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Helen Smallbone: Motherhood Behind the Lights

Helen Smallbone: Motherhood Behind the Lights

Misty Phillip sits down with Helen Smallbone at the 2022 NRB Convention to discuss her motherhood journey. We talk about her childhood as Pastor’s daughter and how it impacted her faith. Helen shares the remarkable journey of moving from Australia to the United States. We quickly bonded as kindred spirits when she shared how her story of brokenness and dependence on God led to homeschooling and working together as a family. 

We discuss the importance of prayer in their family and God’s faithfulness to provide for their family. We discuss the foundation of this lifestyle that led to the success of Rebecca St. James and For King and Country!

Key Takeaways

“We as a family saw God Work miracles and provide for us in very miraculous ways and lead us step-by-step.” 

“Then challenging times we go through sanctify us.” 

“We started homeschooling before we left Australia…and continued to homeschool the rest of the kids’ lives.”

“God opened opportunities for us to work together as a family.”

“God pushes us to the end of our tether.”

“When we have nothing left to give, we lean in closer to him, and the kids and I initially would get down on the floor together and pray. It really changed their lives.”

“We were always looking for the kid’s skill areas.” 

Helen Smallbone

As a parent to seven children, Helen Smallbone knows a thing or two about motherhood — and she consistently shares her wisdom through the MUMlife Community podcast on Accessmore. https://www.accessmore.com For the first time, the mother behind GRAMMY® award-winning artists for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James is sharing her sage wisdom in her first book, Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family. Written from a mother’s perspective, Helen shares stories of peaks, valleys, and a family trusting God for provision.

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Dr Jeff Meyers: Cancel Culture, Conflict Resolution & Forgiveness

Dr Jeff Meyers: Cancel Culture, Conflict Resolution & Forgiveness

On today’s episode of the By His Grace podcast, Misty Phillip sits down with the President of Summit Ministries, Dr. Jeff Myers, to discuss cancel culture, forgiveness, and taking challenging social media conversations offline to try to come to an understanding. We  discuss our thoughts on the Will Smith incident at the Oscars, and responding from a Biblical Worldview.

Key Takeaways

“Cancel culture started when people realized large corporations would be responsive to their audience if people, for example, signed a petition because they didn’t like a product that was made…In the age of social media, people began to turn those same tools on individuals.”

“Is it enough to say I’m sorry and then make it seem as this never happened well that’s not really a biblical approach and forgiveness isn’t that way either”

“It doesn’t allow an opportunity for people to grow.”

“Its bad for public discourse.But second of all, It is bad for individuals it shows the next generation you don’t have learn how to resolve conflicts with other people. you can just cancel them or bully them online.”

“Where is the opportunity to resolve conflict and to move forward in relationship.”

“Love God, love our neighbor.”

“Jesus said that we should forgive our enemies not just seven times, but 70 times seven, a figure that represents infinity. Forgiveness is to be the way we live, not just the words we say.”

“You always walk in forgiveness of your enemies. At every moment of everyday you walk in forgiveness. Saying I forgive you and this is over let’s pretend like it never happened is not realistic. We all have to live in the grace of repentance and forgiveness at all moments during all moments of our lives.”

“We don’t have to respond to everything. You don’t have to put online everything you think.”

Resources

Faith leaders on true forgiveness in Will Smith aftermath: Is saying ‘I’m sorry’ enough? Fox News

Misty also shared her thought on Fox News. Outraged parents speak up about Will Smith’s slapping incident: One mom feels she has a ‘responsibility’ to use the situation to ‘teach children what real love is’

Dr Myers on Beliefnet :Christian author/podcaster Dr. Jeff Myers on why Cancel Culture is everyone’s enemy

POLL: Voters Fear Discrimination, Oppose Cancel Culture, Support Religious Freedom

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”

Summit Ministries

Vision: Summit Ministries desires to see generations of Christians mobilized to transform a broken world.

Mission: We exist to equip and support rising generations to embrace God’s truth and champion a biblical worldview.

Values: Biblical Worldview, Essential Christianity, Truth and Relationship, Pursuing Excellence, Stewardship

The Dr. Jeff Show features in-depth conversations about pursuing God’s truth in our everyday lives, all while living in a world filled with lies and confusion.

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”Through his speaking engagements and media appearances, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students.  Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.

 

 

Shannon Popkin: The Comparison Trap

Shannon Popkin: The Comparison Trap

Misty Phillip sits down with Shannon Popkin at the CPE – Christian Product Expo to discuss influence and comparision. Shannon is the host of Live Like It’s True podcast, and author of several amazing books.In this episode, we discuss the Kingdom of Heaven is the opposite of this world. Satan schemes to destroy us through comparison. In God’s economy, the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Social Media exacerbates comparison. It causes us to pull away from one another by either making us feel inferior or superior. Comparing ourselves to others is a trap. Shannon uses a measuring cup analogy as an example for us to live a life poured out, instead of measuring ourselves against others.

