You don't have to be behind the wall in prison to experience isolation, pain, and desperation in your life. Today's episode discusses how to get through the holidays when carrying a heart of disappointment, or the absence of a loved one at your table, or navigating a tragedy that has changed your life forever. Matt reminds us how important, regardless of our circumstances, it is to not fall into the pit called self-pity and examines ways to encourage people out of it.
We are excited to launch our first program of "MATT AND MOM LIVE"--it's REAL; it's RAW; it's RELEVANT! Our new episodes are shorter to assist in listening time as you deal with your busy schedules. Today Pastor Scott joins us in a discussion of how to cope with disappointment and loss during the holidays and the various strategies for finding hope.
In today's radio show, Andrea shares some golden nuggets retrieved from a book she is teaching in Bible study called, "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. In a world full of noise and busyness, this book is an allegory that invites us to find God and experience a journey with Him in a deeper way. As Christians, we all desire to go higher in our walk and knowledge of God, and yet the reality is in order to "go higher," we sometimes have to go lower to the Valley of Disappointment or the Mountain of Despair. Listen in on what it takes to truly have our feet placed on high places and experience all the fullness of a real, active, and intimate relationship with God.
In today's radio show, Andrea shares some golden nuggets retrieved from a book she is teaching in Bible study called, "Hinds Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard. In a world full of noise and busyness, this book is an allegory that invites us to find God and experience a journey with Him in a deeper way. As Christians, we all desire to go higher in our walk and knowledge of God, and yet the reality is in order to "go higher," we sometimes have to go lower to the Valley of Disappointment or the Mountain of Despair. Listen in on what it takes to truly have our feet placed on high places and experience all the fullness of a real, active, and intimate relationship with God..
Today's mantra is "whatever feels good to you, just do it." There is no right or wrong. Moral relativism rules the day. Our answer is not in politics or social activism, but rather is in men and women whose lives are changed by the power of a living God. How do you suppose 12 men, 7 of them lowly fishermen became known as, "the men who turned the world upside down." Where are the men and women today who believe that? Do you want to see societal change? Then perhaps we need a society of people who have undergone spiritual heart transplants. Hearts that listen and obey the word of God. Tune in and be encouraged that 'for such a time as this,' in 2013, there are people who God has placed to "turn this world upside down." It can be done and you can be a part of it.
Today's discussion revolves around a character who was known as a swindler and a con-man, Learn what it was that transformed his life from a selfish, deceitful man into a godly leader of a nation. If you think you can't start over again, then you don't know the power of grace and redemption in Christ. We do not have to wallow in the mud of past pain or shame. Tune in to "That Guy's Mom'" and be encouraged by the many shady characters whose lives were transformed and used for generations to come.
Did you ever wonder where the expression "Keeping up with the Joneses" originated? Tune in to today's broadcast and discover the background of this well-known expression. This show will force you to evaluate your level of contentment in this life in comparison to what a holy God expects from us. Are you always comparing your situation to others? Do you need to have the latest gadgets to keep up with your neighbors? Pastor Scott and Andrea discuss the spirit of being content and how to embrace our circumstances regardless of how they compare to others.
"That Guy's Mom" radio show originated with the prayerful goal to be a tool that encourages people towards their faith--and to provide testimony of how one stays afloat with Christ as their anchor during the trying times in their life. As the body of Christ, when one member is hurt, we should all feel the pain. Our Lord commands us to "rejoice with those who rejoice; and mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). On today's show we will discuss news of the heart breaking suicide of Matthew Warren, youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, who authored the New York Times best seller "The Purpose Driven Life." Pastor Scott and Andrea will explore questions of God's sovereignty in all that happens to us; how important it is to not judge other people; how to respond to haters; the stigma of mental illness; and ultimately how to keep going in the darkness of pain.
All of us can probably think of a time in our lives where something should of went a certain way, but one little event changed the entire course of direction and the outcome of our lives. Maybe you were late for work and the result was you missed a major accident with several car pile ups and injuries. Think about all the countless stories of those who on 9/11 had their plans changed that morning, and as a result averted a more tragic end to that day. Today's show will challenge you to think about those times in your life --when things could have gone drastically different--and hopefully call to your mind the important realization that there is a God who is intimately involved in every minute detail of our lives. He is calling us back to Him--are you hearing Him?
Tune in to "That Guy's Mom" and meet Lexi and hear a story of hurt, betrayal, woundedness, and addiction. Listen in on how this mother of two precious children found healing, restoration, and transformation through years of struggle. Imagine being abused as a precious five-year old child and to be in rehab by the tender age16. Lexi's life has experienced it all...the ups and downs, disappointment, relapses, marriage problems, and a haunting past. But all of that was about to change when she was introduced to a God of hope and forgiveness. A must listen episode! Be blessed and encouraged on whatever road you are traveling--God uses the broken road to lead us to Him.
Tune in to "That Guy's Mom and meet Lexi and hear a story of hurt, betrayal, woundedness, and addiction. Listen in on how this mother of two precious children found healing, restoration, and transformation through years of struggle. Imagine being abused as a precious five-year old child and to be in rehab by the tender age16. Lexi's life has experienced it all...the ups and downs, disappointment, relapses, marriage problems, and a haunting past. But all of that was about to change when she was introduced to a God of hope and forgiveness. A must listen episode! Be blessed and encouraged on whatever road you are traveling--God uses the broken road to lead us to Him.
