Morning Conversation: MyBridge Radio
By MyBridge Radio
Morning Conversation: MyBridge RadioAug 16, 2022
055 - Kathy Koch: Parent Differently
Do you want well-behaved kids? Or, kids with good character? Ideally, both. How do we get there? Too often, parents misguidedly prioritize behavior. Behavior modification does not guarantee good character qualities.
In her latest book, Parent Differently, Kathy Koch says it’s character that influences decisions. It shows up in our speech, actions, and attitudes. It’s about who we are and what we do. As Christians, we want to see the character of Jesus Christ in our children. We want our kids to be brave, compassionate, and joyful. Whether a parent, grandparent, or teacher, we all want to see our children grow in humility, gratitude, and respect—for others and themselves.
The founder of Celebrate Kids, Dr. Kathy Koch will help us define character and why it matters as she unpacks the crisis of character in our culture today. Listen for some great tips on steps we can take to teach and develop character in our kids.
054 - Encore Episode -- Greg Smalley: Why Are All the Lights On?
So much of the trouble we can find in marriage points back to not communicating our expectations. In his 30+ years of marriage, Greg Smalley has learned from that mistake more than a few times.
053 - Sarah Molitor –– Well Said: Why Our Words Matter
Words matter. Our words matter. In her new book, Well Said*, mom of seven and popular blogger Sarah Molitor explains why those words matter so much. Sarah shares how to make the most of our words and why doing so can change our lives. Through her own personal life stories, Sarah offers practical tips that are grounded in Biblical truth and convey God’s love for each person.
Choosing to use our words to speak life allows the Lord to work in ways we never imagined or could dream for ourselves. While it’s not easy, nor is it instant, it will be life-challenging and life-changing.
052 - Colton Dixon: Canvas
The world first got acquainted with Colton Dixon during season 11 of American Idol. In the eleven years since his top seven finish, he’s become well known for hit songs like, “More of You”, “Through All of It”, and more recently “Build a Boat”.
A big change came to Colton’s life in August of 2020 when he and his wife Annie welcomed twin daughters into the world.
We recently caught up with Colton in advance of his October 2023 visit to Nebraska to talk about life, ministry and the songs from his new project, Canvas.
051 - Madison Cain: Jesus Music
The music of CAIN quickly became a mainstay on MyBridge radio when they released their debut single, "Rise Up (Lazarus)". Since then, the trio of pastor’s kids from Hartselle, Alabama –– Madison Cain Johnson, Taylor Cain Matz, and Logan Cain –– have continued to be used by God through their ministry of music.
Madison is the middle sibling of the family trio known for their matching colorful outfits on stage. A mom of a toddler, Madison is learning more about the love of her heavenly Father as she raises her son and she’s thankful for parents that pointed her to Jesus.
Currently on their 2023 Live and In Color tour, Madison sits down to talk to us about life as a mom, an artist, and their newest album, Jesus Music.
050 - Lisa Anderson: Navigating The Culture as a Christian Single
For the past 25 years, Focus on the Family has been ministering to singles and young adults through its Boundless ministry. When Lisa Anderson first got involved with Boundless 15 years ago, it was to host their podcast. A couple of years later, she assumed the role of director for the ministry.
In her role, Lisa helps today’s millennial and Gen Z generations to “grow up”, “own their faith”, and “date with purpose". In this episode, Lisa shares some of the reasons young adults don’t feel equipped for marriage. She also shares some eye-opening stats on couples waiting until marriage before moving in together as well as some encouragement about how these young generations are rejecting cultural Christianity.
049 - Jason Young: Don’t Burn Out, Burn Bright
Pastors and ministry leaders are some of the hardest-working people in the world--and they have a high rate of burnout to prove it. Leaders that aren't operating at peak efficiency and, also taking care of themselves, are setting themselves up for a crash. The reality is, that few in ministry feel they have the time to take a sabbatical or tend to their own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. But healthy rhythms of work and rest are the key to a thriving, long-term ministry. In their book, Don’t Burn Out, Burn Bright, Jason Young and Jonathan Malm put their years of ministry leadership and consulting experience together to show us how to fine-tune leadership and organize life in such a way that you can become a high-capacity leader without the exhaustion and discouragement so many feel.