Comparison is not good.

Comparison is dangerous.

Comparison is a thief.

Comparison steal our joy.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

“If social media is the window, it is really hard to come away from the window”

“We are better together”

“God arranges the parts of the bodily His design and gives us different gifts, different resources, different parts of our lives and he gives and fits us together not to be uniform, but united.”

“Our unity is born not of our uniformity. I need what you have, and you need what I have”

“Sideways glancing can be such a distraction”

“Emptying myself and lifting others up”

“As Christians we step up on the platform to serve”

“Jesus poured Himself”

“We are teammates”

“Stay low. Grow Slow.”

WISDOM FROM ABOVE 

James 3:13-18 ESV

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World

On social media, in the neighborhood, at church, or the school drop-off lane, do you drive yourself to prove that you measure up? Do you feel ashamed when you don’t? Measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan. In fact, the way of Jesus is completely upside down from this measure-up world. He invites us to follow him and be restored to freedom, confidence, and joy. Leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around you by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living: lifting others up and pouring yourself out!

Shannon Popkin

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, and an author, speaker, and Bible teacher.As an author and speaker, she loves combining her gifts for humor and storytelling with her passion for Jesus and the truth of God’s Word. She speaks for ladies’ events, retreats, and conferences, and she is the host of Live Like It’s True Podcast. Her latest book is Comparison Girl, published by Kregel (visit ComparisonGirl.com to learn more). Her work has been featured on FamilyLife Today, Revive Our HeartsProverbs 31, and other ministries and she was a contributing blogger at Revive Our Hearts for many years.

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Cynthia Cavanaugh: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence

Cynthia Cavanaugh: Faithful Living for Lasting Influence

In a series of interviews conducted live from the CPE – Christian Product Expo, Misty Phillip sits down with Cynthia Cavanaugh to discuss her Bible Study, The Godly Kings of Judah:Faithful Living for Lasting Influence.

We discuss what prompted Cynthia to write this study. Cynthia loves the Old Testament, a Historical Narrative that sets up the New Testament. As she studied the Old Testament, she began questioning why the Kings documented  in 1 & 2 Chronicles and 1 & 2 Kings were falling off the rails.  Cynthia was intrigued by the Kings who wanted to live right in the eyes of the Lord. We discuss what it means to be a Godly woman of influence, and the how everyday decisions we make have a lasting impact. The study includes 7 pilliars we can build into our life. Cynthia explains the story of Hezekiah from Chapter 6 about reforming prayer.

Key Takeaways

“Decisions we make have lasting impact on generations”

“Her influence would out last her life”

“The way we live our life, and choices we make everyday”

“When we value who God is in our life, and we our secure in it, when we value His word, then our influence will have an impact.”

“Being an influencer is living out who God created me to be”

“Who is in your inner circle?”

“Being a leader is about serving people well”

What will your legacy be?

Long ago, God’s people were divided into two kingdoms. The land of Judah—with Jerusalem as its capital—was led by twenty kings, only eight of whom were good. Not even half! What does that tell you? That it’s hard to follow God to the end and leave a legacy that’s remembered well.

Bible teacher Cynthia Cavanaugh wants you to meet the good kings of Judah. The kings who earned a reputation for godliness and received the Lord’s favor. Though their names aren’t well known to us, their examples should be celebrated. Cynthia takes you deep into the Word of God, heading into the often-overlooked corners of 1-2 Kings and 1-2 Chronicles. There you will uncover these ancient rulers whose lives—full of ups and downs—have hidden lessons for us today.

In The Godly Kings of Judah, you’ll embark on an 8-week Bible study that leads you through a process of repentance, renewal, and revival. The Old Testament kings will be your companions as you fight the Lord’s battles, topple the idols that claw at our hearts, and bring reformation to the holy people of God. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure! Because when all is said and done, you want the legacy of the godly kings to be your own as well: “She did what was right in the Lord’s eyes.”

Cynthia Cavanaugh

Cynthia believes our greatest asset is the power to influence and create space for others to flourish. Her story of brokenness has propelled her to write, speak and give voice to help others redeem their pain and heal through the pages of God’s Word. Cynthia is the Founder and Director of Women Emerge a movement which encourages intentional networking and training. She holds a MA in Leadership from Trinity Western University, and is an adjunct professor in the leadership degree program. Cynthia is a bonafide tea snob who loves connecting with others over a cuppa. She and Kevin make their home in the far corner of the Pacific NW and have three married sons. Her happiest place on earth is being Nana to her grandchildren.

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Dave Kubal: 1 Million Meals for Ukraine

Dave Kubal: 1 Million Meals for Ukraine

Misty Phillip sits down with Dave Kubal from Intercessors for America ministry organization in a series of interviews recorded during the National Religious Broadcasters media convention. Misty welcomes Dave back to the By His Grace to discuss their work with Intercessors for Ukraine. 

