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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guest:

Chip Ingram, Author of: "Culture Shock"


Do you engage or enrage?

We live in a reactionary culture where divisive issues arise, people on either side throw stones, and everyone ends up more entrenched in their opinions rather than reaching common ground--or even exhibiting common courtesy! If there ever was a time for Christians to understand and communicate God's truth about controversial and polarizing issues, it is now. Believers must develop convictions based on research, reason, and Biblical truth--and be able (and willing) to communicate these convictions with a love and respect that reflects God's own heart.

In Culture Shock, bestselling author, pastor, and radio personality Chip Ingram shows you how to bring light rather than heat to the most controversial issues of our day. Covering topics such as right and wrong, sex, homosexuality, abortion, politics, and the environment, Culture Shock is your must-have guidebook to replacing reactionary hate with revolutionary love.

Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is author of many books, including God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and live in California.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley: "Relaxing With God"- Part 3


Jesus didn't come to get you to do more or work harder. He came to give you rest!

Jesus calls us to exchange the heavy yoke around our necks for something he said is "easy" and "light." So why are many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that we're constantly being told we should "do more" and "be more" for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this what it is--works-based religion--and presents us with a surprising paradox: good works spring from spiritual rest. So if you long to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world--and the church--often throws your way, you'll find lasting hope in this unexpected message.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guest:

Jamie George, Author of: "Love Well"


Do you feel like you’re stuck? Do you feel alone? Do you live in fear that your struggles might push others away? Do you wonder if your faith is a fraud because of the emptiness in your soul? Are you weary of trying to play by the rules and pretend that everything is okay?

In Love Well, Jamie George confronts the popular heresy that God’s children are meant to live a life absent of pain, sorrow, or conflict. On the contrary, Jamie passionately describes brokenness as a divine gift and a necessary God-ordained path to experiencing true joy and genuine redemption.

With surprising transparency, Jamie shares his personal journey of getting unstuck and provides reassuring comfort for those looking to move beyond their pain toward a life of connection and grace.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guest:

Allison Bottke, Author of: "A Young Woman's Guide to Setting Boundaries"

The teen years, when you're no longer a child but not yet an adult, can be hard. How do you deal with the stress of school, home life, boys, teen depression, peer pressure, and so much more?

It's never been easy to be a teen, but today's world brings special challenges that require special skills. The good news is you can learn how to cope with all your stresses when you understand the power and freedom of setting healthy boundaries. You can experience God's unconditional love and acceptance, and find the courage, confidence, and hope that will transform your teen years and become the foundation of your life for years to come.

When you discover how to begin setting boundaries, you'll be joining thousands of readers of all ages who have benefited by Allison's popular Setting Boundaries series.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley: "Relaxing With God"- Part 2


Jesus didn't come to get you to do more or work harder. He came to give you rest!

Jesus calls us to exchange the heavy yoke around our necks for something he said is "easy" and "light." So why are many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that we're constantly being told we should "do more" and "be more" for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this what it is--works-based religion--and presents us with a surprising paradox: good works spring from spiritual rest. So if you long to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world--and the church--often throws your way, you'll find lasting hope in this unexpected message.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guest:

Jessica Thompson, Author of: "Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions"

The Honest, Loving Answers Children Need to Hear


What should you say when your five-year-old asks about his dying grandma? Or when your seven-year-old wonders if the devil is real? Or when the sixth graders in your Sunday school class are talking about a tragedy they heard about on the news? When it comes to the dark and tragic aspects of our world, it can be hard to know what to say and how much.

Mother/daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson will carefully walk you through difficult conversations, one topic at a time. Speaking from personal experience, informed by child development research, these two moms offer practical insights and age-appropriate guidance.

Talking about tough topics may not be as hard as you think, and, more important, you'll see how these conversations can lead to meaningful discussions of God's unchanging goodness.

"I love this book! I will recommend it again and again."--Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries

"I'm so thankful for Elyse and Jessica's hard work, precision, and focus on Christ in this book."--Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full



 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guest:

Bonnie Gray, Author of: "Finding Spiritual Whitespace"


Move beyond Coping and Surviving to a Rejuvenating Place of Soul Rest

How many of us find ourselves exhausted, running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? Bonnie Gray knows exactly what that's like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie's plans suddenly went off script. Her life shattered into a debilitating journey through anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. But as she struggled to make sense of it all, she made an important discovery: we all need spiritual whitespace.

Spiritual whitespace makes room--room in one's heart for a deep relationship with God, room in one's life for rest, room in one's soul for rejuvenation. With soul-stirring vulnerability and heartbreaking honesty, Bonnie takes readers on a personal journey to feed their souls and uncover the deeper story of rest. Lyrical writing draws readers into Gray's intimate journey through overwhelming stress to find God in a broken story and celebrate the beauty of faith.

Guided by biblical encouragement and thought-provoking prompts, Gray shows readers how to create space in the everyday for God, refreshment, and faith. She also offers practical steps and insights for making spiritual whitespace a reality, right in the midst of the stress-frayed stories in every season of life.

"We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea. Whitespace is an important concept and Bonnie has captured it perfectly. If you're exhausted with being exhausted, read this book. If you feel too busy to read this book, then that's probably the best sign of all that you need it."--from the foreword by Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Stuff Christians Like


 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Guest:

Caleb Breakey, Author of: "Dating Like Airplanes"


It's no secret: Falling in love can be hard. Falling can leave you hurt, wondering, and confused.

But what if you could fly instead of fall? 

Join author Caleb Breakey (Called to Stay) as he charts a new way of dating that's intentional, determined, and ascends to the kind of romance you so desire but doubt is possible. Whether you've been burned by relationships or you're emotionally whole, in Dating Like Airplanes, all that matters is your willingness to take flight and encounter the greatest love of all.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Guest:

Ron Welch, Author Of: "The Controlling Husband"


"I can't live this way anymore."
"I've given up trying to change him."
"I can't ever be good enough."
"He won't listen to me anyway."

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Ron Welch has heard many women in controlling marriages pour out their hearts. They feel trapped, helpless, stuck in a situation with no solution and no way out.

In this candid book, Welch offers real hope. He shows women how controlling husbands develop, why wives allow themselves to be controlled, and strategies to help both husband and wife change. Welch struggled as a controlling husband for years but found help and healing in his relationship with his wife. He uses that experience, as well as examples from the lives of the couples he's worked with, to show women that just because "he's always been this way" doesn't mean their marriage must be that way forever. He teaches women valuable practical skills for coping with the challenges they face and transforming the power and control issues in their marriages.

For wives of controlling husbands, along with the friends and family members who love and are concerned about them, this is an essential resource. Counselors will also find it helpful as they work with hurting couples.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Guest:

Daniel Hill, Author of: "10:10"


Why do so many of us sense that something is missing in life? Even people of faith fail to find fulfillment and purpose and spend their days spinning their wheels and looking for more. But Jesus said that he came that we might have life--abundant life or life to the full.

In 10:10, pastor Daniel Hill shows readers how they can have a holistic life in Christ that displays emotional health, spiritual vitality, vibrant evangelism, diverse community, and everyday justice. In short, they can have a faith that touches every aspect of life and makes all those disparate pieces come together in a whole. Hill shows readers how faith looks when it comes to their fears, intimacy, and mission and then helps them develop a transformational faith that is fully alive and impactful, right where God has placed them.



Guest:

Jonathan McKee, Author of: "Get Your Teenager Talking"


"How was school?"
"Fine."
"Soccer practice?"
"Same as always."
"Anything interesting happen today?"
"Nope."
"Nice talking with you!"

Let's face it. Teenagers have a PhD in one-word answers . . . if we don't ask the right questions.

In this book, veteran youth expert Jonathan McKee shares 180 creative discussion starters to help teens open up about issues that matter. You'll also find tips for interpreting their responses and follow-up questions. From light-hearted to more serious, these conversation springboards will encourage even the most reluctant teen to talk about friends, school, values, struggles, and much more.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Guest:

Zeke Pipher, Author of: "In Pursuit"


Hunters and fishermen are familiar with the "moment of truth"--that adrenaline-surging, heart-pounding instant when success and failure hang in the balance. In that moment they know if they will experience the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. The 90 devotions in In Pursuit are written specifically for this outdoorsman. Each devotion expertly weaves scriptural truth into true hunting and fishing stories that capture the thrill of the great outdoors and work on the hearts of men who are zealous in their drive to get out on the lake or up in the deer blind. These reflections on the active life help prepare men for success and significance both spiritually and in their sport. It is the perfect gift for the outdoorsman. Foreword by Steve Chapman.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guest:

Leslie Smith- Employment Law

A master communicator, Leslie is able to clearly explain complex legal concepts to her clients. Leslie’s clients are educated as well as represented by one of the best in the industry.

Leslie brings to her clients a wealth of experience gained over the past 26 years since her Call to the Bar of Ontario in 1988:

Negotiation, Written Advocacy, Courtroom Advocacy, Mediation, Deputy Judge Small Claims Court, Lecturer, Speaker, Legal Columnist and now, Author (Legal Ease: Essential Legal Strategies to Protect Canadian Non-Union Employees).

Client-centric service, is Leslie’s mandate.  Respecting her clients’ desire to resolve their cases quickly and efficiently, Leslie provides honest, ethical and wise advice while developing the best legal strategy as needed.



Guest:

Elmwood Drive

From day one our vision has been simple: To set an example of living worship, where we as band become nothing more than a passenger on a ride completely directed by God’s hand. Our music is simply a medium that we invite the Holy Spirit to work through.The call of God on a persons life, regardless of time and place, beyond all reason or expectations, whether it be a quiet whisper or a sonic filled worship service, changes lives and God’s call did just that to the band we now know as Elmwood Drive. It would be an understatement to just say that about these local boys from Western New York and the journey God has taken them on. What started out as a desire for live worship at their local church, grew into a ministry that changed their lives forever. Their passion is simple: to be real and to bring an authentic, God centered, Spirit filled worship to the ears and hearts of the people they worship with. Their sound is fresh and exciting and although their focus is on who we worship first, they haven’t lost sight of the balance between musicianship and spiritual sensitivity. With vocals led by Corey Coogan, driving guitar parts by James Wilson and Levi McDuffie, creative rythyms courtesy of Billy Wilkins on bass and Mike Secchiaroli on drums, and an atmosphere of keys created by Eric Winfield, this 6 piece band is sure to bring everything they have and leave it all at the altar. Elmwood Drive’s live sound can only be rivaled by their desire to see people’s lives changed and to see God work through anointed and self abandoned worship. Be sure to keep an ear out for these guys and see how God is moving through their ministry.


 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guest:

Christin Ditchfield, Author of: "What Women Should Know About Ditching Fear"


You don't have to be held captive by your fears.

Imagine what your life could be without those anxious thoughts, nagging worries, and crippling fears. What if you could finally become the woman you were created to be?

Author Christin Ditchfield knows what it is to be bound by fear - and to be set free. Sharing from her own personal experiences and the life-changing truths of Scripture, she will help you:
  •   Recognize the stranglehold that fear can be and break free from its destructive power.
  •   Identify your own unhealthy responses to fear and discover more effective strategies.
  •   Find courage to face your fears head on and conquer them.
  •   Experience for yourself the "the perfect love that casts out fear" and know true Peace.
The fear that has held you back can become the catalyst that propels you to a deeper faith and a more intimate relationship with God.

Includes an eight-week Bible study for individuals, Sunday School classes, or small groups.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel" Part Six: "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free"


I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guest:

Alex Himaya, Author of: "Jesus Hates Religion"

 
Alex Himaya writes for those who have been hurt by religious people– who have been betrayed by religion– because he too has been wounded. No longer content with pretending those things don't happen, pastor Himaya retreats with readers back to the Scriptures to see what Jesus thinks about man-made religion.
 
Himaya, a popular speaker and Bible teacher, draws upon years of pastoral experience, providing insight into the ways religion cripples the church. While it may seem reasonable to earn one's way to God through a works-based system, a religion of rules, Himaya warns readers of the danger of putting their faith in good deeds.
 
Jesus Hates Religion is not simply another book about Christianity, but a detour sign on the road of life. Hiamaya points readers away from himself, and towards Jesus saying, "Don’t trust me. Trust God, and let Him speak for Himself."


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Guest:

David Foster, Author of: "Love Hunger"


A True Story of Homosexuality, Hope and Redemption

Homosexuality, prostitution, pornography, cults--secret sins rival the glitter of Hollywood for young actor David Kyle Foster. Winning wholesome television roles, his star on the rise, he is relieved to be free from his father's harshness. But the desperate loneliness and sexual obsession that characterized his youth now accompany his rise to success--and bondage to a double life seems the only answer. Can Jesus' love reach one so broken?

Whether you're grappling with your own darkness or know someone who is, this gripping and inspiring memoir shows you that, no matter how bleak it may seem, there is always hope: God can heal and restore the soul that hungers for love.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel" Part Five: "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free"


I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guest:

Jay Payleitner, Author of: "52 Things Sons Need From Their Dads"


Perfect? No. But you’re still the right dad for your boy.

Bestselling author Jay Payleitner, dad of four grown sons (and one amazing daughter), gives you a bucketful of man-friendly ideas on how build a father-and-son relationship. Good news is, you don’t have to say a lot. By your life and example, you can

  • show your boy why it’s good to be a guy
  • demonstrate how to treat women well
  • teach him to work hard and have fun, often at the same time
  • show him how to live with honesty and self-respect
  • give him the inner confidence to live a purposeful life
These 52 quick-to-read chapters offer great ways to relate or spend time as dad and son. And each idea provides a new building block for a father-son relationship that will help your boy along the path to becoming a man.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel" Part Four: "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free"


I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.


Monday-Friday, June 2-6, 2014



Ratanak Walk

During this special week, Neil will be walking from Buffalo to Mississauga in preperation for the 5km Walkathon taking place on June 7th. Neil is on a mission to see the innocent children in Cambodia have a chance at freedom! He is walking to help raise funds and awareness of what is taking place in Cambodia, the International Sex Trafficking Capital.

