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Are You Real | Finding Your Purpose

Jon Fuller is on a mission to be a true example of Christ in his life and in his work. He introduces you to men and women of faith who have walked different paths to find a true Christianity that they live out each and every day. Some paths have been bumpy and filled with debris, but through it all, grace and faith have been a sustaining force in the lives of these men. You won't find any fake and phoney Christianity here.....just real people with a heart for God and living out His call on their lives. Join us for new episodes each week. We'd love it if you'd share the show with other men of faith who need support and encouragement along their journey.
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Dec 11, 2019

Jon’s guest today is known as “The best guy to see on the worst day of your life”. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Page is a surgeon, husband, father of five, and author.

His latest book, A Spoonful of Courage for the Sick and Suffering, is one of encouragement and hope, and how, when we see what other people are going through, we can begin to adjust our focus.

It was other peoples’ stories that inspired him to keep going after his office building burned down in 2017, and he is here to share those stories and help you to see that you can also find blessings in the face of adversity.

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Nov 27, 2019

When you’re a successful singer and songwriter for a popular touring Christian band using your God-given gifts to share the gospel with others, and you also have a God-given wife and family back home, how do you arrive at a decision to take a leap of faith in choosing to pursue your family dreams while trusting that God is making a way for you to use your talents closer to the home-front?

Jon sits down with guest, Matt Hammitt, to hear his compelling story of how he did just that.

Matt Hammitt is an American singer, songwriter, speaker and author. He was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Sanctus Real from 1996-2016.

Passion for family is what ultimately led Matt to leave Sanctus Real. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for eighteen years, and they have four children.

After departing the band, Matt joined the FamilyLife speaker team and is a keynote speaker and performer at marriage and men’s conferences across the US, including Kirk Cameron’s “Living Room Reset” events.

He has released two albums as a solo artist.

Waterbrook Multnomah (Penguin Random House) will be releasing Matt’s next book, Lead Me: Finding Courage to Fight for Your Marriage, Children, and Faith, in February 2020.

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Nov 20, 2019

What’s been on Jon’s heart and mind lately has been the power of choices. He has been seeing a pattern in the counseling calls he’s received lately regarding marriage and business, and that is a lot of people are having problems with the issue of blame.

It’s easier to lay the blame for your problems on somebody else, but often the real issue is a result of the bad choices we have made.

This realization is not one of condemnation but a practical one by way of encouraging a self-examination of the choices we have made, and future choices that might help us get out of the predicament that we find ourselves in.

With this in mind, Jon and his guest, Michael McIntyre, are going to be asking each other questions about the good and bad choices they have made in family, life, and business, and some of the consequences that followed.

Michael McIntyreis a life coach, motivational speaker, head facilitator of Next Level Training, and lifelong entrepreneur. He has recently launched his Next Level Podcast to provide inspiration to business leaders and entrepreneurs where he shares practical advice and biblical principles.

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Oct 30, 2019

While journaling and asking for direction one day, the Lord spoke to Jon’s heart and pointed out how he had been focused on “I” instead of “we” in his marriage.

He set out to change that because he came to understand that a strong marriage equals a strong family, which means better work, better sex, better everything!

Jon’s wife, Kasey, will be joining him in some extra episodes in the podcasts concerning “Real Marriage”.

Both she and Jon came from broken homes. Encountering many trials along the way through their 20-year marriage, they have both had to learn the art of having a Christ-centered marriage and family.

Listen in as they discuss the ups and downs of their marriage, teamwork, and some tips on changing YOUR “I” into “we”.

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Oct 23, 2019

Before original sin, there was original BLESSING, as per Genesis 1:28’s verse, which begins “And God blessed them.”

Blessing is God’s first reflex, His default setting, and today’s guest, Mark Batterson, suggests that this sequence is one of utmost importance.

His newest book, Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It., is about rediscovering God’s heart towards us, and then aligning our hearts with His.

Mark is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and is the New York Times best-selling author of 18 books. He lives with his wife, Lora, and their three children on Capitol Hill.

