“God never just fills our bellies. He fills our homes. He fills our hearts.” What a privilege to taste and see God's goodness! Today Stacy welcomes Erin Davis to the podcast. Erin is an author, Bible teacher, fellow podcast host and a whole lot of fun! Listen in she shares what the Lord revealed to her as she prayed and studied fasting and feasting in the Bible. Set the table and prepare for one amazing insight after another with a heaping helping of laughter on the side. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Erin Davis is a writer and teacher passionately committed to getting women of all ages to the deep well of God's Word. She is the author of more than a dozen books and Bible studies, including Connected, 7 Feasts, and Beyond Bath Time. Erin serves as the content director for Revive Our Hearts and hosts the Women of the Bible podcast and Grounded videocast. Hear her teach on The Deep Well with Erin Davis podcast. When she's not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.' Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!'” John 9:23-24 “And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?' So He said to them, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.'” Mark 9:28–29 BOOKS BY ERIN DAVIS: Fasting & Feasting 7 Feasts A Beautiful Story Beautiful Encounters LINKS: Erin Davis MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“Instead of school just being a place where students have to be, it's a place where God has sent them.” What an inspired way to look at a school year! Today Stacy speaks with the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries, Travis Deans. Listen in as Travis shares his passion for youth ministry, his grateful heart for Moms in Prayer and the opportunity for students to consider each a school year a 9-month mission trip. Can you imagine what would happen on every school campus if every believing student became a missionary? ABOUT OUR GUEST: Travis Deans is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries. Both Travis and his wife Judy are graduates of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Travis has been in full-time youth ministry since 1996 as a youth pastor, campus ministry director, and youth network coordinator. Through his role he mentors youth workers, consults for churches, assists youth workers to collaborate through evangelistic outreaches, equips students to share their faith, shares strategy for students to form campus ministries in their schools, and organizes youth ministry conferences. Travis is excited to help unite the body of Christ in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey to reach the 4 million teenagers that live in the Northeast region! SCRIPTURE: (NIV unless noted) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 LINKS: 9-Month Mission Trip 9-Month Mission Trip App MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop Praying For Prodigals
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“Gen Z is a cause-oriented generation; we just need to help them see that there is no greater cause than the kingdom of God and the Great Commission.” So true! Today Stacy talks with Shane Pruitt, evangelist, Bible teacher and author. Shane is also a husband, father of six and currently serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board. Listen in as he shares how the Lord got a hold of his heart and is using him to equip and send a new generation of Jesus followers to their peers. Don't miss the story of Shane's very own praying mom. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Shane serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, TX with their six children – Raygen, Harper, Titus, Morris, Elliot, & Glory. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational worker, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, and a Master's Degree in History. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to over a hundred thousand people about the good news of Jesus Christ. Shane is also the author of a popular blog, which has over 3 million views. His articles have been picked up by RELEVANT, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Gospel Coalition, CrossWalk, Church Leaders, The Baptist Press, FaithIt, HelloChristian, and many others. He is also a monthly guest and contributor on the Point of View Radio Show that airs on over 300 stations nationwide. Shane and his wife, Kasi, were featured as ABC's Nightly News “Persons of the Week” in August 2017. Shane has written two books 9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God's Truth Is Infinitely Better, and Calling Out the Called: Discipling those Called to Ministry Leadership. Both are available everywhere books are sold. He is also the host of the podcast, Next Gen on Mission (available on podcast platforms), and the YouTube Channel – GenSend. Connect with Shane at www.shanepruitt.com SCRIPTURE: (NIV unless noted) “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26 “Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 “To equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12 BOOKS BY SHANE PRUITT: 9 Common Lies Christians Believe Calling Out the Called LINKS: Gen Send Shane Pruitt MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop Praying For Prodigals
In this episode of Eggs, the podcast, we are pleased to introduce you to Alejandro Szita. Alejandro is a California & Florida mortgage broker and president of Prosperity Lending, a firm that specializes in servicing self-employed borrowers such as artists and small business owners. A real estate and mortgage professional since 2005, Alejandro has seen the world of real estate finance from all angles—commercial, residential, and capital raising. Not only does he have a significant background in real estate and finance, but as an entrepreneur, he created a million-dollar retail enterprise through the Home Shopping Network.A lifelong student of economics, Alejandro provides his clients with practical financial advice on a routine basis. In his upcoming book “Money—What It Is, How It Works, And How You Can Use It to Create Wealth and Prosperity for Yourself and Your Community,” Alejandro teaches the fundamentals of wealth building and answers questions such as “what is money” and “what is value.”Joining us today for a conversation about whether or not it's a good idea to own property right now, what can you do to survive and thrive under any economic conditions, the difference between investment and speculation, and a whole lot more. Please join us in welcoming to the show, Alejandro Szita.Our Guest:Alejandro SzitaPresident of Prosperity Lendinghttps://prosperity-lending.com/----Credits:Hosted by Ryan RoghaarTheme music: "Perfect Day" by OPMThe Carton:https://medium.com/the-carton-by-eggsThe Eggs Podcast Spotify playlist:bit.ly/eggstunesThe Plugs:The Showeggscast.com@eggshow on twitter and instagramOn iTunes: itun.es/i6dX3pCOn Stitcher: bit.ly/eggs_on_stitcherAlso available on Google Play Music!Mike "DJ Ontic" shows and infodjontic.com@djontic on twitterRyan Roghaarhttp://rogha.ar
“The God who saves us initially, sustains us eternally.” How does He do this? Through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Today Stacy's special guest is Max Lucado. Max is a pastor, teacher and America's best-selling inspirational author. He is here to enlighten our understanding of the incredible, supernatural gift Jesus has given His followers, the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the gift of strength, purpose and power for every moment of every day. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Max Lucado is a pastor, speaker, and best-selling author who, in his own words, “writes books for people who don't read books.” He serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and his message is for the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, and the discouraged: God loves you; let him. As a writer, Max is known for combining poetic storytelling and homespun humor with the heart of a pastor. All of his trade books began as sermon series at Oak Hills Church, and his sermons all begin with Max asking himself this question: “What can I say on Sunday that will still matter on Monday?” He's been dubbed “America's Pastor” by Christianity Today, and “The Best Preacher in America” by Reader's Digest. Max's books have sold more than 145 million copies in over 50 languages worldwide. He published On the Anvil, his first trade book, in 1985. His 43rd trade book, You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow, was released on September 28, 2021. Max's books regularly appear on bestseller lists, including The New York Times. His writing has also been featured in Bible studies, Bible commentaries, songs, greeting cards, and even plush toys. He is the recipient of the 2021 ECPA Pinnacle Award for his outstanding contribution to the publishing industry. Max and Denalyn now live in San Antonio, Texas. They have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7-8 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63 (ESV) “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-14 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26 BOOKS BY MAX LUCADO: Help Is Here Anxious For Nothing Traveling Light You Are Special LINKS: Max Lucado MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop The Moms in Prayer International Training Channel podcast Bless Our Schools Sunday
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If you could ask God to do anything for your family, what would it be? Jodie Berndt, our guest today, surveyed families on this very question before publishing her first book in 2001. Jodie took the top 20 topics, went to the Word to see what God had to say about them, and shaped the table of contents for Praying the Scriptures for Your Children. When Jodie started praying God's Word back to Him, she began seeing amazing answers... Speaking scriptures into and over our kids - it fills them with that sense of value and worth in God's site. He loves them for who they are! When the bigger questions come along, they can have that anchor and rootedness to know who they are and whose they are. This will be their greatest defense against the patterns of this world. Ready to hear examples of praying scripture boldly over the children in your life? Let's go! JODIE BERNDT is the author of the Praying the Scriptures book series, including the bestselling Praying the Scriptures for Your Children. A speaker and Bible teacher, Jodie is a repeat guest on programs like Focus on the Family, the 700 Club, and a variety of popular podcasts, and she has been a contributing writer for Fox News, Club31Women, Ann Voskamp's daily devotional, and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Jodie writes about prayer and other family topics in her email newsletter and on Instagram. To download the collection of free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars), visit JodieBerndt.com. Jodie and her husband, Robbie, have four adult children and live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Resources For You: Jodie's Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Mom's In Prayer John 15:7 Proverbs 27:17 Prayer Cards Psalm 56:3 Philippians 4:6 1 Peter 2:9 Ephesians 2:10 Jeremiah 1:5 Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion Jodie's Blog Ephesians 3:17-19 Next Steps: Tell us what tips you're putting into practice at our website Bring Bible2School to Your Community! Share this podcast with a friend Subscribe to You CAN Tell the Children Leave a review on Apple Podcasts
“If we can identify ourselves as someone Jesus loves first and foremost, everything else will live out of response to that love.” His love changes everything! Today Stacy welcomes the one and only Susie Larson to the podcast. Susie is a is a national speaker, bestselling author, and the host of the daily talk show Susie Larson Live. Listen in as she invites us to a life of continual discovery of the joy and wonder of being so dearly loved by God. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Susie Larson is a national speaker, bestselling author, and the host of the daily talk show Susie Larson Live, heard on the Faith Radio Network with over 2.3 million downloads. Susie has written 18 books and many articles. Voted twice as a top-ten finalist for the John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award, she is also a veteran of the fitness field. Susie has been married to her dear husband, Kevin, since 1985, and together they have three wonderful sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law grandchildren, three beautiful grandchildren, and one adorable pit bull named Memphis. Learn more at susielarson.com. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 “I will walk before the LORD In the land of the living.” Psalm 116:9 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16b “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 BOOKS BY SUSIE LARSON: May His Face Shine upon You: 90 Biblical Blessings for Mother and Child Fully Alive Strong in Battle Your Beautiful Purpose LINKS: Susie Larson MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop The Moms in Prayer International Training Channel podcast Bless Our Schools Sunday
"Just get the Word of God in kids' hearts and it changes things.” Yes it does! God's Word gets right to the heart of the matter. Today Stacy speaks with Executive Director of Bible2School, Kori Pennypacker. Listen in as Kori shares about the open doors to share Jesus with elementary students in public school; it's one story of answered prayer after another. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Kori Pennypacker serves as Executive Director of Bible2School, a non-profit organization that offers Bible Electives to public school children during their school day in Lancaster County, PA. Kori has a Bachelor's Degree from Shippensburg University and has over 15 years of Children's ministry and leadership experience, including 10 years as Early Childhood Director at LCBC Church, a growing megachurch based out of Lancaster County. She leads a team of over 150 volunteers and staff with the goal to have a Bible elective available in every school in her county and to influence other counties in the nation to do the same. Kori lives in Lititz with her husband Blaine and her three high school and college-age sons: Justin, Matt, and Ben. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and volunteering with her husband to mentor engaged couples in her church. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 LINKS: Bible 2 School You Can Tell the Children Podcast MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop The Moms in Prayer International Training Channel podcast Bless Our Schools Sunday
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Alejandro Szita is a California & Florida mortgage broker. A real estate and mortgage professional since 2005, he has seen the world of real estate finance from all angles—commercial, residential and capital raising. He has a background not only in real estate and finance, but also in infomercials and creating a million-dollar retail enterprise through the Home Shopping Network. Alejandro is the co-owner of a boutique mortgage brokerage that specializes in servicing self-employed borrowers such as artists and small business owners. A lifelong student of economics, he provides his clients with practical advice about money and fi nance on a routine basis. In his upcoming book “Money—What It Is, How It Works, And How You Can Use It to Create Wealth and Prosperity for Yourself and Your Community,” Alejandro teaches the fundamentals of wealth building and answers questions such as “what is money” and “what is value.” #mortgage #money #business Website: https://prosperity-lending.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Episode 55 - Back to School with a Healthy Mindset with Michelle Nietert Studies show that 1 in 3 kids struggle with a mental health issue. Today, Michelle Nietert, a licensed counselor, speaker and podcaster, talks with us about how kids' emotions are so important! Today, we are seeing anxiety and depression creep into our children's lives because their emotions are DRIVING the bus instead of just riding on it. Listen in as Michelle and Lee discuss ways to help our kids be resilient and have a healthy mindset by redirecting their thoughts. Ready ... Let's go.... MICHELLE NIETERT has been a licensed professional counselor for over 25 years and the coauthor of the award winning book Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotions for Girls, along with Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life and soon to be released God I Feel Sad: Bringing Big Emotions to a Bigger God series. A popular speaker on topics regarding mental health, faith and parenting, she is a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, including her own “Raising Mentally Healthy Kids.” She and her husband Drew have been married almost two decades with two school aged children. Connect with Michelle and take her mindset quiz at YourMentalHealthCoach.com. Resources For You: Michelle Nietert Raising Mentally Healthy Kids Podcast Facebook Loved & Cherished Devo for Girls Cooperative Coparenting and Mediation Service Psalm 23 Awana Next Steps: Tell us what tips you're putting into practice at our website Bring Bible2School to Your Community! Share this podcast with a friend Subscribe to You CAN Tell the Children Leave a review on Apple Podcasts Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram Explore Bible2School!
