Radio Interview: Tiffany Bluhm - #NeverAlone

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There was not denying that she was different. As the adopted daughter of white parents, the color of Tiffany Bluhm's skin made her stand out in a community that was not filled with other people from India. However, these lessons of rejection and shame became a catalyst for her to understand the amazing depths of God's love, goodness, and grace.
In her newest book, Never Alone, www.TiffanyBluhm.com shares how we can experience the amazing love of Jesus Christ from even in the deepest moments of pain. Tiffany shared a bit of the book with listeners Encounter Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320. Click below and be blessed!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 11, 2018.

Radio Interview: Becky Johnson

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Although you might know her better from her book / blog, www.WeLaughWeCryWeCook.com, Becky Johnson has partnered with David C Cook and New Life Ministries with Stephen Arterburn in the new book, "Understanding and Loving a Person with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder". Written from the depths of her own struggles, Becky shares what God has been doing in her life as she attempted to overcome #PTSD.  Click to listen as Becky shares a bit of her story on Bott Radio Network Encounter KSIV 1320. at 1:30 PM

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 4, 2018.

Radio Interview: Robert Beeson - #Going Solo #SoloParentSociety

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Life, even a life trying to follow Jesus, has bumps. Whether they are of our own making or caused by what others do, the challenge is to focus on continuing our walks forward. In Going Solo, the new book from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family, Robert Beeson tells his own story of God redeeming his brokenness and bringing him to a place where he is able to help others. www.SoloParentSociety.com
Robert joined us on Encounter Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 to share part of his story. 

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 11, 2018. 

Radio Interview: Elyse Fitzpatrick - Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelatino

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If you are new to Bible study, hearing someone say you can find Jesus in the Old Testament might not make much sense. However, the entire Trinity can be found throughout the Word! www.ElyseFitzpatrick.com joined us on Encounter Bott Radio Network to share her newest book, Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. It's a book that offers a gentle and loving approach to searching the Word and finding our Savior in all of its pages.


Written in a clear and conversational style, all readers will be challenged and blessed through this new resource.
Click to listen to the Bott Radio Network Encounter interview and enjoy the laughter as we speak with Elyse!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on May 4, 2018.

Radio Interview: Mike Nawrocki - #NurturingSteps

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying cucumber! Wait. What?
If you have ever watched an episode of Veggie Tales, the memories of Larry the Cucumber (and his superhero persona) will surely flood your mind as Mike Nawrocki joins us today on Encounter Bott Radio Network. However, that is NOT* why Mike will be spending time with you today. He's actually sharing a new project that he has been doing with some guy named Michael W. Smith. www.NurturingSteps.com is a new book / Cd project that is perfect for anyone who spends time with infants or toddlers. It's an enjoyable and fun adventure that will bring joy to young (and not so young) hearts who are looking for a blessing of hope and faith. You'll hear classic music (like "Friends" and "Angus Dei") as well as new lullabies. Join us on KSIV 1320 at 1:30 PM as Encounter begins!
*Yes, Larry does make a brief appearance!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Radio Interview: Katie Ganshert - No One Ever Asked

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When you hear "ripped from the headlines", you don't really expect it to be the headlines that you know... And yet, in her new novel, No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert tells a story of a school district in the St. Louis area. After losing its accreditation and then learning students could be bussed to other districts, the school - as well as the government - had to deal with anger and hostility. 

In the conversation with Katie, she shares a bit of her own story of adopting a child, how some of that was woven in the book, and how she hopes readers can walk away with a better understanding of a very complex and challenging issue.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Radio Interview: Todd Nettleton #Wurmbrand

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Imagine, just for a moment, that you have been studying God's Word and you discover that a variation of "Do Not Fear" occurs 366 times. Then, on that Leap Year Day of February 29th, you are arrested and thrown into prison. Would you feel blessed or fearful as you wonder what is next?
Richard Wurmbrand couldn't do anything but smile. God had just given him encouragement for each day. And, even though he would spend the next fourteen years in prison, being tortured for Christ, Richard continued to hold onto an unshakable faith. Todd Nettleton, The Voice of the Martyrs - USA Chief of Media Relations, joined us again on Bott Radio Network to share the story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, the book, Wurmbrand, and the movie, "Tortured for Christ". www.Persecution.com

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network 1320 KSIV on April 6, 2018.

Radio Interview: Angela Hunt - Judah's Wife #Maccabees

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She may not be one of America's favorite authors, but she is for the host! Listen to the Encounter on Bott Radio Network interview with Angela Hunt as she share the latest novel in the Silent Years series. It's a great blend of historical fact with a compelling narrative that takes the reader into the Jewish lifestyle during the time between Malachi and Matthew. You'll be blessed as you dive into the narrative but be careful! She just might become one of your favorite authors too!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 23, 2018.