In the early hours of March 7th, 2009, Matt Maher made a fatal decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Matt struck the vehicle of 55 year old Hort Kap. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This poor decision would upend the lives of so many people. With the fourth year anniversary coming up, tune in and hear how Matt has dealt with this tragic event on a daily basis. You won't want to miss this compelling episode of "That Guy's Mom" with Matt from prison as he attempts to articulate what was going through his mind when he heard the sickening words, "The driver of the other vehicle is deceased." Our show's mission has always been to encourage and provide hope regardless of where people find themselves in their life--through the good, the bad, and the ugly. We hope this interview will give you hope in the midst of your storm, as you hear what sustained Matt through the years and how God continues to keep him at peace. We request prayers for the Kap family as they must live every day with a gaping hole in their hearts.
The number one reason young people get involved in risky behaviors is due to peer pressure. Our culture and media is filled with enticing and immoral messages aimed directly at our youth. And If television was your only source of information, you would have to come to the conclusion that young people of faith were non-existent. But don't buy that lie, there is a new generation of young people standing up for their faith. Tune into "That Guy's Mom" radio podcast and meet Miss South Shore Area's Outstanding Teen Alyssa Sullivan. A young woman, who is not influenced by peer pressure, but rather bucks the current societal trends and walks upright in her convictions. She is an inspiration to her generation and is motivated by her faith in God--and not the societal faith of "fitting in" at all costs. Parents you will want to listen in with your teens and be inspired by Alyssa's bold moral stances and learn more about her work of influencing teens in schools all around her state to consider abstinence. And finally the entire Matt Maher Story team would like to "congratulate" Alyssa on her recent pageant win garnering the coveted title of Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen. We couldn't be more proud of her and the tireless work she does influencing her generation.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CALLED OBSESSED? ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO IS EXCESSIVELY PREOCCUPIED WITH A SINGLE EMOTION OR TOPIC? IF SO, IS THAT TYPE OF THINKING ALWAYS A PROBLEM? TUNE IN TO THIS WEEK'S BROADCAST OF "THAT GUY'S MOM" AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE MOST OBSESSIVE PERSON WHO EVER WALKED THE EARTH. HEAR WHAT MADE HIM TICK AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN BECOME A MORE OBSESSED PERSON--IN A GOOD WAY-- WHERE YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS AROUND YOU WILL BE THE BETTER BECAUSE OF YOUR NEW OBSESSION.
If you love surprises than you will not want to miss this week's episode of "That Guy's MOM." Our surprise guest is none other than "That Guy" himself--Matt Maher. Listen in as Matt shares with us some harsh realities of prison life. Learn of some of the deep issues he has grappled with since being incarcerated. Hear his heartache for the victim's family and the various ways he has found to keep himself busy in a rowdy and chaotic environment. It is our prayer that when you are done listening, you will see that it is possible to gain peace in a storm --regardless of your circumstances.
What can be more important than Time Magazine's "Most Influential People" list or Barbara Walter's top ten "Most Fascinating People?" Well for those of us who are involved in the Matt Maher Story team, we think it is our list of blessings who have walked along side us in unexpected ways through this prison journey of grace. And it all began with an intimate, forgiving and caring God who has provided so many of you to carry, uplift, and encourage Matt and his family. January 7th completes Matt's third year of incarceration and God has been there every step of the way transforming a heap of ashes from this tragedy into a beautiful mound of blessings as many of you became the very hands and feet of Christ in encouragement, prayers, and useful tasks that needed to be tackled to spread this story in order to prevent future tragedies like the one Matt caused.. We thank each and everyone of our listeners and pray that you are blessed abundantly through this New Year.
WHEN THE ENTIRE WORLD IS ROCKED BY MADNESS AND LIFE VEERS TERRIBLY OUT OF CONTROL--HOW DOES ONE RECOVER? WHEN SOMETHING UNFATHOMABLE HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE AND EVERYTHING CHANGES--HOW DOES ONE REGAIN THEIR FOOTING? YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EPISODE OF "THAT GUY'S MOM" AS SHE SPEAKS WITH A YOUTH LEADER, MICHELLE, WHO WAS RAPED AS A TEENAGER LEAVING AN AMUSEMENT PARK AND THEN SPIRALED INTO A LIFE OF LOW SELF-ESTEEM, ANGER, FEAR, AND A HOST OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEN. LISTEN HOW SHE NOT ONLY FOUND HER WAY BACK TO GOD BUT HOW HER AWFUL TRAGEDY GAVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT GOD TO A LOST AND HURTING WORLD. A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE HOPELESS!
If God has given the birds of the air a honing instinct that makes it possible for them to migrate to safety during various seasons, wouldn't it make sense that we were created with a heavenly GPS system in our hearts that points to God? Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "Eternity has been written in our hearts." Today's show Pastor Scott and Andrea will discuss the thin veil that exists between heaven and earth and how prayer, fasting, and study of the Word of God will give us power to know God in a more intimate way. You also won't want to miss our special guest, Cindy Harvey, who flew across the country to visit and talk with us regarding the importance of God's people to pray and fast. Cindy is the faithful organizer of our weekly prayer and fasting event, "Storming the Gates of Heaven for the Tier 7 beyond," that has impacted the lives of so many inmates.
On October 30th, the Northeast region of the country was hit with an unprecedented storm which left devastation up and down the entire New York, New Jersey shore line. Numerous homes were washed away, power outages are still an issue, and some faced the most ultimate of all tragedies in the loss of a loved one's life. Pastor Scott and Andrea discuss this defining moment in their state's history and offer hope and encouragement to those that were hit most severely by this storm.
This is a powerful interview with Chris Cope, a former heroin addict. Listen to how Chris's journey brought him to the door of death several times and how his broken road led him with no where to look but up. Be inspired on this two-part interview with a Chris, as he shares how surrendering to God turned his entire life around and how "beauty was made from ashes." He is now a beaming husband, proud father, and successful captain of a fishing vessel. If you are facing trials in your life, tune in and be encouraged that God is at work.