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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Nov 29, 2017

Calling all Christian writers! Have you been thinking that you have some worthy words to share with the world? Has God been opening doors to help you spread his wisdom to others through writing? Well, what’s next? Lucky for you, my next guest has a lot of advice and inspiration for you on your journey. Not a writer? My guest can still speak some incredible truth for finding your purpose.

Bethany Jett is a published author, blogger, owner of two businesses, mother of three, and a Military wife. If that sounds like a full plate, you’re not wrong! What I love about Bethany is that she simply embraces her full life. She knows that every success and every opportunity is a gift from God. Nothing is taken for granted, and everything is a chance to use your gifts to the glory of God. Today, Bethany and I will talk about the strengths that got her where she wanted to be, and the opportunity to bring her ministry to the world of writing and marketing.

Do you need the courage to take a leap of faith? Bethany can get you there! You don’t want to miss out on our conversation today.

More in this episode:

  • Bethany shares a little about her passions and purpose lined up.
  • How Bethany connects people with Serious Writer Inc.
  • Hear how Bethany went from not knowing she wanted to be a writer, to attending a writing conference on a scholarship!
  • Words of wisdom for those who want to write a book.
  • The major shift in Bethany’s life that helped her launch her connections business.
  • How to stop doubting your abilities.
  • Let’s talk strengths and weaknesses.
  • Working in ministry v. a secular job.
  • How Bethany has been hearing from God lately from fortune cookies.
  • Daily habits that help Bethany navigate the world.


Bethany’s Book:

Serious Writer Inc.

Serious Writer Academy

Book Recommendations:

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck 

Bringing Up Boys

Developing the Leader Within You

Nov 22, 2017

Let’s talk business! In a special edition of the Are You Real podcast, I wanted to take a step back from our usual topic of “purpose” and dive into a different arena. If I am going to take advice from anyone, especially business advice, I would want it from someone who’s proof is undeniable. That is why I have my guest Michael McIntyre with me today. His company has made Billions in sales, so I’m inclined to believe the advice Michael has for those of us looking to steward our businesses well.

Listen this week as Michael and I discuss beginning our business on a shoestring budget, our spiritual calling in business, and other details to get your business off the ground. Whether you are starting with $100 or $10,000, Michael and I are going to share the practices and habits that have allowed our businesses to flourish. Along the way, we will show you how being successful in business and growing in your faith are one in the same. We as Christians have a huge capacity to celebrate our faith in how we conduct ourselves in the workplace. God listens when his children ask, so let’s ask God to bless our business!

More in this episode:

  • Michael shares the 30,000-foot view of his business.
  • What do you need to get started with business?
  • Setting up shop: what makes your website really stand out.
  • Bookkeeping suggestions, and
  • How can a Christian leverage their calling within their business.
  • Michael shares how he first began to put God into his business.
  • 2 Examples of what God in the workplace doesn’t
  • Our businesses do not belong to us; they belong to God.
  • Forgiveness and business.
  • What type of mentor should you be looking for?
  • There is information out there to grow in knowledge.
  • Being respectful of time.
  • 10 Things that Require 0 Talent.
  • Changing your attitude to determine your altitude.
  • How to hire out for the business aspects you aren’t the best out when you’re scrapped for cash.
  • How you can help the podcast grow.


Michael’s Website

The Traveller’s Gift

The Power of Positive Thinking

Nov 15, 2017

Do you believe that God has uniquely gifted you to bring about his glorious kingdom on earth? What’s holding you back? Whether it is fear, insecurity, mental illness, or environmental pressures, we face so many challenges on our way to discovering God’s will for our lives. Yet, His will is the thing we most long for. Today, I want to bring to you the story of someone who has faced truly difficult seasons of suffering, but came out the other end clinging to calling.

Rebekah Lyons is an author of two books, a mother to three, wife to one, and dog walker of two from Nashville. Rebekah likes to think of herself as an old soul who is always asking the big questions. She uses her gift of words to write about hardship: about becoming a first-time mom to a child with Downs Syndrome, struggling with her own mental health, inexplicable encounters with the Holy Spirit, and loving on the sick and lonely.

Rebekah’s story is one filled with ample grace and overflowing wisdom. I was lucky to get the chance to talk to her about everything and anything. She truly does have a gift for words, so be prepared for a Truth bomb or two. The good kind, I assure you!

More in this episode:

  • Rebekah openly shares how she stumbled across her meaning and struggled with her “unraveling.”
  • Speaking out against shame and other unsavory ways mental health is treated in the church.
  • The Spirit of God is working in amazing ways.
  • The difference between a life of surrender and a life of purpose.
  • Rebekah shares her perspective on the “Upside Down Kingdom.”
  • Advice for living in the present in God’s Will.

Connect with Rebekah Online

Nov 8, 2017

Have you ever heard the voice of God? That sounds like something we can’t touch—oh that only happens in the Old Testament! Perhaps not so much with burning bushes and pillars of light, but what about a whisper? Each of us has so much to offer the world because of the blessings and gifts that God has given us, but for many, we haven’t learned to listen for the still small whisper of God’s will and direction for our lives. Let’s stop shouting at God for answers, and start listening.          

Today I am super excited because my guest is definitely a divine appointment. I have with me today Mark Batterson, a New York Times Bestselling Author, Pastor of National Community Church, and a true family man. He believes pastoring in the DC area is his real calling, but so is writing. We are pumped to dive into his new book, Whisper, as well as his journey to finding his purpose. In Whisper, Mark explains how we can understand the Languages of God to understand our place in God’s Kingdom. This is such a needed discussion in this day and age, and I know you will be blessed by the knowledge Mark has to share.

Dive in today with more from Mark:

  • Mark shares how he truly found his calling as a minister.
  • With so many spheres of influence, we can go into a mission field by making incredible things.
  • God is the loudest voice in your life, which is how Whisper came to be.
  • Mark shares his story of first hearing God’s whisper.
  • Whisper talks about the 7 Languages of God. Mark shares how he landed on those 7.
  • Let’s talk about desires. How do we sort out our selfish ambitions and the God-given desires?
  • We talk about the incredibly fun “Goosebumps Test.”
  • What are the misconceptions about prophetic ministry? How can we combat them?


Connect with Mark Online

@MarkBatterson on Twitter and Instagram

Nov 1, 2017

Are you feeling like you’ve lost sight of your purpose? Do you doubt that God has a plan for you because of your past? Today, I want you to know that you are not alone. You haven’t made a mistake too big, and you haven’t walked too far away for God to love you and use you for his purpose. I can’t think of anyone better to bring that truth home to you today than this week’s guest, Liz Curtis Higgs.

 Liz is a speaker and writer who is passionate about bringing God’s Truth to women (and men!) all over the country. Liz is a Bestselling author who has written 28 books, her most recent being 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path. In each, she uses her gift of words to show God’s grace and truth towards us, and she knows a thing or two about grace! A self-proclaimed “Former Bad Girl,” Liz was saved by the power of the Holy Spirit. She became hungry to know God and eager to teach truth to others. I know you will be inspired by her journey to discovering God’s special plan for her.

Show Highlights:

  • We dive right into the amazing book of Proverbs.
  • Liz shares how her testimony led to a calling as a speaker.
  • What was the worst speaking engagement ever? Listen to hear the story!
  • When one door closes, God will always open another.
  • What do you do when God is less than clear about His will for you?
  • Liz shares her strengths and her shortcomings with refreshing honesty.
  • Advice for speakers and writers wanting to build up their business.