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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.

    Finding Meaning in the Small Moments: Taylor Tippett & Curtis Grimes

    Finding Meaning in the Small Moments: Taylor Tippett & Curtis Grimes

    It seems that much of our lives is driving toward something big. Whether it’s career, personal goals, seeking success or building a life for our loved ones, we’re often aiming high to be or do something big. However, we’ll miss some important moments if we don’t look at the small ways God is showing up in our lives: a simple word from a friend that brightens our day, an act of service from someone that makes our day go smoother, or even a thought from a complete stranger that reminds us we are seen and heard. When we actively look for these moments, we realize that God is all around us, at all times—in the small details of our days as well as the big moments—and recognizing His presence in all of our moments will draw us closer to Him. Flight Attendant Taylor Tippett started a project of leaving encouraging notes on the planes she worked on for passengers to find as a small act of kindness that has netted big results. Texas country music artist Curtis Grimes sees the value of reaching people for God not only in the big stadiums and auditoriums, but in the small honky tonks, fairs, festivals, & rodeos he plays regularly.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling 
    Jesus Always
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Lisa Harper
    Upcoming interview: Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary
     
    Taylor Tippett
    Pan Am
    @wordsfromthewindowseat
    Words From The Window Seat
     
    Curtis Grimes
    The Voice 
    CeeLo Green
    Andraé Crouch song, “Through It All” 
    “Graves Into Gardens”



    Interview Quotes:
    “I'm a very big believer in things happening for a reason. And so I was like, What if somebody finds this and really needs this? And so I wrote “Be kind to yourself” and took a picture and left it on the seat back.” - Taylor Tippett
    “Through this project of really keeping an eye out for the small moments and for the kindness, that's my whole goal with this; it's just that people would feel understood and loved where they're at.” - Taylor Tippett
    “I think just having patience and grace with people that look different from us or act different from us or seem different from us is so important.” - Taylor Tippett
    “I was having a lot of conviction for how I was living and just was not representing Christ the way I should in not only in my music, my lifestyle. And from that point on, just kind of really made a conscious effort to use the talent and ability that God had blessed me with to reach people, to go into the bars, honky tonks, fairs, festivals, rodeos, wherever we were playing, and actually use that to point people to Jesus, not do the opposite.” - Curtis Grimes
    “Initially, my thought was to just remove myself from the environment, just get out of the scene, get out of the lifestyle, get away from it, and just go lead worship in a church. But God really put it on my heart that, ‘I have you here for a reason. I want you to do whatever you think that you were going to do in a church out here where you're actually reaching people in a place where people aren't going to hear about Jesus.’“ - Curtis Grimes
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    Looking At The Enneagram Through A Spiritual Lens: Mark Eaton, Jackie Brewster, & Eve Annunziato

    Looking At The Enneagram Through A Spiritual Lens: Mark Eaton, Jackie Brewster, & Eve Annunziato

    You might have heard about the popular personality typing assessment called the Enneagram. What you might not know is that the Enneagram has many applications for Christians and has some of its early formation shaped by historical Christian thinkers. By looking at ourselves and those we care about in the context of the nine Enneagram types, we can understand ourselves and who God created us to be, so that we can in turn better understand others and have a more compassionate heart. For this episode, we’ll speak with several experts on the Enneagram who help us walk through the different personality types and share deep personal insights they found from utilizing the Enneagram in their relationships both at home and in their church community. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Listens
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Calling YouTube 
    Enneagram
    Relating to God through the Enneagram YouTube Series
    Jesus Calling Enneagram discussion guides
    Past interview: Shannon Bream
    Upcoming interview: Taylor Tippett
     
    Mark Eaton
    Dr. Harv Powers
    Enneagram assessment
    Enneagram Two 
    Matthew chapter 7
    www.eatonleadership.org
     
    Jackie Brewster
    Eve Annunziato
    Jesus Calling app
    Jesus Calling for kids
    Hearing God Speak
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “The Enneagram studies motives, it studies drivers, it studies what motivates a person. And if we know what motivates us, what drives us, what's the thing behind the thing, then we can be much more effective in our leadership.” - Mark Eaton
    “Enneagram twos tend to withdraw when we get into a little bit of conflict. We don't understand our own needs. We understand everybody else's, if you will, but we have trouble getting our own. So I can tend to withdraw for sometimes for two or three days before I understand what I'm feeling.” - Mark Eaton
    “Enneagram can help us. It's just a tool, but it can help us have much more intimate relationships with those who we say we love.” - Mark Eaton
    “The Enneagram helps me become the humble guy that I really want to be. When I'm facing my wife, I am aware, at least at some level, of the logs in my own eye and maybe, just maybe, I can help someone else with a splinter in their eye.” - Mark Eaton
    “I had never really looked at my life through the lens of the Enneagram. And so because of the tool that it is, it's allowed me to really slow down, process what's happening in my life, like take notice of patterns of behavior, ask myself where they're coming from. And it really has made a huge, huge difference and impact on the way that I function in my marriage with my children and in my business, with my friends, just really understanding what's happening on the inside of me and owning my own parts of my story.” - Jackie Brewster
    “I feel like through the work of the Enneagram, I'm accepting my own personality. And really, most importantly, I'm accepting other people's personalities that perhaps are different than mine. It's helped me view my life with compassion and empathy for others and even for myself.” - Eve Annunziato
    “I realize that there is no better or worse or best number and that our numbers aren't a problem to be solved. Our numbers are a beauty to be embraced, and that's helped me warmly welcome my own personality, my own vulnerability.” - Eve Annunziato
    “As we do recognize different parts of ourselves, [God] doesn't want us to try to fix them on our own. He wants us to bring them to Him and ask Him to be in it with us…I do love using the Enneagram as a tool, but the Bible as a transformation for our lives.” - Jackie Brewster
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    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    Understanding and Kindness for Every Season: Will Smith & Amy Grant

