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Podcast 3: Building a Relationship With Jesus Christ

     Building a home begins and ends with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In this episode I begin by sharing how I heard the good news for the first time and met Jesus, the Son of God.     When I was a teen, I was invited to a Young Life Ranch in Colorado. The question that was posed to me, “Have you met Jesus?” A song that had just recently been written, and encapsulates my testimony was, “He’s Everything to Me”. In the stars His handiwork I see, On the wind He speaks with majesty Though He ruleth over land and sea, What is that to me? I will celebrate nativity, For it has a place in history Sure He came to set His people free, What is that to me  ‘Til by faith I met Him face to face, And I felt the wonder of His grace Then I knew that He was more, Than just a God who didn’t care That lived away out there, And now He walks beside me day by day Ever watching o’er me lest I stray, Helping me to find that narrow way He’s everything to me.      2012 was a period of personal reconstruction. Sometimes we need to reexamine our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over a period of many years, I had begun to believe that God didn’t love me the same way as He did in Colorado. I mistakenly supposed that I had not lived up to His expectations. A distance crept into my connection with my Savior.      One of the ways God showed me how much he cared for me unconditionally was through my son John, who has Downs Syndrome. Johnny loves me for who I am and not for what I do. And I love John for who he is, and not for what he can or cannot do. This kind of love is only a glimmer and a taste of the love God has for each of His children. He loves us for who we are, period.      As I asked God to help me love Him, He surprised me by revealing His love for me. I protested and was pointing out that I wanted to love God with all my heart, but He was showing me how much He cared for me. But this is biblical since 1 John 4:19 says, We love, because He first loved us.      The main verse that the Holy Spirit quickened to my heart and mind was, John 15:9, As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. I have no doubt of the Father’s love for the son, and here Jesus tells us that He loves us the very same way. Hard to assimilate, but true nonetheless.      Loving God precedes parenting, and being Loved by God, precedes Loving God. Perhaps the best thing we can do for our marriage, is for each of us to let Jesus loves us, so we will fall in love with Jesus and comprehend God’s love for us in a fresh way. For when we are loved unconditionally we can love unconditionally. The post Podcast 3: Building a Relationship With Jesus Christ appeared first on Building Faith Families.

22mins

25 Nov 2013

Rank #1

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Podcast 227: Living with Our Wives in an Understanding Way

     When you have run out of scriptures to apply, ask your wife for her input. “Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7) Download a PDF transcript of the episode here. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 227: Living with Our Wives in an Understanding Way appeared first on Building Faith Families.

33mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Podcast 67: David’s Legacy

     David was an inspired warrior, worshiper, and writer who inspired others. He was also the father of earthly kings and our heavenly King. The immediate impact of his sins were seen in his own home, and the blessings of his obedience reverberate to this day. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 67: David’s Legacy appeared first on Building Faith Families.

20mins

2 Jul 2015

Rank #3

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Podcast 162: A Soft Heart

     When I was a student in seminary, I attended a wonderful weekend retreat. God was present and my friends were deeply moved by the meetings and the worship. But not me. For I discovered I had a hard heart. In this episode Steve shares how God revealed his spiritual condition and provided a remedy. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 162: A Soft Heart appeared first on Building Faith Families.

14mins

17 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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Podcast 230: Fathers And Kidz – Part 1

This podcast is an encouragement for fathers to intentionally invest in the lives of their children. Fathers play a significant role in the lives of their children. .button { background-color: #4CAF50; border: none; color: white; padding: 15px 25px; text-align: center; font-size: 16px; cursor: pointer; } .button:hover { background-color: green; } » Download the Transcript .button { background-color: #4CAF50; border: none; color: white; padding: 15px 25px; text-align: center; font-size: 16px; cursor: pointer; } .button:hover { background-color: green; } » Subscribe on iTunes The post Podcast 230: Fathers And Kidz – Part 1 appeared first on Building Faith Families.

28mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Podcast 133: Dirty Hands

     There is merit in working with one’s hands. “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 133: Dirty Hands appeared first on Building Faith Families.

9 May 2017

Rank #6

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Podcast 204: Eternal Principles to Help Parents Influence their Children to Live Forever – Part 1

     A Godly legacy is a parent’s greatest gift to their children. On this episode, Steve shares some insights that will help parents influence their children towards a lasting legacy. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 204: Eternal Principles to Help Parents Influence their Children to Live Forever – Part 1 appeared first on Building Faith Families.

29mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Podcast 168: Please Don’t Ask Me To Talk To Your Spouse

     Often after a conference, when I have shared my story of the last few years concerning my personal crisis, rediscovering the love of God, and how to communicate with my wife, someone will ask me to speak to their spouse. On this podcast I will be sharing some tools that have worked for me on my journey. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 168: Please Don’t Ask Me To Talk To Your Spouse appeared first on Building Faith Families.

34mins

28 May 2018

Rank #8

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Podcast 214: God is Findable and Knowable

     “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NLT) Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 214: God is Findable and Knowable appeared first on Building Faith Families.

30mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Podcast 130: Standing Before Kings

     In place of shortcuts to have our needs met, consider many of the scriptures in Proverbs that magnify diligence and warn against laziness.     “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.” (Proverbs 10:4-5) Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 130: Standing Before Kings appeared first on Building Faith Families.

18 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Podcast 127: Purchasing With Peace

     Being led by the Spirit of God is my last piece of purchasing wisdom. It is definitely connected to praying and asking God for assistance, but it is more about understanding how God directs us, and speaks to our hearts. Being led is one of the many benefits of having a God who knows how to communicate with each one of us.     “For all who are led by the Spirit of God, are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)     Often God speaks to us through another individual and more often than not, through His written word, but there are times he communicates with us directly. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 127: Purchasing With Peace appeared first on Building Faith Families.

27 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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Podcast 216: Lifestyle of Seeking and Finding

     “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Psalms 105:4) Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 216: Lifestyle of Seeking and Finding appeared first on Building Faith Families.

25mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Podcast 169: Influence of Fathers – Part 1

     More than half of American children are growing up in fatherless homes. 85% of men in prison are fatherless as as 90% of all homeless and runaway children. In this first part of our series we are exploring the influence of fathers in scripture. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 169: Influence of Fathers – Part 1 appeared first on Building Faith Families.

26mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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Podcast 192: Special Guest Steve Saint – Part 1

     Steve is the son of Nate Saint who flew the five missionaries into Ecuador in 1956. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 192: Special Guest Steve Saint – Part 1 appeared first on Building Faith Families.

29mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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Podcast 66: Psalms

     We have the privilege of being able to read the sacred inspired journal of David. We read his prayers, his heart cries, his poems, and his petitions. Jesus also read and meditated on these Psalms and quoted frequently from them. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 66: Psalms appeared first on Building Faith Families.

18 Jun 2015

Rank #15

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Podcast 198: Walking with a Limp and Embracing Brokenness – Part 1

     When I was going through difficult experiences I asked God if I were the only one who had to learn such important lessons through so much pain. The first person God brought to my mind was Jacob. As we study the life of Jacob in Genesis there are several lessons we can learn which will encourage us in our own journey. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 198: Walking with a Limp and Embracing Brokenness – Part 1 appeared first on Building Faith Families.

32mins

15 May 2019

Rank #16

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Podcast 164: Knowing God and Loving God

     A song by the Gaithers has this phrase: “The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows.” I would add, the more that I know Him the more that I love Him. Knowing God and loving God go hand in hand. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 164: Knowing God and Loving God appeared first on Building Faith Families.

22mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Podcast 131: Guard Your Signature

     To co-sign means to sign along with someone else. The contract will now have two signatures, yours and your friend’s. By cosigning you and your friend are committing to pay back the loan with interest. The reason your friend is asking you to cosign, is because the bank does not think your friend is a good risk and might not pay back the loan. Another reason the bank has chosen not to loan the money to your friend is they do not have sufficient assets or collateral to cover the cost of the loan. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 131: Guard Your Signature appeared first on Building Faith Families.

25 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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The World Doesn’t Know What To Do With Suffering – An Interview With Joni Eareckson Tada {Podcast}

Join us for a special interview with Joni Eareckson Tada (Joni and Friends), where she talks about suffering and dealing with hardship.Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. Resources Mentioned Joni and FriendsJoni and Friends Family RetreatsBeyond Suffering (Online Course)“Our passion is to see people in special needs families embrace Christ, embrace the circumstances that God puts them in, and embrace life.” – Joni Eareckson Tada Bible Verses Mentioned John 6: 53-58Matthew 5:3Psalm 90:14Nehemiah 8:10Second Corinthians 12:8-10 The post The World Doesn’t Know What To Do With Suffering – An Interview With Joni Eareckson Tada {Podcast} appeared first on Building Faith Families.

25mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Podcast 191: Special Guest Bob Farewell – How to Land your Dream Job

     Special guest Bob Farewell shares a few insights to landing your dream job. Subscribe to the Building Faith Families podcast on iTunes. The post Podcast 191: Special Guest Bob Farewell – How to Land your Dream Job appeared first on Building Faith Families.

28mins

1 Mar 2019

Rank #20