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26 minutes | 7 days ago
Adoption Story: The Clifton’s bring home Bebe
Clint and Jennifer Clifton shared their story of an adoption process that took years of waiting before they could bring home Betchina and welcome her to their family.Clint Clifton is the founding pastor of Pillar Church near USMC base Quantico in Northern Virginia. Clint and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2000 and have five Children. Clint holds degrees from The Baptist College of Florida and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as the Sr. Director of Resources at the North American Mission Board in Atlanta. Jennifer is a homeschooling mother and small business owner.
24 minutes | 14 days ago
Christ Will Build His Church
Pastor Wally Webster joined the show to discuss discipleship in the church as addressed in his book "Christ will Build His Church, But What is My Role?”Pastor Wally Webster has been a passionate follower of Jesus for over 50 years. He is only complete in Christ and has purpose in life when his will lines up with His. Not only has he the privilege of being His child, but he also has the honor and privilege to serve Him. Because of His grace and mercy he has been able to teach HS, College, and Graduate school. Pastor Wally has also been blessed to pastor for the last 35 years. None of this was even possible without Him. It is all for His glory. Since 1986, He has been the Lead Pastor at Mt. Airy Bible Church. During this time he developed a men's discipleship ministry that God has used for His glory.
26 minutes | 20 days ago
Win the Day
Pastor Mark Batterson joined the show to talk about his latest book: “Win the Day: 7 Habits to Help you Stress Less and Accomplish More”.Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with multiple locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround, the 100,000 sf space will include event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace and co-working space. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty books including, The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Play the Man, Whisper, and recently released Win the Day. Mark and his wife Lora have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
25 minutes | a month ago
This Far by Grace
Pastor D.L. Ellis-Johnson joined the show to share his testimony as hared in his book “This Far by Grace". D.L. Ellis-Johnson: A native New Yorker, Donald is a preacher, Bible teacher, evangelist, theologian, psalmist, author, and pastor to many. He has served the church, community, and incarcerated people for more than thirty years. His mission is to explain the Word, proclaim the truth, and help people be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus. Having ministered in twenty-six countries, Johnson's vision is to help change the world by helping people change in anticipation of Christ's return. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctoral student in Southwestern Seminary, he is the founder of Lifeline Ministries international, May Pearl, TX. Donald resides in Texas. He enjoys education, travel, exercising, and experimenting with health foods and vitamins.
26 minutes | a month ago
Easter Weekend Devotional – The resurrection of Christ Jesus
On Easter weekend we share and celebrate the good news that Jesus lives! He came to save us from our sin. He was punished for us on the cross and rose from the dead after three days. He offers eternal life to those who repent and believe. We know not everyone responds to this message the same way. Many of our friends and neighbors view Easter simply as a nice tradition. Pastor Steve King joined us to address “the elephant in the room” and take a hard look at the Bible’s claim that Jesus Christ literally and bodily rose from the dead.Pastor Steve King has served as the Senior Pastor at Cherrydale Baptist Church from 1983 to 2019. Steve has a passion to make disciples who love God and people above all else. He leads the Band of Brothers pastors’ fellowship in Arlington, has served on the board of Pioneers International for 26 years, and is part of the leadership team of One Heart DC.Steve holds degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA) and Western Seminary (MDiv). He has been married to his sweetheart Mae Belle for 44 years and they have two sons, Caleb and Joshua (married to Naomi), and their granddaughter Elise.
