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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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Mar 13, 2018

If you are going to live a healthy life, you have to take care of your body, your soul, and your spirit. This week, I want to set us off on a three-part series that will change the way we think about taking care of our spirit, soul, and body. Jumping right in, let’s talk about how we can nurture and feed our spirit by looking at the words the world uses to describe health and applying them to things in the spiritual realms.

The spirit is what allows us to communicate with God. When we pray, read Scripture, and act in the authority that Jesus has given us, we are absolutely feeding our spirit. It is so important that we nurture our spirit because otherwise, we will be playing right into what the world wants us to spend all our energy on. Satan loves it when our spirit feels far from God. We have the power to stop him in his tracks!

A healthy life starts with the spirit. Join me today as we look at how the Bible describes a healthy spirit.

More in this episode:

  • We can use Scripture to teach us what it means to have a healthy spirit.
  • What actually is our spirit?
  • Ephesians 2:5 describes what our spirit looks like.
  • Eating well, activity, growth, and alive are words the world uses to describe health.
  • We have to feed our spirit. Learn what that looks like practically.
  • Luke 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 teach us how Jesus fed his spirit through prayer.
  • Hebrews 4:12 illustrates how Scripture keeps our spirit healthy.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 and James 4:7 show us that God has our best interests at heart and we have authority in Jesus.
  • Jesus is our ultimate example of a healthy spirit.
  • Trust that God’s plan is greater.

Resources:

Are You Real

Mar 12, 2018

Sometimes, God gives his followers a talent for the creative arts, and so they are called to ministry through the art that they create. Other times, the calling comes first, and the skills follow. This is exactly what happened to Jon Egan, this week’s guest on Are You Real: Creative. Jon had a knack for the drums, but he didn’t know he would lead and write worship music until later in life. God’s call was crystal clear, and Jon listened faithfully. God would continue to ask Jon to be faithful, even in the midst of some truly tragic and difficult circumstances.

These days, Jon is leading worship at New Life Church and writing songs with people like Desperation Band and Jesus Culture. You’ve probably heard a lot of Jon’s songs, but today we wanted to hone in on “Make a Way.” This song was a response to scandals, shame, and fear that Jon was facing in his church. Through it all, God made a way for Jon to continue to make music. He makes things happen so that our relationship with Him and with others runs deep. If you’ve been experiencing a real struggle in your life lately, you need to listen to this episode!

Jon is not just going to reflect on his own experiences, but also on his experiences with the Christian music industry in general. The music industry can be a monster, but it is also reaching millions of ears. How can older musicians expect to keep up with the pace of the industry? What do musicians need to keep in mind if they want to make it big? Do they even want to make it big? We will dive into all of these topics and much more in our next incredible podcast installment. When you get a guy like Jon Egan with you, you know you are going to learn so much. Join us to learn and experience God in his fullness today!

More in this episode:

  • Jon shares his history at New Life Church and how he discovered his calling to be a worship leader.
  • Jon learned music because God called him to worship leading.
  • Learning about God’s strength from struggles, sacrifice, and scandals.
  • Songs were written out of a desperation for God to move and the Scripture around them at the time.
  • How Jon, as a pastor, communicates the humility of praise through pain.
  • We are continuing to repeat the mistakes of our faith founders.
  • How “Make a Way” came to be, and why it was such a special song.
  • Jon feel that we need to talk about the Christian Music industry honestly.
  • God can use you outside of a massive platform in a powerful way.
  • Church music is transforming, and we need older musicians to stand up and stay involved.

Resources:

On Twitter and Instagram

@Joncegan

Mar 9, 2018

Christians today are very good at the priestly practices but are often find themselves uncomfortable or intimidated by the kingly practices. God’s Kingdom on earth functions in much the same way as an earthly one. There is a ruler, a structure, and a line of command. You and I, as followers of Jesus, have inherited the kingdom from God’s own son. We can participate in princely powers and activities just as he does. It isn’t just a privilege, it is our birthright.

