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Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Sarah Young

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Millions have been encouraged and inspired by the words of the #1 best-selling 365-day devotional "Jesus Calling." Listen to real-life stories of faith as told by those who have experienced the power of living in His presence.

    God’s Unexpected Answers to Our Toughest Questions: Lathan Warlick and Dr. William Cooke

    God’s Unexpected Answers to Our Toughest Questions: Lathan Warlick and Dr. William Cooke

    Sometimes when we pray, we really want answers, and sometimes we don’t always get those answers we’re seeking. However, our faith tells us that when we ask for help, whether we see it or feel it, God is there. When we ask for guidance, He leads us, not always on the path we would choose, but one that shapes who we are to become; and always to a place where He knows we can be used well. Lathan Warlick is a positive musician who had a near-death experience one night when he was confronted by two men with a gun. Lathan did the only thing he could think of—ask God for help—and when he was inexplicably saved, he decided to dedicate his life and career to spreading God’s word and encouraging positivity. Growing up in poverty, Dr. William Cooke shares how he wanted to truly make a difference by helping others. That desire led him to begin a practice in a community that was dealing with a devastating opioid crisis that was so overwhelming, after several exhausting years, Dr. Cooke questioned God as to if he had pursued the right path. Just as he was ready to throw in the towel, the answer to his question came from a very unexpected place. Both men looked to God for what roads they should take next, and God was faithful to lead them to the next season of faithfulness to Him, and better equipped to serve others. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith 
    Circleallacess.com
    Jesus Calling book
    Past interview: Carlos Whittaker
    Upcoming interview: Harry Connick Jr.
     
    Lathan Warlick
    Luke 15 NIV
    lathanwarlick.com
     
    Dr. William Cooke
    National Physician of the Year
    Canary in the Coal Mine
    Community Health and Economic Prosperity
    Hepatitis C
    HIV
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “It was like something was sitting on my shoulders. It was like something was holding me, you know, and the feeling was so powerful that it made me start weeping for no reason.” - Lathan Warlick
    “God was calling me to be a light out into the world.” - Lathan Warlick
    “It was like God put me out of my comfort zone to put me over here in order for something else to happen. God will make stuff so uncomfortable for you for Him to get your attention.” - Lathan Warlick
    “I felt my calling was to try to work with individuals, families in a community that didn't have access to health and opportunity and hope.” - Dr. Willam Cooke
    “As I started working with patients and families, I started to realize that there was something really dark there, that there was this sense that the American dream was not available to everyone.” - Dr. William Cooke
    “We had to treat people, not diseases. So this seemed like the opportunity to do something new that, you know, this had never happened before. No one really knew how to respond to this.” - Dr. William Cooke
    “I had this idea that if I had enough faith and I fought hard enough for the people of Austin, [Indiana] that God would come in and fill in the gap and make the change. And I'd done my part. I had done my part. The people of Austin had tried. Why was God not doing what I thought was His end of the bargain?” - Dr. William Cooke
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    • 37 min
    Moving The World For Jesus: Lucas Hoge & Brian Tome

    Moving The World For Jesus: Lucas Hoge & Brian Tome

    Ministry has many layers—it must be adaptable, malleable, able to meet the needs of whoever needs serving the most. It requires a lot of creativity, and often, it means stepping outside our comfort zone, stretching our abilities to fill the gaps. Number 1 Billboard-charting artist Lucas Hoge has integrated his faith and his music for years, and has gotten to travel all over the world experiencing God’s creation. But when he and his bandmates faced seasons in which they weren’t able to get to church, they came up with a creative solution to a common problem: virtual Sunday sessions that cater to those who can’t attend a brick-and-mortar gathering, enabling them to fill their souls with a good word regardless of location. Pastor Brian Tome has seen firsthand how the church often does not cater to men’s learning styles, and has dedicated his life to speaking guys’ language through movement, camping, and connection in a way that effectively reaches the leaders of the household and inspires them to walk in the Christian way. He shares about the concept of understanding our identity, and how to take the one small step that will make God’s heart smile, even if it scares you. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling 
    Life in His Presence
    Past interview: Angus Buchan
    Upcoming interview: Lathan Warlick
     
