Your Biggest Breakthrough

Wendie Pett, ND and Todd Isberner

People have learned from other people’s stories since the beginning of time. Stories stir the soul. Stories reveal. Stories heal. Why? Because hearing someone’s story allows the listener to see how that person overcame their challenge. Everyone loves to see the victorious outcome from an underdog position and how one elevated to their “next level” in life. In this podcast...Wendie and Todd will give you an inside look at someone who has had a personal or professional breakthrough that changed the course of their life, ultimately changing the course of those around them. Real people, real stories with real breakthroughs. Each episode will give you truth, tools, and tangible takeaways that will inspire, equip, and entertain you along your own life journey. Lean in. Listen well. This could be Your Biggest Breakthrough! read less
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Episode 133: Forgiving the Unforgivable: Pastor Mark Sowersby's Testimony
4d ago
Episode 133: Forgiving the Unforgivable: Pastor Mark Sowersby's Testimony
We all go through moments where forgiving someone is really hard. But in this podcast, you'll hear a different perspective on forgiveness.Our guest, Pastor Mark Sowersby, bravely talks about his tough childhood marked by abuse and how he struggled to forgive and heal.He talks about how abuse affects the mind and how there wasn't much support or awareness back then. Pastor Mark also shares how he found faith and a supportive community, and how forgiveness changed his life.He opens up about confronting his abuser and the relief he felt after forgiving them. Pastor Mark ends with words of hope and prayer for anyone who has been through trauma.In this podcast, Pastor Mark Sowersby shares a strong message about God's grace and why being true to ourselves in our relationship with Him matters.Chapters00:00 Podcast's Introduction01:35 Guest's Background02:50 The Start of the Years of Abuse05:32 Impact of Abuse on Pastor Mark's family07:27 Effects of Abuse on Mark's Mind09:24 The Turning Point of His Life12:03 Finding Refuge and Protection14:41 Finding Faith and Joining a Church16:57 Seeking God's presence19:21 Receiving God's Answer20:45 Reading the Bible and Meeting His Future Wife23:39 Struggle with Forgiveness24:48 Moving the Mountain of Forgiveness26:30 Putting the Cross in Front28:18 Confronting the Abuser30:27 Understanding Forgiveness34:50 The Journey of Forgiveness37:02 Mark's Future Projects38:24 Encouragement and PrayerResources mentioned:Forgiving The Nightmare Website "Forgiving The Nightmare" BookGuest's bio and social handles:InstagramFacebookPastor Mark Sowersby accepted the position of Lead Pastor at Calvary Community Church in the summer of 2021. He grew up in North Attleboro, MA, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Zion Bible College/Northpoint Bible College. He has been an ordained minister with the Assembly of God for 25 years. Pastor Mark also leads a ministry called Forgiving the Nightmare. In 2019 he went through a time of great healing and began speaking about the experiences of his past, God’s grace, and the transformational work of forgiveness in his life. He now speaks about his story through his ministry and book Forgiving The Nightmare.When he isn’t serving his congregation and his community through ministry, teaching, and support, you can find him on all the trails and lakes of New England, spending time with his family. He and his wife Jennifer are blessed with four healthy children. Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 132: Finding Strength in the Face of Adversity: A Story of Resilience with Michele Arnoldy
Feb 6 2024
Episode 132: Finding Strength in the Face of Adversity: A Story of Resilience with Michele Arnoldy
In this episode, we had the privilege of speaking with Michele Arnoldy, a woman who has experienced incredible breakthroughs in her life. Michele shares her personal journey of navigating through the challenges of her husband's mental illness and PTSD, ultimately leading to his tragic death by suicide.Michele's story is a powerful testament to the strength and resilience that can be found in leaning on God during the darkest times. Despite the heartbreak and pain, Michele's faith in Jesus remained unwavering, and she found hope and healing through her relationship with Him.Chapters00:00 Introduction01:20 Guest's Background05:08 Encountering Jesus and Surrendering07:45 Meeting Chris and Sharing Jesus10:15 Chris' Decision to Go Back to the Military11:40 Year-Long Argument and Decision to Enlist15:55 Chris's Deployment to Afghanistan19:42 Strain on Marriage and Emotional Rollercoaster26:01 Chris's Return and Reuniting31:47 Moving to South Carolina and Dating Again34:10 Moving to Des Moines, Iowa36:13 Chris' Struggles with PTSD38:40 Chris' Admission and Seeking Help39:33 Chris' Job Loss and Behavioral Changes43:29 Navigating the Emotional Impact of Chris' Death46:03 Finding Breakthrough Through JesusGuest's bio and social handles:Facebook: @coach2potentialInstagram: @michelearnoldyMichelle Arnoldy has been a mentor at heart for 10-plus years. She has formally spoken into people's lives, molding them personally and professionally. Her life goal is never to stop growing herself to add value to others, and her passion is living well with purpose and intentionally helping others to do the same. Michelle worked as an RN for nearly four decades, primarily in yard departments, and she wrote a memoir now spanning her 20-year difficult marriage to her late husband, Chris. She shares a strong message of hope during the tragedy of his death, her vulnerability with intermarriage trials, the challenges of mental illness, the truth of her faith journey, and how her faith sustained her throughout that time. This memoir is called "His Last Breath: A Soldier, his wife, and the Man That Saved Them Both." But Michelle is a proud mother of three sons and two daughters in love and five little grand littles. She lives hilltop in an old English cottage in South Minneapolis with her two doggie roommates, Macy and Sadie. Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 131: The Power of Prayer: A Conversation with Pray.com Co-Founder Matt Potter
Jan 23 2024
Episode 131: The Power of Prayer: A Conversation with Pray.com Co-Founder Matt Potter
In this conversation, Matt Potter, co-founder of Pray.com, shares his journey of faith and how it led him to create the popular prayer app. He emphasizes the importance of prayer and the ease of having a personal relationship with God. Matt also discusses the features and benefits of Pray.com, including daily devotionals, biblical sagas, and a community feed for prayer requests. He highlights the impact of the app on people's lives, including stories of how it has helped individuals in difficult times. Overall, Pray.com aims to create a world where everyone leaves a legacy of helping others through prayer and community.TakeawaysPrayer is a personal and easy way to connect with God, and there is no wrong way to pray.Prayer has a positive impact on mental health, reducing anxiety and depression.Pray.com offers a variety of features, including daily devotionals, biblical sagas, and a community feed for prayer requests.The app has had a significant impact on people's lives, providing comfort, support, and a sense of community.Pray.com's vision is to create a world where everyone leaves a legacy of helping others through prayer and community.