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Referenced Scripture:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28

Books Mentioned:

Mark Batterson’s Whisper and Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It.

Oct 16, 2019

Some Kind of Crazy is a powerful memoir written by today’s guest, Terry Wardle, and follows his upbringing as the son of an Appalachian coal-mining family. Though sometimes hilarious and affectionate, his family also left him with a legacy of fear and abuse that followed him into adulthood and landed him in a psychiatric hospital before the age of 40.

Accepting Jesus into his heart did not solve all of the un-repaired, emotional ruptures that was present in his life. He found himself on a dual path of wanting to be a follower of Jesus while continuing to limp along with his emotional wounds. It was down in the ditch of his own brokenness that he discovered the incredible work that Jesus can do if we’ll just let Him meet us there.

Terry is going to share his untold personal story with us, and how it’s only by looking back that we can move forward in the healing path.

Terry Wardle is a Doctor of Ministry, a Counselor, and a Professor at Ashland Theological Seminary.

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Suggested Reading:

Some Kind of Crazy, by Terry Wardle

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Terry Wardle

Healing Care Ministries

His Books on Amazon

Facebook: Terry Wardle HCM

Inspirational Scripture

“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3

Sep 25, 2019

Christianity is in crisis and many of our youth are checking out, for various reasons. Special Guest, Malcolm du Plessis, has seen this coming and has been working the last 5-6 years on an online library for what seems to be the future of what’s going to happen in Christianity and the world. Common Hymnal is an initiative that he has instigated which is basically aggregating creatives and their creativity from what might be called the fringes of the spiritual underground. Join in as Malcolm shares a story about writing a song that traveled the world, and the supernatural impact it made on a couple, and how these kinds of stories has kept him in the music industry for decades. He provides provocative insight into how colonization is inextricably intertwined with the story of Christianity, and you will learn the link between Apartheid and his relationship with America.

Malcolm has straddled the worlds of prophetic Christianity and showbiz for over forty years – ranging from church planter to record company executive; from songwriter to song publisher; from instigator of multicultural, multilingual worship music that fused praise and protest in the era of his native South Africa to artist manager in that same context; from consulting ministries, movements, artists, songwriters, record labels and publishing companies in the Christian arena to helping nurture the top 40 songwriters in the mainstream. He continues to consult for a range of organizations, yet identifies primarily as an underground activist and as a father figure to a growing number of young leaders. One of his priorities is his relentless call for the decolonization of the worship movement and for doors of dignity to be unlocked for more communities and ethnicities to contribute toward the “common” hymnal.

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Are You Real Podcast #167 - Be The Bridge with Diversity Expert, Latasha Morrison

Bishop Desmond TuTu, as quoted by Malcolm:

“When the white man came from Europe, we had the land and they had the Bible. Then they asked us to pray. But when we opened our eyes, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

Isaiah 49:6

"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

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Sep 18, 2019

As Christians, we’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation. We’ve been reconciled to God, so therefore we can be reconciled to one another. Healing racial divides is what Special Guest, LaTasha “Tasha” Morrison delves into on today’s podcast. In John 17, Jesus prayed that we would be one, as He and the Father are one. Tasha covers some deep ground on how the Church has been complicit to racism, and her ideas to deconstruct that. By listening to marginalized voices and creating conversations, she has a mission to be the bridge by calling upon Christians and the Church to have a transformative response towards racial unity. It is this unity that will be a witness that points others to Christ.

Tasha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is Founder and President of an organization called “Be the Bridge”, whose mission is to help people have a distinct and transformative conversation around racial healing. “Be the Bridge” has a world-wide reach, with groups in North America, Italy, Canada, and New Zealand, and continues to grow.

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Book:

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation, by Latasha Morrison

Sep 11, 2019

If you’ve ever struggled with reading and comprehending scripture, you’re not going to want to miss today’s episode. Special guest, Sharon Kaselonis, shares the problems she encountered in studying the Bible, her prayer to the Lord to know and understand Him, and the gracious resolution He provided to her. Her new book, Jesus, Day by Day, is a daily devotional that teaches you to look for Jesus throughout the scriptures and takes you through a chronological one-year reading plan that covers the entire Bible, so that you can know and understand Him, too.

