Story Team Weekly: The Dance

In a small town on the Texas-Mexico border, Matthew Brue stood in the driveway of Shining Light Rehabilitation Ranch and watched his father drive away. Alone at 17, miles away from his family for the first time, officially signed over as “property of the state,” Matthew turned around and sobbed. The 23-acre rehabilitation ranch, which unfurled in front of him, housed a community of hardened criminals with whom he would spend the next year as he grappled with his drug addiction.Matthew grew up … [Read more...]

School Circle 4: God’s Timing in Terrible Situations

[display_podcast] Warning: Some of the topics discussed may contain accounts of real life violence, strong language, and other topics not suitable for minors. This podcast has remained unedited out of respect of those individuals who feel led by the Lord to share their testimonies. We begin today's show with Vince sharing an important story about a new direction his life is taking:I got married back in 2011. My wife’s dream has always been to be a mother. Around the time I got married, I wa … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 116: Is Your Bucket Empty?

[display_podcast]“I don’t know what is wrong with me”, she said.“No matter what I do or who I am with it is never enough.  I feel depleted and I don’t’ know what I need.   I over eat.  I drink too much.  I work like crazy.  I am a failure at exercise.  My husband isn’t meeting my needs.  What is my problem?”I have heard the story countless times as a Life Coach.It is the same story with men, but in a different vernacular.“I’m not enough for her.”“I work and work and still … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 5: The HARD Testimony (isn’t what you think) with Merv Mattair

[display_podcast] We are continuing our energetic and informative discussion with Marvin “Merv” Mattair. It’s been inspiring to hear about the things that he is doing in his community of Madison County, FL – reaching into a youth culture and making a lasting impact in their lives. Merv is living proof that if you are faithful, God will come alongside you… and he is 100 times more faithful than we can ever imagine! As Merv famously wrote, “You Prayed While I Played: A Message From the Once Lost … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace: Breaking the Old Records Spinning in Our Minds

[display_podcast]If we are made new in Christ why do we avoid dealing with certain areas of our life? Why do we tolerate people treating us the way they do? How is it that we keep finding ourselves repeating the same old dysfunctional patterns? We ask these questions because we recognize we're stuck in behaviors that we know are not a part of God's will. Even when we know the answer as to why we do what we do, we often stay stuck.Learning to merge off of the broad way and onto the … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace: Spiritually LISTEN UP!

[display_podcast] Today we will talk about the difference in the spirit, which is the part of you that is alive unto God, and the soul, which are our mind, will and emotions.  It is the soulish realm, our minds that keep us bound to strongholds.  Simply put, it is the renewing of our minds that will set us free.  When we accepted Jesus and His atonement into our hearts we were born again.   Our spirits were alive unto God and we know we have eternal life with him.  Our minds however, are still f … [Read more...]