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Guest's Background03:40 Early Journey of Faith of Matt05:48 Growing Up in Church08:00 Matt's Relationship with God11:45 How To Pray 14:00 How Prayer.com Started and Its Founders' Stories18:40 Prayer and Mental Health22:36 Features and Benefits of Pray.com26:50 Pray.com's Vision29:48 Creating Community through Pray.com31:30 Impact of Pray.com37:42 ConclusionResources mentioned:Pray.comGuest's bio and social handles:InstagramMatthew Potter–PRAY.ComCo-Founder & Head of Strategic Relationships Matthew Potter co-founded Pray.com, the world’s #1 app for daily prayer and faith-based audio content, driven by a mission to grow faith and cultivate community. He brings expertise in strategizing change, building tech products and apps, and finding markets in the continuously evolving technology industry.At a time when Potter was looking for ways to give back and become more spiritually connected, he serendipitously ran into his friend Steve Gatena at a coffee shop in Santa Monica, Calif. He could tell Gatena had been struggling, and they spoke of the recent loss of his friend and business partner in a plane crash but how he was beginning to find hope again through prayer. Shortly after that divine run-in, Potter joined forces with Gatena to launch Pray.com, desiring to apply his expertise to do something bigger for the Kingdom of God.Before Pray.com, while he was still a student at Boise State University, Potter created HomeStack, a white-label real estate app. HomeStack launched in 2012, and Potter served as CEO until he stepped down to become a part of the team at Pray.com. Potter continues to serve as Chairman of the Board for HomeStack. In addition, Potter has developed over 6K apps.Calling Southern California home, Potter is from Westlake Village, Calif., and enjoys traveling to new countries, investing in real estate, and visiting new sports stadiums. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. Recently Potter has been featured on multiple podcasts including Seek. Go. Create. and The Mike Thakur ShowCall to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find...
Episode 130: The 10 Commandments of Cash Flow Investing: Achieving Financial Freedom with Justin Donald
Jan 9 2024
Episode 130: The 10 Commandments of Cash Flow Investing: Achieving Financial Freedom with Justin Donald
On today's episode, we have Justin Donald, the founder of The Lifestyle Investor and known as the "Warren Buffett of lifestyle investing." Justin shares his personal journey of breaking free from financial constraints and achieving financial freedom through low-risk cash flow investing. With his straightforward investment system and 10 commandments of lifestyle investing, Justin negotiated deals with over 200 companies, generating sufficient passive income to leave his job within 21 months. His success led him to write a bestselling book called "The Lifestyle Investor," which provides valuable insights and strategies for achieving passive income and financial freedom. This episode offers listeners the opportunity to learn from Justin's expertise and gain inspiration to pursue their own financial breakthroughs.Timestamp Chapters:00:00 Introduction to Podcast01:20 Introduction to Justin Donald04:22 Justin's Faith Journey07:13 Motivation for Pursuing Investments and Financial Freedom09:10 Early Interest in Finance and Investing10:57 Journey to Financial Freedom11:56 Overcoming Doubt and Fear15:26 Milestones and Lessons Learned19:06 Perceptions of Mobile Home Parks22:30 Financial Breakthroughs and Freedom25:14 Perspective on Net Worth26:35 Financial Freedom and Family29:27 Getting Started with Cash Flow Investing32:40 Overcoming Guilt and Negative Mindsets35:28 Aligning Investments with Biblical Principles37:36 Faith in Major Investment Decisions39:24 Peace of Mind and Trusting God41:19 Fun Fact about Justin45:47 Closing RemarksResources mentioned:The Lifestyle Investor Guest's bio and social handles:FacebookInstagramYouTubeLinkedInEntrepreneur Magazine calls Justin Donald the “Warren Buffett of Lifestyle Investing.” As the founder of The Lifestyle Investor and a master of low-risk cash flow investing, Justin’s ethos is to “create wealth without creating a job.” He simplifies complex financial strategies, structuring deals, and disciplined investment systems that consistently yield profitable results. After 21 months of investing, and before his 37th birthday, Justin’s investments generated sufficient passive income for him and his wife Jennifer to leave their jobs. Following his straightforward investment system and 10 Commandments of Lifestyle Investing, Justin negotiated deals with over 200 companies, multiplied his net worth to over nine figures, and continues to maintain a family-centric lifestyle. Justin's extensive entrepreneurial experience includes owning several profitable real estate-related businesses, one of the largest mobile home park portfolios in the U.S., various additional rental property portfolios, Orangetheory Fitness and KidStrong franchises, and multiple successful operating companies. One notable venture is Stellar, a residential maintenance and rehab company that Justin co-founded, that recently completed its Series B funding round, led by Alerion Ventures and S3 Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Texas.Justin was recently invited to participate as a SXSW investor judge and speak at Texas Rangers Stadium. He is a member of Tiger 21 and serves on the board of Front Row Foundation International. Through his
Episode 129: Overcoming Loneliness: A Deep Dive into its Impact and Practical Solutions
Dec 26 2023
Episode 129: Overcoming Loneliness: A Deep Dive into its Impact and Practical Solutions
SummaryThis podcast episode explores the topic of loneliness and its impact on individuals' well-being. Todd and Wendie discuss the prevalence of chronic loneliness and its designation as an epidemic by the Surgeon General. They share personal experiences with loneliness and highlight the emotional, spiritual, and physiological consequences it can have. The importance of community and reaching out to those who are lonely is emphasized, along with practical steps to combat loneliness. The hosts also discuss examples of individuals who have made a difference in the lives of lonely individuals. The episode concludes with a reminder to find comfort in God and His promises.TakeawaysLoneliness is a prevalent issue and has been designated as an epidemic by the Surgeon General.Chronic loneliness can have negative impacts on emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.Reaching out to those who are lonely and creating community is important for combating loneliness.Practical steps to combat loneliness include joining community groups, volunteering, and reaching out to others.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Discussion of Loneliness01:16 Loneliness as an Epidemic02:56 Wendie on Chronic Loneliness04:08 The Impact of Loneliness on Health05:08 Definition of Loneliness06:19 The Importance of Community07:27 Personal Experience with Loneliness09:20 Emotional and Spiritual Consequences of Loneliness10:20 The Desire for Isolation11:23 Acknowledging and Addressing Loneliness12:21 Practical Steps to Combat Loneliness15:40 Examples of Reaching Out to the Lonely20:00 Creating Community and Connection22:00 Finding Comfort in God and His Promises23:00 Conclusion and Closing RemarksCall to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 128: "The Boy You Didn't Want Your Daughter Around" Becomes the Inspiration Behind a Media Business Devoted to Overcoming Addiction with Pastor Chuck Reich
Dec 12 2023
Episode 128: "The Boy You Didn't Want Your Daughter Around" Becomes the Inspiration Behind a Media Business Devoted to Overcoming Addiction with Pastor Chuck Reich
