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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 “Tidbits of Joy” in Seasons of Pain: Mattie Jackson Selecman & Deborah Evans Price

    Finding “Tidbits of Joy” in Seasons of Pain: Mattie Jackson Selecman & Deborah Evans Price

    Our stories are a combination of pain and beauty, of grief and love, of despair and wonder. In the moments when pain and isolation threaten to engulf us, God is there to lift us up and, as our guest Mattie Jackson Selecman says, sprinkle “tidbits of joy” along our darkest paths. Growing up, Mattie watched her dad, country music superstar Alan Jackson, sing songs that connected with people across the country, and she knew she was born to tell stories just like him. But Mattie never could’ve imagined one of the stories she’d tell would be a tragic story of her own: losing her newlywed husband Ben in an accident. With God’s help, and with her Jesus Calling devotional by her side, Mattie began to put the pieces of her life back together and found healing in the very ministry that she co-founded to heal others, NaSHEville. Music journalist Deborah Evans Price passionately chased her dream to tell stories behind some of country and Christian music’s biggest stars, becoming a full-time journalist at Billboard Magazine. But Deborah learned firsthand that just because part of your dream works out doesn’t mean your whole life will fall into place. As Deborah tackled an unexpected cancer diagnosis, she learned there’s true joy in allowing others to come alongside us and care for us when we’re at our lowest.
     
    Links, Products, and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling Peace for Everyday Life video series
    Jesus Calling Magazine [FREE!]
    Jesus Calling Podcast Episode with Dawn Barton: Joy: God’s Antidote to Pain



    Mattie Jackson Selecman
    Alan Jackson
    UT [University of Tennessee]
    NaSHEville
    Human trafficking


     
    Deborah Evans Price
    Billboard Magazine
    Billboard.com
    First for Women Magazine
    Redbook 
    Woman's World 
    Sounds Like Nashville
    LSU [Louisiana State University]

     
    Victoria Damone
    1950’s Big Band crooner Vic Damone
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “Jesus is the only hope, not because He's the only thing left to turn to, but because He's the only thing that will bring light in the dark.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “You kind of take [faith] for granted until you have real reason to buckle down and understand and evaluate, Why is this my faith, and why is this not just what I've been told and taught?” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “Don't feel like it's your job to plan out every step of your life—go live it. And what happens to you will be the story that you'll end up telling.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “He walked the way Jesus walked. He saw people for who they were, and not for what they did, or for something that he expected or wanted from them.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman, on her husband Ben
    “On paper, we did all the things we were supposed to do, you know, to “get the miracle.” But we didn't. And part of understanding and processing and finding joy amidst the pain doesn't come from having that question answered.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “Wherever you are in your faith, He'll find you.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “God will bring tidbits of joy. That's what I've learned above all else. And I tell people, pain and joy are not mutually exclusive. They can dance in the same scene together.” - Mattie Jackson Selecman
    “God's put me here to help tell people stories. That's a privilege.” - Deborah Evans Price
    “It’s hard to be vulnerable and let people see when you're when you're hurting.” - Deborah Evans Price
    “I just wake up every day thinking, You just don't know what God’s going to bring in your life or what exciting door He’s gonna be opening. Every day is a new adventure.” - Deborah Evans Price



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    Connection Through Praise and Worship: Matt Redman & Mark Schultz

    Connection Through Praise and Worship: Matt Redman & Mark Schultz

    We all value connection: to our loved ones, to the world around us, to the principles that matter to us. And our most important connection is with God, which can feel so powerful through our praise. Worship leader Matt Redman shares how music became his escape from the darkness he endured in his youth—his father’s suicide early in his life, then abuse in his teen years. But when Matt was introduced to Steven Curtis Chapman’s music in college, he found a path that would draw him near to God through living in a state of constant wonder. Singer/songwriter Mark Schultz was struggling to make it big in the Nashville music scene when he met a youth pastor who would change his life. After working with kids and singing songs from the heart, Mark landed a record deal, and today, he’s built a beautiful life by putting praise for Jesus above everything. Plus, after being adopted in his childhood, Mark finally understood the heavenly meaning of that word when he adopted his own little one.
     
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling Prayer Call
    Jesus Calling Kids/Childrens
    Jesus Calling Podcast Episode with Steven Curtis Chapman: "A Father's Love Is Special" 
     
    Matt Redman
    BibleGateway.com Psalms
    10,000 Reasons song
    Let There Be Wonder album
    If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, there’s help. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
     
    Mark Schultz 
    Remember Me Mission
    Kansas State University
    Ryman Auditorium
    Grand Ole Opry
     