To participate:

In the US: Text; WALK to 978-800-0012
In Canada: Text; WALK to 365-800-0012

Or go to 5kmwalkathon.com



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guest:

Dr. Arnie Cole, Author Of: "Worry-Free Living"

Winning Your Family's Battle Over Worry "Worry-Free Living" explores every family's daily battles with stress from three perspectives - how it affects our mind, body, and spirit - and gives readers easy-to-follow plans for finding relief. The authors help parents identify what's bugging their families and how to clarify their worries, sorting them into those they can and cannot do something about. What's more, Cole and Ross have filled various chapters with the latest Back to the Bible research findings from Pamela Ovwigho, PhD - a leading researcher with the Center for Bible Engagement. They also include some of the best insights, advice, and treatment options from a variety of medical professionals. Most importantly, they explain everything within the understanding of a Master Creator, God, who is the ultimate Counselor and Healer. Ideal for individual use and group study, this resource helps readers: 1. Uncover the most common worries and stress-points of men, women, kids, and "twenty-somethings" in our care 2. Become self-aware: evaluating the stress in our households and plotting realistic steps toward change 3. Reach out to those we love-from worried spouses and in-laws to teens and young children 4. Understand the difference between the mind (what we think) and the brain (the physical processes of chemical reactions) ... and how they contribute to worry 5. Learn to de-stress our thinking and calm down our bodies 6. Give up unhealthy religiosity-such as the false belief that "worrying is a sign that we lack faith" 7. Reject the myth that we are in control and learn to take Jesus at His word: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"; (Matthew 11:28). In the words of Dr. Archibald Hart (one of the experts interviewed in this book), "You must come down from the 'hills' of stress and into the 'valleys' of rest on a daily basis." Our bodies are not designed for a continual state of fear, worry, and anxiety - but instead for continual tranquility with short bursts of adrenaline. "Worry-Free Living" shows moms, dads, caregivers, and ministers alike how to break the cycle of unnecessary suffering and find peace in Christ.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel" Part three: "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free"


I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Guest:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 22 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel" Part two: "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free"


I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, sobbing for hours on end: “God, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, and I still don’t feel closer to you. In fact, I feel worse than ever! How could this have gone wrong? I can’t see any way out. Help me.” As a university student, Andrew Farley found himself physically and emotionally addicted to street evangelism and Bible study. Yet despite his fervid behavior, he knew something was missing. That something was an understanding of the gospel that is stripped of the compromises and clichés of the modern church. The Naked Gospel finds friends among those who are burned out on experience-chasing, ceremonialism, or legalism. It attacks churchy jargon and powerless ideas and puts forth a message that is simple but life-changing. With a fresh take on Scripture and unapologetic style, The Naked Gospel will challenge you and stir you to re-examine everything you thought you already knew.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Guest:

Jill Savage, Author of: "No More Perfect Moms"


If you've ever forgotten to pick your kid up from soccer practice or accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, this book is for you. Being a mother is not for those who display symptoms of the "Perfection Infection." There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. And there are no such things as perfect kids, perfect bodies, perfect marriages, or even perfect meals. With refreshing honesty, author Jill Savage exposes some of her own parental shortcomings with the goal of helping mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection along with their insecurities of not measuring up to other moms . Jill delivers some much-needed realism as she explains why we need to stop comparing our insides to other people's outsides.  She challenges every mom to exchange her vision of being a "perfect mother" for God's beautiful grace in order to learn to love her real, but imperfect, life.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Guest:

Michelle Cox, Author of: "Just 18 Summers"


After the tragic death of Butch Browning’s wife, Jenny, four families begin to realize how precious—and fleeting—their time together is. Each is at a different stage in life: Butch is facing single parenthood. The O’Reillys are expecting their first child. The Andersons are approaching an empty nest, and the Buckleys are so focused on providing their children with everything that they’ve forgotten what they truly need. With just eighteen summers before their children are grown, how do they make the most of that time when life so often gets in the way?

As summer flies by, each of these parents must learn about guilt and grace . . . and when to hold on to their kids and when to let go.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel"- Part one- "7 Lies and the Truth That Sets You Free."


Andrew Farley is lead pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion, a non-denominational church that has resided on the high plains of west Texas for more than 55 years. Andrew is a bestselling author of five Christian books, which have been published thus far in English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian (English), and Korean. Andrew's writings have been featured in national news and media outlets including PBS, CBS, and FOX. His books are:

The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church
God Without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?
Heaven is Now: Awakening Your 5 Spiritual Senses to the Wonders of Grace
Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War
The Hurt & The Healer (co-authored with Bart Millard of MercyMe)

Andrew serves as a faculty adviser for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and he frequently speaks to Christian university groups like Campus Crusade for Christ and at churches around the United States and in Canada. You can hear Andrew Farley LIVE, a nationwide call-in program, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm Eastern on WAVA-FM on the east coast and nationwide on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Channel 131.



 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guest:

Ann Van De Water, Author of: "Mommy Memoirs"

If you are a mom, want to be a mom, know a mom, or have a mom, this inspirational book is for you! With humor and candidness, Ann Van De Water shares her personal experiences of motherhood by giving glimpses of her journey in the form of short read-and-run anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud one minute and tearing up the next!

Ann takes you step-by-step through her own adventures, from realizing her ob-gyn went to her church and finding out she was pregnant with her first to her hysterectomy, launching her youngest off to college, and facing the dreaded empty nest with bucket list in hand—and everything in between—she leaves few stones unturned.

Her transparency gives you permission to admit to your own imperfections and laugh with her as you recognize yourself in the tales she tells. Learn from her mistakes and rejoice with her as she sees God’s hand of blessing in her life as a wife and mother!

You will appreciate the short stories that can be devoured quickly and the humor she brings to each situation in turn. You will come away with the reminder to take yourself less seriously and enjoy a good laugh every day. However, have a box of tissues on hand as well.

Many of us have “been there and done that.” Enjoy Ann’s memories of her mommy moments! Come be reminded of what an honor and privilege it is to partner with God in the best career out there—being a mom!



Guest:

Joan Anderson- Mom and Me Retreat


Dear Mom's
My hearts desire for you is to have a weekend with your kids to laugh, play and for you to be served hot meals and enjoy the fellowship of other families sharing your journey. Your kids are a precious gift and now is the time to make a memory that you will share for a lifetime. There is no better way than playing in the water, roasting a marshmallow and taking yourselves away from the day to day demands by unplugging the TV, ipod, computer and phones and plugging into each other.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest:

Jill Savage and Kathy Koch, Authors of: "No More Perfect Kids"

Love Your Kids for Who They Are.

Mom and dad, your kids are created in God's image, not your own. Jill Savage and Kathy Koch will guide you in truly appreciating your kids. They will teach you how to study and become an expert on your children, because you cannot fully embrace them until you truly know them.

Written in a passionate, candid, and personal tone, the authors will instill within you hope and contentment. You'll be inspired to apply the practical, realistic, and relevant ideas and tactics Jill and Kathy share.

Special needs kids will also be addressed in the book.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guest:

Leigh Ann Bryant, Author of: "In My Defense"

When Leigh Ann’s prince charming turned from the man of her dreams into the monster of her nightmares, she knew she had to do something to protect herself and her toddler son. One night, covered in blood from her husband’s knife, Leigh Ann, a 26-year-old nurse, shot and killed him in a desperate move of self-defense.

Jailed and charged with murder, she faced a new battle—one that could send her to prison for the rest of her life. Overwhelmed with depression and anger, she wanted to give up, but when she responded to the knock of Jesus Christ on her heart, love, joy, and peace took over.

Finally free from the bonds of shame and guilt, she faced her trial with courage and faithfulness.

Will the prosecutor prevail in his quest to see her locked away in prison, or will she finally be free to raise her son in a safe and loving home?

In My Defense is for anyone who has felt alone or helpless at the hands of abuse—whether emotional, physical, sexual, or spiritual. It offers tangible hope for victims—and those who love them—who are earnestly seeking the light of healing and freedom. Leigh Ann’s story will grip you and shake you and never let you go.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest:

Glenn Sasscer, Author of: "Not Who I Want To Be"

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.

Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.

- See more at: http://www.bible.acu.edu/leafwood/pg.asp?ID=214#sthash.eSIkz65Y.dpuf

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.

Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.

- See more at: http://www.bible.acu.edu/leafwood/pg.asp?ID=214#sthash.eSIkz65Y.dpuf

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.
Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.



Guest:

Rick Bezet, Author of: "Be Real, Because Fake Is Exhausting"


We live in a world of fakers. Rather than being real with each other, we present a carefully crafted persona that hides our faults and magnifies our good qualities. But inside we long to be loved, warts and all. We long to stop hiding from each other--and especially from God.

With candor and clarity, pastor Rick Bezet calls readers to a life built on authenticity, showing that the way to true freedom lies through reclaiming our hearts, reviving our souls, and renewing our minds in light of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. Through biblical stories and (often funny) personal examples, Bezet encourages readers to live with passion, integrity, and perseverance. He releases readers from the spiritual death that comes with pretending and leads them into a new life characterized by transparency rather than fear.


 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest: Dr. Dimitri Sokolov, Healthy Kids & Family Chiropractic


Dr. Dmitri Sokolov is a Pediatric & Family Chiropractor, first and foremost a husband and proud father, teacher and passionate, motivated speaker.

Since the age of 6 Dr. Dmitri became a chiropractic patient and dreamed of becoming a chiropractor. From being a not very healthy child, Dr. Dmitri trained hard and became a 4-times National Champion in swimming in the Soviet Union.

Dr. Dmitri completed his Bachelors of Science at Belarus State Academy, and holds degrees in allied health fields such as massage therapy and acupuncture from McMaster University Medical School. He completed his Doctors Degree in Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Magna Cum Laude, and Clinical Honours.

In 2012 Dr. Dmitri was recognized by International Association of Chiropractors as a Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and Top Chiropractor in Ontario.

Dr. Dmitri has focused his training in chiropractic spinal reconstruction and nervous system interference. Dr. Dmitri holds certification in pregnancy and pediatric care. His ongoing education shows his dedication to bringing his patients the most current and best possible care available.

Dr. Dmitri has appeared before hundreds of lay & professional audiences lecturing on a broad range of topics related to health, wellness, and chiropractic. He is excited to share the life changing knowledge and truth of chiropractic and looks forward to serving you, from the bottom of his heart.

Phone: 416-642-2602
Toll Free: 1-855-362-3462
Email: info@allhealthykids.org


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest:

Glenn Sasscer, Author of: "Not Who I Want To Be"

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.

Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.
- See more at: http://www.bible.acu.edu/leafwood/pg.asp?ID=214#sthash.eSIkz65Y.dpuf

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.

Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.
- See more at: http://www.bible.acu.edu/leafwood/pg.asp?ID=214#sthash.eSIkz65Y.dpuf

We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.
Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.



Guest:

Rick Bezet, Author of: "Be Real, Because Fake Is Exhausting"

We live in a world of fakers. Rather than being real with each other, we present a carefully crafted persona that hides our faults and magnifies our good qualities. But inside we long to be loved, warts and all. We long to stop hiding from each other--and especially from God.

With candor and clarity, pastor Rick Bezet calls readers to a life built on authenticity, showing that the way to true freedom lies through reclaiming our hearts, reviving our souls, and renewing our minds in light of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. Through biblical stories and (often funny) personal examples, Bezet encourages readers to live with passion, integrity, and perseverance. He releases readers from the spiritual death that comes with pretending and leads them into a new life characterized by transparency rather than fear.

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Charles & Janet Morris, Authors of: "Missing Jesus"


We put our trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins, desire to please God with our life, and yet, we often find that something crucial is missing. Our day-to-day experience of faith lacks the vitality we know it should have. We feel like we're missing something and we probably are. We're probably missing Jesus.

That's what this book is about-it's about not missing Jesus. It's about seeing him big. It's about having our lives re-centered on the glorious Son of God all over again. Charles and Janet Morris wanted to know what happens when we stop missing Jesus, and now they're sharing what they've learned.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Guest:

Philip Wagner, Author of: "The Marriage Makeover- 10 Days to a Stronger, More Intimate Relationship."


A 10-Day Plan to Turn Around Your Marriage. Does the idea that you could have a complete marriage makeover in ten days seem simplistic to you? Does it seem like an impossibility? Do you think I'm over-promising or trivializing what you are facing? You might be thinking, 'Philip, do you really think people can solve any marriage problem in ten days? Give me a break!!' Here is what I know: in ten days, you can radically change the environment of your marriage from hostile to trusting, from cold to warm, or from distant to embracing. In ten days you can drastically change the tone of your relationship and you can create the environment in which any problem can be worked on in a safe and promising atmosphere. Whether you are here because you have run a few red lights in your relationship, or because it's a total wreck, I want to welcome you and offer you this simple encouragement: You can turn your marriage around! You don't have to do something terrible to mess up your marriage; you just have to do 'nothing' Something as important as love, left to itself, can gravitate to the lowest level of passion. In The Marriage Makeover, I am going to give you ideas for refreshing ten different areas of your marriage relationship. I've structured the book with ten short chapters so that you can read one each day. This works. It is simple, the chapters are not long, and the advice is not complicated. But that does not mean it is easy. Growth demands vulnerability and trust. You will experience uncomfortable emotions. You will face resistance. You may even question if you are getting anything out of this process, but if you give the biblically based truths in this book a chance, I guarantee you will see a change. Put your heart and soul into this and you will not be disappointed. FOREWORD: By Holly Wagner, bestselling author of GodChicks book series.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Guest:

Kasey Van Normal, Author of: "Raw Faith"


As a respected Bible teacher, Kasey Van Norman had dedicated her life to sharing God’s Word and encouraging women to trust in God during times of crisis. Then, just as her ministry was poised to explode, Kasey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that shattered her spirit and rocked her faith to its core. Sick, frightened, and in pain, Kasey suddenly found herself facing the greatest challenge of her life—believing her own message.

In Raw Faith, Kasey chronicles her courageous battle with cancer, taking readers on a candid and poignant journey of faith and discovery, from the depths of despair through triumphant victory.

Drawing on a variety of Bible stories and characters, Kasey discovers and distills the singular truth that has existed since time began: while change and uncertainty are inevitable, God is always unchanging, and He is always faithful—even when our circumstances might tempt us to think otherwise.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Guest,

Andrew Farley, Author of: "Heaven Is Now"


What if heaven wasn't just meant to be experienced after we die? What if heaven can be enjoyed here on earth—right now? Through story and conversations with Jesus, bestselling author Andrew Farley reveals how much you can take in the beauty of heaven no matter what your circumstances. With insight firmly rooted in the reality of pain and suffering in his own life, Andrew assures you that heaven is not merely some pie-in-the-sky dream for the future - it is now. He shows you how to awaken your spiritual sense in order to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel the grace of heaven, even in the midst of trouble here on earth. The heaven you can experience in this life lies within you, far beyond the reach of the world - but well within your grasp.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guest:

Caleb Breakey, Author of: "Called to Stay- An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church"

Will You Stay?

