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16: Understanding Who You Truly Are in Christ with Bill Vanderbush

Bill Vanderbush has supported Ted Dekker in the formation of The Forgotten Way since its inception. As a long-time speaker and pastor, he has given the message in The Forgotten Way a voice from the stage.

He now travels internationally, speaking about the path of Yeshua for power and peace in this life in churches, non-profit organizations, universities, and within the halls of government. You won’t want to miss this powerful conversation with Bill and I guarantee you that you will come away with a different perspective of who you are in Christ.

bill vanderbush

In this episode Bill also discusses:

  • Why you can’t access faith through the intellect
  • How God shows up in our lives, and the Father/child relationship it mimics
  • What caused Bill to rethink the dynamic of God
  • How The Forgotten Way came about and the conversations behind it
  • The impact the message that the book had on chronic conditions of those who were reading it
  • The 5 declarations of the Forgotten Way
  • Why it’s more important that you surrender to what God believes about you
  • Why mastering the art of surrender is necessary
  • Paul’s obsession with our “in Him” identity
  • Why plans are predictable and story is not
  • Why you are here to be the home to the presence of God
  • Why God has never been confused about who you are
  • Which of the 7 Mountains God has called Bill to
  • How you can fall in love with the same person more than once

Connect with Bill:

www.billvanderbush.com

www.theforgottenway.com

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15: Amazing, Messy Grace with Steve Austin

Steve Austin is a published author, speaker, and recovery expert from Birmingham, Alabama. Steve blogs regularly at graceismessy.com and is passionate about the power of second chances. Steve also blogs on Patheos almost daily, and he pays the bills by being a sign language interpreter and is also a worship leader!

 

Listen to the episode as Steve also discusses:

 

  • Why performance based Christianity is a lie
  • How he had a suicide attempt as a youth pastor
  • Why he’s more amazed by grace, than being scared of hell
  • How Jesus called BS on religious leaders
  • How the Jesus he has found is vastly different than the Jesus that he encountered in churches growing up.
  • How a suicide attempt saved his life and became the turning point in his life
  • The addiction that he kept secret for 20 years
  • Why shame was eating him alive
  • How childhood sexual abuse that was not addressed was the foundation for a life of shame
  • Why prayer about his addiction did nothing to free him from it
  • How the church failed him and sent him further into a cycle of shame
  • Some technology that can help with accountability and addiction
  • How a fake life was killing him on the inside
  • Ways his blog and the rawness of it allowed him to get support
  • Why some people just have to be “Fence Neighbors”, but they can still be in your life.
  • Why finding out God is a Father added another layer of complexity because of his childhood.
  • Why he struggled to read the Bible…..even after years of church work

    Connect with Steve:

    www.graceismessy.com

    Find Steve’s work on www.Patheos.com

 

 

Recommended Books and Resources:

The Gift of Hard Things – Mark Yaconelli

Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott

www.themighty.com

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14: Coming Through Crisis Without Shame with Faydra Koenig

Having endured a childhood of abuse at the hands of her step-father, a first marriage failing due to mental illness, and a second marriage that ended with an affair, Faydra Koenig really thought she had been through her deepest trials. By the time she turned 45, she thought she had learned the tough lessons of life, and she used her personal experience in her career in social work and mental health. She became known as “America’s Divorce Coach” and helped others weather those storms.

In 2008, she met a man and fell in love. Their families got along well and they eventually got married. Even at that time, Faydra had no clue about the battles she was going to face. By the time 2012 rolled around, Faydra’s new husband was facing charges for crimes he committed long before she even knew him. He was convicted and sentenced to prison. Thus began Faydra’s journey into depression, loneliness, and shame. She was on the path to learning lessons that would forever change her. Listen to this inspiring interview and be amazed God led Faydra through the storms.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Faydra’s 23 years in mental health, social work, and family court services
  • Empty nest today—wedding planning with her daughter!
  • Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5-6—“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in your Lord with all of your heart and mind. Do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”
  • A tough background: Sexual, verbal, and physical abuse from age 3-13
  • A new, groundbreaking walk!
  • Faydra’s “late-in-life” salvation at age 41
  • Being infused with everything I need to know about walking with Jesus
  • Working with families and teens with mental health issues
  • Overcoming failed marriages
  • Faydra’s “Lego Moment,” when life snapped together
  • What it means to “own YOUR crap”
  • How to be set free from circumstances
  • Of the Seven Mountains, Faydra stands firm on the mountain of Religion
  • Her husband’s unique experiences in losing EVERYTHING
  • A marriage in jail!
  • For Faydra, there were immediate changes at salvation
  • Changes in entertainment choices
  • The “Garbage Story” of obedience
  • Relationship, not religion
  • What God is doing in ME
  • How Faydra can help others in pain because she’s “been there too”
  • Biggest strength? “To meet people where they are and to make them feel heard.”
  • Biggest weakness? “I can become defensive if judgment or unbelief creeps in.”
  • What God is currently stirring in Faydra: “Trust—especially in the area of economics.”
  • What it means to walk in truth and purpose
  • How does Faydra share the gospel? “By hosting my podcast and letting people speak and share their truth.”
  • A daily habit that contributes to a walk with Jesus? “Spending a lot of time alone, listening to podcasts that are faith-based and intense, and studying God’s Word for myself.”
  • A favorite book? God of the Underdogs by Matt Keller
  • A favorite resource? Podcasts
  • Her advice to the younger Faydra? “I would go to age 31 and say that God is real. The tug you feel and witness in others is real. Even if you don’t have a husband or role models, He is still there.”
  • Faydra’s parting advice: “Stop fighting it. Trust that it’s worth it. Get the stubbornness out and walk toward what God asks of you. Things will be so much better so much faster.”