“At the end of the day, a moms voice is really powerful in her daughter's life.” How do we use that voice to love and raise our daughters well? Today Stacy talks with Terra Mattson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and founder of Living Wholehearted. Listen in as Terra graciously offers herself as our coach and shares what she has learned in over 20 years in the field and in raising her own 2 daughters. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Terra Mattson, a Christian Parenting spokesperson, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Profession- al Counselor. Alongside her husband Jeff, Terra co-hosts the Dear Mattsons parenting advice column and the Living Wholehearted Podcast and are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace. Terra is a mom to two girls, a SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” James 1:19 LINKS: CP Raising Confident Daughters Course Living Wholehearted Podcast Dear Mattsons Podcast MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop The Moms in Prayer International Training Channel podcast Bless Our Schools Sunday
ABOUT OUR GUEST: With more than 1.6 million books in print, Joanna Weaver is the bestselling and award-winning author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, as well as Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and At the Feet of Jesus devotional. A pastor's wife, mother of three, and avid Bible teacher, Joanna loves speaking to women about the powerful freedom that is found in making Jesus Lord and trusting Him for things bigger than themselves. She lives with her family in Hamilton, Montana. SCRIPTURE: (NIV unless noted) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.“ 2 Chronicles 16:9a (NKJV) “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” Romans 7:18 NKJV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 BOOKS BY JOANNA WEAVER: Embracing Trust Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Having a Mary Spirit LINKS: https://www.joannaweaverbooks.com/ MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
On this Hacks & Wonks midweek show, Crystal has a robust conversation with Damon Petrich about his research at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. As lead author of the seminal work “Custodial Sanctions and Reoffending: A Meta-Analytic Review,” Damon performed an extensive analysis of 116 research studies looking at the effect of incarceration on reoffending. The review's finding that the oft-used policy of imprisonment does not reduce the likelihood of recidivism sparks a discussion about how the United States ended up as the world leader in mass incarceration and the disconnect between conventional assumptions about what prisons provide versus reality. Noting that the carceral system does a poor job of rehabilitation - while eating up budgets across the country and exacting significant societal costs - Damon and Crystal talk about how to design and evaluate programs that do work to deliver greater public safety for everyone. As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com. Find the host, Crystal, on Twitter at @finchfrii and reach Damon for more information about his research at email@example.com Resources “Custodial Sanctions and Reoffending: A Meta-Analytic Review” by Damon M. Petrich, Travis C. Pratt, Cheryl Lero Johnson, and Francis T. Cullen for Crime and Justice: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/715100 Scott Hechinger Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/ScottHech/status/1447596444886523911 “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2022” by Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner from the Prison Policy Initiative: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2022.html “Risk-need-responsivity model for offender assessment and rehabilitation” by James Bonta and D. A. Andrews for Public Safety Canada: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/rsk-nd-rspnsvty/index-en.aspx “Let's Take a Hard Look at Who Is in Jail and Why We Put Them There” by Alea Carr for the ACLU-WA blog: https://www.aclu-wa.org/blog/let-s-take-hard-look-who-jail-and-why-we-put-them-there Book - “Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect” by Robert J. Sampson: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo5514383.html Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program - “Police Legitimacy and Legal Cynicism: Why They Matter and How to Measure in Your Community”: https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/05/0b/050ba3aa-044f-4676-bc1e-6e2b6c48412c/091317_bcji_resources_police_legitimacy_fundamentals.pdf “Polls Show People Favor Rehabilitation over Incarceration” by Matt Clarke for Prison Legal News: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2018/nov/6/polls-show-people-favor-rehabilitation-over-incarceration/ Transcript [00:00:00] Crystal Fincher: Welcome to Hacks & Wonks. I'm Crystal Fincher, and I'm a political consultant and your host. On this show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight into local politics and policy in Washington state through the lens of those doing the work with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do about it. Full transcripts and resources referenced in the show are always available at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes. Well, I am excited to welcome Damon Petrich, who's a doctoral associate in the School of Criminal Justice at University of Cincinnati and incoming assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. He was the lead author of a recent article, "Custodial Sanctions and Reoffending: A Meta-Analytic Review," along with Travis Pratt, Cheryl Lero Johnson, Francis T. Cullen. Damon's research focuses on the effectiveness of corrections and rehabilitation programs, desistance from crime, and the impact of community violence on youth development. Thank you so much for joining us, Damon. [00:01:13] Damon Petrich: Thank you very much for having me on, Crystal. I'm excited to talk a little bit about my work and the implications of that and all that, so thanks again. [00:01:20] Crystal Fincher: I'm very excited to talk about this and it's extremely timely - has been for a while. We have conversations almost every day in the public sphere having to do with public safety - this is such a major component of it. And so I'm hoping as we have this conversation, it'll help us to better assess what the costs and benefits are of custodial sanctions and incarceration, and alternatives to that - to have a conversation that kind of orients us more towards public safety. Sometimes we're so concerned with metrics around police and how many they are, and what the length of a sentence should be. And sometimes we focus on things that take us off of the overall goal of keeping us all safer and reducing the likelihood that each of us are victimized and to hopefully prevent people from becoming victims of crime. And just to have accurate conversations about how we invest our public resources - what we're actually getting from them, and then how to evaluate as we go along - what we should be tracking and measuring and incentivizing. As so many people talk about taking data-driven approaches and create all these dashboards - that we're really doing it from an informed perspective. So just to start out - what actually were you studying and what were you seeking to find out? [00:02:47] Damon Petrich: Yeah, so the main purpose of our meta-analysis, which I can explain exactly what that is later on if you have questions, but the main purpose was to understand what happens when you take one group of offenders and you sentence them to something custodial like prison or jail, and then you sentence another group of similar offenders to something non-custodial like probation. How do those two groups differ in terms of whether they reoffend? So does prison actually deter recidivism, or does it make people more likely to commit crime afterwards? So that's sort of what we were looking at and so we considered all of the available research on that, in this review. [00:03:29] Crystal Fincher: Got it. So right now we have gone down the path of mass incarceration - that is the default punishment that we, as society, have looked to for crime. Hey - sentence them and many times it's, Hey, they're going to jail. Sometimes they get out of jail and they have supervision that continues, but jail is really focused, where we focus a lot of our effort and where we put people and hope that that'll straighten them out and they come out and everything is fine. How did we get here and where are we in terms of how we're approaching incarceration in our society, in our country? [00:04:11] Damon Petrich: Yeah, so there is a lot of public uproar around a lot of issues, like race issues, and there was crime spikes and concerns over social welfare - and there's all this confluence of issues in the '60s and early '70s. And we decided to - as a country, not everyone, but politicians decided that we should tackle the crime problem by A) incarcerating more people, and then B) once they get there, keep them there for longer. So we enacted things like mandatory minimum sentences, where the judge really has no discretion over what happens - the person gets automatically a sentence of incarceration if they've committed a certain type of crime. You had habitual offender laws where if you're - like California's three strikes policy - where if you have two prior felonies and you get a third, no matter what it is, you're going to jail for life. Michigan had the "650 Lifer Law," where if you get caught with 650 grams of heroin or cocaine, you're automatically going to prison for life. And then we got rid of parole and stuff like that in a lot of states. So all these things lead to more people going to jail and then for longer, and those laws came to be in the '70s and '80s. And over that time, our incarceration rate ballooned up by about 700%, so by the early 2000s, we were at over 2 million people incarcerated and another 7-8 million people on probation or parole. So it's a pretty big expansion - the United States has 5% of the world's population and a quarter, or 25%, of the prisoners, so it's a little ridiculous. The crime rate here isn't nearly as high, or nearly high enough to justify that huge disparity. So yeah, it's a whole confluence of factors led us to be the world leader in incarceration. [00:06:14] Crystal Fincher: And what attitudes or what justifications are the people who have the power to enact these policies and continue these policies - how are they justifying them? [00:06:25] Damon Petrich: So there's a few reasons why you might want to incarcerate somebody. One is just because you want to punish them or get revenge on them, so that's more of a moral reason. But the main focus of politicians were twofold - one was incapacitation, so that one means that because you're keeping somebody locked up in a cage, obviously they can't be out in the community committing crimes. So the thought is that you're going to reduce crime that way. The research on that is a little squishy even now, and I can talk a little bit more about that later if you want. But the other reason, and the one that we focused on in our review, was that prison deters people from going back to crime after they get out. So the idea there is that prison sucks - you go in there, you're cut off from your job, from your family, from your friends, or from just having hobbies or things to do. And you're not going to want to go back, so when you get out of prison - you think real hard, and you think how much prison sucks, and you decide not to go back to crime. That's the thinking behind that deterrence hypothesis anyway. So those two - incapacitation and deterrence - were the main drivers of those increase in laws and stuff during the '70s, '80s, and '90s, but there really wasn't any evidence for either of them - in the '70s and '80s in particular. So most of the research evaluating whether prison actually does deter recidivism has popped up over the last 25 years or so. [00:08:05] Crystal Fincher: And as you took a look at it - all of the studies that have popped up over the past 25 years had varying degrees of rigor and scientific validity. But as that body of research grew, people began to get a better idea of whether incarceration actually does reduce someone's likelihood of reoffending. How big was that body of work, in terms of studies, and what were you able to look at? [00:08:40] Damon Petrich: So in our particular review, we looked at 116 studies, which is a pretty sizable number. Most people - when you read through an article and a literature review might have 10 studies or something that they just narratively go through, but we looked at 116. And then within those 116 studies, there were 981 statistical models. So 901 different comparisons - or 981 different comparisons - of what happens to custodial versus non-custodial groups. So we looked at a pretty big chunk of literature. [00:09:20] Crystal Fincher: And in that, in the reliance of - that's a really big number - and I think, people now are maybe more familiar, just from a layperson's perspective, of just how big that number is. As we've seen throughout this pandemic that we're in the middle of, studies come out - people are looking at one study, and wow - study number two comes out and we're feeling really good about it. And man, we get to five studies and people are like, okay, we know what's going on. To get beyond a hundred is just a real comprehensive body of study and analysis. What were you able to determine from that? [00:10:05] Damon Petrich: So I should probably explain upfront what a meta-analysis is and why it's useful. So like you were just saying - like in the COVID pandemic, for example - one study will come out and it'll say, oh, Ivermectin reduces symptomatic COVID cases by X percent. And then the next study will come out and say, Ivermectin