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In a fast-paced format, Christian author and media leader Jon Fugler talks with Christians who share stories of their fresh faith journey. Also featuring Biblical content and resources to help you in your walk with Jesus. Jon is the founder and Director of FRESH FAITH 24/7, a movement of believers desperate to know Jesus. Become a member at www.freshfaith247.com.

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In a fast-paced format, Christian author and media leader Jon Fugler talks with Christians who share stories of their fresh faith journey. Also featuring Biblical content and resources to help you in your walk with Jesus. Jon is the founder and Director of FRESH FAITH 24/7, a movement of believers desperate to know Jesus. Become a member at www.freshfaith247.com.

    SEASON FINALE: When Forgiveness Seems Impossible -- A Conversation with Erik Reed [EP 29]

    SEASON FINALE: When Forgiveness Seems Impossible -- A Conversation with Erik Reed [EP 29]

    Click here to get the FRESH BREAD Devotionals

    This episode will stun you. My guest has a story that will cause you to gasp. It did for me. If forgiveness is an issue for you, our guest will probably melt your heart. And his family’s story—well, there’s so much we can all learn from it. So get ready.

    This episode is the season finale. We’ll be taking the summer off and coming back for season two in September. This is a great time for you to get caught up on past episodes.

    This is New Member Month at FRESH FAITH 24/7. If you’re looking for a place where you can build consistency in your walk with Christ, I want to invite you to become a brand new member. 

    The first thing you should do when you join is go through the FREEDOM PATH TRAINING. It’s a video course that I teach that will help you remove the obstacles that are pushing against your relationship with Christ. The FREEDOM PATH TRAINING will change your life. So become a new member this month at www.freshfaith247.com. 

    Featured Guest:

    Erik Reed, and his wife, Katrina, went through a tough, tough experience in their lives. And as I talked with Erik, he was so open about the struggles and the victories, the lows and the highs. And how God met his family where they were at. Our focus in this interview is on forgiveness. When I think of fresh faith in real life, this is it. Erik will tell you about his background, and we’re going to follow the sequence of events and his work and ministry seasons.

    We all know that forgiveness isn’t easy. There’s sacrifice. A price has to be paid. And I don’t think there is a formula for forgiveness, as is evident from Erik and his family’s life. It’s a process. But most importantly, a process where Christ must be at the center. It’s our only hope.

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    Join FRESH FAITH 24/7

    Fresh Bread Devotionals

    Erik Reed's Book UnCommon Trust: Learning to Trust God When Life Doesn't Make Sense

    Knowing Jesus Ministries

    Summer Activity Ideas from Focus on the Family

    Summer Trip ideas from K-LOVE

    Contact Jon

    Listen to past Season 1 Episodes

    BONUS LINK: Here's a moving video testimony on "Forgiving Toxic People"

    • 51 min
    Your Pathway to Freedom in Your Relationship with Christ -- EP28

    Your Pathway to Freedom in Your Relationship with Christ -- EP28

    Freedom is our topic this week.

    What are the pain points that stop you from having freedom in your relationship with Jesus? Stress, fatigue, hurry, loneliness, lack of purpose, health issues, private sins, burnout and weak faith hinder our pathway to freedom. As believers, it's not supposed to be that way, but it often is. These things affect and enslave us, preventing us from experiencing freedom in Christ.

    But there's a solution.

    Jon Fugler fields the questions from best-selling Christian author and podcaster Parker J. Cole, as he was a guest on her show. You'll find out how to overcome the obstacles to living in freedom in Christ.

    Looking for the path to freedom? The core of the FRESH FAITH 24/7 Membership is the Freedom Path Training, a dynamic video series hosted by Jon. To dive into it, start your 30-day free trial in FRESH FAITH 24/7.

    P.S. A note from Jon:

    Watch out what you pray for. You might get it, but not the way you think. If you receive my Fresh Bread devotional emails, you might remember that I asked you for prayer. Here’s what I wrote:

    Lately, life has been a blur. I’ve been busy

    Too busy.

    So pray for me to get back into that rhythm of knowing Jesus.

    It’s the best place to be.

    Thanks so much!

    Well, little did I know God would give me a time out. When I sent that email, I was coming down with Covid. And, if you’ve been following my story, I was stranded on an island. Talk about slowing down. I was quarantined to my hotel room with God, and we had some good conversations.

