebration. I would imagine God likes to see that, too.” - Rick Steves

”For me, the most beautiful souvenir is bringing home a broader perspective.” - Rick Steves 

“Travel helps you appreciate how many people over how many centuries with how many styles of faith have praised God. We have a deep seated need to just to have quiet time to be with our creator, with our Heavenly Father.” - Rick Steves

“I've always attacked things and tried to do the best I can at whatever I'm doing, and that's just opened up other opportunities that you didn't even know would be out there.” - Thomas Morstead

“Accountability always, always rests on yourself and not on anybody else. And so I think when you start to live your life that way, it's a very quick way to get to some arbitrary thing called happiness when your life isn't dictated by others.” - Thomas Morstead

“I just think if you're surrounded by negativity all the time, you're going to be negative. And if you're surrounded by positivity, you're going to be positive. And so I think everyone should guard their heart.” - Thomas Morstead

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Jan 28, 2021
It’s Not Where You’ve Been, But Where You’re Going: Tana Amen & The Women from Jobs Partnership
33:51

Have you ever wished you’d made a different choice? Or imagined how different your life might have been if you’d taken a different path? No matter how bleak things might have been at one point, God can take your story and use it for good, and He can point you on the right path to healing. Nurse and author Tana Amen experienced more pain and chaos in her life than one person should ever have to face. She shoved all of the hurt deep down inside, building a façade to convince others she was okay, when she actually was about to crack. When she met her future husband, Dr. Daniel Amen, Tana learned some ways to heal herself and was loved so well by Daniel (and by God) that she began to find the restoration she so desperately needed. It was in that time that she realized God cares way more about where you’re going than where you’ve been. Cheryl Parks, Mila Brown, and Corday Rice join us from the Jobs Partnership organization in Peoria, Illinois, which seeks to help people transition from a life of incarceration back into society as healthy, healed individuals. These women share how they’ve seen the power of God operating in their lives, and how He rescued them from situations where they couldn’t escape of their own power. Now, they’re passionate about sharing about their pasts in hopes that they can change the lives of others the way they’ve been changed by God.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Sarah Young

Jesus Always book

Jesus Calling for First Responders editions

Past interview: Dr. Daniel Amen

Past interview: Rebecca Bender

Upcoming interview: Rick Steves

 

Tana Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen

Amen Clinics

Leave It to Beaver 

Thyroid cancer

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

EMDR

 

Jobs Partnership organization

Cheryl Parks

Jobs Partnership Reentry

 

Interview Quotes:

“If I only took fifty percent responsibility, it meant someone or something else had the other fifty percent. It meant I wasn't really in control. It wasn't me just relying on God. It was like me giving up control and being a victim.” - Tana Amen

“What I learned is that when I put myself out there and helped when I didn't want to, I just had no idea how much the help was for them, but the healing was for me.” - Tana Amen

“I think it's important to draw boundaries, but also understand when God's calling you to do something.” - Tana Amen

“God cares less about where you've been than where you're going. And I'm so grateful for that grace and that mercy.” - Tana Amen

“I feel like my life is so much better today not in spite of my struggles, but because of them.” - Tana Amen 

“Meditation is when I listen to God and I listen for what He's saying to me. And prayer is when I'm talking to God and I tell Him my joy, my frustration, everything that there is, and I get it out of my head and it just really stills my soul and it's so helpful.” - Tana Amen

“If my story can help anybody, one person, I've done what I needed to do.” - Mila Brown

“The whole time that I was incarcerated, in my mind, I'm like, God, where am I going to go? I know no one. I have nobody. I have no family, no friends. No one has reached out to me for the four and a half years that I have been incarcerated. What am I going to do?” - Corday Rice

“People say that change is scary, but change is good.” - Corday Rice

“It was good to have women just look at me and just say that, “I love you.” And they didn't even know me. So I knew right then and there that that could only be the love of God that's working through them in the Jobs Partnership program.” - Corday Rice

“I feel like God knew that I didn't have the strength to get out of the situation that I was in, so He forced my hand.” - Mila Brown

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Jan 21, 2021
Winning Isn’t Everything—Jesus Is: Tony Dungy and Sam Acho
36:54

We live in a world where achievement is largely used as a motivator, and much of our time is spent consumed, looking for the next win—whether it be personally or professionally. It would benefit each of us to remember that in the long term, the ultimate win for us is establishing a relationship with Christ. Tony Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win an NFL Super Bowl, learned from mentors early on in his career that football wasn’t all that mattered—what mattered was the kind of man he was and the kind of men he shaped. A trailblazer, Dungy found a way to coach that aligned with his Christian values, showing the world that you can hold strong to your beliefs and find value in who Christ says you are, rather than who the world wants you to be. NFL linebacker and author Sam Acho grew up in a faith-based home, forming a relationship with God early on. But as he got more integrated in his career, Sam began to separate from his foundational values, and he suffered an identity crisis—he looked happy on the outside, but he didn’t feel it on the inside. It wasn’t until he went through a reckoning of sorts that Sam realized God believed he was worth getting to know, and when he started placing value on what really matters, things started to turn around.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling 

Jesus Calling Podcast

Winter 2021 Jesus Calling Magazine

JesusCalling.com/magazine

Jesus Calling for First Responders editions

Past interviews: Lolo Jones and Evander Holyfield

Upcoming interview: Tana Amen

 

Coach Tony Dungy

All Pro Dad

National Football League

NBC’s Football Night in America

Sunday Night Football

Matthew 16:26

University of Minnesota

Steelers

Chuck Noll

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Spelman College

Super Bowl LII

 