24 minutes | a month ago
This weekend is the start of Passover—or Pesah—when our Jewish friends commemorate how God freed their people from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Each household sacrificing a spotless lamb and painting the doorposts with its blood. John the Baptist later used the same Exodus imagery to declare Jesus—or Yeshua—the Messiah. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World!”Our guest today has dedicated his life to helping his Jewish brothers and sisters know Yeshua as their Messiah. Just like Paul said in Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook Born and raised in Southern California, Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook has known Yeshua his whole life. He shared about Yeshua to his Jewish and non-Jewish friends in high school. At the end of high school Rabbi Aaron began to feel that there was more to his Jewishness than just Passover and Hanukkah at his grandparents. At this time, he made his first visit to a messianic synagogue in Philadelphia, his first trip to Israel, and then his first visit to an Orthodox synagogue. God certainly was moving in his life, revealing to him that his Jewishness was something central to his identity. He went so far as to begin to live like an Orthodox Jew, including getting Orthodox rabbinic ordination. Not long after that Rabbi Aaron knew there was something missing, something more. While the traditions were great, he craved more of the Spirit of God and the love of Yeshua. He left the Orthodox world and began to seek a way of living an authentic Jewish life under the leading of the Spirit. His travels brought him to Israel, where he lived for four years, and then to New York, where he met his beautiful wife, Brooke, with whom he has three children. It was in New York that he was a special education teacher and an assistant rabbi at a Messianic synagogue on Long Island. After several years of serving in this capacity, he wanted to pursue being a full-time Messianic rabbi, which is what led him to Ohev Yisrael. He desires to see Jewish people come to know Yeshua, their Messiah, and live their life in service of our Master as Jews full of the Spirit of God.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
The Crete Collective
We hear a lot about gentrification in DC but what you may not know is there are entire communities right here in the greater Baltimore-Washington area who are simply neglected. Only THREE churches were planted in Black and Brown communities here between 2011 and 2017. Nationwide there are over 81-million Black and Brown people who are underserved by their church community. We need to do a better job. Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile joined the show to discuss how The Crete Collective is organizing believers to answer that call. Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church (Washington, DC) and the president of The Crete Collective, a church planting, and revitalization network focused on vulnerable and neglected black and brown neighborhoods. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC, and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs at The Front Porch.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Faith Leaders Building Faithful & Healthy Communities
Shauna St. Clair Flemming joined the show to help us examine our own response to the COVID crisis and to think through some practical ways to: "Do justice. Love kindness. And walk humbly with God.” …in the days ahead.Shauna St. Clair Flemming is a dynamic Health Scientist, Equity Advocate and Ordained Minister with nearly two decades experience championing national health promotion initiatives. She currently worships at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and within the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Capital Area Region. Dr. St. Clair Flemming holds a PhD in from Emory University School of Public Health and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Shauna also earned a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University where she received the Saint James Academy Award for excellent Oratory Preaching, and the Wilbur F. Tillett Award for the best work in Ethics. She is a proud alumna of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
COVID vaccine/testing outreach at PABC
As more doses of the COVID vaccine become available, some area churches are getting involved. Residents in some neighborhoods may not have a regular health care provider, computer access or transportation. By hosting clinics at the local church, residents in hard-hit neighborhoods have easier access. Pastor Kendrick E. Curry shared how his church is serving the community during this pandemic with COVID vaccine/testing outreach.Pastor Kendrick Curry: Pastor of Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church for over 17 years. Married to Rev. Karen Curry and have two children, Keyona and Kendrick II
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Climbing the Conversation Ladder in Trying Times
Communication can seem impossible today as we witness conflict and violence like the mayhem we saw unfold at the Capitol. Our words can so quickly inflame and destroy, but they can also heal and build trust. Bret Bernhardt joined us today to encourage us to engage in conversations because we have the hope of the Gospel, which is the power to save! Bret Bernhardt is a Board member of Faith and Law, and the Conservative Partnership Institute. He served as chief of staff to two United States Senators, Senator Don Nickles and Senator Jim DeMint. Following his service in the Senate, he served as the chief of staff and executive vice President of the Heritage foundation. He currently serves as Treasurer to the Conservative Partnership Institute as well as to Faith and Law. He spends most of his time on Capitol Hill in service to the personal ministry of staff and members. Several times a year they convene others partnered in personal Hill ministry to pray, support, and encourage one another.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Responding with Unlikely Compassion
