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05: One Extraordinary Marriage with Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo

As co-hosts of the #1 marriage podcast in iTunes, the ONE Extraordinary Marriage show, Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo speak to a worldwide audience about sex, love & commitment, and challenge every listener to make their relationship a priority. As a couple whose marriage has dealt with the issues of pornography, financial Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 5.36.30 PMcrisis and child loss, they speak from the heart to those issues that impact relationships with a mixture of tough love and candor. They work with couples around the world, equipping them with the tools and strategies they need to create one extraordinary marriage. Together they have ha co-authored 4 books including the Amazon best seller, 7 Days of Sex Challenge.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Tony and Alisa’s story has lots of twists and turns.
  • How their marriage was on the brink of divorce more than once; the choice was divorce or GET RADICAL!
  • Why working on your marriage is NOT quick and easy!
  • They share inspirational verses that have great meaning for them.
  • Tony’s is Philippians [4:13] and Alisa’s is Joel [3:10].
  • Both verses speak of relying on God’s strength and not our own.
  • They share the turning point in year 11 of their marriage when they took on the 60 Days of Sex challenge. Listen in to see how that turned out!
  • They were asked to speak at a church event about marriage, received overwhelming response and demand, and then started the One Extraordinary Podcast a few months later.
  • The catalyst that keeps them going is the responses and emails from listeners.
  • They now write books and programs and do coaching, in addition to the podcast, all of which has grown into a global ministry to marriages.
  • The best thing about what they do is the daily emails they receive about reconciled, restored, and transformed marriages.
  • The biggest challenge is understanding that you can’t please everybody.
  • Alisa admits that they haven’t always had the perfect marriage, enduring pornography addiction and the loss of a child.
  • Hear how Tony and Alisa describe the RADICAL transformation in the last 8 years of their marriage and how it happened.
  • Tony’s strength is building relationships, but his weakness in that is over-talking and controlling every conversation.
  • Alisa’s strength is the ability to see the 30,000 foot view, or the BIG picture of the future. Her weakness in that is getting caught up in the details and not allowing clients to find their own journey.
  • What is God stirring in you right now? “Bigger, MORE, territory-takers, kingdom-builders—we have SO MANY MORE lives and marriages to impact!”
  • How do you share the gospel in your daily lives? (Tony) “Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can share the gospel and ‘take territory’.” (Alisa) “Covering people in prayer and allowing the Holy Spirit to use me to let God’s Word do what it needs to do.”
  • What is a daily habit that helps your marriage? “Communication is a priority. We intentionally stay in touch many times each day by phone and by text.”
  • What is a helpful resource you can share with our listeners? “A free resource, a list of questions to ask each other as spouses. Find it at www.oursixquestions.com.
  • What is a favorite book that you can recommend to our listeners? Intimacy Ignited by Joseph and Linda Dillow, and Peter and Lorraine Pintus.
  • What advice would you give to the “younger” you? (Alisa) “I would speak to me in my early 20’s and say, “Marriage isn’t what Hollywood portrays it to be. You need to get involved in the process of being married, sooner than 11 years into it. There are going to be challenges. God is going to be your Rock. The sooner you get involved in the process, the smoother things go.”

(Tony) “I would speak to me at age 18-19: “Take the opportunity to accept Christ earlier. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Touch lives sooner rather than later.”

  • What parting advice can you give to our listeners? “The #1 thing you can do for your marriage is to get intentional about it.”

Resources:

www.oneextraordinarymarriage.com (There are over 300 shows available, along with some free resources, and other books and programs.)

www.oursixquestions.com

Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple to Couple: Fire Up Your Sex Life with the Song of Solomon by Dillow and Pintus

7 Days of Sex Challenge: How to Rock Your Sex Life and Your Marriage by Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo

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04: International Community Development with Andy Mason

Andy Mason is the director of Heaven in Business at Bethel Church. Before coming to Redding in 2008, Andy worked for the leading New Zealand Agricultural Bank and a national consultancy firm. His primary role was in helping clients define what success was to them, then partnering with them in developing strategic plans towards realizing that success. Andy invested his vacation time in international community development, having helped establish a microfinance project and orphan program and developed leaders in eastern Uganda. Andy lives in Redding with his wife, Janine, and their four children. For more on Andy, see HeaveninBusiness.com and AndyandJanine.com Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 3.58.56 PM

