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Monday, May 11, 2015

Guest:

Andrew Farley, Author of: "The Naked Gospel"- Part Two- "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.




 

Monday, May 4, 2015

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.




 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Guest:

Michael Bowyer, Founder of: 541 Eatery

We are an eatery; offering fresh, homemade meals and baked goods in the heart of Hamilton. We are committed to providing food that is affordable, nutritious and family-friendly.

We are a place of exchange; where ideas are shared and where people can engage with one another. We will use our space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate educational community initiatives such as a homework club, a youth employment program and other skills training opportunities.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guest:

Joan Anderson, Director of "Mom and Me Retreat"

We have blessings from God and our mission is to share those blessings with you. 
               This weekend-long event is a chance for you
Single Moms                               
                
          To bond with your children
                          To build some lasting memories
                          To experience outdoor activities at minimal cost
                          To relax from a hectic life
                          To be encouraged for the future
              
            To know you are not alone in your struggles and someone cares!

                       
Besides all the neat outdoorsy stuff you'll be doing; like paddling a raft, climbing a rock wall , swimming in an indoor heated pool, cooking s'mores around the campfire, etc., mom will find some refreshment for her soul.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest:

Dr. Terry Law, Author of: "Storm Chaser"


Storm Chaser: The Terry Law Story captures the remarkable life of Dr. Terry Law, whose 50 year career in Christian missions and humanitarian work has taken him from Soviet KGB interrogations to Moscow's evening news, and from Vatican concerts with Pope John Paul II to secret diplomatic missions in Iraq. More than a riveting adventure, Storm Chaser includes key principles to help readers go beyond surviving life's storms and discover that "in the eye of every storm lies the power of God to change your world."


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guest:

Robbie Raugh, Author of: "The Raw Truth Recharge"

Do you feel sick and thick and tired? Do you think losing weight is about dieting, counting points, or counting calories? Maybe you're eating the right foods and not seeing results?

The Raw Truth Recharge will teach you 7 Truths about Faith, Family, Food, Fitness, Detox, Sleep, and Stress Management, and how all of them are vital to your health—mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. God's Word gives us clear instructions on how to take care of our body, and it's not just about what we eat and how much we exercise.

Learn how to increase your energy, be fit and feel healthy, decrease your body fat, increase your muscle mass, shape your body, cut cravings, take care of your body, and focus your energy to fulfill your calling. God's Word actually gives us clear direction on all of these truths.

The Raw Truth is that God wants us to be proactive about taking care of our bodies, our "mobile homes" or "temporary earth suits," with the right motives, to accomplish His purpose for our lives.

If you want to get lean, then you need to lean on the Lord! Do you need inspiration and motivation to either get or stay on track? Then this book is for you!

Robbie shares a deeply personal account from her private journals, as she faced both her own life struggles, along with the sickness and loss of her three immediate family members.

Learn that no matter what you are facing in life, if you seek God first, He will not only direct your paths, but He will give you peace and strength that surpasses all understanding.

Robbie Raugh, a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Integrative Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Practitioner, is armed with credentials. In this book she draws from her 30 plus years experience working in the Health, Nutrition and Fitness Industry. She also writes about her personal experiences and struggles with her own desire and preoccupation to be "thin and perfect", while having to be "on stage" as an International role model in the Fitness Industry, for over 3 decades. She has studied more than 200 dietary and fitness theories from World Class Doctors of Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness both from the School of Integrative Nutrition in NYC where she attended, and also throughout her vast 30+ year career in the Industry. Throughout Robbie's career she has seen and experienced many fitness and dietary theories first hand, and knows what works, what doesn't work, and why. Robbie shares all of her secrets, tips of the trade and more, in this inspirational book - and that's the Raw Truth!



 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Guest:

Jonathan Morrow, Author of: "Questioning The Bible"


Can a thoughtful person today seriously believe that God wrote a book? There are an unprecedented number of sophisticated attacks on the origin, credibility, and reliability of the Bible. It can be difficult to know what to say when skepticism and secularism take over so many conversations.
 
Additionally, confusion and doubt about the Bible being God's Word are becoming as common inside the church as they are in the broader culture. The purpose of this book is to respond to these challenges, sound bites, and slogans...and give people confidence that the Bible can be trusted and that it matters for our lives because God really has spoken.



 
Guest:

Jack Fonseca, Project Coordinator at Campaign Life Coalition

Now that the Ontario Liberal Party has a majority in government and no election is in sight, Premier Kathleen Wynne has "coincidentally" announced that in the fall of 2015, she will reintroduce the graphic Sex Ed Curriculum that had outraged parents in 2010.

Back then, parents and religious leaders came out angrily against Liberal plans to teach early grades about age-inappropriate topics like masturbation, anal intercourse, oral sex, vaginal lubrication, and the idea that being male or female is merely a “social construct”. So strong was the backlash that McGuinty “shelved” the curriculum after only 3 days of public outcry.



 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Guest:

Dr. Gary Thomas, Author of: "A LifeLong Love"


Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.

Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about—and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Guest:

Dr. Scott Turansky, Author of: "Motivate Your Child"

We need a parenting revolution!

Most parenting approaches end up encouraging children to ask the wrong questions about life: What’s in it for me? Are you going to pay me for that? What’s the minimum I need to do to get by?

But God’s Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.

You’ll learn . . . 

•          how to parent in ways that build internal motivation so that kids don’t have to rely on you to get things done.

•          the four promptings of the conscience and how to coordinate your parenting to take advantage of them.

•          ways to energize your spiritual training with fun and creativity.

•          how to help children respond to mistakes instead of blaming, defending, or justifying.

The greatest gift you can give your child is strong moral and spiritual development—this book shows you how. Every chapter includes practical examples of families applying the Bible to their current issues.

Join the revolution!



 

Thursday, March, 26, 2015

Guest:

Nathan Betts, RZIM

Nathan Betts is an apologist based at RZIM Canada, with a particular (although not exclusive) focus on youth, students and young adults. Nathan received his undergraduate degree from Tyndale University College after which, being a keen baseball fan, he worked on the Toronto Blue Jays Ground Crew for four years.

Nathan is a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and has also completed an MA in Bible and Ministry at King’s College London through the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture. Nathan has written curricula on basic Christianity and Apologetics for several major churches in both Canada and the UK. Nathan resides in Toronto with his wife Brittany and their young son Samuel.



Guest:

David Shenk, Author of: "Christian. Muslim. Friend."


Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends?

Even in a post-September 11 era of alienation and religious violence, David Shenk says yes.
In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims, characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue.

Rooted in his fifty years of friendship with Muslims in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, Shenk invites Christian readers to be clear about their identity, develop trust, practice hospitality, confront distortions of both faiths, and seek out Muslims committed to peace.

He invites readers to both bear witness to the Christ-centered commitments of their faith while also reaching out in friendship with Muslims. Through astounding stories of his animated conversations with Muslim clerics, visits to countless mosques around globe, and pastors and imams who join hands to work for peace, Shenk offers tested and true paths to real relationships.