makes people way worse. So any individual study can be kind of misleading. A good analogy for what a meta-analysis does would be to look at baseball, for example. So let's say you're interested in some rookie player that's just come out, he's just joined Major League Baseball and you go to his - you want to know how good this player actually is? You've never seen him play, you've only heard rumors. So you go out to his first game, he gets up to bat four times and he gets no hits. So you walk away from that game thinking, wow, this player is terrible, the team wasted all their money recruiting and paying this guy's salary. But that could have just been an off game for many reasons - it's his debut game so maybe there's just first-game nerves, maybe the weather was bad, maybe he was having personal problems in his life, or he had a little bit of an injury. So there's a number of reasons why looking at his performance from that one game is not going to be representative of who he is as a player. Ideally, you'd want to look at all the games over a season where he might go up to bat 250 times. And over those 250 times, he gets 80 hits, which is a pretty good batting average - it's over .300. So with that amount of data, you could come to a more solid conclusion of whether he's actually a good player or not. And with that amount of data, you could also look at what we call moderating characteristics. So you could look at, for example, whether he plays better when it's an away game or in a home game, whether it's early or late season - you could look at all these sorts of things. So this is essentially what we're doing with research as well, in a meta-analysis. So if you look at studies on incarceration - one might show increases in recidivism after people go to prison, the next might show decreases, and the next might show that probationers and prisoners reoffend at about the same rates. So just like in the baseball analogy, in a meta-analysis, we're looking at all of the available research. We're combining it together and determining A) what the sort of overall or average effect of incarceration is, and then B) whether these moderating characteristics actually matter. So in other words, is the effect of incarceration pretty much the same for males as it is for females, or for juveniles as adults, or when the research design is really good versus when it's not so great. So that's basically what we did in this meta-analysis is again - looked at 116 studies and from those 981 statistical estimates. [00:13:13] Crystal Fincher: Very helpful. Totally makes sense with the baseball analogy, and I especially appreciate breaking down with all the statistical models and not just kind of thumbs up, thumbs down - the binary - it either increases or reduces the likelihood of recidivism. But under what conditions are - might it be more likely, less likely that someone does? What are some of those influencing effects on what happens? And so you were just talking about the justification that people used going into this, and now that we have data coming out - does it turn out that people go into prison or are incarcerated in jail, they think - wow, this is horrible. Some in society are like the more uncomfortable we make it in jail, the better we want to make sure it's a place that they never would want to come back to - that it's so scary and such a bad experience that they are just scared straight for the rest of their lives. Does it actually turn out to be that way? Do they take a rational look at - this was my experience, I don't want to go back again, therefore I will not do any of the things that I did going in. [00:14:28] Damon Petrich: I would not say that's the conclusion - no. So again, based on the 116 studies that we looked at, which is again a lot, people who are sentenced to incarceration - so jail, prison - they commit crime, they reoffend at about the same rates as if you'd sentence those same people to probation. So in other words, they're not being deterred by being sent to prison. These effects are the same for both males and females. So in other words, prison doesn't reduce reoffending for one group versus the other. It's the same whether we look at adults versus juveniles, it's the same regardless of what type of recidivism we're interested in - rearrests or convictions. It's pretty much the same across the board. There's some slight variations in research designs, but even within those, prison either has no effect or it slightly increases recidivism. We don't find any conditions under which prison is reducing reoffending or deterring these people from going back to those lives. [00:15:35] Crystal Fincher: So from a societal perspective, a lot of people kind of make the assumption that, Hey, we arrest and we incarcerate someone - whew, our streets are safer. They get out, and now they can choose to reintegrate themselves into society hopefully - they do and we're all safer because of it. But it looks like impressions that some people may have that, Hey, we're letting someone off easy. And suggestions - there's so much media coverage around this - and suggestions that because we're letting people off easy, that we're making it easier for them to reoffend, or they don't feel sufficiently punished enough and so that becomes an incentive to reoffend. Does that seem like it tracks with what the studies have shown? [00:16:33] Damon Petrich: Not really - so there's some studies that actually ask prisoners and offenders whether they'd prefer going to prison or probation. And a lot of them will say, oh, I'd rather do a year in prison than spend two or three years on probation. So it's not like they view probation as just being super easy. And they're not saying this because they received time off their sentence for being in the study or anything like that. Probation's not easy either - and you have to also think that while these people are on probation, they're able to stay in close touch with their family, they're able to maintain connections with work or find work, they're able to participate in the community, they can pay taxes - that I know a lot of people who are pro-prison love. So there's all sorts of reasons why - beyond just them reoffending at the same rates as if they'd gone to prison - there's a lot of reasons why we might want to keep these people in the community. And it's not like we're saying, let everybody out of prison - so the nature of this research - you want to compare apples to apples. So in this research, comparing prisoners to probationers - these have to be people who are getting - they could either legitimately get a sentence of jail or probation, or prison or probation. So these are going to be first-time offenders, people who are relatively low-level - they've committed low-level crimes and all that. So we're not saying - there's not going to be a situation where a murderer just gets probation - that sort of thing. So I know that might be a concern of some people - they think that's a natural argument of this analysis, but it's really not. [00:18:24] Crystal Fincher: Well, and to your point, we're really talking - if we're looking at all of the crime that gets people sentenced to prison time, a very small percentage of that is murder. A very small percentage of it is on that kind of scale - you can wind up in jail or prison for a wide variety of offenses - many of them, people perceive as relatively minor or that people might be surprised can land you in prison. Or if someone has committed a number of minor offenses, that can stack up - to your point in other situations - and increase the length of detention or the severity of the consequences. As we're looking through this and the conversation of, okay, so, we sentence them, we let them out - it's not looking like there's a difference between jail or community supervisions, things like probation - what is it about jail that is harmful or that is not helpful? What is it about the structure of our current system that doesn't improve recidivism outcomes for people? [00:19:42] Damon Petrich: Probably the main one is the rehabilitation is not the greatest. So just as an example, substance abuse is a very strong predictor whether people are going to reoffend, unsurprisingly. About 50% of prisoners at the state and federal level in The States meet the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] criteria for having a substance use abuse disorder - so they meet the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorder. So half of them, and then more than that just use substances, but they don't meet the criteria for a disorder. But of that 50% who has a substance abuse disorder, only about 20% of those actually receives treatment for it while they're incarcerated. So, you're not dealing with a root cause of reoffending while they're in prison - so you're not deterring them, but you're also not rehabilitating them - so you're really not doing anything. And then in the rare cases where these people are provided with rehabilitation or reentry programming, it's often not based on any sort of evidence-based model of how you actually change people. So there's a lot of psychological and criminology theory and research on how you actually elicit behavioral change, and these programs really aren't in line with any of that. And I could give examples if you wanted, but - [00:21:17] Crystal Fincher: Sure. I think that's helpful, 'cause I think a lot of people do assume, and sometimes it's been controversial - wow, look at how much they're coddling these prisoners - they have these educational programs, and they get all this drug treatment for free, and if they don't come out fixed then it's their own fault because they have access to all of these treatment resources in prison. Is that the case? [00:21:43] Damon Petrich: No, I wouldn't say so - first of all, they don't have access, a lot of them, to any programs. And then, like I said, the programs that they do get really aren't that effective. So the big one that everybody loves to argue for is providing former inmates with jobs. If you look at any federal funding for program development, like the Second Chance Act or the First Step Act - I think that was one under Trump - and then under Bush, there was a Serious [and] Violent Offenders Reentry Initiative - pretty much all of these federal bills will be heavily focused on just providing offenders with jobs. And almost all of the evaluations of these programs show that they don't reduce reoffending. And it's not really that hard - again, if you go back to the literature on behavioral change and, criminology literature - it's not really that hard to understand why just providing a job isn't going to reduce or lead somebody away from a life of crime. A lot of these people have spotty work histories where they've never had a job at all, they believe and know that it's easier to gain money by doing illicit work than it is legal work, they have things like low self-control so they're very impulsive, they don't know how to take criticism or being told what to do by a boss. They live in neighborhoods with very poor opportunities for good jobs and education, and maybe there's a mindset around there that illegal work or whatever is just a better way to go - that's sort of ingrained. So there's a lot of different reasons why just handing somebody a job isn't going to lead them away from crime, 'cause they have all these other things that need to be dealt with first. So ideally, a rehabilitation program that's comprehensive would deal with all of those other background factors and then provide them with a job. Because if you make them less impulsive, better able to resist the influence of their antisocial friends, and get this thought out of their head that other people are being hostile towards them when they're really not - all these sorts of cognitive and behavioral biases that they have - if you deal with all of those things and then you give them a job, they're more likely to actually latch onto that job as something worthwhile doing. And then they're going to go on to get out of a life of crime. But if you just give them a job and you haven't dealt with any of those issues, you can't really expect that to work. And that is the model that we currently do - is something that we don't really expect to work that well. [00:24:28] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, that's - it's really interesting and I don't know that a lot of people actually know that, Hey, giving someone a job isn't sufficient - which is why I think it's so important to talk about studies like this, because some of what has become conventional wisdom, really is not accurate or reflects what has been studied and discovered. And I guess in that vein, what are the factors - you just talked about a few - but what does increase someone's likelihood of reoffending or recidivism, and what reduces it? [00:25:08] Damon Petrich: So those are probably two ends of the same, or two sides of the same coin, but this is pretty well known in criminology - a model called the risk-need-responsivity [RNR] model was developed by a couple of fellow Canadians, named James Bonta and Don Andrews, along with some of their colleagues in the '80s and '90s. And they, through again, other meta-analyses just like we did, found certain categories of characteristics of people who are more likely to reoffend. So you have things like having antisocial peers - so that one's pretty obvious - if you have a bunch of friends that are involved in crime, it's going to be pretty hard for you to get out of that life because you're surrounded by those people. Same with family members. If you have what are called criminal thinking patterns - so again, you might have what's called a hostile attribution bias, things like that, where somebody says something a little bit negative to you and you take that as a huge insult and you retaliate with anger and aggression - things like that. Or being impulsive - so