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Are You Real | Finding Your Purpose

By Jon B. Fuller

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Jon Fuller is on a mission to be a true example of Christ in his life and in his work. He introduces you to men and women of faith who have walked different paths to find a true Christianity that they live out each and every day. Some paths have been bumpy and filled with debris, but through it all, grace and faith have been a sustaining force in the lives of these men and women. You won't find any fake and phoney Christianity here.....just real people with a heart for God and living out His call on their lives. Join us for new episodes each week. We'd love it if you'd share the show with other men and women of faith who need support and encouragement along their journey.

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Jon Fuller is on a mission to be a true example of Christ in his life and in his work. He introduces you to men and women of faith who have walked different paths to find a true Christianity that they live out each and every day. Some paths have been bumpy and filled with debris, but through it all, grace and faith have been a sustaining force in the lives of these men and women. You won't find any fake and phoney Christianity here.....just real people with a heart for God and living out His call on their lives. Join us for new episodes each week. We'd love it if you'd share the show with other men and women of faith who need support and encouragement along their journey.

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Inspiring

By WW4Him - Sep 22 2018
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One my favorite Podcast to listen to. I find RU Real topics to be relatable, inspiring, thought provoking, encouraging, and challenging.

Obvious why this has been #1 for so long!

By Zachthomasd - Feb 17 2018
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This is absolutely the best podcast available! Love the menu of of options for listening!

iTunes Ratings

242 Ratings
Average Ratings
174
25
11
8
24

Inspiring

By WW4Him - Sep 22 2018
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One my favorite Podcast to listen to. I find RU Real topics to be relatable, inspiring, thought provoking, encouraging, and challenging.

Obvious why this has been #1 for so long!

By Zachthomasd - Feb 17 2018
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This is absolutely the best podcast available! Love the menu of of options for listening!

Top 10 Episode of Are You Real | Finding Your Purpose

Rank #1: Purpose 97: Bros, Bible and Beer

Apr 11 2018
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It is always refreshing to find someone else who has found purpose in podcasting, and that is exactly what the Zach, Scott, and Jeff over at Bros, Bibles, and Beer are doing. These three guys are modeling what it means to have authentic, real, and often difficult conversations around a shared belief in God. Unlike many podcasts out there, the Bros all come from incredibly different spiritual backgrounds and viewpoints. The result: authentic conversations that are rarely tied up in a bow, but are often glorifying. Today, we are getting real and talking about everything, from Angry God to Grief and Theology. Along the way, the Bros will share some of their favorite moments and discussions from the show, and how they have been stretched and their view of God has changed. Each of these gentlemen has been called to a different area of God’s mission, but they can still come together to produce an amazing show you should certainly check out. Today, we won’t shy away from the hard stuff, but in the end, we will all agree that God is good! I can’t wait for you to hear what Scott, Jeff, and Zach have to say! More in this episode: The podcast started with authentic conversations, and it has transformed into something amazing. Dive into the “Angry God” debate. There is a need for repentance and to turn from your sin. How our parents might (or might not) change our perception of God. The Bros share some of their favorite moments of the podcast. Why the Bros want to avoid the “echo chamber” effect. Be with people while they are grieving. How grief affects faith. All of God’s children have value. Conversations on education and the impact of real-life implications in the classroom. Look at multiple angles for every story to create empathy. The Bros help one another see their gifts and strengths. Get a little advice from the Bros. Resources: https://www.brosbiblesbeer.com/ Find Your Purpose Chapter 1 Rureal.org The Canon Revisited

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Rank #2: Purpose 94: Redefining Church to Make It a Living Experience with Jordan Sutton

Mar 21 2018
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Purpose is all about living out God’s plan, even if it looks nothing like anything you’ve seen ever before. Christians have a pretty good idea of what it means to do church, but today I am talking with someone who listened to the Lord when he asked him to think differently about his ministry and his congregation. This is Jordan Sutton, the pastor of Clearpath Church in Dallas, TX. He and his congregation are redefining church, and the Lord is working and speaking in mighty ways through them.  Instead of a pulpit, Clearpath has tables. Instead of a traditional gathering, they meet in homes. Everything from worship to Bible studies has been prayerfully refashioned so that the members of Clearpath can have a whole new experience with the Living God. What gets me excited about guys like Jordan is that I feel like the Lord told me long ago that the church was changing, and I think pastors like Jordan are on the frontlines.  Today, Jordan is not just going to share how and why Clearpath changed so drastically, but also the amazing changes that happened inside Jordan himself. God really emphasized for him a pursuit of holiness in spite of a fallen world and has asked him to think deeply about what it means to be set apart from the world. If you have a heart for people, especially in the American church, then you are going to want to listen to this episode. I think we have so much to learn from Jordan Sutton.    Show Highlights:  Jordan shares how his upbringing led him to a different perspective on church.  1 Corinthians 2 was super influential for Jordan and his church ministry.  Jordan learned about holiness alongside of grace.  The opposite of holiness is commonness.  Supernatural encounters in the most basic moments.  Why it is so easy to move away from the tenacity of your conviction.  What would church look like if we had never seen it before?  Transforming Sunday services into prayer meetings.  Turning pulpits into tables.  Jordan lost people, and here is how he handled that.  Lessons from God’s people.  The Bible is filled with people who questioned and sought God.  How God impacts our lives through money and privilege.  Abundance looks differently for everyone.  Jordan is still learning how to take care of the details.  How Jordan would challenge us to think about our growth with God Advice to Jordan’s younger self.    Resources: Jordan Online  Clearpath Online Magazine  Clearpath.live  Clearpathdallas.com   