Sharon is an attorney, homeschool mom, writer, speaker, and educator whose passion is to inspire believers worldwide to read and know and study the Bible for themselves. Previously, she practiced law in the Washington, D.C., area, before serving as the director of women’s ministry at a large church in Jacksonville, Oregon. Sharon and her husband, Ray, live in Scottsdale, Arizona, with their two children.

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Jesus, Day by Day, by Sharon Kaselonis

Aug 28, 2019

Blessed, Broken, Given - these three words come from the gospels, and they’re the words that describe what Jesus does when he has bread in his hands. Luke’s gospel, in particular, tells three stories of Jesus taking bread, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it.

Our guest today, Glenn Packiam, wrote a soon-to-be-released book, Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred In The Hands Of Jesus.

Jesus describes Himself as the “bread of Heaven”, and each word - blessed, broken, given - is going to speak to us in a particular way. This book is about encouraging people to see the glory in the ordinary, the grace in the midst of their mess, and purpose in each moment of the day.

After listening to this episode, you’ll understand why he says the last twelve years have been a really beautiful journey of being humbled and discovering what it means to serve. You’ll understand how God truly sees us, and how we can meet people where they are.

Glenn Packiam is a Pastor, Author, Speaker, Practical Theologian, and Songwriter. He is one of the associate senior pastors as New Life Church in Colorado Spring, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. His newest book, Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred In The Hands Of Jesus, was released August 6, 2019.

Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK. He also holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies and Masters in Management from Oral Roberts University and a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.

Resources: Are You Real

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Website: Glenn Packiam

Twitter: @gpackiam

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Book Mentioned:

Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred In The Hands Of Jesus, by Glenn Packiam

Aug 21, 2019

Stephen Blake Kanicka is a Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer. His musicality has been noted by the New York Times and featured on Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, The View, Ellen Degeneres, and the Today Show.

Stephen Blake grew up deeply entrenched in the world of music, as his mother was a Vocal Performance major in college. His innate ear for music was noticed at a very young age when he would climb the piano and play the melodies he heard around him. His talent was then fostered with Suzuki ear training, followed by over ten years of classical study in piano, theory, and music history. All of these experiences set the foundation for a strong melodic sense and technical proficiency while also gaining a deep respect for the classical composers, particularly Mozart and Beethoven.

Further development was pursued as a member of a jazz ensemble, chamber choir, and with local artists. At the young age of 16, Stephen Blake was invited to travel nation-wide with an arena tour – giving him his first introduction to the commercial music industry. By the time he graduated from high school, he had gained significant musical training, real-world experience, and had composed and produced several of his own arrangements.

Professionally, Stephen Blake has continued to hone his craft over the years as a musical director, string arranger, and collaborator with many artists – both onstage and in the studio. Notably, he has worked and performed with Atlantic Records artist, Jason Castro, as well as critically-acclaimed Aqualung, who likened his musical sensibilities to those of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Currently, he records and performs with the award-winning band, for KING & COUNTRY, while also continuing his creative work in the studio with various artists and projects he finds inspiring.

He lives with his wife, Brittany, in Franklin, Tennessee.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • A lifelong passion for music
  • Blake’s inspiration: “The Lord goes before you and fights your battles.” Also, Psalm 23
  • Ups and downs in the music business
  • Blake’s biggest struggle: servanthood
  • The importance of relationships that can help and keep you accountable
  • “Treasure hunters”
  • Music’s profound emotion
  • College at Texas A&M: no musical instruments for THREE years!
  • Blake’s move to LA, joining a band, living within God’s will
  • Blake’s advice to the younger Blake: “The Holy Spirit is real. Don’t let other things challenge your faith.”
  • Having faith to step out
  • Having wise counsel
  • Blake’s favorite current project: a version of Amazing Grace for an upcoming movie, with rapper KB
  • Blake’s parting advice: “There is a power in mystery. I have a great hope that we continue to embrace the mysterious. Be careful what you let yourself absorb.”

