“O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name…”Nehemiah 1:11
So much has happened this summer. The world watched as the U. S. was struck with hurricane after hurricane. We watched as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were decimated by them. Bangladesh flooded and destroyed villages and killed many more. Thousands left without homes. The ground shook in Mexico and took the lives of many. We have watched as heads of state in various countries bicker back and forth about nuclear power and weapons of destruction. Apathy has grown in our youth. Despondency in our elderly. Complacency in our adults.
In our own personal lives, we have failed relationships, painful pasts, uncertain futures, a rocky present, illness-racked bodies, lint filled pockets, unrealized dreams, wakeful nights, and tortured minds.
The hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” says “What a friend we have in Jesus/All our sins and griefs to bear/What a privilege to carry/Everything to God in prayer
Often, we think of prayer as the last line of defense when it’s our first level of attack. We will be praying for all of us today. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10823335.
War. Disease. Social unrest. It’s around us every day. Trial and struggle.
From global financial crisis to terrorist acts to disease and natural disasters, we are impacted by trials every day. Some of us, in fact, MOST of us, would say life is hard. Yet, maybe it’s not the major events of the world that affect us but the things in our personal lives which turn our spheres of life upside. Perhaps sickness has struck you or your loved ones. Maybe the company you worked for went under. You’ve lost precious ones in your life. Or, you’re wondering why can’t you get it together and be married and have some form of happily ever after.
Perhaps your struggle goes even deeper. Why did you have to be the one hurt and abused by those you trusted the most? Why can’t you have a child while others do? Why did the thief come and take your personal belongings? Why doesn’t seem as if nothing can go right? Why can’t you find purpose? Why can’t you be mentally balanced like ‘everyone else’?
Shouldn’t God be bigger than this? If God is so powerful, why is this so difficult. Why hold onto the faith when it seems the omnipotent Lord doesn’t do anything to help. Why stay a Christian when God lets you down?
Join me as we delve into a thought, a question, or an argument I’m sure we’ve all had with my guest co-host, Trevor Slone. Perhaps we can help. Listen in at 646-668-8485. Or download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.
Why is God silent in my illness?
Living with a chronic illness is tough enough on its own, but it can become an overwhelming burden when we believe widespread myths about chronic illness. Without a strategy to overcome these lies, we can descend into a listless existence, even as people of faith.
In Perfectly Abnormal, Chris Morris tears down the erroneous and misinformed beliefs surrounding chronic illness. From the unique standpoint of being both a parent of a special needs daughter and having a seizure disorder himself, Chris guides readers through difficult terrain as he shreds the eight most common myths the chronic illness community faces. Then he begins the conversation of developing a better theology of illness, with the intent of bringing his readers to a place of intentional excellence in spite of their conditions.
Join in as we talk with Chris about how God thrives in our in the midst of chronic illness. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10288687.
Matthew is a father who just lost his wife after her three year battle with cancer and must now raise his three children on his own. They live in an upscale middle-class area in Raleigh, NC. Just when he thinks the worse is over and tries to put his family back together, his peaceful home is turned upside down and has become a total nightmare. He soon finds himself in an all-out warfare with the devil whose name is Keith to save his oldest daughter Amber who has chosen the love of an older man. It doesn’t help that she blames him for the death of her mother and is totally rebellious towards him.
Amber has no idea that her love for Keith will take her to the depths of hell and back. She will be forced to choose between Keith and her father. Can the Lord save this family before it is too late or will the devil pull them into total despair?
Andre Ray is an Independent Author. Mr. Ray was born in New York and raised in North Carolina. He began his writing passion after many years of public service. During a trip to Florida with his family, his wife encouraged him to take up writing to release the gift that God had placed in him. After praying and seeking the Lord, his first series, “Undercover Deacon, Undercover Deacon 2 was brought to life. Since then he has written “Temptation Has a Price, Never Letting Go, Serenity Through the Storm, No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper, Midnight Hour” which all have been on the top #20 list of Amazon’s best sellers list in Christian fiction.
Andre is a born- again Christian whom people have constantly spoken over his life by telling him that he is highly favored by God and there is a calling on his life. He loves writing Christian fiction and hopes his books will touch the hearts and soul of its readers. He looks forward to one day seeing his books become a stage play or short movie. He also looks to one day branching out and writing in other genres.
The tale of Samantha Ryan Chandler’s life is evocatively portrayed in her book: A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me. It tells of a life that is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and, in the end, gratifying. How “A girl from Nowhere, Louisiana” finds her way from such humble beginnings to live and walk amongst presidents and the supremely rich, only to find her trust and faith betrayed by those that she loved and trusted the most. She would be tested to the point where she began to doubt her own sanity and, at the moment of her greatest desperation and doubt, she was found by God and brought back from the brink of hopeless despair. Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, she relates the story of a life that will speak to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish. Her love for her children and her faith in God carried her through a crucible of fire and in the end, made her a better, stronger person, ready to carry on with a life that is again filled with love, joy and laughter. A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me will both inspire you and touch your heart.
Samantha Ryan was born in a colorful, town in Louisiana. Convinced that the world had to be bigger than her hometown, she left her familial roots and created a path that took her to cities across the United States and the world. Possessing a natural gift for design and a penchant for history, Samantha channeled those talents into a life full of projects and historical enquiry. In her own words, “being a mom is the greatest job in the world,” Samantha spent the better part of three decades running carpools, cooking hot meals, leading girl scout troops and taking art and fitness classes for and with one or more of her three girls. A series of divine interactions led Samantha to impact a wider range of people than ever before when she co-founded Children’s Cross Connection (now known as Childspring International). Together the two of them brought hundreds of children with life crippling and life threatening ailments and afflictions from developing world countries like Ethiopia, the Philippines, Haiti and others to the United States for donated surgeries.
There’s a woman at my church who is classically trained. Every time she sings, goosebumps appear on my arms. Her voice is crystal clear and exuberant. When she hits a high note, it rings around the auditorium like a bell. She ALWAYS gets a standing ovation. I’ve yet to hear her sing off key and her pitch is perfect.
In the same way, I wonder if my life is similar. Is my life on pitch? The notes and tunes I exude, are they pleasing sounds and sights to the Lord? Since He is my audience and my life the song I sing to Him, I want to receive a reward for my performance. After all, He’s already paid the price of my ticket for me to appear before Him — shouldn’t I do the best I can?
Thankfully, I’m not alone on the stage. Jesus is with me, helping me when my voice cracks, orchestrating the melody, training me to make sure I live my life on pitch so at the end of the performance, I’ll hear a singular clap and a voice that says, “Well done! Well done!”
For inspiration and instruction, join me as I talked with blogger and music lover, Lori Williams as we discuss living our lives on pitch. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10193173
“I didn’t want to have anything to do with God,” Muriel told me as we sat under the shade of the palms trees in sunny California a few weeks ago. “I was an atheist for fifty-two years.”
So begins the fascinating story of one woman’s tale from atheist to believer and an ambassador of Jesus Christ.
Does God pursue those of us who don’t want to have anything to do with Him? Does His Feet tread softly behind our running steps as we race in the other direction whenever we see a glimpse of His shadow in our lives? Do we duck around the corner when we hear a whisper of His voice we cannot ignore? Will those of us who are lost, be found?
Join me as I talk with Muriel about her story of conversion from atheist to believer. You can call in a 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10170397.