    I’ll tell you, I did slow down and I’m glad I did. So here I am, back home. I hope I’ve learned a lesson I will continue to apply. I know I need to slow down my pace and change my rhythm.

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    FRESH BREAD for FRESH FAITH Free Devotionals

    Join FRESH FAITH 24/7: 30 -Day Free Trial

    The Parker J. Cole Show

     

    • 33 min
    Fueled by God's Love -- A Conversation with Steve Hodgson - EP 27

    Fueled by God's Love -- A Conversation with Steve Hodgson - EP 27

    Now I can say I've done a show with Covid. Quarantined in a hotel room on an island, I borrowed a professional microphone, had access to Zoom, and way we went. More details inside.

    This week, meet Steve Hodgson, a man who has experienced a major shift in his relationship with Christ in the past two years. I’ve known our guest for over a decade, developing a deep friendship during that time. We’ve served side-by-side in missions, have been part of a really powerful men’s group, have laughed together, shared together, broken bread together. I think we’ve even cried together.

    He has lived a life of significance in building the body of Christ-- as a pastor, church planter, Christian education leader and ministry leader. His passion for reaching the lost has always made me marvel. And the way he values people is an example to all of us.

    But, as he’ll share, there was something missing until recently. Steve Hodgson and his wife, Laurie, live in Florida, just down south from my wife and I in North Carolina. But in this interview we’re thousands of miles apart.

    Wait it Out

    That's what God has been teaching me the last few days in my Covid time-out. 

    As I record this episode, I am still in quarantine. It lasts for another three days. Don’t feel sorry for me, though. The symptoms are manageable, I have a delivery service app for groceries and meals. And there is a refrigerator in my room. Being on a resort island is, in itself, part of the humor, because I can’t go anywhere. 

    Seriously, I am grateful this wasn’t worse than it could have been. My case is mild compared to many who have suffered or even died. I’m starting to turn the corner.

    No wake-up alarm the past three days. 

    It’s amazing how that has changed my pace in the morning. I feel more relaxed. There’s a freedom. My adrenaline is not pumping. My blood pressure is probably down. Simply by the way I am entering the day.

    I’ve learned that I can’t rush Covid. I have to wait it out. I’m wasting my energy trying to speed it up and get it out of my system. God will use this in my life. Don’t resist it. Rest. Spend more time with the Lord. God has given me a break from life to relax and enjoy him. Rather than seeing this virus as a curse, see it as a blessing. I’m not morbid, just saying that God’s purposes are greater than mine.

    What is God asking you to wait out? Are you fighting against this verse, “A man’s mind plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps?”

    I've got more to say about that in this episode. I hope it will help you in your faith journey. 

    Enjoy!

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    Fresh Bread for Fresh Faith devotional

    Join FRESH FAITH 24/7. Try our 30-Day Free Trial.

    Contact Jon

     

    • 40 min
    How to Discover God's Will -- A Conversation with Wayne Pederson - EP 26

    How to Discover God's Will -- A Conversation with Wayne Pederson - EP 26

    Some of the best quotes I’ve heard about God’s will come from Chuck Swindoll:


    “When the Lord makes it clear you're to follow Him in this new direction, focus fully on Him and refuse to be distracted by comparisons with others.”
    “God doesn't work on our timetable. He has a plan that He will execute perfectly and for the highest, greatest good of all, and for His ultimate glory.”
    “Your call will become clear as as your mind is transformed by the reading of Scripture and the internal work of God's Spirit. The Lord never hides His will from us. In time, as you obey the call first to follow, your destiny will unfold before you. The difficulty will lie in keeping other concerns from diverting your attention.”

    Knowing God’s will is something every believer hungers for, especially at critical crossroads of life. You might be in that place right now.

    Whether it’s one of the biggies like career, spouse, location or just the little things of life, we want God to reveal the answer to us.

    In this episode, I pull the curtain back and share a story from my life. Our guest, Wayne Pederson, shares his experience of discovering God's will at critical crossroads in his life. 

    Wayne recently shared with a group of us about how God led him each time. I was fascinated, so I asked him to come on the podcast. Wayne Pederson and I have served in missions media ministry together for many years. We’re both part of the leadership of the Alliance for the Unreached.

    Wayne has led two major Christian radio networks—Northwestern and Moody. He was also the CEO of Reach Beyond, and serves on many ministry boards, including one he’ll tell us about in our fascinating interview. Wayne is so approachable and friendly, as you’ll hear in the interview. Before we got into the topic of God’s will, I asked Wayne to tell us about a fascinating experience he just had.