Caleb Breakey prays to God you do.

In Called to Stay Breakey takes a refreshingly honest look at the church, the problem of Millennials leaving, and the stark reality of why the church desperately needs them. He holds nothing back as he unleashes an ambitious rallying cry to heal the church and inject his generation's desire for truth, passion, and conviction into other believers.

Caleb knows that answering the challenge of his own generation leads to a transformed church.

And a changed church can change the world.



 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Guest:

Carol McLeod, Just Joy Ministries

JUST JOY! Ministries is a women's ministry that has been engineered to fill women with the power of  unchanging  Word of God; with the commitment to living life on one's knees; to the wonder and beauty of worship; and, to experiencing life not alone but with other girls who are in love with Jesus.

God's will for every woman of every generation is to walk in victory … to not merely survive but to be a champion over all of life's issues.  Why do so few of us live life that way?  At Just Joy! Ministries, we believe that there are a few key components that will “up your victory quotient” and lead you into the life that you have only imagined.

God's Word is the manual … it is the strategic blueprint that will enable you to build a life that will outlast storms.  Every Christian women needs the same fundamental spiritual nutrition:  daily guidance and power from the Word of God.  It really is that simple.

Prayer changes things!  If you realized the power that you had while on your knees … you would never get up!  History belongs to those who pray and if you desire to right the wrongs in your life, impact the generations to come and experience the peace that passes understanding then you will be committed to a daily prayer life.  It really is that simple.

Worship is the celebration of recognizing that the God that you serve is good all the time.  He is your dearest friend … there is none like Him … and all power belongs to Him.  When you discover the delight of worship … when you bring a sacrifice of praise … when you choose to sing and shout when you would rather pout or whine … you will know joy in its purest and strongest form.  It really is that simple.

Girlfriends … sisters … bff's … kindred spirits:  call them whatever you like … but you will never experience the adventure that life was meant to be without some women to call “friends”.  Relationships can be challenging but the converse is much more difficult and that, my friend, is called loneliness.  Make a friend … smile at someone … invite a widow to coffee … re-connect with a high school chum … take dinner to a young mom … go window shopping with a teen-ager … sit beside a woman at church.  It really is that simple.

Just Joy! Ministries exists to help women navigate through the journey of life.  We really do believe that joy is God's will for every day … for every minute that you are breathing the atmosphere of earth.  So let's get to the business of living with joy!  We will do it through the Word of God, the power of prayer, the intimacy of worship and the delight of friends.  It really is that simple.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guest:

Ruthie Delk, Author of: "Craving Grace- Experience the Richness of the Gospel"


I was stuck. I believed the gospel changed people, but it wasn't changing me and I was miserable. My head was filled with brilliant knowledge about God, but my heart was not convinced He even knew my name. How could I make sense out of the way I was living like a spiritual orphan and His child almost simultaneously?  Are you stuck? Tired of going through the motions? Craving something but don't know what? Sometimes I feel the same way. We both need to be reminded of the gospel, the real gospel that brings freedom and life and hope-a gospel that is worth celebrating and sharing. The diagram described in the pages of this book, will give you a clear and concrete way to preach the gospel to yourself every day. It will empower you to move from a cycle of resistance, separation, and loneliness to a life of restoration and freedom.


Monday, March, 2014

Guest:

Angie Smith, Author of: "Chasing God"


Maybe you’ve never asked the question out loud, but you’ve wondered. You do the things that look good on paper: read your Bible, pray, attend study groups and go to church on Sundays.
 
But you aren’t convinced you really know Him.
 
Angie Smith understands, because she had run circles around the same paths searching for Him, frustrated at her lack of progress. And she probably would have continued to do so had it not been for one realization that changed everything.
 
She wasn’t following God; she was trying to catch up with Him. 
 
And without realizing it, you may be as well.
 
It’s a distinction that affects every aspect of our lives with Christ, and it begins with learning where we’ve relied more on man’s explanation of God than God Himself.
 
So many requirements, so many rules, and so much guilt where there is supposed to be freedom. It’s the reason you wonder if you’ve measured up, and the nagging voice that tells you you’re a failure as a Christian.
 
Three simple words changed everything for Angie, and she believes they can do the same for you.
 
Stop chasing God.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest:

Esther Gulyas- EG TAX

It was early fall in 1969, and Esther Gulyas was a recently married woman with her first child on the way. It was then Esther decided to signed up to take a basic taxation course at Nationwide Tax, in Detroit, Michigan. She thoroughly enjoyed the class, and after completing the course she went on to work as tax preparer at Nationwide Tax for several years. Throughout her tenure there, she received countless accolades and promotions.

Esther then went on to work as a Manager at H&R Block. She managed a location in Detroit Michigan for several years, and was always superseding her territorial production goals year after year. She was then promoted to District Manager at H&R Block, in Buffalo, New York, where she held this position for 17 years.

She then was offered the position of President at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, where she served for several years. She was involved with all matters of operation from the inception of the corporation at Jackson Hewitt, and was instrumental in the development of the franchise plan for the tax service. Esther was personally responsible for recruiting and establishing Jackson Hewitt franchisees. During her time with Jackson Hewitt, she helped the company grow from approximately 12 offices to in excess of 250 offices.

Finally, Esther decided to develop her business skills further by opening her own tax firm, called EG Tax Service, in Buffalo, New York. She has been president and founder of EG Tax Inc. since 1991, where the corporation started by doing 300 returns. 

Currently, EG Tax operates 28 offices, and its currently the second largest tax firm in Western New York.



Guest:

Renewal Church- North Tonawanda, NY

Have you ever found yourself longing for greater meaning and purpose for your life? Or maybe you’ve hoped for a deeper sense of belonging to something bigger than yourself, something beautiful and noble. Chances are you’re one of the millions of people in our world seeking lasting and authentic solutions to life’s biggest challenges. The good news is that God has given us the path to finding meaning and purpose for our lives, a sense of belonging, inner strength, true freedom and peace. As humans we were made for each other. Most of us feel drawn to be a part of something greater than ourselves, to belong to a family and a community that makes a positive difference. Come explore what it means to ReDISCOVER Faith in Jesus Christ.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest:

Alzheimer's Association of WNY

Our Mission

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 
 

Our Vision

...is a world without Alzheimer's. 


Areas we serve
The Western New York Chapter serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.


Financial information
The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 73% of funds raised for programs and services across the eight counties of Western New York, 17% is used for fundraising and 10% is used for management / administration.
 
WNY Dementia Care Symposium

 

Friday, April 11, 2014 8 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.

Millennium Hotel, Cheektowaga

This day-long seminar offers both the family and the professional caregiver opportunities to hear keynote addresses from world-renowned leaders in the field of dementia caregiving, with break-out sessions focused on specific topics lead by local experts. The Conference includes continental breakfast and lunch, and there is an "early bird" fee incentive if you REGISTER by MARCH 28!


 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Guest:

Elisa Morgan, Author of: "Beauty of Broken"

 
Find beauty and hope by facing and dealing with the messiness of family life.

The family is an imperfect institution. Broken people become broken parents who make broken families. But actually, broken is normal and exactly where God wants us.

In The Beauty of Broken, Elisa Morgan, one of today’s most respected female Christian leaders, for the first time shares her very personal story of brokenness—from her first family of origin to the second, represented by her husband and two grown children. Over the years, Elisa’s family struggled privately with issues many parents must face, including:

  • alcoholism and drug addiction
  • infertility and adoption
  • teen pregnancy and abortion
  • divorce, homosexuality, and death

Each story layers onto the next to reveal the brokenness that comes into our lives without invitation. “We’ve bought into the myth of the perfect family,” says Elisa. “Formulaic promises about the family may have originated in well-meaning intentions, but such thinking isn’t realistic. It’s not helpful. It’s not even kind.”

Instead she offers hope in the form of “broken family values” that allow parents to grow and thrive with God. Values such as commitment, humility, relinquishment, and respect carry us to new places of understanding. Owning our brokenness shapes us into God’s best idea for us and enables us to discover the beauty in ourselves and each member of our family.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Guest:

Bobby Davis, Author of: "Saved But Still Enslaved"


It's possible to be a new creation in Christ . . . yet still struggle with strongholds.

With compassion, personal experience and raw honesty, Pastor Bobby Davis leads readers through seven common struggles, or strongholds, holding Christians back. He demonstrates how to experience victory and freedom instead of just hearing about it in church.

Bobby offers real answers to real problems that keep believers enslaved every day, uncovering hidden strongholds--including unforgiveness, insecurity, addiction and fear--and offering a way out.

If you're tired of feeling defeated, this book is for you.

There's hope. Christianity isn't just about future freedom in heaven; it's about entering your promised land and embracing the power of God now.

You can accept this freedom, overcome your strongholds and fulfill God's perfect plan for your life.



Guest:

Keith McWhite, Director of Teen Challenge of WNY


Keith McWhite is from Camden, NJ and was a former student that graduated Teen Challenge in December 2000. Keith is also a TCMI Graduate and has worked at Las Vegas Teen Challenge, Rochester NY Teen Challenge and as a counselor at Teen Challenge Training Center in Rehrersburg, PA. As of July 2010 he became the Program Director that oversees the daily funcitons of the center. This includes the daily schedule, teaching classes and counseling students. Keith loves to minister and share the word with the men in our program. His life reflects his love and relationship with the Lord.

 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Guest:

Sheila Walsh, Author and Speaker


Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith® conferences, she has reached more than 5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God's Word. Her passion to see women's lives transformed by the power of God's word is contagious. Currently completing her Masters in Theology, Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband, Barry, her son, Christian, and her two little dogs, Belle and Tink.



Guest:

Margot Starbuck, Author of: "Not Who I Imagined: Surprised by a Loving God"


From our earliest days we long for love and acceptance. First from our parents, then from peers, and eventually from romantic interests. We look into their faces, searching for a smile, a look that says, I love you exactly as you are. Don't change. We long for the same gracious acceptance from God. But despite the Christian gospel of unearned grace and unconditional love, too many of us feel as though we're still not quite good enough as we are. We can't believe that God accepts us. And often this is because those who represent God to us on earth--our parents, other Christians--have not looked upon us as we are with expressions of unrelenting love.

With compassion and wit, Margot Starbuck asks the question, What if God receives me exactly as I am? She explores the unbounded love of God, showing readers a God whose face is open, kind, and gracious, accepting us as we are and freeing us from shame. Anyone who has ever felt as though they don't quite measure up will cherish this liberating message about God's abundant grace.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guest:

Emerson Eggerichs, Author of- "Love and Respect"


CBA bestseller -- An in-depth study of why your communication styles are not wrong, just different. Finally, an answer for the number one problem in marriages. This revolutionary message cracks the communication code between husband and wife: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. Based on Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife Sarah travel the country conducting the Love and Respect marriage conferences. Before launching Love and Respect Ministries, Emerson was senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan, for nearly 20 years. Emerson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and Graduate School. He was later awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Dubuque Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology from Michigan State University. Married since 1973, he and Sarah have three adult children. He is the president of Love and Respect Ministries.




Guest:

Cathi Brese Doebler, Author of- "Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive On Less Than Two Incomes"

We've all felt the pressure to keep up with the Joneses. Often it seems like it takes two incomes to survive in today's economy. But what if that is not true for your family? What if your family can thrive on less than two full-time salaries and flourish by spending more time together? Tackling these tough questions using faith-based views and values, this book gives parents encouraging and realistic ideas for a healthy and solid family. In this book, Brese Doebler challenges the two income assumption, and takes you on a journey toward the joy of discovering your family.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Guest:

Lacy G Marsh, Author of: "Godly and Girly: Your Life in a crazy, messy, confusing world"


Do you not know that you are God s temple and that God s Spirit dwells in you? ... For God s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17b

Preteen girls are so caught up in how they look, who they are, and what others think of them. Through the media, their friends, and even their parents, they are given an ideal image for girls thin, beautiful, and sexy.

For ages 15 and up, this book inspires and encourages young women by teaching that they are created in God s image and are beautiful in Him. Girls will gain confidence to be realistic about their body image and secure in their identity as God s beloved daughters. Body image, self-esteem, friends, the future, and more are addressed in short chapters. Plus, girls will love the journaling space, discussion starters, and prayers!



Guest:

Deb DeArmond, Author of: "Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-In-Law & Daughter-In-Law Relationships"

The caricatures are everywhere, the jokes are inexhaustible, and the stereotypes fill the screens. From Marie Barone (Everyone Loves Raymond) to Viola Fields (Monster-in-Law) to Internet sites and social media pages like ihatemyinlaws.com and a Facebook page for ihatemymotherinlaw there is no shortage of examples of the caustic relationships that can develop between the two women in a man’s life.

Deb DeArmond and her three daughters-in-law have conducted their own exhaustive research into the status of the women-in-law relationship. Their research, which incorporated online surveys, interviews, and discussions, included asking about the faith factor in the relationships they studied. Of the respondents, nearly 90 percent claimed they were Christians, and 79 percent said their faith was foundational and guided their actions and decisions. As discouraging as it may be, the numbers of those they surveyed who reported that their women-in-law relationships were “bad” were nearly identical to those in a survey conducted by a popular secular website that recorded no statistics on faith.

Beyond the statistics and their analysis, Deb brings to this book more than thirty years working with adults to improve communications and deal constructively with conflict. Aside from her research and her professional expertise, perhaps the most important asset Deb brings to this work is her own relationship with her three daughters-in-law that is so obviously and unusually positive that she—and they—are often asked to explain the secret of the relationships they share.

This practical and unapologetically scriptural book covers issues of personal perceptions, strained communication, the roles of sons and fathers in the relationship’s success, how to begin these relationships on the right foot, and the necessity of trust and love. Deb’s one motivating objective is to help womenin- law move from women who are simply related to strong and confident members of a truly spiritual family.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Guest:

Brett McCracken, Author of: "Hipster Christianity, When Church and Cool Collide"


Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide is a journalistic, in-depth exploration of the phenomenon of "cool Christianity" in the 21st century. More than just a surface description of an interesting new trend in Christianity, the book goes deep into the questions of what it means to be cool and what it means to be Christian. Are these competing aims? Why is the church today so preoccupied with being cool, fashionable, trendy, and relevant? Where does this phenomenon fit in to the larger narrative of "hip" and "Christian cool"? By exploring these questions through the lenses of their various contexts (politics, fashion, art, technology, etc) and theological/philosophical associations (postmodernism, emerging church, missional, etc), this book attempts to provide a thorough examination and nuanced critique of an increasingly prevalent but under-studied incarnation of contemporary Christianity: the Christian hipster.