To give us a complete understanding of what it actually means to be a Kingdom Statesman, I have on the show with me today Dr. Barry Lenhardt. Dr. Lenhardt has been working tirelessly to equip and empower men and women to bring God’s dominion to the nations. Today, he is going to describe the physical structure of God’s Kingdom, and how we are called to participate. He will also provide key areas in which we are not currently living out our kingly position. When we take on the mantle of a ruler, we can bring about healing and light to our fallen world. Countries all over the world have soul wounds, and only God’s Kingdom and his promises will fix them.

It is time to take God’s call on our lives very seriously. We only reap the benefits of our position in God’s Kingdom unless we take action and participate!

More in this episode:

  • Lenhardt dives into a good definition of the Kingdom.
  • How the Kingdom is governmental in nature and its structure.
  • In order to be a King, God had to have a territory.
  • We are given a kingly position, not a priestly one.
  • The unseen realm is waiting for our utterance.
  • What we can learn from countries with significant emotional events in their past.
  • As Statesmen, we can begin to heal soul wounds in a nation.
  • You are a country!
  • Get things done with the mind of God.
  • The powerful Kingdom truths that can change the nations.
  • Measure the size of the enemy that is against you.
  • Take a look to the history of our nation to see where we need to act next.
  • We need manifestation to back up what we say.
  • Our enemy knows more about God and his Kingdom than many of us do.

Resources:

Llbd.org

Mar 8, 2018

Today on Are You Real Linked Christy Austin speaks to Anthony Turner. He is the founder of Destiny Ministries International, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Almost 40 years ago God spoke to Anthony and told him to: “Elevate minds and disciple men to be examples of God’s awesome power, tender mercies and everlasting love.” ever since, he has been doing just that.

In 2012 Anthony and his wife Alicia started Destiny Ministries International with a goal to disciple, equip and mobilize the next generation of emerging leaders for kingdom transformation.

We continue our teaching over Luke 10, and what it means to be a modern day "City Taker".

You will hear Anthony's wisdom on topics like:

  • How to avoid "burn out" in your ministry
  • Your place in the body
  • How to be a leader in a town full of leaders
  • You can't fulfill your destiny alone
  • Plus more!

Links:

Mar 7, 2018

God has gifted and equipped all of us differently. Some of us are prayer warriors, and others glorify God with their service. A few of us have been called to teach and to study and know God’s Word. We tend to see these teachers up in the “ivory tower,” somewhat removed from the mission and the people. I’m here to tell you today that not all teachers are distant from the people they teach. That is the exact opposite of my guest, Preston Sprinkle, who is a clearly gifted scholar and teacher who wants to be in the middle of all the action.

Preston loves to write. He’s written books on just about everything, but recently he is making waves in Christian circles with his Biblically-based perspectives on hell and homosexuality. Preston is a guy who has studied the word thoroughly during most of his adult life. Above all, Preston believes in the power of Scripture to change our lives, so naturally, he uses Scripture to inform his perspective on some of the toughest issues the church is facing. His book, Erasing Hell that he co-wrote with Francis Chan demystified some of our most common misunderstandings of an unsaved destiny. People to Be Loved tackles how we, as the church, should love those who identify as homosexual while still maintaining a Biblical standard of marriage.

Instead of staying high up in theology land, Preston wants to educate people with practical wisdom so that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus. In this conversation, Preston admits to struggles and setbacks with humility and plenty of grace. While he is a scholar at heart, Preston is also a man of the people. He has so much wisdom to share with you today that you do not want to miss. It’s a power-packed episode, so let’s get started.

More in this episode:

  • Preston shares his background in education, and why it is so important to him now.
  • Preston wants to go as deep as he can in Scriptures, but then see how it plays out in real life.
  • Ezra 7:10 and Psalm 115:3 model how Preston wants to first study the word and then execute it
  • How Embracing Hell came to be, and why Preston fell in love with writing.
  • The point in Preston’s faith where he knew he was facing burnout.
  • Jesus has taken the full punishment of our sin!
  • Preston gets real about his struggles.
  • Why People to Be Loved was such a huge undertaking that impacted so many.
  • The advice Preston would give to his younger self.

Resources

Preston Sprinkle

Center For Faith/

Erasing Hell

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

Mar 6, 2018

Let’s talk about money! What does it mean to make “good money?” Can money even be good? How much do I really need? These are all excellent questions that I am going to tackle in this installment of Are You Real: Business. I think all money can be good money. Like any gift from God, when we use our money for his kingdom and glory, God blesses us with a full and satisfied life. Yes, I said it! Money can be an enormous blessing, but we have to steward it well.             