    You'll learn solid principles you can apply to making major decisions in your life.

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    FRESH BREAD for FRESH FAITH Devotional emails delivered 3X a week.

    Joel Rosenberg websites:


    www.joshuafund.net
    www.allisrael.com 
    www.allarab.news  

    Alliance for the Unreached and the International Day for the Unreached

    Join FRESH FAITH 24/7 -- 30-day Free Trial

    TWR Trans World Radio

    Contact Jon: jon@freshfaith247.com 

    Wayne's 5 C's for discerning God's will:


    Commanding Word of God
    Compelling Spirit
    Counsel of friends
    Creation (DNA)
    Circumstances

    • 51 min
    Four Barriers to Intimacy with Christ -- Insights from the Pen of Skye Jethani - EP 25

    Four Barriers to Intimacy with Christ -- Insights from the Pen of Skye Jethani - EP 25

    What’s the best book you’ve ever read that has changed your life with God? That book might be right at the front of your mind. I am assuming it’s after the Bible. 

    Here are my top 5, as of today.

    #5 Adrenaline and Stress, Archibald Hart#4 Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less#3 Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham#2 Radical, David Platt#1 With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God, Skye Jethani

    We’re doing something a little different this week, just to keep you on your toes. Earlier I asked you about your favorite book. My #1 book is one that totally changed my life. I’ve told you about it before, but this time I want to take you deep inside.

    I want to give you a tour, because I think what the author shares with us is at the core of why I want to help a million believers know the Christ of the cross. This book hit me. It’s brilliant, by a brilliant man. I want to camp on the main points and see how God uses this in your life.

    Also, I want to take you back to a couple of the most profound moments of FRESH FAITH IN REAL LIFE. There are some things that are just timeless. And what I’ll play for you are timeless thoughts.

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    Fresh Bread for Fresh Faith Devos-- SIGN UP 

    FRESH FAITH 24/7 30-Day Free Trial

    With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. (If you buy using this link, you'll help support the ministry of FRESH FAITH 24/7).

    • 35 min
    Trusting God When Life Throws You a Curve -- A Conversation with Pitcher David Hess - EP 24

    Trusting God When Life Throws You a Curve -- A Conversation with Pitcher David Hess - EP 24

    How do you handle things when your plans are dashed? When a health issue puts life on hold? When tragedy hits and you have to come up with a Plan B? Or even hope to survive? That’s David Hess’ story. He was having a great career until something life-threatening happened that brought it to a sudden halt. He walks us through the details in this episode.

    When I first heard David tell his story, I could tell he was a great example of a humble man. And he could be proud, because he’s talented, he’s risen to the top, and he has had tremendous blessings. But when you hear his heart, you’ll see that David is an ordinary guy in a Major League world. First, some back story.

    There are some great podcasts out there that encourage us in our faith. One of them is Sports Spectrum. I contacted the host recently, Jason Romano, and said I was so moved by his interview with Major League pitcher David Hess. I said my listeners need to hear it, even if they aren’t sports fans. So I stole it! But, yes, with Jason’s permission. This interview is more than sports.

    You'll be moved by David's story and fresh faith testimony.

    LINKS AND RESOURCES:

    FRESH BREAD for FRESH FAITH Devo

    FRESH FAITH 24/7 Membership-- Free Trial

    Sports Spectrum

    Sports Spectrum Podcast

    David Hess Baseball Page

    What are your favorite Christian podcasts? Let Jon know.

    NOTE: Knowing Christ is the secret to life. Life with a capital L. I firmly believe that. Whatever you’re dealing with,


    Stress
    Fatigue
    Worry
    Loneliness
    Hopelessness
    Discouragement
    Lack of Purpose
    Failure
    Digital addiction
    Burn-out

    Lean into Jesus and get to know him more deeply.  He’s there for you. My mission in life is to help a million believers know the Christ of the cross. That’s why I spend time each week writing my FRESH BREAD for FRESH FAITH devotionals. I send them out three times a week, pointing readers to Jesus as they start the day. You’ll get them in your inbox early in the morning 3X/week.

    Take 60 seconds and read through it as a springboard to start your day centered on Christ. It’s not a replacement for your quiet time. But it is a way to center on Christ and deal with those things that are robbing you of Life. Sign up for FRESH BREAD for FRESH FAITH.

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