Chuck Reich's life was once a turbulent whirlwind of drugs and reckless abandon, a life marred by the never-ending call of temptation: "the boy you didn't want your daughter to be around" in his words. But then Chuck encountered Jesus and his life transformed. Chuck left behind the shadows of his past and embarked on a spiritual journey that led him to become a pastor, offering guidance and hope to those grappling with similar struggles he once faced. Today, he is the driving force behind Overcomers TV, a platform dedicated to helping others find the strength to overcome their own battles and discover the transformative power of faith in Christ. We hope you'll listen to Pastor Chuck Reich's story and be in awe of the resilience of the human spirit and the profound healing of body and soul that is possible through faith in Jesus.In this interview with Pastor Reich, you'll learn:-Chuck was a legit villain, spiraling to rock bottom until his 30's...03:30-God's Word slowly made his way into Chuck's heart and lifestyle...09:30-Chuck surrenders completely to God's will and becomes a true servant...15:00-Keep trying to quit, and you'll eventually be able to quit - with God's help...19:00-Encouragement for anyone struggling with addiction, either personally or a loved one...22:45-How addiction distorts self-awareness and affects our quality of life negatively...25:20-Founding origins of and the good that comes from Overcomers TV...28:30-Success stories shared from Overcomers TV...31:30-We're all one decision away from stupid...34:45-And much more!Resources mentioned:Overcomers TVGuest's bio and social handles:FacebookInstagramTwitterOn August 23, 2007, Chuck was led to launch Horizon Media Studios. The mission was to produce Television programs highlighting the Body of Christ in action which would complement the great teaching and preaching on Christian TV Networks. HMS has partnered with over 225 Christ-centered, Bible-believing ministries, producing segments and half-hour documentaries for “REVELATIONS” and “ANSWERING THE CALL”. Chuck became an ordained Pastor on July 13, 2008. He has a real heart for evangelism/discipleship and has a passion to teach the Bible in small group settings. Chuck is married to Annette, they live in Farmington, New Mexico where Annette is President of Navajo Ministries – Four Corners Home for Children. Chuck also pastors Fruitland Christian Fellowship.Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 127: A Real Life Superhero Going Out on Faith to Reach the Truly Needy featuring Shane O'Rourke
Nov 28 2023
Episode 127: A Real Life Superhero Going Out on Faith to Reach the Truly Needy featuring Shane O'Rourke
What do you think of when you hear the term "superhero"? Maybe a muscular man or woman donning a cape, flying through the night sky to foil the plans of evildoers who wish harm upon the human race.While those make for good comic books and movies, the truth is that real heroes don't appear to be anything special, but have an inward fire to make an impact that far exceeds what their earthly powers may appear to be able to make.Shane O'Rourke is one of these people, and we were thrilled to get him to sit down and chat with us about his journey of faith, and founding his organization Lift UP, whose unique "100%" giving model allows unprecedented amounts of funds to go directly to projects, all of which have been carefully vetted by Shane and his staff.We invite you to grab your favorite beverage and listen in to our conversation with a young man who is making miracles happen all over the globe!In this interview with Shane, you'll discover:-Shane's faith journey as a young child...03:30-Advice for parents to foster the calling in their children...06:15-How the vision of missions crystallized in Shane's mind and life...08:30-The unique structure of the Lift Up platform...16:15-How Lift Up selects the projects to fund...19:30-How to hear the voice of the Lord in seeking His will for our lives and careers....22:50-Why do people choose alternate voices over the voice of the Lord?...24:30-What is Lift Up Local?...27:30-Build awareness globally by focusing on local needs...31:30-And much more!Resources mentioned:Lift UpGuest's bio and social handles:FacebookInstagramYouTubeLinkedInShane is a proud husband and father of two beautiful young children. He's an alum of Bethel University and enjoys time at the beach or on the basketball court. An entrepreneur with a significant vision, he's committed to making a meaningful impact on those who need it the most. After a transformative trip to Haiti, he launched Lift Up in 2018. Since then, the platform has grown from impacting one child to nearly 250,000 people in need.Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
BONUS: From Spines to Salvation – The Incredible Journey of Dr. Pete Sulack
Nov 21 2023
BONUS: From Spines to Salvation – The Incredible Journey of Dr. Pete Sulack
Welcome to another riveting episode of Your Biggest Breakthrough! Today, we're joined by a unique individual whose profession and passion beautifully intertwine – Dr. Pete Sulack. While many know him as a talented chiropractor who's touched countless lives with his healing hands, there's an even deeper story to be uncovered. Journey with us as we delve into how Dr. Sulack transitioned from adjusting spines to adjusting lives through the power of the cross of Christ.In places like Ghana and Pakistan, Dr. Sulack has ventured into the heart of darkness, using his resources to literally redeem individuals out of the chains of slavery and bring them into the light of hope. Amidst great pain and suffering, he’s been a beacon of hope, sharing the transformative gospel of Jesus Christ to lost souls seeking solace.Discover how one man's commitment to healing transcends borders, breaks chains, and introduces hope to those who need it most. This isn't just a tale of chiropractic magic but an inspiring narrative of faith, resilience, and unyielding love.Join us and prepare to be moved, inspired, and uplifted.In this interview with Dr. Pete, you'll learn:-How Dr. Pete came into intimate relationship with Jesus...04:40-Work as a chiropractor used to infiltrate culture with the Gospel...09:00-Community with other believers is how we bear fruit spiritually...11:45-How God spoke directly to Dr. Pete about ministering in Pakistan...15:00-Do we fear intimacy with God because we fear what it might reveal?...19:20-The history and mission of Matthew 10 Ministries...23:45-How our spiritual condition affects our physical health...28:15-And much more...Resources mentioned:Dr. Pete's websiteMatthew10.comGuest's bio and social handles:Instagram: @drpetesulack @redeemchiropracticFacebook: @matthew10international @Dr.PeteSulack@redeemchiropracticDr. Pete Sulack is a chiropractor by day and an anointed evangelist by day AND night! He is a family man based out of Knoxville, TN. More than that, he is simply a son of the Most High God! In 2006 he started Matthew 10 International as a way to have an offering to the Lord from his businesses. Matthew 10 is dedicated to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, serving widows and orphans, ministering to the sick, and empowering pastors and leaders. Since its beginning, Dr. Pete has been around the world 25 times and preached to crowds of all sizes, from a few hundred slave laborers in brick factories in the Middle East to over a million souls in Nigeria, and all sizes in between! He is also the author of The Joseph Blessing with Jordan Rubin and has a clinic, Redeem Health & Chiropractic which supports the ministry of Matthew 10. It is in this setting that Dr. Pete is known as America’s Leading Stress Expert. At Redeem Health stage-four cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ailments — all miraculously healed by the power of Jesus Christ. Dr. Pete has over 20 years of experience serving all ages – from infancy to 100. The Redeem Health experience has been carefully designed to help “break the cycle” of...
