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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.

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 Is The Healer Of All Wounds: Michael Franzese & Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

    God Is The Healer Of All Wounds: Michael Franzese & Michele Wilbur-Christiansen

    When we face life experiences that hurt us, that drastically alter the way things go, it can cut deep and cause us significant pain. But as the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” Remember that even in the most daunting of circumstances, Jesus took your wounds as His own so that you may know peace and hope in salvation. Our guests this week have experienced their own personal wounds. Former mafia member Michael Franzese shares about growing up in one of the most notorious crime families, how he himself descended into the darkness, and how ultimately, God healed every element of his past and made him a new person. Michele Wilbur-Christiansen shares the tragic story of her parents’ heartbreaking death, and how her and her siblings found peace in knowing that one day, they will be reunited with them in heaven. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    1 Peter 2:24 NIV
    Jesus Listens
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling 
    Past interview: Lecrae Moore
    Upcoming interview: Hal Donaldson
     
    Michael Franzese
    New York Cosa Nostra 
    Joe Colombo
    Rudy Giuliani
    Book of Proverbs
     
    Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
    Capital University in Columbus, Ohio
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “The night I went back into prison, they told me I'd never see the street again, I'd never seen my wife and children, they were going to try and indict me on new charges. The government was upset with me because I wouldn't cooperate. They threw me in a hole, I was in solitary, and it was probably the worst night of my life. I thought I was going to lose everything that was dear to me, never see my wife and kids again, I was in my mid thirties. I was still a young guy. So it was a very difficult night. And I was lying on the cot, honestly, I just wanted to close my eyes and not wake up.” - Michael Franzese
    “The Bible became my Bible. It became true to me.” - Michael Franzese
    “The heroism of my life kind of transferred from my father to Jesus. I was enamored with the personality of Jesus, the character of Jesus as a man. He was a true man's man.” - Michael Franzese
    “When times are at their worst for us is when Jesus is the most powerful in our lives.” - Michael Franzese
    “I did stray away from God, but never really from family. And then over time, I saw how God was working for me in my life, I became a born-again Christian. So I was able to see how God was working for me, even if I kept Him behind the scenes. And then eventually I came to know Him as more than just a religion, but more as my personal friend and Savior.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
    “Knowing our parents were in His presence gave us comfort through our pain. And a reminder that He always has our best interests in mind, even in the worst moments of our lives.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
    “This tragedy has caused me to question God at times. I've asked, ‘Why them God, why now?’” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
    “God continually reminds me that we are to trust Him with all of our heart, not just some or not just the parts that we decide to give Him.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiantiansen
    “Take your anger, your sadness, and all your emotions and all your questions to God, He can handle it and still lovingly accepts you with open arms. He will meet you in your mess.” - Michele Wilbur-Christiansen
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    Jesus Listens to Our Doubts: Jamie Kern Lima & Cole Arthur Riley

    Jesus Listens to Our Doubts: Jamie Kern Lima & Cole Arthur Riley

    Every Christian faces a time in their relationship with Jesus that is frustrating, that’s full of questions, full of doubt, full of wondering if God is even real, if He listens, or if He cares. But time and time again, the Lord has proven that He does hear your every prayer, as Psalm 66:19 reminds us: “God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” God is also okay with our doubts—He gives us the space we need to figure out for ourselves that He is good, all the time, and He will be with us always. This week’s guests are two dreamers—the founder of IT Cosmetics, the largest luxury makeup company in the country, Jamie Kern Lima, who faced years of trials and God doubt but managed to find a way to keep the faith, and God rewarded her with the breakthrough she’d been longing for. And the creator of Black Liturgies, Cole Arthur Riley, a born skeptic who educated herself on a variety of religions before finding a home in the Christian church who held space for her questions.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Psalm 66:19 NIV
    Jesus Calling
    TV show Jesus Calling Stories of Faith
    Susie McEntire-Eaton
    Circleallacess.com
    Past interview: Dominic Done
    Upcoming interview: Michael Franzese
     
    Jamie Kern Lima
    IT Cosmetics
    Believe It
    Jesus Calling app
    Rosacea
    QVC
    Cosmetic Executive Women
    Miss Lisa Mason. QVC show host
    jamiekernlima.com 
    itcosmetics.com
     