Radio Interview: Josh McDowell #SetFreeToChooseRight

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Josh McDowell returned to Encounter Bott Radio Network to share his latest book for young people, Set Free to Choose Right. Listen to some insights from the experiences God has taught him over many decades as Josh reached into the hearts, minds, and lives of the #NextGeneration.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 30, 2018.

Radio Interview: Jon Erwin #SteveMcQueen #AmericanIcon & #ICanOnlyImagine

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Writer, Director, and Producer, Jon Erwin, is known for doing some incredible movies that have touched hearts and changed lives. Along with his brother, Andrew, the Erwin Brothers have brought forth October Baby, Woodlawn, and the incredibly funny, Mom's Night Out. 

Jon joined us on Encounter Bott Radio Network to discuss two new movies: I Can Only Imagine (in theaters now) and Steve McQueen: American Icon (now on DVD). Both movies are fantastic testimonies of what God can do as He works through ordinary and extraordinary means. Buckle up and enjoy an interview full of laughs as we talk about some great projects of faith!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 16, 2018.

Radio Interview: Alli Worthington #FierceFaith

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Do you remember the first time you read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe? Aslan the Lion ROARED! What might have been scary for some was, for me, a powerful testimony to the Power of God speaking forth! Even His whisper can strike like a sweeping ROAR...
What does this have to do with www.AlliWorthington.com's appearance as a guest on Bott Radio Network Encounter? That's the image that came to mind as I looked at her new book, Fierce Faith.
Worry. Fear. Anxiety. -- LIFE. It can all come rushing at us from every side. And yet, God tells us to trust Him. He's got this (whatever 'this' might be). Alli Worthington has walked the journey herself so she speaks from her own path.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 9, 2018.

Radio Interview: Bart Millard #MercyMe #ICanOnlyImagine

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Bart Millard, the lead singer of Mercy Me, joined us on Encounter Bott Radio Network. While we didn't ask him to sing, we did ask him to open his heart a bit. He shared the story behind the hit song, I Can Only Imagine. Born from a place of redeemed pain and wounds, the #1 song touched countless hearts as God worked through some incredible circumstances to bring the message to light. While you can see the movie at theaters in mid-March, the book is available now. As Bart shared, he was able to testify so much more to God's grace through it!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 9, 2018

Radio Interview: Michelle DeRusha #KatharinaLuther #MartinLuther

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Most Christians recognize and know the name of one of the most prominent persons in the Reformation - Martin Luther. However, far fewer know the story of his wife, Katharina. Michelle M. DeRusha, author of the Baker Books release: Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk, joins us on Encounter Bott Radio Network today for a wonderful conversation on the story behind this marriage and couple of faith. Join us on KSIV 1320 at 1:30 PM as we begin another program exploring some of the great Christian resources to help guide you in your walk of faith!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on March 2, 2018

(And we offer a special "Thank You" to Lay Renewal friend and author, Lynn Morrissey, for making sure we saw this book!)
http://michellederusha.com/lutherbook/

Radio Interview: Liz Curtis Higgs #31Proverbs

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It's hard to keep the joy in when you are speaking with Liz Curtis Higgs. For years, the wonderful woman has used her gift of writing and speaking to connect deeply with the hearts of women (and many men too). Even in her (sometimes brutal) self-honesty, you will want to journey with her to enjoy the love of God even more deeply.

Liz returned to the Bott Radio Network Encounter airwaves last month to share one of her newest books, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path. Listen to the interview to hear some insights from the Book of Proverbs. These verses were chosen by hundreds of women seeking to know Christ and to go with Him into the world. From a touch of grey to a touch of humility learned over a ring, you'll be blessed.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on January 5, 2018.

Radio Interview: Micah Project featuring Michael Miller

In a very special segment on Encounter Bott Radio, Michael Miller, founder of the Micah Project in Honduras, interviewed two of the young men at the home. God has been doing some amazing things in bringing these young men off the streets, freeing them from a deadly addiction, and bringing them into relationship with Him. You'll be blessed if you take a few minutes to listen!

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on February 2, 2018. We offer our special thanks to the St Louis Bott Network staff for their help and editing assistance with this project!

Radio Interview: Paul J Pastor #ListeningDay

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Paul J Pastor returned to the Encounter broadcast on Bott Radio Network to share the newly released #ListeningDay book. These devotional books have Scriptures to meditate on during your day. Paul then takes you into a conversation with God as you see how He is inviting you to laugh, cry, and draw closer to Him in relationship. 

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This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on January , 2018.

Radio Interview: Michael Miller #MicahProject

Michael Miller, founder of The Micah Project in Honduras, joined us on Encounter to update listeners on what God is doing in this amazing ministry to young men living on the streets in this Central American country. 

Michael will be in St. Louis for a very special event on Feb. 3rd. You'll hear more about it as part of the interview, or you can go to the Micah Project web site.

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on January 19, 2018.

A journey back four years...

