Rank #1: Purpose 99: When God's Purpose Finds You with Matthew Paul Turner
Sometimes, we don’t find our purpose; it finds us. This is exactly the position Matthew Paul Turner found himself in, and that is exactly why we needed to have him on the show! Matthew is a writer and photographer who has contributed his work to National Geographic and is one of the most influential progressive Christian voices the music media. Like so many of us, Matthew has struggled with doubt and uncertainty, but God has also blessed him greatly! He is certainly an inspiration to me, and I hope he will be for you as well.
Today, you will get to hear how Matthew thought he had turned away from Christian Music only to become the editor of a Christian Music Magazine. You will learn why he is an unlikely photographer, and how he came to self-publish several books. Matthew will explain why writing books for children hits close to home, and he will share why his family remains the most important source of inspiration in his life. You will also find out just how Matthew came to travel the world with Morgan Freeman. Yes, that Morgan Freeman.
Throughout all of his creative endeavors, Matthew remains committed to God’s mission. He cares deeply about children across the globe, and his work with World Vision speaks for itself. If you are the creative type who never thought you could make a go at having a creative career, give this episode a listen. Matthew has a story that will speak to just about everyone!
More in this episode:
- Message us on Facebook to win a copy of Matthew’s book!
- How Matthew stumbled into his career as a writer in the music industry.
- The insane story about how Matthew got to travel the world with Morgan Freeman and National Geographic.
- Matthew’s Life Scripture: “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the founder, and perfecter of our faith.”
- Advice for writers and inspiration for getting started.
- All the places Matthew has traveled with World Vision.
- Matthew wants people to experience the world.
- Get the inside scoop on “The Story of God.”
- Gaining hope from the most unexpected places.
- Give yourself permission to be a little disappointed.
- Why Matthew was drawn to write children’s books.
- The ins and outs of publishing!
- Make sure you have good people in your life!
- Matthews’ best advice: keep moving forward
Rank #2: Purpose 97: Bros, Bible and Beer
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.
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Rank #3: Purpose 98: Finding Purpose with Captain Awesome - Byron Taylor
I hope you are ready for some amazing truth bombs today because I am literally talking to Captain Awesome today. Byron Taylor (AKA Captain Awesome) is a spirited speaker, trainer, and coach. He has competed in world championships in public speaking and is the co-author of The Psyche of Success. Byron Taylor has found his calling as an inspirational speaker, but the story of how he got there is absolutely magnificent. God is clearly using Byron in incredible ways.
Byron had to walk through incredible hardship to reach the level of clarity and wisdom he has attained today. I am thankful that he had the chance to openly talk about childhood trauma, depression in adulthood, and figuring out life with God one leap of faith at a time. Byron is going to share his best pieces of wisdom for going after your purpose, facing fear, and listening to the voice of God. His stories are all very real and really funny. No one shares a story like Byron! Dive in with us today to experience the wild ride for yourself!
More in this episode:
- How “Captain Awesome” came to be.
- Why God’s plan is better than our best predictions.
- Byron gave his first speech at his first Toastmasters meeting.
- Out of the hurt and pain we experience, we can glorify God.
- Mark 11:24 is Byron’s signature Scripture.
- Byron opens up about his past struggles and the trauma that shaped him.
- The things we struggle with the most are often our ministry calling.
- What being a parent can teach us about God’s character.
- How Byron fights discouragement.
- Stories of experiencing God’s glory.
- A speech is important for the one life that is impacted.
- Byron shares all of the things that excite him.
- When we knock on doors, God will open, and we have to step through.
- Sometimes, we learn more about what we don’t want to do than what we want.
- Byron would help his younger self-heal more quickly if he could.
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Rank #4: Purpose 96: Jerrad Lopes: Dad Tired
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.
Rank #5: Purpose 104: Look to Jesus to Stay Humble With Mac Powell
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.
Rank #6: Purpose 103: Finding Purpose Through Service - Brian Schiele
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.
Rank #7: Purpose 100: Embryo Adoption - Katie Cline and Charis Boone
Today, we are going to shine some light on a topic many people don’t know much about. The subject is Embryo Adoption, and my expert guests are Katie Cline and Charis Boone. Embryo Adoption occurs when a couple has undergone IVF to produce embryos outside of the womb for the mother to carry to term. It is a miracle of modern medicine that is helping infertile couples grow their families, but it also has an unfortunate consequence: there are leftover embryos. Charis and Katie believe that life begins at conception, so these embryos are children waiting to be adopted. This is the inspiration behind the National Registry for Adoption, an organization committed to helping these embryos find forever families.
If this whole process sounds a little uncertain to you at first, give these ladies a chance to explain. Katie is an Embryo Donor, and Charis is an Embryo Adopter. They each have a unique perspective on the adoption process that is truly wonderful. Each of these ladies has the heart to give homes to the homeless and to nurture every child that is born or unborn. They were willing to walk through uncertainty, awkward conversations, and pregnancy to give these kids a life. God has been blessing their organization, and it is clear why. The National Registry is on to something!