    Cole Arthur Riley
    Black Liturgies
    Chesterton House
    Blackliturgust.com
    Instagram
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I think so many of us learn that sometimes God's setbacks are really set ups for what we're supposed to do next.” - Jamie Kern Lima
    “Truthfully, there are nights when I’d get these really hard rejections and I’d end up crying myself to sleep. And the one thing that kept going as I would literally pray and be like, ‘God, I feel like you put this dream on my heart and I don't understand why it's not working, am I wrong?’” - Jamie Kern Lima
    “All of us have had people reject us or tell us we're not enough or we need to change who we are to fit in or we don't belong. And I think so many times learning to turn down the volume on that and not let it take root in our spirit is so important, because I believe our calling is always stronger than our opposition.” - Jamie Kern Lima
    “I would rather show real women all ages, shapes, sizes, skin challenges, skin tones. And if the single mom in Nebraska is going to give me two seconds of her time and she turns on her television, even if she buys nothing, I would rather have her see women who look like her and me calling them beautiful and meaning it, than sell a ton of product and stand for nothing.” - Jamie Kern Lima
    “I was really fortunate to have spiritual mentors early on that allowed me to have a lot of agency over my seeking even as they were teaching me things that probably felt really basic to them in many ways.” - Cole Arthur Riley
    “Words do have tremendous power, both their presence and their absence. I think our task as Christians is to be really honest and faithful discerners of what any given moment calls for, voice or silence. Both can be oppressive, but both can be beautiful disciplines of rest, hope, and solidarity.” - Cole Arthur Riley
    “It can be a real gift for us to join voices with other people across space and across time to say, ‘This is who God is, this is who we are,’ and to tell the story.” - Cole Arthur Riley
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    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    When God Changes Our Direction: Paula Faris & Jason Brown

    When God Changes Our Direction: Paula Faris & Jason Brown

    Many of us have had a moment in our lives that define us as people and as servants of God—and sometimes that moment comes at a fork in the road. Which path will you take? The one you’ve worked hard for and the world tells you you should want? Or the one God wants you to take? It’s almost guaranteed that every time you decide to take the Lord’s path, you will encounter mountains of blessings that you’d never have expected. ABC News reporter Paula Faris was at the height of her career when she faced a devastating series of tragedies that forced her to slow down and recognize that God was calling her to go in another direction. Former NFL lineman Jason Brown had worked hard to make his way up the football ladder, eventually becoming the highest-paid center in the sport. It seemed he had everything he wanted, but the luxurious lifestyle he pursued took his focus off his family and marriage which began to suffer, causing him to reassess what he really wanted out of life. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Listens
    jesuscalling.com/jesuslistens
    Past interview: Zim Flores
    Upcoming interview: Jamie Kern Lima, IT Cosmetics
     
    Paula Faris
    Morning Star Christian Community
    Good Morning America Weekend
    The View
    Joshua 5-6 NIV
    Journeys of Faith at ABC 
    Faith & Calling Podcast
    The Paula Faris Show
    www.paulafarisofficial.com
    Called Out
     
    Jason Brown
    First Fruits Farm
    Lunsford Bernard Brown II
    UNC Chapel Hill
    2005 NFL draft
    wisdomforlife.org 
    Centered
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “And at the end of the day, I think what's most important is that we don't get caught up in the differences, but that we can unite on some of the main tenets of the Bible...the most important thing at the end of the day is that if we are Christians, they'll know it by our love for one another.” - Paula Faris 
    “I think we owe it to not only ourselves, but we owe it to unbelievers to have a reason for the hope that is within us.” - Paula Faris
    “Trying to keep a positive mindset when you're in that valley, when you're circling that city, that this is where the growth is happening and God is getting ready to start a new chapter and write a new chapter in your life.” - Paula Faris
    “I don't want to just have five, ten minutes out of the day where I'm talking to God, I try to talk to God throughout my day, and I'm the type of person where I need encouragement throughout the day. So for me, it's a daily conversation. God is always by my side.” - Paula Faris
    “Once you ask the spirit to come into your life and to allow you to see things in a new way, you will. And it'll transform your relationship with God. It will transform your belief in God, it’ll transform the way that you see God. And you'll start seeing Him in the sunsets across the sky. You'll start to hear Him in the voices of loved ones and in the faces of loved ones. And you'll feel Him in that gentle breeze and you'll hear Him speaking softly in the depths of your spirit.” - Paula Faris
    “What do you want people to truly remember you by at the end of your life?” - Jason Brown
    “Everybody on the outside thought that we were this picture perfect family, but on the inside, behind closed doors, we weren't. We were still going to church every single Sunday, and we knew the talk and the lingo of how to put on the fakeness and the front of being a good Christian. Right? But when we left church and came back home, you know, there was no true mission. There was no true obedience to Christ.” - Jason Brown
    “Because of my success and my pride in sports and football, it developed an arrogance that I thought I was strong enough and smart enough to be in control and to fight hard enough in my flesh and figure this thing out. And Jesus simply told me that there's nothing that you can d

