Part 2 | Legacy – Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

Part 2 | Legacy – Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

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Part 2 | Legacy - Interview with The BRAVE Leaders

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Our leaders & the inception of a High School group called BRAVE | 1:58
  • Breez Marker on making acquaintances and coming to own her faith | 2:51
  • Kristen Sands on the importance of Jesus in the home, behind closed doors  | 6:12
  • Sessions from a BRAVE retreat and thinking about, “Who is this great God that makes us Brave?” | 11:01
  • It’s not just identifying sin, it’s bringing it to the Lord so we can defeat it | 20:02
  • How walking with others can impact your journey with Jesus | 25:15
  • Show your daughters how to find faith and Jesus in any of life’s circumstances  | 31:57

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | DISCIPLESHIP IS KEY

The whole idea of older women mentoring younger women and coming alongside them to do life with them is sorely needed in our world today. As the coming generation continues to grow, the lessons and wisdom from the previous generation become key in our spiritual growth with Christ. It is one of the most desired avenues of community time and time again. When we have the tools, leadership knowledge, and access to resources in our own lives as we begin to take ownership of our faith, we are able to continue in developing a relationship with Christ. When there is growth and nurturing in your personal life, at home with your family, behind closed doors, our next generation can learn how to, “feed themselves” from the Word, so they don’t become stagnant on their walk. It’s definitely a two-way street, we crave mentors the same way that they desire to mentor.

2 | LEADING SHOULD TAKE US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE

When we are put in charge of others, we often don’t think of the situations that are going to stretch us. Good leaders are those that model the culture that they want to see implemented. They partake in growth and actions and behaviours that stretch and push them towards avenues that are desirable, not those that are comfortable. And we’re often not able to realize we’re in those positions until they’re right under our nose. Jesus is guiding us constantly on a path that he’s laid out for us, a path that is designed for our success. The more we lean into him in times of uncomfortable growth, the closer we become to modelling his characteristics daily.

3 | WHEN IN DOUBT, PURSUE AUTHENTICITY

One of the things that teenage girls are really good at is sniffing out things that are not authentic. We are constantly bombarded through numerous media platforms, daily, about the pursuit of these intangible goals. We always hear you should be more this or more that while being less of another thing. It can truly be exhausting. Just remember that we are called to be authentic. We are called to build relationships with others and love them as Christ has loved us. Plain and simple.

SHOW NOTES

Welcome back to Anchor + Waves as we go into Part 2 of our series on Legacy, following Part.1- our interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair. Today we’re speaking with Breez Marker and Kristen Sands, two of our young adult leaders for our High School Bible study, “BRAVE”. Listen in as we discuss finding your voice amongst peers, walking with Jesus when it’s tough, and how to lean into your family in Christ.

Our goal is to help us look either forward on the pathway that we’re looking to take with Christ, or to look back at where Christ has taken us, and reach out to those that are in need. Today, we really push into what it means to put yourself in correct standing with Christ so we can be the next generation of Christ Followers for this world. You can click one of the buttons below to get in touch with us or learn more about our Bible Studies and Women’s Groups.

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Ep. 3 | Scott Wenig on Touching Your Heart + Moving Your Will

Ep. 3 | Scott Wenig on Touching Your Heart + Moving Your Will

CLARITY

PREACHING + COMMUNICATING FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Ep. 3 | Scott Wenig on Touching Your HEART + Moving Your WILL

by Craig Smith | Clarity

IN THIS EPISODE

  • A strange beginning for Craig’s preaching, through Scott | 2:41
  • It’s important to draw success from those that have made an impression on you in the past with Dr. Haddon Robinson | 6:15
  • A technical look into Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and other historical pieces to build preaching styles | 6:51
  • A passion for preaching started with a mentor in College and strong discipleship | 11:01
  • Communication experience can come from anywhere and the difference between preaching & teaching | 15:17
  • Who inspires Scott from the pulpit | 18:22
  • What is encouraging from this latest generation of preachings and avoiding the trap of imitation | 23:11
  • Pay attention to your life first, you’re a follower of Jesus first and make sure that receives due attention | 32:29

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | MENTORS ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

Wherever we are in life, we are going to undoubtedly run into uncharted territory. there are going to be times where we stare into an unfamiliar abyss, whether daunting or inviting and ask ourselves, “How am I to face this?” And this is where mentors can come in. Good mentors can help you set measurable goals, and point you in the correct direction when the future can seem uneasy or unattainable. Mentors can help you realize giftings and passions that may lay dormant to you. They will never let you settle and become complacent as you are always striving to better yourself. Also, mentors will inspire you to be whom you can someday become. They will help you realize and achieve the growth that you’re capable of.

