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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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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.

    Giving Thanks Instead of Giving Up: Patti LaBelle & Tracy Lawrence

    Giving Thanks Instead of Giving Up: Patti LaBelle & Tracy Lawrence

    At this time of the year, we hear a lot about being thankful and having an attitude of gratitude. But from an everyday perspective, why is gratitude key in allowing good things to flow in our lives? When we are grateful to God—even in the bad times, it has the power to energize us. When we are broken, a grateful heart can bring healing, and when we feel like giving up, giving thanks can bring us hope. Our guests this week have learned to be grateful—not only in the good times, but in the difficult times, and they share how practicing gratefulness opens them up to more blessings, and gives them the strength to share those blessings with others. We’ll hear stories of gratefulness from legendary singer Patti LaBelle and country music icon Tracy Lawrence.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: CeCe Winans
    Upcoming interview: Amanda Kloots
     
    Patti LaBelle
    Luther Vandross
    Dancing with the Stars
    www.pattilabelle.com
     
    Tracy Lawrence
    Glen Campbell
    Charley Pride
    Mission Possible Turkey Fry
    Sticks and Stones
    George Strait 
    Merle Haggard
    Mission Possible
    Nashville Rescue Mission
    www.tracylawrence.com
    www.tlmissionpossible.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Faith took me through, because I said, ‘I have to do this because I'm born to sing.’ So a lot of prayers help me become the not-so-scared Patti LaBelle now.” - Pattie LaBelle
    “People believed in me so much. And it just gave me faith and courage to just, no matter how bad my voice is, just continue to sing. And guess what? By the grace of God, it came back stronger than ever before. And it was prayer.” - Pattie LaBelle
    “I miss all of the things that come along with having sisters, having a family who can say anything to you and get away with it because it's blood. This time is precious.” - Patti LaBelle
    “I've always known that God’s had His hand on my shoulder even through the hard times in life. I've never felt alone. I've always known that there was a greater power watching over me, and I've always felt guided, that I was here for a purpose.” - Tracy Lawrence
    “I think we've all seen through this last year that the homeless and the need that is out there across the country is just getting greater and greater. It's a little disheartening. It seems like the more you do, the more you realize that you're barely scratching the surface. But hopefully you'll inspire somebody else to do something with their church or somewhere else and just do their part in helping out our fellow man.” - Tracy Lawrence
    “I think whenever you do know that God has blessed you, that you have a responsibility to share that with the people that you come in contact with and be able to spread a little bit of that love and joy and humanitarianism around to them as well.” - Tracy Lawrence 
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    • 22 min
    God Is Fiercely Pursuing Our Hearts: Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel & Andrew Farley

    God Is Fiercely Pursuing Our Hearts: Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel & Andrew Farley

    Each one of us has a unique story to share—and within each of these complex stories many of us have experienced loss, heartache, shame, and tragedy which profoundly affect our lives. But once we begin to face our heartaches and realize their effect on our lives, we can see the slow steady pursuit of a God who only desires our healing and wholeness. This week we’ll be discussing the way that God cares about each of our stories and is there to walk us through our trauma with Dr. Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel—founders of the Allender Center, and how we can act out of the new heart He so lovingly restores to us with Pastor Andrew Farley.



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    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Anne Lamott
    Upcoming interview: Patti LaBelle
     
    Dr. Dan Allender
    Cathy Loerzel
    Allender Center
    Psalms
    Redeeming Heartache: How Past Suffering Reveals Our True Calling
    TheAllenderCenter.org
     
    Pastor Andrew Farley
    Book of Hebrews
    Hebrews 11 NIV
    Romans 8:31-39 NIV
    1 Thessalonians 5:19 NIV
    Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
    www.andrewfarley.org
    The Perfect You
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Anyone who thinks they have a boring story does not understand the deep, redemptive commitment of Christ to find us.” - Dr. Dan Allender
    “There's more going on than what people are saying, especially in the church, because we're so committed to, you know, believing that if we have the spirit in our souls, then we're healed and never having to go back and actually deal with what was true about who we were in our backgrounds.” - Cathay Loerzel
    “We can hold the reality of our brokenness and our renewed beauty as image bearers and as re-created in the image of Christ.” - Dr. Dan Allender
    “It's the valley of the shadow of death where the light of His goodness shows.” - Dr. Dan Allender
    “I think that we have accidentally communicated a God that is in some sort of barber shop chair in heaven and is swirling around away from us when we sin and then rotating back when we have our quiet time. And so then we've got an in and out and in and out of fellowship. And I think we need to know that His face is always toward us and that He never leaves us.” - Andrew Farley
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    • 31 min
    Being Light Bearers for Jesus: Kristin Chenoweth and Sadie Robertson Huff