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    Braving Our Way to a Better Life: Chad Robichaux and Tim Atwood

    Braving Our Way to a Better Life: Chad Robichaux and Tim Atwood

    At this time of year, as we celebrate the brave men and women who fought for the freedom of our country, it’s a good time to reflect on what it actually means to be brave. Sometimes, as in the case of our military heroes, bravery means laying down your life for a greater good, or for your fellow man. Sometimes bravery can mean stepping into something new, apart from everything you’ve known before, to pursue something greater for your life. And sometimes bravery is the simple act of pushing through something hard, something painful, in order to climb out of the darkness to step back into the light. Our guests this week have each shown acts of bravery in their lives—one in service to our country as a Marine, and in his own personal battle with PTSD, and another who faced addiction and fights each day not to be pulled back into its grip; we’re talking with Chad Robichaux, a former Force Recon Marine who served in Afghanistan, and Tim Atwood, a touring musician who has shared the stage with some of country music’s biggest legends. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Calling armed forces edition
    Christianbook.com
    Past interview: Sara Evans
    Upcoming interview: Paula Faris
     
    Chad Robichaux
    PTSD
    United States Marines
    Recon marine 
    TS-SCI clearance
    Mighty Oaks Foundation
    www.mightyoaksprograms.org
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
     
    Tim Atwood
    Mel Street
    Lynn Anderson
    Jim Ed Brown
    Grand Ole Opry’s staff band
    Taylor Swift 
    Carrie Underwood
    Vince Gill
    Inspirational Country Music Awards
    Who I Am
    www.timatwood.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I'll be forever grateful for the Marine Corps for giving me that second chance, a clean slate of life and to escape that childhood that I was in and have a chance to build a life.” - Chad Robichaux
    “What I discovered is that the Bible has a very clear blueprint on how to navigate each and every situation.” - Chad Robichaux
    “During that time, I really dove into martial arts as a professional fighter and won a world championship, ranked number six in the world as a flyweight. And so on the surface, everything looked really good. But I was spiraling personally. And I was still dealing with panic attacks. I was still dealing with a lot of anger issues in my life. And my marriage was falling apart.” - Chad Robichaux
    “I surrendered my life to Christ. I began to find restoration in my marriage and my relationship, in my own brokenness, and the PTSD. And so I was able to get hold of my life again. So I found restoration. I found hope again for the first time in a very long time.” - Chad Robichaux
    “We really have to seek our purpose to find out what His purpose is. And I think when we find that we find a role in His purpose, that's when we find our contentment, our joy, and then we are able to tap into everything we're created for.” - Chad Robichaux
    “One day I just decided, you know, I've played behind everybody I can think of, just enjoyed it. But I think that I would be better served at the front of the stage. And by watching all these entertainers over the years, I kind of learned exactly how to do it.” - Tim Atwood
    “I’m really just enjoying the opportunity to get out front and entertain because I feel like I'm more of an entertainer than anything. It gives me a platform to talk at most of the shows I do. I've mentioned to everybody that I'm a Christian and that God gave me the gift and I've given the gift back to God.” - Tim Atwood
    “You have to believe that you've got what it takes, but you also have to listen to the Voice.” - Tim Atwood
    “I thank God that there’s servicemen and women out there fighting for our freedom.” - Tim Atwood
    “I pray for Him to give me guidance and show me the way that I should go and the things t

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    Everyone Is Worthy of God’s Love: Cece Jones-Davis & Danielle Coke

    Everyone Is Worthy of God’s Love: Cece Jones-Davis & Danielle Coke

    The idea of loving others doesn’t seem too difficult when we put it in the context of those closest to us, the ones who support us, care for us, and who give love in return. But the love that God commands us to have as Christians goes beyond that love we have in small circles—and it demands that as Jesus first loved us, we must love others in return. In the Bible, we’ll find in I John 4:20-21, it says: Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. Our guests this week have committed their lives to showing the world that there isn’t anyone who isn’t worthy of love—both God’s love and the love of their fellow man. We’re talking to singer, speaker, and social advocate Cece Jones-Davis, and digital artist Danielle Coke. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    John 4:20-21 NIV
    Jesus Calling devotional for kids 
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith on Circle TV
    Circleallacess.com
    Past interview: Linsey Davis
    Upcoming interview: Chad Robichaux
     
    Cece Jones-Davis
    Matthew 5:6 NIV
    Howard University
    Yale Divinity School
    Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts
    Sing for Change
    www.cecejonesdavis.com
    Alive 
     
