If you're a youth leader or children's worker you will love this episode of the Word of Life podcast. We are featuring to ministry experts with combined ministry experience of over 30+ years. They are from Word of Life's Local Church Ministries branch and they will be giving us some powerful tips to help you reach parents of your children's and student ministries. We'll dive deep with practical advice and powerful tips to help you take your youth ministry to a new level.
Chad was born into a Marine family and at 17 joined up to escape his home life. Although he had gone to church and called himself a Christian he thought being a warrior meant he couldn't be a Christian. As his time in the military continued he realized he was suffering from PTSD and that he had to do something about. Through the faithfulness of his wife and the discipleship of a man of God Chad came to give his life to God. Hear how God used these people to bring him back and start a program to help other veterans struggling. Now Mighty Oaks has served over 1400 veterans helping them to overcome PTSD and get a fresh start with God.
This week of the Word of Life Podcast we talk to Dr. Ray Pritchard about the book of Galatians. He gives us a quick look at the important points of the book and helps us dive deep into the mysteries of the Gospel. Ray’s enthusiasm for the Word of God and especially the book of Galatians is infectious. After listening to this free audio you’ll be ready to jump right into the Galatians Master Class and start taking the course right away.
Hungry for attention and looking for fulfillment in the opinions of others, Laura became enslaved by the desire to be accepted.
In this episode, she shares with us how she dealt with rejection, self-harm, and finding her worth in Christ.
This week on the Word of Life Podcast you'll hear the powerful story of Mark Fontana. Mark was removed from his family at a young age and had a hard time adjusting to his new life. In High School, he got into selling drugs, faced racism, and was kicked out of his house. As he pursued a budding rap music career God stopped him dead in his tracks with a small car accident that left him penniless and homeless. How God finally stepped in to bring the love of Christ to his life is an incredible story of God's continued pursuit of us even when we reject him over and over.
Lindsey is a gifted singer and songwriter her got her amazing talent from her father who also was a gifted musician. Throughout almost her entire life her dad battled cancer. He had beaten cancer several times before getting it again and passing away about one year ago. This week on the Word of Life Podcast we talk to Lindsey about how she dealt with such an extended period of battling cancer, and how she used the final time with her father and how God used it for His own plan and His own glory.
On this week’s episode of the Word of Life Podcast we talk to Cara, a student from the Bible Institute. She had just given her life to God before she was hit with a rare form of Anxiety Disorder. From that time God has shown her how to overcome panic attacks by relying on the power of His truth. Listen as Cara talks about not being able to eat and random panic attacks that make her entire body freeze up. Yet in the midst of such a crippling psychological problem, Cara has hope in God.
Today on the Word of Life podcast we listen to the story of Rusty Brooks. He is a veteran of Iraq and speaks briefly on his time there as part of a sniper team. This weekend we want to honor the sacrifices of those who serve in our military as well as hear how God worked in the life of Rusty. You'll hear about fire-fights he shouldn't have survived, and a car accident that took his leg. You'll also hear about how he planned to end it all as his life spun out of control after serving in the Marines. Ultimately though it was the love of God and His truth that broke through to saved Rusty's life. Today he is a motivational speaker who loves to run Spartan events and inspire people to get everything you can out of life.
Luis Ortiz grew up in the projects on the streets of New York city. Even though he ran into drugs, gangs, and felt stuck in the streets the love of God broke through. Through the godly influence of the love of the church, Luis came to know Jesus as his Savior. As he got into boxing in a competitive way and had success it was his goal to use the sport to spread the Gospel to those he fought in the ring. Today Luis is at the Word of Life Bible Institute getting a solid foundation of Biblical truth and seeking God's will for his next steps.
Don't underestimate the power of good friends to either point you towards or away from, God. In this week's episode, we hear the testimony of Jenny Freebern. She is an Admissions Counselor at the Word of Life Bible Institute and she talks about dealing with a Father overtaken by alcoholism, running from God to pursue a relationship, and how God eventually brought her back to himself.