048 - Katie Trent: Tackling Parenting Problems While Baking Sweet Treats
In her latest book, Recipes for a Sweet Child: Creative Bible-based Activities to Help Your Family Thrive, author Katie Trent combines her counseling and ministry expertise with her own parenting experiences to provide you with a creative guide to work past challenging childhood issues in a winsome way.
Searching for answers to help turn your children’s grumbling into gratitude? Trying to navigate ongoing issues like sibling rivalry, tattling, unforgiveness, peer pressure, or bullying? Katie will help you teach your kids how to apply biblical wisdom in any situation.
Discover simple tools to bring peace and joy into your home with easy, interactive activities and Bible lessons and enjoy making delicious recipes with your kids.
047 - Meredith Andrews: Make Room
Meredith Andrews has been writing music and leading worship for nearly two decades. Known for songs like “Draw Me Nearer” and “Open Up The Heavens”, Meredith has served alongside the Vertical Church Band and, more recently, with her home church, The Belonging Co. in Nashville.
Meredith opens up about marriage, and how it’s not always easy, about turning 40, and how it’s just a number. We’ll also dive in with Meredith about worship and why she writes songs for the church.
046 - Susie Larson: Closer Than Your Next Breath
Though we believe in our minds that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present, sometimes we don't feel his closeness. How can we walk boldly in our faith, expecting Him to draw near to us as we draw near to Him? In, Closer Than Your Next Breath, bestselling author, speaker, and radio host Susie Larson helps readers experience God's trustworthiness and love—even when they feel far from Him.
No matter what you're going through today or worried about facing tomorrow, Susie reminds us God is closer than you can imagine, and His presence changes everything. When we pursue the heart of God through the Word of God, that's when we experience the presence of God—and it makes all the difference in our lives.
For more information on Susie’s new book: https://www.thomasnelson.com/p/closer-than-your-next-breath/
045 - Michele Cushatt: A Faith That Will Not Fail
Although there are moments of beauty and goodness, more often than not, life is marked by fear, struggle, disappointment, and loss. And we don’t know what to do with it. We try to find hope and security in various people and places–but each proves unworthy of our trust. We need more. Something–or Someone–who won’t fail us when our world falls apart.
Michelle Cushatt presents a better way. In her book, A Faith That Will Not Fail, this author and Bible teacher explores powerful personal, historical, and biblical stories of people of extraordinary faith. She curates and shares practices to help you deepen your confidence and certainty in the God who can be trusted with your worry, questions, confusion, and grief.
Connect with a woman who has been through immeasurable suffering and hear her compassion and practical insight.
For more information on Michelle’s book, go to: michelecushatt.com/faith/
044 - Lee Warren: Hope Is The First Dose
The question isn’t whether you’ll face the hardest thing. It’s what to do when it’s staring you in the face. Dr. Lee Warren, a neurosurgeon from Nebraska, knows personally that trauma will reconfigure your life. After the tragic loss of his 19-year-old son, he knew he needed a plan and path back to a new season of hope, faith, peace—and even happiness. The first dose is hope—and it comes in the form of grace from the skilled hands of the Great Physician.
In Hope Is the First Dose, Dr. Warren offers tender empathy and hard-won insights to give you tangible hope. No matter what you’re facing, it doesn’t have to be the end of you.
Learn more about Dr. Warren and his new book:
043 - Bryan Clark: God’s NOT Like That
Many of us long for the abundant life Jesus promised, but instead we feel stagnant and frustrated in our faith. More of us cultivate our view of God from our family of origin than from the pages of the Bible—and a faulty view of God will always be a barrier to a satisfying spiritual life.