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Five words that ask for our time, money and even our pride. What if your neighbor wrongs you? Even steals from you? That’s exactly the situation Pastor Robbie Pruitt found himself in. But, instead of letting anger win the day, he responded with Christ-like compassion. Now many have been blessed by his ministry repairing and providing bicycles. It’s a passion the Lord gave him from when he received his first bike as a boy. Pastor Robbie Pruitt is from Columbia, SC and moved to Northern Virginia with his wife, Irene, in 2004, to continue his calling to youth ministry. He and his family most recently lived in Alexandria, Virginia, where Robbie was the Director of Youth Ministry and Pastoral Associate for four years. He and his family also lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for five years, where Robbie was the High School Bible Teacher at a Christian school. Robbie has his Master of Arts in Theology from Columbia International University, a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Trinity School for Ministry, and a B.S. in Bible, with an emphasis on youth ministry, also from CIU. Robbie and Irene have three children, Grace, Hannah, and Simeon. Robbie enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, concert going, studying the Bible and Biblical context, writing poetry and writing about theology, leadership, and discipleship.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Hayley Satrom, author of Forgiveness: Reflecting God's Mercy (31-Day Devotionals for Life), joined the show to talk about forgiveness.Hayley Satrom is the biblical counselor for women at Capitol Hill Baptist and co-director of the private counseling practice Heart Song Counseling. She has studied at CCEF, and her counseling degree is from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Faith, Power & Healing: Dr. Dale Matthews
Dr. Dale Matthews joined the show to talk about the power of faith, prayer and assure us that God IS in the healing business.Dale A. Matthews, MD recently retired from a 40-year practice career of practicing and teaching general internal medicine. He has served on the faculties of Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University and has lectured at over 30 medical schools. He conducts research and lectures on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of religion, faith, and prayer in clinical care. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998), a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries, and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications. Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Princeton (AB, cum laude, Romance Languages, 1976) and Duke University School of Medicine (1980). His internship and residency in internal medicine were taken at the University of Connecticut (1983) and he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Program and Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Yale (1985). In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians. He has received many awards for his compassionate patient care, including Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor recognition. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, singing, songwriting, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Coffee with a Christian
‘Coffee with a Christian’ is a project that is working to revolutionize the way that churches use mobile technology and social media. The developer, Ben Goo, joined us to tell us about the app and how it works.Benjamin Goo has been working in the technology sector for over 11 years, currently holds a CISSP certification and is pursuing his MBA at Aurora University. He is also the founder and creator of Coffee with a Christian.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Bridging racial divides at The House DC
LaWonda Bornstein and Regina Williams joined us to share how The House DC has been breaking cycles of poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and unemployment by providing at-risk youth in Anacostia with comprehensive services to help them establish healthy and sustainable futures. La Wonda Bornstein is a highly recognized leader and dedicated professional committed to building relationships across diverse cultures to eliminate racial divide.Her passion stems from personal experience as an African American who grew up in a unique environment of diversity. As a child, La Wonda’s family, which includes her five brothers, integrated the largest Christian schools in the Washington, DC area. She belonged to several churches where the parishioners where either all black or all white. She learned early-on, the importance and value of bringing people together. La Wonda has held workshops on: Crossing the Cultural Divide, A High Performing Team, and Understanding Personality Types. For the past 19 years, La Wonda has played key roles in supporting and promoting the message and vision of The House DC, a nonprofit organization focused on providing quality of life to inner-city youth and young adults. She is President and Chief Executive Officer at The House DC, and a veteran of the non-profit industry with more than 20 years of program management, operations, fundraising, financial, and staff leadership experience. LaWonda was born and raised in the DC area. She has one son, and two grandsons that she adores.Regina Williams is a wife to Jamie and a mom to Katelyn.She was born and raised in the Washington, DC suburbs in a wonderful Christian home, and considers herself blessed to have known Jesus her whole life.She graduated with an accounting degree from Villanova University.She has run her own CPA firm, Regina Solis Williams, CPA, PC, since 1995. All of her clients are not-for-profits, and she is passionate about helping non-profits become or stay financially strong, so they can continue to benefit the community they are trying to serve.She has a heart for the precious people at The House DC and loves to serve any way she can in this fabulous ministry.She loves to travel, run, and spend time being a wife, mom, and gramma.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
There’s no question the COVID pandemic has changed life as we know it. Many folks not only work from home now—they’ve migrated to the suburbs entirely. What impact has this had on local urban churches? In cities like Washington DC and Baltimore, it is becoming more and more difficult to launch and sustain churches. Dan Mackett and Jake Abraham joined us to talk about how Redemption Collective helps communities by launching businesses that optimize commercial real estate in cities for church planting, shared profits, and ecosystem sustainability.Dan Mackett is the founder and CEO of Redemption Collective. After graduating from the UW-Madison, he went on to serve as a management consultant with Baker Tilly, where he helped clients transform their PMO and IT operations. Dan went on to lead International Justice Missions’ College Mobilization program, where he led the strategy and coaching for over 330 student leaders, formed national partnerships with Cru and other campus ministries, and helped increase collegiate giving by 243%. Dan