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..
Find Banning on social media: @thebanning
Brave Communication by Dan Farrelly
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.
Find Jennifer’s devotional for business owners: Jennifer Allwood
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.
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.
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.
Find the Nelsons on Instagram: I'm Me
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!
Two of the biggest events in Texas this year include the Modern Prophetic Symposium and The Kingdom Conference.
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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Why do we as Christians allow ourselves to be divided over our beliefs? Why do we live with so much hypocrisy? Frank Viola addresses these issues and more in his new book, ReGRACE, in which he calls out the “bipolarism” of Christianity. Frank is a bestselling author whose mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know Him more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. He shares his “head-on collision with Jesus Christ” at age 16 and how a crisis came at age 23 when he realized “there must be more” to following Christ. Writing about his discoveries led to his first book, published in 2008, and he went on to write over 20 books about problems Christians face. In this conversation, Frank address toxic Christianity, which results when Christians take themselves too seriously, and how our personal convictions shouldn’t be grounds for ripping people apart. He discusses the marks of a false teacher, some surprising facts about Charles Spurgeon, and why he regrets not starting his blog and podcast much sooner than he did. Frank wraps up by recounting the advice of Jim Rohn about the importance of the five people with whom you spend the most time. Who are your “five”?
Frank Viola Find resources and information, including Frank’s podcast, The Insurgence.
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The concept is a familiar one. Scripture refers to “beauty from ashes,” and even non-believers know what it means to “turn lemons into lemonade.” The idea is that something beautiful and wholly good can come from circumstances that are anything but lovely. Such is the story of today’s guest, Stoney Stamper. He’s the owner of TDD Media and the author of a popular parenting blog, The Daddy Diaries. Stoney grew up on a large quarter horse farm in small-town Oklahoma, and he still makes Oklahoma his home with his wife, April, and their three daughters, ages 18, 15, and 6. Because Gordon has always loved writing, journaling, and storytelling, it was easy to begin blogging about his initiation into “Daddy Life” as he and April blended their family. His unique style of storytelling, infused with humor and transparency about life’s successes AND failures, quickly drew a massive audience that today includes readers from over 112 countries. He’s published numerous articles in magazines and has a new book, My First Rodeo, that’s hot off the press. In today’s conversation, Stoney shares the story of the tragic car accident in 2017 that nearly took his life, but left him facing multiple surgeries and a lifetime of physical challenges. He says much good has come from the tragedy as his family has grown closer and stronger, and he has learned to count his blessings and be grateful every day. His advice to listeners is, “Have faith and stay the course, even in the hard times.” Don’t miss Stoney’s inspirational story of victory over tragedy.
Find out more about Stoney and his blog: www.thedaddydiaries.net
Get Stoney’s book: www.thedaddydiaries.net/myfirstrodeo
Find Stoney on Facebook and Instagram: The Daddy Diaries
Michael McIntyre has been a featured guest on the show many times, and he’s here today to talk about his Next Level Training, which I’ve taken and highly recommend. Michael is a motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur at heart. From serving in the US Air Force, Michael went on to run his own insurance company and develop 247 MedPlan, a nationwide telemedicine company. In his 40’s, he grew tired of running from God and surrendered his life to Christ. He describes the fascinating combination of events that led to the creation of Next Level, a 3-day transformational training to awaken you to what God intends you to be. If you’re struggling and need a new trajectory for your life, then this is the training for you! Michael says, “We don’t just need people to lead; we need great people to lead.” He lives out the truth of John 10:10, believing that we shouldn’t feel bad or guilty to live abundantly in every area of life. Even though fear can hold us back, Michael says that we don’t need a pedigree, but we need the fire of enthusiasm to let the Holy Spirit use our lives. His parting advice is to “Be Jesus to everybody.”Join us to hear more fire and inspiration from Michael!
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When do you hear God the most? For Brian “Head” Welch, he hears God best in the times of resting, waiting, and stillness. He’s part of the band, Korn, which has sold over 35 million copies, 41 singles, and 2 Grammy awards---all since 2012.
Brian’s journey includes almost two decades of partying, drinking, drugs, and being “drawn to the darkness.” As the hard living took its toll on Brian’s mental health and relationships, he says he “had it all,” but felt completely empty, unfulfilled, and lost. One night he walked into a church, and it was the song, “Majesty” that spoke to his heart.