    Lucas Hoge
    Sunday Sessions
    Sunday Sessions album
    Golden Knights
    https://www.lucashoge.com/
     
    Brian Tome 
    Crossroads Church
    Move
    Matthew 3:16-17 NIV
    www.briantome.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “God is the center of my relationship with Him and with the world, I feel we can get through this if I know that He's there guiding me.” - Lucas Hoge
    “I feel like God put songs and ideas into my heart so that I can put them out there. And even if it's one person that hears that song that resonates for them and maybe helps them or gets them through a tough time or might even change their life, that's what that means to me.” - Lucas Hoge
    “I came into a relationship with Jesus, which I found a relationship with Him is different than a relationship with religion. And that changed everything.” - Brian Tome
    “I couldn't have predicted that God would do those things in and through us. But what I found, is if you take just one faithful step every day, if you actually do the thing, whatever the thing is that God is putting before you, that thing will snowball.” - Brian Tome
    “Most men feel very disconnected from their church. Most men, if they go to church, they feel like they are in an environment that is foreign to them.” - Brian Tome
    “Jesus didn't come to hold class. He came to change the world. He came to move you and me out of the place of apathy and into a place of challenge.” - Brian Tome
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    • 21 min
    Loving People Out Of Their Trauma: Holly Hayes & Rebecca Smith

    Loving People Out Of Their Trauma: Holly Hayes & Rebecca Smith

    The Bible shows time and time again that Jesus was near to the broken. He was close to those that society discarded, He brought healing to the hopeless, and He reached into the pit of sin and rescued those who didn’t even believe themselves worth rescue. That is our call as Christians, to provide that same type of love and support to those who need it the most, rather than turning our backs on them. CEO of the Sanctuary Project, Holly Hayes, was saved from a life of violence and trauma by turning to a stolen Bible. Now, Holly uses her company, which creates jewelry, to employ women coming out of violence, trafficking, and addiction, giving them a place to start fresh, a place to feel loved, and a place to develop a relationship with Christ, free of judgement. Founder of Better Life Bags Rebecca Smith thought God had made a mistake calling her to move to a little town in Michigan, thinking she’d never feel at home. But after Rebecca’s bag company grew too big for her to handle by herself, she found that there was a large community of women who desperately needed employment and a place to connect with other women. Holly and Rebecca have both experienced the call of God in their lives, and now hope to make that same difference for the people they help by meeting them in their pain and needs. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Mark 2:17 NIV
    Jesus Calling
    Life in His Presence
    Past interview: Tammy Arnold
    Upcoming interview: Lucas Hoge
     
    Holly Hayes
    The Sanctuary Project
    Oprah’s book recommendations 
    John 8:7 NIV
    SanctuaryProject.com
     
    Rebecca Smith
    Better Life Bags
    Kiva
    www.betterlifebags.com
    A Better Life
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I went from this really normal, healthy young girl who had trauma but didn't know it to someone who began acting out in every sense of the word and in every way. And all of the sudden my inward trauma became very outward.” - Holly Hayes
    “I was homeless, addicted, completely lost, completely broken. And I was on the floor of a public bathroom just crying and watching my tears hit the floor one day and three words fell out of my mouth. I said, ‘God help me.’” - Holly Hayes
    “You would think I cried out to God and then I was all better, right? It took years for me to even realize who that God was that I cried out to.” - Holly Hayes
    “I was desperate to know who this God was that saved me all those years ago on that bathroom floor, because at this point, I knew I had been so miraculously rescued and everything I had searched for had come up empty.” - Holly Hayes
    “I stood face to face for the first time with this God who had rescued me off the floor of that bathroom those years ago. And so it was so clear in that moment that Jesus was the God that would rescue someone in the pit of sin and give them a whole new life.” - Holly Hayes
    “I know there is only one way to get needs met, and that is through prayer.” - Holly Hayes
    “He is so faithful to the people He loves, especially the vulnerable.” - Holly Hayes
    “When it comes to meeting the needs of his Beloved, of His people, He is so faithful.” - Holly Hayes
    “Anything that's different than what we grew up with or are used to is scary if you're just entering it. But my challenge to myself and to people who are scared, I think any time we are confronted with fear of any sort of race, religion, like any sort of difference, is just meet somebody. Like, get a face and a name and shake their hand, get to know their story.” - Rebecca Smith
    “If we're hurrying through life and rushing, we can't hear those [whispers from God]. We're just too loud and too busy to be able to hear His still, small whispers.” - Rebecca Smith
    “God has a plan for each one of our lives. He has it laid out for me. He has this pathway laid out. And my only job is just to take o