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Aug 14, 2019

In a world of urgent need around us, God gives us good things to enjoy …but ultimately God has blessed us so that through us, others might know his goodness, others might know his grace, and others might see his glory.

Our guest today is David Platt, who took a life-changing 8-day trek through the Himalayas, where he encountered a population with urgent physical and spiritual needs. Our lives are but a mist here, so what can we do with our time to make it count? When our eyes are opened to the suffering in this world, something has to change.

We’re going to be discussing David’s first book, and his upcoming book. If you feel like you’ve been living the dream but missing the point, or feel like you’ve just missed the dream altogether, this podcast is going to bless you.

David Platt is pastor at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received multiple degrees. Before pastoring at McLean Bible Church, he previously pastored congregations in New Orleans, Birmingham, AL, and the greater Washington, D.C. area. David also served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, one of the largest missionary organizations in the world.

He is founder of Radical, which seeks to serve the church and accomplish the mission of Christ through various resources and opportunities.

David is author of a number of books, including the upcoming Something Needs to Change. He and his wife Heather have 4 children (and are in the process of adopting their 5th child!) and live in the Washington,  D.C. metro area.

Resources:

Are You Real

David’s Website: Radical

Books Mentioned:

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt

Something Needs to Change, by David Platt

Aug 7, 2019

God-given gifts can often be the inspiration for our entrepreneurial leaps of faith when we decide to leave a steady job with a safe work environment and a regular paycheck, for a job that focuses on, and is dependent on, those gifts.

We’re going to talk to someone who did just that. Todd Furneaux is the special guest I’d like to introduce you to today. Todd spent over a decade being a merchant for Home Depot’s corporate office in Atlanta, buying and selling its products, working on advertising, and although he enjoyed his job, he understood it wasn’t for him in the long term. He knew that God had gifted him with the ability and desire to work with his hands, building things from scratch. He decided to use this creativity in product development. Listen in as we go over how he got his start in developing a luxury line of coolers and drink-ware; his latest product, Adkaddy; and a product development overview, including product-market fit, the development cycle, and customer retention.

Resources:

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And Todd’s products:

Luxury coolers and drink-ware: Sovaro

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Jul 31, 2019

Today’s guest is Robby Dawkins. I met Robby through Michael McIntyre, who has introduced me to so many great people. Robby is a 5th generation Pastor who has ministered in over 58 nations. He’s been in some pretty scary environments that are hostile to Christians. The focus of today’s conversation is Robby’s quest to live out the book of Acts. There are so many ways that Christians can be activated to literally change and impact the world for Christ. As we struggle to figure out what our purpose is, we can take comfort in knowing that in following the example of Christ, everything else after that will fall into place. We don’t have to wrestle with it. We don’t have to struggle with it. We are promised it will happen. Seek yet first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you!

You can connect with Robby Dawkins at Robby Dawkins

Jul 24, 2019

Did you know that God provides us with a recipe for happiness in Psalm 1:1-3? This happiness provides us with a steady supply of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. You see, God created us with an addiction to these neurotransmitters, and His Word encourages the specific behaviors and healthy habits that replicate, create, and sustain the addiction that God put into us at Creation. Every addiction that is the enemy destroying God’s good creation causes us to need more and more of a bad habit to create less and less of a good feeling. But the healthy habits that God created for us to have, bring life to us and those around us. Connecting with the right people, discovering the right things, and creating the right productivity in your life will to happiness.

I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s special guest, Pastor, and Author Mark Moore. We discuss happiness, his new book, building a church, the one thing that men will not come out and say, how to help your spouse win, and so much more. Please join us for this episode of “Are You Real”!

Don’t forget!! You are personally invited to attend the 1st “Kingdom Conference” in Amarillo, TX, on Sunday, July 28, from 1pm-10pm. See the link below for discounted HALF-PRICE tickets! You don’t want to miss this fantastic lineup of dynamic speakers!