He prayed to God to take his addictions away and started on the path to turning his life around. Brian shares his favorite verses, how he left the music business for a time, and his latest work on a documentary movie with his daughter. He says the most important thing in his life right now is spending time with the Lord and finding intimacy with God.
What is YOUR greatest accomplishment? Even though Danny Silk has a long list of achievements and has authored several books, he counts his marriage as his “greatest ministry accomplishment.” He’s the president and co-founder of Loving on Purpose, part of the Bethel Church Advisory Team, and a Senior Advisor of Jesus Culture. Danny was saved at age 21 in 1983 and began working at a tire store, as a meat cutter, and in social work---before entering the ministry as a pastor. Today, he travels extensively, consulting with businesses and churches, speaking at conferences, and doing executive coaching. Danny’s best-selling book is Keep Your Love On, which highlights the primary goals in marriage as being a powerful person, having a connection, and choosing your spouse every day.
Danny’s not just a sweet and sappy guy who talks about love and marriage, because he loves outdoor adventures and horsepower, too! He calls racing “the most fun you can have with your clothes on!” Danny shares his biggest strength, his advice about putting your money to work FOR you, and explains the vital importance of his marriage relationship. Join us for a deep dive with Danny into love, marriage, the writing process, fast cars, and more!
As a worship leader and songwriter, it’s vital to write and sing from that real and authentic place for which people are hungering and thirsting. Kristian Stanfill is Worship Pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, and the Worship Leader at the Passion Conferences. Passion’s latest album, Follow You Anywhere, was recorded live at their church and released in January. Kristian describes the album as a “different project” that covers many of the same themes common to their music, like living a surrendered life, proclaiming the cross, and exalting Jesus. Kristian refers to one song from the album,” I’ll Follow You Anywhere,” as the heartbeat of Passion’s message. He says the song, “Bigger Than I Thought You Were,” calls people to be honest and vulnerable, and he describes what it’s like to sing “dangerous lyrics” like these. Kristian explains how he has hit mountaintops and valleys in his life, and just like the rest of us, he always needs something to call him back to the goodness and faithfulness of God--and that’s what the music does. Kristian shares why it’s important to say YES to Jesus daily and why Passion is involved with the ENDIT Movement, dedicated to helping free those in sex slavery. He says, “God is calling us to something eternal and something bigger than ourselves.”
Find Follow You Anywhere at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Vimeo, and more.
Find the CD at Lifeway and other Christian retailers.
www.outcrytour.com Find out about Passion’s upcoming tour!
www.enditmovement.com Find out more about ENDIT Movement.
“Do you trust me?” These were the words God said over and over again to Bob Hasson a few years ago, and that prompted Bob to experience God’s kingdom in a new and different way and begin thinking “outside the box.” Bob Hasson is a businessman, leadership consultant, and the author of The Business of Honor: Restoring the Heart of Business. Bob shares his journey that began when Jesus found him back in 1978, but things changed when he was 57 years old and “the Lord started shaking my tree.” This commercial painting contractor had to learn the hard lesson that business people CAN be right in the center of God’s will, and that they don’t have to be pastors to be used by God. Bob’s passion today is developing leaders and strong organizational structures, and he spends a lot of time “pastoring” other people. Bob explains the dichotomy of our operating systems as believers, as we function either with the spirit of an orphan or as a loved child of God. His parting advice from today’s conversation is, “If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.” Join us for inspiration and wisdom from Bob!
The Business of Honor: Restoring the Heart of Business by Bob Hasson and Danny Silk
Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk
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Today’s conversation is with a true “kingdom advancer,” a man who is fully devoted to what God has called him to in this life. Rev. George Lamb is Founder and Executive Director of Millennium Man Ministries and President/CEO of the Faith Advisory Council for Community Transformation; along with those positions, he has his hands in the work of numerous other ministries to further the kingdom of God. From inner city NY, growing up with poor role models and a cultural mindset that didn’t honor the correct values, George has been elevated to many places of service as God has paved the way for him. He says it comes down to obedience and availability because these are the qualities that God looks for in people He wants to use. George shares the way the Holy Spirit orchestrated and commandeered his life, back when he was a construction worker who lived a party lifestyle---it was one fateful night at church with his mother when George’s life was changed. God has put him in places the world would say he’s not qualified for, but he is helping effect cultural change on a governmental level and helping the church fit into the “cultural clash” occurring in America today. Join us to hear more from George and how he commits daily to “letting my hands be used by the King.”
Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men by Myles Munroe
From overseas professional basketball player to full-time pastor at The Rock Church in San Diego, this mentor and motivational speaker travels extensively around the world, letting his “God-brilliance” shine forth. Greg Hendricks describes himself as a man who loves God, loves his family, and loves connecting people with what God wants to do so they can thrive on their journeys. Greg grew up without a father, being raised by a single mom, but had an early awareness of God, even though church was not part of his life. He found sports, secured a college scholarship, and lived the typical “party” lifestyle until he met his wife---after praying to God to send her his way. A shift occurred when Greg met the Lord and submitted to His plan, even though being a pastor wasn’t anywhere on his radar. In today’s show, Greg shares what he has learned about being obedient, faithful, exploring God, and finding His goodness. He explains how he is learning to pursue God, helping people grasp their identity in Christ, and watching God “turn their messes into masterpieces.” Greg says, “Be passionate about the journey, because that’s where the gold is!” Join us for more about Greg’s inspiring story of God’s mercy and grace at work!
Find out more about The Rock Church, San Diego: www.sdrock.com
Find Greg on Instagram: @HendricksGreg
Facebook: Greg Hendricks
Email Greg: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re talking leadership today with an expert, Terry A. Smith, the lead pastor at The Life Christian Church in the metro NYC area. In 27 years as pastor of this diverse church, Terry has seen the congregation grow from 54 people to several thousands. Terry shares how he battled pride, cockiness, and selfishness in his early ministry, even coming to the point of seeing the death of his dream and personal ambitions. He laid these at the feet of Jesus, only to see them resurrected with a clear and compelling calling to the people of NYC. His book, The Hospitable Leader, explains how leaders can create an environment where people flourish. Terry shares his “5 Welcomes,” how to find your area of destiny, and why we should NOT be telling kids that they can grow up to be anything they want to be. Terry teaches us how to find the “sweet spot” of our life, the area of destiny, and “explore all the possibility there.”Join me for more inspirational leadership advice from Terry!
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Find out how to join Terry’s The Hospitable Leader community
Today's guest is one amazing storyteller. Shane Pruitt will captivate you with stories of God's working in his life and bringing all things to work for his good. Shane serves as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, TX with their five children – Raygen, Harper, Titus, Elliot, & Glory. He has been in ministry for over 17 years as a church planter, lead pastor, associate pastor, and student pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in History, and a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to tens of thousands about the good news of Jesus Christ. Shane is also the author of a popular blog, which has over 2.5 million views. His articles have been picked up by RELEVANT, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Gospel Coalition, CrossWalk, Church Leaders, The Baptist Press, FaithIt, HelloChristian, and many others. He and his wife, Kasi, were featured as ABC’s Nightly News “Persons of the Week” in August 2017.
You’re in for a treat as we feature Part 2 of our conversation with Nathan VonMinden and Cameron Arnett. If you haven’t heard Part 1, then go back and take a listen. Nathan, an aerospace engineer turned movie producer, and Cameron, an actor who is in ministry to have an impact for faith, teamed up to tell the story of the Challenger Disaster. The film, The Challenger Disaster, tells the true story of a few angry men who tried to stop Challenger from launching on that fateful January day, knowing the risk to their jobs and livelihoods. Nathan explains how, ironically, there is no “script” to independently producing a film, and securing funding for this kind of project is a feat in itself. The Challenger story is one that “haunted” Nathan, kept him up at night, and turned him into an obsessive researcher. The product of more than 8 years of research, the movie conveys the message that all human life is valuable, an extremely relevant topic in society today. Check out our resources section to see how you can catch this movie!
Find Angry Men on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox, and some cable TV providers
Today I’m introducing you to author, speaker, and personal growth coach, John Hinkle. Since age 16, John has claimed Psalm 1:1-3 as the scripture he tries to live by and what he models his life after. He rode the corporate merry-go-round for 30 years, chasing after what he thought was prosperity. It took an intense business loss to awaken his faith, birth his mission, and light his fire for ministry. John developed his SHIFT principles, and we are the fortunate ones to be able to learn as he unpacks those concepts for us in today’s show.