A compelling resource with practical application for mission personnel, Sunday school classes, and any Christian who rubs shoulders with people of Islamic faith in their neighborhood or workplace.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Guest:

Alycia Wood of: RZIM

Alycia Wood, an OCCA Fellow with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She was graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Roberts Wesleyan College and later earned her Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.

Alycia has had a variety of training and educational opportunities, including: six years in urban youth ministry, prison ministry at Attica and Orleans prisons in New York, work in fine dining restaurant organizations, and teaching in private and public schools.

Alycia is a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). While studying at the OCCA, she participated in several speaking engagements in the UK on “ Who is Jesus?,” “The Reason for God,” and “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”


Guest:

Nabeel Qureshi, RZIM

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God.  Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

Nabeel’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, is now available.

Nabeel has given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout North America, including New York University, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina, the University of Ottawa, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Biola University. He has participated in 17 moderated, public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith and the early history and teachings of Islam.

Nabeel is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA from Duke University in Religion.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Guest:

Margaret Manning, RZIM

Margaret Manning Shull earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honor, from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, before going on to earn her Masters of Divinity degree, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Prior to working at RZIM as part of the writing team, Margaret served in pastoral roles focusing on teaching, discipleship, spiritual formation, and pastoral care and counseling. She is an ordained minister and enjoys reading and research in topics related to world religions, philosophical theology, science and faith, biblical hermeneutics, and theology in the arts.

Rev. Manning Shull is passionate about communicating the gospel in ways that engage both heart and mind. Her warm and relational teaching style in addressing the critical intersection between Christian faith and life highlights her unique emphasis on conversational apologetics.

In her free time, Margaret enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, walking, and caring for her pets. She also enjoys travel and has visited the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, and Brazil. Margaret currently resides in Bellingham, WA with her husband, David.



Guest:

Stuart McAllister, RZIM

Born in Scotland, Stuart McAllister saw his life changed by Christ at the early age of twenty. Filled with a hunger to learn more and deepen his understanding of the faith led him to join Operation Mobilization in 1978. He worked with the organization for 20 years in Vienna, Austria, and his service took him to Yugoslavia, where he was imprisoned for forty days for distributing Christian literature. Upon his release, he continued to preach in communist countries, resulting in more imprisonments.

With a rich history of service, Stuart has acted as general secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance (1992-1998) and been involved with the European Lausanne Committee. He developed a mobilization movement called “Love Europe,” which sent several thousand team members across Europe with the message of the Christian faith. Stuart also founded the European Roundtable, bringing together a diverse group of ministries and interests that collaborated to foster “Hope for Europe.”

Stuart joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1998 as the International Director and today serves as Regional Director, Americas. With a heavy travel schedule that takes him all over the globe, Stuart speaks in churches, universities, and other forums with the same passion he first knew as a follower of Christ. Stuart has been a lecturer at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, where he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker several times at the European Leadership Forum.

Stuart is a frequent contributor to A Slice of Infinity, RZIM’s daily reading on issues of apologetics and philosophy, Just Thinking, the ministry’s quarterly journal, as well as Engage, a magazine published quarterly by RZIM Educational Trust. He has also contributed chapters in the books Beyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2007) and Global Missiology for the 21st Century (World Evangelical Fellowship, 2000).


Monday, March 23, 2015

Guest:

Acts 16:5 Conference

 

16:5 Stream Pass


Guest:

Dr. Andy Bannister, RZIM

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audience of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.

Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively, especially since 9/11 and the huge interest that was sparked in the subject by the events of that day. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.

With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focussing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, from where he worked with churches and organisations across the denominational spectrum.

When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid and they have one daughter, Caitriona.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Guest:

Tom Copland, CPA

This site teaches readers on how to manage their finances based on Biblical principles.

God’s Word, the Bible, has incredible wisdom in the area of finances.  There are 2,350 references in the Bible to money and material things.

God provides us with wisdom in all areas of finances including debt, budgeting, investing, counsel, stewardship, priorities, giving, cosigning, obtaining God’s peace and providing a distinction between worldly attitudes as opposed to godly attitudes with respect to money.

Guest:

Jeff Bohn, Shining-Light Ministries

Expanding Perspective. Impacting Lives.

Shining Light Ministries is committed to providing students with unique and impressionable experiences that will expand their view of the world, themselves, and God while making a significant difference in the lives of people in some of the most hopeless situations in America.  Our goal is that in working as a team to effectively share the hope of Jesus with others, students themselves will be impacted, inspired, and better equipped to live out their faith in the rest of their lives.


 

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Guest:

Neil and Sharole Josephson, Directors of Family Life Canada


Neil and Sharol are the directors of FamilyLife Canada and have been ministering to couples as marriage and family pastors for years.
They are frequent speakers at the Weekend Getaway and their sense of humour, love for God, and passion for families endear them to people of all ages.

$250/couple (Early Bird: if registered by March 20, 2015)
$800/5 couples (Group Rate)
$350/couple (Regular Rate)

(Hotel, meals and parking NOT included)


 

Guest:

Phil Lees, Director of Peace Ontario

Purpose

Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity empowers traditionally-minded parents to:

  • build positive relations with their schoolsGeneric Family Photo_scaled
  • help educators understand the needs of their faith community
  • work with the schools to develop realistic and relevant learning accommodations

P.E.A.C.E. chapters, domestically and internationally, work with religious organizations, parents, government representatives, and publicly-funded school systems to understand, be informed, and improve communication around the issue of sensitive curriculum.

Understand
a) We live in a multi-value-system world and need to accept those who live by different values, worldviews and beliefs
b) Families who raise their child(ren) from traditional or faith perspectives need a learning environment that respects the teachings of the home, preventing conflict in the mind(s) of the child(ren) about what is right or wrong for them
 
Inform about
a) The policies and learning which may be deemed sensitive
b) Educational resources to address the issues and provide a quality education that connects the learning in the classroom with the cultural and spiritual understandings of the child(ren)
c) The tools to help families communicate their values, faith and worldview to publicly-funded school systems
 
Communicate
Improve communication between parents and schools about potentially sensitive learning and the values of the home.

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Guest:

Bill Giovannetti, Author of: "Grace Intervention"


How would you define legalism in today’s church? Discover the surprising answers presented by pastor, author, and professor Bill Giovannetti, as he guides you, step by step—with humor, compassion, and biblical insight—through the counter-intuitive shift from legalism to God’s staggeringly beautiful grace. Then rest secure, knowing that God has set you free!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Guest:

David Whiting, Northridge Community Church and ACTS 16:5 Conference
  • Why should I attend the 16:5 conference?

    • Learn from the successes of others can help you avoid mistakes and learning from the mistakes of others is better than having to only learn from your own mistakes.
    • Connect with other church leaders and key organizations that will help resource you to become a more effective leader.
    • Provides an opportunity to get many key leaders from your church on the same page regarding ministry philosophy and programming.
    • Challenges ministry assumptions to help you optimize and intentionally design the rhythm of your church to complete the vision toward which you are leading.
    • Utilize breakouts for training key leaders and volunteers with relatively low cost and time commitment compared with other conferences.
    • We don’t expect you to do everything we do, the way we do! We want to be a resource because of our experience growing through similar situations to which many attendees find themselves and their church.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Guest:

Stan Guthrie, Author of: "God's Story In 66 Verses"

Grasp God’s Word in sixty-six easy verses

The Bible can seem like a big, intimidating book—mysterious, archaic, and often hard to understand. Written over a span of fifteen hundred years, and completed nearly two millennia ago, God’s Word sometimes feels like a mishmash of stories and literary styles. How can twenty-first-century readers—like you—make sense of it all?