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    Starting Over After Our “Wake-Up Call” Moments: Darryl Strawberry & Amy Downs

    Starting Over After Our “Wake-Up Call” Moments: Darryl Strawberry & Amy Downs

    Outcomes in our lives are comprised of both decisions we make and things that happen to us. Some we can control and others we can’t, but what we do have a say in is how we respond to the events that take place. We can allow our experiences to pull us into darkness, or we can use them as a catalyst for good change—getting us closer to the lives God intended. 
    Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry had a difficult childhood full of abuse and violence at the hands of his alcoholic father. Those difficulties left him unable to handle the stardom that would come his way once he entered the professional sports world, and he found himself down a path paved with sin. Darryl’s mother prayed fervently that God would knock him from his throne, and God saved Darryl when he couldn’t save himself. Now, Darryl has been called to spread the message of God’s forgiveness and redemption all over the country through Strawberry Ministries. 
    Amy Downs was just an average girl who found herself in a tragic situation: she was a clerk at a bank that was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of eighteen of her coworkers. Amy was one of the last survivors to be pulled from the rubble, and once she saw the sunlight, Amy told God that she wanted to live her life differently. That sparked a myriad of changes, including improvements to her health, her spiritual life, her education, and her career—and now Amy is the CEO of the very same bank where she was once a “math challenged” teller who saw no hope in her future. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling for Graduates
    Jesus Calling
    Past interview: Kurt Angle
    Upcoming interview: Holly Hayes
     
    Darryl Strawberry
    Strawberry Ministries
    MVP of the Texas League
    Findingyourway.com
    Turn Your Season Around
     
    Amy Downs
    Murrah Building
    https://amydowns.org
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I wore a baseball uniform for seventeen years and I identified myself as a baseball player. And it wasn't until I came to Christ that I was able to identify myself as a man.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “Everybody was praising me for this great baseball player I was about to become. But I always say it was my pain that started to lead me to my greatness and my greatness would lead me to my destructive behavior.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “God was doing for me what I couldn't do for myself because of my mother’s prayers to cover her children.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “God made me understand that the forgiveness was not for [my father]. It was for me.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “When God does His transformation, He does it for you, but He does it to get through to you so He can get somebody else to have the same revelation that you have had.” - Darryl Strawberry
    “I remember looking up at the gray sky and just taking that first breath of fresh air and promising God I will never live my life the same.” - Amy Downs
    “I thought, if I had an issue with drugs, I would go to rehab. I'm going to have to do what it takes for me to get free [from obesity] and just not worry about judgment from others. So I did.” - Amy Downs
    “Having that experience of facing death at twenty-eight and just sort of realizing, like, I want to live my life with intention, and whether that's doing things purely for my own selfish enjoyment, like a triathlon, you know, or whether that is wanting to serve people in a very difficult role and position, like being CEO of an organization.” - Amy Downs
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    • 36 min
    Owning The Person God Meant You To Be: Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Shannon Bream

    Owning The Person God Meant You To Be: Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Shannon Bream