you're again quick to anger, you're swayed by small little enticements in the environment and that sort of thing - so you're easily swayed one way or the other. Things like that are strong predictors of reoffending. Substance abuse - it's what I mentioned earlier. If you don't really have any sort of proactive leisure activities, like hobbies and stuff like that. So there's a bunch of well-known things that we know are strongly associated with recidivism, and a rehabilitation program should ideally deal with them. Now this model that Andrews and Bonta and all these other people came up with - this RNR risk-need-responsivity model - the risk part says that we should give people a risk assessment when they're entering prison or leaving prison and determine what level of risk are they from reoffending. And we assess these different criteria, like criminal thinking patterns and antisocial friends and substance abuse. So we determine what those factors are and then we design them a treatment program that actually deals with those factors at the individual level. So we're not just giving a blanket rehabilitation program to everybody, and you're providing the most amount of care to the people who most need it or who are the most likely to re-offend. And then once we've done all that, we need to make sure that we're addressing these problems in some sort of a format that we know actually works. The most well-known one, but not as often used, the most well-known within the sort of psychologist and criminological literature is cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]. So this is pretty popular for dealing with depression and all sorts of eating disorders and substance abuse problems in non-offender populations. Well, those programs also work in offender populations and they work pretty well. So the research shows - again meta-analyses - that when you deal with all these three factors - risk, need, and responsivity - you can reduce reoffending rates by about 26%. So it's a pretty sizeable amount - it's much greater than you're getting by just sentencing people to prison without doing anything. [00:28:42] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely, and I think you cover in your paper - those things are absolutely true. And you just talked about several administrations' attempts to implement programming and resources to try and help people get jobs, potentially - hey, there's even a CBT treatment, but if that treatment has twice as many people as are recommended being in a session and occurs over half the time that it's supposed to, you really are sabotaging the entire process or really setting it up for failure. And it just seems to be an expensive exercise that we aren't really getting anything out of. Does that seem to be consistent with how you've seen the attempts at introducing this programming within prisons and jails? [00:29:40] Damon Petrich: Yeah, for sure - this is a pretty common finding too - so it's not just about preaching that you're going to do these things. You actually have to implement them well. So just like you said, there's a number of studies that show this - so you've designed some really great program that deals with all of these risk factors that lead people back into reoffending, you give it to them in a cognitive behavioral setting. So all seems good on paper, but in practice, like you said - one of the famous studies there - can't remember the names of the authors offhand right now - but one of the famous studies there showed that they're providing it to people in groups of 30, as opposed to 15, and they're delivering it in a really short amount of time. And they're not maybe giving it to the highest-risk people - so they're just mixing random people in there at varying levels of risk. So when you do all these sorts of things - you implement the program poorly - you can't really expect it to work. And this is often the case - is the government pays people to come up with these great programs, and then not enough funding is provided to actually make sure that they're implemented and evaluated well. So the amount of funding that actually goes into that - developing the programs to begin with - is small, but when you do do that, you're not making sure that you're actually implementing things well. So it's just sort of shooting yourself in the foot, and probably making people come to the conclusion that these things don't work - when they do work, if you just implement them well. [00:31:17] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, and there's also a lot of rhetoric - and you discuss this - there's a lot of rhetoric coming from the government, even coming from leadership within the Bureau of Prisons or leadership in our carceral system, saying we do want to rehabilitate people. We are trying to implement programming that does this. You see - we have these educational opportunities and we are doing evaluations of people. And it may be happening while they're understaffed or other challenges, but one of the biggest, I guess, red flags is that none of the evaluation of their programs and none of the incentives that arise are in any way tied to what is the actual result of what happens. Are you actually succeeding on reducing someone's likelihood for reoffense? It does not seem like any compensation is tied to that, any kind of evaluation of positions or regular reporting - to say, is this program having its intended effect? And if not, what do we need to do to correct for that? Is that what you found? [00:32:33] Damon Petrich: I would say that's probably a pretty fair assessment. A lot of the programs that are implemented are never evaluated at all. And then the ones that are - it's usually once - there's one evaluation of those programs. And then, like you said, there doesn't really seem to be a lot of self-reflection - I don't know what other word you would use - but these programs don't really change on the basis of these evaluations. So, it's kind of disheartening to hear about, I guess. [00:33:14] Crystal Fincher: It feels very disheartening to live in the middle of - and one of the big things about this is that this - we have these conversations and we talk about these studies and we're saying, yeah, it actually - we're not doing anyone any favors right now when it comes to reducing recidivism. And having these conversations oftentimes detached from the cost associated with what we're paying for these. And my goodness are we paying to incarcerate people? It's not just, well, we do lock them up and we keep them away. Or we do a good job of keeping them in - they reoffend, they go back to jail. And lots of people are like, we did our job, they went back to jail - boom, everything is fine. But we are paying through the nose and out the ear for this - just here, we're in the state of Washington, and right now the state spends about $112 per day, or over $40,000 annually, to incarcerate one individual - that's the cost per inmate. In King County - the county that we're in - they spend $192 a day, or $70,000 annually, to incarcerate an individual. That is a huge amount of the tax dollars that we spend - these come out of our general fund, meaning that these are dollars that every service, everything that is not a dedicated source of revenue, is competing for. So when we talk about things and have conversations like, well, we don't have the budget for that and we don't have the money - that is related to how much of that money we're spending on other things. And my goodness, I would think that we want to get our money's worth for that level of expenditure. And it really appears that if we're saying the goal of jail is to get people on the straight and narrow path and becoming contributing members of society and all of the implications of that, it doesn't seem like we're getting our money's worth. And so, if those aren't the goals and if we just want to punish people, it's not like we're punishing people for free. We're punishing people at the cost of $70,000 per day [year], and at the cost of all the other services and infrastructure needs that we have. So it really seems like we're punishing ourselves as much, or more, as others - particularly if we're bringing people back into society that are likely to reoffend in one way or another. And so if our goal is to keep our community safe and that is the North Star, it looks like we need to realign our processes and our expenditure of resources. I guess my question to you, after all that, is - how should we be moving forward? What should we be looking to do? What is shown to work? [00:36:24] Damon Petrich: Well, I would say - yeah, $70,000 a year as just a revenge cost per person seems like a lot. $80 billion in the country as a whole, for a revenge cost, seems like a pretty high price to pay, given we're not reducing reoffending. You could make the argument that these people aren't offending while they're in prison, but that's - there's other reasons why that might not be completely accurate, which I could talk about too, but - [00:36:59] Crystal Fincher: Well, I'm interested in that. Why might that not be accurate? [00:37:03] Damon Petrich: So, obviously the person - if you incarcerate a particular individual, obviously they can't be out in the community committing crimes. So that's obvious, but there's a number of reasons why that might not, en masse, actually reduce crime a whole lot. The research on it - this is a little bit squishy - in terms of whether incarcerating more people leads to lower crime rates, because one influences the other. But for example, if you look at illegal drug markets - a lot of the homicides in the United States and other violent crime that people are really concerned about, and it's plastered all over the media is - homicides, gang-related stuff. So if you take key gang members out and you put them in prison, what ends up happening is that there's competition in that market to take over that person's place, either within the gang or other gangs coming in. So what ends up happening oftentimes is a spike in violence. So that's one reason why just incapacitating, particularly high-crime individuals, might not actually lead to lower crime rates overall. Again, you're lowering crime for that one person, but you might be increasing crime on a more systemic level. Beyond that, these things have broader societal and community level impacts - incarcerating a lot of people. Again, research shows that when you're incarcerating a lot of people in a particular community - so there's a bunch of really good work by Robert Sampson - he has a book that came out a few years ago called Great American City. And he looked at these individual neighborhoods in Chicago over time, and what he finds is that in communities where there's a higher number of people incarcerated in a particular community, this ends up increasing what's called "legal cynicism." And this is done in some other work as well with David Kirk and Andrew Papachristos - but they show that this increases legal cynicism, which means people are skeptical of police helping them out, the police doing a good job. And what ends up happening after that - when people are more cynical of the legal system, they're less likely to report crimes to the police, they're less likely to cooperate with the police. So what ends up happening? You incarcerate more people and people in that community end up being less willing to cooperate with law enforcement. And this leads to sort of an endless cycle where things sort of get out of hand. So there's all these unintended and nonfinancial consequences of incarcerating a lot of people that could potentially end up leading to more crime. [00:40:03] Crystal Fincher: Well, and - speaking as a Black woman - obviously, looking at the impacts of mass incarceration in the Black community and in neighborhoods around the country - where it is almost like the community is responding to the actual outcome and that, Hey, this actually isn't making my community any better. I'm experiencing traumatic impacts from this - whether it's my relative went to prison or a sole breadwinner in the family and now we're thrown into poverty, or I'm in a situation where I don't have a parent who used to be there - who now is no longer there. Or causing instability and impacting the education that people get and the kind of job opportunity, watching someone who's come out have to struggle and be ostracized. And it looks like, Hey, this is just the first step on a long cycle of traumatic and undesirable events - and I don't want to participate in a system that is doing that. With that, as we look forward, and I think this is also related to conversations about just fundamental trust in our criminal legal system and relations with police and throughout the system. It's - if we think about how to turn that around - to me, seems related to thinking about the question of how do we get better outcomes for everyone? 