Author Stan Guthrie’s answer: begin by zooming in on one key verse for each of the Bible’s sixty-six books. Seeking to bring clarity and simplicity to the study of God’s Word, Guthrie has written a concise, easy-to-digest collection of wisdom anchored by one verse for each book, from Genesis to Revelation—a verse that summarizes or lays the foundation for that book, placing it in context with the rest of the Scriptures.

Read this book, and you’ll feel as if you’ve read the entire Bible—but you’ll also yearn to continue exploring its depths and mining its riches on your own.


Thursday, March 4, 2015

Guest:

Tom Doyle, Author of: "Killing Christians"

Could you retain your faith even if it meant losing your life? Your family’s lives?

To many Christians in the Middle East today, a “momentary, light affliction” means enduring only torture instead of martyrdom. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith over survival in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, and other countries hostile to the Gospel of Christ. In Killing Christians, Tom Doyle takes readers to the secret meetings, the torture rooms, the grim prisons, and even the executions that are the “calling” of countless Muslims-turned-Christians.

Each survivor longs to share with brothers and sisters “on the outside” what Christ has taught them. Killing Christians is their message to readers who still enjoy freedom to practice their faith. None would wish their pain and suffering on those who do not have to brave such misery, but the richness gained through their remarkable trials are delivered—often in their own words—through this book. The stories are breathtaking, the lessons soul-stirring and renewing. Killing Christians presents the dead serious work of expanding and maintaining the Faith.


Tuesday, March 2, 2015

Guest:

Jared Brock, Author of: "A Year of Living Prayerfully"


Is Anyone Listening? Do My Prayers Really Change Anything?
Jared Brock sensed that something was missing in his prayer life, so he embarked on a yearlong journey to rediscover the power of prayer (and eat some delicious falafel).
                 
FOLLOW JARED ON A 37,000-MILE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AS HE...
* Dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
* Discovers the 330-year-old home of Brother Lawrence
* Burns his clothes at the end of the Camino de Santiago
* Attends the world's largest church in Seoul
* Visits Westboro Baptist Church
* Tries to stay out of trouble in North Korea
* Attempts fire walking (with only minor burns) 
  
Although up to 90% of us pray, very few of us feel like we've mastered prayer. A Year of Living Prayerfully is a fascinating, humorous, globe-trotting exploration of prayer that will help you grow your own prayer life. 

While filming a documentary about sex trafficking, Jared and Michelle Brock felt a deep need for prayer in their personal lives. In an effort to learn more about prayer, the couple traveled the globe, exploring the great Judeo-Christian prayer traditions: in mountains and monasteries, in Christian communities and cathedrals, standing up and lying down, every hour and around the clock.

Jared's witty reflections on his fast-paced journey will both entertain and inspire you to think about your own prayer journey.

Join Jared on a rollicking modern-day prayer pilgrimage... you'll never pray the same again.



Guest:

Terry Law, Author of: "Storm Chasers"


Storm Chaser: The Terry Law Story captures the remarkable life of Dr. Terry Law, whose 50 year career in Christian missions and humanitarian work has taken him from Soviet KGB interrogations to Moscow's evening news, and from Vatican concerts with Pope John Paul II to secret diplomatic missions in Iraq. More than a riveting adventure, Storm Chaser includes key principles to help readers go beyond surviving life's storms and discover that "in the eye of every storm lies the power of God to change your world."


 

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Guest:

Peter Chin, Author of: "Blindsided By God"


It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down.

When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen?

But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good.

Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.



Guest:

Tim and Cheryl Chambers- Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY

BACKGROUND
Christian Counseling Ministries of Western New York, Inc. (CCM) emerged from a growing need in our area for Biblically-based counseling services from professionally trained counselors. We believe firmly in the integration of Scriptural principles with daily living, and believe that God can use the study of the mind and human behavior to heal wounds from our past and conflicts in the present. It is for this reason that we work with pastors and Christian organizations throughout Western New York, to minister to the Body of Christ.

STRUCTURE
We are different from a private practice in that we are a not-for-profit, faith-based, tax-exempt organization. We do have an established fee but are aware of the fact that some people may not be able to afford that fee, and therefore, we provide a sliding fee scale which takes into consideration gross annual income and family size. We are committed to reaching as many persons as possible by offering services at an affordable cost, while maintaining quality Christian professionals to perform these services. We have several counselors and locations in the WNY area to help make our services convenient to our clients.

FOUNDER
CCM has been in operation since 1983 and was founded by Dr. Timothy P. Chambers who continues to serve as the Executive Director. In addition to the responsibilities of administration, Dr. Chambers provides individual counseling, coaching and mediation services. He is also a licensed minister.


 


 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Guest:

Annie Lobert, Author of: "Fallen"


Annie Lobert was not so different from most girls, growing up in a small town and experiencing common struggles with friends, school, and boys. But her home was filled with turmoil, and at nine years old she was sexually abused by an older girl and as a teenager was assaulted numerous times by boys who said they loved her just to get what they wanted. Feeling unloved, used, and abused, she struggled to find self-worth.

Lured by the almighty dollar, and with a skewed fairytale view of love, she was drawn toward the seductive whispers and open arms of the sex industry. Greed consumed her, the money an easy remedy to numb her brokenness, so she began a new life with a new name--Fallen. Settling under the lights of glamorous Las Vegas, she became one of the most sought-after high-class escorts, fielding calls from celebrities, musicians, politicians, and other men with endless supplies of cash.

But the lights weren't that bright. All that glitters isn't gold. And it wasn't long before the dream of getting all she ever wanted became the nightmare that plunged her into the darkest time of her life.

In Fallen, Lobert writes about her sixteen-year journey being owned by a violent pimp who took every dollar and beat her multiple times within inches of her life. After more than a decade and a half of countless arrests, rapes, life-threatening calls, and utter loneliness, the freedom she had once sought became her prison. Then after being diagnosed with and treated for cancer, Annie eventually found herself at death's door from a drug overdose. That's when she finally surrendered to the love of a beckoning Savior.

Through Lobert's harrowing account in the clutches of the sex trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers will be encouraged knowing this: No matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse. And He longs to give you a new life. Today, Annie is redeemed. Healed. Free. And rescuing other victims through her organization Hookers for Jesus.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Guest:

Bill Giovannetti, Author of: "Grace Intervention"

How would you define legalism in today’s church? Discover the surprising answers presented by pastor, author, and professor Bill Giovannetti, as he guides you, step by step—with humor, compassion, and biblical insight—through the counter-intuitive shift from legalism to God’s staggeringly beautiful grace. Then rest secure, knowing that God has set you free!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guest:

Kurt Bubna, Author of: "Mr. & Mrs. How To Thrive In A Perfectly Imperfect Marriage"


Lasting marriages don't just survive. They thrive.

