Are you a young believer wondering what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ while navigating that struggles, trials, and western culture of the modern world? Teleios is a Greek word found in the New Testament in Matthew 5:48 where Jesus says, "Be perfect therefore, as my heavenly father is perfect." Perfect is better translated as "whole, complete, and mature". The root of the word is used to denote the end goal. Isn't that our end goal as disciples of Christ? To become whole, complete, and mature in Christ? Join us as we make space for discussing what it looks like to become whole, mature disciples of Christ while navigating life in this modern world. We talk about the spiritual, the practical, and even taboo topics. Nothing is off-limits as we discover how to invite Christ into every area of our life and become more like HIM.
What A Christian Psychologist Wish You Knew
Dr. Harvey Powers isn't just a renowned therapist. He also happens to have a background in ministry with a degree in biblical theology. Dr. Powers has spent the past 30 years counseling people of all walks of life through all kinds of situations.
So what is it he wish you knew? What gaps does he continually see in people's lives or perceptions that hold them back from maturity and growth?
Join us as Dr. Powers offers professional and spiritual perspectives on personal growth processes, identity development, sexuality, dating, and marriage. Dr. Powers uses his incredible wisdom and a gift for merging the spiritual and the highly practical to help give listeners a grounded perspective on personal and relational development. His insight provides foundations for becoming whole and mature in any stage of life or development.
The Surrendered Life
A generation is rising up who have dreams and callings burning in their heart. In the midst of calling there is the time of waiting and preparation that can stretch on for years. In this episode Zuzanna Low tells the story of coming to Christ as a young woman in Yugoslovia, marrying a fiery American, their call to be missionaries in the Balkans, and the 25 years of waiting and preparation that ensued. Zuzanna expresses how the years of preparation were actually more critical than the call itself because of what it did for her heart to become surrendered to Jesus. Then, after waiting 25 years to walk into the dream of becoming a missionary, Zuzanna's husband was diagnosed with ALS and passed way after a difficult battle against the disease. Zuzanna tells listeners how she found God's beauty in the midst of incredible suffering and loss, and how she is now more in love with Jesus and more surrendered than ever. If we are to walk into what is to come, we as young believers desperately need to grasp hold of Zuzanna's message of living a surrendered life, keeping our eyes on Jesus, and trusting the process. Her longsuffering and faithfulness are something I hope we grab hold of as a generation!
There is no manual for how to be a man. What's worse, biological fathers, or spiritual fathers, seem to be few and far between. A man largely learns what it is to be a man from another man (and same with women!). Chris Jungles joined us this week to discuss his journey from young newlywed into a successful businessman, having a healthy marriage, and the father of 4 grown children who passionately love the Lord. Chris covers such topics as work ethic, women, dating, marriage, and fatherhood from a spiritual perspective and a practical perspective. He addresses fallacies in our culture about what a man is, and what the bible tells us a man really is. If you are a young man, an older man, or even a woman, this episode is challenging and encouraging! Join us as we look at what it is to be whole, complete, and mature MEN in Christ.
Developing Longevity with God
I'm in my 30's, and while I'm older than a lot of young people I spend time around, I definitely don't have the longevity of running with God that I see in men and women who may be in their 60's, 70's, or beyond. I see so many young people fall away from the Lord after having a burning passion for him early on; or they simply become jaded by life and lose that initial devotion and passion for Jesus. So how do we go the long haul with God and end well? How do we end with devotion and passion? Ken Grenfell, former pastor and itinerate minister is a man well on his way to running the race and ending well. Ken and I sat down to glean from his years of wisdom and insight about practical foundations we can build to sustain us in difficult times and ensure we keep burning for Jesus throughout our lives.
Dating and Community
Dating in community is HARD. That's real. I see an epidemic of Christians avoiding dating within community often because of the pressure felt, or for fear of not wanting to ruin community life. Y'all, we have got to change church culture around community and dating. In this episode with guest host Rebekah Hess, we continue the conversation on singleness from last week to discuss opportunities we have to create a safe and healthy space to date within church community, and the importance of community when in a serious relationship. Rebekah and I share our own personal experiences with each other of dating within community and navigating feedback from friends. We delve into topics about our relationship we've never discussed, and in it find even more insight and wisdom to how to navigate healthy dating within community. Whether you are trying to date within community, or want to learn how to create a healthier space for community dating in the church, this episode is for you.
Finding Jesus in Singleness
Join Alyse as she and her best friend, Rebekah Hess, discuss their journey of processing some of the hurt, disappointment, and grief of extended seasons of being unmarried. Alyse and Rebekah vulnerably invite listeners into the raw emotions of this journey, points of light along the way, and most importantly, how to find Jesus and invite him into this journey of the heart. Like David in the Psalms, Alyse and Rebekah are able to give words and space to matters of the heart while always pointing to the goodness of God.