47 episodes

We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out. 
We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. 
Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

Friends For Life — LCMS Life Ministry KFUO Radio

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out. 
We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. 
Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

    45. Light & Life | Rev. Andrew Jones

    45. Light & Life | Rev. Andrew Jones

    Pastor Andrew Jones, author of Ten Questions to Ask Every Time You Read the Bible, joins Steph to talk about Epiphany – the season in the church year that asks and answers the most important question of all time. With co-mingling themes of light and life, Epiphany takes church-going Christians on a journey to discover how the Light of the World and The Way, The Truth, and The Life – Jesus – shines light and life into our own worlds and into the worlds of our fellow neighbor. Epiphany is no ordinary season, but it gives meaning to our every ordinary day.
    Bio: Andrew R. Jones lives in the Bay Area, where he enjoys writing, hiking, and adventures with his wife, Stephanie. He has served the church on three continents in varying roles including campus ministry, international mission work, professor of preaching, and parish pastor. His writings speak to the importance of spiritual disciplines in the midst of a hectic world. His debut book, Ten Questions to Ask Every Time You Read the Bible, is available at cph.org/10Questions.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 38 min
    44. Life Ministry on the College Campus | Nicole Chappell

    44. Life Ministry on the College Campus | Nicole Chappell

    Concordia University Chicago student Nicole Chappell joins Tiffany and Steph to talk about the endless opportunities for college students to get involved with pro-life work both on and off campus.
    Find a Recognized Service Organization at lcms.org/rso, and learn about Y4Life at y4life.org.
    Bio: Nicole Chappell is a senior in the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, completing her internship with LCMS Life Ministry. She is from outside of Fort Wayne, IN, and has three siblings, three nephews, and two dogs that she misses dearly. Nicole is an avid coffee drinker, and lover of food and travel. In her free time enjoys reading books and watching all things British. 2023 marks her seventh year in active pro-life work and advocacy.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 41 min
    43. The Incarnation: Christ’s Life, Our Life | Rev. Sean Daenzer

    43. The Incarnation: Christ’s Life, Our Life | Rev. Sean Daenzer

    What does Christ’s Incarnation mean for us? How does Jesus Christ in human flesh hollow our own human flesh? How does a pre-born Christ in Mary’s womb change the way Christians are to view all unborn lives in their mother’s wombs? Join Steph and guest Rev. Sean Daenzer as they dive deep into the theology of the incarnation and what this means for Christians and life issues.
    Bio: The Rev. Sean Daenzer is Director of LCMS Worship and the chaplain at the Synod’s International Center. A trained church musician and pastor, he previously served seven years at a dual parish in rural North Dakota. He and his wife, Audrey, have four living children (Lucia, Monica, Renata and Christina) and two awaiting the resurrection (Perpetua and Matthias). 
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 49 min
    42. Toward a Pro-Life City | Rev. Dr. Leonard Payton 

    42. Toward a Pro-Life City | Rev. Dr. Leonard Payton 

    Recent statistics show that more than half of the U.S. population is concentrated in 52 of the largest metropolitan areas. Statistics also lean toward some of the largest cities being the least pro-life communities in the nation. So why are places that are bursting with so much human life less likely to be pro-life? Why are families moving out of urban areas in droves and flocking to communities that are more family friendly? Joining Steph is Rev. Dr. Leonard Payton, a pastor serving in Chicago. Pastor Payton shares the unique ways that cities are fertile ground for the Gospel, and why urban areas desperately need Christians to stand up for life in their midst. 
    Bio: Rev. Dr. Leonard Payton has served as pastor of St. John/Forest Park, IL, for the past 12 years. He is married to Lori, his wife of 43 years, and together they have four adult children and ten grandchildren. In addition to his M.Div., Leonard also has a PhD in music theory and composition. 
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 40 min
    41. What’s a Wife to Do? | Deaconess Rosie Adle & Rebekah Curtis

    41. What’s a Wife to Do? | Deaconess Rosie Adle & Rebekah Curtis

    Sister duo Rebekah and Rosie, co-authors of Ladylike, join Steph to talk about the vocation of wife. This episode includes the good (the blessings that flow from living biblically as a wife), the bad (how sin affects the relationship of husband and wife), and everything in between (like the importance of forgiveness... and how to get along with your in-laws). Learn what it’s like to be a lady, living biblically, as a wife to her husband. Find Ladylike: Living Biblically at cph.org.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Bios:
    Rebekah Curtis is a housewife, church lady, and school mom. She has written for a variety of websites, magazines, and books. She and her husband have eight children and live in southern Illinois.
    Rosie Adle is a baptized child of God and a lifelong Lutheran. She thanks the Lord for the joys of being home with her dear family, helping at church, being outside, and caring for others in Christian love. She teaches online deaconess classes for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Rosie lives in Imperial, Nebraska, just down the street from Zion Lutheran Church, where the Adle family is glad to spend much of their time.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    40. When the Caregiver Needs Care | Dr. Kim Marxhausen

    40. When the Caregiver Needs Care | Dr. Kim Marxhausen

    In this episode, guest Dr. Kim Marxhausen talks about the special kinds of burden and stress that caregiving places on the caregiver and how the Church is best poised to meet the physical and spiritual needs of caretakers. With a special focus on caregiving for one’s spouse, Dr. Marxhausen discusses the shifting of roles, the emotional toll, and the physical exhaustion of it all, but also points out the blessings found within this vocation and the opportunity for caregivers to receive care from other members of the body of Christ.
    Bio: Kim Marxhausen enjoys a ministry of supporting Lutheran educators and families. She uses her doctorate in Educational Psychology to helping people to see their work and God's support in a new way. She presents at conferences all over the country, writes a parenting newsletter for LCMS School Ministry called Parent Pages and is the author of three books, including Weary Joy: The Caregiver's Journey. You are welcome to check out her parenting blog, devotional blog, and ministry resources at faithparent.marxhausen.net.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 48 min

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