I am sharing with you today stories from my own life and the lives of those who inspire me most so that you can have a God-honoring mindset about money. You can happily make all the money in the world, but unless you are giving sacrificially, money will become mammon. Today, you will learn what it means to trust God with your finances, be vulnerable with your ambitions, and borrow selectively to grow your business well. Money doesn’t have to be terrifying or all-consuming. All money can be good money. Listen this week to find out how.

More in this episode:

  • All money is good.
  • You can glorify God with your money.
  • The spirit of mammon was chasing me all my life.
  • How to battle the moving goalposts.
  • Get rich so you can give sacrificially.
  • How much money do you really need?
  • What we can learn from David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby.
  • It is important to be vulnerable.
  • Borrow selectively.
  • The affirmations you need to change your perspective on money.

Resources:

A Blessed Life by Robert Morris

Are You Real

Mar 5, 2018

Transformation---how does it happen? We get caught up in the idea of a saved person “becoming a different person” than what they were before. In actuality, the change happens as self-perception changes, which is the way we define ourselves. We are talking in today’s show about The Transformation Principle—something that brings curiosity to all of us. Join me for more about this topic.

More in this episode:

  • Ephesians 5:13---The Transformation Principle
  • The change occurs as variations of your “I AM-ness”
  • Everything is light and is the very substance of God
  • Transformation means that we accept the definition and authenticity of who we were always intended to be
  • We create a new belief model of who we are when we are accepted into God’s kingdom
  • How to change yourself, create more success, and become a better person:
    • Be consciously aware of who you are as that “better person”
    • Feel what it’s like in order to BE that person
  • Man reveals that which he IS, and our subconscious mind is ever in the present, not the past or the future
  • We connect ourselves to the image of Christ that we already are, made perfect through the grace of Jesus Christ
  • The connection between thinking, believing, feeling, and acting: the results demonstrate the beliefs and thoughts
  • Skinner’s philosophy of “Reciprocal Self-determination” and how it applies to transformation
  • Why we have to strip away the worldly definitions of ourselves
Mar 2, 2018

America is a nation that has forgotten who she is. The mandates of our founding fathers still ring as true today as they did when our nation was born. Now is not the time for the church and her leaders to hide in the cellars and wait for Jesus’ return. It is time for us to consider seriously whether or not we are called to the government mountain. We can shape our nation from the top of the mountain, but to get there we must start on our knees. Today, my guest, Vanessa Chavez is going to declare boldly what it is going to take to remind America about who she is, and it has to start with the power of prayer.

Vanessa is a prayer warrior and the founder of Community for Country, an organization working to bring the Kingdom to earth via the Texas Panhandle. Vanessa has listened to God’s call on her life to become a leader and advisor on the government mountain, and she still listens to his call to this day. She is on her knees praying for God to raise up leaders with integrity, heal the severe racial tension in our nation, and transform the way we perceive issues and write policies in America. Vanessa has a prophetic voice and a natural authority that calls America to awaken. She knows with absolute certainty that this is exactly what she has been born to do, and she asks us all to listen and seek out what we too were born to do.

Pray and listen. If you think God has called you to the government, then allow Vanessa’s wisdom to soften your heart and open your mind. We need more people like her, and like you!

More in this episode:

  • Hear the story of the birth of Community for Country
  • We need to have an impact through prayer.
  • The Community for Country prayer meetings were powerful for racial reconciliation, healing, protection, and God’s will in our nation.
  • Vanessa learned about her calling by watching a movie as well as dreams and visions!
  • How Vanessa keeps her passion for government alive.
  • Why our government needs the will of God and the advice of those called to the government mountain.
  • Vanessa speaks to America and tells her she is loved.
  • We feel the mandate from heaven to remain hopeful and act in bravery.
  • Hear all about Vanessa’s recent trip to D.C.
  • Today, we still have the same mandate President Lincoln gave in his speech.
  • Vanessa’s advice to someone who feels called to the government mountain.
  • Let’s use the power of our words.
  • How Vanessa related to Habakkuk and used that as fuel for her book.

