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Conversations about life and faith.

Connections with Mike Thom and Colleen Houde Mike Thom, Colleen Houde

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Conversations about life and faith.

    Cheryl-Lynn and Feix Townsin: 11-year-old boy helps keep late sister's legacy alive

    Cheryl-Lynn and Feix Townsin: 11-year-old boy helps keep late sister's legacy alive

    Lexi Townsin lost her life to a rare disease called Blau syndrome just before her 7th birthday.

    Despite her pain, Lexi chose every day to live her best life and through her courage, compassion and her charismatic personality she inspired others to do the same. 

    11-year-old Felix Townsin has a goal to keep her legacy alive, and raise $10,000 before his 12th birthday for Blau Syndrome, using a book he wrote when he was just five years old, Don't Floss Your Toes: Advice from a 5-year-old.  

    Today on Connections, Felix and his mother, Cheryl-Lynn, share a bit about Lexi's life, about Blau Syndrome and how you can help find a cure.

     

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    • 20 min
    Michael Taylor: What if Jesus were a coach?

    Michael Taylor: What if Jesus were a coach?

    Texas Life Coach Michael Taylor has thrown a lifeline to individuals looking to kickstart their spiritual journeys and self-discovery in his new book, What if Jesus Were a Coach?

    What if Jesus Were a Coach? aims to inspire readers to find their own truth about God. The author shares his personal experiences and delves into the teachings of Jesus to help readers realize that there is more to spirituality than rules and restrictions.

    A former Atheist, Michael Taylor once had an aversion to organized religion until he undertook extensive research about world religions to determine if God existed or not.

    Today on Connections, Michael shares his testimony and why it's so important for him to reach others. 

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    • 17 min
    Dr. Amanda Porter: Is anxiety a sin? Finding freedom from mental illness

    Dr. Amanda Porter: Is anxiety a sin? Finding freedom from mental illness

    Anxiety is the most common mental illness diagnosis, and those who suffer from it often feel overwhelmed, out of control, ashamed, lonely, and spiritually defeated.

    Many Christians question whether anxiety is a sin and wonder why, despite prayer and faith, it so often persists.

    The truth is that anxiety is an emotion that can serve as a life-saving tool, offering instinctual responses to danger. 

    Dr. Amanda Porter, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with triple-board
    certifications in internal medicine, psychiatry/mental health, and addiction
    openly shares that she, too, struggles with anxiety.

    Today on Connections, Dr. Porter shares some coping strategies,
    spiritual guidance, and refreshing encouragement to help those struggling discover personal freedom

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    • 22 min
    Brady Leavold: From hockey to heroin and the road to recovery

    Brady Leavold: From hockey to heroin and the road to recovery

    Like many Canadian boys, Brady Leavold had a dream of becoming a pro hockey player.

    Instead, a combination of childhood trauma and an inability to cope, led Brady down a path of destruction.  

    Now in recovery, Brady hopes that by sharing his story, he can help others. 

    Today on Connections, Brady shares his story and the importance of shining a light on mental health in the hockey world. 

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    • 32 min
    Kelly Farley: Grieving father helps other dads cope with loss

    Kelly Farley: Grieving father helps other dads cope with loss

    Kelly Farley knows all too well what it feels like to lose a child.

    After a series of fertility treatments, Kelly and his wife became pregnant with their first child, Katie. That excitement quickly turned to sorrow when they lost Katie in the fall of 2004.

    About a year later, they decided that they would try to conceive again. This time it was a little boy and they felt blessed that little Noah was going to be a part of their lives. Noah passed away in the summer of 2006.  

    It was through this experience that Kelly discovered that there weren't very many resources for men dealing with the loss of a child.

    That's when he started up the Grieving Dads Project. The response was so overwhelming he felt he had to do more. 

    Today on Connections, Kelly shares his story and talks more about the Grieving Dads project and his book, Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back. 

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    • 30 min
    Shantel Dudley: Couple opens hearts and home to children with special needs

    Shantel Dudley: Couple opens hearts and home to children with special needs

    Shantel Dudley wears many hats. She is a wife, mother to 17 children and grandmother to eight grandchildren.  

    Shantel has a heart for the broken and hurting after experiencing abuse in her own life. 

    Shantel, together with her husband have spent the past several years adopting children with medical needs. Through that time they have also experienced the loss of four children.

    Today on Connections, Shantel shares what drew her to adoption, why she adopts children with medical needs and what role faith plays in all of this. 



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