Listen this week to hear how Charis and Katie found their purpose, and why Embryo Adoption needs to be at the forefront of the public eye.
More in this episode:
- Katie shares the process of IVF and what it means to be an Embryo Donor.
- Charis shares what it meant for her to be an Embryo Adopter.
- An embryo adoption only costs $4,000.
- The difference between orphan care adoption and family growth adoption.
- There are 28 families waiting for every child put up for adoption.
- God is using the gifts he gave Charis and Katie to change lives.
- No one hears about embryo adoption.
- Is it difficult to donate an embryo?
- There are varying levels of involvement with the donor families.
- Charis shares her relationship with her donor family.
- The positives of Embryo Adoption.
- How the National Registry for Adoption has grown over the years.
Rank #8: Purpose 101: Fear Of Failure With Matt Miller
Is the fear of failure holding you back from God’s purpose for your life? Do you get stuck in the planning phases, but never actually take that leap of faith? I think today’s guest might inspire you to step out into your purpose. Matt Miller has had a variety of experiences from 9 years in the Air Force to being a top performer in the corporate world. Eventually, Matt decided that he wanted to be his own boss, so he started his wild ride in entrepreneurship. Now, he is helping schools raise funds and running a successful business, School Spirit Vending. You'll also want to check out his podcast, School Zone!
Today, Matt is going to share how failure was his best teacher, and why it is so easy to be paralyzed by analysis. We also had the chance to talk about podcasting, mastermind groups, and building a business after a market crash. Matt has so much practical wisdom to share for any of you out there with a dream you are scared to pursue. Lucky for you, Matt has had plenty of experience and is willing to get you started. Most importantly, Matt sees his businesses as a way to bring God glory. The relationships he has built as a result of his business has opened doors for the gospel.
You can bring God glory through your business, too! You just have to step out in faith.
More in this episode:
- Matt shares his personal history and experiences in the Air Force and in the corporate world.
- How the idea for custom stickers for schools came to be.
- How to manage when you are burning the candle at both ends and making time for your family.
- Matt shares all of the financial setbacks that happened after the market crash.
- The process of getting School Spirit Vending in schools.
- How to create a win-win setup.
- Why niche is important.
- Matt’s biggest strength is to use an outsider perspective to get into an industry he knows nothing about.
- Matt got into podcasting just for his private team.
- Why a mastermind is so important.
- Your ministry is all about relationships.
- Matt shares his best stories of failure.
Rank #9: Purpose 102: Passion Conference With Kristian Stanfill
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!
Rank #10: Purpose 105: Finding Purpose Through Bi-Racial Adoption with Katie Ganshert
Is the church blinded to injustice? How can a novelist be on the front lines of change? I am excited you are joining in today because I have a guest who is writing books that are on track to change the church.
Katie Ganshert is a midwest gal who is passionate about Jesus, writing, her family, adoption, and God’s grace and justice. When she’s not plotting her next novel, she is on dates with her husband, hanging with her kids, and chatting with girlfriends over coffee. Her passion is for telling stories that demonstrate life’s most difficult problems from a spiritual perspective. Katie’s newest book, No One Ever Asked, is an incredible story based on true events about issues of racial injustice in America. Today, Katie is going to explain why social justice is so important to her and to God, and how sharing stories can change lives. Writing is such an exploration of how God has uniquely gifted Katie, and I am excited to share her stories with you.
If you are interested in racial reconciliation in the church, writing good stories, and finding your purpose inside change, feel free to chime in! This is an episode you do not want to miss.
More in this episode:
- Katie shares why she is so passionate about storytelling.
- Katie uses Isaiah 1:17 and it speaks to her heart.
- Social justice is a part of the gospel.
- Katie wants to write stories that the whole world will hear.
- How one trip to Kenya gave Katie the story she needed to share.
- How to become a working writer.
- Dive into Katie’s book, spoiler free.
- Katie asks the question of “What does it mean to be human?” in the light of real events.
- Learn Katie’s perspective on racial inequality and where that journey started.
- International adoption takes a long time, but Katie was determined to get her daughter.
- The church needs education to have eyes to see injustice.
- How our strengths can also be our weaknesses.
- Let’s get uncomfortable for those we love.
Rank #11: Purpose 109: The Sacred Enneagram with Christopher Heuertz
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!!
Rank #12: Purpose 110: Come Matter Here
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.
Rank #13: Purpose 108: Doing Small Things With Great Love With Pastor Jon Tyson
How has God worked in your life to put you in the places to accomplish HIs purpose? How far have you come? If you’re honest, you’ll admit that your life has been a journey that you could have never predicted. You can probably point to the markers and moments along the way that have been pivotal in influencing your faithfulness and passion for His work. Today’s guest is living proof that God’s ways are higher than ours and His purpose is bigger than we can imagine.