Episode 126: Overcoming a Seeming Death Sentence to Discover a Hidden Heavenly Fire with Tahni Cullen
Nov 14 2023
Episode 126: Overcoming a Seeming Death Sentence to Discover a Hidden Heavenly Fire with Tahni Cullen
In the spirit of overcoming tremendous adversity, as we discussed in our previous episode with Mark Black, we introduce to you today Tahni Cullen. Tahni was blessed with a beautiful baby, who was named Josiah, "Fire of God." However, within just a couple of years, it was evident that Josiah was a bit different. He was sadly diagnosed with autism, leaving Tahni and her husband devastated.Yet, rather than wallow in self-pity, Tahni and her husband chose to seek the best care for Josiah, which eventually led them to realize that Josiah may be different from his peers, but he has a true fire within that inspires others in ways so-called "ordinary" people can.In this interview with Tahni, you'll learn:-The discovery of Josiah's autism, and the initial response to it...02:45-Where is hope when there is no hope?...05:45-Vaccines and inoculations and their role in bringing about autism...08:50-The moment Tahni had a ray of hope for the future of Josiah...14:00-Josiah has a major breakthrough in his learning and development!...19:00-You'll do anything to help a child become what God means for it to become...22:10-The importance of self-care while caring for another...28:00-Supportive relationships outside the marriage while caring for a special-needs child...34:00-Surprising results from Tahni writing her book about her experiences...37:00-And much more...Resources mentioned:Josiah's Fire bookJosiah's Fire Facebook pageGuest's bio and social handles:I have loved God and the Bible for as long as I can remember. I was seven-years-old when my daddy built me a wooden pulpit. I put on my plaid three-piece wool suit on a snowed-in Sunday to deliver a message on obedience to my family in the living room. Then, one day as this wonderful invention showed up at our house–a VCR–I picked up a flair for the theatrical as I would rewind and rehearse lines from the likes of “Anne of Green Gables.” The love of communication in writing, speaking, theater and sharing compelling stories has always run deep for me. It’s funny how you can trace those traits way back even to your childhood.Little did I know that language and expression that I loved the most would be whisked away from my only son, leaving me wounded and speechless before my God. An autism diagnosis at age two for our little boy, Josiah, was so swift, so final, with the words, “No known cause. No known cure. Lifelong.” My deepest question was, “Wow, what happens to hope when there is no hope?” Everything that I loved, believed in, and thought I knew about God got tested. If Jesus was Burden-Bearer, I knew somehow I would have to see if He would be that for me when the pressure of sickness, work, marriage, loneliness, finances, and spiritual wrestling dog-piled on our lives.Like so many things—impossible things—we are told to accept them and to learn to manage and to cope. The world is always trying to get us to just face facts and not to get our hopes up. “Your daughter is dead, Jairus. Why bother the teacher anymore?” But just when the facts start to get locked in as the “final answer,” if we listen hard enough, we will always hear Jesus say the same words He said to this dented father: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Does the same Jesus we serve today still sound like this?It’s a complex road these days to a simple faith like this: don’t fear; just believe. I’d been desperately pursuing healing for five years, and learned so much about what intimacy with God, my identity in Christ, and my inheritance really meant to living out a Christ-following life. But despite our gallant efforts to help our son, my boy still
Episode 125: How Mark Black Overcame a Death Sentence and Now Runs Marathons With a Transplanted Heart and Lungs!
Oct 31 2023
Episode 125: How Mark Black Overcame a Death Sentence and Now Runs Marathons With a Transplanted Heart and Lungs!
"Transform adversity into your competitive advantage." A phrase perhaps heard in any number of motivational talks you've attended, or hard lessons when "life happens" in its many forms and fashions. Our guest today, Mark Black, has experienced adversity we've never encountered before on this show - and that's saying a lot! For you see, Mark was essentially given a death sentence at the age of 23 when he was told he had congestive heart failure and lung failure. And he needed a transplant of both organs, and from the same donor!Against the odds, Mark received his transplant, and went on to inspire everyone around him by running marathons and using his incredible story to encourage those who are going through their own brand of adversity.Enjoy today's show!In this interview with Mark, you'll learn:-Mark's journey through multiple abnormalities from day one...05:00-Challenges faced throughout childhood after multiple heart surgeries...09:00-Mark's parents' strategies for teaching resilience and learning from consequences...12:45-Dealing with congestive heart failure and a heart transplant during the college years...15:00-Where was Mark internally and spiritually while essentially living in a hospital?...20:46-Acceptance and adaptation are the key elements of the journey to resilience...26:30-The Call comes letting know the donated organs are available...29:15-Reactions spiritually, physically and mentally to carry another person's organs...32:30-The thought process leading to the decision to run marathons after the transplants...35:00-Advice to anyone going through immense challenges emotionally or physically...39:15-Mark's ministry to others in light of overcoming his challenges...43:00Mark's bio and social handles:TED Talk with Mark BlackMark's personal websiteFacebookInstagramLinkedInMark Black is the only man in history to have run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark survived two dangerous open-heart surgeries before the age of one. Twenty-two years later, after waiting on the transplant list for nearly a year, Mark was blessed to survive a perilous heart and double-lung transplant,Three years later, he ran his first full marathon. Then he did it, three more times. A resilience expert, speaker, coach, and author, Mark helps people “Break Through” their limitations and transform adversity into their competitive advantage. He is a Certified Speaking Professional has inspired more than 200,000 people at more than 600 organizations including Exxon Mobil and Mercedes Benz. Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Marise and their three children; Emma, Matteo, and Caleb. Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read...