'Cause it seems like right now where we're investing a lot in poor outcomes for people who were already, usually, in pretty poor spots leading to themselves being incarcerated, coming out and not necessarily improving, definitely not improving. And if anything, a chance that it gets a little bit worse. How do we change that entire outcome? And I know you're looking specifically in the incarceration space, but what should be, what could be done differently? Or do we just need a fundamental restructuring of the way we do this? [00:42:17] Damon Petrich: I don't know about a fundamental restructuring - I don't, I'm not great at that high-level thinking stuff, but what I do know is that - we're probably going to continue to incarcerate people. That's something that's done in every country and people seem to love here. So if we actually want to use prison for public safety - because 95% of inmates eventually get out - if we actually want to use it for public safety, then let's actually try wholeheartedly to rehabilitate them while they're in there. And again, there's a lot of theory and evidence-based principles on how we can do this, like the risk-need-responsivity model that I talked about earlier, cognitive behavioral therapy more broadly. If you use these types of things and continue to work on them and develop them over time, then yeah - prison might actually be helpful if people are going there and getting the help that they need. But that's not what's happening currently. So that's one level in incarceration terms - that's the area that I know best. So that's one way you could potentially alleviate some of this stuff is - if people are actually getting resources and stuff when they're in prison, and then when once they're reintegrating, they're not only going to reoffend less, but maybe they're going to contribute to their community more. They're going to be better able to connect with their family and stuff like that. So rather than being a hindrance, it could potentially be a help. Obviously, again, it's not ideal to remove people from their communities and their family and friends. And like I said earlier, if you have the option to sentence them to something community-based instead, I think that's the better route to go. But if you are going to send people to prison, which I think we're going to continue to do a lot of the time, then let's rehabilitate them while they're in there is the main point. And do so based on what actually works to do that. [00:44:23] Crystal Fincher: It's really the investment in the people who are there, and we're - I think up against a lot of societal attitudes and resistance where it just feels wrong to a number of people to be providing services and shifting that investment to things that are seemingly helpful for the inmate, because everything about how we've been conditioned to understand our prison system has been - the punishment is kind of the key, and they'll make rational decisions afterwards to avoid prison based on how bad the punishment is. When it comes to community supervision, things like probation, what are the differences there? If there are better outcomes from that, what accounts for the better outcomes when it comes to probation versus incarceration? [00:45:23] Damon Petrich: I wouldn't say the outcomes are better - they're just pretty much the same as they would be if they're sentenced to prison. So, probation costs less and then it also enables the people to be out in the community doing community things, like being with their friends and families and all that. I mean, you can't quantify, based on a recidivism percentage, what their family members and friends and employers are getting out of it. So that's something we can't really look at - or I guess you could, but something we don't often do - but so there's intangible things that you would get by keeping people in the community. Plus it doesn't lead to all that other stuff I talked about where people become cynical of the legal system and it leads to this cycle of whatever. [00:46:11] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, and so if we're were doing this programming in prison and helping people, I think your research shows it's extremely important to do both the structural, Hey, you need a place to live, you need to be able to pay your rent and your bills - so having a job, having housing, having healthcare, getting those very basic needs met is critical. But also addressing a number of the mental or behavioral health issues that are common among the incarcerated population - and dealing with that is as important. And basically those two things both need to happen hand-in-hand. How do we do a better job of that in our current system? [00:46:57] Damon Petrich: Well, first of all, I'd like to say that you're right there - I think maybe when I was talking earlier about employment, it might sound like giving people jobs is just a waste of time, but that's not the case. It needs - the two things need to be paired - you need to deal with the cognitive and behavioral problems in addition to giving them jobs and housing support and all that. In terms of how you actually go about doing that, there are examples in the literature of programs that do this, so there's examples out there. I think if you're a state or local or even federal correctional department and you're interested in doing this - implementing something that's evidence-based - or if you're just a concerned citizen that wants to rally your local officials to do that - go and talk to researchers like me, or people at universities that have criminology departments or criminal justice departments, because this knowledge is out there. It's widely available. You just have to go and seek it out. So at my university, for example, we have the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute and under the guidance of Ed Latessa, he was - now passed - but he was, over the last 30 years, responsible for disseminating a lot of this evidence-based practices to some of the state and local criminal justice agencies. And they helped with implementation and evaluation in a lot of these places, so the help is out there. You just have to look for it a little bit. [00:48:38] Crystal Fincher: And another question I had - your analysis seemed to suggest that when we're talking about low-risk, medium, and high-risk offenders - or people who have done relatively minor crimes versus those who have done more serious crimes - that these interventions are particularly effective the more serious the offense or crime has been. And that perhaps even sometimes treating someone who is a really low-risk as if they're a high-risk, can worsen the outcomes for that person. Is that the case? [00:49:21] Damon Petrich: Yeah, that tends to be a finding in research - we're not exactly sure why, but providing a lot of really intensive services to people deemed to be low-risk can actually be harmful rather than helpful. We don't know based on research why, but there's a lot of pretty good hypotheses about why. So a low-risk offender is going to be somebody who's a first-timer who's committed some not-that-serious crime. So they probably have a job, they probably have pretty strong connections with their family and all that. So if you're taking them and you're putting them in a program where you have to be there 40 hours a week, they're probably going to get fired from their job, it's going to be harder to stay in contact with friends and families that are sort of tying you into a non-criminal life. And then you're probably going to be associating with all kinds of people who are high-risk, and maybe they're going to draw you towards, oh yeah, I could earn four grand going out tonight and stealing some laptops. There's a lot of reasons why just taking low-risk people and putting them in these programs is going to be harmful rather than helpful. [00:50:31] Crystal Fincher: And so with that in mind, and you talk about, Hey, if we're trying to influence local electeds - one of the interesting things about having a podcast and radio show that caters to extremely politically and civically inclined people is that we actually do have a number of policymakers and politicians who listen, and people who are enacting and in control of this policy. If you were to talk to them and give them advice about how to move forward, especially in the current environment that we find ourselves in, where over the past few years has been increasing awareness of some of the defecits of our system and pushes to change those. And also, as we have seen more recently, a real strong pushback from a lot of people who are invested in our current system saying, Hey, let's not change things too much. Maybe we need to jail more and for longer. And maybe we're just not doing enough incarceration, and that's the answer. In that kind of political environment, what would you tell people who are in charge of this policy, who may be facing pressure to keep going forward with the status quo, about how they should evaluate how they should move forward and the kinds of things that they should do? [00:52:07] Damon Petrich: I know a lot of these politicians get lobbied by correctional officer groups or whatever, and that's whatever, but ultimately you get voted in by voters. So, I'm not an expert on public opinion - I have other friends who are more into that kind of stuff, but I do know from talking with them and from reading that literature, that the public actually does support rehabilitation. So they have for a long time and it's shifted more towards being in support of rehabilitation over time. So right now, most Americans support providing rehabilitation programs to prisoners and offenders. So this is something that's going to please your constituency, people want this kind of thing. And it's not like you're going to be losing all kinds of jobs by getting rid of prison - there's going to be a need for skilled people who can provide these programs and probation officers and all these sorts of things. So it's not a net loss when you're getting rid of prisons. There's a lot of reasons to sentence people to community supervision and things like that - provide rehabilitation. There's public support for it, there's jobs involved, there's cost savings - big time, obviously - it's way cheaper to keep somebody out of prison than it is to keep them in prison. So there's a lot of different reasons why you would want to do that as a politician. [00:53:43] Crystal Fincher: I think that makes sense. Certainly it's a lot cheaper to keep someone out of prison versus in prison. I mean, we talked about the annual costs - in the state of Washington over $40,000, King County over $70,000 - comparing that to how much we invest in a student of $11,500 a year. If we focus more on investing in people, both inside and outside the system, it seems like we set ourselves up for a safer community, fewer people being victimized, and more people leading thriving, productive, tax-paying lives. And we're all happier than we are right now, I would think, I would hope - it seems like the research points in that direction. So I certainly appreciate you taking the time to speak with us about this. Is there anything else that you want to leave with us, in thinking about this study and your research? [00:54:55] Damon Petrich: I think we covered it pretty well. Just to circle back to something you just said - I know this might put me out of a job since I focus on what happens when people's lives go awry, but you really are better off to invest in early prevention programs and giving people a good start on life than trying to correct the program or the problem afterwards. So yeah - politicians spend some money on prevention programs. I know the good effects of that are a long way out, but they're actually good on a societal level. So I guess I would add that, even though it's not good for criminologists, maybe, to put themselves out of a job like that. [00:55:40] Crystal Fincher: Well, much appreciated, and thank you so much for having this conversation with us today. [00:55:45] Damon Petrich: Yeah, thank you very much for having me on. I'm glad that there are people out there interested in this stuff, so thanks again. [00:55:51] Crystal Fincher: I thank you all for listening to Hacks & Wonks on KVRU 105.7 FM. The producer of Hacks & Wonks is Lisl Stadler with assistance from Shannon Cheng. You can find me on Twitter @finchfrii, spelled F-I-N-C-H-F-R-I-I. Now you can follow Hacks & Wonks on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts - just type "Hacks and Wonks" into the search bar. Be sure to subscribe to get our Friday almost-live shows and our midweek show delivered to your podcast feed. If you like us, leave a review wherever you listen to Hacks & Wonks. You can also get a full transcript of this episode and links to the resources referenced in the show at officialhacksandwonks.com and in the episode notes. 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Episode #53 - Preparing for the Launching Years with Brenda Yoder What does failing have to do with thriving? Brenda uses the phrase "don't steal the struggle" when talking about allowing kids to fall in order to soar. As parents, caregivers, and friends, we want to come alongside the children in our lives and save them from the pain of messing up, when in fact, working through mess-ups is the very thing they need! It gives them the confidence to know they CAN problem solve on their own — and this leads them towards the independence God created them for. Kori & Brenda chat about the difference between children who thrive and those who fall behind, and how we can create a safe place for them to make mistakes, working towards the goal of GROWTH not achievement. How do we lay down that desire to control all the outcomes? Brenda reminds us that God WILL reveal to us what is best for our children - we can TRUST the ONE who is in control! Ready to hear how we can prepare our children to launch well? Let's go.... BRENDA L. YODER is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, school counselor, speaker, and author. She's authored "Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind", "Balance, Busyness & Not Doing It All", *has been featured in *The Washington Post, Guideposts* and in *Chicken Soup for the Soul *books. She's the co-host of the [Midlife Mom Podcast](https://anchor.fm/midlifemomspodcast) and [Midlife Mom Facebook Community](https://www.facebook.com/groups/fledgeparentforum). Brenda specializes in faith, life, and family beyond the storybook image. Resources For You: Brenda Yoder Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind Balance, Busyness & Not Doing It All Facebook Instagram Next Steps: Tell us what tips you're putting into practice at our website Bring Bible2School to Your Community! Share this podcast with a friend Subscribe to You CAN Tell the Children Leave a review on Apple Podcasts Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram Explore Bible2School!