Long-married spouses discover how to not just live with each other, but to love each other in a way that can only be described as godly. They've come to understand that the joys of marriage often arrive because of its many challenges, not despite them.

Marriage is a perfectly imperfect relationship that's hard, but worth it.

After nearly forty years of marriage, Pastor Kurt Bubna knows that to be true. In three decades of leading churches, he's also witnessed the hopes, hurts, confusion, and frustration of hundreds of married couples trying to love each other well in a world that urges selfishness over sacrifice.

Combining his church members' stories and his own "recovering idiot" experiences with insightful biblical knowledge, Pastor Kurt shares vital principles and practical advice that can help any marriage, in any stage, thrive for years on end.



Guest:

Lisa Anderson- Director of Young Adults at Focus on the Family


Discussing- Fifty Shades of Grey

Lisa Anderson is director of young adults for Focus on the Family, the world’s leading Christian organization dedicated to helping families thrive. She manages Boundless, Focus’ ministry for young adults, with the goal of helping 20- and 30-somethings grow up, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family. 

She also hosts "The Boundless Show,” a national radio program and weekly podcast,  where she leads discussions on timely issues, interviews authors, artists and other newsmakers, facilitates Q&A and volunteers far too much information from her personal life.

Prior to her current role, Anderson served as the director of media and public relations for Focus, building relationships with members of the media and doing spokesmanship, strategic planning, story pitching and writing for Focus’ many initiatives. In addition to her work at Focus on the Family, Anderson has extensive experience in the corporate world and completed an editorial fellowship at Insight magazine in Washington, D.C.

Anderson’s writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines. She also contributed to the CNN Belief Blog in an article about soul mates and has been a contributing author to books and curriculum. Anderson appears on numerous radio and TV programs and presents workshops at national conferences.

She is driven, in part, by interacting regularly with young adults who, because of the cultural impact of divorce, fatherlessness and a Hollywood-inspired view of romance and relationships, have little idea of how to approach dating and marriage from a God-honoring perspective.

When not challenging the next generation on issues involving relationships, faith, career and culture, she enjoys traveling, running, hiking and quoting her mother, who is known to say outrageous things. She loves Jesus, people, ideas and guacamole – in that order.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Guest:

Gary Thomas, Author of: "A LifeLong Love"


Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.

Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about—and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.



Guest:

Tim and Cheryl Chambers of Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY

BACKGROUND
Christian Counseling Ministries of Western New York, Inc. (CCM) emerged from a growing need in our area for Biblically-based counseling services from professionally trained counselors. We believe firmly in the integration of Scriptural principles with daily living, and believe that God can use the study of the mind and human behavior to heal wounds from our past and conflicts in the present. It is for this reason that we work with pastors and Christian organizations throughout Western New York, to minister to the Body of Christ.

STRUCTURE
We are different from a private practice in that we are a not-for-profit, faith-based, tax-exempt organization. We do have an established fee but are aware of the fact that some people may not be able to afford that fee, and therefore, we provide a sliding fee scale which takes into consideration gross annual income and family size. We are committed to reaching as many persons as possible by offering services at an affordable cost, while maintaining quality Christian professionals to perform these services. We have several counselors and locations in the WNY area to help make our services convenient to our clients.

FOUNDER
CCM has been in operation since 1983 and was founded by Dr. Timothy P. Chambers who continues to serve as the Executive Director. In addition to the responsibilities of administration, Dr. Chambers provides individual counseling, coaching and mediation services. He is also a licensed minister.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Guest:

Grace Fox, Author of: "One Minute Romance For Couples"

A romance that lasts starts with good communication. But one nationwide survey indicated that most married couples spend only three or four minutes a day in meaningful conversation.

Do you sometimes wonder what to talk about? Do you ever feel as if you know all there is to know about each other? Would you like to go deeper but need some help knowing where to start? Whether you’re just getting to know each other or have been married for decades, this pocket-size trove of short, open-ended questions is sure to spark fun and meaningful conversations that will help you connect on many levels.

  • “One of the first things that attracted me to you was…”
  • “If you had a bucket list, what would be three of the top things on it?”
  • “Describe a teacher or coach who made a positive impact on your life.”

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guest:

Mary Hunt, Author of: "The Financially Confiedent Woman"

Where is it written that women don't do money? Since its first release in 1996 this award-winning, bestselling book has changed the lives of women across the world. In this newly revised and expanded edition of The Financially Confident Woman, Mary Hunt shares her faith and her journey of how she overcame more than $100,000 of unsecured debt and how you can learn from her mistakes, too.

In 1996 Amazon.com said of the first edition of The Financially Confident Woman, "This is one of the best books you can buy -- regardless of your gender -- about the financial pitfalls of modern life and how to climb out of them. As she shares the story of her long journey back from the brink of financial disaster, Mary Hunt shows you how it is never too late to turn around bad financial habits."


Monday, February 2, 2015

Guest:

A.J. Swoboda, Author of: "A Glorious Dark"


When what you believe isn't what you see

On Thursday as they ate the Passover meal with Jesus, the disciples believed that the kingdom was coming and they were on the front end of a revolution. Then came the tragedy of Friday and the silence of Saturday. They ran. They doubted. They despaired. From their perspective, all was lost.

Yet, within the grave, God's power was still flowing like a mighty river beneath the ice of winter. And then there was Sunday morning.

Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets us right in those uncomfortable moments when our beliefs about the world don't match up with reality. Tackling tough questions like Why is faith so hard? Why do I doubt? Why does God allow me to suffer? and Is God really with me in the midst of my pain? A. J. Swoboda invites us to develop a faith that embraces the tension between what we believe and what we experience, showing that it is in the very tension we seek to eliminate that God meets us.


Monday, January 26, 2015

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



Guest:

Donald Miller, Author of: "Scary Close"

After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. Impressing people wasn’t helping him connect with anyone. He’d built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at forty years old he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.

From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important.

Scary Close is Donald Miller at his best.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Guest:

Katariina Rosenblatt, Author of: "Stolen"

Sex trafficking is currently a hot news topic, but it is not a new problem or just a problem in "other" countries. Every year, an estimated 300,000 American children are at risk of being lured into the sex trade, some as young as eight years old. It is thought that up to 90 percent of victims are never rescued.

Stolen is the true story of one survivor who escaped--more than once. First recruited while staying with her family at a hotel in Miami Beach, Katariina Rosenblatt was already a lonely and abused young girl who was yearning to be loved. She fell into the hands of a confident young woman who pretended friendship but slowly lured her into a child prostitution ring. For years afterward, a cycle of false friendship, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, readers will quickly realize the frightening truth that these terrible things could have happened to any child--a neighbor, a niece, a friend, a sister, a daughter. But beyond that, they will see that there is real hope for the victims of sex trafficking. Stolen is more than a warning. It is a celebration of survival that will inspire.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guest:

Kathi Lipp, Author of: "Clutter Free"

If you’ve ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp’s new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control.