Episode 124: Summit Connections: Scaling Society's Mountains with Chad Hawley
Oct 17 2023
Episode 124: Summit Connections: Scaling Society's Mountains with Chad Hawley
Introducing Chad Hawley, the ingenious founder behind the Nexus Mountain Network—a platform built to conquer the formidable "mountains" of government, religion, education, arts & entertainment, family, business, and media. Inspired by a life-changing medical diagnosis, Chad embarked on his mission to foster meaningful discussions across society's pillars.With an unshakable belief in the power of collective action, Chad sought to intertwine the complexities of human existence within the digital landscape of the Nexus Mountain Network. Here, users find a sanctuary where they can explore their passions, exchange ideas, and collectively strive to create a more harmonious society.Chad's vision extends beyond the platform as he uses it to promote advocacy and sustainable practices in every sphere of life. By encouraging users to connect their experiences in these different domains, the Nexus Mountain Network inspires transformative change on a global scale.Today, Chad Hawley's extraordinary creation stands tall as a testament to his unwavering dedication to fostering connections and positive engagement across the various "mountains" of society. The Nexus Mountain Network beckons thinkers, advocates, and individuals from all walks of life to join forces, scale the peaks of each mountain, and create a world where human potential intertwines in harmony.In this interview with Chad, you'll learn:-How a devastating medical diagnosis led to the founding of the Nexus Mountain Network...03:15-What is the Network, and what does it do anyway?...06:45-The doctor/prophet reveals a stunning revelation regarding Chad's cancer...10:00-What changed in light of the good news at the doctor's office...13:20-Chad's faith journey...15:10-We're called to be "that guy" who loves Jesus in this fallen world...19:00-A lesson from an Old Testament in pursuing the correct calling for our lives...24:00-The Seven Mountains, and how to discover your purpose in life...26:20-Unity gives courage...31:00-How to craft a personal purpose statement...35:30-And much more...Resources mentioned:Nexus Mountain NetworkGuest's bio and social handles:FacebookTwitterLinkedInChad Hawley is the Founder of the worldwide NEXUS Mountain Network and the NEXUS Podcast. He has a Master of Business Degree from Wayne State University and spent twenty years a part of the Pharmaceutical Industry in sales, marketing, training, and management. He is the author of 'Purpose Will Save Your Life.'Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more...
Episode 123: Resurrected by Faith: The Extraordinary Journey of Steffani Besch
Oct 3 2023
Episode 123: Resurrected by Faith: The Extraordinary Journey of Steffani Besch
In today's most compelling episode, we delve into the miraculous account of Steffani Besch, now a seasoned minister, but who as a young girl endured an extraordinary incident that defied all rational explanation.At a local swimming pool on an ordinary summer day in 1979, 13-year-old Steffani embarked on what all expected to be a fun-filled afternoon with friends. However, fate took an unforeseen turn when Steffani was accidentally knocked unconscious and sank to the bottom of the pool. Unnoticed by anyone around, it wasn't until several agonizing minutes later that her absence was realized.As panic set in, Steffani's friends and pool-goers frantically pulled her lifeless body from the water. By the time medical assistance arrived and she was transported to the hospital, she had been clinically dead for an astounding 30 minutes. To all appearances, her young life had slipped away, leaving those around her in disbelief and profound sorrow.But in this dark moment of desperation, faith took center stage. Amidst the tears and prayers, one friend, driven by an unwavering belief, called on the name of Jesus in desperate supplication. The power of this heartfelt plea ignited a chain of events that would rewrite the rules of science and medicine.Inexplicably, as doctors and paramedics continued their efforts, Steffani Besch's heart began to beat once again, as if the hands of time had reversed themselves. Against all odds, she was brought back from the brink, defying medical logic and leaving experts utterly astonished.In this gripping podcast, we explore the astonishing details of Steffani's near-death experience, the profound impact on those who witnessed this surreal event, and the lasting repercussions on her life and faith. Join us as we unravel the threads of this mesmerizing journey, reflecting on the potential of faith to transcend the boundaries of life and death. Through Steffani's story, we confront the mysteries that lie at the intersection of science and spirituality, ultimately inviting our listeners to ponder the immeasurable depths of human resilience and the enduring power of hope.In this interview with Steffani, you'll learn:-Steffani shares about her childhood and spiritual birth...04:30-"Take the bad, and leave it there; take the good, and take it with you"...06:30-The incredible story of how Steffani was literally raised from the dead...08:30-"The only thing we could think to do is to call on the name of Jesus"...16:00-God is the light through the darkness...19:30-What was going on within while Steffani was physically dead?...24:00-A battle for Steffani's soul plays out in the immediate aftermath of the accident...27:30-If we would just step out in faith and embrace the power of prayer...30:30-Will we choose faithfulness and love, or live in fear?...38:50-The next step to break free from brokenness and fear...42:00-How did God keep Steffani alive, even when she was physically dead?...48:30-And much more...Resources mentioned:Besch MinistriesGod's View TV showGuest's bio and social handles:Facebook InstagramYouTubeLinkedInCall to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit...