    Danielle Coke
    Artivism
    Luke 10:27 NIV
    Good Samaritan
    Worthy
    https://ohhappydani.com/
    @ohhappydani
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “As a kid, I was curious, I wanted to know more, even though there was a lot about spirituality that was really scary to me. And the older I got, that yearning just never left me, it constantly chased me down. And it drove me into pursuing God.” - Cece Jones-Davis
    “God has had to do a lot of work with me over the years to say, ‘You are smart, you are enough, you're not just what other people have said about you.’” - Cece Jones-Davis
    “My ministry has from the beginning more so been about my public witness and about how I can outwardly face toward the world outside of the church. What can I do? And so I'm happy to be living in this time when I feel like my life can be used in some way to advance God's kingdom and to stand up for what I believe God is on the side of.” - Cece Jones-Davis
    “Sometimes I'm connecting as I'm sitting at my desk and I'm like, ‘Okay, now, Lord, I know we haven't had a long conversation today yet, but Lord, you saw the calendar. I'm going to need you to be with me every step of the way.’” - Cece Jones-Davis
    “I've witnessed what happens when diversity is not a priority.” - Danielle Coke
    “A big part of why I'm so passionate about justice is tied back to my relationship with God and how I view His calling for our lives.” - Danielle Coke
    “I encourage people to seek the scriptures about how God is consistently calling us to seek justice and love mercy, how He's giving us stories like the Good Samaritan and illustrating what it means to not just walk past by someone who is struggling, but to help them, lift them up, and be there in a tangible way.” - Danielle Coke
    “We are all worthy of love. We are worthy of being valued and we're worth fighting for.” - Danielle Coke
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    • 27 min
    God Knows Our Whole Story And Still Loves Us: Rosie Rivera and Jason Sautel

    God Knows Our Whole Story And Still Loves Us: Rosie Rivera and Jason Sautel

    Maybe you’ve heard someone say “Well, if you really knew me, you might not like me…” or maybe you’ve even said that to yourself. There can be much fear in being truly known—will I still be loved, despite my mistakes, despite my desperate thoughts, despite that I might not ever be enough on my own? The resounding answer to that question from God’s perspective is yes. God promises to love us with an everlasting love, and is continually drawing us to Himself with loving kindness, as we’re told in the scripture (Jeremiah 31:3). Our guests this week hit lows in their lives they didn’t know if they’d recover from, and just when they lost hope, they turned to God only to find that He was there, loving them despite their mistakes, fear, and pain. We’re speaking with television personality Rosie Rivera, the CEO of Jenni Rivera enterprises, and firefighter turned evangelist Jason Sautel. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jeremiah 31:3
    Jesus Calling  for First Responders editions
    ChristianBook.com
    Past interview: The Next Door organization
    Upcoming interview: Cece Jones-Davis
     
    Rosie Rivera
    Jenni Rivera enterprises
    Rosierivera.com
    God Is Your Defender
     
    Jason Sautel
    The Rescuer
    California Conservation Corps
    California Department of Forestry
    https://jasonsautel.wordpress.com/
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I really, really loathed myself and I thought everyone else would, too, if they really, really knew me and that somehow transferred into God.” - Rosie Rivera 
    “I told God I was a mess. I was still hung over. I still smelled like alcohol and everything. And I was just at the front of the altar crying my eyes out, letting Jesus know everything that He already knew, that I didn't want to live anymore without Him, and that day I just realized what the cross was, like, it just hit me in such a beautiful way that He had died for me. He already knew everything, and that He loved me. And it can still fill me with love.” - Rosie Rivera
    “Power comes with His word. I can trust that no matter what is going on with the world, as long as I am holding His hand, I am safe and I am on the right path. It reminds me that in the highs and the lows, He is the same.” Rosie Rivera
    “No matter what goodness of this world I'd try to throw into it, it would not seal it up and it would actually make things worse. So being a firefighter that was called to help other people but had no idea how to rescue himself, it was really challenging, especially at that point in my life.” - Jason Sautel
    “At the end of the day, all that is on that fire truck and under all that gear and behind that badge is a human being who just wants to help other people.” - Jason Sautel
    “I started recognizing Grace, even though I didn't realize what it was at the time, in the form of people being nice to me when I didn't deserve it.” - Jason Sautel
    “I'm just praying for people that draw closer to God and I'm praying for people to put their faith in Jesus. And for those who have, I'm praying that they will reflect on what their faith truly means, because I have learned over the many years of responding to the bad stuff of this world, I can't fix anything, nor can time. Time alone heals nothing. Time with Jesus heals everything.” - Jason Sautel
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    Enjoy watching these additional videos from Jesus Calling YouTube channel:
    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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