    Being Light Bearers for Jesus: Kristin Chenoweth and Sadie Robertson Huff

    Have you ever heard the phrase “to whom much is given, much is expected?” In the case of our two guests today, God has gifted them with amazing platforms to reach thousands of people—and they take the responsibility to lead well very seriously. Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth has graced the Broadway stage as well as movies and television, and she uses her platform to spread faith, hope, and light to everyone she encounters. Sadie Robertson Huff was part of her family’s TV show as a kid and as a young woman went on to find an even bigger audience through her appearance on ABC’s Dancing with The Stars. Both of these women wanted to be faithful to the opportunity given to them to be a light to their followers—and though it’s not always easy, they trust that God will help them when things get hard. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Luke 12:48 NIV
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: David Crowder
    Upcoming interview: Dan Allender
     
    Kristin Chenoweth
    Happiness Is...Christmas!
     
    Sadie Robertson Huff
    ABC’s Dancing with The Stars
    A&E’s Duck Dynasty
    Live Original
    Live on Purpose
    Duck Commander
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “We're all just humans trying to do the best we can. So why don't you give yourself permission to be human, there's a weight that lifts that you go, ‘Oh yeah, that's right. I'm not perfect. Only God is.’” - Kristin Chenoweth
    “We have families that inspire us. We have friends around us that make us laugh and giggle and be able to be ourselves. But then as life goes on, like someone says something that tears you down, someone says something that makes you feel embarrassed about the thing that you used to be so confident in. And so by the time I was seventeen, I did not think about preaching or speaking, like that was not on my radar at all.” - Sadie Robertson Huff
    “If I'm going to be famous, then I'm going to do it with a purpose, and if I'm going to say words on a platform, then I want to say words that matter. And if people are going to look at my life then I want to point them to Jesus.” - Sadie Robertson Huff
    “I think so many times people forget that God's on the journey to get to where you're going, not just where you want to arrive. And I try to encourage people with that daily, even though that's a hard thing, I think, to believe even for ourselves.” - Sadie Robertson Huff
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    • 23 min
    How Can I Know God Hears Me When I’m Hurting? Levi Lusko & Peter Mutabazi

    How Can I Know God Hears Me When I’m Hurting? Levi Lusko & Peter Mutabazi

    As children, many of us have been taught to pray and that God will help us. But as we grow into adulthood our simple prayers can turn into desperate pleas as our lives become more complex and difficult. What happens when the prayers we pray don’t seem to be heard, or the circumstances of our lives become so traumatic we may doubt if God is even listening? Our guests this week had their own ups and downs in their relationship to prayer and to God. Pastor Levi Lusko faced the tragic loss of his five-year-old daughter that shook his whole world. Foster Dad Peter Mutabazi grew up in mind-numbing poverty made worse by the abuse of his earthly father—robbing him of the hope of possibly ever knowing the love of a true Father. These men share their experiences and what gave them hope to survive the most devastating experiences of their lives.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Psalm 46:10 NIV
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Joni Eareckson Tada
    Upcoming interview: Kristin Chenoweth
     
    Levi Lusko 
    Fresh Life Church
    Roar Like a Lion
    Matthew 14:13-21 NIV
    Lord's Prayer 
    Henry David Thoreau
    www.levilusko.com
     