Jon Tyson is a widely respected church planter and leader in NYC. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the US two decades ago with a passion to cultivate renewal in the Western Church. Jon has spoken at Q Conference, Catalyst, and other key venues around the world. His preaching addresses culture and faith with a rare fusion of passion and depth. He has been featured in Christianity Today, NY Times, and Relevate. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children.
More in the episode:
- Jon’s story of dropping out of high school at age 16 to be a butcher in a meat factory in a sketchy neighborhood in Australia and coming to the US at age 20 to study theology
- The visionary boss at the meat factory and the incredible vision he cast for Jon
- How Jon became a Christian at age 17 at a Pentecostal Youth Revival at what is now Planet Shakers Church
- The scholarship miracle that allowed Jon to come to the US to study at Bible college
- A foundational verse for Jon’s life, in his own words: Habakkuk 3:2--”I’ve heard about who you are, Lord. I’m in awe of what you do, and I want you to do it in our day. Make what you’ve done in other generations known now.”
- The theme of Jon’s life: Closing the gap between what God has promised and what we are experiencing
- Sharing his testimony at the youth revival and how the Youth Pastor marked that moment to wake up Jon’s destiny and call something out of him
- Jon’s early morning habit of earnest prayer for revival and the fire that burned within him
- How he spent the next three years being persecuted for his faith as he completed his apprenticeship at the meat factory
- Three years of character training, prayer, and the open doors to come to the US
- How the character and integrity of Jesus has to be the foundation of ministry and influence and success or we collapse into a “sinkhole”--”We have to tend to the secret life of intimacy with Jesus.”
- How he dealt with the ridicule and temptation at the meat factory and influenced his co-workers through his character and integrity
- The root of Christianity in discipling others and leading churches: Being faithful in small things
- Jon’s “Red Sea” story of NYC church planting and being homeless while apartment hunting
- Jon’s biggest strength: “The ability to handle drama and keep believing that God is going to come through.””
- Jon’s weakness within that strength: “Sometimes not meeting people in the emotional pain of their lives in sympathy.”
- Why Jon wrote The Burden is Light to offer people hope in the things they wrestle with daily
- The dangers of pride, comparison, and discontentment
- The analogy of the ring with three layers: The call before God, the people we serve, and the people who are eavesdropping on our mission
- What Jon sees in today’s culture: distraction vs. presence: why we need to learn to pay attention to the life around us
- How to align your passion with action instead of aligning your passion with opinion
- Jon’s advice to himself at age 30--”In my desire to model personal humility, I did not demonstrate enough executive will. I had too much of a peacemaking spirit. I would say to steward the call God has for you and I would realign personal humility and executive will in my life.”
- A recommended book: The New Copernicans by John Seel
- Jon’s advice: From Hebrews: “God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Seek Him and press into everything He has, and He’ll reward you in ways you can’t imagine.”
- Find Jon on Twitter and Instagram
- Like Are You Real on Facebook and send us a message for a chance to win a free copy of Jon’s new book!
- The Burden is LIght: Liberating Your LIfe from the Tyranny of Performance and Success by Jon Tyson
- Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
- Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- The New Copernicans by John Seel
Rank #14: Linked 22: Restoring A City Through Missions and Prayer with Rachel Freeman
In episode 22 of Are You Real Linked we here from Raechel Freeman. Raechel is a city taker called to the city of Lebanon TN. She shares how her and her husband were called from California to plant a salvation army, and how it can only be done through prayer. Raechel says "Things that are done in prayer have more of the eternal foundation God wants." She says "structure is always in play when God starts it." Raechel talks about her family growing up, and how her mother started an inner city school. She has been involved in planting salvation armies since 1999, and has planted them in many different places. She has a passion to see prayer and worship be brought back into what God is doing in and through the salvation army.
Rank #15: Purpose 106: Women's Discipleship With Melissa Kruger
God’s purpose for our lives will always lead us to serve and edify other people in the church. My guest today never imagined she would be writing Bible studies or leading women towards discipleship, but by faithfully following God’s call on her life, that is exactly where she landed. Today on the show is Melissa Kruger, a writer, editor, disciple maker, and Jesus-follower who is living out her purpose in a mighty way.
Melissa is a writer focused on bringing the principles of strong discipleship to women across the world. She is a regular contributor to the Gospel Coalition and is on staff with Uptown Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her favorite role so far has been to be a mother to her 3 kids, a wife to her husband, and a sister who points others to Jesus faithfully. Melissa has found her purpose in making the Word of God accessible to women who are seeking after Him.
