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Episode #136. Dr. Alicia Britt Chole
She’s often been compared to a velvet-wrapped sword: her voice is soothing and her messages are piercing. She loves to study and teach less than trendy themes like what grows in barren seasons, the discipline of decrease, doubt as a growing pain of faith and habits of a truly healthy soul. In a day distracted by all things new and shiny, Dr. Alicia Britt Chole brings ancient truth to life. Slow down and say hello to our new friend, Dr. ABC—an award-winning writer, wife, speaker, mama, leadership mentor and wordsmith extraordinaire.
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Hope is an investment in God
Who should I love first?
2. Others and Yourself
“Every moment is an invitation to intimacy.”
“When I was close to them, I was close to their Jesus.”
“Being honest emotionally is the threshold of faith.”
“Living loved means we have stepped into the certainty of God’s love for us. As we are, we are truly, fully loved.”
“Think in the plural. Faith is a duet, not a solo. We are never alone.”
Episode #135. Ellen Vaughn
Listeners, we’re so excited to introduce you to Ellen Vaughn—a wife, mom, grandmother, speaker and New York Times bestselling author who’s written or co-written 23 books. She joins us today for a conversation about the intersection of her story with the writing of her biography Becoming Elisabeth Elliot.
In 1956 Elisabeth Elliot was a young missionary in Ecuador when members of a violent tribe savagely speared her husband Jim and his four colleagues. Incredibly, prayerfully, Elisabeth took her toddler daughter, snakebite kit, Bible and journal and lived in the jungle with the people who killed her husband. Compelled by her friendship and forgiveness, many came to faith in Jesus. Ellen’s book introduces a new generation to the life and faith of this amazing woman.
To buy Ellen’s book, go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535910933/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PEXHDG9QZ0YJSX0XJ393
Watch the video: https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/elisabethelliot/#video
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For a list of Ellen’s books: https://ellenvaughn.com/index.php/books/
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis: https://www.amazon.com/Screwtape-Letters-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652934
For more on Elisabeth Elliot:
Revive Our Hearts-https://www.reviveourhearts.com/season/becoming-elisabeth-elliot/
The Elisabeth Elliott Foundation-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9PDolb0X7iMytKfauGKBnw
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“A book makes us realize that I’m not alone.”
“The writing of this book was organic: writing it to be giving hope to others, it was giving hope to me.”
“Suffering is having something you don’t want and wanting something you can’t have.”
“The only way to nourish my soul and spirit with a perspective big enough was to immerse myself in the Bible. Our perspectives will be shaped by what we take in.”
Episode #134. Amanda Mejias
Amanda Mejias has been passionate about equipping the global Church since her freshman year of college. She grew up in Hampton, VA, then went on to work at her home church while earning her undergraduate and seminary degrees online through Liberty's School of Divinity. Despite feeling out of place and held back for years, Amanda experienced God take her ordinary circumstances and decisions to launch her into the unexpected place where her dream to reach the global Church became a beautiful reality.
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“I get to do this!”
“I feel like God is calling me to more.”
“God is not going to waste a thing.”
“God has made himself completely accessible to us through prayer.”
“We’re not that good at being God.”
Principles to discern God’s will:
3. Counsel from Godly men and women
Episode #133. Mama Lilly Klepp
In 1999, Lilly Klepp heard a speaker describe the plight of orphans and widows in southern Sudan. For more than 20 years, Sudan had been in a vicious civil war that had left more than 2 million people dead, 6 million homeless and thousands of women and orphans with no food and nowhere to turn. Stirred by the message, Lilly prayed, “Lord, what can I do?” The Lord’s response: “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.” Believing that this was God’s call to them, Dennis and Lilly Klepp sold all of their belongings and moved to Sudan in 2001 to begin their journey of giving to the poor with their lives.
What began with the clearing of land and the making of bricks by hand, quickly became a home and haven for orphans in the region. Today known as Harvesters, it is still in the business of providing environments to bring relief to the poor from war-torn South Sudan. Listen in to Lilly Klepp’s story.
To learn more about Harvesters and how to sponsor an orphan, visit: https://www.hrtn.org
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To learn more about the history of South Sudan:
“God was ordaining our steps even before we became Christians”
“My sister, go preach the light to my people”
“God is still God even when we don’t understand it.”
“Some fire is better than no fire.”
“Do nothing and evil will prevail.”
If you are feeling called or want more information on Fasting, pick up:
40 Days of Fasting and Prayer- https://www.amazon.com/Days-Fasting-Prayer-Guide-Book/dp/198394095X
Episode #132. Bob Lepine
He was focused on attending law school when a job opened to host a radio show. Hanging out at an all-day party with music? He was in! Podcast and radio listeners now know Bob Lepine as the marriage and family expert and co-host of FamilyLife Today. He’s also the teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church in Little Rock, Arkansas and author of the new book “Love Like You Mean It.”
It’s not emotions that define love, but the actions and decisions that fuel emotions and cause marital love to grow. “Love Like You Mean It” gives husbands and wives a biblical understanding of what real love looks like by unpacking the ten attributes of genuine love. Every person who wants to love others well will find what they’re looking for as they dive deep into “Love Like You Mean It.”
To buy Bob’s book, go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535996730/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9CVGXAZADBSHMHEX0RD3
Check out the Family Life podcast!
Interested in A Weekend to Remember?
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“The absence of love invalidates everything we bring to the table.”
“Love gets up every day and puts on its work boots.”
“Drink in, pour out.”
Episode #131. Sue Brooks
Sue Brooks is a wife, mother of five, college professor, friend and someone walking in freedom. The Enemy tried to paralyze her with filthy lies and take her out for good, but the Spirit of God awakened her with His love and power. Listeners, God’s Word says Jesus came to set the captives free and release the oppressed. Lean in to hear this powerful story of God’s lie-exposing, chain-breaking, freedom-giving power.
“We believe lies when we are scared.”
“The same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you.”
“Obedience is tied to freedom.”
Watch Sue’s full story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWTY6sEX5Ic-
For more on the Freedom Ministry at Gateway Church:
Additional Reading Resources:
- The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson
- My Name Is Hope: Anxiety, Depression, and Life After Melancholy by John Mark Comer
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