Resources:

www.doinglifewithfaydra.com

www.crisiscrusher.com

Coming Out of the Fire podcast

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

God of the Underdogs by Matt Keller

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13: Honoring the Good in All of Mankind with Dr. Clyde Rivers

World Peace Ambassador, Dr. Clyde Rivers seeks to bring honor globally. He believes every life is valuable and has been created to bring a contribution to the world. He is rebuilding the lost art of honor through The Golden Rule International and his organization, iChange Nations. Ambassador Rivers believes that it is very important to honor the good in mankind. The Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated” is our guiding principle. “Looking for good in others will establish a new culture where men and women will be in the business of searching for and finding the good in their fellow countryman. This effort will empower and encourage the world in doing good and bringing peace. It is our desire to create “The Culture of Honor” in every country and on every continent.” Ambassador Clyde Rivers is our guest today, so join us for this inspiring conversation!

In this episode, Dr. Rivers also discusses:

  • A pure heart: the most important requirement for serving Jesus
  • Why we need to look for the gift of God in people
  • “God, how do I help Africa?”
  • A favorite verse? Ephesians 3:20—Now to Him who is able to do far more  abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work  in us.
  • The Seven Mountains and the intertwining of government and religion
  • The forgotten mountain: Micah 4:1—self-governance
  • The best part of your day?” My ignorance being attacked every day as I see what cultures around the world deal with.”
  • A major revelation from Matthew 7:12—all law is predicated on the Golden Rule
  • A failure? Clyde shares a story about being accused of fraud in his institution and then being rewarded for not fighting back
  • The healing process and how it works
  • Clyde’s biggest strength? No prejudgment about people
  • Biggest weakness within the strength? Offending people
  • How to make others great
  • Dr. Rivers’ Statesman Training program
  • What is God stirring in you right now? “Being a global solution with the Golden Rule”
  • Traditions of men
  • How do you share the gospel? “People see my pure heart; I win them and build relationships.”
  • A daily habit that contributes to a solid walk with Jesus? “I have to do instructional study every day to learn more about God.”
  • A recent book that has impacted you? “My book—The Forgotten Mountain.
  • What is your advice to the younger you? “I would go to age 21 and say to put the same work ethic into knowing God that I used to put on being a better basketball player.”
  • Dr. Rivers’ parting advice? “You don’t have information about a future that you haven’t seen yet, so walk in steps of obedience and it will lead you to where you can’t imagine.”

Connect with Dr. Rivers:

drclyderivers [at] aol [dot] com

www.ichangenations.org

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12: An Undercover Revivalist Shares Her Passion with Christy Austin

Christy Austin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who’s passionate about bringing Unity to the Church of America. Her unique prophetic gifting and sensitivity to the Spirit bring healing to many through teaching, prayer, and worship. Christy resides in Aiken SC with her husband, a worship leader, and three sons, all anointed musicians. Christy is passionate about facilitating revival in America by simply unmasking a genuine intimacy and her own love encounter with Christ. She continuously inspires and encourages all around her to do the same. Currently, Christy travels and speaks, leads and launches community prayer groups, and operates as an “undercover revivalist” at a local psychiatric office.

 

In this episode Christy also discusses:

 

  • What is a revivalist?
  • The elements of revival that are strategic
  • Why revival is going to come through the next generation
  • Why you can show God to someone in a way no one else can.
  • Why Christy asks the Lord for “Keys”
  • How Christy got into counseling in the first place
  • Why people hate the man-made parts of the church
  • The Aretha Franklin formula
  • How she learned to love the “Judas’” in her life
  • Why letting go has been pivotal in her growth
  • What Divine Strategies are stirring her up right now

 

Resources:

Prophet Arise – John Eckhardt

 

Connect with Christy:

www.enkindleministries.com

Facebook – Enkindle Ministries

 

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