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Rank #3: Purpose 93: Matt Brough - Spirituality for Ordinary People

Mar 14 2018
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More of then than not, you are in the middle of your purpose before you realize it’s even started. God has a funny way of taking us on a journey to find our calling, and he is certainly capable of working through us all in a might way, even if we can’t see it. This is why I am so excited to have Matt Brough on the show today. Matt has many passions that seemed to have all converged at this moment in time. Primarily, Matt is a family man in Winnipeg, Canada. When he isn’t spending time with his family, he is pastoring Prarie Presbyterian, a small but faithful and diverse congregation that is walking faithfully with God in this season. What sets Matt apart from the rest is how his ministry has expanded beyond the pulpit. Knowing he had been gifted with words, Matt decided that he would start a podcast and write both non-fiction and fiction books on the side. It is incredible to see the way that Matt has listened to God’s call on his life and walked faithfully towards these creative endeavors, even though “success” looks a bit different than he thought. Matt has no idea what God might have in store for him next, but he continues to pursue more books and opportunities as a supreme act of faith. Matt’s writing, his podcast, and his pastoring have all converged to make Matt a powerhouse of spirituality. He humbly wears his many hats with an attitude of service. He writes books his family would want to read. He shares stories that his church would want to hear. Above it all, Matt chooses where to use his gifts to serve others, and I think we have a lot to learn from him. You do not want to miss out on Matt’s story in this week’s episode, so let’s dive right in. More in this episode: Matt considers his family most important next to God. Authoring and podcasting is a very new journey that God has been teaching Matt through. Why the podcast can be a part of Matt’s ministry. Philippians 2 is the character guiding scripture for Matt and his ministry. Matt shares a time when he was doing ministry for the wrong reasons. It is hard to connect sometimes, and Matt shares his best ways to get a support system. How Matt ended up at this point of convergence. Why Matt is just a bit like Abraham. The system that Matt uses when he felt like he needed to start writing. You can trust God with your mission and your gifts. My prayers for Matt. Matt would tell his younger self that fear is normal, and we can have courage. Matt’s big advice would be to step back and listen to God. Learn how to participate in Matt’s giveaway! Resources: Enter to Win Free Books from Matt! Matt Brough Find all of Matt’s Books Michael Hyatt Podcast

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Rank #4: Purpose 96: Jerrad Lopes: Dad Tired

Apr 04 2018
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Through pain, we find purpose. No one understands that Like Jerrad Lopes. After starting out early in full-time ministry as a pastor, Jerrad placed all of his identity in his ministry. Late in his twenties, Jerrad knew he needed to leave ministry, and his world was wrecked. Looking back, Jerrad knew he was being a bad husband and an absent father as he tried to pursue things of this earth that would fulfill him. He reached out on the internet, asking if any other fathers and husbands felt this struggle, and the response was incredible. Dad Tired is a podcast and a movement that is leading men to Jesus. Jerrad is cultivating authenticity within marriages leadership within the culture. He believes that more men need to step up to the plate to lead their families by example. This knowledge is personal, and it was born from years of struggle. Jerrad’s dark season gave birth to a movement that God is using to transform families. In addition to Dad Tired, Jerrad has started a nonprofit and his own branding agency. Even with all of these plates spinning, Jerrad prioritizes time with his family and his wife of 8 years. Instead of being content to stay in struggle and in failure, Jerrad asked God to transform his life. He answered in a big way. Listen to this week’s episode to find out how he did it! More in this episode: Jerrad shares why he feels called to many different things over the course of his life. Scripture from Exodus 35:6 has influenced how Jerrad views God. Jerrad has spent his journey starting as a pastor, but he always felt called to branch out. In the middle of an identity crisis, Jerrad discovered that so many other fathers wanted to learn how to lead their families better. What we can learn from the God-led decisions that do not lead to perfect happiness. Discover the explosion of Dad Tired. Jerrad’s wife prayed for Jesus to capture his heart again. There is hope for your marriage if you feel like you have fallen away. We need to be investing in young people. How Jerrad grew his ministry to reach tens of thousands of people. Jerrad can communicate the gospel in “street language.” How we can respond to an identity crisis to fuel our faith. Let’s not rely on technology to connect with one another. Audiobooks are a go-to for busy parents. What changes to our responsibilities once we get married. Resources: Dad Tired

