GREAT PURPOSE in GREAT PAIN

September 2, 2015

DO YOU HAVE PAIN IN YOUR LIFE? IF SO, DON’T WASTE IT! OWN IT! IT’S AMAZING WHAT GOD CAN  PULL OUT OF US WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO HIS WILL. ON TODAY’S EPISODE MATT TALKS ABOUT HOW PRISON ISOLATION CAUSED HIM TO HONE IN TO MANY BURIED TALENTS THAT HE NEVER KNEW HE HAD. BUT GOD KNEW! IS THERE A SECRET TO A HEART CONTINUING TO BEAT JOYFULLY THROUGH PAIN? LISTEN IN AND PRAYERFULLY YOU WILL PICK UP SOME HOPE.

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GOD WRITES the SCRIPT

August 26, 2015

CONSIDER THE ODDS OF A SHEPHERD BOY DEFEATING A TRAINED WARRIOR FIGHTER WITH A SLING SHOT AND A STONE; OR HOW ABOUT THE CHANCES THAT A CITY’S WALLS COULD COME TUMBLING DOWN FROM THE BLOW OF LOUD TRUMPETS?  FLASH FORWARD to 2015....

A YOUNG MAN LEAVES PRISON, AFTER ALMOST FIVE YEARS AWAY, AND HE IS ENTRUSTED WITH BEING THE TEAM LEADER OF STUDENT MINISTRIES IN A THRIVING CHURCH. IN GOD’S ECONOMY, ALL OF THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE BECAUSE EVERY TIME WE SAY YES TO GOD, HE OPENS LIMITLESS DOORS OF OPPORTUNITIES. A MUST LISTEN!

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GOD is a SHOW OFF!

August 19, 2015

Do you believe that “God is willing to make much of Himself through a man or woman who allows Him to do so?”  And more importantly--do you live that?  Today’s show delves into the importance of honing our gifts and talents in spite of our circumstances. Matt shares all the opportunities that God has allowed upon his release--and interestingly all of them were honed while in the darkness of prison. What message and mission has been set in your heart? Are you willing to accept the opportunity to serve God (with no strings attached) and to show Him off in all that He has entrusted to you?

 

 

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YOU DON’T DESERVE IT

August 12, 2015

WEEK 2 OF OUR ANNIVERSARY SERIES HONES IN ON THE UNEXPLAINABLE: HOW CAN GOD USE OUR FAILURES, OUR BROKENNESS, OUR SHAME, AND OUR DISAPPOINTMENTS FOR HIS GLORY? EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD MAY SAY YOU DON’T DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE, THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD--SOVERIGN GOD--REJECTS THAT. MATT WILL CONTINUE TO SHARE ALL THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SINCE HIS RELASE FROM PRISON.  AND HOW GOD TRULY DOES BRING BEAUTY FROM ASHES WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO HIM. WHAT IS YOUR PRISON DOING FOR YOU?

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the CONFESSIONS of a YEAR in FREEDOM

August 5, 2015

THIS WEEK WILL BEGIN AN ANNIVERSARY SERIES ON ALL THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THAT WANDERING MINDS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT NAVIGATING A DARK EXPERIENCE.  MATT WILL SHARE HIS INNER THOUGHTS  ON HIS FIRST YEAR OF FREEDOM. HEAR HOW MATT’S MINDSET IN PRISON FOLLOWED HIM OUT OF PRISON. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT HIS HARDEST ADJUSTMENT WAS TO REAL LIFE. THIS SHOW WILL HIGHLIGHT REFLECTIONS ON THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND HOW DEPRIVATION AND ISOLATION CAN POSSIBLY BE GOOD FOR US. TUNE IN...

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DO YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION?

July 29, 2015

HOW SECURE IS YOUR EMOTIONAL MAN OR WOMAN? WHAT RULES YOUR RESPONSES TO LIFE’S MANY CHALLENGES? HOW DO YOU RELEASE YOUR ANGER WHEN SOMEONE PRESSES YOUR BUTTONS? IN TODAY’S SHOW WE CONTINUE THE EXPLORATION INTO OUR HEARTS BY ASKING "IS THERE A PROPER CHANNEL FOR ANGER," AND IF SO, "WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND HOW DO WE TUNE INTO IT?" 

