With 75+ years of pastoring between them, Al Henson and Paul Lawler share wisdom and offer shepherding to the hearts of Christian leaders and other faithful servants who love God. They welcome your questions and thoughts at info@SageTalkPodcast.com.Features: Dr. Al Henson, Founder and Global Ambassador for Compassionate Hope, Paul Lawler, Senior Pastor at Christ Church Birmingham, and host, Aaress Lawless, Founding Partner at DuoParadigms.
Episode 20: Suffering: Redemption Through Pain
When we are going through suffering, there are things God is redeeming within us that have an eternal purpose. Seeing the power of God work through our lives has a personal redemptive impact, but it can also be a testimony that advances the kingdom, and it serves to glorify God by manifesting His essence.
II Corinthians 4:17
Episode 19: Suffering: Does it Come with Instructions?
When we suffer, we need to know God is aware of our pain and He even feels our pain. God wants us to not isolate ourselves in our suffering, but to share our pain with others who love and care about us. So, we suffer with Jesus, we suffer with others, and, we suffer with hope…hope that death has no victory and we have the promise of eternal life. It’s important, too, to realize one of our most vulnerable times spiritually is when we are suffering: doubts, lies, and misgivings often flow.
Episode 18: Worship: We Become Like What We Behold
Worship at the heart level brings us into the presence of God. And when we are in His presence, we discover a fullness of joy, where we can truly get to know Him. Values begin to shift and our loves and affections begin to change—this is what true worship accomplishes.
Episode 17: Confession Opens the Door to Transformation
When we confess our sin to God, we not only agree with God that something is wrong, but we agree with Him in the hope and power of forgiveness. It’s in this heart of confession that we are made ready for transformation. In the book of James we are exhorted to confess our sins to one another, choosing wise and godly brothers and sisters to help us face our sins and move beyond.
1 John 1:9 James 5:16
Episode 16: Jesus, Prince of Peace
One of the healthy longings in a human being is to know inner peace. And one of the descriptions of Jesus is The Prince of Peace. But to KNOW the peace of God, we need to BE at peace with God and others. Being at peace with God and others is key to experiencing Jesus as the PERSON of peace. In today's episode of SageTalk, Al and Paul engage in a discussion on what of the most life-giving gifts Jesus offers to people from all walks of life, the gift of peace.
Isaiah 9:6 Romans 5:1
Episode 15: Jesus, Emmanuel
Words matter because words have meaning. When the "Word became flesh and dwelt among us," we can take time to remember that the Son of God has many names. Jesus. Messiah. Alpha and Omega. One of the names we often think about is the name, Emmanuel, which means, "God with us." What might God be telling us in this name? It's like God is saying, “I want to be with you.” Isn't it true we spend time with people we love? We were also created for love-relationship with God. Today, Al and Paul return to the metaphor of the “Grace Highway," as they seek to help the believer enjoy being with God as we simultaneously travel the two lanes of heart-relationship and the Christian disciplines that posture us to know and enjoy fellowship with God.
You guys are such an encouragement to me! Every podcast has had some type of impact in my walk with Jesus...guiding me into scriptures and prayer. I hope one day I can lead a life like yours, serving God on the front lines. Keep up the good work!
Full of wisdom & Scripture
Thank you Paul and Al. My worship and leadership teams use you podcasts weekly at our Monday meetings. I post them on Tuesday, and members have a week to listen at their convenience as we begin our time of “How is it with your Soul? With a discussion on the web cast.