Episode 122: Taking Risks Puts Us in Constant Dependence On the Lord
Sep 19 2023
Episode 122: Taking Risks Puts Us in Constant Dependence On the Lord
Wendie and Todd both traveled to San Diego, CA recently, and while there caught up with Justin Maina, a self-described "fear hunter" (see a link to our interview with Justin below). Justin led us on an adventure that would strike legitimate fear into most people - us included. But we made it through okay, and the entire experience made us think about how we're so often driven by fear when calculating risks in our lives.We asked ourselves questions like:Why do we so often assume the absolute worst is going to happen when making decisions? If we're making a decision believing God will have our back, is it really a risk at all?How can we strengthen our faith in God so that some of the natural fear we experience when making decisions will dissipate a bit?We decided to sit down and record a podcast for you all on this topic. We hope you enjoy it, and come away from it encouraged in God's ability to deliver us from that which we fear when we walk trusting in Him.In this episode you'll discover:-Wendie and Todd went through a major risk while visiting San Diego...03:30-What is God showing you regarding the risk you're taking?...09:00-We tend to go to the negative things when weighing outcomes...12:45-Fear is rooted in not trusting God to deliver you from your trial...17:00-And much more...Resources mentioned:Your Biggest Breakthrough Episode 94 with Justin MainaCall to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 121: Invest in Your Health and Discover the Ultimate Financial Investment for a Fulfilling Life with Krisstina Wise
Sep 5 2023
Episode 121: Invest in Your Health and Discover the Ultimate Financial Investment for a Fulfilling Life with Krisstina Wise
Are you yearning for a profound sense of inner peace and fulfillment in your life? Wondering how to find balance and true wealth that encompasses every aspect of your being? In today's episode, our guest Krisstina Wise shares a truly unique solution to help you achieve a holistic definition of wealth. By diving deep into the realms of balance and surrender, while remaining centered on principles found in the Holy Scriptures, Krisstina equips her clients with the tools and insights necessary to unlock a life filled with abundance, contentment, and harmony. Join us as we explore the path to finding balance and embracing a more fulfilling existence!In this episode, you will be able to:Expose the intricate tie between one's financial state and feelings of personal value.Grasp the importance of accepting and celebrating your background as a means of overcoming shame.Ascertain how an obsessive quest for wealth can unintentionally impair your overall wellness.Recognize the importance of establishing a balanced perspective that considers both health and financial success.Unearth the wisdom of considering good health as an essential element on the road to financial prosperity.Meet Krisstina WiseKrisstina Wise, a renowned real estate mogul, fiercely devout learner, and an acclaimed author, had humble beginnings, living in a caravan during her initial days. Taking that as motivation, she tirelessly worked her way up to become a reputed figure in the real estate world and eventually one of the 100 most influential leaders of the industry in America. Krisstina’s illustrious career, however, met a hurdle when she was hit with a grave illness. That incident changed her perspective and set her on a new path of embracing an enriched understanding of health, wealth, and their correlation. In her current role as a money coach and a speaker, Krisstina's powerful insights inspire others to find their balance between wealth and wellbeing.Key moments in this episode:01:00 - Introducing Christina Wise04:44 - Overcoming Shame and Embarrassment09:38 - The Seduction of Material Possessions11:45 - The Never-Ending Quest for More13:25 - Dealing with Identity Crisis14:53 - Worthiness and Money16:55 - Chaotic Circumstances as Wake-Up Calls21:23 - Three Buckets of Money24:10 - Lifestyle Architecture27:15 - Health Issues and Wake-Up Call30:45 - Surrendering and Praying for a Miracle33:29 - God's Love and Mercy35:36 - The Correlation Between Money and Health38:13 - Loving Yourself and Valuing Your Health41:08 - The Importance of Investing in Health43:07 - The Relationship Between Money and Health44:16 - Becoming an Example of What's Possible46:27 - Making Money Fun47:22 - Wrapping Up and Call to ActionResources mentioned in this episode: Wealthy Wellthy LifeWisemoneymethod.comCall to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 120: Always Go All Out! A Conversation With the Inspiration for the Film "The Hill"
Aug 23 2023
Episode 120: Always Go All Out! A Conversation With the Inspiration for the Film "The Hill"
Today we welcome to the show Rickey Hill, who's incredible story of perseverance served as the inspiration for the major feature film "The Hill" starring Dennis Quaid!Rickey Hill will be the first to tell you "The Hill" isn't about him. "The Hill" refers to the pitching mound on the ball field. While making it to the major leagues is extremely difficult for even a person of optimal health, Rickey achieved it after being diagnosed with severe spinal degenerative disease as a young boy.And though his major league career was short-lived as his condition finally caught up to him, his pursuit of the dream of playing baseball at the highest level inspired everyone around him, and will surely inspire many many more through the release of the film.We were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to interview Rickey in advance of the film, so we hope you'll listen to his story and treat yourself to a night at the movies soon!In this interview with Rickey, you'll learn:-Rickey's childhood and learning of his degenerative spine disease...03:15-Rickey's personal faith journey...07:30-The day the braces came off, but then another issue looms on the horizon...09:15-What drove Rickey to pursue the big leagues, in spite of his spinal condition...12:18-Why do people quit so easily?...15:00-Handling the tension between the father's differing plans for Rickey's career...16:20-What Rickey hopes to achieve through the upcoming movie release...19:00-There's always someone who's got it worse off than you...23:30-And much more!Resources mentioned:The Hill official siteGuest's bio and social handles:FacebookThe Baseball Legend and Inspiration for THE HILL movie.Born in Fort Worth, Texas to a poor Baptist preacher, Rickey Hill’s life was a symphony of trials. Despite adversity, from poverty, bullying due to the braces on his legs, and balancing expectations and dreams, Rickey’s relentless pursuit of his passion in baseball made him one of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen. His life is proof that every day is a canvas for growth, an opportunity to overcome hurdles and emerge stronger. Rickey’s journey is more than just a success story – it’s an inspiration for all to never let go of their dreams.Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 119: Arranged Marriages, Revolting Women Against Tyranny, and Speaking Truth to Life with Lily Meschi of Iran Alive Ministries!
Aug 8 2023
Episode 119: Arranged Marriages, Revolting Women Against Tyranny, and Speaking Truth to Life with Lily Meschi of Iran Alive Ministries!