Sam Acho 

Let the World See You

Dallas Theological Seminary

Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church

Reggie Bush

Matt Leinart

Pete Carroll

Rivals

Brian Orakpo

Chris Ogbonnaya

Emmanuel Acho

Hebrews 11:1

 

Interview Quotes:

“Welcome to the National Football League. You're now getting paid to play football, so that makes it your profession. But please, please don't make football your whole life.” - Chuck Noll, to Tony Dungy

“I made a decision I was going to be different. And not everybody was ready for that.” - Tony Dungy

“You can honor the Lord and you can be openly expressive about your faith and still be excellent.” - Tony Dungy

“God takes you through things and you grow from them and then you look back and say, ‘Oh, that wasn't that big a deal.’ But at the time, it was monumental. God is giving you little trials to get you through, but you're going to keep your focus on Him.” - Tony Dungy

“Christ is so much a part of my life that if I can just help steer someone else, anyone towards Jesus, it's very important. Truth always wins. And we can't be afraid of sharing the truth.” - Tony Dungy

“We were created for relationship, we were created to love.” - Sam Acho

“You are worth getting to know. Your pains, your joys, your fears, your hurts, all of you. You're worth getting to know. Why? Because you're already fully seen, fully known and fully loved by Jesus.” - Sam Acho

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Jan 14, 2021
Moving On and Starting Over: Angus Buchan and Tara Royer Steele
35:47

Can you remember a moment when God washed your slate clean, and gave you the opportunity to start over? Think about the impact of second chances in your life—where would you be if it weren’t for His endless grace? South African farmer and evangelist Angus Buchan knows firsthand how much courage it takes to fall to your knees and say, “Help me, God.” Ever since he made the radical life change to Christianity, Angus has faced his fair share of heartache, including working himself to the bone on his farm, facing devastating fires, and coping with the tragic loss of his nephew. But even in hardship, Angus has experienced miracles that have infused him with a passion to share the Word of God all over Africa, lighting up the world with his energy and enthusiasm. Pie shop owner Tara Royer Steele grew up working hard in her family’s business, but all the focus on the business left her longing for affirmation of who she was—not just what she could do. After years in an abusive marriage, she was ready to give up, but felt God pushing her towards something better, assuring her that He would be enough for her. Tara found the courage to start over, ultimately leading her to reach her dream of creating a haven for people to connect at a warm, friendly place over slices of pie.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling for First Responders editions

 

Angus Buchan

Faith Like Potatoes

KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 9:8

Shalom Ministries

Mighty Men conferences

Randy Travis

 

Tara Royer Steele

Royer's Pie Haven

Match.com

Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus Calling for Kids

Eat. Pie. Love.

 

Interview Quotes:

“I knew in my heart that Jesus Christ was now the general manager of my life, my farm, my family.” - Angus Buchan

“Look, I've had some tragedies, as you probably know, like all of us, but miracles have taken place. Nobody will ever persuade me that Jesus Christ is not alive and the Son of God, never.” - Angus Buchan

“I had joy, I had peace, and I was ready for whatever God told me to do.” - Angus Buchan

“We are going to flood this beloved country of South Africa. We're going to preach the undiluted gospel of Jesus Christ, that that is what I'm praying for right at this very moment.” - Angus Buchan

“The cafe became a relational restaurant, and people that walked to the door felt safe and welcomed and loved and seen.” - Tara Royer Steele

“There is no way that I would be sitting here right now if God hadn't protected and provided through that whole season.” - Tara Royer Steele, on working in her family business

“God had to grab me and say, “Listen, this is your last chance. I love you. I see you. I am enough for you.” - Tara Royer Steele

“Someone asked me, ‘What's your business plan?’ I was like, ‘Well, God's my business plan.’” - Tara Royer Steele

“It's so easy for us in a world now where we quickly react and we don't step back and truly savor the moments that we have and these opportunities that we have to meet people exactly where they are and be the hands and feet of Jesus.” - Tara Royer Steele 

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Jan 07, 2021
Addiction Steals, God Heals: Ryan Scheckler and Henriët Schapelhouman
34:47

No matter the trials that come your way, no matter how far gone you think you are, you are never alone in your suffering. God is beside you every step of the way, ready to rescue you when you reach for His hand. Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler was thrust into fame at the tender age of thirteen. Caught up in his wild success and a partying lifestyle, by the time he was eighteen Ryan started spiraling hard into alcoholism. And years later, when he finally checked into rehab, Ryan finally learned God had a bigger purpose for his life. Growing up in the Netherlands, pastor Henriët Schapelhouman always had open conversations with God. And as an adult, she knew that He placed her adopted son, Harrison, into her life for a reason. But when Harrison began to suffer from a drug addiction, Henriet questioned why God would let her family go through such a difficult trial. Henriët continued to pray faithfully, believing that God would rescue her son from those deadly grips—and after Harrison had a brush with death, she cried tears of joy when she watched her son leave his dark days behind him.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling editions for First Responders

ChristianBook.com

Past interview: The Next Door addiction treatment center

Upcoming interview: Angus Buchan

 

Ryan Sheckler

The Life of Ryan

Michael Phelps

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sheckler Foundation 

 

Henriët Schapelhouman

True Hope Community Church

Mennonite Brethren Church

Free Methodist church

The Story Lives: Leading a Missional Revolution

henrietschapelhouman.com

 

