You may find yourself in a place that was once fruitful, but you stayed too long and that place has become a source of bondage. God might be moving you on from that job or relationship that was once challenging, but has since fed your complacency. Begin crying out to God for direction in decision-making.
Out in theaters across America today, we are talking with the cast of the new move, "Breakthrough". We have the amazing opportunity to hear about how this movie went from book to the big-screen from the producer Devon Franklin and director Roxann Dawson. Then, hear from the real-life John Smith, the high school student who slipped through a frozen lake and was dead for 60 minutes, whose life is portrayed in the movie. Finally, hear from lead actress, Chrissy Metz, from the hit television show "This Is Us", who portrays the mother in the film. You do not want to miss this incredible story about what happens when we come to the end of ourselves and put our trust in an amazing, powerful God for a breakthrough.
"BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction."
Opening in theaters April 17th, 2019.
We had the honor of interviewing Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez for the show! The executive producer for the newest movie "Breakthrough", he shares how he came to hear about the incredible story of John and Joyce Smith and was told not to "shortchange" the miraculous miracle that occurred! He also speaks encouragement to pastors today and how the role of pastor is vital to a family during a tragic time.
BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction.
OPENING IN THEATERS APRIL 17, 2019
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. He has been named one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices and as the leader of the Latino Evangelical movement by many prestigious outlets. He worked with and advised Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Among many other awards, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. An award-winning author, he regularly contributes to well-known national publications. His most recent book is When Faith Catches Fire: Embracing the Spiritual Passion of the Latino Reformation, co-authored with Dr. Robert Crosby. Pastor Sam has served as executive producer of two films in partnership with Franklin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, and is co-founder and lead pastor of TBN Salsa, an international Christian-based broadcast television network.
"God won’t give you more than you can handle." Really?
Pastor and speaker Shane Pruitt joins us on the show today to shine a light on this and many other Christian cliches that, upon further inspection in the Word of God, are actually lies that keep many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity! He discusses his latest book, "9 Common Lies Christians Believe" and the importance of understanding God's Word to combat unbiblical lies!
Shane serves as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, TX with their five children – Raygen, Harper, Titus, Elliot, & Glory. He has been in ministry for over 17 years as a church planter, lead pastor, associate pastor, and student pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in History, and a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to tens of thousands about the good news of Jesus Christ.
How hard are you trying? Really? In today’s culture, we give a little bit of ourselves to many things, but Autumn encourage you to give 1000% of your effort to the area of your life that needs addressing! In II Kings, Elisha gave Joash the opportunity to defeat Aram by striking the ground with arrows, but he only struck three times instead of the multiple times he COULD have. On the other side of you working really hard on that one thing lies a great marriage, financial freedom, or the call of God on your life. I encourage you today to strike that ground as many times as you can with that arrow. Be diligent, work hard, and see what God will do.
Our response to our sin is not God’s response. When we know we have sinned, we often turn from God because of our guilt when He is actively looking for us, just like He showed up for His walk with Adam and Eve right after they sinned against Him in the Garden of Eden. Nothing you can do can stop God from desiring community and a relationship with you. Even in our sins He is saying “Where are you?”. Grab the word of God, pray, listen to worship and say “Here I am, Lord. Put me back together.”
Many of you are wearing your worry today; you are weighed down with cares that you haven’t surrendered. YOU are carrying them even though God says He wants to take them from you. Learn a lesson in surrendering worry from Martha’s encounter with Jesus in Luke because how often you surrender the “small” occurrences in life will dictate how well you surrender the “big” ones.
Talking about her latest book, "Fake or Follower", Andi Andrew joins us on the show today as we discuss how we live in a culture where many identify as "Christian" without fully embracing what it looks like to follow Jesus day-in and day-out. After gathering on a Sunday, do we simply go about our business, void of true transformation? Is the gospel simply a self-help tool, the church just a place where our needs can be met? It's time to ask ourselves, "Am I really following Jesus? Or am I just faking it?"
"With eye-opening personal stories, Scripture, and thought-provoking questions, Andi Andrew lovingly invites readers to examine their hearts to discover whether their faith is a genuine, life-giving marriage of belief and practice in response to Christ's life and sacrifice, or if it is just a lifestyle choice on par with any other. She encourages readers to surrender their whole lives to Jesus daily, grapple with hard questions they may have been avoiding, and discover a life fully alive, following in the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ."
In a world full of options, God is looking for people who are going obey what he says no matter the cost. Don’t leave your options open when God has given you a clear command. Elisha was summoned by Elijah to be his prophetic successor, so Elisha left his oxen and plow in the field to immediately obey God’s call. What do you need to completely abandon to do the same? Burn that plow, cut up the safety net, resign from that job, or quit that habit out of obedience to the call of God and watch what He does with your life.
"When someone is grieving, what should we say? How can we help? How do we comfort without offering shallow platitudes? Grief, loss, and pain are significant and unavoidable parts of the human experience, but they’re often overlooked or minimized."
One author of "The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement For Hard Times", our guest Kaitlin Wernet talks about her experience with grief and the process of healing. She joins us on the show today as we dig deep into what the process of grief looks like and how we can find hope in Jesus Christ.
Kaitlin Wernet is a highly motivated content creator who loves capturing ideas in writing, building excitement with purpose, and celebrating life through relationships.