It Takes 40 Years to Make a Man – Stephen Kuert – Ep 078

Today we welcome back missionary, author, and friend Stephen Kuert. Stephen has written two new books since the last time we talked with him and they may be some of his best work yet. We talk about his missionary journey, the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering us for mission, his practice of spiritual disciplines and why God demands fruitfulness from us, not just faithfulness. This episode will inspire and challenge you to seek to become the person God has called you to be. But that process doesn’t happen overnight. Growth is a process and we have to learn to listen for and obey the voice of the Lord each and every day. Continue Reading...

Ministry is a Journey, Not a Destination – Jonathan Barthalow – Ep 077

Jonathan Barthalow is lead pastor of Crosspoint Church in Waverly, Iowa. He holds a BA from Central Bible College and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Evangel University. He and his wife, Erica Barthalow, have been childrens/youth/worship pastors, missionaries to India, Chi Alpha directors, and have now moved in to lead pastoring. Jonathan and Erica have journeyed through many different seasons of life and have grown closer to God through each new challenge. This entire process has taught Jonathan that his identity isn’t primarily wrapped up in his ministry title, but instead in who he is a child of God. Listen as Jonathan shares life lessons, his heart for the lost, and discovers that ministry is a journey, not a destination. Continue Reading...

Do You See the Bible as Black and White? – Ep 076

This week Chris and Josh talk about how we should read Scripture and the results of reading the Bible with a narrow lense. We are all biased because we each have unique experiences, expectations, and cultural perspectives that shape our worldviews and how we interpret Scripture. If you prefer the world to be “black and white, yes or no” then you are likely to struggle when someone challenges your beliefs or you read something in Scripture that seems to contradict what you thought to be true. But this doesn’t have to be the case if we embrace doubt as a pathway to faith. You can experience a deeper relationship with God when you embrace that there are other ways to view the world from the way you currently do. This will allow you to make stronger connections with others with whom you disagree and give you the opportunity to authentically serve them as the hands and feet of Christ. Continue Reading...

Journaling After My Mom’s Suicide – Chris Lamberth – Ep 075

This week we talk about the spiritual discipline of journaling and how the Daily Growth Journal can help you grow in Christ in just 10 minutes a day. Chris opens up about his mother’s suicide and describes how this discipline has helped him walk through this dark time in his life. He’s learned that no matter how difficult life gets, we can choose to be grateful and find joy in the presence of God every day. We discuss how God has used the Daily Growth Journal to help him grow through this difficult season of life and develop a greater sense of identity in Christ, rediscover his calling, and become more mindful of God’s presence in his life. Through this conversation we agree that journaling is one of the greatest investments we can make in our spiritual lives. Continue Reading...

Learning to Dance in the Storm – David Lermy – Ep 074

David Lermy has worked in the corporate, education, church, and the nonprofit world. He currently runs a non-profit organization in Taney County, MO that feeds more than 1,200 kids each weekend and has spent more than 18 years in ministry. David and his wife have encountered many obstacles in their lives and have learned to rely on the Lord no matter how difficult life gets. David’s wife was diagnosed with cancer four days before they got married and David is currently living with a degenerative bone disease. The Lord has brought them through each and every trying circumstance. David now shares what he has learned through the process on his blog Leading Happy. He believes that no matter how difficult life becomes, we can find joy in the midst of the storms of life. David has learned what it means to walk in God’s grace and he shares many of his insights and experiences with us today. He’s an avid reader who loves to pass on what he’s learning to help people become better leaders and followers of Christ. David holds a degree in Biblical Studies and Languages from Evangel University and a graduate degree in organizational leadership from Liberty University. He is currently working towards doctoral work in the area of renewal studies dealing with community transformation at Regent University. Continue Reading...