“Looking at our world today, I can't think of a better time to be praying for our schools and a more strategic mission field.” Today Stacy is joined by David Schmus, Executive Director of Christian Educators and Olivia Williamson, Director of Claim Your Campus. Listen in as they inspire and encourage us from the perspectives of our educators and our students. You won't want to miss their amazing testimonies of what our prayers are doing on school campuses across the nation and around the world. ABOUT OUR GUESTS: David Schmus is the Executive Director of Christian Educators Association International (ceai.org), which seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators to transform our public, charter, and private schools with God's love and truth. Prior to his tenure at CEAI, he was a high school AP US History/Government teacher and a Christian Club adviser for 15 years, being repeatedly honored as Most Inspirational Teacher. He holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Biola University, and has taught Biblical Worldview and Introduction to Teaching classes at Biola as an adjunct professor. David has provided leadership for gatherings and weekend conferences around the nation during which thousands of Christian Educators have been equipped and inspired to walk out their faith legally in the mission field of our public schools. David and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 28 years, have 5 daughters, and are based in Orange County, California. Olivia Williamson began working for Never the Same in 2019 as the Director of Mobilization for Claim Your Campus 2020. Her new role is Director of Campus Ministries (for Claim Your Campus and Enlightened Students). She founded Enlightened Students in 2014 and continues to equip student leaders to lead worship events for their schools across the country. Olivia is an engaging speaker, musician (Olivia Harmony), passionate worship leader, and writer. She has a heart for schools, the Church, and developing young leaders to rise up and take their place in the Kingdom. SCRIPTURE: (NIV unless noted) “When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David's two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:3-6 “When Jesus entered the synagogue leader's house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region. Matthew 9:23-26 LINKS: Bless Our Schools Sunday Christian Educators Teachers in Prayer Claim Your Campus MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
This is the ninth in a series of 10 programs on 10 Ways to Fight Hate in Your Community. Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at the ninth way to fight hate - teaching about acceptance of other people and cultures.https://spotlightenglish.com/society/10-ways-to-fight-hate-series/10-ways-to-fight-hate-teach-acceptance/Download our app for Android at http://bit.ly/spotlight-androidDownload our app for iOS at http://bit.ly/spotlight-appleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/spotlightradioAre you learning English? Are you looking for a way to practice your English? Listen to Spotlight to learn about people and places all around the world. You can learn English words, and even practice English by writing a comment. Visit our website to follow along with the script: http://spotlightenglish.com
“I am a mom. That's my first mission field.” And what an important mission field that is! Today Stacy is talks with the one and only Dannah Gresh, best-selling author, speaker, founder of True Girl and Moms in Prayer mom. Listen in as Dannah shares her heart to help parents connect and parent well. Don't miss the beautiful truth that this help is only a prayer away. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author, speaker, and founder of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), America's most popular Christian tween event. She has authored over 20 books that have been translated into 12 languages, including And the Bride Wore White, and Lies Girls Believe. Considered one of the leading experts on the subjects of sexual theology and parenting tweens and teens, her resources have equipped over one million moms and leaders as they seek to raise their girls in confidence and Truth. More than 400,000 have attended her live events. Dannah is a frequent co-host for Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth's Revive Our Hearts as well as a popular guest on programs like Focus on the Family and Family Life. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and the TEDx stage. She lives on a hobby farm in State College, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bob. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm127:1 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 BOOKS BY DANNAH GRESH: 6 Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl 6 Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy Lies Girls Believe And the Bride Wore White LINKS: True Girl Dannah Gresh Bless Our Schools Sunday MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
This is the ninth in a series of 10 programs on 10 Ways to Fight Hate in Your Community. Colin Lowther and Liz Waid look at the ninth way to fight hate - teaching about acceptance of other people and cultures.https://spotlightenglish.com/society/10-ways-to-fight-hate-series/10-ways-to-fight-hate-teach-acceptance/Download our app for Android at http://bit.ly/spotlight-androidDownload our app for iOS at http://bit.ly/spotlight-appleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/spotlightradioAre you learning English? Are you looking for a way to practice your English? Listen to Spotlight to learn about people and places all around the world. You can learn English words, and even practice English by writing a comment. Visit our website to follow along with the script: http://spotlightenglish.com
My guest this week is Lisa Lewis. In this episode, Lisa and I discuss sleep deprivation in teens. This is an epidemic that is rampant in our culture. The “sleep when we are dead” mentality is a public health issue and the negative effects are evident! Teens, specifically, are not getting enough quality sleep and it's something that most adults don't recognize as a significant driver of the physical and mental health issues we are seeing on a steep rise. Although you may be thinking the sleep conversation is a never-ending losing battle with your teen, or a “lost cause” because of school and extracurricular set schedules, we are here to say that isn't so! The good news is there are actionable steps we all can (and need to) take to address sleep deprivation in the home, school, and community to protect our adolescents' and teens' mental and physical development. We first discuss the current landscape and research on the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation and then we move into current success stories while giving many practical tips along the way. Lisa Lewis is the author of The Sleep Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive, described as “A call to action” by Arianna Huffington, and “An urgent and timely read” by Daniel Pink. The book is an outgrowth of her previous work on the topic, including her role helping get California's landmark law, unhealthy school start times, passed. Lewis has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and many others. She's also a parent to a teen and a recent teen, and lives in California. Connect with Lisa Lewis: Insta: @LewisLisaL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LewisLisaL/ Website: www.lisallewis.com Twitter: @LewisLisaL Episode Takeaways Introduction to Lisa Lewis & Later School Start Time Legislation … 00:01:20 Negative Health Impact on Early School Start Times … 00:05:56 Early School Start Times and Teen Accidents … 00:12:37 Research on Teens' Mental Health Suffering with Sleep Deprivation … 00:15:35 How Much Sleep Should Teens Be Getting? … 00:20:00 Technology Addiction & Sleep … 00:22:38 3 Main Ways Tech Affects Sleep … 00:27:26 How to Initiative Later School Start Time in Your Community … 00:30:44 Rampant Mental Health Problems for Youth … 00:38:52 Resource & Episode Wrap Up … 00:41:45 Need help with improving your child's behavior naturally? My book Life Will Get Better is available for purchase, click here to learn more. Looking for more? Check out my Blog and Workshops. Interested in becoming a patient? Contact us here. Instagram Facebook Drbeurkens.com
"She realized the best thing she could do was pray.” What a revelation! Today Stacy is joined by Bible college professor, speaker and fellow podcast host Jasmine Alnutt. She is going to take us on an amazing journey through church history looking at some of the heroes of the faith in a new way, through their praying moms. You will be so encouraged as Jasmine confirms through historical accounts, the difference a praying mom can make. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Jasmine Alnutt has been teaching at Calvary Chapel Bible College campuses for over 12 years. Her courses include Missionary Biographies, Church History, and Women in Church History. Jasmine currently serves as a Joyful Life Women's Ministry leader at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and co-host of the Women Worth Knowing Podcast. She is from Washington State and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She served as Dean of Women at Calvary Chapel Bible College before serving in London, England, as a missionary. SCRIPTURE: (NKJV unless noted) “So he answered and said to me: This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,'” Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:19-21 “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV) “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NIV) “That even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.” 1 Peter 3:1b BOOKS: “Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret”- by Dr and Mrs. Howard Taylor LINKS: Moms in Prayer Training Channel podcast Women Worth Knowing podcast MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
In This Episode, We Get Tactical About: - The Importance of Being Your Family's First Responder - Stepping up in Your Community and Family - Leading by Example - Entrepreneurship and Fatherhood - The Rights and Responsibilities of Firearms Ownership - Becoming a By-Doer, not a Bystander Resources + Links: Connect with Kristofor on Instagram | @team_healey How can Kristofor help you become the first responder for your family? Become an Indispensable Man Shoot us a message on Instagram with your biggest takeaway @team_healey Show Notes: Gabriel Blackwell is a father, husband and entrepreneur who is working in his community to raise awareness about civic responsibility, firearms safety and tactical medical response. Through his company Black Well Training Group, Gabriel is bringing firearm training, fitness, medical training and security mindset to men and women who may not have interfaced with these fields before. Gabriel works with his students to promote knowledge, action, and the importance of repeating the process. Gabriel is the kind of “indispensable man” who wants to be an example in his community and for his children and is leading by example to show them what it means to be a “by-doer, not a bystander.” I really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do as well. I'm hoping to have Gabriel back on a future episode to talk again about the work he is doing with his family and community! You can follow Gabriel on Instagram @gb.blackwell or on his business Instagram page, @black_well_training_group to see what he has going on and get in on a future training opportunity. Until Friday...Out of Role!
“Of all the things I did for my children, praying for them and teaching them scripture were the two most important things I did.” On today's episode Stacy speaks with Pam Tebow, author, speaker and mom of five. It will not take you very long to discover why her son, Tim Tebow has been such a light. Pam and her husband Bob, have been faithfully pouring into each one of their five children and nine grandchildren their entire lives, taking every opportunity to point them to Jesus. Listen in as Pam shares the beautiful ripple effects a mom's influence can have. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Pam Tebow travels and speaks across the country, encouraging audiences to use the incredible influence God has given them to eternally impact their world. Pam graduated with honors from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She and her husband, Bob, lived for a number of years as missionaries in the Philippines and continue to serve there through the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. Bob and Pam run an orphanage in the Philippines, which has been home to scores of children since 1991. They also support orphanages and a safe house they built for rescued girls in a semi-closed country. When their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy, Pam was featured in national media for her decision to choose life for Tim against a doctor's advice. Their story has been highlighted on Good Morning America, on ESPN, and in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial celebrating family and life. Pam has won national awards for her ministry work, including the Commission for Women's Inspiring Woman of the Year (2013) and the National Pro-Life Recognition Award (2017). Pam and Bob live in Florida; they have five grown children and nine grandchildren and another on the way. SRIPTURES: (NASB unless noted) “I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 “My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my hope is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my refuge; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my glory rest on God; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:5-8 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You.” Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 BOOKS BY PAM TEBOW: Ripple Effects Hope for a Woman's Heart LINKS: Pam Tebow Bless Our Schools Sunday MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“Come as you are. The more you pour out what is going on, the more space you make for His grace to pour in.” What a beautiful reason to pour our hearts out before the Lord in prayer! On today's episode Stacy speaks with Bible teacher, international recording artist, television host and bestselling author, Sheila Walsh. Listen in as Sheila shares how the gift of prayer was passed on to her by her mother when she was just a little girl in Scotland and how we too can pass this gift on to our little ones. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, international recording artist, television host and bestselling author with almost six million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess series, It's Okay Not to Be Okay, Praying Women, Holding On When You Want to Let Go, and more. She is cohost of the inspirational talk show Life Today with James and Betty Robison, which is seen worldwide by a potential audience of over 100 million viewers. Sheila lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian, who is in graduate school. SCRIPTURES: (NKJVunless noted) “I look up to the hills. But where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He made heaven and earth. He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps. He who guards Israel never rests or sleeps.” Psalm 121:1-4 (ICB) “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.” Acts 7:9-10 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corithians 1:3-4 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6 ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“ Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) BOOKS BY SHEILA WALSH: Is God Still Awake Gigi, God's Little Princess It's Okay Not To Be Okay Holding On When You Want To Let Go LINKS: Sheila Walsh Facebook Sheila Walsh Connects MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“When God invites His children on an adventure, on a faith journey, it always begins by saying goodbye to something familiar.” On today's episode Stacy speaks with Laura Story, award-winning songwriter, worship leader, author and Bible teacher. Listen in as Laura shares with humor and humility all the Lord is teaching her as she is letting go of her idea of how a normal family life should look and instead trusting the God's direction, provision and promises. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Laura Story is a wife, mother, songwriter, worship leader, author, artist, and Bible teacher. Her songs—which have won Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, and Dove Awards—include “Blessings,” and Chris Tomlin's “Indescribable.” She is the author of two bestselling books and Bible studies: When God Doesn't Fix It and I Give Up. Laura has a master of theological studies and a doctorate in worship studies, and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005. She has a brand new book and bible study releasing this summer called So Long, Normal: Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith. Her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin, and Timothy. To learn more about Laura, visit laurastorymusic.com/ and follow her on Facebook @laurastory, Instagram: @laurastorymusic, and Twitter: @laurastorymusic. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.” Psalm 90:1 (ESV) “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”Ecclesiastes 1:9 (ESV) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”Philippians 1:6 (ESV) “For He has said, ‘I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!'” Hebrews 13:5b (AMP) BOOKS BY LAURA STORY: So Long, Normal: Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith When God Doesn't Fix It I Give Up LINKS: Laura Story MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“There is no greater investment we can make than in the life of a student.” Today Stacy welcomes Mike De Vito of the National Network of Youth Ministries to the podcast. This is a man who has invested a lifetime in youth ministry, a journey that began back in the days of the Jesus people movement! You will love the stories he shares along with his heart for unity in the body of Christ. Listen in to discover how we can come alongside these every day heroes who are sharing Jesus and making eternal investments in the lives of our students. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Mike De Vito has been involved in youth ministry since 1978, both in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Mike is currently the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) Southwest Regional Coordinator. He served Biola University as the assistant director of Biola Youth Ministry Outreach and was an adjunct professor for 10 years. He is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California, and served as university co-pastor there with his wife, Kristi from 2003 to 2006.. Mike lives in Orange County, California and has been married to Kristi for 45 years. They have two daughters, and three grandkids. His happy place is the beach. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23 BOOKS BY MIKE DE VITO: Designed for More: Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World LINKS: MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“The peace of God will guard your heart. That is a treasure that is hidden in thanksgiving.” What a treasure the peace of God is! Today Stacy talks with our wonderful Moms in Prayer International Director of Central America, Diana de Fouler who comes to us all the way from Panama. She is here to give us a sneak peek of the new Moms in Prayer summer Bible study that starts in July. Don't miss this behind the scenes look at this study on the life changing subject of thanksgiving. It is available in both Spanish and English and you can sign up today! ABOUT OUR GUEST: Diana de Fouler is a gifted Bible teacher who has contagious conviction for the power of prayer. She currently serves as the Moms in Prayer Central America Director, overseeing the ministry in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Diana lives in Panama City, Panama with her husband of 39 years. They have two grown children and two wonderful grandchildren. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:36 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:18-20 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:40-42 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 BOOKS: LINKS: Summer Bible Study Registration Cultivating a Thankful Heart Bible Study Summer Bible Study Registration (Spanish) https://momsinprayer.org/cultivando-un-corazon-agradecido-estudio-biblico/ MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“We all need to be mat carriers for one another's children.” What better gift could we give one another? Today‘s guest is the one and only Fern Nichols, founder of Moms in Prayer International. She is here to share a powerfully productive alternative to worry: thankful prayer. Prepare to be inspired as she gives one of her most dearly loved teachings, Jesus healing the paralytic. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Fern Nichols is a former elementary school teacher and the founder of Moms in Prayer International, a prayer movement that mobilizes women around the world to gather together to pray for their children and schools. In 1984, Fern was fearful about sending her two eldest children off to junior high. She knew the school would be a battlefield for their hearts and minds. She realized the warfare would be intense and to fight in this battle she needed to invite other moms to pray. She called a mom and asked her to pray with her for their children and school. Her response was an immediate “yes,” and that was the humble beginning of Moms in Prayer that now spans the USA in every state and is in more than 150 countries. Fern has traveled to almost every continent in the world speaking, teaching and training women how to pray effectively. She and her husband Rle have been married 53 years. They were involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU) for 15 years. They have four children and 10 grandchildren. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19 And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm12:6 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Jeremiah 1:12 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:19-20 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 BOOKS BY FERN NICHOLS: Moms in Prayer: Standing in the Gap for Your Children Moms Little Book of Powerful Prayers The Moms in Prayer Booklet LINKS: MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
In this conversation Brenda and Amelia chat about being available for your teens and adult kids, and how this is different as we age. Join us in the chat about: ✅ Your kids need you in different ways than when they were young. ✅ Becoming a student of your child. ✅ The role of prayer in your relationship with growing kids. ✅ Taking each season and year as it comes, and adapting to what your family needs. Join the Midlife Moms Community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fledgeparentforum
Dr. Susie Wise - Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Community. This is episode 485 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Dr. Susie Wise is the founder and former director of the K12 Lab at the Stanford University d.school--also known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and co-created Liberatory Design. Dr. Wise is a design leader with experience in the education, tech, and the social sectors. She coaches leaders in equity design and innovation practices. She teaches at the d.school at Stanford and coaches with the Mira Fellowship. Susie coaches school leaders across the country to address their diversity, equity and inclusion issues. The tools that are being used to create change in schools can be applied to any organization. Why does a sense of belonging matter? Because if we feel like an outsider it affects our school or work performance, and ultimately our physical and mental health. It can also lead to more dramatic consequences like a person becoming vulnerable to foreign and domestic terrorist recruitment tactics. Today we are focused on her book - Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. So much to learn! Thanks for listening! But wait... Could you do me a favor? Please go to my website at https://www.stevenmiletto.com/reviews/ or open the podcast app that you are listening to me on and would you rate and review the podcast? That would be Awesome. Thanks! Ready to start your own podcast? Podbean is an awesome host. I have been with them since 2013. Go to https://www.podbean.com/TLLK12 to get 1 month free of unlimited hosting for your new podcast. Don't forget to go to my other affiliate sponsor Boone's Titanium Rings at www.boonerings.com. When you order a ring use my code - TLLK12 - at checkout to get 10% off and help the podcast get a commission. Oh by the way, you can help support Teaching Learning Leading K12 by buying me a soft drink (actually making a donation to Teaching Learning Leading K12.) That would be awesome! You would be helping expand the show with equipment and other resources to keep the show moving upward. Just go to https://www.buymeacoffee.com/stevenmiletto Thanks! Connect & Learn More: https://www.designforbelonging.com/ https://twitter.com/susiewise #DesignForBelonging https://twitter.com/stanforddschool https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/designforbelonging/ Length - 41:58
“It was sitting with the truth of Psalm 46 and allowing God's voice to speak louder than my fears.” There is power in God's word! Today Stacy speaks with best-selling author, speaker and mom of three, Asheritah Ciuciu about God's beautiful invitation to find rest in Him. Listen in as Asheritah openly shares her struggle with fear and how God graciously revealed Himself as her refuge and strength. What God did for Asheritah, He longs to do for us all! ABOUT OUR GUEST: ASHERITAH CIUCIU is a bestselling writer and speaker, wife to her high school sweetheart Flaviu and mama to three spunky kiddos. She grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and studied English and Women's Ministry at Cedarville University. Her passion is helping overwhelmed women find joy in Jesus through creative and consistent time in God's Word. Discover your creative Quiet Time personality at www.OneThingAlone.com. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us And lead us not into temptation. Luke 11:1-4 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand. Revelation 8:4 BOOKS BY ASHERITAH CIUCIU: Prayers of Rest Bible and Breakfast: 31 Mornings with Jesus He Is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“When you combine mama bear and the place of prayer, there's some serious dynamite there.” Our special guest knows this dynamite power by personal experience as he is the son of a Moms in Prayer mom. Today Stacy talks with the inspirational Nick Hall, International evangelist, founder and president of Pulse. Listen in as Nick shares his contagious passion for making Jesus known. Don't miss Nick's invitation to Together 22, the once in a lifetime stadium gathering happening June 24-25 at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Nick Hall is the founder and president of Pulse and a leading international evangelist. He holds a position on the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the author of Reset: Jesus Changes Everything. Nick founded Pulse in 2006 on his college campus and has since seen 318,244,124 people impacted by the Gospel and 1,997,440 people commit their lives to Jesus through Pulse initiatives. Hall has preached the gospel to millions worldwide through Pulse mega-events such as the 2016 event on the National Mall in DC that drew 400,000+ attendees. During a time when our nation is divided on many things but often silent about the one thing that matters most--knowing Jesus--Hall strives to equip believers to unite, equip, and unleash a generation to make Jesus known. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'” Luke 18:13 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. John 12:32 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6 BOOKS BY NICK HALL: Reset: Jesus Changes Everything LINKS: Together 22 Pulse MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
“Let's pray for our children; let's go into overdrive in asking God to rescue our children and to fix their eyes on the heavenly glories above.” We can do this! Today Stacy welcomes the one and only Joni Eareckson Tada to the podcast. Joni is a beloved international speaker, best-selling author, artist and Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends Ministry. Joni and Friends is committed to bringing the Gospel and practical resources to people impacted by disability around the globe. Listen in a Joni points us to the truth about heaven and shows us how we can share this glorious truth with our children. Don't miss how the beautiful realities of heaven should impact every single day of our lives here on earth. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special-needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married since 1982. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:22-23 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.Colossians 1:9 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:15-16 For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16 BOOKS BY JONI EARECKSON TADA: The Awesome Super Fantastic Forever Party Joni A Spectacle of Glory Beside Bethesda LINKS: Joni and Friends How to Host a Forever Party MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission Moms in Prayer Shop
How God is Working Through Praying Moms with Sally Burke Hey teachers, it's spring and we're praying for you and your students to end the school year strong! As president of Moms In Prayer International, Sally Burke leads moms around the world in praying for their children and their schools. She's sharing some simple yet powerful tips on prayer and sharing stories about answered prayers today! Ready to hear how God is working through intentional prayer from moms? Let's go.... SALLY BURKE serves as the President of Moms in Prayer International. Compelled by joy and the hope God gave as she prayed with other for her children and their schools, Sally began to reach out and share with other moms-first as a Moms in Prayer group leader, then area coordinator for her hometown of Temecula, California, and later as regional coordinator for Riverside County. In 2008, Sally became the Director of Field Ministry at Moms in Prayer headquarters, overseeing ministry expansion worldwide. Today, in her role as President of Moms in prayer International, her vision remains unchanged, that more children and schools and moms might experience God's life-changing answers to prayer. Sally is also an international speaker, teacher and author of _Raise Them Up, Start with Praise_ and _Unshaken_. As a child growing up in Florida, Sally was fascinated with the space program and began her career as a space shuttle engineer. After her marriage and the birth of two children, Sally and her husband came to faith in Christ, and Moms in Prayer soon became a top priority. She and her husband, Ed, now have frou grown children, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren Sally keeps fit by running and lifting weights, and in her leisure time, you'll find her curled up with a good book or enjoying the company of friends. Resources For You: Moms In Prayer International Next Steps: Tell us what tips you're putting into practice at our website Bring Bible2School to Your Community! Share this podcast with a friend Subscribe to You CAN Tell the Children Leave a review on Apple Podcasts Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram
“The choices Naomi and Ruth make can be seen as a picture of how we can respond to God's invitation to stay where we are in sin or stake all our future on Him.” Oh how we pray our children will make the choice to stake all on Jesus! Today Stacy talks with our wonderful Moms in Prayer International Regional Coordinator of Honduras, Emilia Frech de Alberto as we continue our Moms in the Bible series. She is here to share on our next Bible mom, a favorite of many, Ruth. Listen in as Emilia encourages us to trust our sovereign God who rules in the midst of uncertain times. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Emilia Frech de Alberto has loved to pray since she was very young. For many years, she willingly served with much love and passion as an interpreter for American missionaries living in her country, while she was studying at the University to become an Architect. After graduating, she strongly felt God's call on her life. Doors of opportunity had opened for her to obtain a degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. After several missionary trips, she returned to her country, Honduras. She began to seek God's purpose for her life as her heart had a yearning to be a blessing to her nation; continued working for many years as a teacher and English coordinator in a Christian School and now working from home at a marketing company, also preparing to become a Certified Translator. In 2014, she pioneered her first Moms in Prayer group at a Bilingual School where she worked as a Spiritual Counselor. In July 2018, she became Area Coordinator and is now transitioning to serve as Regional Coordinator. She is excited to see how God is answering their prayers; her team-leaders are growing and helping her to extend the ministry in every department of Honduras. Emilia and her husband Alex have three sons, Caleb Elias, Afif Josue and Alex David. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) “Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Ruth 2:8-9 (ESV) And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. Ruth 3:11 (ESV) Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV) Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 LINKS: MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission
Ways We Can Help our Kids Be Passionate About Prayer with Leslie McCarthy Kids ask lots of good questions about prayer, like "Why do you talk to God?" and "Does He answer prayer?" Today we're talking to Leslie McCarthy, a Bible2School teacher and who is passionate about prayer! She'll introduce us to practical ways to talk about and incorporate prayer with the children in our circle of imfluence and even has a prayer challenge for us! Ready to be inspired from Leslie's passion about prayer? Let's go.... LESLIE MCCARTHY is one of our Bible2School teachers and loves teaching Biblical truth to 3rd graders! She lives in Manheim, PA with her husband and 3 children. Leslie also has a passion for artwork and enjoys painting in her spare time! Her love of painting is a result of the inspiration she finds in her family, her friends, her faith, places she's traveled, and stories she's heard. Resources For You: Philippians 4:6 James 5:13-16 Revelation 5:11 Psalm 116:2 1 Peter 5:7 Bible2School At Home P-R-A-Y Resource Next Steps: Check out our blog on prayer Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram Check out our new resources at Bible2School At Home Bring Bible2School to YOUR Community!