Bryan Clark has served in pastoral ministry in Nebraska for more than 40 years. In that time, he’s observed a lot of, as he says, “messed up” views of God. In his unique and interactive book God’s Not Like That, our guest returns us to Scripture on a step-by-step journey to identify and then correct our misconceptions about God.
Listen for specific ways our childhood influences our beliefs today and how to distinguish truth from fiction when it comes to personal beliefs.
Order Bryan’s book here: https://www.christianbook.com/not-like-redeeming-inherited-beliefs-finding/bryan-clark/9780830784394/pd/784395?event=ESRCG
042 - Maralee Bradley: Life Groups Change Lives
It’s one thing to go to church. But, there are steps we can take to really get plugged in and find the kind of “community” we really crave…even if we don’t realize we crave it. Maralee Bradley of Lincoln, NE is a busy mom of eight children and has every excuse in the book to not commit to a life group (or small group) at her church. But, she and her husband have rearranged their schedules because they understand the impact their life group has had on their lives (not to mention the opportunity the get to invest in other couples).
On this episode, Stan and Maralee dive into how making small groups a priority can be one of the best decisions you can make for your own spiritual growth and connection to other believers.
041 - Alex McFarland: Tough Questions Kids Ask
If Alex McFarland could offer you any advice as a parent, it would be to teach Biblical truth to your children. Not only teach it, but model it. Live it out. Make it a priority. He is convinced that even if your kids stray for a while, the likelihood is high that they'll return to the faith they were taught if it was authentically lived out with grace.
God got a hold of Alex McFarland's heart when he was in college. Alex wanted the same to be true of his friends. But, as he shared his faith with them, he struggled to answer the tough questions. That led our guest down the path of studying apologetics. Today Alex tours the country sharing Biblical truth and equipping parents to teach truth in the home.
Alex is the author of "The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity" and “100 Bible Questions & Answers”.
Links to Alex’s books:
040 - Matt Bell: Teaching Kids Truth About Finances
Cultivating within kids a heart for generosity and wise habits around earning, saving, investing, and spending money will impact every aspect of their lives—their relationship with Jesus, their future marriage, their ability to make a difference with their lives, and much more.
Matt Bell shares stories, motivation, and the guidance you need to help your kids develop powerfully effective biblical money-management attitudes and behaviors. Matt’s book, Trusted will equip you to teach your kids the purpose of money and how to pursue biblical financial priorities—everything they need to get on the right path for a lifetime of effective, joyful, God-glorifying money management.
For more information about Matt’s book: https://mattaboutmoney.com/trusted-preparing-your-kids-for-a-lifetime-of-god-honoring-money-management/
039 - Jeff Grenell: Next Gen Faith
Forty-year youth ministry veteran Jeff Grenell believes too many churches have a Nickelodeon-style youth ministry model and actually treat kids about three years younger than they really are. The world is a lot harder on students than our churches are in that they expect more out of them. In his book, “Next Gen Faith: 12 Spiritual Practices for Youth”, our guest writes about how this generation needs to be re-introduced to Jesus through a relationship and how too many have heard about Jesus, but only know what they've heard and haven't really experienced Him. Jeff believes we need practices that protect our principles. We need to teach kids what to do and what to know...but also how to do it and how to know it. Jeff Grenell’s resources are available at http://www.ythology.com/
038 - Asheritah Ciuciu: One Thing Alone
Growing up in a missionary family in Romania, Asheritah CiuCiu began to have her life transformed as she learned to immerse herself in the Word of God. As a teenager with nothing but time on her hands, Asheritah would often spend hours reading her Bible and singing worship music. After being married and starting a family, free time was no longer a thing and Asheritah had to figure out what time with God could look like as a busy mom. The founder of the ministry “One Thing Alone” now helps other moms discover how to spend time with God when it feels like there is no time.
