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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.

    The Journey from Self to Service: Gary Sinise & Dr. Derwin Gray 

    The Journey from Self to Service: Gary Sinise & Dr. Derwin Gray 

    There comes a point when our faith has grown strong enough that we can turn outward and put it to work serving those who need it most. Gary Sinise comes from a long legacy of supporting the military, from brave family members who served as far back as World War I, to portraying wounded Vietnam vet Lt. Dan Taylor in the iconic movie Forrest Gump. After the events of 9/11, Gary was inspired to find more ways to serve those who sacrificed for our nation, which he details in his book Grateful American. Dr. Derwin Gray created a successful life for himself in the NFL, desperate to escape the dysfunction that surrounded him in childhood. But after achieving his career dreams, Derwin realized he wouldn’t ever be satisfied without a greater purpose. He bravely stepped into God’s calling for his life and founded Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic church seeking to help others live a Jesus-centered life—what Dr. Gray calls in his new book The Good Life. These two men have grown their faith and been encouraged by the people they serve, and they demonstrate the beautiful things that can happen when we use our gifts and talents to bless those around us.



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    Gary Sinise
    Gary Sinise Foundation
    Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service book
    Vets Night
    Disabled American Veterans Organization
    Lt. Dan Band
    Battle of the Argonne
    Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago
    Forrest Gump
    Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance




    Dr. Derwin Gray
    Transformation Church
    The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness book
     
     
    Paige VanZant
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “September 11th, 2001, our country is attacked and our men and women start raising their hands to deploy in reaction to that terrible event. And I just felt compelled and called in a certain way to serve. And so you go from this singular focus on self to this broader focus on serving others.” - Gary Sinise 
    “I am a grateful American. I'm grateful for so many things.” - Gary Sinise
    “Having veterans in my family, having been involved with supporting Vietnam veterans, I just knew where I was going to employ my services, and it was going to be to help our men and women get through the next phase of deploying to the war zones and helping them and their families get through that. And that just that lit a fire under me.” - Gary Sinise 
    “The more I got active, the more I gave, the more I healed, the more I wanted to do.” - Gary Sinise
    “I've seen the needs in all these different places and I want to try to continue to help fill those needs.” - Gary Sinise
    “When Jesus called me, when Jesus loved me, when Jesus met me, He literally put things in me and brought gifts out of me that I didn’t even know was possible.” - Dr. Derwin Gray
    “By my third year in the NFL at age twenty-five, I said ‘There's got to be more to life than this.’” - Dr. Derwin Gray
    “It was like I was chasing my shadow and I finally caught it, but realized it went right through my hands, and I was looking for things that only Jesus can give.” - Dr. Derwin Gray
    “He gave me unconditional love. He gave me a new identity: beloved child of God. He gave me a new purpose, and that is to know Him and to make Him known through every facet of my life.” - Dr. Derwin Gray
    “Jesus's blood not only forgives our sins, but He gives us a family with different colored skins.” - Dr. Derwin Gray
    ”So often we are so self-sufficient that we can't be God sufficient. So often we're so centered upon ourselves that we can't be Jesus-centered.” - Dr. Derwin Gray
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    • 28 min
    Cynthia Garrett: Love Is the Most Powerful Word in the Bible

    Cynthia Garrett: Love Is the Most Powerful Word in the Bible

    [Special Series] TV host Cynthia Garrett joins us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to discuss why it’s so important for Christians to listen to and love their neighbors. Cynthia reminds us to “turn your love into an action, into a verb.”  
     
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    Cynthia Garrett
    Cynthia Garrett Ministries
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    1 Corinthians 13; BibleGateway.com
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “Turn your love into an action - into a verb and do something, stand up when you need to stand up.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “We can’t really call ourselves Chrsitians if we don’t seek to love - to love our neighbor.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “I’ve learned how to choose victory every day, and that is a daily choice” - Cynthia Garrett
    “One of the things that we can all do is listen. We can listen more….Listen to people because you’ll hear their heart” - Cynthia Garrett
    “I believe there is hope. When you love your neighbor, racism does not exist.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “Love is messy, but it gets involved with other people. Love stands up for right.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “Love is the most powerful word in the Bible. It is the most powerful lesson that we learn from Christ, the most powerful command that we’re given because Jesus said that all the law and all the commandments are summed up in one simple word, love.” - Cynthia Garrett