    Finding our God-given purpose is just the first step—it’s truly owning who He meant us to be that makes a difference, because follow through and commitment mean everything. However, earthly obstacles can get in our way of fully believing in and accepting ourselves. That’s why we need Christ so desperately, to help us understand our own value. Gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kelly has waded through her fair share of negativity and body-shaming, and pursuing a career in the spotlight meant that there were scores of mean comments thrown her way. Kierra decided that she’d fortify herself by rooting her heart and her feelings in the word of God, which centered her and helped her embrace how God shaped her. Now, she’s living her faith boldly and proudly, encouraging others to stand out. Fox News anchor Shannon Bream started out as a lawyer, but felt a deep pull to the world of journalism, and sacrificed endlessly to work her way in. After being told by one television exec that she wasn’t good for TV, and that she’d never make it in the business, Shannon took a good hard look at her skills and her purpose, dug her heels in, and trusted that God would open the doors needed, and eventually she was led to a series of opportunities that got her where she is today. Now, she’s sharing stories about women in the Bible who sat at God’s feet, and is highlighting how passionately Christ cared for His relationships with women—placing them in positions where they can maximize their influence. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Romans 8:38 and 39
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Past interview: Mike Weaver
    Upcoming interview: Darryl Strawberry
     
    Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    Clark Sisters
    Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be
    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
    Proverbs 11:14
     
    Shannon Bream
    Fox News at Night
    Women of the Bible Speak
    Finding the Bright Side
    Liberty University
    Florida State
    Miss America pageant program
    Miss USA
    Brit Hume
    Fox News
    Queen Esther
    Deborah
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I literally have gotten so many answers from my advisors. And that can be my friends, my loved ones, my sibling, anybody that I feel like God has said yes to. And they've contributed so much to the path of my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “I live my faith, bold and proud, by owning who I am, owning what God is doing in my life.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “Because you know Jesus, it doesn't make you small, it doesn't make you weird, it doesn't make you abnormal, it actually puts you in a secure place, in a sure place,” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “There's a glory that rests on your life, and heaven is rejoicing when you live it out and when you own it.” - Kierra Sheard-Kelly
    “Even if you don't speak the same language, you can have the same heart and be a part of the body of Christ.” - Shannon Bream
    “Your job cannot be your God, it can't be what drives your life.” - Shannon Bream
    “Jesus treated women as equals. They were studying with Him at His feet, which was not common in those days.” - Shannon Bream
    “The God who intervened in all of these situations centuries ago is the same God today. I'm struck by the fact that these frustrations and troubles and challenges the women had, many of them are very common to today. Family troubles, sibling rivalries, chronic illness, financial trouble, widowhood, infertility, betrayal.” - Shannon Bream 
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    • 26 min
    We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin

    We Are All Worth Rescuing: Paul Cardall & Charles Martin

    Though it can be difficult to comprehend, God places equal weight on the lives of all His children. That’s the beauty of the cross—no matter what we’ve done, our sins are washed clean. And no matter what sort of trouble we may find ourselves in, He will rescue us over and over. Pianist Paul Cardall was born with only half a heart, which meant years of stress, surgery, and pain. When finally given the opportunity for a transplant, Paul faced the hardship of knowing that his survival meant someone else lost their own life. Paul battled PTSD and survivor’s guilt for years, finally coming to accept that God laid down His own life willingly for Paul, and that he was worth being rescued. Author Charles Martin spent years trying to uncover what his parents had always instilled in him: what was the thing God created you to do? After walking away from an amazing employment opportunity to pursue writing full force, Charles dove into Matthew 8 and the story of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to save the one, which inspired his newest book, The Water Keeper.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Psalms 32:7
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Calling for Armed Forces edition
    JesusCalling.com
    Past interview: Lecrae Moore
    Upcoming interview: Kierra Sheard-Kelly
     
    Paul Cardall
    New Life
    The Broken Miracle album
    Trauma-related guilt
    The Broken Miracle book
    “Family”
    “For Better Or Worse”
     
    Charles Martin
    The Water Keeper
    Matthew 18
    www.charlesmartinbooks.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I was feeling God telling me, ‘Everything is okay. I've got you. This is a gift I'm giving you.’” - Paul Cardall 
    “The hardest thing in my world was I knew that for me to live, it meant somebody had died.” - Paul Cardall
    “It struck me as completely illogical that the shepherd would leave the flock and the safety of the flock to go get the one who's got himself lost. And yet He does it repeatedly, and of course, I know that's the story of the gospel and of course, I know that's what Jesus does for us.” - Charles Martin
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
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    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 21 min

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