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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THE WARDEN SAID WHAT?

March 26, 2015

What pieces of your puzzle box is God showing you through the trials in your life? Are you walking blindly through life or are you taking the time to see and embrace that every situation you are in--God has allowed by His divine will and sovereignty: that includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. We may not understand it, but the first step to victory is accepting it and surrendering it to God’s will and plan. Find out what the Warden said to Matt while in prison and why it was so shocking to those who don’t understand or believe in the power of God.   

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BETTER THAN PRIME TIME TV DRAMA

March 18, 2015

What does a schoolteacher, a former NBA All-star basketball player, a mob enforcer, and a former pro soccer player have in common? Do you think God works as actively in the lives of His people today as He did during biblical times? Do you believe in coincidences or Godincidences? Find out what happened to avert a fellow prisoner’s plan to shank Matt? Listen in to today’s podcast and be amazed at how God uses everything –and every person--in our lives to gain our attention and provide protection if we are truly His children.  Learn more about Matt’s new book release:  U MAY B THE ONLY BIBLE SOMEBODY READS: R U LEGIBLE?  Great questions that will require deliberate reflection.

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LOTS of QUESTIONS–(DIVINE DESIGN)

March 12, 2015

Is God a Puppeteer? Does He place people in our lives as part of His bigger plan? Are there corrupt people upon your path who deliberately try to trip you up—as part of the spiritual process?  If so, how do you handle such unjust hate? Find out today how a schoolteacher, a former NBA basketball player, and a gangster were all pieces of the same puzzle that was instrumental in assisting one of God’s children.  Is it coincidence or is there a bigger play at hand?  Listen and decide whether we can miss God’s intervention in our lives— if when things get tough or uncomfortable—we lie down under the pressure and throw the covers over our head.  Lots of untold prison stories to come…. WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED!

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LOOKING for POWER & PROVISION? SEARCH NO FURTHER!

March 5, 2015

God is a Master Chess Player and when we are His children He always makes good out of our steps—and even our missteps. In His wonderful provision and protection of us, He provides  people to walk along side us at all points of our life—yet are we able to see them, appreciate them, and utilize them in our spiritual growth?  Today’s show looks at some of the key people that God sovereignly placed in Matt’s path from the onset of his fatal decision and throughout his prison stay.  Hopefully through this story, you will take a moment to  stop and be reminded that everything you are facing in your life must pass through God’s hands and those very hands will provide the necessary support to see you through whatever your circumstances might be. 

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LOCKING HORNS (Part 3 of Psalm 23)

February 25, 2015

How do you tell the difference between a sheep and a wolf?  Have you ever locked horns with someone who wears the label of a Christian, but whose behavior dictates otherwise?  What does it take to empty oneself?  And can you recall moments in your past that went tragically wrong but God’s intervention was so gracefully abundant?  These and many more questions are the topics for today’s show as ‘Matt and Mom’ conclude the final part of dissecting Psalm 23.  

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FIFTY SHADES of WOE

February 17, 2015

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT YOUR HAND IN THE FIRE TO KNOW IT IS HOT. NEITHER DO YOU HAVE TO READ THE 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SERIES’ TO DETERMINE IF IT IS TRASH. IT’S ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT NOT ONE OF THE BLATANT THEMES IN THE SERIES IS WORTHY OF A GREY RATING! TODAY’S DISCUSSION EVOLVES AROUND THE BANKRUPT ‘CHARACTER’ OF THE SCRIPT–-AND IS NOT MEANT TO JUDGE ANYONE’S CHARACTER. IN A POST-VALENTINE DISCUSSION OF A CULTURAL PHENOMENON, ‘MATT AND MOM LIVE’ DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVE AND SEX IN CONTRAST TO THE PERVERSE THEMES OF BONDAGE, MASOCHISM, DOMINANCE AND SADISM  ALL OF WHICH PRESENT A BACKDROP OF IMMORALITY THAT SETS WOMEN BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS.

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I DON’T WANT TO LAY DOWN! (Part 2 of Psalm 23)

February 11, 2015

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED SHEEP? DOES GOD EVER LAY US DOWN? IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU BACK  TO? IN PSALM 23 IT SAYS, “I SHALL NOT WANT…”  IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO NOT WANT? LISTEN IN TO TODAY’S PODCAST AND WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL GAIN A FULLER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW GOD INTENDED TO CARE FOR US AS OUR GREAT SHEPHERD. HE KNOWS THE TERRAINS OF OUR BRAINS AND UTILIZES ALL THINGS IN OUR LIVES FOR OUR GOOD AND HIS PURPOSE. 