Interview Quotes:

“The huge step for me was admitting that I was powerless and I couldn't do it without Him. I could not do anything else without Him.” - Ryan Sheckler

“It's not lame to be vulnerable. It's not bad to tell people how you're thinking or to really express emotion, or to cry. That's what we're supposed to do.” - Ryan Sheckler

“None of us are alone in this world. We're not alone. And we're supposed to go through pain to be able to teach this lesson.” - Ryan Sheckler

“Everyone's going to go through pain. We all go through pain. For me, pain is my teacher, my biggest teacher.” - Ryan Sheckler

“I'm a firm believer that the road home needs to stay open, just like the father of the prodigal son stood waiting for his son to return.” - Henriët Schapelhouman

“People thought it was enabling, but I was a firm believer that my job was to hang on to God and hang on to Harrison, that I basically was between them because Harrison wasn't connecting with God. So I felt like I was the conduit. And that was my job.” - Henriët Schapelhouman

“Without Jesus, I would not be standing. I mean, first and foremost, you need Jesus. And if you don't know Jesus, it's a great time to reach out to Him or at least reach out to someone who knows Him.” - Henriët Schapelhouman

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Dec 31, 2020
A Prayer for Peace & Hope at Christmas: Chris Tomlin and Tom & Pam Banwart
33:49

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s nothing greater than the gift of love, no matter its wrapping. As award-winning worship artist Chris Tomlin looked forward to welcoming his newest daughter in December, he was reminded of the miracle of Christ’s birth, and how Jesus was the greatest gift we could ever receive. Tom and Pam Banwart have been spreading love in a variety of ways in their Florida community since the start of COVID-19. Through acts of service and kindness like bagel deliveries, active prayer outside hospitals, and sharing worship music, the Banwarts are suiting up and showing up for our frontline responders and demonstrating a consistent, Christ-like love to those fighting every single day. 

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Always

Jesus Calling

Sarah Young

Past interview: RaeLynn

Upcoming interview: Ryan Sheckler

 

Chris Tomlin

Scripture: Birth of Jesus

Virtual Event - Christmas Songs of Worship:  ChrisTomlin.com

New album: Miracle of Love: Christmas Songs of Worship 

 

Tom & Pam Banwart

COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Interview Quotes:

“When I come to try to write songs, I'm always thinking, I want to write songs that bring worship to God, the reason that we have Christmas. - Chris Tomlin

“Can you imagine what Mary must have felt when the angels came to Joseph and Mary in the tree and said, ‘Oh, by the way, you're about to have a baby and it’s going to be the Son of God.’” - Chris Tomlin

“I sat down and I thought, Here's a moment to write a song that's really personal to me, [because] my Christmas baby is coming, but [it] also has a parallel of Jesus coming at Christmas as well.” - Chris Tomlin

“Jesus is the greatest miracle that's ever happened to the world.” - Chris Tomlin

"When COVID-19 hit, we didn't know what to do, we were afraid. The thought that just kept coming to me was, What a wonderful opportunity for us as Christians, that God gave us this chance to fight the spiritual battle." - Tom Banwart

“The best thing for me in my life has been the consistency of Christ. And He has consistently been there, no matter what I'd done, where I'd been or anything. He's been there, and they need to know that they had that, too.” - Tom Banwart, on praying for first responders and patients outside their local hospital

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Dec 24, 2020
How Do We Know If We’re Hearing God? Carlos Whittaker and Sheryl Brady
33:27

Trying to follow God’s direction for our lives can feel a little intimidating. Are we sure we’re doing what He wants us to do? Are we on the path He’s charted out for us? Carlos Whittaker had built a successful and passion-filled career as a worship leader, so when he felt God’s nudge to go in a different direction, he took the plunge—only to be met with confusion and a bank account that was rapidly draining. But Carlos didn’t waver from his calling, and he was given a huge opportunity that changed the trajectory of his entire life. Pastor Sheryl Brady serves at a campus of Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, sharing God’s hope and goodness with the community. But when Pastor Brady experienced a dark season of loss, she struggled to share the message that once came with ease, and began to grow distant from God. But as she held onto the truth she knew deep down—that God loved her and she loved Him—Pastor Brady found the strength to be open and honest about her pain, and it led her to immense healing.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Sarah Young

Parable.com

Recommended interview: John Maxwell

Upcoming interview: Chris Tomlin

Carlos Whittaker

 

New Book: Enter Wild

Colón, Panama

LAX 

L.A. Community College

Monterrey, Mexico

First Bilingual Baptist Church

Integrity Music

Hillsong United

John Mark McMillan 

Jeremy Camp

The Newsboys

My Utmost for His Highest

Elevation Church

North Point Community Church

Cross Point Church

WhiteHouse.gov

Song: ”What Can Wash Away My Sins? Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”

John 10:10

Compassion International

 

Sheryl Brady

New Book: Don't Miss the Moment

Potter’s House

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Romans 8:38

 

Interview Quotes:

“I prayed about it one day, and I felt very clearly the Lord telling me, ‘They're right, you are supposed to be a speaker and an author next. That is the next thing I have for you.’ - Carlos Whittaker

“It doesn't matter how long you're in the wilderness. If the Lord has promised you something, He will come through with it.” - Carlos Whittaker

“When the Lord tells you to do something scary, I promise you the risk is worth it.” - Carlos Whittaker

“We're not called to become Christians and wait for heaven. We actually are called to become Christians and bring heaven. And that potential and opportunity with the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives is available to us.” - Carlos Whittaker