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BOILING POINTs

July 15, 2015

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WHAT YOUR EMOTIONAL IQ IS? HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR RESPONSES WHEN THINGS DON’T GO YOUR WAY OR SOMEONE WRONGS OR ATTACKS YOU?  TODAY’S SHOW HONES IN ON SOME STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER WHEN FACED WITH TRIALS THAT WILL HOPEFULLY KEEP YOU FROM GETTING INTO A WORSE SITUATION BOTH PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SPIRITUALLY. TUNE IN NOW!

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CORE STRENGTH: FAITH REQUIRES EXERCISE

July 8, 2015

PEOPLE SEEM TO ALWAYS FRET ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY, YET WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD A THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION ON HOW TO OPERATE WITHIN GOD’S ECONOMY?   DOES GOD REALLY HAVE FAVORITES?  AND HAVE YOU EVER WRESTLED WITH GOD? THESE AND MORE RELEVANT QUESTIONS FOR A FAITH JOURNEY WILL BE ANSWERED ON TODAY’S COMPELLING SHOW.

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KEEPING BALANCE in a SHAKY WORLD

July 1, 2015

HOW STURDY IS YOUR FOUNDATION? HOW DO YOU RESPOND WHEN THINGS GO WRONG? WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN LIFE GETS HARD? DO YOU DROP OUT OF SIGHT? DO YOU SHOW UP IN A CHURCH? TODAY’S SHOW WILL DISCUSS  THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH AS THE NECESSARY FACTOR THAT CAN ANCHOR OUR FEET TO THE GROUND IN ALL SITUATIONS. BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT THAT MUST FOLLOW FAITH AND THAT IS....STAY TUNED.

 

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SIT STILL THROUGH a STORM—REALLY?

June 24, 2015

NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THAT THE STORMS THAT ENTER OUR LIVES WILL BE USED TO REFINE US. BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS-–STORMS WILL COME; SO WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THEM? MATT SAYS, “GOD WILL NOT REMOVE THE STORM ON  THE OUTSIDE UNTIL THE STORM IS REMOVED ON OUR INSIDE.” SO HOW DOES ONE FIND PEACE IN A STORM?  HOW DOES ONE QUELL FEAR?  A QUESTION POSED ON TODAY’S SHOW: WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DELIBERATELY SQUIRM AROUND ON AN OPERATING TABLE WHILE THE SCAPEL IS BEING APPLIED? INTERESTING CHALLENGES DISCUSSED.

 

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HOW can GOD ENTRUST HIS WORK to a MURDERER?

June 17, 2015

TODAY’S SHOW WILL EXPLORE MANY QUESTIONS RELATED TO TRAGEDY, GRIEF, AND THE LOSS OF HOPE SUCH AS: HOW  IS IT POSSIBLE TO STAY ANCHORED TO YOUR FAITH WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HITS? AND HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO COMMITTED ADULTERY AND MURDER BE CALLED “A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?” SO IF YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES--TUNE IN--BECAUSE IF YOU ARE DISCOURAGED....YOU WILL BE ENCOURAGED. IF YOU ARE FEELING HOPELESS...YOU WILL GAIN HOPE. THIS SHOW IS A MUST LISTEN. 

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THEY CAN’T DO THAT—CAN THEY?

June 10, 2015

In today’s episode,  'MATT & MOM’ will delve into a question that should challenge every person of faith: If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be evidence enough to find you guilty? The question begs for one to examine the type of example they are setting. In other words, when people read you do they find you legible as a person of faith?  Other discussion ensues surrounding religious oppression, and when--or when not--someone should disregard a command or law? And, if they do so, can they still be a good Christian example?

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the CLIFFHANGER (GRIEF SMITTEN & SNAKE BITTEN)

June 3, 2015

Imagine being in an environment where you have absolutely no control over anything. Or  what about trying to thrive  in a hostile environment where you are subject to the direction of those who rule over you—-perhaps it’s a boss, a powerful institution, or in this case--and worst of all scenarios—a prison! 

Today’s cliffhanger will reveal how things can turn on a dime.  And like in life outside the wall, there are snakes that linger in the grass ready to bite at just the right moment. The questions will be: What do you do when as a Christian you are required to take a stand? And do you take that position if that stand can get you sent to lock up? Or for those of you on the outside--cost you your job, your friends, or your reputation?  

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the DREADFUL NEWS

May 20, 2015

Death always hits hard--whether the unexpected or the anticipated. An added weight would be to receive such devastating news without having any control to respond to the situation. In today's episode we will hear how Sean received the devastating news of his mothers death. How did he cope and manage his emotions? Was he able to say a proper good-bye? And what sustained him through this trying time? Listen in today and find out how dreadful news can only be navigated when you understand the Good News.  