Resources:

Are You Real

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Connect with Mark:

Book: Core52

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Jul 17, 2019

Pornography, drug abuse, lying, and financial deceit. What do these things have in common? They are all forms of betrayal. Today’s guests, Jay, and Lori Pyatt are Certified Relationship Mentors, who help couples after betrayal. Jay and Lori share their very own personal experience with betrayal, redemption, and restoration concerning his long-term addiction to pornography.

Jay helps men overcome pornography addiction and other sexual sins in their lives, and teaches them how to rebuild trust in their marriages after the truth comes out. Lori works with women after betrayal of any kind, following the “Betrayal Trauma” model, which can often get women to a better life in a matter of months, rather than decades.

Jay discloses the scripture that is close to his heart, reminding him that we are all redeemable, how he learned to listen to the voice of shame from the enemy that tells us we are not, and how he and Lori learned to recognize how much grace and love that Jesus Christ has for us. Tune in to discover the new foundation they laid down to heal their marriage. You don’t want to miss this.

 

Resources:

Are You Real

Kingdom Conference Tickets

 

Jay and Lori’s website: The Couple Cure

Jay’s story

Lori’s story

Jul 10, 2019

John introduces us today to Vivian Mabuni, a national speaker and writer with a passion to share hope and life through intimacy with God. Listen in as Vivian discusses wrestling with the goodness of God, and walks us through the devastating aftermath of the 90’s Rwandan genocide. She describes to us how the image of God being reflected through the Rwandan people was breathtaking and awe-inspiring. She also has a lot to say about women in ministry! Did you know that Jesus was counter-culture for the time when it came to interacting with women? Find out what this means on today’s episode.

Vivian has 30 years ministry experience on staff with CREW (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). Vivian grew up in Colorado as a cultural buddhist and came to Christ in high school. As a teen, she drove herself to the mall and bought her first bible. She tried to read it but it just didn’t make sense. Around this time her father moved the family to Hong Kong, and Vivian grew angry with God. She didn’t know anyone, she couldn’t speak the language, and yet…God met her right there in Hong Kong, of all places! Vivian is an author of “Open Hands, Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God”, a book on surrender.

Resources:

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Vivan Mabuni

Instagram & Twitter: @vivmabuni

 

Book:

“Open Hands, Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God” by Vivian Mabuni

Jul 3, 2019

Mike Donehey from the contemporary Christian music band, Tenth Avenue North, is today’s special guest. Mike will be discussing his new book, “Finding God’s Life For My Will”.  You’ll also learn how a tragedy became the catalyst for his learning to play guitar, and hear his heart-touching story behind one of the band's most popular songs, “Control”.

Mike is an author, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Tenth Avenue North is husband to Kelly, and Father to 4 girls. Listen in as Mike and John talk about motives, and how God always seems to direct the waters of our hearts so that we end up right where He wants us.

Show Highlights:

  • God is Ok with detours
  • God doesn’t need us to be a success, He just wants US
  • “When Dreams Die”
  • “Dreams Change and That’s Ok”
  • When God thwarts your plans
  • Walking in humble confidence
  • When God repaints, redeems, and reweaves
  • How regret can turn into gratitude
  • Letting go of your idols
  • Success books prey on people’s idolatry
  • When we think God has good things in store for everyone around us, just not for us
  • Regrets of the dying
  • Transactional and Capitalistic relationships with God
  • It’s about the relationship, and not what we can get from Him
  • God is the treasure you’re after
  • Giving up God’s glory in exchange for fame
  • The danger of ranking people based on what they can offer us
  • Having a heart to minister
  • Joy in ways you don’t expect it
  • Misusing the gifts that God has given us
  • God wants to be your plan, not give you a plan

Resources:

Are You Real

Kingdom Conference Tickets

Tenth Avenue North

Book:

“Finding God's Life For My Will” by Mike Donehey - Available August 6th

 Article:

“Top 10 Regrets Of The Dying” by Bronnie Ware

Song:

“Control” by Tenth Avenue North

Jun 26, 2019

In today’s episode, John chats with special guest, Dee Brestin, about recognizing heart idols, how Jesus showed his disciples that He was in awe of the Old Testament, how to be alert to the amazing things that God does, and more. You don’t want to miss the prison ministry testimony she shares of an incarcerated woman who came to realize how beautiful she was to Jesus. It will give you chills!