Resources:

Community for Country

The Rampart

Dutch Sheets

Dr. Lance Wallnau

Feb 28, 2018

We are told that our purpose is to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus on earth. Today, I am chatting with a guy who has taken that calling to heart…even though he has neither hands nor feet. No, you did not read that wrong! Nick Vujicic was born disabled, but rather than letting that define or ruin his life, he praises God every day for the incredible speaking platform he has been given as a result. Nick wants nothing more than to use his story and the truth of Scripture to plant seeds of faith in the ears of whoever will hear. You cannot help but be inspired to act by a guy like Nick, and I think he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Nick is a bestselling author and motivational speaker who has shared his story and the gospel with 8 million people in 68 countries. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe have come to saving faith through his testimony, and God continues to open doors for Nick in hard to reach communities. It is so evident that God has done amazing things through Nick, and he remains faithful that God will continue to move, despite any physical or even mental limitations.

You are not going to want to miss out on Nick’s story! He is living out what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and he will tell you just how easy it is to become a part of that mission too.

More in this episode:

  • Nick shares about his heart for ministry and his personal struggles with his disability.
  • The three big scriptures that turned Nick’s life without limbs into a life without limits.
  • Nick’s Guiding Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, and Philippians 4:13.
  • The journey to moving into this space of ministering to so many people.
  • Nick’s story has impacted global salvation and disability laws in many nations.
  • Nick’s advice for people who don’t feel like they have a story to share, but still want to spread the gospel.
  • You can be planting seeds of love.
  • We are often too busy to prioritize God’s mission in our lives.
  • Nick thinks he has one of the greatest jobs in the world.
  • Ask God where to start, and then take a chance.
  • Nick’s wife is his biggest strength.
  • We all deal with our flesh; we need accountability and time management.
  • Battle depression with gratitude, church counsel, and helping others.
  • Nick would tell his 19-year-old self to focus on quality and not quantity.

Resources:

Be the Hands and Feet

Text “LWL” 66866

Feb 27, 2018

A daily movement practice is absolutely essential for our health and wellness, but one threat to our functional movement is injury. If you’ve been an athlete for any length of time, or if you are starting out by yourself, you might be familiar with the aches and pains that come when we push our physical limits. What if I told you that it didn’t have to be this way? You can absolutely accomplish any fitness goal you want, injury free. I have an expert on the subject with me today, and he is going to show you not only how it is possible, but why we need to focus on moving well. 

My guest, Dr. Freeborn Mondello, is no stranger to pushing physical limits. He is a former mountain biker and wrestler, and now he is running Ironman and Ultra Marathons. Freeborn is motivated by his fitness competitions, but his focus is always on treating his body right. This is because Freeborn is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and he believes in a painkiller-free approach to strengthening our muscles. Freeborn teaches his clients techniques and exercises that will build strength and alleviate pain naturally. His cutting-edge needling techniques are often used by professional athletes, and it is changing the way anyone can use their muscles. Today, Freeborn is going to describe his fitness philosophy and give us all some places to begin as we think about preventing injury and growing strong. 

Our society needs to move more, but it is more important that we move well. Luckily, Freeborn is here to get us going! 

Show Highlights:

  • Hear Freeborn’s background in the wellness industry. 
  • Freeborn wants to enable people to have pain-free performance in whatever their sport they love. 
  • How Freeborn’s practice strives to stay natural and free from doctor’s visits. 
  • Freeborn is on a mission to empower and educate athletes about the power of physical therapy.
  • Freeborn’s needling process is revolutionizing the way muscles work. 
  • How Freeborn is creating a wellness community with his practice. 
  • Freeborn is focusing on competitions and his “why.” 
  • We all need to take a break and commit to our priorities. 
  • Psalm 46:10 is a guiding light for us during our fitness journey.

Resources:

RunFreePT.com 

Reach out on social media 

@RunFreePT

Feb 26, 2018

Most of the time, we hear stories of success and rapid fame out of the music industry. It’s rare to hear the behind-the-scenes perspective of how that artist got there and the sacrifices they had to make for a worthy cause. Today, I am speaking with a young up-and-coming artist that you need to know about. Joel Vaughn is on the rise, but his path to the music industry was anything but straightforward or easy. He’s going to give you the inside scoop on what it takes to sign to a label, produce a record, and then deal with the ebb and flow of fame and recognition.