“The same comfort we receive from God we can use to comfort others in their suffering.” And what a gift comfort is! Today Stacy talks with Elisabeth Hoefliger all the way from beautiful Switzerland as we continue our Moms in the Bible series. Elisabeth is our Moms in Prayer International Regional Coordinator of Eastern Switzerland and she is here to share on our next Bible mom, Naomi from the book of Ruth. Listen in as Elisabeth shares the hope and comfort she herself has received as the Lord has cared for her just like He cared for Naomi. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Elisabeth Hoefliger is a Regional Coordinator with Moms in Prayer International. It is a privilege for her to oversee the beautiful region of Eastern Switzerland. She loves encouraging moms of all ages standing in the gap and be everything God calls them to be. Elisabeth and her husband have five children on earth and two in heaven, three children-in-love and six beautiful grandchildren. Through navigating the loss of her two precious sons, Elisabeth has found great comfort drawing closer to God, spending time in His wonderful creation and going for walks with her dog Jimmy. Elisabeth loves reading, travelling, worshipping and good, long talks with family and friends. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” Ruth 2:12 (NLT) So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!” Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. Ruth 4:13-17 (NLT) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:9 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 29:11 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 LINKS: MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission
Learn how this non-profit organization is working to solve gaps in end-of-life care in their community. My guests Elizabeth Johnson and Erin Collins are the founders and creators of the non-profit Peaceful Presence Project with a mission of helping communities live well, age well and die well by reimagining the way we talk about, plan… Continue reading Ep. 350 Meeting the End-of-Life Needs of Your Community with Elizabeth Johnson and Erin Collins RN
Every person is born with a beautiful heart. With that, we want to make sure that they feel loved and cared for, and nourished. Sarah Leathers is the founder of Healing Meals, an organization that has served over 90,000 meals to people who were in need of nutritious food. She discusses her story and the importance of continuing to make a difference in the world through food, purpose, and meaning. Healing Meals has been able to maintain its volunteer base because volunteers feel connected to the mission of the organization and are inspired by the positive impact they have on clients' lives. Every day we serve somebody, and it doesn't matter what their circumstance is or where they are in their life. Let's create a ripple of goodness in the world through love and food! [00:04 - 16:58] Opening Segment Sarah shares her background and work Studying as a mechanical engineer How your professional career won't always align with your true calling Being inspired to start Healing Meals. What is Healing Meals? A nonprofit that helps others connect with their purpose and meaning in life Getting people into the kitchen to feel connected Trusting your instincts, and finding something bigger than yourself to help motivate you Everyone has the opportunity to change somebody's life for the better Sarah talks about how Healing Meals has successfully maintained a volunteer base [16:59 - 27:50] You Have the Opportunity to Make a Difference Sarah shares a few of their coaching methods Kindness and volunteer work does help change the life of another person The importance of taking care of yourself during a health crisis Food is medicine There is a place on the internet created to bring out our best impulses and our collective genius. Visit Goodness Exchange and get unlimited access to exclusive news and bonus content! [27:51 - 38:20] Mending Yourself and Your Community with Food Sarah shares how providing highly nutritious food to people who are going through a health crisis is important in helping them recover Organic food that hasn't been exposed to toxins Food that is to the individual's dietary needs How food affects mental health The importance of good food and nutrition Connecting with others in order to continue spreading good intentions [38:20 - 50:13] Pursuing Your Dreams and Achieving Joy in Life The importance of having a dream and staying focused on it having hope and to not giving up, even when the journey may seem daunting. Every moment matters The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath Healing Meals is a place where young people can be themselves and figure out what they are meant to do in life It is important for parents to be on the same shift as their children so that they can have an opportunity to observe them and learn from them [50:14 - 52:30] Closing Segment We love who you are, and not who you think you're supposed to be Resources Mentioned: The Power of Moments - Chip and Dan Heath Undistracted - Bob Goff This is Day One - Drew Dudley You can connect with Sarah Leathers through Linkedin , or you can visit https://healingmealsproject.org. Quotes: "Every person who walks in our door, every contact that we have with somebody, we want to make sure that they feel loved and cared for. And nourished." - Sarah Leathers "When people show you who they are, believe them." - Sarah Leathers "We love who you are, not who you think you're supposed to be." - Sarah Leathers Conspiracy of Goodness Links: The Goodness Exchange https://goodness-exchange.com/ The Goodness Exchange - Become a member! https://goodness-exchange.com/pricing/ Goodness Exchange Social Media Links: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/goodness_exchange/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/exchangegoodness Twitter https://twitter.com/goodnessxchange LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/goodness-exchange/ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBu-o4CG6V7PGq8QOANEg
“I've learned that there are no limits to what praying in agreement can do.” Whoa, what a powerful truth! Today Stacy welcomes the wonderful Stephanie McDermott to the podcast as we continue our Moms in the Bible series. Stephanie is our Moms in Prayer Florida State Coordinator and our International Leader Developer of Bhutan, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She is here to share on Deborah from the book of Judges. You won't want to miss a moment of the powerful encouragement to keep on fighting the good fight through prayer because we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Stephanie McDermott has been with Moms in Prayer for more than 16 years. She has lived in 5 different countries spanning the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and India, where she served as a Moms in Prayer leader. She has trained many moms in the Four Steps of Prayer who continue to lead groups in their countries. Now back in the USA, Stephanie is the Florida State Coordinator and also an International Leader Developer for Bhutan India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Stephanie is married to William and a mom of two third-culture kids. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. Judges 4:4-5 As for God, his way is perfect. The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31 But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Nehemiah 9:17b For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission
“God is able to use the good, the bad and the ugly in our lives.” Hallelujah! Today we continue our Moms in Bible series talking about not one, but two moms in the Bible, Leah and Rachel. Listen in as Stacy talks with our wonderful Moms in Prayer USA Southwest Division Coordinator, Kendra Rock about the way God is able to work all things together for good in the lives of His children. What hope we have in our compassionate God who continually shows us just how dearly He loves us. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Kendra Rock serves as the Southwest Division Coordinator for Moms in Prayer International. She has the joy of serving alongside the leadership and praying moms in Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. She has been involved in Moms in Prayer for over 23 years. Kendra is married to Roger and is blessed with two adult sons, a daughter-in-love, and two grandchildren. She enjoys talks with God, walks with her husband, and playing the harp. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel. Ruth 4:11 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. Psalm 113:3 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 Each is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it is conceived gives birth to sin and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:14-15 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but you do not have so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:1-2 MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission
“Live in anticipation of what our loving, merciful, and sovereign God in heaven can accomplish.” Today we continue our Moms in Bible series talking about a very inspirational mom, Moses' mom, Jochebed.. Stacy's special guest is our very own Cathi Armitage, mom of four, international speaker, and Moms in Prayer Global Ministry Director. Listen in she points us all to the hope we have in praying and holding on to God's word. Our God can be trusted to keep all of His promises! ABOUT OUR GUEST: Cathi Armitage is the Global Ministry Director for Moms in Prayer International and has been involved in the ministry for over twenty-five years. Cathi and her team oversee the ministry in over 160 countries and counting. She and her high school sweetheart, Matt, has been married for over thirty-five years and have three sons and one daughter who know and love Jesus. Cathi and Matt live in Southern California where she enjoys cooking with and for her family. She also enjoys hiking in the local canyons and standup paddle boarding in the Pacific, where she watches the rest of her family surf. It is during those times that they all experience God's glorious creation up close and personal. SCRIPTURES: (NIV unless noted) The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. Exodus 33:11 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God's house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God's entire house. And we are God's house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.Hebrews 3:4-6 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:24-27 (NLT) MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission
“God, even in hard times, can turn ashes into beauty.” Today we begin our series Moms in Bible Part 2. You are not going to want to miss a moment of this power-packed episode talking about the very first mom in the Bible, Eve. Stacy's special guest is author, speaker, moms in prayer mom and Sweet Selah Ministries founder, Sharon Gamble. Listen in she points us all to the hope we have in Jesus who is always able to give us victory even if we feel defeated. ABOUT OUR GUEST: Sharon Gamble's goal and driving purpose is to see Christian women carve out quiet spaces to meet with God, to know Him and to love Him more and more. That God-given passion led her to establish Sweet Selah Ministries, devoted to giving women encouragement and tools to take time out of their busy, busy lives to “be still” with the One who loves them most. Author and frequent speaker at ladies' groups and conferences, Sharon posts fun, inspiring blogs on her website, SweetSelah.org, co-hosts a podcast, The Sweet Selah Moments Podcast, and frequently offers online Bible studies through social media. Her books include Sweet Selah Moments: Encouragement for Everyday Living, a daily devotional guide, Give Me Wings to Soar: A Sweet Selah Journey Toward a Deeper Walk with God, a guide to devotional study of God's Word, and Give Me Wings to Soar: A Sweet Selah Journal that accompanies the book by the same name. She's currently working on a third book, Loved: A Bible Study of the Gospel of John. Sharon was actively involved for 21 years with the ministry of Moms in Prayer International, serving four and a half years as USA national director. Sharon and husband, Ray, live in New Hampshire, have two lovely daughters, two fine sons-in-law, an ever-growing number of grandchildren—and a cute, little dog, Bella, who brings much joy and occasional “trouble” into their lives. SCRIPTURES: (NLT unless noted) Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,' because she was taken from ‘man.'” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Genesis 2:18-24 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15 If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? Matthew 18:12 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 BOOKS BY SHARON GAMBLE: Sweet Selah Moments: Encouragement for Everyday Living Give Me Wings to Soar: A Sweet Selah Journey Toward a Deeper Walk with God A Sweet Selah Journal LINKS: Sweet Selah MOMS IN PRAYER New to Moms in Prayer? Find Out More! PRAY with Moms in Your Community for Your Children Support Our Mission