Chasing Wisdom in a Chaotic World: Daniel Grothe

Chasing Wisdom in a Chaotic World: Daniel Grothe

We are living in crazy times. Life as we know it has been turned upside down by the Corona Virus. Our hurting world is desperate for Jesus, and the life-giving wisdom contained in the scriptures. Which is why I loved my conversation on By His Grace this week with Daniel Grothe. He is a lover of Jesus and a pusurer of wisdom. We have a fantastic conversation about pursuing wisdom in a chaotic world.

Daniel is a pastor at New Life Chrurch in Colrado Springs. During his time at New Life, he has lived through some life changing events from a moral failure of the Senior Pastor that splintered the church to a crazed gunman shooting two teenagers and committing suicide in front of the Children’s Ministry. Daniel has learned how to deal with significant challenges by drawing upon Scripture and his experience learning from his friend and mentor Eugene Peterson.

Daniel inspires us to seek wisdom, and shows us how to get wisdom for ourselves by examining what the Bible has to say about it. Including practical steps for acquiring it, such as:

  • learning to ask for help
  • loving Scripture
  • going to Church
  • living quiet
  • seeking those who are themselves wise

Daniel Grothe is a pastor at New life church, a husband, and father of three who lives on a hobby farm just outside of Colorado Springs. His new book Chasing Wisdom: The Lifelong Pursuit of Living Well is available for pre-order now and launches April 21, 2020. 

For more information about Daniel visit his blog Daniel Grothe

By His Grace Podcast: Chasing Wisdom in a Chaotic World with Daniel Grothe

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Kristen Welch: Faith in the Unknown

Kristen Welch: Faith in the Unknown

My guest this week on the By His Grace podcast is Kristen Welch the founder of Mercy House and Fair Trade Friday. Kristen is a wife, mom, author, and Jesus loving world changer. On this show, we talk about how God wrecked her in the best possible way when she went to Kenya in 2007, and how this changed not only her life, and the lives of her family, but the lives of women across the world. The core mission of Mercy House Global to provide maternity homes in Kenya, aid pregnant girls living in extreme poverty, and provide dignified work through Fair Trade Friday.

Kristen shares how her faith has been stretched in building a non-profit and walking through the unknown. God continues to call Kristen out into deeper waters through her work with displaced immigrants coming to Houston. Kristen’s surrendered heart, faith, and obedience to God’s call is inspiring.

We conclude this episode by discussing her latest book, Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible.  

Book description:

“Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains.

In this inspiring book, Kristen Welch calls you to step out in faith and climb the mountain in front of you–not because you are good enough or adequate or able, but because God makes a way where there is no way. With heartbreaking and hopeful personal stories, Scripture, and questions for contemplation, she draws you out of fear and into holy confidence, showing you that the mountain in your path was put there on purpose so that you could exercise–and grow–your faith.”

For more information about Kristen and the work she does visit her website, We are THAT family

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Purposeful Passionate Marriage – William Hutcheson

Purposeful Passionate Marriage – William Hutcheson

Being intentional in your marriage relationship can lead to a purposeful and passionate marriage. This week on By His Grace, my guest pastor and marriage coach William Hutcheson shares wisdom on marriage from his 38 years of experience helping both newlyweds and established couples to have the happy relationship God intends.

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Leah Archibald – The Theology of Work

Leah Archibald – The Theology of Work

In this episode of By His Grace, we discuss the challenges we face as busy women oftentimes working and raising children simultaneously and the struggle of balancing it all. Leah Archibald helps busy Christians connect the Bible to the work they do every day. She believes you can develop a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful experience of work.

Leah is a Content Development Specialist at the Theology of Work Project (TOW), and host of the Making It Work podcast. The Theology of Work is a non-profit organization working to equip every Christian to live out their purpose and do work as God intends. Theology of Work is recognized as the most trusted source of biblical material related to work. Their resources are both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical.

Leah’s devotionals include topics such as Anxiety About Money, How to Make the Right Decision, and When to Speak Up at Work. She is the co-host of Making It Work, a podcast that helps working Christians connect with God around their biggest work challenges.

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Abby McDonald: Shift Your Focus

Abby McDonald: Shift Your Focus

Sometimes it is difficult to see God in the midst of our struggle. My guest this week Abby McDonald thinks sometimes we need to change our focus to see the presence of God. We talk about some of the arduous struggles she faced like post-partum depression and how God was faithful to see her through. These trying times left her searching for God and ultimately led to her writing the book Shift: Changing Our Focus to See the Presence of God. 

“Shift explores the life-changing truth that when we adjust our lens to focus our eyes on God rather than on what we wish we were seeing in our lives, he reveals himself to us. In fact, those moments when he seems invisible to us are often when others see him the most in us.”

