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Athena Dean-Holtz: A Story of Redemption

Athena Dean-Holtz: A Story of Redemption

In this episode of the By His Grace podcast, I interviewed Athena Dean Holtz. Athena is the Diamond Sponsor of the 2021 Spark Media Conference. She is a podcaster, former radio host, author, speaker, publisher, bookstore owner, and a pastor’s wife. She is active in her small-town community and recently served as president of Northwest Christian Writers. She helps women who’ve been wounded by the church or other traumatic life experiences so they can learn to trust God again. On this episode of the show, we discuss Athena’s journey of faith, the faithfulness of God, and how Athena relied on Jesus throughout her life. We also discuss Athena’s conference, She Writes for Him and her publishing company, Redemption Press. 

Key Takeaways 

  • “What was wrong with me that I believed a lie was the truth and exchanged everything for it?” 
  • “God redeemed and restored everything.” 
  • “If we do anything for the Kingdom, we need to give it our all.” 
  • “If you are not having intimate time with the Lord, you will have nothing to give.” 

Resources

She Writes for Him Bootcamp: Www.shewritesforhimbootcamp.com 

Redemption Press: Www.redemption-press.com

Athena’s website: https://athenadeanholtz.com

All Things Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things/id1495658347

Redeemed and Restored Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/redeemed-restored-with-athena-dean-holtz/id1536205024

Connect with Athena on Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/athena_dean_holtz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AthenaDeanHoltz/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/athena_holtz?s=20

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Rachael Flick: Defunding the Police is a Terrible Idea

Rachael Flick: Defunding the Police is a Terrible Idea

On this episode of the By His Grace podcast, I interview Rachael Flick. One thing that is unmistakable for anyone who meets Rachael, or hears her speak, is her passion. Growing up, Rachael dreamed of being a doctor. While her educational path diverged from medicine, Rachael continued to support wellness journeys for others as a high school P.E. teacher and a personal trainer.

Tragically, Rachael lost her husband of ten years on February 5, 2018. Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a car thief. On the day of Micah’s funeral, Rachael stood before thousands of uniformed police and a globally streamed audience to call a broken nation to a return to honoring. Filled with the power of God, Rachael spoke into the highly charged cultural conflict that has resulted in the intentional murder of law enforcement.

Rachael’s Story

Rachael and I discuss her profound loss, the redemption that the Lord brought forth out of her dark season, how we, as citizens, can counter anti-police rhetoric, and how she found hope amid hardship. 

Key Takeaways

  • “I felt the tangible touch of God on my chest.” 
  • “You will be obedient, and you will speak what I say for you to say.” 
  • “80 to 90 percent of law enforcement encounters occur with 10 to 20 percent of the population.” 
  • “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” 
  • “The police don’t want to be the bad guy to your children.” 
  • “The power of the empathetic presence is healing.” 

Resources

Connect with Rachael on Social Media!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachael.flick/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRachaelFlick

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachael_flick

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachaelflick/

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdV3oBM7/

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Hormoz Shariat: Iran’s Great Awakening to Jesus

Hormoz Shariat: Iran’s Great Awakening to Jesus

On this episode of By His Grace, I sit down with evangelist and pastor, Hormoz Shariat on the expo floor of  The National Religious Broadcast Convention. Hormoz was born into a Muslim family in Iran and came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, where he came to Christ while earning his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. He is the founder of Alive Ministries and he is passionate about bringing the truths contained within scripture to muslims in Iran and around the world.

As the fastest growing Christian community in the world, Iran is at a crossroads.  Iran is no longer a Muslim nation – as only 1/3 of the population identifies as Muslim.  It is facing incredible changes internally, and now the government is facing increased pressure to negotiate with the US and Israel.
Dr. Shariat grew up in Iran, chanting “death to America.” He had a revelation after moving to the US to get his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and accepted Christ. After his teenage brother was executed by the government in Iran, God showed Dr. Shariat that the best way to respond was to dedicate his life to sharing the Gospel with as many Iranians as possible.

We discussed the work that Hormoz is doing to bring the gospel to Iran, the impact that the Lord is having on the people and nation of Iran, and the ways that He is changing the cultural and religious climate of the country. In this episode, we also discuss ways that Christians in America can practically help those who are being persecuted. 

Key Takeaways

  • “Jesus is not the prophet that Islam introduces.” 
  • “The message of the gospel is the answer to all kinds of problems.” 
  • “Jesus came to heal and to set free.” 
  • “All muslims are not the same.” 
  • “In a practical way, show interest in their beliefs.” 

Resources 

Hormoz’s website: https://hormozshariat.com

Iran Alive Ministries: https://iranaliveministries.org

Hormoz’s new book: https://www.amazon.com/Irans-Great-Awakening-Convert-Revival/dp/1733749047

To receive encouragement related to this episode, text IRAN to 50700. 

Connect with Hormoz on social media! 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hormozshariat

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hormozshariat

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Sam Sorbo: Education & Raising the Next Generation

Sam Sorbo: Education & Raising the Next Generation

On this episode of By His Grace, I interviewed Sam Sorbo live from the Spark Media Conference at the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Sam Sorbo is a filmmaker, radio host, actress, international model, author, wife, mother, homeschool advocate and education activist. We discuss the importance of indoctrinating the next generation of children and young adults with God’s word. We discuss cultural trends in regards to education, the importance of self-schooling, and the impact that serving God has on us as parents. 

Key Takeaways 

  • “In our culture today, we dilute young women into thinking that they can have it all.” 
  • “You can’t have it all. Everything in life is a compromise.” 
  • “What are you willing to sacrifice for the good that you know that you need?” 
  • “Education is the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness.” 
  • “Don’t give gifts from God to someone else to open for you.” 
  • “God’s wisdom is more than my wisdom.” 
  • “We serve God, not the government.” 
  • “Words have power.” 

Resources 

Connect with Sam on Social Media! 

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Pastor Jarrett Stephens: The Always God

Pastor Jarrett Stephens: The Always God

In this episode of By His Grace, I interview my head pastor, Jarrett Stevens. Jarrett serves on the Ministry team at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He shares his testimony, how God led him to ministry, and the lessons that He’s learned on the journey. We discuss his new book, The Always God, and he reminds listeners of any His Grace that God never changes and that they are not forgotten. 

Key Takeaways

  • “If you preach to people who are broken and hurting, you’ll never lack for an audience.” 
  • “When God gives you a message, you have got to get it out.” 
  • “He hasn’t changed. You are not forgotten.” 
  • “You never have to lose hope when God’s in your corner.” 
  • “Even in death, there’s a resurrection.” 
  • “The call of our life as followers of Jesus is to trust God.” 
  • “The call of our life is to trust and entrust.” 
  • “Even if it doesn’t change, I’m going to trust you and entrust myself to you.”
  • “We live tethered in two worlds. This is not our home.” 
  • “Ultimately, God’s dream for us is to conform us to the image of Christ.” 
  • “Jesus, you are the always God.” 

Resources 

Connect with Pastor Jarrett on Social Media! 

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