Do any of these descriptions apply to you?

  • You bought a box of cereal at the store, and then discovered you have several boxes at home that are already past the “best by” date.
  • You bought a book and put it on your nightstand (right on top of ten others you’ve bought recently), but you have yet to open it.
  • You keep hundreds of DVDs around even though you watch everything online now and aren’t really sure where the remote for the DVD player is.
  • You spend valuable time moving your piles around the house, but you can never find that piece of paper when you need it.
  • Your house doesn't make you happy when you step into it.

As you try out the many easy, doable solutions that helped Kathi win her battle with clutter, you’ll begin to understand why you hold on to the things you do, eliminate what’s crowding out real life, and make room for the life of true abundance God wants for you.



Guest:

Esther Gulyas of EG TAX


EG Tax is a full service tax preparation firm, having served nearly a million clients since 1990. Our number one priority has been and will always be putting the clients needs first! We strive to take the utmost care when it comes to listening to our clients needs, sorting out the details of the task at hand, and applying our tax expertise in order to achieve the most ethical, feasible, and accurate tax solutions for our clients at reasonable rates.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Guest:

Dr. Gary Lovejoy, Author of: "Light in the Darkness"

Many Christians struggle with the dark shadows depression can cast over our lives. Too often, our depression is compounded by a sense of personal shame or guilt. Light in the Darkness shows us how, rather than a sickness or a sin, depression is actually a signal, warning us of emotional damage that needs repair. Here, readers will find a blueprint for restoring emotional health and rekindling the hope of faith that is both biblically and psychologically sound.

Light in the Darkness Workshop Kit coming in February 2015!

Gregory M. Knopf, MD is an associate clinical professor in family medicine at Oregon Health Services University and the founder and medical director of Gresham-Troutdale Family Medical Center.

Gary H. Lovejoy, PhD has been a professor of psychology and religion at Mt. Hood Community College and has had a private practice in counseling for more than thirty years.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Guest:

John Burke, Author of: "Unshockable Love"


Why were people so attracted to Jesus? They knew that he was for them--not against them. It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. What do you see when you look at the imperfect people around you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you shocked at the faults, failures, and moral shortcomings? Or do you see the beauty and potential that God said was worth dying for, the masterpiece hidden beneath the mud of sin in every person? How you frame a person in your mind makes all the difference.
Get ready to change your life and the lives of others by learning how Jesus truly sees all people. Through John Burke's powerful lessons gleaned from his study of every encounter Jesus had, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christ-like impact, this book will inspire you to truly love the messy people around you--and the one staring back in the mirror--with the unconditional, unshockable love of Jesus.


 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Guest:

Jim Kelly, Former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
To be able to take care of the people I love. My family.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START THE KELLY FOR KIDS FOUNDATION?
To help kids that are less fortunate and to make their tomorrows a little brighter and to hopefully make their dreams come true.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START THE HUNTER'S HOPE FOUNDATION?
On February 14th, Valentines Days, my birthday, my son Hunter was born. Within four months, he was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. The doctors told my wife Jill and I to take him home and make him comfortable. That was the day Jill and I decided to make it our lifelong commitment to make sure that kids all over the world don't suffer like Hunter does.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST GRATIFYING CAREER MOMENT?
Saturday, August 3rd, 2002 - Being inducted into the Pro Football Sports Hall of Fame.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST GRATIFYING PERSONAL MOMENT?
I have three of them. May 4th, 1995, February 14th, 1997 and June 24th, 1999. The days my children were born - ERIN, HUNTER and CAMRYN.

WHAT SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE TO HELP THEM MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
It doesn't take a lot to make a difference in someone's life. Be willing to help out family, friends and even strangers. A simple hello, smile or thank you can make all the difference in the world. Just strive to be a good person each and every day. Believe it or not, it will make a bigger difference than you think.



Guest:

Brett Gould, Author of: "Comeback Bringing"


Comeback Bringing is bold. It will make you think, laugh, cry, and then some. You ll likely repeat those emotions in varying order as you connect with the heart of the message it brings. And in the end, every last word will walk you into the moment you ve been longing for...

Real life change. A purpose. A vision.

If you ve known you were meant for more, but not been able to put your finger on what more is, this book will walk you straight into the answer.

The answer isn t what we expect it to be, but it s everything we need it to be.

Comeback Bringing will lift you up and get you moving forward...

to launch a comeback that will leave a legacy of impact!


Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Guest:

Nathan Betts, Speaker at: Big Deal Questions


We all have them...questions that keep us up at night, questions that we’re afraid to share with anyone because we’re not sure there are answers.
Big Deal Questions conference is a day dedicated to discovering meaningful answers to those tough questions and a chance for you to ask questions you might have. If you’re between the ages of 12 – 18, if you have faith or struggling with it, this is for YOU! So come as we explore the big issues of live and have fun doing it.
Where: The Peoples Church, Toronto
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: 12 – 18 years
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Guest:

Bryan Loritts, Author of: "Right Color, Wrong Culture"

Increasingly, leaders recognize the benefit of multi-ethnic organizations and are compelled to hire diverse individuals who will help them reflect a new America.

As a speaker at the Global Leadership Summit, Bryan Loritts challenged leaders in his talk entitled Instigating Change through Personal Sacrifice to have a vision that is about more than the stuff that perishes. To have a vision for making sacrifices that make a difference and help to bring about transformation in the lives of others.

He brings a similar challenge to leaders in this fable of self-discovery and change, as he explores the central, critical problem leaders often encounter when transitioning their church, business or organization to reflect a multi-ethnic reality.  Transitioning a church or organization to move toward multiethnicity requires the right kind of leader. One who is willing to immerse themselves into the environments and lives of people who are different from them and make a difference.

In Right Color, Wrong Culture you enter into a conversation between individuals who are grappling with changing neighborhoods while struggling to remain relevant within communities growing in diversity. You journey with Gary and Peter as they challenge those around them to reach beyond what is comfortable and restructure their leadership team.

Known for his passion to build diversity in organizations, Bryan Loritts equips individuals with the tools necessary to recognize and value the culture that's often hidden behind race and color. This will allow you to identify the right person needed in order for your organizations to become multi-ethnic.



Guest:

Linda Evans Shepherd, Author of: "The Stress Cure"


We live in a world filled to the brim with advice, and when it comes to dealing with stress, there's plenty of advice to go around. Sleep more, eat better, avoid this, seek out that. But more advice on coping is not necessarily what the stressed and anxious person needs. What we need is a cure. Linda Evans Shepherd has discovered it.

The true remedy to stress, she says, is prayer. In this inspiring book, Shepherd shows readers how to recognize God's continual presence and yield their troubles to the Prince of Peace. Through captivating stories, explorations of fascinating biblical characters, and examples of deeper-than-ever prayers, she brings within readers' grasp the peace that passes understanding. Anyone who is overwhelmed by all of the urgent demands on their time will find in this book a lifeline to true peace.




 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Guest:

Tom Copland, CPA


Tom Copland is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) who operates his public accounting practice in Toronto, Canada  (www.biblefinance.org).  He's been teaching God's financial principles as a ministry since 1982.