    • 11 min
    Supporting Our Front Line Workers with Adam Hambrick

    Supporting Our Front Line Workers with Adam Hambrick

    [Special Series] Musician Adam Hambrick joins us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to share his experience as the spouse of a front line worker, the fear in facing the unknown, and the inspiration he’s found in his wife’s bravery. He reminds us to look for a source of hope and to find peace in knowing that God is in control. Adam also shares his touching new song, “Between Me & The End of the World,” written for his wife and other first responders who are battling the coronavirus on the front lines. 🎶
     
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    Adam Hambrick
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    Spotify
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “When I'm afraid, I try to look for the good. I try to look for the thread of hope in and through the course of this big trying time throughout the world.” - Adam Hambrick
     
    “It's easy to think that [God’s] in control when things are easy. But when things feel unjust, when things feel completely out of control--where does my help come from? Who has me? Who has me in His hand? Do you actually believe this? That's God.” - Adam Hambrick
     
    “[God’s] challenged me to believe and to have hope that He is who He is even in these dark times [of the pandemic].” - Adam Hambrick
     
    “I hope that this time [of the pandemic] drives us more toward each other. By the time this is over, we realize how much we need people and we realize how much we need to be invested in each other emotionally and spiritually--that's connection as community.” - Adam Hambrick

    • 8 min
    Give Your Dreams to God: Morgan Harper Nichols & Kel Mitchell 

    Give Your Dreams to God: Morgan Harper Nichols & Kel Mitchell 

    We spend so much time trying to choose a path for our futures, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in what *we* want versus what *God* wants. Artist, musician, writer, and creator Morgan Harper Nichols struggled to find her purpose, her identity, and her place to belong. By pushing herself to go deeper into connection and following God’s nudges to use her artistic gifts, Morgan found hope in showing up for others, and she realized the true definition of “grace.” Actor and producer Kel Mitchell spent most of his childhood in the Nickelodeon spotlight on shows like All That and Kenan & Kel. As he suffered through mistakes in his young adulthood, Kel realized he needed to discover who he was outside of television—and that instead of leading his own way, he needed to let God show him the way forward. Kel came back to his spiritual roots, where Jesus showed him his true calling: youth ministry. Today, Kel reminds us that we can never be too busy for God, because it’s only when we hand over our time and our plans that we see our lives begin to fall into place. 



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    When Dream Are Far From Reach, Trust God’s Vision: Matthew Barnett and Richard Cowdrey
     
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    All Along You Were Blooming book
     
    Kel Mitchell
    All That
    Kenan & Kel
    Nickelodeon
    Kel Mitchell’s Facebook
     
    Dr. Derwin Gray
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “What does it mean to serve and to love and to give to others while also simultaneously feeling like you're not enough?” - Morgan Harper Nichols
    “But all along, [my purpose] was just about how I can be present to other people with what I have, with what I've been given, even though I don't feel good enough.” - Morgan Harper Nichols 
    “We're still being called to go deeper. We're still being called to come out on the water and to not be afraid of engaging with what's bigger than us.” - Morgan Harper Nichols
    “One single word can really, really impact someone in a way that matters in their life, whether they tell you or not. Connection happens through the imperfections and it happens through the broken places.” - Morgan Harper Nichols
    “I decided to say, ‘Hey, I'll figure this out on my own. I'll figure this out.’ And when I did that, it put me on the wrong path a lot of times.” - Kel Mitchell
    “As Christians, there are troubles you're going to go through, because we live in a sinful world. But at that same time, you have to know that God knows the way of getting you out of trouble.” - Kel Mitchell
    “It's awesome to be an ambassador of Christ and lead [kids] to the Lord as they see the light within you.” - Kel Mitchell
    “I feel like you have to learn and you have to go through those setbacks so you can have an amazing and beautiful, divine comeback.” - Kel Mitchell
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    • 26 min
    Hope for Fathers & the Fatherless: Dr. Rick Rigsby and Jerrad Lopes

    Hope for Fathers & the Fatherless: Dr. Rick Rigsby and Jerrad Lopes

    Fathers play a lasting role in our lives, and we learn countless lessons from them, like who we want to be and how we want to lead. Master communicator and motivational speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby grew up with a father who, despite being a third-grade dropout, sailed across the world, learned multiple languages, and instilled in a young Dr. Rigsby the basic life lessons that profoundly impacted the way he viewed himself and his potential. Above all, Dr. Rigsby’s father helped him see how living with faith and keeping our word can grow our influence to impact other people for the better. From the time he was a young boy, Jerrad Lopes couldn’t wait to be the dad he never had. But as an adult, when Jerrad hit a wall of professional setbacks that sent him into depression, he knew he wasn’t being the best dad and husband he could be. After a bitter fight with his wife, Jerrad turned to God to help show him how to lead. Now, Jerrad ministers through his organization Dad Tired to other men who face shame and a lack of confidence, so they can become dads and husbands who help their families grow more rooted in faith.
     