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A CHESS GAME REALITY

May 13, 2015

SOMETIMES LIFE IS FILLED WITH UNEXPECTED CHANGES. THOSE SUDDEN EVENTS THAT CAN DERAIL US INTO HOPELESSNESS; OR THOSE UNEXPECTED MOVES THAT CAN SNATCH US FROM OUR COMFORTABILITY. ALL OF THEM SERVE A PURPOSE THAT WE MAY NOT SEE SO CLEARLY IN THE PRESENT.    IN THIS EPISODE THERE ARE LOTS OF CHANGES GOING ON BEHIND THE WALL. SEAN REPLACES MATT; LITTLE JOHN REPLACES JAYSON. AND SADLY  SEAN’S BELOVED MOTHER PASSES AWAY. WHAT DOES CHANGE DO TO YOUR LIFE? STAY TUNED AND BE CHALLENGED....

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THE SAGA CONTINUES….

May 7, 2015

Do you believe that specific people are deliberately placed in our lives by a sovereign God--who is fulfilling His plan for our lives? And it doesn’t matter where one lives or which part of the world one comes from...God’s ultimate plan will prevail.  But do we miss His awesome intimacy to tend to us, by seeing with our eyes? The key ingredient is to surrender to His will and then our eyes will see the value of our everyday circumstances. Stay tuned and meet Sean---Matt’s brother from another mother. Both of them previously were on similar paths in life and both found themselves tragically behind the wall for a season.

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SPEAK LIFE. GIVE LIFE.

April 22, 2015

The power to use words in order to speak life into others is a rare art. We often speak just to babble, and yet every once in a while, someone comes along and their words grip you, convict you, and grab hold of your heart. Usually that person is someone whose walk is reflective of  “living “ the Word --especially since we know the Word of God is alive: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Today you are going to hear more about Pastor Victor Hudson and what we term Pastor ‘VICISMS’, which is a vast arsenal of life breathing lessons that speak life and hope to all within earshot.

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a PRINCESS-apart

April 15, 2015

CAN YOU IMAGINE SOMEONE TELLING YOU SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR FUTURE WIFE BEFORE YOU EVEN KNEW HER PERSONALLY? FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MANY LINKS BETWEEN PASTOR VICTOR HUDSON AND HIS SPEAKING OVER MATT’S FUTURE IN THE NEXT FEW EPISODES.  YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT AN OBEDIENT PASTOR WHO LISTENED TO GOD AND THEN BOLDLY SPOKE IT OUT-- AND WHO HAS AFFECTED SO MANY OF THE MEN’S LIVES WHO RESIDED IN THE FAR-AWAY AND DANK LAND OF PRISON.  ULTIMATELY YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD STILL SENDS MESSENGERS TO HIS PEOPLE IN THIS MODERN DAY AND AGE.  

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an EMBARRASSING INTRODUCTION

April 9, 2015

WHAT DID MATT AND A FORMER BOXER DO TO GET THEMSELVES SINGLED OUT IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT....IN CHURCH? LEARN MORE ABOUT A CHANCE MEETING BETWEEN A STRONG GODLY MAN NAMED PASTOR VIC AND A PRISONER OF THE STATE. THIS SHOW WILL HIGHLIGHT JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW GOD INTERTWINES LIVES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND GOOD PLEASURE. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THAT UNEXPECTED MEETING…..THAT UNPLANNED DELAY…..THAT ANNOYING INTERRUPTION…..ALL OF IT  BELONGS TO GOD’S BIGGER PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.

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WHERE’s the BODY?

April 2, 2015

Who would want to steal a corpse and why? This ageless question--and so many more--pertaining to the death and  Resurrection of Jesus Christ, still linger and are debated through the times. Today’s guest, Jack Trombetta, a former criminal investigator and retired history teacher, shares his book ‘Material Evidence’ which meticulously explores the facts of this case. This book is a compelling historical fiction that examines evidentiary pieces to the missing body of Christ while taking the reader back to the life and times of Jesus Christ. You won’t want to miss this interview and how this book was powerfully used in prison. The book is available in all formats through Amazon and BarnesandNoble and is a useful evangelistic tool  in introducing or expounding on one’s knowledge of the Scriptures. We hope you tune in!

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