Abby McDonald is a blogger, speaker, wife, and mom whose work has been featured on (in)Courage, For Every Mom, iBelieve, Crosswalk, and more. Her passion is to empower women to grow in faith and hope, even when life is messy. Abby McDonald

Mother/Daughter Relationships: Helen McIntosh & Blythe Daniel

Mother/Daughter Relationships: Helen McIntosh & Blythe Daniel

The Mother and Daughter relationship isn’t always an easy one. I have experienced this first hand with my mother and from friends who are struggling with their daughters. Tensions can arise especially in the teen years that can make the mother/daughter relationship difficult. This week on By His Grace we talk about the mother-daughter relationship, challenges, and how it can be repaired by God’s grace.

My guests this week are the mother and daughter author team Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel that penned the book, Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters. They share wisdom and hope based on their own experiences as mothers and daughters.

Growing up, Dr. Helen McIntosh shared few loving moments with her mother. Her mother battled anxiety, anger, and alcoholism, while Helen struggled to fend off her verbal and emotional abuse. After Helen became a Doctor of Counseling Psychology, she helped other women scarred from toxic mother-daughter relationships. Once her own daughter Blythe grew up and left home, Helen longed to maintain a good relationship with her.  

Today, Helen and Blythe, who is a mother of two daughters, have a close and healthy mother-daughter bond achieved through effort and repairs. In Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters, they share how they’ve built, guarded, and renewed a relationship-centered around talking, respecting, and listening. “No mom or daughter wants to walk a dark path of uncertainty, a strained relationship, or a gulf between you that feels too difficult for you to cross,” says Blythe, knowing how common unstable and unfinished relationships are. Mended walks readers through the steps to reconciliation and includes specific conversations that guide mothers and daughters towards openness, grace-filled confrontation, and restoration. 

 Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and marketer with 20 plus years of experience in publishing. She has written for Christian Retailing and Focus on the Family, and she links bloggers with readers through BlogAbout. The daughter of Dr. Helen McIntosh, she lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Dr. Helen McIntosh (EdD, Counseling Psychology) is a counselor, speaker, educator, and author of Messages to Myself and Eric, Jose & The Peace Rug®. Her work has appeared in Guideposts, ParentLife, and HomeLife magazines. She resides in Georgia with her husband Jim. They have two children and five grandchildren.    

Marriage and the Enneagram: Beth & Jeff McCord

Marriage and the Enneagram: Beth & Jeff McCord

Welcome to Season Two of the By His Grace Podcast. We have an amazing line-up for this season!

This week we dive into the Enneagram as a tool to help you in your marriage relationship. Beth McCord, Your Enneagram Coach, and her Pastor, husband Jeff sit down with me to share how the Enneagram has helped them better understand the why behind their actions and reactions in the context of their marriage. The McCord’s do a great job of simplifying the Enneagram from a Biblical perspective.

We also discuss their recently published book Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage and the nine companion journals, one for each Enneagram type.

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A Place at the Table: Kelly Minter

A Place at the Table: Kelly Minter

We close season one of the By HIs Grace Podcast with Thanksgiving and Praise for all the Lord has done throughout 2019 and look forward with eager anticipation to Season 2 of By His Grace in 2020. We will be taking a winter break to spend time with family, and friends to celebrate the birth of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

On this episode, I chat with fellow Bible Study author & teacher Kelly Minter to discuss the importance of opening our homes for hospitality. Kelly shares the hope of 1 Corinthians 13 and the importance of loving others. As we both prepare to have a house of full of guests this week for Thanksgiving, Kelly shares this nugget of wisdom that “People need your presence over perfection.” Sometimes we worry too much about the way our home looks, or our table setting, when the focus should be on the people God has placed right in front of us to love and serve. 

We conclude our conversation discussing some highlights from Kelly’s new cookbook A Place at the Table, which features stories from Kelly and delicious and easy recipes from herself and world renown Brazilian chef Regina Pinto. A Place at the Table offers accessible recipes made from whole seasonal foods, and includes heartwarming personal stories from Kelly.

A girl after my own heart, Kelly and Regina also talk about broths, seasonal drinks, canning, decor and herb gardening making A Place at the Table a perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life.

Kelly is on a mission to encourage women by speaking, writing, and singing throughout the United States. She also does a large part of her work on a boat along the Amazon river with Justice & Mercy International. She shares with thousands daily how to foster community through gathering. In her first cookbook, A Place At The Table, Kelly offers recipes, tips, and heartwarming, personal stories with the hope of meals turning away from quick transactions of consuming something for fuel into sharing a meal for nourishment and community. 

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Monica Schmelter: Life in the Public Eye

Monica Schmelter: Life in the Public Eye

My guest on the By His Grace podcast this week is Christian television host Monica Schmelter. Monica has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years and her show “Bridges” is broadcast in over 50 million homes across the US. Her talk show is designed to showcase the hearts, struggles, and triumphs of Christians. Living in the public eye is not always easy. Monica openly shares her story of being in broadcasting and lessons she has learned along the way.

Monica Schmelter loves Jesus and her family. When she’s not interviewing guests for CTN’s Bridges television program, speaking, or writing books, she ponders very serious subjects like reducing the calorie count in chocolate.

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