 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Guest:

Nabeel Qureshi, Author of: "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus"


An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man's heart---and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus. 'I have seldom seen such genuine intellect combined with passion to match ... truly a 'must-read' book.' --Ravi Zacharias



Guest:

Mark Hall, Casting Crowns


On January 28th Casting Crowns releases their much anticipated studio record “THRIVE”. Do you want to be encouraged?  Mark Hall talks about the purpose behind THRIVE in this video.   And remember…you can check out Casting Crowns LIVE, along with For King and Country and Laura Story at The Chapel February 22nd. 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest:

Dr. David Stoop, Author of: "Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today"


Did you know most of our patterns of behavior are set by the time we are six years old? No wonder it's so hard to change! Even when we're committed to making a change in life, it's always an uphill battle. But there is a secret to lasting change that God gave us long before modern neuroscience and self-help gurus were the norm.

Rethink How You Think is for anyone who has been frustrated by an inability to change habits, overcome fears, or keep up new healthy patterns of living and thinking. Dr. David Stoop shows readers that the true way to lasting change is in the renewing of our minds, which we accomplish when we faithfully read God's Word and meditate on it daily. He clearly shows how to move from fear to love, from resentment to gratitude, from lust to purity, from loneliness to connection, from idolatry to contentment, and from mistrust to trust. Anyone eager to find change that lasts will welcome this practical and encouraging message.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guest:

Dan and Gina Trippie, Authors of: He Said, She Said: Biblical Answers to Marriage Questions


Why is marriage so difficult?
Why isn't our sex life as good as I expected?
How can our marriage survive parenting?
How can we have an enduring marriage?

He Said, She Said, God Said gives the biblical answers to these and other commonly asked questions about marriage. Pastor Dan Trippie and his wife, Gina, give the husband's and wife's perspectives on the joys and struggles that married couples face while telling their personal story of marital restoration. If you are married or hope to be one day, this is an excellent, gospel-centered resource that will give hope for every marriage.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Guest:

David Aikman, Author of: "One Nation Without God: The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief"


Christianity in America is under siege. From litigation over coaches starting games with prayer to expulsion from college for refusing to endorse beliefs at odds with the Christian faith, hardly a week goes by without news of the declining influence that Christianity has in the public square. Can Christianity in this country survive the advances of secularists and remain influential in our culture? And if a new spiritual awakening is possible, what form will it take?

Supported by an astonishing parade of concrete examples and direct quotes from reporters, judges, bloggers, and influencers, David Aikman turns his journalist's eye on the rise of hostility toward Christian expression in America and the alarming decline of orthodox belief among those who call themselves Christians. He explores the inspiring history of Christianity in America, the powerful cultural influences that have weakened the church, and the bright spots of hope he sees across the country, suggesting possible ways Christian influence in America might be refined and revived.

Pastors, culture-watchers, and anyone concerned about the state of the church in America will find this a fascinating and eye-opening read.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guest:

Kevin Harney, Author of: "Reckless Faith: Embracing A Life Without Limits"


In a world where we tend to be over-cautious about, well, nearly everything, it's no surprise that our obsession with safety can carry over to how we live our faith in the world. But it's always been risky to follow God, and Kevin Harney believes we are missing a vital part of our faith when we play it safe.

In this energizing book, he challenges readers to count the cost, take a chance, and live a reckless faith for the entire world to see. With a focus on "responsible recklessness," Harney shows readers how to develop a faith that others notice, always supported by prayer, wisdom, the direction of Scripture, and insightful counsel from other believers. He outlines how to be reckless in our love, generosity, service, relationships, prayers, and speech.

Perfect for pastors, small groups, or anyone who is tired of feeling domesticated and docile, this book will lead readers into a fresh devotion and dynamism in their faith.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guest:

Bart Millard and Andrew Farley, Authors of: "The Hurt and The Healer"


We all experience fear, shame, loneliness, broken homes, or broken hearts. We all hurt and need true, lasting healing. The trouble, according to bestselling author Andrew Farley and Bart Millard, lead singer of MercyMe, is that we don't know where to find it.

Inspired by MercyMe's #1 hit song of the same name, The Hurt & The Healer reveals exactly how God can be the gentle healer of all our hurts. Writing from the pain they've experienced in their lives, Millard and Farley reveal how their own struggles caused them to feel they had disappointed God. Through their biblical guidance, readers will see that God wants them to be open and honest about their pain. Only then can they discover how to exchange destructive thinking patterns for God's view of them and watch as God's perfect love casts away all their fears.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guest:

Dr. Willard Harley, Author of: He Wins, She Wins: Learning the Art of Marital Negotiation


When you get married, you expect your relationship to be a partnership in which you make decisions and face the world together, united. But often a husband's perspective and a wife's perspective on the same issue can be very different and unity in decision making can be tough. Should spouses take turns getting their way? Should they compromise? Can they avoid making decisions altogether? Dr. Harley says there's a better way--a way in which both partners get what they want and believe is best every time.

In He Wins, She Wins, Dr. Harley introduces the revolutionary concept of joint agreement in marriage that keeps both husband and wife on equal footing and equally satisfied. This win-win model for negotiation starts with a simple rule: Never do anything without enthusiastic agreement between you and your spouse. Dr. Harley walks couples through the five most common sources of conflict in marriage, (friends and family, career and time management, finances, children, and sex), applying the joint agreement rule in every situation. And he teaches readers how to resolve conflicts the right way, so that not only are those conflicts resolved once and for all but the couple's love for one another actually grows and is sustained for the rest of their lives.

Anyone who has been married long enough to have a disagreement will benefit from this unique new book from everyone's favorite marriage doctor.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guest:

Jamie Snyder, Author of: "Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus"

 
Would people know I'm a Christian if they didn't see me at church?This gut-check question was just what Jamie Snyder needed. Like many of us, he sensed his faith had become mechanical rather than meaningful, scheduled rather than passionate. Emboldened, Snyder set out to recapture the sold-out lifestyle of early followers of Jesus.

Here he shares how to live the life Jesus desires of us, a life defined by

Unbridled generosity
Daring courage
Rebellious joy
Risky faith
Relentless hope
Scandalous grace
Mad love

Be challenged. Be encouraged. Be a 24/7 follower of Jesus.
This book will inspire you to take risks and step outside your comfort zone.
--Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan


Monday, January 13, 2014

Guest:

Bob Hostetler, Author of: "Life Stinks and Then You Die"


Many people seem to blithely skip through the meadows of this world, with nary a wound or scar. Day after day seems to shine on them. They wake up each morning with a smile on their face. . . . This book is not for them.

There is something dreadfully wrong with this world, and everyone knows it.

Some try to fix it. Some try to ignore it. Some recognize that the same thing that is wrong with the world is wrong with us--and nothing will change until we grasp that reality.

Life Stinks . . . And Then You Die is a gritty, honest look at the world around us and the world inside us. It is based on an ancient book of wisdom that many consider to be the Bible's most perplexing book, Ecclesiastes, to a man who seemed to have every advantage--wealth, education, and power could possibly offer--but still struggled to find happiness and meaning. It does not offer platitudes. No easy fixes. It doesn't spackle over the rough reality of life in the twenty-first century. But it does offer perspective. And hope. And a plan for living well in spite of all that's wrong with the world and with us.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Guest:

Philip Yancey, Author Of: "The Question That Never Goes Away"


Finding Meaning in the Midst of Suffering In his classic book Where Is God When It Hurts, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people. And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of 'Why, God' in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes. There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.



Guest:

Mary Demuth, Author of: "The Wall Around Your Heart"

Family members hurt us. Friends betray us. Fellow Christians deceive us. But Jesus provides a path through the pain—the Lord’s Prayer.

In The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth shows you that you can reach wholeness and healing in the aftermath of painful relationships by following the road map of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll walk through story after story of hurt people who are led through biblical truth into amazing, life-sustaining, joyful growth.

Life is hard. People can be mean and petty and awful. But they can also be amazing and beautiful and sacrificial. God is good. He is faithful. You can trust him with your relationships. “He’ll send people to call out what is hard in your heart,” Mary shares. “And that’s a gift to you.”

Allow God to access the wall around your heart. Dare to say, “Tear down the bricks, Lord, whatever it takes.” Pray first. Ask for bravery—for yourself and for others. Risk engaging despite your hurt. Seek the shelter of Jesus.

You don’t have to resign yourself to your wounds! You can rise above the pain. You’ll usher in a new life—an openhearted way of relating to others that expands the kingdom of God. In the process, you’ll draw closer to Jesus, be healed, and become an agent of healing to others.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Guest:

Allison Bottke, Author of: "Setting Boundaries"

Do you have a situation with an adult child that is breaking your heart? A challenging relationship with a difficult person? A co-worker making you hate your job? An aging parent with a really bad attitude who is taking up your whole life? A problem with weight and a tendency to use food as comfort?  If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, learn how you can find SANITY and take back your life. There are currently four books available in the Setting Boundaries series written by Allison Bottke and published by Harvest House Publishers.

The Setting Boundaries mission is to bring hope, healing, freedom, and SANITY support to anyone struggling with relationship issues concerning weak or non-existent personal boundaries. Start now to make choices that will change your life forever. Join Allison as SANITY makes a comeback! To find out more about Setting Boundaries books, products, support group materials, online groups, special events, community forums, and more, subscribe to our email newsletter.

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Do you have a situation with an adult child that is breaking your heart? A challenging relationship with a difficult person? A co-worker making you hate your job? An aging parent with a really bad attitude who is taking up your whole life? A problem with weight and a tendency to use food as comfort?  If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, learn how you can find SANITY and take back your life. There are currently four books available in the Setting Boundaries series written by Allison Bottke and published by Harvest House Publishers.

The Setting Boundaries mission is to bring hope, healing, freedom, and SANITY support to anyone struggling with relationship issues concerning weak or non-existent personal boundaries. Start now to make choices that will change your life forever. Join Allison as SANITY makes a comeback! To find out more about Setting Boundaries books, products, support group materials, online groups, special events, community forums, and more, subscribe to our email newsletter.


 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Guest:

Let Them LOL, Kate Vacanti

Many people in the world today experience moments of unjust suffering only because they lack the resources to “let them” embrace a better future. An idea emerged in the hearts of the “Let them Laugh Out Loud” creators to help bring hope to the burdened and suffering.

Laughter. Laughter is often the overflow of joy in someone’s heart. One of the founders of ltlol has a unique laugh. It makes others smile and laugh when they hear it. What if a ring tone was created with this unique laugh, and all the money from it went to a good cause? What if this ring tone would make you laugh and give someone else the opportunity to laugh? What if every ring tone download gave one person in need access to clean water?

More than a ring tone. Its a voice.
Every time your phone goes off, the ring tone is a reminder of the needs of others and that you can do something to bring hope into someones life who’s suffering. It’s an opportunity for you to tell the story to others as well, so they can get involved too.

letthemLOL was created in October 2009. Within the first 6 weeks, we had funds for our first clean water well in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Within a year, there were funds for 12. We have completed 3 assessment trips to Sierra Leone. We have seen people in our community become inspired and empowered. They have come together in a grassroots effort to provide clean water to one of the poorest communities in the world.

As of October 2012, over 60 wells have been funded, 41 of these are dug giving clean water to thousands.

In March 2012, we opened a home for orphaned and impoverished children. 23 children are living in the home.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Guest:

Pam Sykes, Writer at: Cleanlifehappywife


I am a wife and mother of 2 young children. I am making small changes one day at a time to provide the healthiest like I can for myself and for my family. I’ll post recipes I’ve personally tested as well as stories about our adventures in “living clean”. I hope you enjoy this blog and I’d love to hear from you!







Guest: Gary Gradley and Phil Kershaw, Authors of: "Kingdom Promise"

The main purpose of this book is to inspire, uplift and strengthen one’s faith by providing overwhelming evidence that when we trust in God and walk righteously in faith, God provides for our every need.  The Kingdom Promise sites a wide range of modern day examples of Canadians – from Pastors such as Dr. David Mainse and Bruxy Cavey, to sports icons including Don Cherry, Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis and demonstrates this power of faith. These testimonies prove God’s fulfillment and provision of His Kingdom Promise, which is best stated in the fundamental truth of
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
 
This book provides a solid spiritual foundation to accelerate one’s faith to be better prepared for difficult circumstances and to reassure that God will provide for all of our mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual needs.
 
The Kingdom Promise provides the tools to build faith by two means:

1)  Presenting Biblical principles and scriptures that demonstrate God’s Promises when we enter into a covenant relationship with Him. These writings build our understanding of the credibility of God’s Promises. The passages show that faithfulness as a ‘promise’ is the strongest commitment that can be made because there is no higher authority than God himself. These concepts have proven to be important to faith because as we face crisis and fears, we desire to see evidence that God has both made and fulfilled his promises over the ages.
 
2)  Providing overwhelming evidence of God’s Power and Compassion. Each Biblical principle (one per chapter) is supported and reinforced by a relevant real-life testimony of faith in overcoming horrendous life challenges including financial loss and bankruptcy, major health issues and life threatening diseases, relationship issues, divorce and the death of loved ones. We have uncovered little-known aspects of the lives of a number of cultural icons as a means of revealing the total person behind the public persona.  These Canadians disclose intensely personal and sometimes difficult circumstances in their lives and reflect upon how their personal journey of faith has (and continues to) guide them.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Guest:

Emily Freeman, Author of "A Million Little Ways"


The majority of us would not necessarily define ourselves as artists. We're parents, students, businesspeople, friends. We're working hard, trying to make ends meet, and often longing for a little more--more time, more love, more security, more of a sense that there is more out there. The truth? We need not look around so much. God is within us and he wants to shine through us in a million little ways.

A Million Little Ways uncovers the creative, personal imprint of God on every individual. It invites the discouraged parent, the bored Christian, the exhausted executive to look at their lives differently by approaching their critics, their jobs, and the kids around their table the same way an artist approaches the canvas--with wonder, bravery, and hope. In her gentle, compelling style, Emily Freeman encourages readers to turn down the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who they most deeply are. She invites regular people to see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and relationships. Readers will discover the art in a quiet word, a hot dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating, and showing up.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Guest:

Billy Jack & A'Leta McDaniel, Authors of: "Dead Man Breathing"


“Explosion on the rig! Fire on the rig! I’m on fire!” My yells turned to screams that were absorbed into the whoosh of the flames . . .

