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We talk with pastors and other leaders in the greater Grand Rapids area about their heart for revival and spiritual awakening. Our hope is that as other pastors hear how revival is a priority with those we are interviewing, that will motivate them to join with us in praying for and seeking revival in our area for the glory of God. Continue Reading >>
We talk with pastors and other leaders in the greater Grand Rapids area about their heart for revival and spiritual awakening. Our hope is that as other pastors hear how revival is a priority with those we are interviewing, that will motivate them to join with us in praying for and seeking revival in our area for the glory of God. << Show Less
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Bill Elliff shares the importance of our humbly seeking God’s power in times of cultural chaos Bill Elliff is the founder and National Engage Pastor of The Summit Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. His passion is to see both genuine revival and methodological renewal in the church—both new wine and new wineskins. He is a frequent conference speaker, writer, and consultant to churches drawing from his 50+ years of pastoring and revival ministry. Bill is also the Pastor/Church Director for OneCry, A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening and the author of fifteen books and booklets and numerous articles. He lives to faithfully and effectively communicate the whole counsel of God to as many people as possible through preaching, writing, church development, and personal equipping that they may become intimate, reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ. Bill and his wife Holly are parents to eight children and grandparents to 22. Five of their sons are in fulltime ministry. In this podcast, Bill shares how, in challenging cultural times like we are currently in, Biblical examples like King Hezekiah help us to understand what is most strategically wise for us to do. He also explains the importance of humility in our lives that is essential if we want to see God work powerfully through us.
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Bill Elliff shares the importance of our humbly seeking God’s power in times of cultural chaos Bill Elliff is the founder and National Engage Pastor of The Summit Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. His passion is to see both genuine revival and methodological renewal in the church—both new wine and new wineskins. He is a frequent conference speaker, writer, and consultant to churches drawing from his 50+ years of pastoring and revival ministry. Bill is also the Pastor/Church Director for OneCry, A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening and the author of fifteen books and booklets and numerous articles. He lives to faithfully and effectively communicate the whole counsel of God to as many people as possible through preaching, writing, church development, and personal equipping that they may become intimate, reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ. Bill and his wife Holly are parents to eight children and grandparents to 22. Five of their sons are in fulltime ministry. In this podcast, Bill shares how, in challenging cultural times like we are currently in, Biblical examples like King Hezekiah help us to understand what is most strategically wise for us to do. He also explains the importance of humility in our lives that is essential if we want to see God work powerfully through us.
Julian Guzman shares how God is using his ministry to bless many inner-city churches Julián Guzmán, an ordained minister of Church of God-Anderson, IN, is the director of the Urban Church Leadership Center (UCLC) and founder pastor of Iglesia Vida Plena, a local Hispanic congregation in Wyoming, MI. Throughout his years in ministry, Guzmán has held numerous leadership positions in the church, including as an elected bishop for the Council of Missionary Churches of Christ Inc., overseeing Hispanic congregations in four states. He also has professional experience in both the insurance and construction industries.   Julian received both his Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary/Cornerstone University. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry in urban Hispanic ministry from Western Theological Seminary. In his role as the director of the Center, he provides training, support, and ministry resources to urban church leaders.  He brings to the Center a passion for collaboration, education, organization, and planning, as well as a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of urban ministry. Guzmán and his wife Marina live in Wyoming, MI., and have three adult children who have blessed them with five wonderful grandchildren. In this podcast, Julian tells of the work the UCLC performs in urban Grand Rapids and the hope that he has seeing many church leaders growing in their skills and knowledge of effective leadership and spiritual truth.
Chris Cooper shares how BlessEveryHome.com helps us love our neighbors Chris Cooper led a team that founded the Mapping Center for Evangelism and Church Growth in 1997 and currently serves as President. BlessEveryHome.com is the primary project of the Mapping Center and a major movement to fulfill the Great Commission throughout the United States. More than 87,000 Lights for Christ have signed up to live Pray-Care-Share lifestyles with 3.3 million neighbor homes. These Lights have posted more than 26 million prayers by name for those neighbors. Previously, Chris was the VP for Development for the “I'm Third Foundation” that sponsored Christian sports camps for more than 4,000 urban youth from 65 cities throughout America. He also served as the Executive Director of a pro-family organization where he created development and communication strategies used in 35 states. Chris grew up in the Chicago area and received a Presidential Appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. In 1969, he transferred to Kansas University and graduated with honors in 1971 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. In this podcast, Chris explains how the BlessEveryHome.com app allows Christians to pray for their neighbors by name, with the hope that after PRAYER, there will be opportunities to CARE for their neighbors, and then to SHARE the life-saving Gospel with them. Chris also tells about the miraculous way in which he came to faith in Christ.
Jim Sprague shares how we can respond with love and truth in our post-Roe world Jim Sprague, MSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of Grand Rapids, MI whose mission is to live the truth that people matter to God. Jim has been leading the organization for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Jody, have been part of the ministry since its inception in 1985, the same year they were married. The Sprague’s have 3 adult children and one grandchild. Each of their children was adopted from an unplanned pregnancy situation, making Jim and Jody’s heart and passion for pregnancy care ministry both personal and sincere. In this podcast, Jim shares what the law about abortion currently is in Michigan. He also indicates the high percentage of abortions that come from Evangelical church-going families and how the PRC can help local churches lovingly and compassionately promote childbirth among those who find themselves with challenging pregnancies. Jim and Randy also talk about the value of children created in the image of God and how we believers should welcome children truly as a “blessed event.”