Would you put your dream on hold if God asked you to? Brady did. On this week's episode, we interview Brady Novak who goes by Brady James as a hip-hop artist. He's a first-year student at the Word of Life Bible Institue but just a year ago he was pursuing a music career as a hip-hop artist ready to sign a deal with a record label. Through God's conviction and the counsel of parents and friends Brady decided to put his music career on hold to spend time studying God's word at the Word of Life Bible Institute. Discover why Brady decided to put his dream on hold and what studying God's word at the Bible Institute has taught him about life and music.
What would you do if you were transported right into the middle of the death and destruction of a civil war? In this episode of the Word of Life Podcast, we talk to Jeff Subra, a man heavily involved in medical missions through Samaritan's purse and former Word of Life Employee. He recently spent two tours in Iraq serving Syrian Refugees with medical missions. You'll hear his stories of pain and loss, but also how God is using people like Jeff to shine a light in these dark times. This is a powerful and moving episode of pain and hurt, but also of God working in one of the darkest places on the globe today.
In this episode of the Word of Life Podcast, we talk to Pastor Chris Goeppner of the River Bank Church in White River Junction, Vermont. Chris was living happily in Florida with his family when he felt God calling him to pack up and start a brand new church in Vermont. God may not be calling you to move across the country to start a church but he may be calling you to something else. Then the question becomes, will you obey the call of God?
In this episode, we wrap up our interview with Matt. Not only does he serve in Utah starting a church to reach Mormons, but he is dealing with the reality of living with a child with a severe disability. We discuss how Matt and his wife saw God working through their child's disability, and how God is using it to change him and his ministry for God's glory.
In Part two of our interview with Matt, we talk about what a Mormon has to give up to come to Jesus. Often they lose their jobs, their friends, and even their families when they accept the Gospel. We also dive into different methods Matt's church uses to reach this hard to reach people in a place where 80% of Christian churches fail.
On this week's episode, we interview Matt. He is in Utah right now working as a missionary with a church seeking to reach Mormons. We talk about his experiences on the field seeing what works and doesn't work. We talk about the true heart of the Gospel and what it's like ministering to "Pharisees;" those who think they are good.
Who says you have to be a pastor to serve the Lord? Today’s guest is world renown DJ Jacob Towe. Jacob tells us his story, sharing how his time at Word of Life prepared him to be a light in the world of weddings and events. Listen in as we talk about perspective, influence, and making your dreams a reality!
What does having faith like a child mean? Kids are so innocent and their imagination is unbelievable. Join me as I have a humorous and in depth conversation with a 5 year old about her take on stories of the Bible. It's so important that we communicate with our children about the gospel, telling them daily about truth of Jesus!
The past six weeks of the life of the Phillips family has been quite crazy and rather difficult as complications with the pregnancy has turned into a 6 week and ongoing storm. Listen in as your host Jonathan Phillips recounts his story on what has happened and what is currently happening as they are still in the middle of the storm.
Most kids grow up with the idea of a monster in their closet or under their bed but with the loving assurance from a parent or loved one, that fear fades away. For Abigail Joy, her monster was no fictional thought up character but rather her abusive Father. This story is real and quite shocking but will leave you in tears of joy as evil cannot prevail against the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
When tragedy disrupted Emily’s “normal Christian life” she was forced to grow up quickly. Unanswered questions and unexpected trials have displayed God’s faithful provision through the Body of Christ- the Church. Listen to her story and be encouraged by the way God accomplishes His will through His people!
Where do you go when life gets unbearably dark? Courtney has experienced more in her young life than most people ever will. Through abuse, military life, motherhood, and loss, her story displays a faithful strength that only God could provide. Listen as she shares her powerful testimony, and be encouraged to know that God is still working in and restoring her life.
This week we hear from Pastor JD Greear of the Summit Church. He was the keynote speaker at Missions Conference 2017 this year at the Word of Life Bible Institute last week. In this episode he challenges us with a powerful truth; we are all called to missions. It's not a question of if, but rather where. JD Greear challenges you and me to use the profession that God has given us in a strategic place for the Gospel. Are you ready to be used by God in missions?
Does memorizing Scripture seem like a daunting task? Today, we are joined by three young people who have committed to memorizing entire books of the Bible. Listen in as they share their experience and helpful tips for memorization and making God’s Word a part of your life.