“Life to the full has nothing to do with the abundance of things and everything to do with accessing the King.” - Carlos Whittaker

“We've got the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith in the sword of the Spirit. And all of these things will allow us to be strong, not in our might, but in the strength of God.” - Carlos Whittaker

“I feel like so many times we underestimate and we undervalue the moments that God has given us. Moments are small enough to be missed, and yet there they are big enough that one minute can change your life forever.” - Sheryl Brady

“I realized that God is sovereign and I can't make Him do anything. But I also realized that if I would let Him, He would walk me through the decisions He makes that I don't understand.” - Sheryl Brady

“If you're grieving and you feel isolated and you feel like it's easier to isolate yourself, it might be easier to isolate yourself, but don't do it because somebody around you has what you need to help you get through this moment.” - Sheryl Brady

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Dec 17, 2020
When We Don’t Love Ourselves, God Still Does: Mike Weaver and James Merritt
25:10

We all struggle with insecurities and feeling like we aren’t enough. But we serve a God who loves us regardless of how much we love ourselves. And He can still use us, even when we don’t feel equipped. Mike Weaver, lead singer of the Dove-Award winning group Big Daddy Weave, lived much of his life from a place of low self-esteem, always comparing himself to others and wishing he looked different. But he had a special and unexpected moment with God when he realized that God doesn’t just love him—He likes him, too. That realization helped Mike begin to appreciate himself and his own special gifts, refreshing his perspective and perception of God. Dr. James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Atlanta, knows that more than anything, our character counts, even more than what others might think about us. He shares how we can cultivate strong character, and why standing for what we believe in holds a greater reward than getting approval from someone else.



Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling iPhone app

Jesus Calling book 

Sarah Young

Parable.com

Past interview: Chelsea Crockett

Upcoming interview: Sheryl Brady

 

Mike Weaver

I Am Redeemed book by Mike Weaver

Big Daddy Weave

“Redeemed” song

University of Mobile

Jeremy Redmon

COVID-19

James 4:8, Jeremiah 29:12 

 

Dr. James Merritt

Character Still Counts book by Dr. James Merritt

Cross Pointe Church

Touching Lives

Dwight L. Moody

Billy Graham

 

Interview Quotes:

“I just never felt like I belonged in front of people. However, worship would give me an opportunity to disappear and still do what I love.” - Mike Weaver

“The way I thought other people were accepting me is how I was able to accept me. The way I thought other people were liking me is how I gave myself permission to like me. - Mike Weaver

"I was telling God this long list of things that I hated about myself, and then that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit interrupted: 'Michael, why don't you let Me tell you what I think about you for once?'" – Mike Weaver

“Jesus came in and He bailed me out again. He did it again. He broke through for me. And He always is the hero of my story. And so I was just like, ‘God, how amazing that You can bring this [song] out of self-hatred. That's how great of a Redeemer You are.’” - Mike Weaver, on the success of his song, “Redeemed”

“We have experienced Him in such incredible ways in that place of need, realizing, Jesus, we need You. - Mike Weaver

“When God looks at us, He's not looking at our mistakes. He is looking at what Jesus has done on our behalf and our identity. Our entire identity is rooted not in our imperfection, but the perfection of Jesus Christ applied to our life.” - Mike Weaver

“At the end of the day, at the end of your life, character is everything.” - James Merritt

“Character is not taught, it's caught. And the best teachers of character are parents.” - James Merritt

“I think it all begins with saying, ‘You know what? Character is more important to me than my reputation. It really is the essence of who I am.’” - James Merritt

“At the end of your life, it really won't matter what anybody thought about you. The only thing that will matter is what God knew about you.” - James Merritt

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Dec 10, 2020
Painful Endings and New Beginnings: Zim Flores & Kayla Stoecklein
35:55

Have you ever experienced the pain of reaching the end of something you loved—a relationship, a job, a phase of life? Looking back, how was God able to lead you from that loss into a new chapter? Entrepreneur and author Zim Flores is familiar with the pain of letting go. A few years ago, she gave up her highly successful company, Travel Noire, because she felt God calling her to move to a new place. Looking back, Zim can see how God worked all things together for her good, which she talks about in her new book called Dare to Bloom. Mental health advocate Kayla Stoecklein experienced the tragic loss of her young husband to suicide, just as he was hitting his stride as the lead pastor of a large church in California. Reeling from her new life as a widow with three young boys, Kayla began to reexamine the way she thought about mental health, and God helped Kayla use her story to begin helpful and healing conversations around this issue.

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Other Interview of Interest: Brett Swayn

Upcoming interview: Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

 

Zim Flores 

New book: Dare to Bloom

Travel Noire

Biafran War

Mayo Clinic

Bangalore

John 15

 

Kayla Stoecklein

New book: Fear Gone Wild

Vanguard University

Inland Hills Church

Godsgotthis.com

National Suicide Prevention

 

Interview Quotes:

“I don't think that it should be something that is a rarity for women and men of God to talk about God in a way that inspires people to think a little bit differently about God in their own lives.” - Zim Flores

“I would say that my time in India being away from everything that I knew, everybody that I knew, speaking a different language completely, that was where my faith in God was strengthened.” - Zim Flores

“Your sacrifice unto God is not for naught. He will honor that sacrifice, whether it is tomorrow, whether it's next month, whether it's five months or a year from now. God always makes good on His promises.” - Zim Flores

“I am an open vessel. I think the best thing that we can be for God is available.” - Zim Flores