037 - Dr. Jeremiah Johnston: Body of Proof: Why Believing the Resurrection Matters
Culture is doing its best to convince the world there is nothing special about Jesus. Sadly, too many Christians never get beyond a Sunday school understanding of their own faith. The result is that Christianity's most important historical fact –– the resurrection –– is often the most misunderstood.
In Body of Proof, acclaimed apologist and scholar Dr. Jeremiah Johnston sets out to show why Jesus' victory over death is central to a believer's faith. In this conversation, we connect with Dr. Johnstons about the latest archaeological and textual findings as he presents seven tangible, fresh reasons to believe Jesus really rose from the dead –– and why it matters today as the foundation of our hope in the face of suffering and grief. When you fully understand the implications of the resurrection, you will begin to understand the power of Christ in you. This changes everything!
Learn more about Dr. Jeremiah Johnston’s book here: https://a.co/d/3yDKlDu
036 - Kathy Koch: Character Is A Choice
When it comes to character, we have choices to make. We can choose kindness, patience and politeness. Dr. Kathy Koch, the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc, talks with us about the importance of setting an example for our kids when it comes to what we expect out of them. More is caught than taught. If we want to raise children with character, it starts with being people of character. Dr. Kathy will share her “Fine Five”, a tool families can use to open up amazing conversations with the kids to help find out what's going on in their hearts.
035 - Christy Nockels: This Is The Hour
Singer, songwriter, worship leader and podcaster Christy Nockels recently released her first album in more than five years. Connect with Christy about the new project, “This is The Hour” and hear her heart about worship and the opportunity God gives us to respond to Him in both the mountaintops and the valleys. When God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want, He does still offer us a special gift which is perhaps the best answer we can get.
034 - Susie Larson: I Get to Spend Time With God
In this episode, Susie goes back to the beginning and shares her journey of falling in love with Jesus and tells about what she’s learned about God while facing chronic illness. Be inspired by Susie as she challenges our attitude about spending time with God. It’s more than something to check off the daily to-do list…it’s something we get to do. It’s an opportunity. Susie even shares some thoughts on how we can make the most of our time with God by journaling.
033 - Sean McDowell: Not My Truth, THE Truth
Over the past 50 years, there’s been a shift in culture from, “discover truth” to “live your truth”. It’s important to talk about truth and why It matters. What we believe about truth helps us navigate our day-to-day lives. Eternity is at stake. Our guest, Sean McDowell, will be the keynote speaker at the STINT Discipleship Weekend, March 24-25th in Kearney, Nebraska. Details on this event for high school students can be found here: https://stint.toddbecker.org/discipleship-weekend
032 - Greg Smalley: Why Are All the Lights On?
So much of the trouble we can find in marriage points back to not communicating our expectations. In his 30+ years of marriage, Greg Smalley has learned from that mistake more than a few times.
031 - Wendy Speake: Feasting on The Word
Are you snacking or feasting when it comes to spending time in God’s Word? Wendy Speake joins us to share encouragement on how to feast on the Word of God so that we taste and see God’s goodness.
030 - Jessica Hotz: God Loves You and He Likes You
Build the habit of daily time with God in his Word! Learn some simple ways to build this habit, why we think it matters and how blessed we are to have access to the Gospel in a language we can read.
Bible Reading Plan: https://mybridgeradio.net/20in23/
029 - Maralee Bradley: Don’t Lie to My Kids
Maralee Bradley, mom of 8 kiddos and champion of adoption and foster parenting, joins us today to tell us to stop lying to our children! – and why being appropriately truthful matters to our kids and builds a lasting, trusting relationship.
028 - Melissa Swain: 5 Ways to Disciple Your Children Over the Holidays
Life is busy! And honestly, the pressure of curating the perfect moments of connection and discipleship with our kids, to then have it all come crashing down with one tantrum, is too real. Join us as we visit with Melissa Swain about her and her late husband's book, “Write It On Their Hearts: Practical Help for Discipling Your Kids.”
