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42 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
#171 Digging in the Dirt is Spiritual
What simple, seemingly mundane thing has God placed in your life that He can use to build His kingdom? The first man on earth was a farmer and a gardener. Les Yoder talks about the spirituality of farming, and how God uses his expertise in Agriculture to reach ex-communist countries with the gospel. We also talk about his journey with cancer and how it clarified his life purpose.
28 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
#170 Mom, Jobs, Kids, & Social Media
Moms with young children have an incredibly demanding job. We talk with the leader of the Lipstick & Crayons at Petra about what quality time looks like for her family; how to nurture authenticity in relationships; and how to care for your soul with so many demands and distractions.
56 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
#169 Faith in History: The Real Braveheart
William Wallace is the medieval Scottish patriot who was spurred into revolt against English tyranny. In this conversation pastor Gary Buck and his brother Chris separate myth from fact and discuss the real William Wallace and the role that faith played in his life.
24 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
#168 Sit, Walk, Stand
In this short episode we'll recollect one of the teachings of Chinese Pastor Watchman Nee. Two of his books continue to impact Western Christianity in profound ways--the Normal Christian Life, and Sit, Walk, Stand. We'll talk about his book Sit, Walk, Stand.
22 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
#167 Five Habit Values that Drive Petra Leaders
These five habit-values are the finger print of what makes Petra unique. They are what we want to reproduce in our leaders, and our spiritual children. This is a teaching that pastor Lester gave in September of this year to all of Petra's ministry leaders.
49 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
#166 Back to Prison
Ryan Forbes was a menace to society. Dangerous. Multiple felonies. Assaulted police officers. Used every drug you could think of to fill the abandonment in his life. Then on a Father's Day, while standing in his jail cell, he had a spiritual encounter with his Heavenly Father that changed his life forever. Now, after twelve years, he is a completely transformed man, and the Lord sent him back to prison, this time to minister to the inmates.
48 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
#165 Healing After Abortion
Julie shares her story of having two abortions, and the healing that God worked into her life so many years later. Julie is the COO at Deeper Still ministry that is helping other women find freedom from the oppressive guilt and shame that accompanies abortions. If you'd like to reach out to Julie or Deeper Still you may contact them at: 865.524.3313 (office) 724.833.1296 (cell) www.GoDeeperStill.org
48 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
#164 Free From Porn, Tobacco, and Isolation
Karl was addicted to tobacco and porn for over 30 years. Listen to him share what finally helped him get free; what didn't work; and how to help the next generation live in victory.
64 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
#163 Jesus, the Biblical Feasts, & the Coming End of Times
Dr. Theresa Newell just got back from taking another group of pilgrims to Israel. She fills us in on how our love for Jesus can be greatly enhanced. When we understand how Jesus is fulfilling the Feasts in the Bible, and when we understand the role the land and people of Israel play in that drama we'll fall deeper in love with this wonderfully great God of ours.
24 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Episode #162 Union With God, A Meditative Journey
This podcast is a meditative journey that explores the teachings of an influential Church father--Bernard of Clairvaux. His timeless wisdom will lead the modern pilgrim through the four degrees of love and the ultimate fulfillment of the soul--to lose itself in God and be fully unified with Him.
45 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Episode #161 Rising Above Chronic Illness & Pain
There are few things as debilitating as chronic illness and chronic pain. How do you balance hope for healing and realism? How can you be a great friend to others who are struggling? And what are the ways chronic illness and pain impact your life physically, mentally/emotionally, socially, and spiritually?
49 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
Episode #159 Recovering Damaged Relationships
Sometimes a relationship that started out so well can get off course and into the ditch. In this conversation we talk about the uncomfortable process of restoration, the stages of recovery, and the winning mentality.
44 minutes | Aug 15, 2019
Episode #158 Deliver Us From Evil
All sin and injustice is built on lies. Most of the time we don't even realize that our operating system might be built on unconscious deviations from God's truths. What are some of these lies? How did they get here? How do we get rid of them? And how do we form new habits based on truth instead of based on distortion?
44 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Episode #157 Why We Respond the Way We Respond--Church Habits & Culture
Today we want to look at how the congregation acts and behaves within the worship service. Why do we raise our hands, clap, etc. Is that just emotionalism? And what about those churches that are constantly shouting "Amen" while the pastor is preaching? How a community responds sets an atmosphere and culture that affects the community.
48 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
Episode #156 Why Do We Do Church This Way--Church Habits & Liturgy
In this first of a two-episode conversation we'll talk about what Petra looks like through the eyes of a first time attender. What is the motivation behind some of the things we do and the community habits we've formed. And what are the benefits of our habits verses other church services and Christian traditions. Enjoy.
40 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Episode #155 Discovering Jesus Through Us!
With simple questions, Bruce and Joyce Heckman are able to harness the hunger for Jesus in people of Muslim background. Hear some of the stories of how Iraqis, Jordanians, Syrians, Kurds, and Iranians are coming to faith in Jesus. And yes, simply being a loving neighbor does make a difference.
64 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Episode #154 What's So Scary About Speaking in Tongues?
The Spiritual Gift of Speaking in Tongues is probably one of the most controversial and misunderstood of all the gifts of the Spirit. Join Brian Flewelling and Kara Sensenig as they talk about the scriptures, the reservations and fears of many people, and their own personal experiences.
47 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Episode #153 A Second Look at Immigration
The immigration issue isn't getting any smaller. Underneath the politics and the policies are very real human needs. We go back to our archive and listen to a relevant conversation we had with Jerry & Kathy Smucker exactly a year ago. They talk about the work they do every year to help low income families and immigrants near the Rio Grande.
53 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Episode #152 Faith in History, Ben Franklin
In this episode of Faith in History we'll take another look at the complicated faith of one of the most influential founding fathers of our nation--Benjamin Franklin. Though his faith was not wholly sanitized it did play an impactful role in his life and therefore the entire nation.
48 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Episode #151 Five Years Overseas
Five years ago Nacho & Merrilee Barrera picked up their family and moved halfway around the world. Listen to their stories about the people they met and what God is doing in the Isaan people.
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