2 | Teaching vs. Preaching

Teaching is not totally, but primarily cognitive. You are trying to take information, from a multitude of areas, and communicate in a specific way in a specific amount of time. You’re trying to help people grasp information intellectually and subjectively. Preaching, while very cognitive and content-oriented, is trying to convey a message to your audience is more emotional in one way or the other. In the classroom, you’re trying to impact the mind and from the pulpit, you’re trying to impact the heart. Good preaching not only informs the mind, but it also touches the heart and goes to move the will.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work.” A.W. Tozer

3 | Find Your Voice that IS UNIQUELY YOU

Often times we fall victim to the folly of imitation. In today’s society, when you’re trying to find your voice it’s easy to get swept up in a sea of options. But we argue that this is a good thing! If you’re a young preacher or communicator, it’s easy to say, “We don’t know what we don’t know”. But that doesn’t have to be the case. When you come across tricks, styles and tones that interest you, don’t be afraid to try them out. When you are pushing yourself in uncomfortable directions, you can often find traces of your voice and speaking style that feel uniquely you, and not imitative. Research who moves and motivates you and then ask yourself why that is. Don’t be afraid to grow into who you are through pushing yourself into areas that you find interesting. Don’t be afraid to beg, borrow, and steal from whomever you can to help you clearly communicate the message of Jesus to those around. 

SHOW NOTES

We are glad to have you back for the third instalment of our Clarity Podcast. Today’s guest is Dr Scott Wenig. Scott is an amazing speaker, a thoughtful theologian, as well as a man who is passionate about creating clear, concise messages that lead people closer to the Gospel. Scott serves as professor of applied theology, teaching in the areas of homiletics, church history, and pastoral ministry. He earned a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MDiv from Denver Seminary, and a BS from the University of Colorado at Denver. And today we get to hear about what lead him to pursue preaching along with the mentors in his life that lead him to where he is today.

Tune in as Craig and Scott dive into the essentials of teaching adults as well as teens, changing college majors to listen to your calling, and Scott’s tough stint as a basketball coach. You won’t want to miss out.

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Interview with Shauna Chanda | Find Your Voice

Interview with Shauna Chanda | Find Your Voice

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A PODCAST FOR WOMEN

Interview with SHAUNA CHANDA

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Women’s Night of Worship | 0:44
  • A peak behind the curtain into the heart of Shauna | 1:521
  • How the Lord meets us, even in the “Hard Places” | 3:18
  • Leading worship and returning your heart to a healthy place | 5:24
  • Let the Lord sew in deeply, what you need during worship | 7:41
  • If you are running on empty you can’t “Pour Out” onto others | 9:22

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | YOU NEVER KNOW THE AMOUNT OF GRACE, UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT HE’S GIVEN YOU

He is there to carry us when we can’t pick ourselves up. This is what a relationship with a Father who provides looks like! He has promised us that he will never forsake us and that he will never give us more than we can handle. When we rely on God and lean into the Grace that he pours out on us, we are carried in his arms when our feet fail us. We can take solace and comfort in the fact that He is always on our side, he’s always there with us no matter how deep and black the hole in front of us seems. Trust in Him and in His love.

2 | WORSHIP DOESN’T HAVE TO LOOK LIKE SINGING

Worship is simply about connecting your heart to the Lords. So many times we see in our society that people express themselves through instruments and their voice in worship for the Lord. Which is amazing! But he is a kind, creative God that has designed us to connect with him in a million different ways. He wants our heart to be close to His and he has built into us, a DNA to be creative in our outward expression of our love for Him. Our worship comes from a different place for each of us, and means different things to Him, so it should look different!

3 | IT MATTERS WHERE YOUR HEART IS

As women, we’re generally the thermostat that sets the temperature of the home. There are seasons where you going through things just to get through them and running empty on fumes. There are seasons where you are running into circumstances that seem impossible and unbearable. It matters where you anchor yourself, and it matters where your heart resides. When you love on Jesus, when you point yourselves towards Him, “stuff and things” fall to the wayside in importance. We want you to overflow with the Love of Jesus, and gain perspective on where you are headed with Him. He will equip you with what you need to recharge, to build, and to love where we need.

SHOW NOTES

We are so excited to sit down with Shauna Chanda today on Anchor + Waves. Shauna is a good friend of Danny Oertli’s, here on staff, and she truly has an amazing story to share with us today. Please tune in as Shauna walks us through a few tragedies in her life, how she was able to rediscover her voice through those circumstances, and now desires that you are drawn a little nearer to the heart of God and are more aware than ever, of His passionate love for you!

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Interview with Robbie Iobst | Handling Grief

Interview with Robbie Iobst | Handling Grief

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IN THIS EPISODE

  • What it’s like to lose your sister | 2:33
  • Jesus can handle our anger | 5:57
  • When we focus on the “Even If” and pursue an “Even If” faith | 8:38
  • Let it out – don’t hold that ball under the water | 13:33
  • Often times we need to sit in the pain rather than run from it, God can use that! | 16:16
  • Robbie + John Iobst’s Ministry | laughter, truth, and a deep well | 19:11
  • God wants us to be real and bring our ‘hidden things’, respectfully, into the light | 23:52

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | THERE’S NO SHAME IN SEEKING HELP

You shouldn’t feel less than, or weak, or like you can’t do it yourself if you seek help. There are times in our lives where we can feel the waves crashing in, and it can feel like we’re drowning. That’s what grief does, it blots out the sun and casts despair into every corner of our lives. But, it’s powerful to fight in authenticity and reach out for support. God is there to meet us in our mess and wants to bring us out of that blackness. When you’re struggling, seek out the help you need. The number one thing to remember is that God Loves You!