John’s passion is working with men ages 40-60 who may have lost their purpose in the craziness of life. He helps them achieve what they’ve always dreamed of, and he teaches them to have “2nd half purpose” as they navigate the changes that are inevitable in life. John explains how to have a WHO to your WHY as you realign your purpose, how to take ownership and live life on your own terms, and why it’s NEVER too late to be exactly the man that God wants you to be. You’re in for a treat as you listen and learn from John today!
Email John: email@example.com
Visit www.shiftprinciples.com/real to find out how to get John’s book for free and how to take advantage of his offer for a free 30-minute consultation.
SHIFT: Moving from where you are to the life you want by Russell Lake and John Hinkle
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 www.robbydawkins.com
When you find God’s purpose in your life, you gain the confidence to make decisions full of faith and integrity. Today, I am bringing to you two men who have operated with faith and integrity in a way that could completely shift our culture and the entertainment industry. I’m chatting with Nathan VonMinden and Cameron Arnett. Both men are involved in the production of Angry Men, a film about the deadly Challenger explosion that rocked the nation. This film tells the story of the true events of a few angry men who tried to stop the Challenger from launching, knowing very well that they were putting their livelihood on the line. While this film is not evangelical in nature, those guiding principles of faith and integrity are put on full display for audiences to see.
Up first is Nathan VonMinden, who started off his adult life as an aerospace engineer, but found a passion in producing video for his church. He saw his early video production days as a training ground for much bigger film projects God had in store. After eight years of research and a year of writing, Nathan decided to take a giant leap of faith and produce Angry Men. It is an all-hands-on-deck type of project, but so far his team has seen incredible results and rewarding experiences of genuine faith. He will share all about how God has empowered him to do the impossible, and after listening to his story, you’ll believe the same. I’m confident in that!
Next up is Cameron Arnett, an actor with one of the pivotal roles in Angry Men. Cameron will share how he got his start in Hollywood, but felt God call him away and into ministry. He never thought he would be able to act again, but God showed him the way to fulfill his purpose and use his gifts in Christian film. Now, he is working with Nathan and his team and seeing the enormous impact that faith and integrity are making in this film’s production process. He has an encouraging word for Christians who might want to consider acting, as well as courage for young people in the midst of tough decision making.
If you need a confidence boost today, this is the episode for you. God is doing incredible things in the lives of Nathan and Cameron. You don’t want to miss out!
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Today’s show features a glimpse into the mind of Travis Thrasher. As a fiction writer of novels ranging from love stories to supernatural thrillers, Travis has focused on his writing full-time for the past 11 years. He’s written over 50 books, including many collaborations and memoirs with notable people from various walks of life. One of Travis’ favorite inspirations from scripture is God’s message to Moses: “Don’t forget what I’ve done for you.” Travis endeavors to live out this theme in his life and work, always remembering what he’s learned, and to pay attention to what God wants for his life. Travis gets real about some interesting details of his writing, including algorithms and smartphones, and how they play into future technology---and biblical prophecy. You don’t want to miss Travis’ encouraging message about living without regrets and letting God truly be in control of your life, so you can KNOW who you are, what you should do, and why you should do it. Join me for this inspiring conversation with Travis!
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On this episode of Are You Real Purpose Jon and Kasey revisit the year, and talk about the ups and downs of 2018. They go into depth about the challenges that they faced, and how they had to work through certain trials and circumstances in order to come into alignment with what God has next for them. Going into 2019, they talk about the words God has given them, vision, goals, and how you can be ready to face the year ahead with success! This is a great topic to reflect on, and it will help you as you are preparing for that is ahead in your life as well!
On episode 132 of Are You Real Purpose we talk to Jack Smith. Jack is a kingdom minded business man who lives in Santa Barbara, CA. He grew u in Northern CA, and did know one Christian as a young man. As a result, he ran wild at a young age. At the age of 23, he was given a large mortgage business to run, and says it was a failure from the beginning, because of lack of knowledge and responsibility. Jack continues to share how his journey turned from hopeless to hopeful as he turned his life over to Christ, and turned everything around. You don't want to miss this inspiring interview!
On Episode 131 of Are You Real purpose we talk to Phileena Huertz. Phileena grew up as a pastor's daughter, graduated college, and joined a non-profit group for 20 years along with her husband, Chris Huertz. During this time she worked alongside others, and did intense social justice work. Phileena explains what it means to have a daily contemplative practice, and the importance of that. She says there are things we must "unlearn to know." This is a very thought provoking, and inspiring episode you don't want to miss!