The fire is gorgeous—teal blues, glittering yellows, oranges, reds—all swirling together and lighting up the night sky. But engulfed in the middle of this blazing inferno, Billy Jack McDaniel is literally roasting to death. What started out as a normal working day in the oil fields of East Texas on March 3, 2006, has transformed into what many believe is the worst work-related burn injury in history.

In the blink of an eye, this event changes a young couple’s “American Dream” into a nightmare journey through the fires of tragedy. With burns covering more than ninety-five percent of Jack’s once strong, strapping body, his survival and eventual recovery seem impossible. Most people, including the health-care professionals, do not expect him to live. There is nothing to look forward to but pain, suffering, and an agonizing death. Yet, Jack’s loving, determined wife, A’Leta, and their little girl, Carney, support him with unyielding love and dedication. A’Leta insists—almost supernaturally—that despite the grim prognosis her beloved husband will survive his injuries. She knows that Billy Jack McDaniel has the heart of a lion and the incredible will to live.

Dead Man Breathing is the true story of a living miracle—one man’s refusal to die.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest:

Julie Gorman- Author of: "What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men"


Shattering Deceptions That Destroy Intimacy. Does the man in your life sometimes disappoint you? Do you ever long for him to change? Feel frustrated or wonder why he seems to only want one thing? Do you crave greater intimacy in your relationship? In "What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men," Julie Gorman shares transparently about the myths she believed about men - faulty paradigms that led to a multitude of mistakes, misunderstandings, and misconceptions. With real, raw, and relevant insights for every woman, Julie offers practical "next step" actions and inspiring thoughts to empower you to see your man through God's lens and move toward greater intimacy. You'll uncover twelve redemptive secrets that shatter the common deceptions women believe about men, and the one central liberating truth every woman must know in order to experience complete intimacy. "What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men" reveals just how far God is willing to run to rescue you!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Guest:

Chris & Anthony Hoisington, Brothers McClurg

Hailing from Buffalo, the band has been working to bring a bit of warmth and hope to an area known for its frigid winters and depressed economy. Their mission is to carry Jesus’ message of life, hope and forgiveness to a city that has been told for years that it is dead, hopeless and forgotten. The Brothers want to love their community through prayer and acts of service, blessing the Church and uniting the body of Christ in worship. Beginning with the Buffalo area, their goal is to break down denominational barriers, starting with themselves as each band member comes from a different church tradition.

“We want to spur one another on, lifting up the name of Christ inside the church, as well as in the streets,” adds Anthony. “Our goal is to rally the church to action, loving one another and also loving the ‘unlovely’ and replicating this passion in every city and community we encounter.”

Chris explains, “Brothers McClurg is a traveling version of your church’s worship team, with many players and faces each adding to what God is doing in times of worship.”


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest:

Kingdom Bound Ministries

Does Kingdom Bound Ministries operate one of the nation’s leading family Christian Music Festivals? Yes! But we’re also much, much more!

For over two decades through much prayer and with the help of people like you we’ve reached into our community, caring for our audiences in a variety of innovative ways. Kingdom Bound Ministries has reached over one million people with The Gospel through the Arts.

With a focus on Biblical truth and a reputation for excellence in ministry, we’ve tackled relevant subject matter such as abstinence, purity, youth, parenting, self-esteem, our mission’s influences on modern media, and a host of other contemporary topics. Through the years, words like “genuine” and “friendly” have been used to describe our dedicated staff, and we trust in God’s grace to continue in that tradition.

In 2006, Kingdom Bound Ministries became one of the founding members of the Christian Festival Association. The goal of the CFA is to provide and facilitate an open communications environment that links Christian festival organizers together for encouragement, shared information and resources, and addressing common business circumstances and goals. The purpose is for increased success and professionalism of participating festivals so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be advanced and glory brought to Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Guest:

Charles Morris, Haven Today: The Odes Project

The Odes Project is our "thank you" for your gift to Haven. We simply ask that you be as generous as you can and give as unto the Lord. Thank you! The songs of worship sung by the early church had been lost to history ... until now! This recently discovered collection of ancient hymns is known as the “The Odes,” and The Odes Project set these hymns to music.

The Odes of Solomon, which some scholars have called “The First Christian Hymnal,” is in fact a worship anthology from one of the earliest Christian communities. The poems it contains were composed sometime before 125 C.E., and may have been used as chants in a church or synagogue.  The anonymous Odist’s vivid imagery and eloquent metaphors are timeless expressions of Christian devotion and worship; they also distill biblical truths that offer comfort, strength and guidance to the people of God.

Now, after centuries of silence, the Odes of Solomon have found their voice again.  Newly adapted and exquisitely set to music, they are both treasures from the past and a legacy of worship for today’s believers and for generations to come.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Guest:

Linda Baartse, Executive Director at: Toronto Pregnancy Care Center


Who They Are:
In a city like Toronto it's normal to feel isolated, alone, and overwhelmed, especially when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. The Pregnancy Care Centre was established in 1984 as a Christian non-profit, non-political, charitable organization to offer valuable community support. We are funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses and churches.

How They Help:
  • Free pregnancy tests and pregnancy information
  • Pregnancy options and information
  • Personalized support for women preparing to parent or place a child for adoption
  • Referrals to support agencies
  • Support for those who suffer after an abortion

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Guest:

Ed Tandy McGlasson, Author of: "The Father You've Always Wanted"


It is a tragic reality that many people never experience the solid, positive presence of a loving father. This lack of fatherly influence and care has deep ramifications for life, including how we interact with others, raise our own children, and understand God as Father. But God promised that he would not leave us orphans, that everyone who believes becomes an adopted son or daughter of a loving Father in heaven.

Ed McGlasson shares his personal experience of having lost his own father before he was born. With deep conviction and strong encouragement, he invites hurting people to take heart and have hope in their heavenly Father who loves them, blesses them, and will never leave them. Readers will take away a new sense of purpose, identity, and value that they have been searching for their whole lives.




Guests:

Dr. John Vawter and Dr. Jim Wetherbe- Authors of "Achieving High Performance Friendships"


Men commonly experience life without deep, meaningful friendships. The aim of this book is to help men achieve high performance friendship. What is high performance friendship? The authors provide an eight-point litmus test that they apply to their own high performance friendship:
1. Take the opportunity to provide selfless acts on behalf of the other.
2. Feel comfortable sharing inner-most thoughts, yet respect the other's private thoughts.
3. Trust the other with that which he holds dear.
4. Support each other when one falls short or fails, and readily grant forgiveness.
5. Appreciate and accept heartfelt constructive criticism.
6. Truly celebrate each other's success without jealousy or envy.
7. Sustain the relationship in spite of distance or time.
8. Refrain from making or tolerating any disparaging remarks about the other, expecially behind his back.

How can we achieve high performance friendship? Why not consider how Christ treated his male friends during His human experience? Could there be a better possible example? This book provides stories and principles of high performance friendship by drawing on the exemplary manner in which Christ treated His friends during His time on earth.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Guest:

Noelle Toscano, Author of: "Prized! Your Journey as His Daughter"


Prized! Your Journey as His Daughter, is a fresh and inspiring new perspective on how to live for and love God in a dark world. The teenage years bring some of the most difficult experiences that life has to offer. However, it can also be an amazing time of growing spiritually and making decisions to be proud of. Prized! Your Journey as His Daughter, is filled with relateable stories, helpful tips, and the truth of God's Word that will offer inspiration as you navigate the wonderful world of dating, making and maintaining healthy friendships, learning to understand and relate to parents, dealing with superficiatlity, and realizing your full potential as God's beloved Child. Glorify God. Enjoy Him forever. It starts now.



Guest:

"The Story of Christmas" Presented by: The Chapel


This year’s performance titled, The Story of Christmas: Featuring Sara Groves is an event for the entire family. The show features a storyteller that will take you through the true Christmas story, supported by astounding visuals, music, and lighting. This year’s production will also include CCM’s Artist of the Year, Sara Groves. Tickets are $10 each and are reserved seating.

All new for this year, a separate Children’s Performance featuring Nels Ross during each show time and the Family Christmas Experience in the Atrium prior to each show!

We hope that you will join us for this year’s production!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Guest:

Dr. Richard Swenson, Author of: "Margin"


Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by.

This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose.

Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guest:

Jay and Michelle Brock-- Red Light Green Light The Film


As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution.  Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue,  attempting to answer the question: “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.  

Watch the trailer, and bring the film to your home town.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Guest:

Nicholas DiBella, Director for the Film KING'S FAITH and Executive Producer Pastor Kirk Dueker

After Brendan King's life spiraled to rock bottom, the teen found hope in a new relationship with Christ while serving time in a juvenile penitentiary. Recently released from prison, Brendan finds solace in the foster home of a couple struggling with suppressed grief. As the city-bred teen enrolls at a suburban high school, his support comes from a group of believers. Yet the bonds of his old way of life—and the gang that wants to know where he hid their stash on a long-ago night—are strong.

In his darkest moment, Brendan found faith. Now he must decide if it's worth the price to hold on to it. Available now on DVD from Provident Films, KING'S FAITH stars Emmy Award winner Lynn Whitfield, along with Crawford Wilson, Kayla Compton, and James McDaniel.



 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest:

Stormie Omartian- Author of: Prayer Warrior


No one can sit on the sidelines today when it comes to spiritual matters. A war is going on between good and evil, and every believer is involved. For every Christian who wants a meaningful prayer life that is more than just asking for blessings, bestselling author Stormie Omartian shows how to pray with strength and purpose—prayers resulting in great victory, not only personally but also in advancing God's kingdom and glory. Readers will find help and encouragement in 12 practical and significant chapters that address knowing your Commander and standing on His side; being certain of your authority in prayer; becoming skilled with your spiritual weapons; following God's orders to resist the enemy; and seeing what’s happening from God’s perspective. Stormie also provides many powerful prayers on numerous subjects that concern people today. For anyone eager to answer the call of God on his or her life to pray while responding to the desire of his or her heart to see people and situations change, Prayer Warrior is a must-read.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Guest:

Christian Hoffman- Communications & Development Manager-
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc., is a community-based, independent, non-profit, religious service agency providing residential and support services to persons and families in need without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin; in a way that the persons or families served are respected for and can ultimately fulfill their maximum potential.

Since our founding in 1925, Community Missions has provided a unique blend of referral, crisis, community support and residential services for Niagara County youth and adults.  These services are provided in cooperation with churches, groups, clubs, other providers and government agencies.  We look forward to continuing quality and supportive programs and services to the Niagara County community for another 80 years!



 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Guest:

Dr. Kevin Leman- Author of: "Parenting Your Powerful Child"


Powerful kids don't just happen. They're created. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulative, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn't have to be that way. All children need to face the realities of life, and the best place for them to do so is in the safe place of their home.

For all the parents out there at their wits' end, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers the fail-safe action plan to redirecting power surges into positive traits that will prepare the powerful child for a successful, happy, productive adult life. Parents will learn how powerful children are created, what makes them tick, what makes them explode, and what they can do to change the power plays . . . for the good of the entire family. All it takes is determination, persistence, willpower, and advice that works--guaranteed.



Guest:

Steve McVey- Author of: "When Wives Walk In Grace"

Author and pastor Steve McVey has spent thousands of hours listening to and counseling women who face marriage difficulties. Many want to believe God is at work, but they don't see how. They try to change their husband, but eventually become frustrated, hopeless, or disengaged.

Starting from the truth that a wife can't change her husband (or children)--only God can--Steve points women toward how God wants to change them by flooding their hearts with His generous grace so they can...

  • rest in His assurance of their worth when they feel pressured to do everything
  • trust, not fret, when they're unsure about their husband's spiritual leadership
  • see God's bigger picture in the struggle with a prodigal child
  • take decisive, loving actions in a controlling or bullying relationship
In these and other situations, When Wives Walk in Grace gives specific, attitude-changing steps of faith to help women rest while God does the work in their marriage.



 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guest:

Darren Wilson- Author of: "Finding God in the Bible"


Fresh, Witty Approach to Friendship with God from a Popular Author and Filmmaker

The God of the Bible gets happy, angry, sad. We can bless him. He is jealous, giving, patient, protective, loving. He has character traits, a personality. Yet God is often viewed as an absentee landlord, a distant deity, an enigma with a frowning face; and we carry the defeatist expectation that we will never truly know him.

Popular filmmaker Darren Wilson shows from Scripture that this isn't so. Having traveled the world over for his documentaries and witnessed the miraculous more times than he can count, he comes to the Bible with an entirely fresh perspective to show readers how to approach God and how to understand their relationship to--and with--him.

At turns humorous and poignant, Wilson gives readers new understanding of some very familiar stories in the Bible, as well as modern-day stories of divine intervention, to show what these reveal about the character and personality of the Father--and how we can enter into a true, collaborative friendship with our Creator.



Guest:

Michael Chesnire- Author of "Why We Eat Our Own"


All too often, Christians who are sinners themselves become judge, jury, and jailer over others. In his newest release, Why We Eat Our Own, author and pastor Michael Cheshire boldly explores some unsavory questions. Why does the world often do a better job of forgiving their fallen than the Church? When did the Church become cannibalistic? Is the decline in Christianity due to the world or have we just become horrible to each other and the world noted it?



Guest:

Renee Fisher- Author of: "Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me"

 

Being a milennial today is all about the search for identity, purpose, community, and authenticity. But how does a young adult find any of those things when she's mired in the pain of her past?

Renee Fisher, author of Not Another Dating Book and Faithbook of Jesus, says young adults don't have to stay stuck. In her new book, Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me, Renee shows readers how to

  • let go of the pain and unforgiveness of the past
  • accept God's forgiveness and learn to forgive others in turn
  • move forward and embrace new dreams for the future
By exploring the truths of Scripture and sharing her own extraordinary story of healing and repentance, Renee Fisher shows others in her generation how they too can be set free.


 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guest:

Rev. Richard George, Shepherding Pastor at The Chapel at Crosspointe / Author of: Wanted: Marital Life / Marital Death


Every couple I've ever married typically has expectations of long-term success. I know of no one who utters under his or her breath, "I can't wait for this marriage to die," as he or she walks deliberately down the aisle. That would be absurd They might think that there may be a bit of an initial adjustment, but they genuinely believe that it will be a good life together. Prayerfully, they hope for a very happy life indeed. This book addresses the well-intentioned innocence and the poorly-informed ignorance that we all face, as we enter married life. The preconceived ideas, personal expectations, erroneous assumptions, misinformed understandings, and faulty perceptions of reality all serve to confuse, disappoint, and would even destroy the fabric of emotional trust and happiness that our soul desperately craves. As you enter this world of Marital Death and Marital Life, many of you will wonder if I live in your house. No, but I live in my house, and experience many of the same things, because we are all male or female and are generally poorly prepared for marriage. This book, if you choose to follow it, will help clarify, teach, and correct that which is broken, and provide renewed trust, continual hope, and a refreshed deeper love. Be mindful that we are all "failers," but only a "failure" when we quit. It is almost always, too soon to quit.

