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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.