    Peter Mutabazi 
    Compassion International 
    World Vision
    Compassion International Uganda
    Luke 12:48 NIV
    Foster care
    Starlight Foundation
    www.nowiamknown.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “When [my daughter] Lenya went to heaven, we were at a loss as parents, not only how to go through what we were facing ourselves, but how to help our kids process it.” - Levi Lusko
    “I feel empowered in my pain and there's a purpose in it. But then I also love that it acknowledges that this might take a while. It's not instant. I have to wait sometimes. And in that waiting is where God really is going to develop the muscles of strength inside of you that hopefully can help you to handle the kind of blessing that He ultimately wants to give you.” - Levi Lusko
    “Abuse wasn't just coming towards me, but it was going towards all my siblings, including my mom. So even though one parent was there to protect us, most of the time, we could not protect her because she faced the same abuse from my dad. And so that that was what life was. That was just the worst you could think of. So for me, you know, if you told me to dream, today was bad enough that I didn't really want to think about tomorrow.” - Peter Mutabazi
    “I realized just how good I was at school as well. And so that's really how I began to hope and how I began to truly see myself as someone who will get somewhere, not because I had it, but because someone saw that in me and he believed and had faith in me.” - Peter Mutabazi
    “I went to the restaurant and the amount of food I saw being thrown away really, really [made me] question my faith, you know, because to see how much was thrown away and knowing that kids in my village are going to die today because they didn't have a meal, I began to ask God like, “God, do you love us the same way? How can some people have so much to throw away every day, but others have so little that they will lose their lives?” You know, and that was a challenge for me.” - Peter Mutabazi
    “Things that I can draw from my own life and be able to share with them has truly been so meaningful, you know, that you look back and say, ‘Wow, God, I had no idea, but you allowed me to go through all of that. But at the same time, I can use the past to change your little ones here in the United States.’” - Peter Mutabazi
    “We stand to be an advocate for those who are not seen and those who are not heard.” - Peter Mutabazi
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    • 27 min
    Boxing Up Hope with Operation Christmas Child

    Boxing Up Hope with Operation Christmas Child

    On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from three people with special connections to the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many children, this shoebox is the first gift they’ve ever received. Bill Pfister, the senior regional director of OCC for the Americas and the Caribbean, gives some insight into the mission and inspiration behind the organization, and how they’re seeking to show God’s love in a tangible way.. Vladimir Prokhnevskiy, a shoebox recipient, grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, in an impoverished family of eleven. Vladimir remembers one harsh winter when he and his siblings underwent extensive travel to get to an Operation Christmas Child distribution center, and how that gift impacted his life. Elvina Arventii will share how Operation Christmas Child changed her life as a little girl, and how she’s now volunteering with them, hoping to pay it forward.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Listens
    Sarah Young
    Past interview: Green family
    Upcoming interview: Levi Lusko
     
    Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child
    www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC
    Bill Pfister
    Vladimir Prokhnevskiy
    Elvina Arventii
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “When friends or family members or a local church come together and pack gift boxes and then send them overseas, a child is able to hear about the good news of Jesus in a local church. They are taught that Jesus is the greatest gift they can ever receive and that is a tangible expression of God's love.” - Bill Pfister
    “For me [my Operation Christmas Child box] was extra special because it was my first Christmas gift ever. But most importantly, the gospel came with it.” - Vladimir Prokhnevskiy
    “Over the years, you forget little details about the shoebox here and there, but you never forget how it makes you feel. And on that day, I felt loved.” - Vladimir Prokhnevskiy
    “I have a five year old and an eight year old, Ashton and Elliot, and we pack shoeboxes every single year. It's a family tradition now. It's a great example for my kids because I demonstrate to them what generosity looks like...I want my kids to grow up and be generous because generosity moves people's hearts. Generosity is what unites people, it brings people together. And I want them to grow up to be generous people. And packing shoeboxes helps them become generous.” - Vladimir Prokhnevskiy
    “For the first time, I realized that God is real and He can answer even the prayers of a little girl.” - Elvina Arventii
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    • 26 min
    [BONUS] The Power of Prayer

    [BONUS] The Power of Prayer

    This special bonus episode of the Jesus Calling Podcast features multiple guests talking specifically about the power of prayer. We hope you find inspiration from the stories of how the simple act of prayer brings hope, peace, and a deeper relationship with God to people from all walks of life. 
     
    Links To Full Episodes
    Lauren Akins
    Joyce & John Smith
    James Martin
    Carlos Whittaker
    Travis Tritt
    Sarah Young
    Bishop T.D. Jakes
     
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    *Episode produced by Four Eyes Media*

    • 37 min

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