“I believed with enough prayer that God would intervene, that God would save [Andrew]. I was willing to do whatever it took to beg God for that miracle, and we didn't get that miracle.” - Kayla Stoecklein 

“Oftentimes there's so much shame and stigma with that word suicide. I think oftentimes the family that's left in the shrapnel is afraid to say that word, is afraid to admit that it was a suicide and tries to hide it up or tries to cover it or thinks it's their fault. And I knew right away that it wasn't anybody's fault.” - Kayla Stoecklein

“God was on the move and He handed me this microphone, and I couldn't look away. And so I kept sharing and I really, truly felt the presence of God like I had never felt in my entire life.” - Kayla Stoecklein

“We serve a God that can squeeze so much purpose out of our pain and that can turn really horrible, horrific, ugly things into beautiful redemption stories for others.” - Kayla Stoecklein

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Dec 03, 2020
Life’s Green Light & Red Light Moments: Matthew McConaughey & Rebecca Alonzo
41:37

Many of us can think back on a moment—or many moments—that defined our lives for better or worse. But when we’re actually in that moment, it’s hard to see how it could potentially shape who we are down the road. It’s not usually until later that we can look back and see how God was working everything together for good. Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey recently pulled out thirty-six years of his journals, prepared to be ashamed and embarrassed by their contents. But when he flipped through the pages, he realized there was a through-line of beautiful moments, lessons, and experiences that all contributed to the man he is today. Author and speaker Rebecca Alonzo’s childhood was tainted by a member of her parents’ church who terrorized their family, ultimately leading to the tragic death of her mother and father. After years of wrestling with God, and being unable to see how He is good, Rebecca realized that she needed Him more than she needed to be mad at Him, and her anger dissolved into forgiveness, mapping out a new course for her future. 



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Jesus Calling Podcast

Free sample of Jesus Calling: Note-Taking Edition

Jesus Calling book

Past interview: Rebecca Bender and Patti Callahan

Upcoming interview: Zim Flores

 

Matthew McConaughey 

Greenlights book

Just Keep Livin Foundation 

University of Texas at Austin

 

Rebecca Alonzo

The Devil in Pew Number Seven book

rebeccaalonzo.com

Ephesians 4:31

Romans 8:28 

John 15:12

 

Interview Quotes:

“I did go through an, ‘Okay, I need to figure out what matters and what doesn't’, because over one weekend my life changed so much.” - Matthew McConaughey, on the smash success of his film A Time to Kill

“My family, one of the best traits we have is resilience.” - Matthew McConaughey

"We need to take time where we stop and do inventory. That's what church is for me now . . . That's, Let's go back to our last week, who we were in it. How did we do?" - Matthew McConaughey

“The thing that really surprised me about writing is that I was writing about the exact same stuff, the same questions at fourteen is the same question that woke me up at 2:32 AM last night, it's essentially the same stuff. And going back and looking at [my younger self] and really diving into it has been extremely valuable my life.” - Matthew McConaughey, on keeping a journal for 36 years

“I can see myself in them and hear how they got back on the right track when they were on the wrong track. So that feels really good to me.” - Matthew McConaughey, on participants in his "just keep livin'" Foundation for youth

“Our hands are on the wheel, but God's laying out the highway.” - Matthew McConaughey

“I didn’t know if I was going to wake up in my bed, or if I was going to wake up in heaven.” - Rebecca Alonzo, on living through harassment as a child by a fellow townsperson

“When I lost my adoring father, oh, wow. It just spun me into two years of really being angry at God. And I said, ‘Lord, Mom, when she died, a man shot her and took her life. But when dad died, Lord, You took him.’” - Rebeca Alonzo

“I need God more than I need to be mad at Him. I need Him more than I need to blame Him, I need His wisdom, I need His direction, I need His comfort.” - Rebecca Alonzo

“It takes energy to hold on to anger.” - Rebecca Alonzo

“He knows everything that we've been through. He knows every thought that we struggle with. He knows every pain that we carry in our hearts. And every time God kept His promise.” - Rebecca Alonzo

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Nov 26, 2020
Family Matters: Country Music’s High Valley & The NFL’s Trent Dilfer
33:28

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

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Always

Jesus Calling Note-Taking Edition

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Past interview:  Ron Hall

Upcoming interview: Matthew McConaughey

 

Brad and Curtis Rempel

Ricky Skaggs

Skaggs Family Records.com

 

Trent Dilfer

Super Bowl XXXV

Lipscomb Academy

Disneyland

Philippians 4:6–7

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Past interview: Charles Billingsley

Upcoming interview: Trent Dilfer

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

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Bishop T.D. Jakes

Potter's House

T.D. Jakes Foundation

T.D. Jakes Enterprises

When Women Pray book

Mother Teresa

COVID-19

 

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney

Folds of Honor

University of Kansas

United States Air Force

Eglin Air Force Base

Luke Air Force Base

Fly into the Wind book



Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

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Michael and Zina Goodin

Book: Homecoming Tales

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue

Simon and Garfunkel song, “Old Friends” 

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



Beth Guckenberger

Back2Back Ministries

Young Life

Zachariah 14

BRCA2 cancer

BRCA2 positive

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling Devotional

Jesus Calling Magazine

Jesus Calling for Kids

Past guest: Delilah

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

 

Episode sponsor: Operation Christmas Child 

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

 