Dee Brestin is an author, speaker, and has a heart for prison ministry. She has been writing for 50 years. Her introduction to writing came about in her early 20’s when she was looking for a bible study, but no-one was writing them at that time. She wrote her first, called “Proverbs and Parables”, which readied her for the Fishermen Bible Study Guides for which she would later write. Dee offers free teaching videos and a free Bible Study blog.

Show Highlights:

  • Turning a heart of stone into a heart of flesh
  • Most people misunderstand idolatry
  • Idols of the heart
  • The bad fruit of an idol
  • Not allowing God to be in control
  • How it can be releasing to understand why we do the things we do
  • God’s options are to overlook or to confront in love
  • If you’re faithful in the little things, God opens other doors
  • How fasting can part the red sea
  • God lost 1/3 of his angels and He was a perfect parent
  • We are humbled by parenting when we realize our children have free will
  • Books of Moses - how the story began
  • Psalms - how to live in this hard and challenging story
  • Prophets - look especially in Isaiah to see how story will end
  • What getting hit by a spiritual 2x4 is like
  • Song of Songs is not just about marriage but is a picture of Jesus' love for us
  • He leaves the 99 to go get the 1
  • The same wisdom that was in the Old Testament is in the New Testament
  • Parting scenes are important, don’t back away from them

Resources:

Are You Real

Kingdom Conference Tickets

Dee Brestin 

Books:

“Idol Lies” by Dee Brestin

“The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture” by Dee Brestin

“The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found” - Karen Burton Mains

“He Calls You Beautiful: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs” - Dee Brestin

Jun 19, 2019

Sometimes the most interesting journeys are those we never really aspire to follow. As a young and newly surrendered Christian, my guest only wanted to travel and preach, and he never thought youth pastor or lead pastor would be what he wanted to do. Fast forward to now, when Banning Liebscher is the founder and pastor of Jesus Culture in Sacramento, CA, along with his most demanding roles of husband and father of three teens. He has a heart for the younger generation to encounter God on their campuses and cities so they can be revivalists in our world. When Banning fully committed to God’s call, he spent 10 years as a youth pastor, falling in love with young people and the local church. He was on a fast-moving journey that he never expected or prepared for, and his dependency was on God alone. Banning says his secret was to find people who were further down the road than he was. Along the way, he has learned the importance of learning to lead a diverse group of people with understanding, conflict management, and communication skills. In our conversation, Banning discusses his book, Rooted, which focuses on how God wants to grow and develop us as His children. He wraps up with his best advice about learning healthy habits and breaking unhealthy patterns in our lives..

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Jesus Culture

Find Banning on social media: @thebanning

Rooted by Banning Liebscher

Brave Communication by Dan Farrelly

Jun 12, 2019

Are you struggling to monetize your online business? My guest today might be just the person you need to meet. Jennifer Allwood is a wife, mother, dynamic business coach, and host of The Jennifer Allwood Show podcast. She uses her infectious enthusiasm to help creative women build their social media platforms and turn their talents and hobbies into lucrative online businesses. After working a desk job that was quickly pushing her to an early grave, Jennifer owned a decorative painting business before discovering the potential of the online space. She began creating courses to teach ways to make money online, and she now coaches over 3000 women each month. Jennifer shares advice about using the “thing” inside of you to make money with the right formula of your passion, your talent, and the need. She tells us how she relies on God to help her with pricing bids, how she balances the aspects of her busy life, and how a 1-½ minute conversation with Dave Ramsey gave her hope and changed her life. Jennifer wraps up our riveting conversation with advice about doing what you are supposed to do, regardless of your feelings, and why you can’t have it all.