027 - Tim Sanford: We Worship Control
Our world worships control – from cruise control in our cars to climate control in our buildings, we think it’s our right to be in control and for things to go our way. Tim Sanford, pastor and Clinical Director of Counseling Services for Focus on the Family is here to share with us why that desire for control is causing so much anxiety.
026 - Gina Boe: Hope Deserves an Anthem
Hope is vital for life! And it absolutely deserves an anthem. Join us for a conversation with award-winning songwriter, author and cancer survivor, Gina Boe, to discover her source of hope in times of crisis.
Hope Deserves an Anthem Playlist: https://bit.ly/Hope-Playlist
Hope Deserves an Anthem Book: https://bit.ly/Hope-Deserves-an-Anthem
025 - Jeff Myers: Truth Changes Everything
America has passed a tipping point. A majority of Americans now say that truth is up to the individual and that ultimate truth cannot be known. Is all hope lost? Join us for this conversation with Dr. Jeff Myers as he shares fascinating stories of Jesus-followers who lived for Truth and transformed their world in times of crisis.
https://www.summit.org/ - Order “Truth Changes Everything” here!
024 - Ben Fuller: I Dare You to Ask
Ben Fuller, one of Christian music's up and coming artists – you may know him by his newest single, “Who I Am” – joins us on the Morning Conversation today to share his testimony and how God rescued him from a hopeless place in his life.
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023 - Jason Currie: Raising Up Lifelong Followers of Jesus
GOYFC - Greater Omaha Youth for Christ - exists to introduce young people to Jesus at this pivotal time in their lives. They desire to reach young people with the hope of Christ by partnering with local believers to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus. We have the pleasure of serving alongside GOYFC and Jason Currie through MyBridge Momentum, having connected with them at a critical point in their ministry’s growth.
022 - Staci Rudolph: Confident in Faith
True Girl and Staci Rudolph are here to throw the world's largest Pajama Party for you and your daughters, cultivating a safe and memorable experience for a lasting relationship to grow – all anchored in Jesus. At True Girl, they believe it is possible to raise a girl who is confident in her faith and in herself, even in this culture.
021 - Kathy Koch: Resilient Kids
Dr. Kathy Koch, author and Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, feels strongly that kids need to believe their future is bright. In order for that to happen, we need to raise our kids to embrace life with confidence –– something that hasn't been so easy to do during the past couple of years. Dive into this conversation with us around her newest book, “Resilient Kids: Raising Them to Embrace Life with Confidence”.
020 - Sissy Goff: Raising Worry-Free Girls
1 in every 3 kids struggles with anxiety today – that’s a sobering statistic to wrap your mind around. Thankfully, we have counselors like Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, who desire to help counsel and write books to help us navigate these challenging dynamics of parenting.
019 - Michelle Nezat: More than a Song
Michelle Nezat loves the Word of God. And, she wants to inspire others to discover and meditate on God's Word. Her unique approach to introducing God's Word is through Christian music. Our guest on this episode is the host of the "More Than A Song" podcast!
018 - David Thomas: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys
This week David Thomas, Director of Family Counseling for Daystar Counseling in Nashville, joins us to share from his years and years of experience in family and boy’s counseling. In today's episode we cover concepts in his new book.
More resources at: Raising Boys & Girls
017 - Sadye Daniell: Gen Z and Jesus
Being a youth today is not easy – what a challenging time to be growing up and navigating your faith amid everything that’s happening in our culture. In this episode, we share a conversation with Sadye Daniell, an 18-year-old from Lincoln, NE, who shares how she continues to fight for her relationship with Jesus and how her parents and mentors have made a massive impact in her walk with the Lord.
016 - Susie Larson: Strong in Battle
You’re likely familiar with Susie Larson through the weekly blessings of hers we share each Monday morning! If you’ve heard those or read those, you’ve unquestionably been blessed and encouraged by her words. Today, we’re sharing a conversation with Susie and her newest book, “Strong in Battle: Why the Humble Will Prevail.”