Anne Neilson

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

Steven Curtis Chapman

Kathie Lee Gifford



Nikki Speer

Redefined Courage

Breast cancer

Lymphedema

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

Episode Sponsor: Samaritan’s Purse.org/occ

Past interview: John and Stasi Eldredge

Future interview: Anne Neilson

 

Lecrae Moore

Cry for You” song

Jeremiah 30:17

Restoration album

I Am Restored book

Psalm 23

 

Jeremy Camp

Adrienne Camp

I Still Believe” song

Psalm 34:18

Proverbs 3:5–6

I Still Believe movie



Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show on Circle TV

Note-Taking edition of Jesus Calling

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling

Jesus Lives

Jesus Today

Jesus Always

Past interviews: Matthew Barnett, Richard Cowdrey

Future interviews: Lecrae Moore

 

Kathie Lee Gifford

Hello, Little Dreamer

 

Jim Kelly

Jill Kelly 

National Football League

Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl 

University of Miami

USFL

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Hunter’s Hope Foundation

Cerebral palsy

Krabbe leukodystrophy

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Past interview: Eddie Montgomery

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Casey Beathard

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Don Shula

Redskins

San Diego Chargers

 

C.J. Beathard

Junior Seau

Rodney Harrison

 

Tucker Beathard

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling Podcast

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Note-taking edition of Jesus Calling

Jesus Always

Past guests: Morgan Harper Nichols, Kel Mitchell

Upcoming guests: Casey Beathard, CJ Beathard, Tucker Beathard

TV show host: Lauren Alaina

 

Ally Brooke

Fifth Harmony

Finding Your Harmony

The X Factor

 

Jamie Ivey

You Be You

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Always

Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television show

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling app 

Cyntoia Brown-Long

 

Jana Kramer 

Mike Caussin

The Good Fight book

Dancing with the Stars

Whine Down podcast

 

Margaret Feinberg

More Power to You book

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling

Life in His Presence

Bear Grylls and Rhonda Vincent

 

Upcoming Guests

One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer

NFL player Mike Caussin

 

Lauren Akins

Live in Love book by Lauren Akins

Thomas Rhett

University of Tennessee

Suzanne Mayernick

Love One International

www.laurenakins.com

 

Nik Wallenda

Facing Fear book by Nik Wallenda

Guinness World record setting “King of the High Wire”

Funambulist

SeaWorld San Diego

Niagara Falls

Discovery Channel

PTSD

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus Calling

Thomas Rhett

Lauren Akins

National Suicide Prevention line

 

I Am Second

 

Beth Nimmo

Rachel Joy Scott

Columbine School shootings in 1999

 

TJ Stevens

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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



Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling Bible study

Jesus Calling, from July 27th

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

TJ Stevens 

Beth Nimmo

Rachel Scott

 

Sara Evans

Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

Gideon's Bible

Grand Ole Opry

Born to Fly memoir

 

Caitlin Crosby

The Giving Keys

You are the Key book

LoveYourFlawz

Lifehouse

Flawz album

Invisible Children documentary

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling website

Life in His Presence: A Jesus Calling Guided Journal

Jesus Calling book

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

Sara Evans



Lori Allen

TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta 

Bridals by Lori

Say Yes to What's Next book

COVID-19



Raleigh Keegan

Boy Scouts

Eagle Scout

Psalms

Romans 8:1

University of Cincinnati

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling book

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

Lori Allen, founder of the shop Bridals by Lori

TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

 

Trent Shelton

Straight Up

Rehab Time

Saints player Gene Atkins

Bengals player Geno Atkins

imposter syndrome



Peggy Rowe

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

The Discovery Channel

"About My Mother" by Peggy Rowe

'About Your Father" by Peggy Rowe

The Baltimore Sun

Misty of Chincoteague



Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

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

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Victoria Damone

Vic Damone

actress Judy Rawlins

OneShare Health

 

Catherine Wood

ARK Invest

Art Laffer

Jennison Associates

Reuters and Telerate

Ark of the Covenant

 

Upcoming guest: Trent Shelton

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling Peace for Everyday Life video series

Jesus Calling Magazine [FREE!]

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



Mattie Jackson Selecman

Alan Jackson

UT [University of Tennessee]

NaSHEville

Human trafficking

 

Deborah Evans Price

Billboard Magazine

Billboard.com

First for Women Magazine

Redbook 

Woman's World 

Sounds Like Nashville

LSU [Louisiana State University]

 

Victoria Damone

1950’s Big Band crooner Vic Damone

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling Prayer Call

Jesus Calling Kids/Childrens

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

 

Matt Redman

BibleGateway.com Psalms

10,000 Reasons song
Let There Be Wonder album

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

 

Mark Schultz 

Remember Me Mission

Kansas State University

Ryman Auditorium

Grand Ole Opry

 

Mattie Jackson Selecman

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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



Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling: What’s Good? (YouTube video series)
Jesus Calling Podcast Episode - The Broken Road to Joy: Ann Voskamp & Emily Stroud 



Gary Sinise Foundation



Scott Sauls

A Gentle Answer: Our Secret Weapon in an Age of Us Against Them book

Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashville, Tennessee) 

BibleGateway.com (Luke 7)

Fred Rogers (Jesus Calling podcast interview with wife Joanne Rogers)



Jay and Katherine Wolf
Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything
Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
Bel Air Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, CA)
CaringBridge
BibleGateway.com (Isaiah 45:3)

Matt Redman

 

Interview Quotes:

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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



Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional



Gary Sinise Foundation



Jaci Velasquez

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

IEP—Individualized Educational Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder - pervasive developmental delay

