|Sharing Your Faith||Nancy Eppersen||
Norma interviewed Nancy Epperson at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Nancy states that people are not negative in their responses when you share your life’s story and what God has done in your life. When you confront people with the Gospel it raises their hackles. Remember that a message prepared in the mind reaches minds. A message prepared in the heart reaches hearts. Your life’s message is a powerful tool in presenting the Gospel. Nancy also gives advice on how to reach a spouse that is a non-Christian.
|The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength||Norma Bonds||
Norma Bonds leads through powerful Bible scriptures that define “joy,” such as Matthew 2:10, Matthew 25:21, Luke 15:7, John 15:11, Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:22, and James 1:2.
|"Ruth and Naomi's Connection"||Mary Gallagher||
Mary tells of losing husband Ed after 49 wonderful years of marriage; yet, Mary still has much to give through her ministry called Ruth and Naomi’s Connection. Because of stress-related illnesses, Mary has chosen to give God control of her life. She now lives life one day at a time, not dwelling on yesterday or tomorrow. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Carol discusses her bout with Melanoma and a breast lump. The night before surgery, filled with fear of death, panic for her family’s future, leads Carol to Deuteronomy 30:19 “I set before you today life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life... Listen to audio interview to hear Carol’s outcome.
Liz Marcellin touches on personal relationship with God, family, friends, with focus on spouse. Discussion includes courting and wooing (romancing the home), conversing and listening, communicating with clarity (say it once – don’t nag), the gracious giving and receiving of gifts, fun and laughter. Be other-centered, not self-centered. Our relationship with people will not be right unless our relationship is right with Jesus.
|"Mission Trip"||Dale Gordon||Dale Gordon, on location from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reminisces about mission trips to Slidell Louisiana, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and Altuna, Pennsylvania. Dale’s group demonstrated God’s love in action by making repairs to four homes and touching the hearts of the families and neighbors involved.|
|"Facing Trials"||Mourlene Wright||Mourlene Wright assists Norma Bonds with A Woman’s Special Touch Ministry. She is a living testament to the fact that a lifetime of Christian faith and service does not exempt you from facing trials. She speaks of coming to the personal saving knowledge of Christ in the second grade and strengthening her relationship with God through daily devotions, prayer, and music. This solid foundation has given her the ability to become a caretaker to her mother and husband at various times throughout the years. Mourlene claims Bible verse Philippians 4:13, I can do everything through him who gives me strength.|
|"Childhood Abuse, Interview 3"||Dr. Durlynn Garten||Dr. Durlynn Garten discusses the importance of how the non-offending parent and those that love the child deal with the molestation of that child. Believe and show unconditional love for your child when they reveal the abuse, which is the most important component in the child overcoming the sexual abuse he or she has endured. If you love and support the child, their chances of recovery are greatly improved. However tentative belief or outright disbelief increases the child’s helplessness, hopelessness, isolation and self blame and the child may be damaged for a lifetime. The difficulties of life are to make us better, not bitter – very hard words for those who have been molested. As they begin to heal they can realize God’s presence and understand the importance of these words.|
|"Childhood Abuse, Interview 2"||Dr. Durlynn Garten||Dr. Durlynn Garten counsels clients that have been molested and stresses the importance of children telling of the molest immediately and receiving proper Christian counseling so they can lead a normal life. To keep the molest secret can result in promiscuity, frigidness in marriage, depression, eating disorders, poor relationships, and substance abuse in their adult life. It is important to disclose the perpetrator so that the chain of abuse is stopped, Christian Counseling causes the truth to bubble to the surface, and then recovery can begin.|
|"Christianity Pure and Simple - Interview 3"||Patsy Oda||Patsy Oda discusses three chapters of her book “Christianity Pure and Simple.” 1. Sin and Death (the Devil is real and is a Thief and Destroyer, Deceiver of Nations, Ruler of the Kingdom of Darkness, Angel of Light in Disguise, Murderer, Father of Lies) Everyone Sinned Against God and sin affects the Spirit, Soul, and Body. Pure and Simple: Sin is the choice to leave God out of life; 2. Who Jesus Is (God the Son, Creator and Sustainer of Everything, Crucified Son of God, Risen Savior, Judge, King and Lord of All, Only Mediator to God, Only Way to Heaven, Almighty God) Pure and Simple: Jesus is God ; 3. How to Be Born Again (Necessity of Spiritual Rebirth, Alive with Christ, A Prayer to be Born Again, Repent of Sins, Believe in Jesus, Receive a Miracle) Pure and Simple: You must be born again to go to heaven.|