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DID YOU CALL ME DUMB?

February 4, 2015

Today’s show will explore one of the most recognizable Scripture texts in all of the Bible. It is hung on hospital walls, quoted at the bedside of the sick and dying, and recited at gravesides. Practically everyone is familiar with some part of Psalm 23. But the question that ‘Matt and Mom’ discuss today is:  Do we know this Psalm by memory or do we know the Shepherd through intimacy?    This is part one of a three- part series, which will explore the role and duties of a Shepherd and how that fits in our modern day age thinking. The sheep comparison is a wake-up call to our propensity as humans to be afraid easily, and in need of constant direction, guidance and protection. This show will reframe your understanding of our relationship with the Good Shepherd. 

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PLEASE DON’T HURT ME

January 28, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get through life without any interruption of pain--from loss, sickness, heartache, disappointment, or tragedy? Yes, surely that is wishful thinking because unfortunately--by nature of living in this fallen world--bad things will inevitably happen to everyone, whether it is known in public or it is hidden in private. In today’s episode, Matt and Mom explore the question whether there can be blessing in brokenness. They discuss the reality of how Jesus is the ultimate lifeguard in times of trouble and that it is He alone who will rescue us from drowning in any sea of sorrow sent our way.     

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THE GREAT DEBT of LOST ACCOUNTABILITY

January 21, 2015

Is it possible to right a wrong? Not really. But it is possible to do right in spite of a wrong. Join ‘Matt and Mom’ today as they talk about the lost trait of “accountability.” Accountability is about “counting the cost” and then paying the price. If you are hiding in fear because of a mistake that you made than you are robbing God and yourself of the opportunity to move on, to be used, and to show off the power of God. No one likes to fail or have their circumstances aired in public, but never forget that our failures, when owned, can take us to a higher position of affecting other lives. As Matt quoted, “Your greatest purpose will be found in your greatest pain.” If these shows are helping you please facebook share it with others.

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THE COIN OF OPPORTUNITY

January 14, 2015

IN TODAY’S EPISODE ‘MATT AND MOM’ TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN GOD FLICKS THE COIN OF HIS GRACE AND MERCY INTO OUR PATH AFTER A TRAGIC MISTAKE. IT IS EVIDENT THAT WE HAVE TWO OPTIONS: WE CAN PICK IT UP AND WATCH HIM REDEEM THE SITUATION; OR WE CAN WALLOW IN OUR PRIDE AND PAIN AND ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM OWNING THE SITUATION. ACCOUNTABILITY HAS BECOME A LOST TRAIT IN OUR CULTURE. SO REGARDLESS OF ANY TRAGIC CHOICES WE MAKE OR THE DEVESTATING CONSEQUENCES ONE MUST LIVE WITH--MATT WILL TESTIFY FIRST HAND THAT IF ONE STEPS UP, OWNS UP, AND MAN’S UP…. THEN GOD CAN TRULY MAKE BEAUTY FROM ASHES.

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MY GOD MY GOD, WHY?

January 7, 2015

“My God, My God why have You forsaken me?” Have you ever cried those words out to God in the midst of an unforeseen tragedy? Have you ever questioned how God can allow a devastating circumstance affect an innocent life? Or what does one do when they are left standing in a sea of broken dreams….Does God even care? Can He ever use it? Today’s discussion evolves around how to discern our circumstances in light of our faith, and how to understand adversity and ways it can be used to make us stronger and more useful for God’s work.

 

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“WHERE IS GOD IN THIS?”

December 31, 2014

In todays episode, Matt & Mom Live—with Pastor Scott Durbin—discuss the raw reality of tragedy and the follow up question of anger and confusion that states, “Where is God in the midst of this?”  Listen in as the conversation pours forth from personal experience that may help you with practical application.  Matt takes the listeners back to the beginning with Adam and Eve, and how there is a real enemy who looks to cause chaos and get us to blame God for it. Contemplate such ideas with us as Pastor Scott tells us about Jesus in the midst of the storm. “Is He sleeping on you?” “Why doesn’t God do something?” “Is it possible to suffer successfully and receive peace in the storm?" Matt & Mom Live encourage you to let our faith help your faith today! 

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