    Understanding and Kindness for Every Season: Will Smith & Amy Grant

    This season is a time for giving, reflection and joy. But what if you’re having a hard time seeing God in the swirl of busy-ness that encompass the holidays? Or what if you’re not connected with him how you’d like to be? There’s a powerful verse in the Bible from 1st John 4:12 that says even though none of us here on earth have actually “seen” God, “if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us."  Our guests today believe that love and understanding toward others, along with prayer and seeking Him are our primary connections to God and find their faith strengthened when they are acting in kindness and service. We’ll talk with Oscar-nominated actor and recent New York Times bestselling author Will Smith and Grammy Award-winning iconic Christian singer Amy Grant.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    1st John 4:12
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens 
    Sarah Young
    Past guest: Lauren Akins
    Upcoming guest: Enneagram through a spiritual lens with experts Mark Eaton
     
    Will Smith 
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Will 
     
    Amy Grant
    Church of Christ
    Belmont College 
    Word Records
    www.AmyGrant.com



    Interview Quotes:
    “External success doesn't fix your internal difficulties.” - Will Smith
    “I'm flawed, but so is everybody, and I get to be better moving forward.” - Will Smith
    “A concentration on love and service above all things can't yield anything but greatness.” - Will Smith
    “I want to be an ambassador of God and goodness trying to correct the lack of love in the world.” - Will Smith
    “Little by little, my stage grew and the audience grew and my proficiency grew and took me places I never dreamed I would go. I'm really grateful and surprised how my life turned out.” - Amy Grant
    “Prayer changes circumstances, it changes people, it changes the person who's going through it, it changes the person who prays, and I believe prayer is active, compassionate thought wrapped around another person.” - Amy Grant
    “One of the first things that comes out of my mouth in the morning is, ‘This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ And I feel that joy. I'm so glad to be alive.” - Amy Grant
    “I think we're all wired so uniquely that God gives us gifts because He knows that's what we need to get through. And then when you enjoy that gift, then it pours out on other people.” - Amy Grant
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    Audio Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PrbuwH
    Video Playlist: https://bit.ly/2PsmEkJ
    What’s Good? Playlist: https://bit.ly/3i7VUlZ
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    [BONUS] Hope For A New Year

    [BONUS] Hope For A New Year

    This special bonus episode of the Jesus Calling Podcast features multiple guests who have appeared in their own episodes on the Jesus Calling Podcast speaking to the topic of hope. Through a variety of situations, many difficult, some tragic, our guests from all walks of life share how hope stayed alive in their hearts and how their faith fueled that hope. 
     
    Links To Full Episodes
    Dr. Rick Rigsby
    Jim & Jill Kelly
    Tammie Jo Shults
    Randy & Mary Travis
    Hal Donaldson
    Kristin Chenoweth
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    *Episode produced by Four Eyes Media*

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    When You Don’t Feel Joyful, God Still Sees You At Christmas: Steve Wariner and The Isaacs

    When You Don’t Feel Joyful, God Still Sees You At Christmas: Steve Wariner and The Isaacs

    Though Christmas is typically a happy time of year, full of gifts and parties and celebrations, many find it hard to find joy at Christmas time. Maybe you’ve had a loss, or received some bad news, or a scary diagnosis. Through all the celebrating and good cheer, God still sees you. And in Him, you can draw strength that will never fail you. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us that God is just waiting to do mighty things if we’ll just reach out to Him. “Call to Me,” He says, “and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” We wish we could know what our future holds or if and when we’ll get out of a season of hurt and pain—but what we do know is that we can call on God and He will be there for us. His very existence assures us that we’re never alone. Our guests this week, country music star Steve Wariner and country gospel group The Isaacs know a little bit about what leaning on God looks like, and how He shows up not only in the Christmas songs and celebrations we hear and see at Christmas, but through times of confusion, doubt, pain, sickness and sorrow. 
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jeremiah 33:3 
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Jesus Always
    Past interview: Dave Pittman 
    Upcoming interview: Amy Grant
     
    Steve Wariner
    Dottie West
    Bobby Bare
    Jim Ed Brown
    Chet Atkins
    Capitol Records
    Burnin’ the Road House Down
    COVID
    Feels Like Christmas Time
     