Marital Death - Marital Life
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Guest:


"Bishop" author of- "Both Sides of the Fence"

Both Sides of the Fence is the true story of a man known only as Bishop, who lived a double life as a deep undercover agent in an outlaw motorcycle gang. Rising to a chapter boss in less than a year, Bishop initially went undercover to ferret out bad cops. Instead, he discovered a highly structured criminal organization whose members engage in violent crime, weapons trafficking, international drug trafficking and widespread prostitution. This real-life Sons of Anarchy story will take you on the emotional roller-coaster ride of a family man and devoted husband who covertly worked to bring down some of his "brothers."

“During the course of the case we experienced first hand the connection that gangs and the cartels have with human trafficking,” says Bishop. “My wife and I know that we went through the storm because we have been called to expose this dirty secret in the United States.”



Guest:

Wayne Aarum- President- Circle C Ranch / Reach

We are a part of living water ministries inc. our goal is to mobilize a million students to actively engage in the rescue of millions of children trapped in sex trafficking around the world and here in america. We passionately believe that while teenagers have little financial resources they do have a voice and the ability to impact and change their community and their world. For far to long we have blamed the problems in our world on past generations and other people. It is time to own the problems that our generation faces. and change them forever. We invite you to add your voice to his movement and reach those who desperately need to be rescued.

Human Trafficking is a hot topic in the world today, but it is not just in the world, it is in our neighborhoods too! Come and see a multi-media, dramatic presentation that will explain what it is, how it works, and most importantly, what you can do about it! 6:30 PM, Sunday November 17th at Hillview Baptist Church (Rehm Rd Depew, NY 14043). Admission is absolutely free and the program will last 45 minutes. Evil reigns when good people do nothing!

For more information call 716-492-3678 or visit us online and click the REACH tab!


 
Guest:

Julie Palmer- P.A.T.H. Coalition- People Against Trafficking Humans

Human tracking is a form of modern day slavery that is growing in astounding numbers not only in our community but within our nation and around the world. Hundreds have been rescued in Western New York in the past few years and it is estimated tens of thousands are bought and sold annually in the United States alone. Globally the estimates are in the millions. People are suffering at the hands of oppression and if we do nothing, many will suffer. Children and adults are placed in horrifying circumstances and forced to do unfathomable sexual acts and forced labor. This form of oppression affects all race, gender, age and culture, no one is immune.
P.A.T.H. Coalition (People Against Tracking Humans) is a faith-based, non-profit organization where the community can collaborate together to put an end to modern day slavery in Western New York and around the world. We believe we are called to have compassion for the oppressed and the more we work together, the greater the opportunity to ending this atrocity. Our vision is to engage churches and organizations in awareness efforts, promoting advocacy and providing support through the sponsorship fund.
Not only are we committed to bringing awareness of this evil, we are dedicated to assisting every man, woman and child who are survivors of modern day slavery. P.A.T.H. has established a sponsorship fund to assist survivors locally and globally with vocational training, education, and provide support to organizations that offer shelter and restoration. Whatever the need is, we are committed to helping them. Please consider partnering with us to make a difference and donate to our sponsorship fund. Anyone is welcome to join us at our quarterly meetings and events!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Guest:

Northtown Pregnancy Center


We are here, because it is not enough to say no to abortion. The Christian must say "yes" to life, and back that up with actions that speak louder than words and slogans. We are here, because it is not enough to talk about problems in society such as out of wedlock births. Instead, we must pull together in faith to show that there is truly a more excellent way. And we are here, because the answer to the needs of a hurting world is in the Lord Jesus Christ. We present him in love, knowing that He is the hope that those who come in our door need more than anything else.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Hope With Billy Graham: The Cross


My Hope America with Billy Graham is a nationwide effort to reach people across the United States with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, My Hope America with Billy Graham combines the impact of the Cross with the power of personal relationships. Christians across America will open their homes to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using one of several new evangelistic programs featuring life-changing testimonies & powerful messages from Billy Graham.


To watch "The Cross" Please click the appropriate Link Below:






Guest:

Shaun Smith- Director: Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission


In the fall of 2006, during a conversation with Tom McLaughlin, then Executive Director of the the Buffalo City Mission, it became clear that Niagara Falls needed a greater infrastructure of  emergency shelter care due to its increasing rate of homelessness and addiction.  The vision was solidified and by the spring of 2007 the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission was formed as a non-profit corporation being granted tax-exempt 501(c)3 status within the first year.  The primary focus of this new ministry would be to meet not only the necessary physical needs of the people it serves, but more importantly, address their core spiritual needs by sharing with them God’s purposeful plan for their lives… this plan enabling them to permanently pull out of an endless cycle of poverty and destruction.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guest:

Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse


Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

You can learn more about this great organization and what they do below:

In Canada: 1-800-663-6500

In USA: (828) 262-1980

Also be sure to check out the Darien Lake Shoe Box Challenge!!



Guest:

Esther Gulyas, EG TAX

 

It was early fall in 1969, and Esther Gulyas was a recently married woman with her first child on the way. It was then Esther decided to signed up to take a basic taxation course at Nationwide Tax, in Detroit, Michigan. She thoroughly enjoyed the class, and after completing the course she went on to work as tax preparer at Nationwide Tax for several years. Throughout her tenure there, she received countless accolades and promotions.

Esther then went on to work as a Manager at H&R Block. She managed a location in Detroit Michigan for several years, and was always superseding her territorial production goals year after year. She was then promoted to District Manager at H&R Block, in Buffalo, New York, where she held this position for 17 years.

She then was offered the position of President at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, where she served for several years. She was involved with all matters of operation from the inception of the corporation at Jackson Hewitt, and was instrumental in the development of the franchise plan for the tax service. Esther was personally responsible for recruiting and establishing Jackson Hewitt franchisees. During her time with Jackson Hewitt, she helped the company grow from approximately 12 offices to in excess of 250 offices.

Finally, Esther decided to develop her business skills further by opening her own tax firm, called EG Tax Service, in Buffalo, New York. She has been president and founder of EG Tax Inc. since 1991, where the corporation started by doing 300 returns. 

Currently, EG Tax operates 28 offices, and its currently the second largest tax firm in Western New York.



Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Guest: Jack Graham -author of "Unseen"


Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with more than 31,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.





When Dr. Jack Graham was twenty years old, he got the phone call no one wants to receive. His father had been ruthlessly attacked, and it became clear to young Jack that invisible forces of evil were involved. He realized he needed to take the spiritual world more seriously, because the real battles we face in life are between the powers of good and evil...literally the armies of heaven and hell.

Through compelling stories, practical guidance, and biblical truth, Dr. Graham challenges popular opinions and persistent folklore about heaven and hell, good and evil, angels and Satan. You will come away from this book enlightened about the supernatural world and encouraged that God can provide protection, provision, and power for whatever lies ahead.

Each chapter includes questions for group discussion or individual reflection. Free online small-group curriculum is also available.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Guest:


Bill and Pam Farrel- authors of: "The Before-You-Marry Book of Questions."
 

From Bill and Pam Farrel, bestselling authors of Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti and Red-Hot Monogamy, comes a new book especially for dating and engaged couples. Filled with their trademark wisdom, humor, and insight, The Before-You-Marry Book of Questions will help couples

  • delight in their differences
  • plan their financial future
  • sort through family obstacles
  • lay a strong foundation for a marriage that goes the distance
  • give their marriage to God
With “his and hers” quizzes and ideas for dates where couples can talk openly and freely about their relationship and future, The Before-You-Marry Book of Questions is a practical and essential guide for any couple building a life together.






Guest:

Nathan Salter- Author of: "7 Things Singles Should Accomplish Before Marriage."


So many people are anxiously looking to find that special someone and get married. Many have failed to see how marriage takes more than Love. It requires work. In today’s society many Singles desire the thought of marriage, but have no real expectation as to what it takes. Inside this book you will discover Seven things that everyone who is single should pursue to accomplish during the season of Singleness. This book is filled with wisdom and many who are married would confirm that accomplishing these seven things, will make any individual better equipped for a successful marriage.

 


Monday, October 28th, 2013

Guest: Michael Leehan -author or "Ascent from Darkness"



 

Michael Leehan is an evangelist and minister, but he's also finally a free man. Once enslaved to the dark forces of this world he now lives each day in devotion and service to God through Solus Christus Ministries, a nonprofit organization that offers hope and redemption through the power of God's love, truth, and knowledge of his Word. This is his first book.

The redemptive story of one man's agonizing journey from the depths of Satanism to a radical new life in Christ.

A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-three year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life-to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practicing the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and control skills, Michael launched into a twenty year downward spiral that included job loss and detachment from loved ones, and even jail time.
But God had another plan that included a group of Christian men to love him and pray for him-even when it became evident his assignment from Satan was to kill their pastor, Craig Groeschel.

The life Michael Leehan lives today is an incredible testimony of the transforming power of God's mercy and grace, but is also a wakeup call to the church to be fully aware of the spiritual war that is going on all around them, and to the ultimate battle for their souls.

"Ascent from Darkness" is the redemptive story of one man's agonizing journey from the depths of Satanism to a radical new life in Christ.

A life of difficulty and disappointment set 33-three year old Michael Leehan up for the worst decision of his life—to make a deal with the Devil to follow and serve him. Practicing the dark arts that include ritualistic cuttings and blood sacrifices, while fine tuning his manipulation and control skills, Michael launched into a twenty year downward spiral that included job loss and detachment from loved ones, and even jail time.

But God had another plan that included a group of Christian men to love him and pray for him—even when it became evident his assignment from Satan was to kill their pastor, Craig Groeschel.

The life Michael Leehan lives today is an incredible testimony of the transforming power of God's mercy and grace, but is also a wakeup call to the church to be fully aware of the spiritual war that is going on all around them, and to the ultimate battle for their souls.

"I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:18


Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Guest: Aimee Byrd -author of "Housewife Theologian"




My name is Aimee Byrd and this blog is about the gospel interrupting the ordinary.  Join me in learning more about God and examining whether our knowledge of Him is congruent with our thinking and everyday living.  And please forgive all of my virgin efforts in blogging!  If computers were really smart, they would let me draw a picture of how I want everything formated and translate it for me.  But, dare to look past all my awkward attempts at building a blog, and read my stuff–you might like it!

Also, you might like to know my theological beliefs.  I am a member of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church (PCA), and therefore reformed in my theology. I was raised in a Southern Baptist church and am very thankful to have grown up with a strong teaching on the inerrancy of God’s Word.  For that reason, I found the reformed confessions of faith to be more in line with the Bible’s teachings.  With that being said, I very much enjoy all of my brothers and sisters in the faith and hope everyone can benefit from my reflections on how the gospel interrupts the ordinary.

I’m also excited to share the news of my first book, Housewife Theologian (P&R, 2013). It is a discipling tool for women, examining how our theology affects our everyday lives.


Guest: Sara Horn -author of "My So Called Life as a Submissive Wife"



 

I’m a military wife, mom, speaker and author of several books including GOD Strong: A Military Wife’s Spiritual Survival Guide, Tour of Duty: Preparing Our Hearts for Deployment, and My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife: A One-Year Experiment and it’s Surprising Results. I’m also the founder and president of Wives of Faith, a military wives ministry I started in 2006.

I’m most passionate about: faith, marriage and family. My desire and my mission is to encourage you to know God in such a way that impacts not just your life, but your marriage and your family.

I write on spiritual growth, marriage, and parenting. I also occasionally write about military life, writing and leadership. There are also times where I will write about other topics that don’t fit neatly into these categories.

My goal is to create inspirational and relevant content that you can put to use in your spiritual life, your marriage and your family.

I have written professionally since 2000. I began at Union University in Jackson, TN as news and media relations director, pitching and achieving the university’s first national news attention when I connected a faculty member for a story on NBC’s World News Tonight.

In January of 2003, I took a position at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN as a corporate staff writer. In March of 2003, I had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East to cover stories of Christians aboard the USS Harry S. Truman for Baptist Press, the national news wire of the Southern Baptist Convention. Those stories, chosen by the Library of Congress for inclusion in their Iraq War archives, also received awards by the Baptist Communicators Association and the Religion Communicators Council. In November of that year, I traveled back, this time to Baghdad, where my photographer and I covered stories of soldiers on the ground. These stories, as well as the Truman stories, were the foundation of the book I wrote with Oliver North, titled A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom (B&H, 2004).

In 2005, I left LifeWay to pursue writing from home and launched my first website, AGreaterFreedom.com, which covered stories of our military not typically found in mainstream media. I freelanced for a variety of publications including Baptist Press, Home Life, Christian Retailing, Military Spouse, CinCHouse.com, and Purpose Driven Life Ministries. After ghostwriting for several bestselling Christian women authors, my first book, GOD Strong, was released in early 2010, followed in the same year with my first Bible study, Tour of Duty.

In 2006, I started a military wives ministry called Wives of Faith. We currently have more than 1,000 members and a leadership team of 20.

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife released in 2011 from Harvest House and was my first book for the Christian general women’s market. I am currently working on a sequel.

My husband Cliff and I have been married for 14 years and we have one son, Caleb, who is going into sixth grade. Cliff is a Navy reservist who has deployed twice in the last five years. We live just outside the Baton Rouge, LA area.

In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, cooking and photography. We are members of First Baptist Church in Zachary, LA.


 

Can a modern wife be submissive to her husband?

In her highly anticipated sequel to My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, author Sara Horn takes on one of the most widely debated subjects for a Christian wife–marital submission.

What does biblical submission look like for wives today? And why is submission viewed as such a dirty word by so many women and men in our culture, including Christians? Can a happily married couple live out the biblical model of submission and be the better for it?

Horn takes on a one-year experiment to seek answers to these questions and to explore what it means to be submissive as a wife and “helper” to her husband. The answers–and her discoveries–may surprise you.

This unique, entertaining, and thought-provoking personal account will challenge women to throw out their preconceived notions of what a submissive wife looks like and seek fresh leading from God for their lives and marriages today.