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Jennifer Allwood

Find Jennifer’s devotional for business owners:  Jennifer Allwood

Jun 5, 2019

Today’s guest is Frances Mckay, a certified financial planner who specializes in life-centered financial planning for women in the STEM field. She’s a mother and grandmother who helps people with retirement planning and asset management. A few years ago, Frances was a chemical engineer who worked 70-80 hours each week, traveled frequently, and was miserable with making absolutely no contribution to her home. She made the career switch to financial planning, and her life changed drastically in every way, making her wish she had made the change years earlier. Frances shares key financial tips, her unique perspective on tithing, and how she balances her business, family, and daily walk with God. She leaves us with parting advice to get serious about taking control of our financial future and stop avoiding the topic of money. Join us to hear more about Frances, her work, and how you can gain access to her courses through her membership site.

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Faith-Based Financial Wellness

Frances’ membership site gives you full access for 12 months for the limited-time discounted price of $100 for founding members. Her Purpose, Peace, and Prosperity Course launches this week, and more will be added each month.

May 29, 2019

How often do the needs of orphaned children around the world come to your mind? Patrick and Lauren Nelson are dedicating their lives to the needs of these orphans by rescuing them from sex trafficking and helping them with trauma and healing. As the parents of two young sons, the Nelsons live in Dallas but travel to Haiti several times each year through work with their non-profit, I’m Me, which began in 2012. In this episode, Patrick and Lauren explain how the seed of compassion for Haiti was first planted, and how they felt God’s calling as an “assignment” for their lives. They explain the differences they see in people’s lives when Jesus is encountered and how they are challenging the Enemy’s stronghold over the country of Haiti and its people. The Nelsons share how they’ve learned humility through the trying circumstances of hitting rock bottom and finally handing everything over to the Lord. Patrick and Lauren tell about the coffee business and leather goods that they are using to help the kids in Haiti, and how you can get involved and help support their endeavors. The Nelsons wrap up our conversation by giving their advice about facing trials, obstacles, and having really big dreams in your work for Jesus.

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I'm Me

Find the Nelsons on Instagram: I'm Me

May 22, 2019

Shawn Bolz is on the podcast today talking about how the Holy Spirit living inside us nudges us down the paths we should take and we have to be tuned in. We walk with God as Christians and we need to listen to Him so that His word has application. Shawn helps others understand what God is saying in a prophetic way, just as many of the prophets heard and shared from God in scripture. Shawn and other prophets help others to understand what God is saying to them individually, whether through something audible or through nature and instincts. Shawn shares how God sometimes wants us to creatively solve problems without money and gives examples of how God has done this in his life. Shawn shares their excitement about the speakers who will be at the Kingdom Conference including Bob Hasson, Jon Fuller, Shawn Bolz, Michael McIntyre, and Christy Austin. So, be hungry for Christ and attend both conferences to be radically changed!

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Two of the biggest events in Texas this year include the  Modern Prophetic Symposium and The Kingdom Conference.

5/30-6/1 Modern Prophetic Symposium at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX

Kingdom Conference in Amarillo, TX (7/28)

May 15, 2019

What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? Today’s guest has a lot to say on the topic, and he’s written a new book, Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man. The book is a guide to discipleship for men, but even women are raving about the chapter dedicated to marriage. Ken Harrison is Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers, a Christ-centered organization dedicated to instilling in men a passion for hearing, obeying, and daily meditating on the Word of God. Over 7 million men have had their lives impacted by Promise Keepers since 1990. Ken also serves as CEO at WaterStone, an organization that helps clients give away millions of dollars annually in support of Christian worldwide humanitarian efforts. Being a former LAPD officer in a high-crime area taught Ken to live life in the moment because it’s uncertain and unpredictable. When he retired from the police force, he prayed for God to give him business wisdom for his path ahead---and He did. Ken credits the goodness of God in directing his steps, instilling passion and purpose in his life, and giving him the courage to stand up as a man of God. Ken’s parting advice is, “God is looking for people of courage, and the world is full of wimps. Don’t be a chocolate soldier who melts when the heat is on.”

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Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man by Ken Harrison

Find Are You Real on Facebook and send us a message for a chance to win a copy of Ken’s book!

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