Joel started out by leading worship in just about every church in the Texas panhandle. While he enjoyed it and was clearly good at leading worship, Joel couldn’t deny the doors that were opening up in the music industry. Taking a leap of faith, Joel moved his family to Nashville to record music. In 2016, everything was coming up roses. He had a hit song appear on Dude Perfect, and all signs pointed to another strong year after landing a record deal. However, just because you land a record deal doesn’t mean everything lands perfectly.

Listen this week as Joel shares the sacrifices, side jobs, and struggles that Joel faced as he made the transition to music. If you ever wanted to know how musicians make ends meet, Joel will clue you in. Above it all, Joel keeps his eyes on the mission—to make great music that will lead people to Jesus. Along the way, he will have to wrestle his pride, take a few hard knocks, and realize that everyone making Christian music is working together towards the same goal. It’s really an inspiring story from an artist you will want to support.

More in this episode:

  • Joel shares who he is, and the background that has led him to the music world.
  • Lessons learned on the church worship team gave Joel deep roots in writing music.
  • Why Joel is pursuing music full-time.
  • God clearly opened doors for Joel to be signed to Christian record labels.
  • How a one song deal for Dude Perfect exploded Joel’s career.
  • 2017 was the year of silence.
  • The songs that put Joel on the map were “In This World,” “Wide Awake,” and “As You Are.”
  • It’s a struggle to stand out in the music industry.
  • Behind the scenes of someone in the record industry.
  • How Indy Artists make things happen financially.
  • Everyone in Nashville wishes the best for the others in the industry.
  • The ministry is the reason!

Resources:

Joel Vaughn Music

Facebook

Instagram and Twitter: @joelvaughnmusic

Feb 23, 2018

The level of influence you can achieve at the top of the government mountain can shape nations. God wants to bring his government to earth, and we know he is using gifted individuals to do that. Today, I am speaking with Dr. Reuben Egolf, Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council. If anyone embodies what it means to be a Kingdom Statesman, it’s Reuben. He is incredibly skilled at establishing relationships with influential people and then maintaining peace during difficult negotiations. Reuben operates with such skill and expertise that I personally admire so much. In this episode, Reuben will share his considerable experience atop the government mountain

For the USGLC and Dr. Reuben Egolf, the solution to a nation’s problems is always more important than any profit they might make in the process. The work the USGLC is doing in developing nations is providing freedom and sustainable solutions that will carry a nation towards prosperity for generations. Reuben and his team work with high-level officials to institute lasting change. All of this is in an effort to be the hands and feet of the Kingdom on earth today. This episode will be of particular interest to anyone who feels called to the government mountain. Reuben has wisdom and experience to share that might just change your life!

More in this episode:

    • How Reuben initially got involved with what’s happening in DC.
    • Why the government mountain is the largest mountain of influence.
    • God brings government to the world.
    • What the USGLC does to reach the nations.
    • Reuben shares what his role as Chairman means for USGLC.
    • A wonderful story from Reuben’s international travels.
    • Reuben believes God’s heart for our nation is for us to be a beacon of hope.
    • We need to leave the four walls of the church.
    • The USGLC is trying to make freedom and sovereignty the pillars of any nation.
    • We need to learn how to carry our message to the government mountain.
    • Advice for someone who feels called to the mountain.

Resources:

https://www.explife.org/

USGLC

Dr. Reuben Egolf

Feb 22, 2018

Last week we talked about how to “go” to your city. We’re city takers, remember, so how are we taking our city? By the art of giving. And what are we giving? We are giving love. In this continuing study on Luke 10, we are going to learn today how to give to our city. 

 

Luke 10 is filled with practical acts that we can do for our cities, in love. It’s also a good time for me to remind you to go back and listen to an earlier episode of Are You Real Linked, where I had guests George and Sarah Williams of City Light Church in Toledo, OH on the show. They have completely given their lives for the sake of going to their city. 