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Rank #5: Purpose 95: Using the Passion of Theology to Unify a Diverse Church with Shane Blackshear

Mar 28 2018
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God has given us all a purpose and a passion, and when someone is being obedient to live out that purpose, amazing things happen. I am seeing amazing things from Shane Blackshear, and so I was excited to talk to him today about the unique passion God has given him for theology, ministry, and racial relations in the church. Shane is from West Texas where he lives with his wife and two kids. He is a podcast host with two amazing shows you should definitely check out. On Seminary Dropout, Shane interviews theologians who might not have the biggest microphone but have such wonderful things to share about our Creator. Shane’s second podcast, On Ramp, discusses how race and the church intersect. Shane and I will dive into a lot of different topics in today’s episode. We started off with a discussion of race in the church, and how God’s Kingdom will absolutely be more diverse than the typical American church. Shane is teaching his listeners how to learn about the human experience through the eyes of someone who might not look exactly like them. It is a humbling conversation and one we probably can’t have enough. From there, Shane and I are going to talk about how Seminary Dropout came to be, and why a show like Shane’s has such huge potential. God has given Shane more than enough strength and wisdom to graciously and empathetically interview the people who are seeking a thorough understanding of who God is and what his plans are for this world. Ultimately, Shane is encouraging anyone who will listen that, as image bearers of Christ, we have the potential to proclaim God’s goodness through every word and deed. That is absolutely what Shane is doing in the world, so you will want to check out my interview today! More in this episode: Shane tells us all about himself and what his passions and purposes are. Shane shares why he feels burdened to bring issues of race in America to the church. Diverse churches are incredibly rare in America. We have so much to learn from the experiences of our brothers and sisters in Christ of different races. Shane loves to point people to rich resources for understanding race in the church. Why Shane ended up dropping out of seminary two times. Shane’s favorite, mind-blowing interviews. The thing that keeps Shane going with his podcast is the ministry opportunity. It’s hard to interview well, and Shane is certainly gifted at it! Why we struggle with self-confidence. God is getting Shane excited to speak about idols and the “us v. them” mentality. Who Shane is reading right now! Church can be taken outside the walls. Shane would tell himself right out of college to not limit his options. Resources: Twitter: @Beardonabike Facebook: Shane Blackshear Seminary Dropout Podcast N.T. Wright The Benefit of the Doubt Fresh Expressions On Ramp Podcast

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Rank #6: Purpose 104: Look to Jesus to Stay Humble With Mac Powell

May 30 2018
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God gives us all unique gifts, and to some he even grants fame. What happens when fame comes knocking? Is it possible to stay humble? That was my burning question for Mac Powell, the lead singer of the band, Third Day. Many people consider Third Day to be a pioneer in the Christian music business, but to Mac, it was just a result following God’s call on his life.  Mac has toured all over the world and has even been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. During his two decades of being a recording artist, Mac stays true to his faith by clinging to scriptures like Romans 5:8. Mac looks to Jesus and his five children as his guiding forces. The music he makes is for his family and his savior. It was truly a privilege to get to talk to Mac today, and I know you will be blessed by what he has to say about his crazy gift of a life. More in this episode: Mac shares all about his history and why he started Third Day. After 25 years, Mac still feels the great joy of bringing music to the world. Mac tells us how he looks to Jesus to stay humble. How music was a huge part of connecting Mac to his heavenly Father. Mac knew nothing about Christian music before starting Third Day. Holding onto something too tightly is just as dangerous as ignoring your calling. Mac’s biggest strength is his people. How Mac battles to have patience. Resources: http://www.thirdday.com/

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Rank #7: Purpose 109: The Sacred Enneagram with Christopher Heuertz