Randy Hekman shares why the American Church today is shrinking, but how it could grow Randy Hekman currently directs The Grand Awakening, an organization seeking revival and spiritual awakening in West Michigan. Previously, he served 15 years as a Kent County Probate-Juvenile Court Judge and then directed a succession of Christian non-profits.  Randy’s writing includes these books: Justice for the Unborn, Truth that Sets America Free, and Sweeter by the Dozen: Making Jesus the Lord of Our Family Size. He and his wife Marcia are the proud (and grateful) parents of 12 children and grandparents to 35. In this podcast, Randy attempts to explain why the churches in nations that are under persecution in our world today are growing, while the churches in nations that are relatively free (including the U.S.) are in decline.
Windle Davis calls Michigan Christ-followers to gather at the Solemn Assembly in Kalkaska July 22 Windle H. Davis was born and raised in the Missouri Boot Heel and Northeast Arkansas.  In 1972, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan where he met and married the love of his life, Denice Rayburn Davis. In their 47 years as husband and wife they are thankful for their two children and seven grandchildren.  Windle spent a number of years in music ministry, singing bass in a successful Southern Gospel quartet. He then began as pastor of his first church in Charlotte, Michigan which lasted five years, followed by seven years in direct evangelistic ministry.  In 2002, Windle and Denice moved near Coloma, MI where he became the pastor of El Bethel Church of God (formerly Living Word Church of God) where he now serves. Windle’s passion is revival!  He longs to see the church restored to its original state as an “upper room church” with apostolic power, anointing and authority. In that vein, Windle has volunteered to help organize a Solemn Assembly in Michigan to be held July 22 in Kalkaska, MI as part of a nation-wide movement called Prayer at the Heart (prayerattheheart.org) In this podcast, Windle shares about the upcoming Solemn Assembly and why all Michiganders who want to see God move in our state and nation should be there. We desperately need revival! There is no Plan B!
Randy and Marcia Share How to Invite Others into a Personal Relationship with God Randy and Marcia Hekman have been married for 52 years, but only have 12 children (and 35 grandkids) to show for it! They now lead The Grand Awakening, a nonprofit with the goal of calling the Church of West Michigan to revival, leading to another Great Spiritual Awakening. After graduation from MIT and GWU Law School, Randy served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and then was a Probate-Juvenile Court Judge for 15 years before leaving the bench to serve various roles in the Christian nonprofit world. Prior to the birth of their firstborn, Marcia taught at Thomas Jefferson High School in Northern Virginia. Since then, she has been an awesome fulltime mother of their growing family. She also is a gifted artist and an incredible evangelist, wholeheartedly sharing the Gospel with many who don’t yet know Jesus. In this podcast, Marcia shares how she came to faith in Christ many years ago and the joy she continues to have in sharing the Gospel with others. She then relates how all of us can tell others about Jesus and His incredible offer of salvation how they can begin their personal relationship with God.
Judge Vance Day Shares How as a Christ-follower He was put on Trial for His Faith Vance Day is a modern-day profile in courage who strongly believes in helping to raise a generation of leaders equipped to address an ever-changing world. Few have had their personal convictions more sorely tested or triumphed over the politics of religious persecution and personal destruction like Judge Day. Judge Day received his undergraduate degree Warner Pacific University in 1984 and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1991.  Vance is an accomplished trial lawyer and a member of the Oregon State Bar, and numerous other courts including the United States Supreme Court. He has tried over 300 bench and jury trials.  In September 2011 Mr. Day was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in Oregon’s Third Judicial District. He was elected to a full six-year term in November of 2012. The primary function of a judge is to preside over cases, but judges are also permitted, at their discretion, to officiate weddings. In 2014 Judge Day, based on his Christian convictions, quitely recused himself from marrying same-sex couples—a decision that in no way prevented same-sex couples from getting married. As a result, he became the focus of a sustained, vicious attack that sought to end his career, take away his license to practice law, strip him of his possessions, ruin his reputation, and even have him imprisoned. Yet Vance maintained his innocence and kept his promise to his faith, to his family, and to the constitution. In October 2018, the State’s criminal case was dismissed, and the house of cards constructed against Vance collapsed from the weight of its own preposterousness. Judge Day has served as a leader in Promise Keepers. He currently serves as Of Counsel to The James Madison Center for Free Speech.  He is also head of the Oregon Free Speech Initiative and travels his home state educating communities on inalienable rights and how to productively engage in restoring our republic. In this podcast, both Judge Day and our host Judge Hekman tell their stories of how their being faithful in their Christian faith resulted in them having to endure significant opposition as judges. They also as jurists describe how totally proper and consistent with our Constitution and the manner in which courts are supposed to operate would it be for the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Roe v Wade in the coming days.
Erwin Lutzer Calls American Christ-followers to Repent and Wholeheartedly Live for our Lord Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned an undergraduate degree in theology from Winnipeg Bible College, a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Masters in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary law degree from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. A clear expositor of the Bible, Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast; Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service; Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: We Will Not Be Silenced, Pandemics Plagues and Natural Disasters, The Church In Babylon, Rescuing The Gospel, He Will Be The Preacher, The Cross In The Shadow Of The Crescent, One Minute After You Die, When A Nation Forgets God [about Nazi Germany], and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. He and his wife Rebecca have co-written the books: Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know and Jesus, Lover of a Woman’s Soul. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. In this podcast, Dr. Lutzer describes how the church in America has sadly been heavily influenced by our secular culture, but that individual believers are called to choose to repent and live wholeheartedly for the Lord and His truth in love. This may well include being rejected by culture, impacting one’s employment or worse. He also indicated how the lack of unity in the church in America is one of the biggest obstacles for revival and spiritual awakening.
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