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Godfidence: Certainty and Hope in God Despite the Circumstance

Have you ever worked toward a goal you thought would bring you happiness only to find something is missing once you achieve these external measures?

Sit back and listen as Dr. Derwin Gray shares his thoughts and his story on finding true happiness. Dr. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church in South Carolina, a multiethnic, multi-generational, missions based church. A former professional football player in the NFL, he found the career happiness he perceived to be ‘The Good Life’ was not fulfilling his happiness goal. He will help you to see how the COVID-19 crisis has exposed our idols – like job and finances. The very things we thought were our road to happiness. This powerful message will show you how the lasting happiness that shapes you comes from the internal working of the eternal God of love. Dr. Gray shares some practical and daily guidelines to help you achieve and understand that happiness is about becoming who you were created to be!

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Preparing your Mind, Body and Spirit for each Day!

Pastor Scott Young, the pastor of the Church of Hope in Sarasota, FL, shares how daily discipline can help you make choices today for a better tomorrow. You can prepare your body, soul, and spirit during this season at home through prayer, meditation, and listening to the Holy Spirit. As you spend intentional time with God, you will gain a healthy attitude about the future He has for you as it strengthens your soul. Keeping your physical body active will create a healthier heart. You will be filled with hope as you make today the most important day…change your thinking and change your future.
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World Vision International, Helping Victims of COVID-19

Chris Glynn, Senior VP of Transformation Engagement and Reed Slattery, National Director for US Programs for World Vision provide insight into the work of World Vision and their partners, such as CitySeve, to provide for the needy and suffering during this pandemic. You will learn how local churches are being empowered through these donations to build longterm relationships with families, and be inspired to participate as a ‘cheerful giver’ and donate from a heart of gratitude at www.worldvision.org

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Finding Joy in Quarantine

Be greatly encouraged as Scott Young, “Mr. Inspiration” and founding pastor of Church of Hope in Sarasota, Florida and Church Planting and US Missions Director for a family of over 350 churches, reveals how to find the joy that God has for you daily. You will read the book of Philippians with a renewed perspective as you discover how choosing internal joy during trials can replace your anxieties, fears, and depression. As you shift your focus to one of gratitude for what God is doing in your life you will unleash the power to change your circumstances as you ‘pray, pray, pray’ with thanksgiving and let the peace of God rule your heart!
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God’s Church, the Greatest Network Ever Built

Be inspired and then join in as the church brings transformation to broken people and communities. CityServe is transforming lives and communities and increasing the Kingdom of God during this crisis, in ways that we have all been called to do, by loving our neighbor. With limited ability to handle all the social impacts and needs, local, state, and federal authorities are gratefully and willingly empowering the church, as it was meant to be. CityServe has been going from neighborhoods to the nations with church-based compassion as a beacon of hope and resources during this difficult time. Karl Hargestam, Executive Director of CityServe SoCal, and Robin Robinson who is over Community Engagement for CityServe in Kern Country, California share the work of the ministry and stories of lives changed through the generosity of individuals and companies just like you.
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How to Build Your Future During a Crisis

George Hoskins, Executive Director of Equip and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, with over 25 years in the nonprofit sector for both Faith-based and secular leaders and communities, joins Dave to talk about the best way to get the future you want. Hoskins guides you through four crucial steps leaders can take to build their future. As a leader, you will learn the importance of mastering the art of pivot, being flexible and able to “shift”, and not lose focus on your vision and mission.
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Make Compassion Your Passion

Rich Guerra, self-proclaimed “Hope Peddler” and superintendent of the Assemblies of God SoCal district encourages and challenges pastors to create a new “front door” for their churches through social media. Guerra shows how the church is an essential business in the community that can lead to lower crime and poverty rates, meet needs, and restore families. You will be motivated to become more compassion-driven, develop routines that will keep you focused and on mission while warding off fear and frustration, and be inspired to create a compelling vision for the future.
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Sharing Jesus in a Crisis

Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Inc, the host of Car Crazy, and recipient of the Peterson’s Automotive Museum Icon Award is a passionate soul-winner. You will be moved as he shares how we can use every opportunity, including the current crisis, to reach people for Jesus; be encouraged to share your faith and love of Jesus with greater enthusiasm as he calls upon all believers to share the gospel of peace, and challenges pastors to take every opportunity to conduct an altar call. Barry reminds that people are hungry and seeking what we have especially during these difficult times, which should make us bold and fearless. As they look to us for answers, it’s time we provide them the opportunity to receive the precious gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Be strong, be courageous, and let your joy in the Lord be infectious!
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Social Distancing and Your Forced Sabbath

At a time when you may be feeling sad and confused during this forced Sabbath, Chris Coli, Senior Pastor of Crosswinds Church in Livermore, CA brings an encouraging message of God’s love and grace. His inspiration, depth of knowledge, and humor will guide you on how to “live in the awareness” through the love of God. Know you can be strong and courageous, for God’s love does not depend on what you do in this world. You are not your job, your work, or your accomplishments. You matter, you are loved, and you are accepted. Hear and learn how to accept God’s gift of the sabbath, seek Him, be joyful, spend time with family, and keep it holy. Pastor Chris challenges you to find the half-full and choose the positive, “thou shall” side instead of “thou shalt not” in this season. When you do, you will be able to embrace this forced Sabbath as the gift the Sabbath was always meant to be.
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The Deception of Fear is as Contagious as the Coronavirus

“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind,” shares Pastor Dan De Leon, Senior Pastor of Temple Calvario in Santa Ana, CA, one of the largest bilingual churches in the US, with nearly 100 campuses in the US and Latin America. He has been a frequent guest of the White House and Capitol Hill, speaking on the moral climate and matters concerning the Hispanic community. He is the President and founder of HABBM (Hispanic Association of Bilingual/Bicultural Ministries), former host of the 700 Club in Spanish, and recipient of the Hispanic Leader of the Year Award. Pastor De Leon encourages us and other pastors to be in daily communication with God and our church families during this uncertain time, and that social distancing should not breed spiritual disconnect. Draw on the strength of your faith and remember that fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is your worst enemy and contagious, just like the virus. Trust in God, His love, and His Word to overcome fear and be an example to your family and friends. Be inspired by Pastor De Leon’s breakdown of Psalm 91…as he reminds us to be hopeful and strong in our Faith. FAITH is your power over the fear!
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Social Distancing and Watching a lot of Netflix is not good enough for Millennials!

Although recent news about Millennials not following “Social Distancing” policies have been less than kind, a recent survey revealed that 84% want to make a positive difference in the world. Danita Bye, a sought-after speaker, author, and business and sales leadership consultant who helps to equip business professionals to develop the next generation into high-capacity leaders, believes that Millennials have much to offer us in the way of technology and as a bridge between the older and younger generations. Following social distancing guidelines and watching a lot of Netflix is not good enough! Danita encourages Millennials to step up in this time of “forced Sabbath” and be proactive to build themselves up, look for opportunities to serve, and to share their wealth. Wealth, she explains, is not just defined as monetary, but includes spiritual, relational, physical, intellectual and motivational resources. Whether you are a Millennial with a passion for life, a parent or friend of one, you will be challenged to use this time to hit the reset button and not waste the crisis but maximize it!
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COVID-19: Biblical Principles to Help Business Owners and Employees

Are you a leader or business owner who had to lay off staff due to the COVID-19 crisis? Are you struggling with the decisions that affect your employees and business? Hear from Cary Summers, a former executive for Bass Pro, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and President Emeritus of Museum of the Bible as he shares proven principles that aided him to navigate his companies through crisis. Written more than 2,500 years ago and documented in the book of Nehemiah, Summers has seen firsthand that God’s principles still hold true for us today. You will be encouraged in whatever circumstance you face as Summers shares God’s powerful and life-giving truths to stay the course, get through the crisis, and repair, rebuild and renew what has been broken.
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COVID-19, Trauma, and the Mental Health of your Family

Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors serves as the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring co-host of “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk”, heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. Dr. Clinton talks about mental health and suicide as it relates to the fear and stress caused by COVID-19 and other traumas. He reveals the antidote to trauma, highlights the importance of togetherness, and believes that it is critical for us to not let people isolate. Dr. Clinton points out that people who are suicidal do not hate life, they hate life the way it is and do not believe it will change. You will learn about the power of presence, how to instill a sense of security in your children, how to bring truth and light to the darkness, and be reminded that God uses us, his people, to be a conduit of hope to others..
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How to Function in Peace Not Fear During a Crisis