    The Isaacs
    The Isaacs Foundation
    Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors
    Bergen-Belsen concentration camp 
    Buna concentration camp 
    Feldafing
    Grand Ole Opry
    www.theisaacs.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I remember the first time I played music was in church, the first music I heard was in church.” - Steve Wariner
    “During those really hard times when you look around and so many friends are going away and friends of friends or relatives that it was starting to get really close, the circle closer, I found myself really turning into faith a lot. And really, you know, you get down on your knees and you go, Man, this is an unprecedented time we're in. And you draw back on those early experiences in your life lessons and turn to those things. It's very humbling, these times, that’s for sure. And I try to turn to some people that need some help and help them if I can.” - Steve Wariner
    “It really does my heart good to play that music and bring it out and sing beautiful melodies, and the real lyrics that really mean what Christmas is.” - Steve Wariner
    “We recorded when we were just small children singing in harmony. And so it was something that was just surrounding us. And so it was a very natural fit for us to grow up loving music, different kinds of music…faith has been the core of everything that we are and everything that we've ever wanted to do, just to be whatever God wanted us to be. ” - Sonya Isaacs Yeary
    “There was a banjo and a guitar and prayer in our home all the time.” - Rebecca Isaacs Bowman
    “To be able to be where I am now and look back on my past and know that God has ordained our family in the positions that we are, I look at it now and I could see it the alignment all the way from Mom and Dad getting saved into who we are today, who we are independently.” - Ben Isaacs
    “We know how blessed we are to have each other.” - Sonya Isaacs Yeary
    “I'm convinced that if you can just let your egos at the door and pray together, then you'll stay together.” - Rebecca Isaacs Bowman
    “The minute my flesh hit the floor, God already knew my heart. He knew I was open to whatever He had. And it was a process.” - Lily Isaacs
    “I think that choosing the type of songs that you sing and knowing that you can sing them anywhere makes a big difference in how you can spread the word and the word of hope.” - Ben Isaacs
    “We do love to share what God has brought us through and His faithfulness and everything, because He is so faithful, He's be

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    God’s Power Overcomes The Darkness: Sinach & Ryan Casey Waller

    God’s Power Overcomes The Darkness: Sinach & Ryan Casey Waller

    The news in the world today is often troubling and might send us into a tailspin of anxiousness and worry. When we hear stories of people hurting each other and conflicts around the world, we may wonder if there’s a hope in our future, or if we are just descending into chaos. When things seem out of control, the Bible gives us assurance that God is still in charge. Isaiah 41:10 says “do not be dismayed, for I am your God—I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This week our guests both share about how they have come to know the greatness of God and how they’ve seen His power to overcome darkness in our world and in their own lives. We’ll hear from Sinach, an award-winning singer from Nigeria, and psychotherapist Ryan Casey Waller.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Isaiah 41:10 NIV
    Jesus Calling
    Jesus Listens
    Past interview: Levi Lusko
    Upcoming interview: Steve Wariner
     
    Sinach
    “Greatest Lord”
    www.sinachmusic.com
     
    Ryan Casey Waller
    Anxiety, Depression, and Other Things We Don’t Want To Talk About
    Mental illness
    www.ryancaseywaller.com
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “As I grew as a Christian being born again, I started understanding, Oh, wow, the Lord could actually use what I'm doing, and as I saw the number of people that were being impacted with my music, I just realized that, Oh, wow, this is more than just a hobby. It is more than just something that I sing when I want to sing. This is something that the Lord will use. “ - Sinach
    “It was not particularly about the music, but the spirit, the power of the name of Jesus behind the music.” - Sinach
    “The name of Jesus is greater than depression, is greater than any sickness that has been named or will ever be named, and that we must have confidence in the name of Jesus and be able to trust Him for what He said He is.” - Sinach
    “I understood myself first and foremost as a child of God. That's the lens through which I saw the rest of the world. I understood that first and foremost, no matter what I did, no matter what I said, no matter what I accomplished or how I failed, I knew that God had brought me into existence, out of love and made me for love. And that blessed me so I might have the opportunity to bless others.” - Ryan Casey Waller
    “By the grace of God, working with that therapist and beginning to take medication, I experienced a tremendous amount of healing. And I became really passionate advocating for Christians to try and understand mental health as health and not as some separate category.” - Ryan Casey Waller
    “It was that moment of deep embarrassment and shame that allowed me to see that I needed to push pause on everything. And then I need to return to the basics and I need to go and get some serious treatment and to take time to understand that my own mental health had gotten in a bad place and I had to step back.” - Ryan Casey Waller
    “If the church is going to be a place of true healing, then it must be a place where every kind of pain can be brought into and entrusted. Jesus never promises to take our pain away, but what is promised is that He'll be there with us.” - Ryan Casey Waller
    “I think that the abundant life that Jesus offers, the life that He wants us to enjoy, is one in which we are entering into the healthiest versions of ourselves as possible.” - Ryan Casey Waller
    “God has a future for you, there are people who love you, and if you're in pain today, please tell them. Don't be ashamed. You'll be met with love and you'll be guided toward healing.” - Ryan Casey Waller
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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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