NO ONE COULD ROUSE A CROWD QUITE LIKE JESUS. HIS REVOLUTIONARY TEACHING TURNED THE WORLD’S ACCEPTED IDEAS UPSIDE DOWN. TODAY THE DISCUSSION CONTINUES ON THE STORY OF TWO SONS—ONE WINDS UP IN THE PIG PEN; THE OTHER STAYS CLOSE TO HIS FATHER. HOWEVER THE SURPRISE TWIST IS THAT BOTH SONS WERE EQUALLY LOST..THIS SHOW IS A REMINDER THAT GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART.
EVERYONE WANTS ‘GOOD CHILDREN.’ IT’S SO NATURAL TO EVALUATE OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES BY THE WORLD’S STANDARDS OF SUCCESS: GOOD STUDENT, HARD WORKING, ATHLETIC, SMART, NEVER IN TROUBLE...THE MARKERS GOES ON AND ON.
BUT IS IT POSSIBLE WE CAN BE LOOKING AT THE WRONG RETURNS IN EVALUATING SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF GOD’S ECONOMY? THE STORY OF THE TWO LOST SONS (ONE SUCCESSFUL; ONE NOT) SERVES AS THE FOUNDATION OF TODAY’S DISCUSSION.
THERE’S NOTHING HARDER THING THAN WATCHING A LOVED ONE STRAY AND HAVING NO POWER TO HELP THEM. ASK ANY PARENT WHO IS DEALING WITH A PRODIGAL WHAT THEIR EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH IS LIKE. WAITING IS SUCH A HELPLESS FEELING. TODAY’S EPISODE WILL TOUCH AN EMOTIONAL NERVE AND ENCOURAGE ANY PARENT WHO HAS–-OR IS--WAITING BY THE WINDOW FOR THEIR CHILD TO RETURN.
HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO EXTENDS GRACE AND MERCY BE CONSIDERED PRODIGAL? HOW DOES THAT APPLY TO WHAT WE HAVE COME TO KNOW AS THE "PRODIGAL SON" STORY? HAVE YOU EVER DEALT WITH A PRODIGAL CHILD? WAS IT DRAINING? DID YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THEIR CHOICES? TUNE IN FOR SOME RAW DISCUSSION ON THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING "PRODIGAL".
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BEAR ONE’S CROSS? MAYBE NOT WHAT YOU THINK! THE WORLD’S DEFINITION OF BLESSING IS THE ALLEVIATION OF SUFFERING OR DESPAIR. HOWEVER, THE LORD PRESENTS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT VIEW. TODAY’S SHOW WILL TOUCH ON A VARIETY OF THEMES FROM HYPER-GRACE TO CROSS-BEARING TO WHY A HASTY MARRIAGE? TUNE IN...
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL SOMETIMES USE PAINFUL EXPERIENCES TO CLEANSE AND PURIFY HIS CHILDREN’S LIVES? WOULD AN ALL -LOVING, FULL OF GRACE FATHER ACTUALLY ALLOW DIFFICULTY INTO OUR LIVES AS A WAY OF TESTING OR REFINING US? TUNE IN TODAY AND CHEW ON THESE AND MANY MORE QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE CHARACTER OF THE GOD OF THE BIBLE.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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...
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?"
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?