    Mattie Jackson Selecman
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I needed to talk to God. I needed to cry out to God. Music seemed like a really powerful way to do that.” - Matt Redman
    “I loved that we weren't just singing about Him, but we were singing to Him.” - Matt Redman
    “One of the challenges of trying to portray God through music is to do with trying to paint the biggest picture of Him that you can.” - Matt Redman
    “He's the lion and the lamb, He is the God who thunders and whispers. He's a God who terrifies, and yet He befriends. He's the one who knelt down, washed the feet of His disciples, even though He's the one whose footstool is the earth.” - Matt Redman
    “There's something special about hearing a father's words speak over you, that they believe in you, and cast a vision for you, and I think there's something about that that you kind of grow into that as your story unfolds.” - Mark Schultz
    “That would be one of those moments that I look back on that I feel like it was a dad's vision and a belief in me, just following that.” - Mark Schultz, on a dream fulfilled to play at Ryman Auditorium
    “God doesn't want something from us—He wants something for us.” - Mark Schultz
     
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    Rewriting Our Stories, Redefining Our Lives: Scott Sauls and Jay & Katherine Wolf 

    Rewriting Our Stories, Redefining Our Lives: Scott Sauls and Jay & Katherine Wolf 

    We have a tendency to see black and white in our stories. We believe we’re doing the right things because we don’t seem to be encountering many problems. We think we’re loving others well because we don’t see any evidence that says otherwise. But the truth is that no matter how hard we try, we will face hard problems and tough situations. We will face division and anger. But God will equip us with the tools we need to navigate life with profound faith and great love. Pastor and author Scott Sauls asks us to think about what our world would be like if we approached others with compassion and gentleness like Jesus, to try and heal a hurting world. Advocates Jay and Katherine Wolf faced the unimaginable when Katherine, a twenty-six-year-old mother of a six-month-old son, suffered a brain stem stroke that turned their world upside down. Now a full-time caregiver, Jay shares how God brought them closer to Him through each other, and how sometimes healing and despair go hand in hand. 



    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Calling: What’s Good? (YouTube video series)
    Jesus Calling Podcast Episode - The Broken Road to Joy: Ann Voskamp & Emily Stroud 



    Gary Sinise Foundation



    Scott Sauls
    A Gentle Answer: Our Secret Weapon in an Age of Us Against Them book
    Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashville, Tennessee) 
    BibleGateway.com (Luke 7)
    Fred Rogers (Jesus Calling podcast interview with wife Joanne Rogers)



    Jay and Katherine Wolf
    Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything
    Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
    Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
    Bel Air Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, CA)
    CaringBridge
    BibleGateway.com (Isaiah 45:3)
    Matt Redman
     
    Interview Quotes:
     
    “What could it look like for followers of Christ, especially, to give ourselves to a gentleness movement or a kindness movement in a climate where kindness is so scarce?” - Scott Sauls
    “Cynicism and negativity are very contagious, but so are love and kindness.” - Scott Sauls
    “Every single square inch of the universe—people, places, and things—belongs to God, is created by God, and is entrusted to our care.” - Scott Sauls
    “Everybody's job is an opportunity to serve God in the same way that a pastor's job is an opportunity to serve God.” - Scott Sauls
    “Christians have that resource to be more difficult to offend, because Christ chose not to be offended by us. He chose instead to love us and to forgive us and to draw us into His family and adopt us.” - Scott Sauls
     
    “Looking back on your story, it's important and it's profound to see some things you didn't see in the moment because it was up close, and to see how God was putting those pieces together.” - Jay Wolf
    “The idea that God had spared her life was the beginning of hope for me.” - Jay Wolf
    ”We thought [Katherine’s being on life support] was really just a sign and a little sort of glimmer that God was saying, ‘I'm still here. I haven't abandoned you, even if I'm silent.’” - Jay Wolf
    “I think we want to say it's one or the other, ‘Oh, you're in this healing mode,’ or, ‘You're in this despairing mode.’ Sometimes they're right in the same place together.” - Jay Wolf
    “‘You get to put into practice everything you believe, and I'm going to supernaturally supply you. My divine power will give you everything that you need to do this. And it is going to be hard. It's going to be good’.” - Katherine Wolf speaking how she believes God rallied her husband Jay
    “We knew the presence of God would sustain, and His power would make a way for us to move forward.” - Katherine Wolf
     
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    Our Dreams, God’s Calling: Jaci Velasquez and Andy Harrison

    Our Dreams, God’s Calling: Jaci Velasquez and Andy Harrison

    Dreaming, planning, preparing for the future—it’s in our nature to map out where we’d like our lives to go. But in the midst of our dreaming, it’s important to take a step back and ask God, “What do You want for my life?” Because He might have a different—and better—answer for us. When Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez was pregnant with her son Zealand, she knew he’d have a ministry of his own one day. But when Jaci discovered Zealand had autism, she wondered how he’d ever spread God’s love if he couldn’t communicate. Over time, Jaci learned to shift her perspective from “Why me?” to “Why not me?” and she began to see how God can use anyone or anything for good. Worship pastor Andy Harrison was raised in a Christian home, but never really felt connected to God. After attending a youth camp and a Planetshakers conference, Andy was struck by how passionate the people around him were, and he wanted to discover this Jesus that had everyone so shaken up. Today Andy’s a mentor to youth and shows them how to be strong in faith while growing up, and how, even when we don’t know where to turn, we can find everything we need in Jesus.