Paul Marc Goulet serves as Senior Pastor of the International Church of Las Vegas, a multi-site congregation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Almost overnight more than 200,000 people were laid off in Las Vegas and half of Goulet’s church congregation is now unemployed. Hear from Goulet what they are doing physically, emotionally, and spiritually to help in this crisis. No stranger to operating in difficult circumstances, he provides hope and encouragement and shares amazing stories of how God works in difficult times to reveal Himself and makes provision for us. You will be encouraged that no matter how difficult your situation God has a plan for you and wants to use you to bless others. Learn how to not just go through the crisis, but grow through it.
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The CARES Act: What You Need to Know

Bill High, CEO of The Signatry breaks down the CARES Act and reveals what it means for individuals, small businesses, and churches. He encourages us to take time to understand the provisions and shares how we can take advantage of the benefits. High provides insight, tips, and resources that will help you feel better equipped to navigate this difficult season. Some great tools and opportunities are waiting for you. Listen today and learn how you can take back control of your circumstances.
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Are You a Compassion Broker?

John Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for the Assemblies of God SoCal Network and a co-founder of CityServe International returns to give us an inside look into the refugee crisis. With over 80% of refugees comprised of women and children, the need is greater than ever before. Today there is a New Exodus taking place as people from Syria, Iran, Somalia, and other countries are fleeing oppression and modern-day ethnic cleansing. The New Exodus Project comes alongside ongoing relief efforts in Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, and Turkey to provide food, clothing, schooling, and other resources to these displaced families. John provides easy steps to get involved and challenges us to become compassion brokers. There is no reason for every Christian not to be engaged in ministering to these people who are in desperate need
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Are You a
Compassion Broker?

John Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for the Assemblies of God SoCal Network and a co-founder of CityServe International joins the podcast to talk about topics that are close to his heart. He oversees the network’s global mission and compassion initiatives and helps the local church to be a pillar in its community. A former missionary and pastor of a multisite church John well understands why it is important for us to be “compassion brokers” and the “hands and feet” of Jesus. He shares why Christians need to get involved with foster care, adoption, and eradicating fatherlessness; talks about CityServe, their outreach programs that support the local church; and the importance of community outreach.  You will gain insight into how vital it is that we pull together and work as the kingdom of God to impact our local communities. The time for you to get involved is now!

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It’s Time to Change How We Do Community Relationship

Scott Wilson is the senior pastor of Oaks Church in the South Dallas area. He is an author, conference speaker, mentor, and is committed to raising up the next generation of leaders through The Oaks School of Leadership. He sits down with Dave to discuss the part we play in the greater kingdom of God through community engagement, how to authentically walk with people, the difference between vision and culture, his latest book, and more. Scott believes it is vital for the church to be a part of the team that serves our communities ensuring that needs are met. He is passionate about making a difference and helping people achieve their God-given calling. As Scott shares stories that have brought about a transformation in his own life and church, you will be stirred in new ways. No matter your circumstances, you will discover that you have influence and the power to make an impact.
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Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Inc., on the Great Commission

Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiara’s Inc., a company of car care products, and a television host is passionate about Jesus and soul-winning. He joins guest host John Johnson, Assistant Superintendent to the Assemblies of God SoCal Network, to talk about the great commission. Barry shares the story of his family’s business legacy and when he became president how God showed him to love and reach out to others right where he was in the business world. Using his avid interest in cars as a catalyst Barry speaks to people about Jesus everywhere he goes. Get ready to be challenged and inspired as Barry stresses the importance of loving people and allowing your actions to speak before your words, giving you credibility to share the gospel. If you have ever been hesitant or afraid to share your faith Barry gives you one step to move people closer to Jesus.
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Steve Haas of World Vision International on the Refugee Crisis