 

There are 6 categories of “Go”:

 

Reconciliation

Deliverance

Miracles

Faith

Your Calling or Destiny

Healing

 

 

Show Highlights:

 

  • The “go” we are talking about isn’t going on a journey. 
  • This “go” means to literally lead under. Who are we leading under? We are leading under the Holy Spirit. 
  • To “Go” - it’s an action verb, so it requires action on the part of the sender.
  • Jesus was clear about going and doing very practical things for our fellow city dwellers.
  • This word “go” - always references a Divine partnership with the Holy Spirit.
  • There are 2 components to Linked - prayer and support
  • We are linking to the Spirit to engage in our community.
  • Matthew 20 parallels Luke 10.
  • Vineyard = kingdom

Jesus talked in parables. He gave us practical steps that are parallel to what he mentioned in the parable. Maybe he really wants us to put everything on the altar and be willing to sacrifice it for him. 

This “go” mindset forms in the spiritual and then extends into the natural. 

We have to have a kingdom mindset and be linked in the spirit and then we link with others to do good works so that others can be drawn to the spirit as well.

 

Feb 21, 2018

Your true calling is found where your passions and your gifts collide. It’s a great feeling to know what God has called you to, but what happens during the period of time where it’s not quite time to quit your day job? How can we reconcile this deep, spiritual knowledge with practical wisdom? Here to talk about calling, theology, passions, and ordinary acts of obedience are Chris Date. By day, Chris is a software designer. His true passion is writing about and teaching on theology, specifically the concept of Hell and conditional immortality. If that sounds a bit heavy, hang in there. Chris has a lot of important ideas to share you do not want to miss. 

 

Chris Date is an Evangelical author whose work has been published in the New York Times and National Geographic, among many others. When he’s not designing software, Chris can be found studying for his Masters at seminary or spending time with his wife and four sons. Theology truly is his passion, and, Lord Willing, he is going to become a teacher and writer on the subject full-time. In the meantime, Chris is staying faithful to God by providing for his family with his software design job. 

 

In today’s episode, we get a little deep into some of the tougher topics of apologetics and the afterlife. What is so great about Chris is that he explains everything in a manner that is simple to understand. Above all else, he is bound by the authority of Scripture as God’s Word, so you know what he is saying is sound. If you are interested in taking a deep dive into some powerful Scripture today, Chris is the man for you! 

Show Highlights:

 

  • Chris shares all about his life, his passion, and his family. 
  • Chris shares his testimony about his overnight transformation from atheist to born-again believer.  
  • The inspirational quote and guiding faith from Acts 17:11.
  • Chris is a young earth creationist, and even with his conservative views, he encourages a diversity of views and unity within the church. 
  • Weighing in on “hanging out” with those with different views on the Trinity. 
  • The Biblical picture of our eternal destiny. 
  • Why Chris became passionate about education and pursuing a place in academia. 
  • We need people to help us understand Scripture, so I am thankful for guys like Chris! 
  • The upcoming Rethinking Hell Conference sounds like it is going to be amazing. 
  • Was Hell even created for humans? 
  • The advice Chris would give his past self.

 

Resources:

Rethinking Hell 

The Pastor-Theologian

 

Feb 20, 2018

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their shoulders. Between the demands on their business and their home life, it can seem like there is not enough time or energy to go around. That is a lie! You can have a balance between your business life and the rest of your life. I am going to give you 4 guiding principles that will help you get there. Business success is within your reach, and what you do outside of business is just as important as what you do within it.

In order to remain balanced, you have to stay grounded. Your life at home can be that grounding place for you. If you have a successful business but an unfulfilling home life, you might find success a little too bitter. Your family can support you and come alongside you in business. There is no need to sacrifice them. Your mastermind group can also help you stay grounded. With their unique insights and support, you cannot help but be successful. Above all else, you need to stay grounded in your own innate abilities. I will explain how you can use positive affirmations to keep your head where it needs to be.

More in this episode:

  • How you can keep your home life in balance with your time.
  • How High/Lows can make family dinnertime a quality moment.
  • Involve your children in your business.
  • Your mastermind group will help you stay humble.
  • Tools to form your own mastermind group.
  • Run your business as if you are always behind.
  • Cutting corners is the death nail for your business.
  • Never count the money until it is in the bank.
  • Affirmations are the key to your success.
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

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