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    Dr. Rick Rigsby
    Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout: How the Timeless Wisdom of One Man Can Impact an Entire Generation book
    Texas A&M
    California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA
    Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football coach
    John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach
     
    Jerrad Lopes
    DadTired.com
    Dad Tire Podcast 
    Dad Tired: Stumbling Your Way to Spiritual Leadership book
    BibleGateway.com Psalm 1
     
    Kel Mitchell
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “How you do anything is how you do everything. It's never wrong to do the right thing. You tell somebody you're gonna get there at five, get there at four. Be ready to work.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby quoting his father
    “[My parents constantly raising the bar was] something I hated as a kid, something I couldn't stand as a teenager, but something that brings water to my eyes as an adult.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby
    “If you don't learn character in the trenches, if you don't learn the basics in the trenches, what in the world makes us think that when we get to the big stage, it's all of a sudden going to happen?” - Dr. Rick Rigsby
    “Faith encourages me to go beyond my comfort zone and to have a visceral reaction for the people of Jesus and encourage them.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby
    “Your ability to influence people within the sphere of your periphery will determine the impact that you make.” - Dr. Rick Rigsby
    “Think for a moment about the person who led you to the Lord. Was it that person's words, or was it that person's lifestyle?” - Dr. Rick Rigsby
    “I’m going to have a bunch of titles on my business card one day, [but] the thing that will go with me to the grave are the titles of husband, father, and disciple.” - Jerrad Lopes
    “If you believe you're too sinful or you're not equipped or you're not spiritual enough to lead your family, you're not believing in the God of the Bible.” - Jerrad Lopes
    ‘I'm just reminded that for me to be filled with life, to give life, to see the goodness of God used and fruit come out of it, I just have to be in the Living Water, which is the Word and Jesus Himself.” - Jerrad Lopes
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    • 30 min
    Lifting Each Other Up Changes Everything: Dr. Dharius Daniels & Ron Hall

    Lifting Each Other Up Changes Everything: Dr. Dharius Daniels & Ron Hall

    Everyone is placed in our lives for a reason. God intentionally chooses to put people in our path to teach us and to mold us into who He created us to be, and sometimes those relationships are not what we would expect. Dr. Dharius Daniels was studying to be a lawyer, until a mentor in college helped him realize that his true calling was ministry. As he began to study the Bible more intently, Dr. Daniels realized how we as individuals (and our relationships) have the ability to change lives, and that adding value to someone’s life is a calling of the highest kind, which he shares in his book Relational Intelligence. Ron Hall had one goal in life: to get out of poverty and create a life that matched his definition of success. He worked hard and achieved his goals, but his pursuit of success led to challenges in his relationship with his wife, Debbie. After reexamining his priorities, Ron committed himself to pursuing God the way Debbie did, and it led him to work with the homeless. On the streets of Fort Worth, Texas, Ron met a remarkable man named Denver, who would teach Ron more about life than he ever expected, as chronicled in the movie and New York Times bestselling book, Same Kind of Different as Me.
     
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    Dr. Dharius Daniels
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    Ron Hall
    Same Kind of Different as Me book
    Same Kind of Different as Me movie
    Texas Christian University
    Ecclesiastes 9:15 (BibleGateway.com)
     
    Dr. Rick Rigsby



    Interview Quotes:
    “What I began to see is the need for an expression of the gospel that did more than address people's morals, but addressed people's lives.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels 
    “You cannot have a high quality of life without doing relationships well.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels 
    “There is no area of our life that is not directly or indirectly impacted by our relationships: our physical well-being, our financial well-being, our relational well-being, our spiritual well-being.” - Dr. Dharius Daniels
    “God knew what He was doing when He put [my wife Debbie] in my life.” - Ron Hall
    “I told people that my wife and I at the time, we were both living purpose-driven lives. My purpose in life was chasing the almighty dollar and her purpose in life was chasing the Almighty God.“ - Ron Hall
    “‘God is checking you out to see what kind of person you really are,’ Denver said, ‘because most of you folks look at the homeless as a problem. But through God's eyes, He sees this as an opportunity for the faithful to show the love of Christ. We’re all homeless. We’re just working our way back home.’“ - Ron Hall
    “I witnessed the miracle of a homeless ex-con known as Suicide, who did not know how to read and write, become a number-one New York Times bestselling author . . . My good friend Denver, who was my homeless mentor, taught me more about life than anyone.” - Ron Hall
     
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    • 35 min

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