Email Tom at info@biblefinance.org 


Guest: Cherie Lowe, Author of: "Slaying the Debt Dragon"

Are your finances getting out of control? Have you made mistakes with your money? Are you in more debt than you’d like to admit?

Cherie Lowe has been there. She and her family found themselves $127,482.30 in debt (did your jaw drop?). They hadn’t bought a yacht, blown it on designer clothes, or purchased a mansion. The small, everyday expenses of living just added up—until suddenly, the Lowes were being threatened by one dragon of a debt.

But through hard work and with God’s help, Cherie’s family vanquished this foe, one bill at a time. And you can too! In Slaying the Debt Dragon, Cherie shares how her war on debt made her financially free, strengthened her marriage, taught her children valuable money-management skills, and brought her whole family closer to God and one another. As you read her battle tales, you’ll be armed with the weapons you need to fight your own financial foes. With God, all things are possible—and your inspired happily ever after can begin today.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Topic:


Best NEW Song of 2014!

We invite you to weigh in on what you feel is the most influential and meaningful song of the whole year! Join us as we take a look back on this past year and crown a winner!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Guest:

Sara Hagerty, Author of: "Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet"

In the age of fingertip access to answers and a limitless supply of ambitions, where do we find the God who was birthed in dirt and straw? Sara Hagerty found him when life stopped working for her. She found him when she was a young adult mired in spiritual busyness and when she was a new bride with doubts about whether her fledgling marriage would survive. She found him alone in the night as she cradled her longing for babies who did not come. She found him as she kissed the faces of children on another continent who had lived years without a mommy’s touch.

In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.

Whatever lost expectations readers are facing—in family, career, singleness, or marriage—Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more. What does it look like to know God’s nearness when life breaks? What does it mean to receive his life when earthly life remains barren? How can God turn the bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy?

With exquisite storytelling and reflection, Hagerty brings readers back to hope, back to healing, back to a place that God is holding for them alone—a place where the unseen is more real than what the eye can perceive. A place where every bitter thing is sweet.


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Guest:

David Nowell, Author of: "Dirty Faith"


Do you ever feel like something in your faith is missing, that going to church, studying the Bible, and tithing just aren't enough? There has to be more, right? What would it look like to truly follow Christ and not just believe in him?

David Nowell asked the very same questions, and was led to minister to the "least of these," whom God loves deeply. In Dirty Faith, Nowell shares powerful stories of faith in action, and encourages us to move with him from the sidelines to the front line, to get our hands dirty helping the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and the poor.

Loving as God loves is central to the gospel, whether that means taking in foster children, ministering to inmates at the local jail, or something else God has in mind just for you. Let this inspiring book help you find what's been missing in your faith.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Guest:

Michelle DeRusha, Author of: "50 Women Every Christian Should Know"


Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Anne Hutchison to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, women both famous and admirable live again under DeRusha's expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to readers that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.


Monday, December 1st, 2014

Guest:

Elizabeth Esther, Author of: "Girl At the End of the World"


I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist Christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.

Verily, verily I say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. Selah.


A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire.

Elizabeth Esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings (to “break her will”). Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. To leave.

In her memoir, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, and when is it a trap? What happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? And how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.




Guest:

The Chapel Christmas- "Under Burning Stars"

 

Come join us as we celebrate Christmas here at The Chapel! This year's presentation is all new and completely original! You'll experience powerful visuals, a captivating story, and incredible music performed by a live band, orchestra and choir, all written and produced by our own team. We have a rich tradition of presenting a Christmas event to the community, and this year's production is set to be one of our best yet.

The show, titled "Under Burning Stars," is an event for the entire family. Before and after each show, you will be immersed in an atmosphere full of Christmas activities for you and your family to enjoy out in our atrium. Games, music, food, and the decked out environment will get you in the Christmas spirit before you ever enter the show itself. During the presentation, the story unfolds from the perspective of an imaginative child who is hearing the Christmas account as told through a children's book. Her imagination brings to life a whole world that will have you laughing and engaged as well as standing in awe as you see the truth of Christmas unfold. This production is packed with amazing visual art, captivating drama, and powerful music.

 


Monday, November 24th, 2014

Guest:


Bobby Conway, Author of: "The Fi5th Gospel"

"There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John...and the Christian. But most people never read the first four."

There are any number of books on how to do evangelism. This book is different--it's an invitation to actually live out the message of the gospel. Jesus's original intention was for ordinary people like you and me to live lives that point others to the only Person who can give them hope for this life as well as the next--to visibly display the Good News of salvation through the Messiah and Redeemer of humankind.

But many Christ followers today are either ridden with guilt for not telling others about Jesus or so silent that no one really knows they're a Christian. The Fifth Gospel will help you wrestle with the critical issues involved in living out your faith in front of a watching and sometimes not-so-friendly world.

Isn't it time to become a witness for the One you profess to love? Prepare yourself to represent your Savior well and to discover a new way to do evangelism. Get ready for God to unleash the gospel through you!


Thursday, November 20, 2014


Guest:

Josh Kelley, Author of: "Radically Normal"

Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God—almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?

You’re not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God’s grace is the key to eternal life, but it’s so much more than that—it’s the key to a joy-filled walk with Him every moment. Josh Kelley shows why you don’t have to give away everything you own to be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that…

  • God is crazy about you right where you are.
  • You are just as important as any other member of Christ’s body.
  • The work you do every day can be pleasing to God.
Discover the joy of radical obedience to Christ in your normal, everyday life.



Thursday, November 13, 2013

Guest:

Shane Hayes, Author of: "The End of Unbelief"

The trend toward agnosticism, atheism, and other forms of unbelief is gathering force, especially among the young. And churches simply don't know how to counter it. This book provides the new kind of outreach needed--sophisticated, bold, and intellectually challenging.

As a former atheist turned Christian, Shane Hayes offers a unique perspective for skeptics. While standard conversion literature rarely penetrates unbelievers' defenses, this book brings them to God even as their minds are slammed shut to Christ.

Hayes found the direct transition from atheism to Christianity to be impossible. Instead, a period of Pure Theism occurred where Hayes took one step out of atheism towards the second step: Christ. Both steps require an acceptance of God as a personal and loving deity.

The End of Unbelief serves as the response to the New Atheists and to anti-faith arguments in general. Read it and give it to the skeptic in your life.



Guest:

Michael Minot, Author of: "The Beckoning"


Michael felt he was living the American dream. For a number of years he'd been reaping the professional and financial rewards of being a commercial litigation attorney. To him, life was great and getting better all the time. He first gained notoriety around his hometown as a nationally ranked tennis player. But now, years later, he was becoming known for his skills as a lawyer and as the youngest elected official in the area. And then, in his late 20s, Michael unexpectedly discovered something that turned his world and his entire idea of life upside down. In response to a challenge from a friend, Michael agreed to investigate issues relating to science, philosophy, and the Scriptures. Comfortable with his life as an atheist, he began reading with an indifferent attitude. But what started as a casual inquiry soon turned into a time of intense research. What follows is the story of Michael’s journey, his thoughts and reactions to the evidence he discovered, and the new life that soon followed. “I'm often asked to describe what happened during the months I spent researching these issues. They want to know what facts were so persuasive that an atheist attorney would become a believer in God. But I never felt I could respond in a way that told the true story. No short answer seemed sufficient. So now, in the following pages, I’ll describe for the first time the specifics of what jolted me out of my atheism.” -- Michael Minot



Guest:

Larkin Spivey, Author of: "A Skeptics Guide to God"

I continued to plow ahead seeking to garner ever more information about cosmology, evolution, the origins and nature of human beings, and comparative religions. I tried to keep an open mind during my pursuit of such knowledge, but also have to admit that I was often testing the tenets of my childhood faith against what I was learning.