 

Andy Harrison

Jesus Over Everything album

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

Planetshakers Youth Ministry

Planetshakers Music

Planetshakers Conference

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

 

Jay and Katherine Wolf

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Finding What Matters Most with Daniel & Katherine Carlson
04:22

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

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Daniel & Katherine Carlson

NFL

Twitter

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Always devotional

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

 

Gary Sinise Foundation

 

Cynthia Garrett

Cynthia Garrett Ministries
The Sessions with Cynthia Garrett on TBN

Cynthia Garrett Ministries YouTube

BibleGateway.com - 1 Corinthians 13

 

Paige VanZant 

Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life book

UFC

 

 Jaci Velasquez

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:

Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Courage to Use Your Voice: Mark & Danielle Herzlich episode 

 

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise Foundation

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service book

Vets Night

Disabled American Veterans Organization

Lt. Dan Band

Battle of the Argonne
Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago

Forrest Gump

Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance




Dr. Derwin Gray

Transformation Church

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

 

 

Paige VanZant

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jesus Calling Social Media 

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Adam Hambrick

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Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Spotify

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Jesus Calling books

 

Jesus Calling Social Media 

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Cynthia Garrett

Cynthia Garrett Ministries

Facebook

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Instagram

YouTube

 

1 Corinthians 13; BibleGateway.com

 

See more videos around finding Peace for Uncertain Times on YouTube.com/JesusCalling Book

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young products at Target.com

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

 

Morgan Harper Nichols 

Morgan Harper Nichols’s Pinterest

All Along You Were Blooming book

 

Kel Mitchell

All That

Kenan & Kel

Nickelodeon

Kel Mitchell’s Facebook

 

Dr. Derwin Gray

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jun 11, 2020
Coping with Grief and Loss: Eddie Montgomery & Kacie Clousing
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It’s a hard truth that none of us is exempt from the pain of losing loved ones. And while Jesus tells us that, “In this world, you’ll have trouble,” He also promises that no matter what, He will never leave our side, and that He’ll remain a rock we can lean on through the pain of loss. Our two guests, country music artist Eddie Montgomery and Jesus Calling reader Kacie Clousing, have experienced tragic losses. But as they reached for God, He paved the way to survival and healing. Eddie Montgomery, of the award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry, talks about the deep bond he had with his music partner of three decades, Troy Gentry. When he lost Troy in a devastating helicopter crash, Eddie learned how to cope with his pain by remembering the good memories they made together, and turned to “the Man Upstairs” for strength. After battling infertility and having two healthy miracle babies, Kacie Clousing was thrilled when she and her husband discovered she was pregnant again. At a routine twenty-week ultrasound, Kacie learned that although she could feel her son kicking and moving within her, he wouldn’t survive the pregnancy. As she grieved the shattered dreams of what could’ve been, she kept reaching for God during her darkest days and held on to the belief that He would take care of her and her family, no matter how difficult the outcome. 



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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 04, 2020
When Life’s Events Bring Anxiousness with Dr. Michelle Bengtson
11:17

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



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Interview Quotes:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

 

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

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

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

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

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



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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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May 28, 2020
Faith on the Front Lines: Craig Morgan and Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards
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In observance of Memorial Day, veteran and country music artist Craig Morgan and the First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards, join the Jesus Calling Podcast to share how their faith, families, and a dedication to public service have shaped their lives in incredible ways. Craig Morgan served in the Army for 17 years before pursuing a country music career, which now allows him to serve military members via USO shows and special tours. After losing his 19-year-old son Jerry in a tragic accident, Craig felt moved by God to share his pain through a song called “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost,” which has touched countless lives. First Lady Edwards shares why she and her husband, Governor John Bel Edwards, were inspired to dedicate their lives to serving the public. As part of that service and in devotion to God, First Lady Edwards felt led to share Jesus Calling with incarcerated women in her state, and visited them in person to deliver the books, which had an enormous impact on her and women in the facility.



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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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May 21, 2020
God Can Handle Our Brokenness: Andrew & Shawn Johnson East and Lisa Leonard
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We don’t have to be perfect to receive God’s love. He longs to meet us in our brokenness so that He can be a part of our healing. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her husband, NFL player Andrew East, share their love story that’s now blossomed into parenthood. And in their young marriage, Shawn and Andrew have weathered highs and lows, including a painful miscarriage, and they remember how sharing with their online community and hearing stories from thousands who had experienced the same pain helped them heal. Jewelry designer Lisa Leonard was juggling so much—a loving marriage, being a mom to two sons (one with special needs) and a passion for her burgeoning business—that she worked herself into a burnout, which took a toll especially on her marriage. As she began to work through these hard feelings, Lisa realized God didn’t require her to be perfect and put together all the time. Slowly but surely, Lisa’s zest for life returned, and she began to build a peaceful life that allowed her to keep creating new resources and loving others the way she always wanted.