Steve Haas joins Dave to talk about the work of World Vision International with refugees in the Middle East. Steve destroys the myths and gives us a look at the life and challenges faced by today’s refugees. You will be surprised to discover that half of all refugees are children living with their mothers, as many have lost their fathers in the war. For most, their greatest wish is to return to their homes. You will feel great compassion as you realize the struggles faced by these displaced families are not unlike our own longings for safety, a home, food, and employment. Learn how you can make a difference as Steve shares practical steps for how to support our refugee brothers and sisters even as he reminds us that Jesus was also once a refugee.
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Todd Lamphere on Faith Initiatives, Voting Our Biblical Values, and What’s at Stake for the 2020 Election

Todd Lamphere, Chief of Staff to Paula White, Senior Advisor to the President for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, stops by to talk with Dave Donaldson and co-host Wendell Vinson, pastor, and CityServe cofounder. In Washington, D.C. Todd works as a liaison for Paula White to the Faith Directors at the various federal agencies. Todd gives an inside perspective on what’s at stake for the faith community if they don’t engage, stand up, and let their voice be heard within the government. He discusses the importance of voting our biblical values as we fight for our children, and our grandchildren’s futures. Further discussion includes the importance of faith-based organizations going after government funding, and what’s really happening with immigration policies. Regardless of how you feel about President Trump, he shares why we must separate personality from policy. As a Christian, you will gain insight as to why the faith community has no greater friend than our current president, learn why it is vital for God’s people to speak up on issues, and what’s at stake for the 2020 election.
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Anne “Auntie Anne” Beiler on Success, Overcoming Trauma, and Finding Purpose

Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, is among an elite group of women who have founded national companies in America. She joins the podcast to talk about women in leadership and business, the power of confession, and living an authentic life. In her new book, The Secret Lies Within, she shares with great transparency how out of pain and suffering her purpose was born. Through the dark years of living with guilt and shame, she learned the power of confession to set you free. Women will be reminded that God created them to be influencers, and focus on what they have even as they watch God work. You will be encouraged as you discover no matter your circumstances there is hope, and you too can learn to live an authentic life and walk in freedom.
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President of Adult and Teen Challenge Shares How Families and the Church Can Win the Battle Over Addictions

Gary Blackard, president of Adult and Teen Challenge discusses the work of faith-based recovery. He addresses the drug crisis in America and how the legalization of certain drugs has increased addictions and its impact on society. He provides alarming statistics and acknowledges that our nation is in trouble and that the problem continues to grow. Yet, even in the midst of addiction, there is hope. He reminds us that Christ came to forgive and heal and the church needs to remove the stigma and adopt the same approach. It’s time to learn how we can make a difference through knowledge and understanding and take practical steps to help loved ones struggling with addiction.
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Interview with Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services

Lynn Johnson joins Dave and his co-host Todd Lamphere, Chief of Staff to Paula White, Senior Advisor to the President for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing American communities. She addresses the important role faith-based agencies play in providing hope, shares her passion to strengthen families, and for children in the foster care system to find forever families. You will learn that it is possible as a person of faith to walk out our actions without pushing the separation of church and state to appoint where we are completely shut down, and how we can become part of the solution to the foster care and adoption crisis.
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Former White House Public Liaison, Tim Goeglein on what it will take to have “American Restoration”

Tim Goeglein, Former White House Public Liaison and vice president for External and Government Relations at Focus on the Family in Washington, D.C. talks about faith-based community initiatives and his book “American Restoration.” Launched under President George W. Bush, faith-based community initiatives were created to engage the faith community in partnering with federal, state and local agencies to provide the best social services for people in need. Tim also shares why it is key for Christians to engage within our culture and steps that we can take to return America to its Judeo-Christian values.
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Interview With Renown Presidential Historian Doug Wead: Traits that Make Leaders Successful

Dave Donaldson welcomes guest Doug Wead, World renown Presidential historian, New York Times bestselling author and former adviser to two American Presidents. Doug, a regular guest on national television is known for going to the primary sources in his research and shares his perspective on leaders and the traits that made them succeed. You will be surprised, intrigued, challenged, and encouraged as he shares how God looks through the shadows to find people to raise up to do great things. So don’t count yourself out.

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Interview with Doug Wead Author of “Inside Trump’s White House”

In this episode, renowned presidential historian Doug Wead shares stories and insights from his latest book “Inside Trump’s White House.” Given unparalleled access to the President and his children, you will hear never before shared stories of the Trump family in this fascinating and insightful interview.

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