Reconsider your beliefs and open up a whole new world in Larkin Spivey’s compelling new book, A Skeptic’s Guide to God.

Religious skeptics often find themselves approaching the topic of Christianity as a fact-finding mission—but more information doesn't seem to lead to belief in anything.

With his no-nonsense approach, Spivey appeals to the skeptic’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge by stressing the facts and logical appeals of one of the world’s most influential religions.

Chapter by chapter, A Skeptic’s Guide to God takes reads through a journey of vivid storytelling and matter-of-fact discussion.

While sharing his own personal story, Spivey also reconciles the seemingly incongruent issues of religion and science, clarifies the Bible, answers skeptics’ most common objections to Christianity, and assists readers in finding the peace in life that only comes through reconciliation with God.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Guest:

Sara Horn, Author of: "How Can I Possibly Forgive?"

Sometimes it’s a struggle to forgive a friend, a family member, a coworker, or a neighbor. This book helps you look at the meaning of forgiveness and the impact that choosing to forgive—or refusing to forgive—has on your life. It will help you identify the battles worth fighting and the ones that aren’t and how to tell the difference.

As she did in her popular one-year experiment with submission, Sara Horn reveals through personal experiences and stories what she’s learned about forgiving with God’s help and healing.

Life isn’t about holding on to destructive and painful experiences. It’s about letting go. And it’s about letting God work in our trying situations so we can see Him more clearly on the other side.

In How Can I Possibly Forgive, Horn explores the steps toward forgiveness, including how to

• take care of the little problems we allow to become big issues
• move on from painful slights and deep wounds
• be real with ourselves and God first and then be real with others
• find closure when disappointment in others doesn’t resolve itself
• let go of regret, anger, and bitterness that keep us from living in the freedom God intends


 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Guest:

Phillip Yancey, Author of: "Vanishing Grace"

“Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?” Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically—and opinions of Evangelicals have taken even deeper dives.

The end of the politics-oriented Evangelicalism that was so dominant in the second half of the 20th century is a strong example that we are living in a post-Christian culture.

Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, “What’s so good about the “Good News?”

Yancey’s writing has focused on the search for honest faith that makes a difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book What’s So Amazing about Grace he issued a call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs.

But people inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace. What the church lacked in its heyday is now exactly what it needs to recover to thrive. Grace can bring together Christianity and our post-Christian culture, inviting outsiders as well as insiders to take a deep second look at why our faith matters and about what could reignite its appeal to future generations.

How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world that cries out in need?

Yancey aims this book at Christian readers, showing  them how Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. “Why do they hate us so much?” mystified Americans ask about the rest of the world.  A similar question applies to evangelicals in America.

Yancey explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel.  He offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics.  Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Guest:

Dr. Gary Chapman, Author of: "The 5 Love Languages"

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, which can both be heard on fivelovelanguages.com.

The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller - with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages.  This book is a sales phenomenon, with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guest:

Nicole Unice, Author of: Start Here


Are you wondering what saying yes to following Jesus really means? Do you want to know more about Christianity but you’re not sure what, or how, to ask? Are you just beginning a new faith in Jesus Christ? Start Here. Written by two authors who know what it’s like to seek God, Start Here answers questions such as: If God is real, now what? What is the relationship between God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit? Can I accept Jesus as the way to God? Following Jesus isn’t about rules—it’s all about relationship. So start here to find practical help and encouraging stories about what authentic Christianity really looks like. Welcome to the journey of a lifetime.



Guest:

Dr. Kevin Leman, Author of: "Sex Begins in the Kitchen"


Sex Begins in the Kitchen shows couples everywhere how to bring more passion into their marriages. Best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman explains how sexual intimacy is an expression of the care a couple shows each other in all areas of life-in communicating, sharing thoughts and feelings, and even in helping out around the house. With insightful-and often hilarious-examples, Dr. Leman shows couples how to create new joy and excitement in their relationships and make their marriages more satisfying both emotionally and physically.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest: Lacey Sturm, Author of: "The Reason"


The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her grandmother forced her to go to church, a place Lacey thought was filled with hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. The screaming match she had with her grandmother was the reason she went to church. What she found there was the Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her own story of physical abuse, drug use, suicide attempts, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions so many young people are asking--Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?--showing readers that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows there is a reason they exist and a purpose for their lives. She not only gives readers a peek down the rocky path that led her to become a vocalist in a popular hardcore band, but she shows them that the same God is guiding their steps today.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest:

Score International

SCORE stands for….
Sharing, Christ, Our, Redeemer, Enterprises.

Vision Statement:
“To glorify God through missions in obedience to the Great Commission.” Matt. 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:7-11

Strategic Objectives:
1. Evangelize the lost
2. Engage people in missions
3. Equip and train disciples
4. Encourage others through serving
5. Empower people to excellence 

SCORE International is a short term mission organization founded in 1984 by Ron Bishop. Originally founded as a sports ministry, SCORE has evolved into a full service mission organization. SCORE provides all inclusive trips that are managed by our qualified staff and missionaries. Each trip offers lodging, meals, trip insurance, ground transportation, interpreters, ministry set-up and a trip coordinator. These all inclusive trips make it easy for you to JUST GO!

“Til the Nets are Full!”



 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guest:

Brett Gould, Author of: "Comeback Bringing"


Comeback Bringing is bold. It will make you think, laugh, cry, and then some. You ll likely repeat those emotions in varying order as you connect with the heart of the message it brings. And in the end, every last word will walk you into the moment you ve been longing for...

Real life change. A purpose. A vision.

If you ve known you were meant for more, but not been able to put your finger on what more is, this book will walk you straight into the answer.

The answer isn t what we expect it to be, but it s everything we need it to be.

Comeback Bringing will lift you up and get you moving forward...

to launch a comeback that will leave a legacy of impact!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Guest:

Adam Barr, Author of: "Compassion Without Compromise"


Loving, Biblical Answers on Homosexuality

In the next year at least one of these things will happen in your life:
• A family member will come out of the closet and expect you to be okay with it.
• Your elementary-age child's curriculum will discuss LGBT families.
• Your company will talk about building a tolerant workplace for LGBT co-workers.
• Your college-age child will tell you your view on homosexuality is bigoted.

Are you ready?

In their role as pastors, Adam Barr and Ron Citlau have seen how this issue can tear apart families, friendships, and even churches. In this book they combine biblical answers with practical, real-world advice on how to think about and discuss this issue with those you care about. They also tell the story of Ron's personal journey from same-sex attraction and sexual brokenness to healing.