Jul 04 2018
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On Episode 109 of Are You Real Purpose Host Jon Fuller talks to the Author of The Sacred Enneagram Christopher Heuertz. Christopher has spent the last 25 years of his life in the Non- profit sector. He has volunteered with Mother Teresa as well as started one of the first pediatric aids care homes in South Asia for kids with HIV. Christopher went to a Christian Liberal Arts school, and originally thought he would end up in the church world, but a trip to Jerusalem open his eyes to suffering that allowed him to change his focus. Having this experience as a young person caused him to have to go back to scripture to see what the bible says about helping others in need. Christopher talks in depth about how he was impacted by Mother Teresa during those early years of his life, and reflects on the type of person she was. He says he has never again since then been in the presence of someone who has the depth and love she had. He says she threw herself into the mystery of the divine love, and realized it was beyond her. It was something remarkable and beautiful. She was a person that continued to say yes even when everything in her wanted to say no. Christopher also talks about his intriguing book The Sacred Enneagram, and gives much insight into the different personality types, and why it is important to embark on the journey of self love. He says "We need to build the best of ourselves. Love our neighbor as ourself. Most of us don't love ourselves well." Chris also says that recognizing the sewers in our own souls that have been neglected or ignored are an important part of growth as a person. You don't want to miss this in depth, exciting episode of Are You Real Purpose!! LINKS; Connect with Jon Christopher Heuertz  

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Rank #8: Purpose 103: Finding Purpose Through Service - Brian Schiele

May 23 2018
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Having a heart and a passion for service doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes, the way we conduct our businesses can also have God’s mission and our purpose in mind. My guest today sees his business in just this way—as a way to live out his calling to minister to God’s people. Brian Schiele has been in the mortgage lending business for the past 15 yrs, and he sees his job as the perfect opportunity to serve others. Your home is your largest asset, and many people come to Brian and Fellowship Home Loans with a dream. Brian makes those dreams financially possible. For Brian, mortgages are all about the stories of people and what they are looking to accomplish. He was lucky and found a business that enabled him to use his passion for people and gift with numbers together. He grew his business not just so he could make a lot of money, but so he could help a lot of people. The market hasn’t always been so kind to Brian. Through the market crash in ’07-’08, Brian and his partner remained faithful to the ministry God had called them to. After the crash, the market changed and they learned their trade anew. Brain’s faithfulness and passion have carried him far, and I know you will take a lot of away from this interview today! More in this episode: How Brian got his start in this business world. The Scripture from Proverbs 15:3 that is so important to Brian, it’s on the back of his business card. The story behind Brian’s partnership and a business built by values. Brian’s business was a slow start, but he was OK with that! Brian’s story of the housing market crash and how that completely changed his plans. How Brian managed the changes in the market even though he felt like he was brand new at it. What happens when we spread ourselves too thin. God is doing big things in Brian’s life in the family sphere. How Brian integrates his ministry into his business. Brian shares how he wishes he had gotten to know more diverse people in college. Resources: Fellowship Home Loans 800- 804-SAVE

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Rank #9: Purpose 102: Passion Conference With Kristian Stanfill

May 16 2018
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One of the most influential ministries in the United States has got to be the Passion Conference, a ministry of Passion City Church. I’ve been following this ministry for 20 years, and it is so evident that God is moving through the worship ministry at Passion City Church. Even though Kristian Stanfill is at the center of this movement, making records and writing music heard all over the world, he knows that he would be nothing without the saving grace of Jesus. Kristian is a singer and songwriter. His most recent album, Mountains Move, is absolutely incredible. Today, Kristian is going to share all of the experiences and decisions that led him to this amazing ministry. You see for Kristian, it’s not just about making records. For him, it’s about capturing what God is doing in the people of his church. God is the vision, and he simply acts in faith. Kristian and I had the chance to talk about community, unique gifts, and God’s call on our lives. I know you are going to love hearing the extreme faith that Kristian lives out every day! More in this episode: What it is like to be a part of the Passion City Church. Learn the story behind the Passion Mission. Kristian shares his own experiences by the Passion Movement. How Kristian learned how to write songs and express his love for God. Take your walk with God seriously. Get anchored to your church community. You don’t have to promote yourself when you are seeking Jesus. What it was like for Kristian and his wife to move to Atlanta to plant a church. What happens when God calls you to give sacrificially. Kristian’s biggest strength with Passion City is to see people. Pray for God to show you the people that you need to love. Kristian’s biggest weakness is an inability to plan ahead. What’s going on in Kristian’s life that we need to know about. Get Kristian’s “Back to the Future” answer! Resources: Passion City Church Instagram @PassionMusic

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Rank #10: Purpose 110: Come Matter Here

Jul 11 2018
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In Episode 110 of Are You Real Purpose Jon Fuller interviews Hannah Brencher. Hannah is a writer, TED Speaker, and webcast teacher with a heart for building leaders. Her first book, If You Find This Letter, tells the story behind the social movement, More Love Letters, which includes 100,ooo people in over 70 countries. Hannah shares many of her life lessons, and the stories behind how her first book has catapulted her into many different arenas in life that were unexpected! Hannah just released her second book Come Matter Here, and has many words of wisdom to share with our listeners in this interview you won't want to miss! Hannah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Lane.   LINKS; Connect with Host Jon Fuller Connect with Hannah Brencher

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