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Guest: Michelle Borquez- author of "Live Again, Life After Divorce"




Michelle Borquez is the national spokesperson for Beth Moore's "Loving Well" television special and for GLO Bible. She has authored several books, the Freedom Series from Aspire Press, Live Laugh Love Again, and Overcoming the Seven Deadly Emotions. Her new books, Forever God Crazy, God Crazy Freedom, and the God Crazy Freedom Series, are releasing in stores nationwide in conjunction with the national "God Crazy Freedom" speaking tour. Michelle has hosted and been a featured guest on hundreds of television and radio programs, including: NBC's Midday Connection, The 700 Club, Life Today with James and Betty Robinson, Positively Texas, and TBN.


 

Marriage is a covenant that is meant to remain forever. However, there is brokenness in this world, and that includes broken people and broken marriages.

The Live Again series is a NEW, biblically based resource, designed to help the Church guide women in rebuilding their life, navigate back onto the right road and become healthy contributors to God's Kingdom.

Christians are almost 3 times more likely to heal fully after divorce than people having "no religion."

Christian faith makes a big difference in a woman's ability to put her life back together and successfully live with hope and purpose, according to a 2004 study. Women are able to find happiness again because of their faith and trust in the Lord.

This life-changing Live Again DVD series, led by Michelle Borquez, addresses eight crucial issues that women face. The eight sessions offer women a fresh purpose and perspective through:

  • Stories of hope from real women who have found healing and renewed purpose.
  • Sound biblical guidance on each of key issues from experts, which opens the door to healing and awareness of God's purpose for a woman's life — even after divorce.

The Live Again series helps women know that they are never alone in the process of healing. Hearing from other women and being in a safe place to talk about tough issues offers them a way to find how a loving God will make them whole again.

The Live Again series offers your church the opportunity to be a part of successfully leading devastated women to wholeness again.

The Live Again series provides you the necessary support to help guide women in your congregation and community to find wholeness and healing – without you or your leadership staff to hunt for qualified experts, maximizing everyone's time.

The Live Again series is easy to use and flexible which allows you to use it in divorce recovery programs, in women's group settings, in counseling sessions or for individual use at home.

The Live Again series ensures that you have the right format for your use as a pastor, as a women's ministry leader or as a counselor. You will be able to confidently meet each woman at their point of need as you provide support, encouragement and biblical guidance.



Monday, October 21st, 2013

Guests: Jim Henderson and Matt Casper- authors of "Saving Casper"




The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! An unlikely friendship began when former pastor Jim Henderson brought atheist Matt Casper with him to visit a series of churches and give his honest feedback on the services. Since then, Casper has spent a lot of time deeply engaging with Jim and other Christians. And the burning question on everyone’s minds is whether Casper has been saved. In Saving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper—people who’ve heard the gospel but still say no—so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don’t believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped—or hurt—their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he’s closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the “conversion conversation.”


Friday, October 18 2013

Guest:

Michael W. Smith- "Worship Around the World Tour" -- Presented by Kingdom Bound!!



When: Saturday, October 26 at 7:00pm

Where: Eastern Hills Church – Williamsville, NY

$50 VIP (includes pre -concert Q & A, preferred seating, & more)

$25 General Admission / $30 at the door

To Order: by phone: 800.461.4485

online: iTickets.com

In person: KBM – 8550 Sheridan Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221



Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Guest: Jeff Schreve- author of "Runaway Emotions"


Jeff Schreve passionately communicates God's Word to connect people with Jesus Christ and experience His love and plan for their lives. He is pastor of First Baptist Texarkana and founder of From His Heart Ministries, a national and international radio and television ministry. Jeff holds a BA in Business Administration (UT-Austin) and M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.

If we pay attention to the alarms in our lives, they could save us.

Worry. Anger. Loneliness. Negative emotions are uncomfortable by design. Like any good fire alarm, they alert us to a greater danger. But they won’t help us if we try to cover them up, hide them behind excuses, or assume they will always plague us. The only healthy way to manage negative emotions is to find their source and address the problem that set them off. As pastor Jeff Schreve says, “A specific and compelling message can be found in each of your negative, painful emotions. God Himself is trying to speak to you through those emotions—right now.

So what is God saying? How can we understand our emotions—even change them? Schreve shows how the truth of the Bible can make sense of our confusion. The power of the Holy Spirit can lead us to freedom, and Jesus Christ can give us true peace in the midst of any crisis.

You don’t have to let your emotions run away with you, your family, or your future.



Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Guests: Eric Mason (Act Like Men) and Nevin Larson (WDCX - Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame)


WDCX is proud to have announced 50 years of broadcasting this year! Be sure to tune in to Lifeline to hear Neil's conversation with Nev Larson, Crawford Broadcasting Company's Corporate Programming Director and former WDCX general manager as he shares about the station's history and induction into the hall of fame. WDCX has been listed as one of the premier Christian radio stations in the country for broadcasting under the same ownership, on the same frequency, and with the same call letters and format for 50 years. With a 100,000 watt FM signal, WDCX-FM is the most powerful Christian radio station east of the Mississippi River, and we have you to thank for listening and supporting us along the way!
 


You may have tuned in on Tuesday for Lifeline featuring James MacDonald and Matt Chandler of the upcoming Act Like Men Conference. Join us again on Thursday, October 3rd for a chance to hear from Eric Mason, another of the featured speakers at the conference happening the 4th & 5th.


Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
 



Look around. What's so desperately needed where we live, in our country and in our world, are men who embrace all that God created them to be. Men who are loud and ruthless about their own sin, but patient and full of grace in leading others. Men who long to follow God without limits and meet the needs of those around them without hesitation.

To get there, we need radical surgery. It's time to cut deep and get it all, and not be afraid of what that means. Find out more about how to join thousands of men for a two-day conference this weekend, to step up and act like men.

Join Lifeline from 3-6 as Neil talks about this conference with a couple of the guests who will be there: James MacDonald and Matt Chandler.


Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Guest: Charles Morris of Haven Ministries




As Speaker and President of Haven Ministries, Charles Morris brings a rich background to Christian radio from secular media. Starting his career as a broadcast news reporter, he then worked as an editor and bureau chief for United Press International. He also served as press secretary for two former U.S. Senators in addition to owning and managing a radio station.

While in seminary in Philadelphia, he began consulting and then worked as an assistant to the late Dr. James Montgomery Boice before coming to Haven as the ministry's fourth speaker in 2000. Now as the leader of the 75-year-old radio ministry, Charles is always thinking of ways to lead Christians and non-Christians to Christ - hence the familiar slogan, "Telling the great story ... it's all about Jesus."

Charles, and his wife Janet, have co-authored several books including Saving a Life and Jesus in the Midst of Success. They have three children and are also the proud grandparents of Charlotte, Gracie and Ricky.


Guest: Dr. Kevin Leman- author of "Parenting Your Powerful Child"



Kevin Leman offers an action plan for redirecting children's power surges into positive traits that will prepare them for a happy, productive adult life. He discusses how powerful children are created, what makes them tick, what makes them explode, and what they can do to change the power plays for the good of the entire family.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Guest: Barbara Duguid -author of "Extravagant Grace"


Bar­bara Duguid is a coun­selor and min­istry assis­tant at Christ Pres­by­ter­ian Church (ARP) in Grove City, Penn­syl­va­nia, where she crafts the weekly liturgy. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of six chil­dren, and she holds an advanced cer­tifi­cate in bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing from the Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania.




Why do Christians—even mature Christians—still sin so often? Why doesn’t God set us free? We seem to notice more sin in our lives all the time, and we won­der if our progress is a con­stant dis­ap­point­ment to God. Where is the joy and peace we read about in the Bible?
Bar­bara Duguid turns to the writ­ings of John New­ton to teach us God’s pur­pose for our fail­ure and guilt—and to help us adjust our expec­ta­tions of our­selves. Her empa­thetic, hon­est approach lifts our focus from our own per­for­mance back to the God who is big­ger than our failures—and who uses them for his glory. Redis­cover how God’s extrav­a­gant grace makes the gospel once again feel like the good news it truly is!

“I can­not com­mend this book enough. We need more and more books like this that remind us that the focus of the Chris­t­ian faith is not the life of the Chris­t­ian, but Christ.“ ~ Tul­lian Tchivid­jian, Pas­tor of Coral Ridge Pres­by­ter­ian Church and author of Jesus + Noth­ing = Everything

“Buy this book. Buy one for a friend and live in the free­dom that only the good news of the gospel can bring.“ ~ Elyse Fitz­patrick, author of Idols of the Heart

“Barb tells the story of God’s unre­lent­ing com­pas­sion toward sin­ners like us with pro­found wis­dom.“ ~ Michael Hor­ton, J. Gre­sham Machen Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy and Apolo­get­ics, West­min­ster Sem­i­nary California


Guest: Matt Keller- author of "God of the Underdogs"



Matt Keller
is the founding lead pastor of the 9th fastest growing church in America today, Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida.  He is a passionate and inspirational nationwide speaker, who also relationally coaches hundreds of leaders and pastors through Next Level Coaching.  He truly is a leader of leaders, encouraging them to take their leadership to the next level.  As a husband, father, leading pastor, speaker, writer and coach, he leads by example.

We had a big vision, but who knew that with patient perseverance we’d be where we are today, living the dream.  What started out as a handful of people in a coffee shop is now a thriving church impacting over 2,500 people each weekend. I wrote my first book The Up The Middle Church to allow others to learn from our experiences. After all, as my wife and I like to say, “We’re the slowest, fastest Growing Church in America!”  You’ve got to understand, we were in a “mobile-reality” for 9 years before the momentum really kicked into high-gear which is now exponential.  I just finished my second book “God of the Underdog” scheduled to release fall 2013, published by Thomas Nelson.


Matt Keller shows every underdog that God chose people just like them to do his work and change the world.

Have you ever felt like an underdog? Like you don’t have the ability or confidence to pursue your dreams? The Bible is full of ordinary people the world considered underdogs. Yet God chose them to do his work.

In God of the Underdogs, pastor Matt Keller tells his own story of being an underdog as well as the stories of the underdog heroes in Scripture. Men and women like Moses, Esther, King David, Samuel, Joseph, Paul the Apostle, and even Jesus. The stories and scriptures you’ll read will inspire you to face down the excuses holding you back, and you will be free to pursue your destiny as never before!

Maybe you’re thinking, My past is too dark. “But it’s your past,” Matt assures you. God of the Underdogs will show you that the Creator of the universe wants you to accomplish great things for him. He wants to use your life in a way he will use no one else’s. Don’t shrink back from your destiny; lean into it. The Bible says you are a friend of God. Beloved. Highly esteemed. Known. More than conquerors. God sees your potential. It is your inability, not your perfection, that makes you an underdog worth using in God’s eyes. So rise up, underdog! God has a special plan for your life.



Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Guest: Peyton Jones- suthor of "Church Zero"




Peyton Jones is founding coach of New Breed Church Planting UK/USA. He has worked as a tentmaker, a firefighter, factory worker, and psychiatric nurse, bringing all these experiences to the table in ministry.

Jones received his MA Theology: Pastoral Studies from Wales Evangelical School of Theology and served as the evangelist for Lloyd-Jones’s legendary Sandfields church, Aberavon.

A radical call to reform, Church Zero is a punk-rock approach to the pressing issue of gaining ground as rapidly as the early church.

With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American Church: We have lost our way.

The church is losing ground fast: losing the generation under age 30 and drawing few nonbelievers toward Christ.

Christ gave us a leadership model for commando outreach, and the church has ignored it for too long. Will we continue down the path of self-preservation, defending our stalled church structures? Or will we follow the blueprint Jesus lays out?

Church Zero challenges readers to once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out!



Thursday, September 19th, 2013


Guest: Andrew Palau- evangilist and author of "The Secret Life of a Fool"



Andrew grew up in a strong Christian home, one of four sons of world evangelist and author Luis Palau. Andrew, however, chose his own way and did not make an early commitment to Jesus Christ. He attended the
University of Oregon where the party life was a large part of his studies. After graduating with a degree in English literature, Andrew moved to Boston where he worked in retail for five years at the May Company. In 1993, Andrew took vacation time to join his parents for Luis’ evangelistic outreach in Kingston, Jamaica. His father preached the
 same Gospel message he had heard him share hundreds of times, but this 
time was different. Having witnessed God’s presence in the lives of some Jamaicans he met, including Wendy Levy whom he later married, Andrew gave his heart to the Lord after 27 years of living apart from Him. Not long after the Jamaica trip, Andrew returned to Portland, Oregon, to serve as Luis’ personal assistant while he determined which direction 
to take his career.



He found he didn’t have far to go — he thrived when involved with his father’s outreach events. Andrew was instrumental in crafting the content of the first Palau festivals that marked 
a key shift away from the crusade model for evangelism. The first two festivals were staged in the Palaus’ home base of Portland, Oregon, in 1999 and 2000. Before moving across the country to direct Washington DC’s event in the National Mall in 2005, Andrew directed festivals in Boise, Idaho, and South Florida. Now Andrew preaches at his own festivals around the world, from the United States to Rwanda, Romania, Egypt, Mexico, India, Poland, and Jamaica.  He has shared the Gospel with millions of people, and at every opportunity he demonstrates his father’s same passion and love for Christ and for evangelism.  In 2009, he joined Luis on his radio feature, Reaching Your World.  Andrew’s two-minute messages are broadcast on 855 radio outlets every Friday. The full, gripping account of Andrew’s raw journey to faith is told in his debut book, The Secret Life of a Fool, available now. “There is power for change in Jesus Christ, the cross, His blood, His burial, and His resurrection,” says Andrew. “I long to see all people embracing His gifts of forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit to empower life, and the assurance of heaven for eternity.” He and Wendy have three children, Christopher, Jonathan, and Sadie Anne. They live in Portland, Oregon, close to the world headquarters of the Palau ministry.


Guest:

Several guest will be joining Lifeline during the last hour to talk about the issue of sex trafficking.



Gil Acevedo
oversees development for Agape International Missions. Agape has done an amazing job fighting sex trafficking right at it's roots in Cambodia. The mission of AIM is to prevent child sex trafficking in Cambodia and restore hope to its victims by providing holistic aftercare to rescued victims, be equipping and mobilizing the church to take action and by building church sponsored community centers in sex trafficking hot spots.



Joel Sandvos is the director of the film "The Pink Room".


"The Pink Room"
is the amazing story Mien being rescued from sex slavery and the hope she found at Agape's Rahab's House in Svay Pak, Cambodia.