also is the founder and current Board Chair for A Just Brew Coffee, a network of volunteer run coffee shops where 100% of profits help end slavery. Dan and his wife Alyssa have been married for 4 years and welcomed their first son, Jones Bradford, in late 2019. They live in Alexandria, VA and are members at Del Ray Baptist Church, where Dan recently completed a Pastoral Internship.Sunish “Jake” Abraham, a self-proclaimed cultural mutt, was born in India and raised in India and the Philippines before moving to the United States, then Australia and currently in Washington DC. Jake has led diverse projects in Australia, India, Southeast Asia and the US and currently serves with Cru, a global community passionate about connecting people to Jesus. Jake also serves as Assistant Director at OneHeartDC, a city-wide network of over 700 churches and organizations in the Washington DC area.Jake also serves on the leadership of the Advance Initiative, a movement of ethnic Indians around the world planting multi-ethnic churches and as President and Director of the Indus Forum.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
She's My Daughter
We see it in the news and in our own communities almost every day, women are mistreated, violated, and traumatized. As society, we have become almost numb to it. Just over a year ago we had Daryl Dudley on the show to talk about his organization: She’s My Daughter. A movement to change the culture to one where woman are treated with dignity and respect. He has a new book coming out in the Spring and an ambitious year of outreach planned. He joins us now to share how this ministry has grown and what’s ahead for 2021. Daryl Dudley is the Chief Visionary Officer of She's My Daughter. He served for over 25 years in the music and education industry. He realized that the culture promotes violence against women which is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect, rapes and the ever-emerging sex trafficking as a result of failure to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women. Daryl Dudley began to go the extra mile on a personal mission to make sure that all woman were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Dealing With Sexual Addiction During Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big affect on life as we know it. Things we considered “normal” are no longer normal. Things we never thought about like wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing is now routine. However it has had more profound negative effects like exacerbating dysfunctional relationships, abusive homes and addiction. Joining us today are Tom and Michelle Weaver. They help people who are struggling with and directly affected by sexual addiction. Tom WeaverAfter struggling with sexual addiction himself, Tom now leads other men in their journey to recovery. Tom is a Regional Group Advisor for Pure Desire Ministries International, and he is in the process of becoming certified in Sexual Addiction Recovery, Partners Recovery, and Intimacy Anorexia through the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT). He will also soon be a certified Men’s Group Leadership Training Level 1 by AASAT.Michele WeaverMichele Weaver has been changing people’s lives through whole food nutrition and personal relationship coaching since 2015 as a Holistic Health, Life, and Recovery Coach with Come To The Table Ministries. Michele is certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and The Addiction Academy for Life & Recovery Coaching. Michele has also been a distributor with Juice PLUS+® since 2016.Michele is also in the process of becoming certified in Sexual Addiction Recovery, Partners Recovery, and Intimacy Anorexia through the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT).
24 minutes | 4 months ago
With Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in the headlines for so long now, it can seem like the nightmares of sex trafficking are fueled mostly by the wealthy and powerful. But the reality is it happens every day right here in our own backyard. Each year more than $23.5 million in taxable revenue is generated at illicit massage businesses in Fairfax County. The trauma from sex-slavery has a devastating effect on survivors. Reset180 exists to prevent, disrupt, and restore with the love of Christ—they not only help victims, but they also reach out to individuals who would buy sex. RESET180 has rebranded their organization this year with a vision for the future that includes a new housing center for survivors. Here to tell us more about it is Executive Director Kay Duffield.Kay Duffield began her anti-trafficking work on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with survivors of sex trafficking. She introduced them to the love and compassion of Jesus while providing resources for freedom. Upon her return to the U.S. in 2012, she discovered that human trafficking was a growing problem within her own community. Kay was invited to join a new anti-trafficking grassroots movement that had started in Loudoun County, Virginia. She became the Executive Director in 2014 and has been active with the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force since 2012. She started monthly multidisciplinary team meetings to fulfill the needs of survivors in the Northern Virginia area. Kay is a nana, mother, wife, and modern-day abolitionist who believes that Jesus is the answer to end human trafficking. She passionately calls the Church to rise and engage in this local anti-trafficking battle.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Christmas is almost here! Maybe you’re trying to find that last minute gift. Or maybe you’re just trying to find a job. Maybe you find yourself alone this year because of covid. Whatever your circumstances may be in 2020, know that there is eternal hope in Jesus. We celebrate his birth at Christmas because he came to save us from sin. He lived the life we could never live and paid the price we could never pay. Pastor Owen Lee joined us to share the hope of Jesus Christ this Christmas season.Pastor Owen Lee serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA. He received his BA in Rhetoric at U.C. Berkeley and his M.Div at Westminster Seminary, CA. Before his call to serve as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central in 2012, he served as the English Ministry Pastor of New Life Mission Church in Fullerton, CA from 2000 to 2002, and then as the church-planting pastor of New Life Mission Church in Burbank, CA from 2002 to 2011. He is married to Margaret, and they have 3 children together- Abby, Caleb, and Lizzy.
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