Today's episode is a bit of a follow up to our recent episode featuring Dr. Hormoz Shariat of Iran Alive ministries. It features Lily Meschi, the Director of Partner Relations with Iran Alive. Like virtually all Iranians, Lily grew up in a fundamentalist Muslim home, being taught that God is "always angry" with humanity, and that we should fear Him. Not in a positive way that we in the West may think of fearing God, but perpetual fear that God would judge, convict and execute for committing sins.After entering an arranged marriage, which eventually ended badly, Lily relied on the truth of the Scriptures to endure through years of abuse, isolation and uncertainty. Now Lily is alive in spirit, and works tirelessly to raise awareness of the many human rights abuses which take place in Iran - and share stories of victory over human and spiritual oppression through the power of the Gospel!In this episode, you'll learn:-Lily's story of being raised in a fundamentalist home, and finding the Lord as a young adult...04:00-How Lily's life drastically changed in wake of her father's bankruptcy in Iran...08:50-Life growing up with arranged marriages, and having eyes opened to marrying for love after leaving...15:23-Confused and isolated by enduring abuse and not being able to confide with loved ones about the struggles...21:00-Stricken by "behold, all things become new" almost immediately after praying to be set free from bondage...26:00-Leaving the troubled marriage for the sake of sanity, and the welfare of her child...30:15-Thoughts on the ongoing women's uprising in Iran from the perspective of the Gospel...36:45-What is Iran Alive up to now?...41:00-And much more...Resources mentioned:Iran AliveIran's Great Awakening by Hormoz ShariatGuest's bio and social handles:IG: @lily_meschi and @iran.alive.ministriesLily Meschi: Director of Partner Relations for Iran Alive. With a passion “to live life on purpose,” Lily Meschi serves in ministry for Iran Alive as the Director of Partners Relations.Through her own experiences as an Iranian Woman, Lily offers profound insight into the current protests in Iran for women’s rights.Lily was born and raised in a Muslim family in Tehran, Iran. At the age of 18, her family moved to the U.S. Through a chain of painful hardships relating to her rights as anIranian woman, Lily came to discover Christianity. In her freedom found in her own testimony, she has developed a heart for Iranian women who, like herself, have undergone similar oppression and loneliness.Lily often speaks on the corrupt practices of arranged marriages of young women to older men in the Middle East, amongst other norms in their societies. She takes pride in working at Iran Alive Ministries, where she can speak about cultural dispositions such as arranged marriages and the strong grip of abusive male domination in the culture.Lily first heard about Iran Alive Ministries from a satellite television program. Encouraged in hearing the Gospel from an Iranian woman in a way she could understand, her passion for Christianity grew—so much so that she went on to pursue education in Bible college, learning more about the faith and history of Christianity.Professionally, she’s operated in several Fortune 500 companies, boutique retail banking institutions and in wholesale investing in the financial industry. Today, she works full-time alongside Dr. Shariat for Iran Alive Ministries. She has recently been featured in the following media: Life Today,
Episode 118: Invincible Joy, and Chasing "God-Sized Dreams" with Oliver Asher
Jul 25 2023
Episode 118: Invincible Joy, and Chasing "God-Sized Dreams" with Oliver Asher
We begin today's episode asking the question, "What's the difference between joy and happiness?" Wait, doesn't joy mean happiness? No, not necessarily. Joy oftentimes means seeing the good in sometimes overwhelmingly unhappy circumstances.Our guest began his walk on this earth in circumstances that may seem to be unhappy to many of us. Such as living in a tool shed with no electricity for 6 years. But through that, and even losing a sibling as a child, Oliver Asher learned to embrace God's love whether his soul was happy or sorrowful.Now Oliver specializes in international missions, helping others around the globe come to the same realization he did so many years ago. That happiness is not what we should pursue - but to be joyful in spite of our circumstances, for better or for worse.In this episode, you'll learn:-How to distinguish "joy" from "happiness" and the importance to embrace joy in all circumstances...04:30-a fresh start after a rocky beginning to life at age 14...06:15-Oliver's first "God-sized dream" was attending college at U. of Virginia...12:00-Discovering joy (not necessarily happiness) in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances...16:30-Positive influences (guardian angels) in Oliver's life...19:30-Learning to rely on God during the first years in college...22:45-Walking in faith with the decision to relocate to the DR...28:20-"Dreams" without a plan is a fantasy...31:40-The two essential questions to ask when you're pursuing a "God-sized dream"...33:10-"Invincible joy" is Jesus within you, the hope of glory...37:45-Oliver's future plans for ministry...41:30-And much more...Resources mentioned:Oliver's WebsiteGuest's bio and social handles:Instagram: @oliverasherofficialFacebookOliver and his wife Andrea graduated from the University of Virginia, married, and moved to the Dominican Republic to be missionaries - all in the space of three months. Their life together with Jesus and their 5 children has continued to be an adventure. After completing his master’s in civil engineering at UVA, the Lord called Oliver to Advancing Native Missions after he had worked as an environmental engineer. Oliver has a passion for building teams. He loves encouraging the ANM staff; and both equipping, and advocating for native missionaries as they endeavor to reach the remaining unreached people groups of the world with the Gospel of Jesus. From Oliver Asher:"I'm not an extraordinary person. I came from next to nothing, from almost nowhere. But God had a plan and a purpose for my life. He picked me up from where I was and took me places I could never have expected to go. He invited me to join him in chasing his God-sized dreams for the world. And that is where I found invincible joy. “You may have the same story. Or at least you can, and I hope you will. That's what this book is for. I pray you will benefit from my story as you follow the Lord on your own adventure from where you came to where he wants to take you. I believe, as the Lord leads, you will end up with a stronger sense of God's purpose for your life and your place in his plan for the world. That's where you can find invincible joy too."About Advancing Native Missions: Since 1992, Advancing Native Missions (ANM) has helped individual Christians and local churches get involved in global missions in ways that make sense for them. ANM believes there’s a place for everyone in God’s global mission, even if they can’t travel to distant countries and remote tribes. Instead of sending American missionaries to other countries,...
Episode 117: How Our Rituals, and Awareness of Our Need for Jesus, Change When Apart From Our Loved Ones
Jul 11 2023
Episode 117: How Our Rituals, and Awareness of Our Need for Jesus, Change When Apart From Our Loved Ones
In 1 Thes. 2:17-19, Paul shares how his absence from the believers in that area of the world made him - and them - long for each other's physical presence. While an absence from a loved one can be uncomfortable, even painful in certain circumstances, the adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder" rings true. While we all need a proper amount of time to ourselves, it is the absence from the ones we love that makes us truly appreciate the time we have with them.In today's episode, Todd and Wendie share how their brief separation while Wendie is attending a health summit has affected each of their daily routines and rituals, and how being apart makes them long to be with each other again!In this short solosode with Todd and Wendie, you'll learn:-We change our habits and ways when we're apart from loved ones...03:30-Separations from familiar surroundings can remind us of our dependence on God...05:45-Complete, total control over the schedule leads to increased productivity for Todd...10:40-Clarity is given to our priorities when we are separated from certain people or surroundings...15:15-The big takeaway from today's podcast...20:40-And more...Call to action:To learn more about Wendie and her Visibly Fit program, visit wendiepett.comTo find out more about Todd and his coaching program for men, find him on the web at toddisberner.com.All the links you need to subscribe to the podcast are at both our websites! And if you feel so inclined, we'd be honored if you were to leave a rating and review of our show. It definitely helps with us being more visible to more people.And if we like it, we might just read your review on the podcast!
