Jesus in HD 154: The Parable of the Despised Samaritan

[display_podcast]It’s universally called “The Parable of the Good Samaritan.”Universally, that is, except where Jesus is concerned.As you will hear in this PODCAST, if Luke 10:33 in the NLT is any indication, Jesus would have most likely entitled this, “The Parable of the Despised Samaritan.”A title which goes to the heart of this story, really.Something that I need for you to feel as you listen, and to feel it deeply. For if not, this parable completely loses its punch.Fo … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

[display_podcast]Tom Dreesen is the main reason that I became a comedian. In Chicago, he’s known as the “Godfather of Comedy”. In addition to appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson multiple times, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman – where he also guest hosted from time to time – Tom opened for Frank Sinatra for over a decade.Tom was working with Smokey Robinson at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe and Frank was performing next door at Harrah’s. So, one night, without eve … [Read more...]

My Armor 27: A Local Fire & What It Means To Follow Jesus

[display_podcast] Spiritual attacks will happen no matter what. No matter what you’re up to, where you are, or who you’re around… if you are dedicated to serving God, you will be under attack. Not that it was a spiritual attack, but I witnessed a huge fire today. A motor home sales lot saw their service center go up in smoke, and for a couple hours, things looked really dicey! The chaos of it all really made people anxious. Nearby drivers were filled with fear and anger, honking their horns (as … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It 17: Give ‘Em H€&%!!

There is one thing in this world that may very well be the single most important thing we can give to our children. We can give them a safe home to live in, which would indeed offer them a firm foundation to build their futures on. Their natural needs would all be provided for: shelter, clothing, food & water. A safe home is a tremendous offering for any parent to give any child. Taking it to the next level, sharing healthy meals together can be considered paramount in the same vein, which … [Read more...]

My Armor 18: Turning Up the Volume Level on the Holy Spirit

[display_podcast]Prayer – talking openly with God – is one huge key to turning up the volume level on the Holy Spirit.Jesus talks about prayer many times, including in Matthew 6:5-13: 5 “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. Truly, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 57: Money Matters

[display_podcast]In this PODCAST, you will learn one singularly simple concept which, if you take it to heart, will change your life forever.It is my sense that in contemporary Christian culture in America, we have lost sight of the elegant simplicity spoken of in the New Testament. And consequently, we have lost so much of God’s blessing in the process.So here’s to simplicity, with the hope that your life overflows with God’s bountiful blessing as we together apply this principle to … [Read more...]