On November 10th, 2015 our world was turned upside down . . . Let me back up. You could say we were living the dream. Sure we had our tough times and difficult seasons but we were chasing our dreams and loving every second of it. Four years ago Jesus called my wife, Amanda, and me to leave what we considered to be the best church in the world in the best city in the world, move to a city where we hardly new a soul, and start a church that would see a city come to life with the Gospel of Jesus.
Planting a church is never an easy task. In fact I would tell every church planter that if you could do anything else with your life...I mean ANYTHING else...do it. Planting a church certainly requires a clear calling.
It’s the time of year when most of us are trying to change our lives for the better. But if we want to better ourselves, we first have to know ourselves. Chris Heuertz literally wrote the book on that. The enneagram is a tool used by millions to understand the unique ways God created each of us, and The Sacred Enneagram lays out what this concept means for each of us in our relationship with God and the people around us. Chris sits down with Davey to give an overview of what the enneagram is, how it can be used in healing, and much more.
When you can't pick just one favorite podcast episode ... you pick 5! And when you can't pick one topic to talk about ... you pick as many as you can fit into the hour! We had a blast recording the podcast these last 6 months and we want to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite moments and answer some of your questions! Don't miss the Nothing is Wasted Podcast End of the Year Best of Spectacular!
Whether we realize it or not, we’re all preachers. Even if we aren’t on a stage with a microphone or a pulpit, we all have at least one person listening to what we have to say: ourselves. In her new book Preach to Yourself, Haley Morgan talks about how we can combat the lies of the enemy by preaching God’s truth to ourselves. Haley sits down with Davey to discuss how to preach to yourself, and much more.
In this special bonus episode, Gary and Kathy continue their conversation with Davey and Kristi about how God turns our mourning into morning, how to blend families well, and more.
Gary and Kathy Stump are no strangers to the difficulties that come with blending families. Gary’s life and the lives of his four children were changed forever when Gary’s wife was killed in a car accident. Now Gary and his wife Kathy sit down with Davey and Kristi to talk about remarriage, blending families, and how we can make sure our trials aren’t wasted.
It might be hard to find a Christian woman in America whose life hasn’t been changed by Lysa TerKeurst. Her organization, Proverbs 31 Ministries, is one of the largest Christian women’s ministries, and thousands upon thousands have been helped by her best-selling books and prolific speaking. But if you think this success translates to an easy life, you’d be wrong. She’s walked through health scares, a cancer diagnosis, her husband’s affair, and so much more. Lysa sits down with Davey to talk about walking with faith through unimaginable hardship.
If you looked at Nick Charalambous several years ago, you’d never have guessed what his story is today. You’d see a young journalist is South Carolina with no interest at all in religion, writing a story about churches in the area because it was his job. Today, you’d see man with an incredible story of miraculous healing and a testimony to God’s power. Nick sits down with Davey to talk about coming to faith, overcoming cancer, and so much more.
Craig Groeschel is undoubtedly one of the most influential voices in the American church today. He speaks to tens of thousands every week as the Senior Pastor of Life.Church, he’s written numerous books, and his resources are used by ministry leaders around the world. When his daughter was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, Craig found that a letter he had written to a grieving friend years ago was now ministering to him. That letter became his latest book, “Hope in the Dark,” Craig sits down with Davey to talk about how he’s walked through dark seasons personally, in his family, and in his ministry.
Many people probably associate Annie F. Downs with being happy. As a bestselling author, prolific speaker, and successful podcaster, she comes off as the fun-loving, outgoing Enneagram 7 that she is. But that’s not the whole story. In her new book, “Remember God,” Annie tells the story of a dark season in her life. She sits down with Davey to talk about that season and how to believe that God is kind when life seems disappointing.
As the host of the popular podcast “The Happy Hour” and author of If You Only Knew, Jamie Ivey has had the opportunity to share her story with thousands of people across the world. It’s a powerful story, but like most of ours, it’s not always pretty. Jamie’s story is a moving testimony of failure and redemption, pain and healing, and God’s work through our messes. On this episode, Jamie sits down with Davey to talk about how God has taken the messy parts of her story and redeemed them for His message.
We know many of you were unable to enjoy this day with us, so we wanted to share it with you! I know it’s been a year but we had some difficulties getting our video footage produced, but thanks to the incredible film-making and story-telling abilities of our friend, @_melbox, we were able to get something put together. I’m sure it’s at just the right time to encourage someone who watches it. Enjoy!
I know the two of them would have had much to talk about. Both loved basketball, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and photography. Both ran competitively in their teenage years, Amanda with the cross-country team in high school and Kristi the 4x400 relay in high school as well as cross-country in college. Both felt freest when they laced up their Asics and strode out on a country road for a couple miles. Kristi in particular was an incredible long-distance sprinter, posting a 59.2 second 400 split with a baton in her hand.
You never know when you’re about to face trial. If only trial would call you up and warn you when it was coming into your life.
“Hey man! It’s your old friend, trial! Yeah! It has been a while. How’s your mom and them? Good, good! Hey listen, I was thinking about moving in for a bit starting on the . . . . hmmm . . . let’s see . . . the 13th of this month? How’s that sound? Your calendar clear? Ok great. We’ll see you soon!”
If only it would happen like that. Then maybe we could prepare for adversity. Then maybe we could, as my friend Pastor Levi Lusko writes in his book Through the Eyes of a Lion, “train for the trial we’re not yet in.”
You never know when you’re about to face trial.
Kristi and I just flipped a house! I know, I know, before the Chip and Joanna Gaines comments begin to flood this post (especially since my wife looks strikingly similar to Joanna) I want to tell you why we did it. It certainly isn’t because we were bored or had an abundance of free time on our hands. That’s the furthest thing from reality. It isn't because we're looking at house-flipping as a new career path. I’m still pastoring and hopefully always will and she’s still in PA school. And no, we didn’t flip the house we live in. We flipped a rental property. And we have a strong reason for doing so even amidst the chaos of our lives.