Over a million refugees are fleeing Ukraine. A friend gave Dave the idea to deliver one million meals within 12 days from idea to food delivery. We talk about praying for Ukraine and sending 1,000,000 nutritious pre-packaged meals to war-torn Ukraine. We talk about collaborating for the Kingdom. Intercessors of America works with Intercessors for Ukraine and several other key organizations to pray and send relief to Ukraine.

About Dave Kubal

Dave Kubal is CEO/President of Intercessors for America, a massive grassroots organization uniting citizens to pray and then take action on the issues confronting America. Equipping Christians to engage and speak truth into the critical cultural debates of our day, Kubal is a nationally-recognized faith leader serving as a faith advisory member to former President Trump and on the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

With over 35 years of national ministry experience, Kubal is a seminary-trained ordained pastor and former Vice President with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kubal has appeared on Real America’s Voice, Newsmax, Victory News, Water Cooler with David Brody, FlashPoint, NTD Television, CBN, etc. He is the author of Inspired Prayers and Fasting, published in Washington Times, Newsmax, Fox News, Stream.org, and other print and online publications. Kubal has also been a featured speaker at national conferences and events, from The Western Conservative Summit to NFL Chapels. Kubal and his family reside in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Intercessors for America

Intercessors for America was founded in 1973. God impressed upon the hearts of a group of godly, respected men the necessity of prayer and fasting. The nation was experiencing a plethora of problems. At a teaching conference in Florida, a group of Christians focused on “prayer for the nations.” Challenged by the conference leaders Derek Prince and Ern Baxter’s fresh and extraordinary teachings, a half dozen men were chosen to steward the prayer movement and fast for the nation. This group would become Intercessors for America.

The average Christian does not have the contacts, time, or energy to keep informed about most national, state and local issues. More and more, some of these issues appear to deny our freedoms. Others undermine the basic moral fiber of our country. With each emerging concern, we need to seek God’s intervention and guidance for our leaders.

According to national studies, 83% to 90% of Christians pray weekly. As God intervenes and works in the hearts of His people, we must continue to unite and encourage believers in effective prayer and fasting for America.

God’s Word instructs us to pray regularly for those in authority over us. According to I Timothy 2:1-4:

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (New Living Translation)

Intercessors for America inform, connect, and mobilize intercessors to pray for our nation and leaders. We desire to reach Christians in churches and communities nationwide with information and tools to unite them in effective prayer.

Intercessors for America Goals?

News, Prayer, & Action

  • To inform praying Christians about national, state, and local prayer concerns
  • To connect Christians moved to intercessory prayer with like-minded intercessors
  • To grow and mobilize the number of Christians regularly interceding on federal, state, and local issues

Inform, Connect, & Mobilize

To inform, connect, and mobilize intercessors, IFA publishes materials and provides the following resources from its headquarters in Purcellville, Virginia:

  • Monthly prayer letters – A First Friday Prayer Letter helps unite and focus Christians as individuals and groups in prayer and fasting. The letter is written from a biblical perspective; the letter contains timely national reports, accounts of revival and answered prayer, inspirational and informative teachings, and provides a First Friday Prayer Focus. Fasting is encouraged during the First Friday observance as a biblical way of humility and intensifying our prayers.
  • Weekly prayer alerts – The Informer is sent via e-mail three times weekly. These alerts outline critical issues in our nation’s capital and monitor foreign fronts and national emergency matters. Upon request, the alert is supplied to individuals, churches, groups, and organizations. Special alerts are also sent as needs arise.

Meals for Ukraine

Hot, nutritious meals are not only physically needed but also emotionally. UkaineMeals.com will utilize MercyChefs for the hot meal initiative. The benefits of prepackaged meals are:

  1. Healthy meals with a two-year shelf-life;
  2. Very easy to cook – just boil in water;
  3. High volume of meals make nutrition very affordable (.30 per meal);
  4. Packaging in boxes are easily distributed by churches and ministries closest to those in need;
  5. Meals are small and easily packed for families to carry with them.

The distribution plan:

  • MercyChefs will deliver to refugees in a prepackaged bag of six meals;
  • Intercessors for America will distribute through their network at Intercessors for Ukraine;
  • CityServe will distribute through CityServe Europe and Pentecostal Union of Romania and the Assemblies of God denomination;
  • Revival Ministry International will distribute through their network.

Financial Gifts

All donations for UkraineMeals.com will provide funds for this project – purchase, and distribution of food – and will receive a tax-deductible receipt from Intercessors for America (IFA). This collaborative effort utilizes IFA as the collection point of funds. Full disclosure of funds will be shared with partners to treat all resources with transparency and integrity. 100% of the funds collected will be held in a separate account and used only for the UkraineMeals.com project.

Resources

Listen in to learn how you can pray for Ukraine and get involved in providing nutritious meals for Ukraine. 

Intercessors for America

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