After noticing that there was a gap in women’s discipleship and Bible Study material, Melissa felt God calling her to bridge that gap. Filling that needled others to notice her gift for writing, and then the rest is history. Today, we had the chance to talk about the importance of studying God’s Word, finding joy in all circumstances, and what it takes to be a working writer.
More in this episode:
- The more we learn about Christ, the more we grow and the more our church grows.
- Melissa draws strength from Isaiah 55 and God’s invitation to life.
- Discover Melissa’s untraditional journey to becoming a writer.
- You can start your purpose journey later in life!
- Melissa stepped into the gap to write excellent Bible study material.
- What it was like to plant a church.
- The moment Melissa realized she was called to write.
- How to learn how to say “No.”
- Discover the heart behind Melissa’s new book!
Rank #16: Linked Eps 23: Power of Prayer Walking with Suzanne Grimaud
On this episode of Are You real Linked we hear from Suzanne Grimaud. Suzanne talks about what City Taking looks like to her, and takes us on the journey of what she has found works for her in her city of Oklahoma City, and the greater area. Suzanne explains "God has given each one of us authority. That authority is given to us wherever our family is, wherever we are involved in church, work, school etc. She says this is where we have permission to go to battle, and the place we have authority in." She says "He could do anything without us, but His desire is to have relationship with us, and for us to partner with Him. It's quite humbling really." You don't want to miss this inspiring, and practical episode!
Rank #17: Eps 122: Holy Sexuality with Christopher Yuan
On episode 122 we hear from Christopher Yuan. Christopher has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute for over 10 years, has a speaking ministry on Faith and sexuality where he shares at conferences, college campuses, and churches and his message has reached over 5 continents. Christopher is an author if several books, and in this episode we discuss his personal journey and his new book Holy Sexuality and The Gospel. Christopher shares about his own struggles of identity, and how he struggled with his sexuality at a very young age. He dives deep into how he immersed himself in the gay lifestyle until he had a real encounter with God. He shares how he hit his rock bottom, and went from a prison cell to being intentional about living a life of purpose and identity in Christ! There are so many conflicting messages being given in our society today on sexuality, and the consequences of not living according to God's design. Christopher touches on some very deep issues in our society today. This is an episode you won't want to miss!
Rank #18: Government 20: Changing Culture Through Prophetic Influence with Matt Gonzales
this episode of Are you Real Government Dubb talks to Matt Gonzales about what it looks like to change culture with prophetic influence. Matt and his wife Desiree, have done campus ministries, church plants, and school of ministry trainings just to name a few! Matt has been influential in creating prophetic companies, culture, and helping others understand what a prophet is. Matt believes his highest priority is being a husband, and a father to his three kids. He says the way he advances the kingdom starts with his family. Matt shares his journey of starting on a college campus, and having an encounter with God in 2000, and how that started a campus movement that propelled a massive move of God. From there, Matt has seen God do work through so many different ays to bring His kingdom to Earth including creative miracles, operating in the prophetic, and changing cultures all around him daily through understanding God's principles. He shares these experiences, and how they have opened doors to impact government in surprising ways. You don't want to miss this interview!
Rank #19: Linked 21: Pioneering His Presence in Cities
On this episode Host Christy Austin talks to Matthew Lilley about he and his wife are taking the city God has called them to through the art of giving. Matthew is the nationwide director for a ministry called Burn 24/7 out of Raleigh, NC. He believes cities can be changed by the presence and power of God through the gospel.
Through the years he and his wife have been pioneering places of God's presence in cities. As they go deeper into this interview they explore how as city takers there are very practical ways we can expect God to move, and what that looks like as we connect to God through worship and prayer. Matthew says worship and prayer are on the forefront of Kingdom coming into cities, regions, and nations, and seeing true transformations happen. The key to accomplishing the mission and vision God has given Matthew is without a doubt the secret place. He explains that everything flows out of intimacy with Jesus. Matthew is a true forerunner in city taking, and has so many experiences, and wisdom that he shares on this inspirational episode of Are You Real Linked!
Rank #20: Linked 16: Religion or Relationship
Welcome to Are You Real Linked episode 16! Today Christy Austin breaks down Luke 10 and Galatians 5. These verses are extremely important for all City Takers as we look for "men and women of peace" in our towns.
The church is having an identity crisis because we are losing the relational aspect of the body and the bride. In the beginning, God longed for intimacy with man. A relationship is the foundation of our creation. When we press into our relationship with Him it transforms us from the inside out and we start bearing good fruit.
In Luke 10 Jesus doesn't tell us to look for the rule followers, or the churchgoers, or the religious He says "look for the man of peace". Peace is a fruit of the spirit if you flip over to Galatians 5 Paul clearly lays out how to identify good (Holy Spirit) and bad (Sin Nature) "fruits". If you are taking a city through the art of giving, you will love the wisdom in this episode.
What City are you taking? Reach out and tell us! We would love to link with you in prayer.