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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



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Love Without Borders book

 

Jennifer Greenberg
BibleGateway.com (Hebrews 13:5)
Not Forsaken book
PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

 

HGTV Show Restored by the Fords (Leanne & Steve Ford)
Work in Progress book

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

 

Christine Carter, founder and CEO of Weight Loss Hero

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

Bible Gateway Matthew 22

 

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

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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Emily Stroud

Dr. Henry Cloud

 

HGTV’s Christina Anstead

HGTV’s Flip or Flop

HGTV’s Christina on the Coast

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

Cara Clark Nutrition

WebMD: Naturopathic Doctor

Mayo Clinic: Hashimoto's thyroid

 

Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian

Ten Dollar Dinners

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

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

 

Christine Carter, the founder and CEO of Weight Loss Hero

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



Matthew Barnett

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

 

Richard Cowdrey

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

Melissa D’Arabian (Food Network)

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jesus Calling for Easter

Jesus Calling: The Story of Easter on special at Books-A-Million.com


Jesus Calling episode, A Pilot & a POW Cling to Faith During Crisis: Tammie Jo Shults & Carlyle “Smitty” Harris



Lisa Bevere

Messenger International

Strong: Devotions to Live a Powerful & Passionate Life book

BibleGateway.com

 

Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle (Facebook)

ESPN 

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miles McPherson


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

 

Derek Evans


Project 615
The Bridge Ministry
Made to Change the World book

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jesus Calling devotional

Jesus Calling for Easter 

Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always

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

 

Anne Beiler

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

 

Nancy Hicks

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

John and Stasi Eldredge

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jesus Calling for Easter 

Lifeway’s $5 Promotion on Jesus Always

 

Lauren Alaina

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

 

Kreis Beall

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

 

Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Jesus Calling podcast episode with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jeremy Cowart

 

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

 

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

 

Lauren Alaina

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Jesus Calling: The Jesus Calling Magazine
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Rebecca Bender

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



Patti Callahan Henry

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

Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis [Podcast]

 

C.S. Lewis
Yale Younger Poets Award

 

American Idol finalist Dave Pittman
Tourette’s Syndrome

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jesus Calling book
Jesus Calling for Kids, Girls Edition devotional

BibleGateway

 

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis book


Rev Run & Justine Simmons

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

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

 

Matt Brown

Think Eternity

Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence book

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jesus Calling® for Easter. With 50 Jesus Calling devotions

Jesus Calling interview with Mercy Me’s Bart Millard

Amy Kavelaris

Bloom Print Studio

Harper Collins / Thomas Nelson / Tommy Nelson

Good Night, My Darling Dear book

 

Austin French

ABC’s “Rising Star”

NBC’s “The Voice,”

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sarah Young

Jesus Calling Podcast

Jesus Calling books

Jesus Calling book

Jesus Calling Family Devotional

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids
Jesus Calling App

 

Linsey Davis

ABC’s World News Tonight

ABC’s Good Morning America

ABC’s Nightline

The World is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings book

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

 

Angela and Grace Anna Rodgers

GraceAnnaSings.org 

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

Who Do You See When You Look at Me? book

Grace Anna singing the National Anthem (Facebook video)

Conradi Hunermann Syndrome

Sammy Kershaw

Bobby Henline

 

Contemporary Christian Music artist Austin French

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Nona Jones

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

 

Alex Seeley

The Belonging Co Church

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

Biblegateway (The Beatitudes)

Planetshakers Ministry

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Young

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Mayo Clinic (PTSD)

BibleGateway

 

Jack Deere

Dallas Theological Seminary

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

Young Life

C. S. Lewis

John Snyder Oil Company

 

Nona Jones, Facebook’s Global Faith-Based Partnerships

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Beth McCord

YourEnneagramCoach.com

The Enneagram Collection Book Series

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

 

Esther Fleece Allen

No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending book

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

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

 

Lolo Jones 

Salvation Army
Hurdles of Hope Foundation
London Olympics

 

Evander Holyfield

Atlanta’s Boy’s Clubs of America

 

Riddick Bowe

Michael Moorer

Mike Tyson

Lennox Lewis

John Ruiz

Muhammad Ali




Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Young

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

Lolo Jones Olympic athlete

 

The Genesis Project

Matt Roberts

The Genesis Project, Ogden, UT

 

Rob Cowles

The Genesis Project, Fort Collins, CO

 

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

Gary Haugen International Justice Mission, founder

 

Carrie Stuart Parks

FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia

Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces book

Frank Peretti author

Unitarian Universalism

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jesus Calling for Christmas

Dolly Parton Belives with God, All Things Are Possible episode

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

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

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



Dailey & Vincent

The Sounds of Christmas album

The Dailey & Vincent show on RFD Television

“Jingle Bells” video

International Bluegrass Music Association

Ricky Skaggs

BibleGateway (1 Timothy 6:12)

Hallmark Channel Christmas

 

Ernie Haase

“A Jazzy Little Christmas” album

Cathedral Quartet

The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson

New York Cares (Winter Wishes program)

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cody Nance

Paris, Tennessee

Cody Nance Instagram

Cody Nance Facebook

Cody Nance Twitter 

 

HIS Haven Ranch

 

Dailey & Vincent

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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



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Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling Textured Gray Leathersoft with Full Scriptures 

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

Dolly Parton Believes in God, All Things are Possible

 

Trevor Brazile

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association



Zach Williams

Rescue Story album

Rescue Story video

“There Was Jesus” Live CMA Performance with Dolly Parton

 

Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

 

His Haven Ranch

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Sarah Young

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

 

John Maxwell

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace book

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

 

Nate Pyle

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

 

Bible Gateway

Trevor Brazile

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Jesus Always

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

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

 

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth Arts and Education Fund

Broadway Bootcamp

Kristin Chenoweth Theatre

 

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

 

For the Girls recording

Art of Elegance recording

 

Joanne Rogers

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie



Montell Jordan

Victory World Church

Lecrae

 

Interview Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

“His program was his ministry.” - Joanne Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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