Truth does not preclude kindness--and a good dose of humility is necessary to love our neighbors. With sensitivity and winsomeness, this book will offer an honest but inviting message to readers: We are all in need of the healing that can only come from the truth of the gospel.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest:

Dr. David Jeremiah, Author of: "Agents of the Apocalypse"

Who Will Usher in Earth’s Final Days?
Are we living in the end times? Is it possible that the players depicted in the book of Revelation could be out in force today? And if they are, would you know how to recognize them?

In Agents of the Apocalypse, noted prophecy expert Dr. David Jeremiah does what no prophecy expert has done before. He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players—the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet, and the beast.

One by one, Dr. Jeremiah delves into their individual personalities and motives, and the role that each plays in biblical prophecy. Then he provides readers with the critical clues and information needed to recognize their presence and power in the world today.

The stage is set, and the curtain is about to rise on Earth’s final act. Will you be ready?


 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guest:

Joseph Zayouna, Personal Injury Lawyer

A Passion For The Right Result For Our Clients

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury caused by any unfortunate event such as a car accident or a painful slip and fall on public or private property, you need a lawyer who is passionately committed to obtaining all of the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

The Toronto personal injury lawyers of Zayouna Law Firm are committed to exactly that. We believe that the law exists to protect people in need, and we are enthusiastic about using it to get the best possible result for our clients.

Helping Individuals With Catastrophic Injuries

At Zayouna Law Firm, personal injury litigation is all we do. That enables us to address serious injuries of every kind, from injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents to slip-and-fall cases to lacerations to wrongful death claims and so on. We are also diligent in ensuring that our clients get all the benefits to which they are entitled, including disability payments and no-fault accident benefits.

We are a mid-sized firm focusing purely on personal injury. That enables us to give personalized attention to every one of our injured clients. Our concern is always to obtain the fullest and fairest possible compensation for our clients' injuries, from serious spinal cord injuries to orthopaedic injuries.

Contact Us 24 Hours A Day For A Free Consultation

We understand that an accident can take place at any time or you may need to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. For those reasons, we welcome you to call us at 416-907-4731 or contact us online 24 hours a day for a free consultation. We work on a "no-win, no-fee" basis, meaning that we are compensated only if we get compensation for you.


Tuesday, September, 23, 2014

Guest:

Wendy Gritter, Author of: "Generous Spaciousness"


Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. How can we engage those with whom we might disagree and navigate our journey together in a way that nurtures unity, hospitality, humility, and justice?

Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. This book offers a framework for discussing diversity in a gracious way, showing that the church can be a place that welcomes a variety of perspectives on the complex matter of human sexuality. It also offers practical advice for implementing generous spaciousness in churches and organizations.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guest:

Arlene Pellicane, Author of: "Growing Up Social"

In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child's emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you'll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today's screens aren't just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can. Growing Up Social will help you:

  • Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Read what's working for the screen savvy family down the street
  • Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done


 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest:

South Niagara Life Center
  • Our mission as a Christian charity is to offer free and timely help, resources, and counsel to individuals and families in LIFE altering crises, distress, and circumstances.
  • We are concerned for the physical, social mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those we serve.
  • Helping People Resolve LIFE Crisis, Issues, and Problems


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.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Guest:

John Eldredge, Author of: "Killing Lions"

The Challenge Before You Is a Bold One: To Accept the Wild, Daring Adventure of Becoming a Man

We want to be self-sufficient. Find our own direction as we pursue our dreams. Know it all and never ask for help. Isn’t this how most guys approach manhood? On our own, pretending we are doing better than we really are? But sooner or later the thrill of independence gets lost in the fog of isolation.

It’s time to take the pressure off. We were never meant to figure life out on our own.

This book was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam Eldredge, a young writer in his twenties, and his dad, best-selling author John Eldredge. Join the conversation as a father and son talk about pursuing beauty, dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams, knowing something real with God, and how to find a life you can call your own.

Killing Lions is more than fatherly advice. It is an invitation into a journey: either to be the son who receives fathering or the father who learns what must be spoken. Most important, these conversations speak to a searching generation: “You are not alone. Its not all up to you. You are going to find your way.”



Guest:

Mark Durie
, Speaking on the events in the middle east including ISIS

Dr Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Guest:

Dr. Gary Chapman, Author of: "One More Try"


When doors slam and angry words fly, when things just aren't working out, and even when your spouse has destroyed your trust, there is hope. If you feel like your marriage is near the breaking point - even if you have already split up - Gary Chapman will show you how you can give your marriage one more try.
Separation does not necessarily mean divorce is imminent. Matter of fact, it's possible that separation may even lead to a restored, enriched, growing marriage. The outcome of this time of transition is determined solely by the individuals involved. If you're willing to make the most of that process, begin the journey with confidence as Gary walks you step-by-step towards healing and hope.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest:

Kary Oberbrunner, Author of: "Day Job to Dream Job"


Millions of people are squandering their talents and wasting their time in jobs they don't love. They feel trapped and dissatisfied, afraid to risk their financial security to pursue their dreams. But anyone can make the leap from day job to dream job--with the right amount of knowledge, encouragement, and guts. Author, life coach, and speaker Kary Oberbrunner shows readers how to launch their dream jobs and experience the freedom to go as they please, earn as they wish, and live as they like.

His nine proven steps will help readers "jailbreak" from their day jobs without relying on an MBA, investors, or a lucky break. They'll will discover how to

· overcome self-limiting beliefs that sabotage success
· start lean and stay lean by ignoring conventional thinking
· build a dream team of experts committed to their cause
· carve out a niche and get noticed in a noisy world
· market beforehand to create critical momentum
· monetize a message to its full potential
· achieve personal clarity, competence, and confidence
· earn greater influence, impact, and income in the marketplace

Through sharing his own story and the success of others who have followed his process, Kary shows readers that anyone can turn their passion into a full-time gig.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Guest:

James Emery White, Author of: "The Rise of the Nones"


The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this seismic shift in our culture? Are our churches poised to reach these people?

James Emery White lends his prophetic voice to one of the most important conversations the church needs to be having today. He calls churches to examine their current methods of evangelism, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the "nones." The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders.



Guest:

Ian DiOrio, Author of: "Trivial Pursuits"


Your life is not a reality show. It's actual reality. But too many of us spend our lives on trivial pursuits--media, money, perpetual youth, and a culture of constant entertainment. We try to avoid the realities of pain, depression, loneliness, and mortality by filling our lives with diversions. Even worse, our churches that might use the reality of pain and suffering to point us to the cross instead dress the gospel up in the world's clothing so that it will seem more "relevant."

With pinpoint accuracy, LA club DJ turned pastor Ian DiOrio diagnoses the problem and gives us the cure. Exposing our most common empty attempts to find meaning apart from God, DiOrio points us back to God and exhorts us to find meaning in our identities as followers of Christ, as shapers of culture, and as people who participate in communities of worship.


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.

Focus on the Family
with Jim Daly
7:00 - 7:30 AM