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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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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

Connect with Glenn!

Website: Glenn Packiam

Twitter: @gpackiam

Instagram: @gpackiam

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:

Are You Real

And Todd’s products:

Luxury coolers and drink-ware: Sovaro

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