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    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional



    Gary Sinise Foundation



    Jaci Velasquez
    When God Rescripts Your Life: Seeing Value, Beauty, and Purpose When Life is Interrupted book
    IEP—Individualized Educational Program
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Autism Spectrum Disorder - pervasive developmental delay
     
    Andy Harrison
    Jesus Over Everything album
    Jesus Over Everything: Notes for the Next Generation of Planetshakers book
    Planetshakers Youth Ministry
    Planetshakers Music
    Planetshakers Conference
    BibleGateway.com (Psalms 139 & Matthew 6:33)
     
    Jay and Katherine Wolf
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “I stopped asking the question, ‘Why me?’ And I started asking the most important question, which was ‘Why not me?’” - Jaci Velasquez
    “Sometimes what He wants for our lives and what He wants for our families looks different than what we had pictured.” - Jaci Velasquez
    “We have to continuously dive into what God is trying to show us.” - Jaci Velasquez
    “He forgives you sooner than you forgive yourself. So why do we continue putting ourselves on the cross? “ - Jaci Velasquez
    “Listen for His interpretation. Our dreams and God's calling are not always the same thing.” - Jaci Velasquez
    “[Growing up] I knew a lot of things about God, but I didn't know Him for myself.“ - Andy Harrison
    “I'm really passionate about seeing young people encounter Jesus, because that was the season in my life where I came to know Him, and I want to see other young people come to know Him, too.” - Andy Harrison
    “Everything that we need is found in Jesus.” - Andy Harrison
     
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    • 28 min
    Finding What Matters Most with Daniel & Katherine Carlson

    Finding What Matters Most with Daniel & Katherine Carlson

    [Special Series] Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson and his wife Katherine join us as we search for Peace in Uncertain Times to share how they’re rediscovering what matters most in this trying season: rest, reflection, connecting with one another, and trusting God with the future. They remind us that when we look back on times of trial, we’ll often see where God’s light was shining through.
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    Daniel & Katherine Carlson
    NFL
    Twitter
    Instagram
     
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    Interview Quotes:
    “One of the best things that's come out of this [time of quarantine] is that we were able to sit back and just really enjoy each other's company and enjoy growing together and learning together and learning from our Lord and learning about our Lord and, you know, spending time on word and spending time worshiping.” - Daniel Carlson
    “If we really press into God and begin to hand over our worries and our concerns to our Lord and Savior, He will sustain us and that He will be faithful.” - Daniel Carlson
     
     

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    Turning Love into Action: Cynthia Garrett & Paige VanZant

    Turning Love into Action: Cynthia Garrett & Paige VanZant

    If there’s one thing our world needs at this moment, it’s love—the kind of 1 Corinthians 13 love God asks us to show each other. TBN host Cynthia Garrett walks us through how to understand that love is not found only in words—love is an action. She explains how, when we learn to release society’s distractions, we can truly listen to the hearts of those around us, learn from their experiences, and work together for what is good and right. MMA fighter Paige VanZant turned to fighting as a coping mechanism for the horrific bullying she faced in high school. And when fighting turned into her career, Paige began to use her platform to help others facing emotional trauma, letting love heal both her heart and theirs.
     
    Links, Products and Resources Mentioned:
    Sarah Young
    Jesus Calling Podcast
    Jesus Calling books
    Jesus Calling devotional
    Jesus Always devotional
    The Joy of Spreading Love, One Heart At A Time: Delilah and Gary Thomas episode
     
    Gary Sinise Foundation
     
    Cynthia Garrett
    Cynthia Garrett Ministries
    The Sessions with Cynthia Garrett on TBN
    Cynthia Garrett Ministries YouTube
    BibleGateway.com - 1 Corinthians 13
     
    Paige VanZant 
    Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life book
    UFC
     
     Jaci Velasquez
     
    Interview Quotes:
    “One of the things that I think that we can all do is to listen. We have to listen more. I think we are here because we stopped listening to each other.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “There's someone you know who’s different from you, and the best way to have understanding and wisdom is to ask them questions about their experience in life and to listen.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “When you love your neighbor, racism does not exist.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “If we examine our hearts and seek righteousness in our hearts, we can make a difference.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “Love is an action. Love is messy. Love is inconvenient. But love is also the most powerful word in the Bible.” - Cynthia Garrett
    “I know that I can stay positive because it's all in God's plan.” - Paige VanZant
    “God's given you all these talents. Why waste them?” - Paige VanZant
    “I think it says, “Do not be afraid,” 365 times in the Bible. So that means every single day you need to be reminded, don't be afraid.” - Paige VanZant
    “I'm still working every day to try to use my platform to connect to people and help people grow and help people through these emotional times.” - Paige VanZant
    “In every fight I go through, both in the cage and outside of the cage, I know that there is somebody who is on my side and is fighting with me the entire time, and that's God.” - Paige VanZant
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