Finally, Jessica, the Executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival joins us. "The Pink Room" is one of many films being shown at TCIFF. TCIFF seeks to pull together films Love, Message, and Action to shed light on social injustices in the areas of

1) the hungry
2) the thirsty
3) the estranged or homeless
4) the naked
5) the sick
6) the imprisoned

(according to Matt. 25:35-36).

The Toronto Cornerstone Film Festival is happening this weekend on

Sept. 20 @ BM/TM – 1515 Bloor Street West

Sept. 21-22 @ Innis Town Hall, UofT – 2 Sussex Ave.

Click HERE for tons more info!

 



Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Guest: Ashley Cleveland - singer, songwriter, and now author of "Litlle Black Sheep"



“This is the story of the groundwork that paved the way to my faith. It is not an easy story to tell….” This powerful memoir from Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through. As a young woman from a deeply flawed family, Ashley had little hope she would amount to anything. If there was trouble, near or far, she found it. Yet, in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But little by little, Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little, she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use. This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that God can work in broken places.


 

As the Grammy Award's first female nominee in the Best Rock Gospel category, Ashley Cleveland won this award in 1996 for her album Lesson of Love, in 1999 for You Are There, and in 2008 for Before the Daylight's Shot. She is the only artist to be nominated, and win, three times in this category.

In 2010, God Don't Never Change, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Gospel Album category, bringing her total number of overall nominations to four (with three wins).

Lesson of Love also won a 1996 Nashville Music Award ("Nammy") for Best Contemporary Christian Album.
 


Guest: Brenda Garrison- author of "Love No Matter What"

Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don't Agree With

It’s a maxim every parent would like to think they live by, but what happens when your kids make decisions you strongly disagree with—personal, immoral, illegal, or otherwise? While there’s no preventing a differing of opinions between children and parents, how you respond in these moments of conflict could make or break your relationship with your children, and ultimately their relationship with the Lord.

With 60 percent of churched kids leaving the church after graduation, there’s never been a more critical time for parents to pave the way back to God through loving parental techniques and responses. Join author and speaker Brenda Garrison as she provides invaluable insight and practical tips through the candid retelling of her family’s personal experience—and struggle—with her oldest daughter, Katie.

Love No Matter What features reflection and discussion questions, an analysis of various family scenarios and parenting styles, as well as a special “What Was Katie Thinking?” section where Katie herself shares her perspective of the story. This book is a lifeline for struggling moms and dads everywhere.
In this book Brenda shows parents firsthand how to:

  • Use disagreements to build bridges rather than walls.
  • Build relationships with their children that model God's own
    parenting style.
  • Build and nurture meaningful, open, and lasting relationships
    with their children.


 

Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who takes women to the next level with God. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work outside the home, married, or single, Brenda will help you:

  • Bypass excuses and take the next step towards your calling.
  • Break the urge to constantly please others.
  • Enjoy drama-free, satisfying friendships.
  • Experience peace and confidence knowing you have God’s
    undivided attention.
  • Build a bond with your child that will last even through the times
    when they’re making decisions you don’t agree with.

Brenda’s messages speak the truth of God’s word to women, so they can be and live all God planned for them. Brenda has spoken to audiences in Eastern Asia and throughout the United States. She has been a guest on Family Life Today.

Brenda's family

Brenda’s latest book, Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With (Thomas Nelson Publishers), was released in March, 2013. She is the author of three other books including Queen Mom: A Royal Plan for Restoring Order in Your Home and Princess Unaware: Finding the Fabulous in Every Day.

Partnering with women in ministry thrills Brenda’s soul. Brenda would love to talk to you about putting together an event that will take your women to the next level with God.


Monday, September 16th, 2013

Our thanks to Leilani Pelletier, Exec. Dir. of the WNY Chapter of the Alheimer's Assoc. and Beth Boron, Dir. of Respite Services and Program Volunteers for the conversation about Alzheimer's as we prepare for the Walk to End Alzhiemer's taking place in Buffalo on Saturday 09/21.

Do you want to walk with the WDCX TEAM? Click HERE to register or to donate to our team!



The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 6 locations in the Western New York Chapter region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.


Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.

1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.

In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.

In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.



Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Thomas- co-author of "When Sorry Isn't Enough"



 

Jennifer Thomas is a bestselling author, speaker, and psychologist who helps people know what to say when they face any type of communication challenge. She has served hundreds of individuals and couples in her counseling and consulting roles. For more than a decade, Jennifer’s books, speaking engagements, and resources have helped people:
  • Get out of the “dog house” and restore valuable relationships.
  • Bring heated arguments to a screeching halt.
  • Break through barriers and build respect
  • Rekindle love that has been dimmed by pain.
  • Grow their businesses by apologizing the smart way.
  • Offer apologies that are fully accepted.
  • Trade in tired excuses for honesty, trust, and joy.
Jennifer is the co-author of When Sorry Isn’t Enough (previously published as The Five Languages of Apology with Dr. Gary Chapman). Her books have been translated into sixteen foreign languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world.

Her expertise helps readers and leaders know the right things to say to keep growing. Jennifer prevents mishaps from becoming deal-breakers.

Jennifer has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland. She earned a BA in Psychology and Religion from the University of Virginia.

Let Jennifer show you what to say when the stakes are high. Take a free apology profile, register for her e-newsletter, and learn more about her life-changing books.

WhenSorryIsn'tEnough_
 

When you’ve hurt someone all you want to do is make things right. Same thing if you’ve been wronged. But sometimes just saying or hearing, “Sorry,” isn’t enough.

Relationships are fragile. And whether fractured by a major incident or a minor irritation, the ensuing emotions can often feel insurmountable preventing the relationship from moving forward or the offended from moving on. In order to make things right, something more than “sorry” is needed. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas have teamed up to deliver this groundbreaking study of how we give and receive apologies. It’s not just a matter of will, but it’s a matter of how you say, “I’m sorry” that ultimately makes things right with those you love. This book will help you discover why certain apologies clear the path for emotional healing, reconciliation, and freedom, while others fall desperately short.



Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Guest: Russ Crosson - author of "8 Important Money Decisions for Every Couple"



 

Every marriage has conflict. And many of those conflicts are related to finances.

Russ Crosson, president and CEO of Ronald Blue & Co., shows readers how to avoid the potentially disastrous landmine of financial turmoil.

Through these pages, Russ assists readers to think correctly about marriage and about money, rather than default to the way the world sees these areas of life. He covers specific areas of money management where financial conflicts usually occur:

  • Men who work too much
  • Why wives work
  • The problem of debt
  • Making sound investments
  • Giving wisely
  • Understanding insurance

To avoid pitfalls, Russ offers a game plan couples can use to achieve harmony in their marriage, no matter what their financial situation.




Russ Crosson is President and CEO of Ronald Blue & Co, LLC, one of the largest independent fee-only financial, investment, tax, estate and philanthropic advisory firms in the U.S. With a national network of 15 branch offices, the firm serves over 6500 individual and business clients. Russ graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Education. He and his wife, Julie, live in Roswell, Georgia, and are active in the teaching and mentoring of married couples. They are the parents of three adult sons. 


Guest: Dr. Tim Kimmel- author of "Grace Filled Marriage"

Dr. Tim Kimmel is one of America's top advocates speaking for the family today. He is the President and CEO of Family Matters®, whose goal is to equip families for every age and stage of life. Tim and Family Matters conduct the Raising Truly Great Kids conference across the country, giving parents advise on the unique pressures that confront them today. Over the past three decades, Tim has spoken to millions of people throughout the country. He has spoken for Promise Keepers, Focus on the Family's Life on the Edge Tour, and he and his wife, Darcy, are speakers for FamilyLife Ministry's Weekend To Remember conferences.

In addition to speaking, he has authored several books including best seller Little House On The Freeway and award winning Grace Based Parenting. All together, there are more than 800,000 copies of Dr. Kimmel's books equipping men, parents and couples across the globe, including single parents and blended families. He has also developed small group video studies such as the Grace Based Parenting Video Series, Grandparenthood, The Hurried Family, and Basic Training For A Few Good Men.

Along with speaking, writing and hosting the Family Matters Minute radio program, Tim has also been a featured guest on radio and television programs such as Dr. James Dobson's "Focus on the Family", "The 700 Club", Moody Broadcasting's "Prime Time" and "Midday Connection", "FamilyLife Today", "The Art of Family Living", Fox News, and was the television voice for Promise Keepers "Stand in the Gap" sacred assembly of men, October 4, 1997.

Personal Background
One of six children, Tim learned early in life the importance of family unity. He was married to Darcy, his high school sweetheart in 1972. They honeymooned at Dallas Theological Seminary where Tim earned his Masters of Theology, then moved to Phoenix where he ultimately founded Family Matters™ in 1982. Tim earned his Doctorate from Western Seminary in 1995 and is continually learning and applying his knowledge to help families. Tim and Darcy have four children (three married) and an increasing amount of grandchildren.

You start your love story with dreams and end it with memories. But if you invite Jesus along for the ride and let his grace weave its way through all those memories, you’ll get to finish your story well. God’s grace will prove to be sufficient all the way to the end.

Without a full measure of grace applied in every moment, even marriages that were supposedly made in heaven will end up disappointing and hurting the two people center stage in the wedding photos. Whether you have a good marriage or one in serious need of help, you simply cannot do it in your own power. To have a marriage that thrives, you need grace.

Marriages without grace have a way of feeling tired, burdensome, and old. You can even agree to define mediocrity as your new normal. But without grace, the one event we go overboard on as a culture—a wedding—can become, by default, the overture to our own song of regret. Grace is what we need to create the marriage we’ve always longed for.    

Grace-Filled Marriage explores the daily reality of a life lived out with a commitment to treating our spouse the way God treats us—with grace. In this provocative look at love, we’ll see how God’s grace plays out in our marriage as we navigate through the areas of sex, kids, conflict, aging, and endings . . . gracefully.



Monday, September 9th, 2013

Guest: Linda Baartse- Executive Director of the Toronto Pregnancy Care Centre


Linda Baartse is Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre (PCC), a Toronto non profit offering compassionate support to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy. The PCC has helped over 4000 women over the past 25 years. Linda helps train support workers to listen, inform and offer hope to those who struggle with hard decisions in a crisis pregnancy. Before serving with the PCC, Linda worked 15 years in Central America and Africa as a Community Development Worker giving training and institutional support to rural women’s


 

In a city like Toronto it's normal to feel isolated, alone, and overwhelmed, especially when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. The Pregnancy Care Centre was established in 1984 as a Christian non-profit, non-political, charitable organization to offer valuable community support. We are funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses and churches. Through our main office in North York, as well as our Scarborough location, we continue to help the community in the following ways:

For more information about our programs, to schedule a presentation, or to stay in touch with us through our e-newsletter, please contact us!



Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Guest: Robin Wolaver- author of "The Song of Annie Moses"



Robin Wolaver is mom to all six members of the critically-acclaimed Annie Moses Band and the author of the new book The Song of Annie Moses: A Musical Quest, a Mother's Gift (Guideposts, Sept 2013) Robin shares the amazing story of her life, from a childhood of dire poverty in the mountains of southeast Oklahoma to moving to Nashville, writing a #1 hit song, putting her burgeoning career aside to raise her family ... and how God honored that faithfulness.  

As for the family, the group—which plays a really unique faith-based fusion of folk, jazz and classical—is becoming enormously popular, playing almost 100 dates across the country, including Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. They've scored a Top 10 Classical Crossover album on the Billboard charts. 



Guest: Jim Stovall -author of book now made movie "The Ultimate Gift"
 

Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin.Jim Stovall

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.”    

For his work in making television accessible to our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people, The President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year.  He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as recipients of this honor.





The Ultimate Gift

Red Stevens was a self-made man who gave his family everything-and ruined them in the process. Now, as his estate of oil companies and cattle ranches is divided among greedy and self-serving relatives, one member is singled out for something special: Red's great-nephew, Jason.

In a darkened room, isolated from the rest of his family, Jason is confronted by the image of his deceased great uncle on a video monitor...and so begins a 12-month quest for purpose and meaning in an empty life, as Jason attempts to complete the tasks required to receive Red Stevens' greatest bequest...The Ultimate Gift.

"A wonderful story. Needed wisdom for young and old alike.  Written by one of the most extraordinary men of our era."
- Steve Forbes, President, CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Magazine


Guest: Michael Landon Jr. - Director of "The Ultimate Life"



Michael Landon Jr., director of THE ULTIMATE LIFE, is the son of the late television legend Michael Landon and has been in the film business for more than 25 years. Educated at USC and a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute, he has worked in nearly every capacity of the moviemaking process. He has developed, produced, directed, or written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and Hallmark.

His award-winning film Love Comes Softly was the highest-rated movie in the history of the Hallmark Channel—by 40 percent—until its sequel, Love's Enduring Promise, surpassed it, giving him the top two highest-rated movies in the network's history. He has since written, directed, or produced eight more installments of the Love Comes Softly series of films. The DVD release of Love Comes Softly was the top-selling DVD in the Christian Booksellers Association market for three straight years.

In 2005, Michael formed Believe Pictures, with partner Brian Bird. The production company's first film was the theatrically released The Last Sin Eater. Their second film, Saving Sarah Cain, aired on Lifetime with record viewer numbers. His first foray into animation was The Velveteen Rabbit, a combination of live action and animation. Jamaa, a film inspired by a true story, was shot in Unganda for the relief organization World Vision, which now presents it in churches across the country, leading to sponsorship of more than 2,000 children! His latest film is Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel and is now available on DVD.

Michael co-authored One More Sunrise, his first novel with best-selling author Tracie Peterson. His second novel, The Silent Gift, was co-authored with long time writing partner Cindy Kelley. He is currently working on his third novel with veteran novelist Joe Hilley.



Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Guest: Arnie Cole- author of "Tempted, Tested, True"




Arnie Cole (EdD, Pepperdine) is the CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. He has spent much of his professional life tracking trends of human behavior and developing programs that can help change negative behaviors. He and his wife, Char, are the parents of adult children and operate Still Waters Ranch, an equestrian center that serves as a community outreach. The Coles live near Lincoln, Nebraska.



Real, Lasting Victory Over Temptation

There's no use pretending: Everybody struggles with temptations. Sometimes those struggles can wear us down and we don't know where to turn. But as authors Dr. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross write, "Each struggle presents us with an opportunity for growth and intimacy with God--not condemnation."

Using real-life stories and information gathered from over 100,000 surveys, Tempted, Tested, True gives you a step-by-step process for resisting harmful choices through the power of God's Word. This book will show you how to live in the freedom God wants for you.