When we transitioned to a new website platform, the old blog failed to transfer. The two most clicked on posts were rather personal ones. One had to do with my testimony in relationship to my son and his journey with Tourette. The other focused on the death of my brother. When he died at the too-young age of 45, it was rough on all of us...

I'm reposting what I wrote at that time at the request of a few people. (Thankfully, our wonderful web person was able to go back and find the scattered dust trails of what remained and pieced it together again. She has my gratitude!) Without further explanation, let's rewind to 12/24/2013:

When I was a child, I found the bumper sticker philosophy of “Life’s a b*tch, then you die” to be incredibly funny. I was a child.

Having served bi-vocationally the past four years (and in “professional” ministry for almost 20), the complete stupidity of that statement now amazes me. I have been honored to be with many families during the time in which a loved one took their last breath.

Whether that person was a teenager or someone several years past retirement…

Whether that person was dying from a terminal disease or it was sudden…

Whether a multitude of family members were gathered or just a few…
…it is never easy.

Yesterday, as my father and I sat at my 45 year-old brother’s bedside, a multitude of thoughts continued to race through my head. I shared memories of our childhood. (I even shared a few stories my father had never heard. Oops! My brother and I did some VERY dumb things!) My dad shared memories and stories of times he and my brother had worked together on construction projects. Joys and sorrows, we filled hour after hour with the trivial and the triumphant.

Are there regrets? That’s a silly question. Of course there are regrets. Anyone who claims that they have no regrets in life is lying. Life is not perfect and no one is immune from making mistakes.

But regrets do not have to be anchors. As the Psalmist said, Wash away all my iniquity. Cleanse me from my sin. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the crushed bones rejoice. (from Psalm 51)

What do we do with those things we wish had been different? What do we do with those regrets? Regrets are lessons. Instead of saying, “I wish I had…” we need to say “NOW I will…”

Instead of saying, I wish I had spent more time with him, we need to say, NOW I will spend more time with…

Instead of saying, I wish I had said…, we NEED TO SAY IT.

Instead of saying, I wish I had done…, we need to DO IT.

It was an honor to sit with my brother as he drew his last breath. I read Psalm 23 and prayed with him. Minutes later, he left this earth – free from suffering and pain.

He leaves behind a family and friends that loved him – imperfections and all. I am amazed at my sister-in-law. She’s a momma-bear with a ferocity and strength greater than my own. His eldest son is demonstrating a maturity and character that makes me proud. I look at Miss Em and see such a wonderful young lady of wisdom and grace. I look forward to seeing how his youngest will grow.

You see, life on this earth is not about the past. It is about the present and the future. What can you do now? What can you do tomorrow? Therein lies your next step. How will you take it?

My trust and faith is in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His strength is greater than mine. The Peace He gives surpasses understanding. The joy I have in my relationship with Him is what makes me complete. I choose to strive to continue to live my life, stumbling forward, and seeking to reflect Him as best as this weak vessel can.

And I look forward to the Reunion. I look forward to the Celebration that awaits. Until then, stay out of my room, big brother. You never let me in yours!

Rest in Peace – Joseph Kent Guise:

November 22, 1968 – December 23, 2013
 

Radio Interview: Dee Brestin #HeCallsYouBeautiful

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Although her father published her first book, My Dog Chloe, for her (with 50 copies when she was only 8 years old), Dee Brestin marks her writing career as truly starting over thirty years ago when she began Proverbs and Parables for The Fisherman Bible Studies.  Luci Shaw, the editor, insisted on  “no editorial content.” However, because Dee couldn’t resist giving a few editorial comments, Luci told her to go write a book on friendship! Dee then wrote The Friendships of Women, which Focus on the Family decided to feature. That event marked the beginning of a writing adventure!

Dee joined us on Bott Radio Network Encounter to discuss a new study, He Calls You Beautiful, based on the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon). Click below to listen to the 12 minute interview as we discuss this new study. You can also follow this link to her web site and engage with a multitude of resources available there! 

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on December 21, 2017.

Radio Interview: Robert J Morgan #WorryLessLiveMore

Robert J Morgan has written a new book based on a problem that is not only prevalent throughout culture, it is also personal. Having struggled with anxiety, he knows both the challenge and the freedom found in Christ. It's not an easy journey, but Rob takes readers through it in his newest book, Worry Less, Live More. Join us for a few minutes on Encounter as Rob shares from Philippians 4:4-9 and explores eight vital practices from the Word that can help anyone "move from fretfulness to faithfulness". 

 

This interview originally aired on Bott Radio Network KSIV 1320 on December 22, 2017.

Who is Robert J Morgan? Rob Morgan is the teaching pastor of the Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN. Having served there for more than thirty-five years, it's astounding to realize that he has also written thirty books with more than four million copies in print. He and his wife, Katrina, have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren.  www.RobertJMorgan.com