Episode 116: Jeremiah 29:11...In Heavy Metal Format with Benny DiChiara
Jun 27 2023
Episode 116: Jeremiah 29:11...In Heavy Metal Format with Benny DiChiara
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11This familiar scripture is the rallying cry for our guest in today's episode. Benny DiChiara suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in 2015. No one knows exactly what caused him to lose consciousness and hit his head when he fell. But it put him in his place, and gave him time to rest and think on what he really should be doing with his life.After hearing a call (literally) to form a new band, he wrote the lyrics for a song based on Jeremiah 29:11. Empowered has proven to be immensely popular with the youth, and shares God's love through their music. And although Benny lost his sense of taste in the aftermath of his fall in 2015, he certainly didn't lose his zany sense of humor, as you'll hear in this episode!In this episode with Benny, you'll learn:-The "incredible accident" which brought a new awareness of God's grace...03:00-God spoke to Benny while recovering from his accident...11:15-How a lifetime church attender finally found a personal relationship with Jesus...17:11-Understand the real story of those who appear to be "successful"...25:03-The story behind Benny's new album Yahweh Nissi...28:00-"If people don't feel Jesus when we're performing, we need to just quit"...34:35-How Benny got involved with Children's Cup ministries...37:20-One thing about Benny most people don't know...42:00-And much more...Resources mentioned:Rockin 4 Jesus websiteChildren's Cup ministriesGuest's bio and social handles:Instagram: @benny777 and @empowered_rockin4jesusFacebookBenny DiChiara is not fragile, yet he understands the fragility of life. He is not lost, but he knows the aimless paths of those who wander. He is not a victim, but he has experienced life-saving salvation from the inside out. His world has been shaken, but his feet are planted firmly on the strongest of foundations. And even as he faced an abyss of the unknown, he never did so alone. In October 2015, the singer, songwriter, businessman, motivational speaker, father, and husband endured a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that placed his life and future in peril. A fall sent him to the emergency room and ICU with a concussion and closed fracture of the skull base with subarachnoid, subdural, and extradural hemorrhage. The catastrophic injury could have easily ended his life or, at the least, compromised the quality of it. "I absolutely remember nothing from the first month after my injury," he shares. "It's just gone. Once I started to come out of it, there were memory gaps, speech issues, and walking issues. Everything looked surreal." The battle for his life and mind was not easy or quick. Amid the struggle, though, he clung to the knowledge that the battle for his heart had already been won. "I liken the experience to someone who is just lost, who feels like they cannot find their way," he shares. "You have no answers. But then there's Jesus." Hand-in-hand with his Savior, DiChiara not only defied medical odds; he discovered and plumbed the depths of burgeoning creative inspiration that merged into the most recent EP from his band, Empowered, entitled Three Days. "As I recovered, the injury did not affect my ability to make music," he shares. "I was afraid I would lose that gifting. Instead, He has elevated that gift."...
Episode 115: Words are a Currency We All Have Equal Access to with Tammy Kling
Jun 13 2023
Episode 115: Words are a Currency We All Have Equal Access to with Tammy Kling
How often do we hesitate to say the thing we know needs to be said to another person? Be it because of a fear of rejection, perhaps even a fear of success, we all too often hold back that thing that is on our mind toward another person.Tammy Kling is on a mission to encourage others to take that leap of faith and say the thing on your heart toward your spouse, children, coworkers, colleague, what have you."Words are currency," says Tammy. In many ways, they are more of an equalizer than fiduciary currency because we all have a voice, we all can minister to another human being even if we have nothing in our bank account.Listen in to today's episode, and hear how a one-time atheist battled the spiritual warfare within, and now gives a voice to thousands upon thousands with a platform devoted to glorifying God's kingdom on earth.In this episode with Tammy, you'll learn:-How an airline crash began to soften Tammy's heart toward God and her fellow man...05:30-The spiritual nature of the animosity of unbelievers toward Christians...11:00-"I can't even litter": Salvation manifests itself through a renewed conscience...17:15-What holds us back from taking action?...25:30-The importance of words in lifting up others...31:50-One thing about Tammy most people don't know...35:30-And much more...Resources mentioned:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bA2rTnpAF44Guest's bio and social handles:Instagram @onfirebooks and @tammyklingofficialFacebookTammy Kling is a global author who writes books that change lives. Her company The Writers Group builds books for CEOs, athletes, and 1 percenters. Her work has appeared in media such as Dateline NBC, Oprah, The Wallstreet Journal, and the Discovery Channel.TEDx producer, online strategist to build businesses and teams, Chief editor ✍️ leading a 15 year team of global writers through 2,546 books. Forbes writer, article creator, online community builder. Ghostwriter, copy writer, business coach and advertising executive experienced in project management, and building multi million dollar brands. CEO OnFire Books Leadership, an innovative content, curriculum and publishing company that creates training and leadership tools. Ritz Carlton, Frito Lay, and Mary Kay corporation have all engaged Kling and @onfirebooks on the Power of Words. She is a communications expert, sought after keynote speaker and founder of the Words are Currency Organization and The Conversation with World changers. Kling is also the CEO of OnFire Books, the company that creates legacy books, media and shows. TEDx talk WORDS are Currency changes the way organizations communicate. “You can save a life, and shape a culture, with bold Conversation.” Kling says. As the CEO of OnFire Books she guides world changers to write magnificent books that change lives. There's More to Life than the Corner Office, is a global book Tammy wrote with a leading CEO.Ritz Carlton: Her book WORDS has been used by the Ritz Carlton in their leadership training, as well as the Anaheim Angels baseball team and several other companies. In her talk to Pepsi, Tammy focused on igniting leaders to discover their leadership legacy, through an engaging process. Leaders wrote down one thing they needed to let go of, and left with the commitment to eliminate in order to accelerate.Tammy's books are sold in 32 countries around the world and have been featured on:- Dateline NBC- Oprah Radio- Primetime- Extra- 20/20- The Discovery Channel- Geraldo- The New York Times- The Huffington Post - The Wall Street Journal, and moreWorld Changers seek Tammy's guidance. As a former crisis