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Jon Fuller is on a mission to be a true example of Christ in his life and in his work. He introduces you to men and women of faith who have walked different paths to find a true Christianity that they live out each and every day. Some paths have been bumpy and filled with debris, but through it all, grace and faith have been a sustaining force in the lives of these men. You won't find any fake and phoney Christianity here.....just real people with a heart for God and living out His call on their lives. Join us for new episodes each week. We'd love it if you'd share the show with other men of faith who need support and encouragement along their journey.
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Feb 16, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

Soul Detox

Llbd.org

drtina@llbd.org

Feb 15, 2018

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

 

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

 

More in this episode: 

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

•    Let’s focus on the word, “Go.” 

•    A quick grammar lesson about active and passive verbs. 

•    Get into the context for the Greek word hypago. 

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

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

•    God protects us from fear. 

•    When we Go, God keeps us safe. 

•    We are sheep being led by our loving shepherd.

 

Feb 14, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

19 Questions to Extraordinary Sex

Position of The Month Club

Feb 13, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Resources:

Katecha Cook on Facebook

Train 4 Life Fitness  on Facebook

Instagram @MamaBeast1206 @806SwoleSisters

Feb 12, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

Chris Online

Instagram and Twitter @sixarrowsmusic

Church House on iTunes, Spotify 

Connect with me @DietzOfficial

Feb 9, 2018

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

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

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

The seven mount strategy.

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

Resources:

Website: Lance Wallnau

Feb 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

Natalie Online

Natalie Schlabs

@NatalieSchlabs

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

Feb 6, 2018

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

The Authentic Salesman

Feb 5, 2018

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

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

More in the episode:

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

Resources:

www.jbreeden.com

Feb 2, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

Are You Real

Living Life By Design

Feb 1, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links

City Light Toledo

Jan 31, 2018

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

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

More in this episode:

  • Dubb tells us what his vision for Are You Real: Government is going to be about.
  • We want to give clarity to principles on the kingdom to self-governance.
  • Dubb is most excited to share how we can be ambassadors in the government.
  • The Kingdom will be life-changing.
  • This show will help bring renewal to your mind.
  • You will walk away encouraged and equipped.
  • Letting it be in 2018!
  • Writing down and decreeing truth over ourselves is a part of God’s government.
  • Hear Dubb’s crazy road trip while traveling in Uganda.
Jan 30, 2018

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for You

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

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

More in this episode:

  • Water is important overall.
  • Good nutrition is the building blocks for healthy muscles.
  • Muscle training is important for toning.
  • Discover what protein does for your body.
  • Carbs are not always the enemy.
  • My perspectives on the “Keto” diet.
  • Fats are not the enemy either!
  • Keep a food log.
  • Give your body time to rest.
Jan 29, 2018

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

http://www.wpfilm.com/

pr@wpfilms.com

@WanderDarren on Instagram and Twitter

Jan 25, 2018

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

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

More in this episode:

  • I share from my heart what I think we need. Hint: it’s community!
  • What it means to be sent out to the nations.
  • Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to empower us.
  • Hear how harvest is being used in the Scriptures.
  • It’s hard for us to have the same perspective of an agrarian society, but let’s dive in!
  • The spiritual parallels to what happens in the harvest season.
  • Why the watchman is important!
  • My heart is for the laborers.
  • When one is weak, the other is strong.
Jan 24, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jan 23, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Jan 22, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

More in this episode: 

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

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

•    Balance is important to achieve success. 

•    Look at problems as a creator. 

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

•    How Javier is reaching out to kids like him. 

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

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

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

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

 

Jan 18, 2018

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

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

More in this episode:

  • I share one of the places where I’ve been challenged to demonstrate this Luke 10 faith.
  • The church was called to be people who rise up to take background for the Kingdom.
  • I break down how parables are helpful tools for understanding spiritual matters.
  • We need to ask and beg the Lord to send out laborers into the harvest.
  • Understand the 4 Greek words of prayer.
  • Prayer allows us to be encouraged to go out into the harvest.
  • We can only love well when the Spirit moves in our lives.
  • My prayer challenge to you today.
Jan 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

Learn all about Nathan’s film

Nathan VonMinden

Learn all about Cameron

Cameron Arnett

Jan 16, 2018

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

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

More to learn in this episode:

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

Resources

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

Are You Real

 

Jan 15, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Links:

@CodyCarnes

Cody Carnes

Jan 11, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

  • I give you my therapist’s perspective on our identity crisis.
  • Let’s talk about the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • People are drawn to authentic love and peace.
  • When we know our Savior, we know ourselves.
  • Lessons we can learn from the apostles and Moses.
  • We are empowered by the Holy Spirit alone.
  • Use the Biblical example set before us to change our church culture.
Jan 10, 2018

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

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

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

More in this episode:

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

Resources:

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

Twitter: @JonathanParnell

http://www.jonathanparnell.com/

Jan 9, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

More in this episode: 

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

 

Resources:

My E-Course

https://www.michaelpmcintyre.com/

 

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