2 | UNHELPFUL HELP + TANGIBLE HELP

When you’re grieving, we can experience both ‘unhelpful help’ and ‘tangible help’ from those that are around us. Sometimes people just don’t understand what you’re going through because they’ve never gone through something like that or they assume that someone else will be around soon to take over the care portion of the healing.
1 // Make sure you avoid unhelpful help. Be sympathetic to those that are grieving around you. Grief can take many forms, it can occur at different times, and everyone experiences it differently. Don’t try to rush the process for anyone and don’t try to impose our timelines on them. Pray for them, pray that God would heal them and pray that God’s will be done in the situation and just BE with them. Honor Him always.
2 // Try to pursue tangible help. One of the last things people experiencing grief want to do is to make another decision. Pursue practicality for them over trying to be overtly spiritual. Can you take them out to lunch, or no? Can you bring them flowers? Sometimes it’s better just to do, as well. If you ask them to call you if they need anything, often times they won’t. Take the time to bring the initiative to them. Or you can try talking about their loved ones that are gone, often people are so afraid of the subject, we’re not able to reminisce in the joyous memories they have.

3 | DON’T KEEP THE BALL UNDER THE WATER

Grief has a way of returning, even when we think we’re past it and we’ve dealt with it fully. It could be a song, or a movie quote, or a stranger’s voice in passing, we make these connections in our memories to those that we’ve lost. And it’s ok to tell their story, it’s ok to remember them. Whenever you feel the urge to bury those feelings and your grief, don’t! Don’t stuff those away, it’s one of the most toxic things that you can do. When we try and hold that ball under water, it takes all of our energy and leaves us exhausted. Inevitably, it always finds it’s way to the surface in an outburst anyways. Don’t hold back, don’t stuff, don’t hold that ball under the water.

SHOW NOTES

Today on Anchor + Waves we welcome in Robbie Lobst. Robbie has experienced a tremendous amount of grief and death in her life but has always held fast to the one thing that remains; Christ. Listen today as we look at healthy healing, growing closer in your relationships, as well as relying on Jesus when everything around you seems to crumble.

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Part 1 | Legacy – Interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair

Part 1 | Legacy – Interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair

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A PODCAST FOR WOMEN

Part 1 | Legacy - Interview with Lawanna Busby St. Clair

by Sharon Sands | Anchor + Waves

IN THIS EPISODE

  • An introduction through a vibrant man of faith | 1:27
  • Always ask, “How is it with your soul?” | 6:42
  • Have a passion for finishing the race well  | 12:03
  • Life is the tale of two stories, one finite and frail the other eternal and enduring | 14:21
  • We have to take inventory of our lives through “Spirit Lead Self-Leadership” | 22:41
  • Your ministry is only going to be as healthy as your insides | 27:12
  • Be that safe person for someone else, let your heart be a safe place for others | 36:47

INSTANT TAKEAWAYS

1 | MAKE SURE YOU HAVE one ‘HEART FRIEND’

It is imperative that you have a safe space created where you can be completely honest with at least one ‘heart friend’ in your life. As Christians, we need someone whom we can be real, and tough, and honest, and deep, and authentic with and call each other up to God. This is someone who holds you accountable, and you them. Make sure that you have that person in your life who is constantly asking, “How is it with your soul?”, so you can sharpen your heart and your relationship with the Father.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. | Proverbs 4:23 NIV

2 | KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON ETERNITY

We need to keep the focus of our stories on the one who endures, the one who matters. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the minutia of making our own stories matter. Our lives are that of a blink of an eye, yet we spend hours, days, weeks, worrying about the lasting impact we will have on things that aren’t eternal. Although the laundry has to get done and the errands have to get done, just remember to practice the presence of Jesus.

Life is the tale of two stories; one, finite and frail, the other, eternal and enduring. | Louie Giglio

3 | iron sharpens iron

The reason we have our ‘heart friends’ is so that we’re held accountable. We want that truth to be held up to us in a mirror. It is only duress that iron can sharpen iron, under difficult, uncomfortable, and pressurized circumstances are we able to become what God has intended. We all run through periods of time where we lose focus on what’s important, we fall victim to the pressures of the urgent and important. This is the time for you, or those in your life, to call you back to that stability of Christ.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. | Proverbs 27:17 NIV

SHOW NOTES

We are so excited to bring you our two-part series on Legacy! It is truly a passion of ours that we reproduce the passion for Christ in each generation. Today we speak with Lawanna Busby St. Clair on what it means to make sure that what you’re handing off for the next generation is healthy, good, and Christ-centered. We want to pass along a vibrant, alive faith. Find your “soul-friends”. 

Our goal is to help us look either forward on the pathway that we’re looking to take with Christ, or to look back at where Christ has taken us, and reach out to those that are in need. Today, we really push into what it means to put yourself in correct standing with Christ so we can raise the next generation up. You can click one of the buttons below to get in touch with us, check out Til Death Do Us Part: Conversations With the Widowed: Marriage, Life, Death, And Love, or learn more about our Bible Studies and Women’s Groups..

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