Find her newest book: Strong in Battle: Why the Humble Will Prevail by Susie Larson
015 - Sonya Curry: Deliberate Training
Mother of recent NBA champion, Steph Curry and author of her first book, Sonya Curry joins us to share about her new book, “Fierce Love: A Memoir of Family, Faith, and Purpose”. In this episode, Sonya shares her faith journey, how she lives “in the world but not of the world” and how she raised a family that prioritizes character over anything else.
014 - Jessica Hotz: The Least, The Last, The Lost
There are people unreached in places so hard to reach, few have been reached. And very few are trying. Activate Global, MyBridge to the Nations is actively pursuing the fulfillment of the Great Commission among the nearly 3 billion unreached people around the world! On this episode, we’re connecting with co-founder, Jessica Hotz about how they’re accelerating disciple-making through the creation of sustainable kingdom businesses.
013 - Molly DeFrank: Digital Detox
When Molly DeFrank’s kid greeted her at the door with — not, “Hi, Mom” — but, “Can I play on your phone” — she knew it was time for a change. So what change did she make? A digital detox, cold turkey! It was time for drastic measures. Molly joins us for a conversation, sharing about her book “Digital Detox: The Two-Week Tech Reset for Kids” – the book she says she wishes she had when they started their detox.
012 - Shaunti Feldhahn: Find Peace in the Storm
Do you find yourself assuming your kids are struggling more than looking for the positives in their life? Shaunti Feldhahn can relate. And our kids know it too! Join us for this conversation with Harvard grad, former Wall Street analyst and our favorite accidental social researcher, best-selling author and speaker, Shaunti Feldhahn.
011 - Kirsten Watson: Choosing Between Good and Better
Is life so busy and chaotic lately that you’ve had trouble finding a moment to simply catch your breath? The good news is Kirsten Watson knows what you’re going through, and she’s got your back. As a mom of seven kids, wife of a professional athlete and cohost of a popular podcast, Kirsten is often asked by other women, “How do you do it?” Kirsten’s answer begins with a simple first step: take a breath.
About Kirsten Watson: https://thewatsonseven.com/hers/about
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010 - Lisa Anderson: Collectively Losing Our Minds
We live in a challenging time right now. Civil discourse is anything but civil, and unity seems to be a word we now only dream about. Thankfully, Lisa Anderson from Focus on the Family is here to help us understand and learn how to have healthy discussions and relationships with people who hold different views than we do. There’s something for everyone to learn from Lisa Anderson on this episode of the Morning Conversation: The Podcast.
009 - Adam Holz (Plugged In): Be Realistic, Not Fatalistic
Plugged In, a media review and discernment ministry, has been helping families navigate the world of media for years! Today we get to talk with Adam Holz, who oversees Plugged In’s media reviews, and who has himself reviewed over 600 movies and hundreds of albums and songs! Adam is here to help us learn how to discern media today, how to talk to our kids about it and how to equip them for navigating it themselves after they leave home.
008 - Mike Weaver: We Don’t Grieve Like People Without Hope
Mike Weaver, lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, shares from personal experience that even when all we can see is our struggles and grief, God is there, holding us together.
007 - Brant Hansen: The Men We Need
Brant Hansen, nationally syndicated radio host and author of his newest book, “The Men We Need: God’s Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman and Any Man Willing to Show Up”. He also hosts a podcast with his friend Sherri, “The Brant and Sherri Oddcast” and he leverages his platform to advance the healing work of CURE, all while having honest, comedic and Kingdom-centered discussions around topics such as public policy, culture, sports, Asperger’s Syndrome and faith.
006 - Lilly Goodman: He is Working For Our Good
Lilly Goodman, a Dominican singer and songwriter and a favorite artist on MyBridge Español, grew up in a God-loving family, going to church daily to learn and sing as a young girl. As a teen, she’d set her sights to work in pharmacy, hoping to help people heal their bodies…until she came to realize God had other plans for her life… helping people heal their souls.
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