I’m Waiting 13: Our Choices ALWAYS Come with Consequences, with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] I have never met anyone in my life who said, “Dang! I wish that I had slept with more people before I got married!” It’s always, “Dang… I wish I had waited”, myself included. Yet, we often receive letters saying that our “I’m Waiting” message is not a healthy message to tell kids today. And I just don’t get it. We ask kids to stay off of alcohol and drugs because if their dangers. We tell them don’t drink and drive because it’s deadly. We tell them don’t smoke because of the … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 11: Angels, Miracles, and a new Dad with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] This week, we continue our discussion with Ricky Garza.  As a child, his dad was a meth addict and dealer, which caused their family to be evicted over and over again, and bounced his dad in and out of jail repeatedly as well. When Ricky was in middle school, there was a time when his dad was spending a stint at the Vista jailhouse when he had an epiphany.  From behind the bars, his dad could see the houses in the distance and realized that there were families in those homes l … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 12: A Fatherly Role Model & the Decision to Wait, with Ricky Garza

[display_podcast] This week, we continue our discussion with Ricky Garza. Ricky offers his insight on the extreme importance of a father’s role in the house. Study after study reveals that a dad’s role in a cohesive home is actually more important than a mother’s role, since a dad teaches a boy how to be a man and teaches his daughters how to have a relationship with a man, which transcend to healthier adulthoods for both. That being said, it’s no secret that the healthiest family structure is … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 10: Growing Up Is Hard To Do (especially when your dad sells meth) with Ricky Garza

 [display_podcast] I am so excited to have my dear friend, Ricky Garza on this week’s show. Ricky is part of the I’m Waiting team, as we go into local schools and discuss STD education, teen pregnancy, and how the decisions that kids make today will impact the rest of their lives. This seems to be a message that they’re not getting anywhere else these days. In addition to being a key part of our team, Ricky is a doting dad to two little girls, a loving husband to his middle-school sweetheart, a … [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...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics 36: Sex, God’s Forgiveness & the Consequences for Sin

[display_podcast] From Jay Carty, author of Counter Attack, Playing With Fire, Coach Wooden One-On-One, and more: This week, we continue talking about sex. There are two things in life that will take mastery over you like few things will. The first one is food. It’s tough for so many of us to control what we eat and keep our bodies in shape. But think of it this way: The Bible spends a verse-and-a-half talking about food and six-and-a-half verses talking about sex. In other words, if you t … [Read more...]