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Andy grew up in New Zealand in a family that loved God.
  • At the core of every endeavor are the questions, “Who am I and what has God made me to be? What does that look like and where am I headed?”
  • Andy currently works with people who love business and love God in Heaven in Business.
  • The idea that business and religion have to be separate can be traced back to the Garden of Eden.
  • Andy finds personal inspiration in the story of Moses in Exodus 33, where the focus for Moses was on peace and rest.
  • In today’s busy world, peace and rest are hard to find. Andy turns to Ps. [46:10]!
  • The biggest challenge for Andy is to let everything he does come out of the overflow from his relationship with God, anchored in unwavering rest and confidence.
  • Of the Seven Cultural Mountains, Andy’s primary focus is on business and religion.
  • Andy’s defining moment was in 2008 in leaving New Zealand and moving to CA. He shares how God providentially bolstered his faith to make the move.
  • Andy has felt the sting of failure through insecurity, in not knowing who he was. He knows the fear of people and of what they might say.
  • Andy says he spent too much time living someone else’s expectation rather than trusting who God made him to be.
  • The gift from his failure has been in finding who God wants him to be!
  • Andy shares a favorite quote from Teddy Roosevelt in 1910: The Man in the Arena.
  • Let’s Get Real Round Questions:
    • What is your biggest strength? Encouragement
    • What is the biggest weakness coming from your strength? “When I need encouragement from others, the very thing I try to give to others.”
    • What is God stirring in you right now? “Increase. Stepping out to do much more.”
  • Kung Fu Round Questions:
    • What does sharing the gospel look like for you? “Becoming a friend to a city and bringing favor to others through gracious speech and a pure heart.
    • What is a daily habit that contributes to your solid walk? “Reading God’s Word, being still, listening, and worshiping, and having a connection with people.”
    • What is a book you have read recently? The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey
    • What is a resource you can recommend to our listeners? Dave Ramsey’s podcast, EntreLeadership and iBethel.tv for worship music
  • What would you say to the “younger” you? “I would go back to age 16-18 when I heard God for the first time. It’s when the faith of my parents became MY faith. I would say, ‘You are on the perfect track to prepare you for what God has for you. God’s in your future; just stay close to Him and you’ll get there, too’.”
  • What parting advice do you have for our listeners? “Success is not a destination, but the journey. Keep walking and don’t look up.”

Resources:

www.heaveninbusiness.com

www.andyandjanine.com

Find Andy on Facebook!

God with You at Work by Andy Mason

Kingdom Tools for Teachers by Janine Mason

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03: New Ways of Thinking About Community Building with Scott Caldwell

Scott is an entrepreneur who has a passion for introducing new ways of thinking coupled with structure and frameworks to promote growth for non-profit and community minded organizations.  He is a devoted husband and father to, what he terms, “his girls”  Misty (wife), Macey and Marlee.  Scott is a lover of life that tries to make everyday meaningful in his life and the lives of those he comes into contact with.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Scott is a home-grown Texan going down an unexpected path.
  • How his passion as an entrepreneur in the business world allows him to help non-profits and community-minded organizations
  • How Scott has already helped raise MILLIONS of dollars for organizations, and how he dreams of going international with his business one day
  • Scott turns to Philippians 4:6-7 for inspiration, especially when he feels the stress and anxiety of running a business.
  • A favorite quote of Scott’s is: “The day is over and I’m leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?”
  • How Scott’s work gives a great sense of purpose as he touches many lives through the organizations he helps
  • How Scott stumbled upon this business, with each step on the trajectory leading him into work with local governments and non-profits
  • Scott says the best thing about his day is working with people who are passionate for a cause; this gives great meaning to what he does.
  • Of the Seven Mountain culture, Scott focuses primarily on the business mountain.
  • In a nutshell, he helps organizations set up the framework for raising money, being effective, running at an optimal level, and growing their impact.
  • One of Scott’s biggest challenges is the trap of people-pleasing, of caring TOO MUCH what others think about him. This has given Satan a stronghold over him at times.
  • Scott realizes that he is totally dependent upon God, and nothing else, being used as a vessel for His service.
  • How Scott has learned not to seek his validation in other people or material things
  • The pivotal moment for Scott was when he shifted in his business from working with local governments to non-profits. Seeing lives touched let him know THIS is the right thing.
  • How Scott has realized that his “ministry” is everywhere and in everything he does
  • What is your biggest strength? “Administration and mercy—these are exactly the gifts I need to do what I do.”
  • What is your biggest weakness inside that strength? “Being impatient with people! Wanting everything to happen NOW and not realizing that it’s a process.”
  • What is God stirring up inside of you right now? “In the last 1-2 years in helping others, I’ve realized that ministry is not limited to the pulpit or to church work. Ministry is in everyday life.”

Kung Fu Round Questions:

  • How do you share the gospel in your everyday life? “My goal is for every person I contact to SEE the difference in me and want to know what it is. I want them to know that it’s God who makes the difference.”
  • What daily habit do you have that contributes to your solid walk with God? “I have a quiet time every morning. I read the devotional, Jesus Calling; I read scripture, pray, and take time to seek God. When I enter my office every day, I hit my knees and give my day and my business to God.”
  • What meaningful book have you read recently? Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
  • What resource have you found helpful that you can share with our listeners? “It’s not one resource in particular. It’s to never stop learning. I have a goal to read two books each month—educational material that helps me grow.”
  • What advice would you give to the “younger” you? “I would speak to myself at age 21 and say, ‘Grow up a little bit, man! Don’t seek validation from others, but go to God. He is the ONLY source of true validation’.”
  • What parting advice do you have for our listeners? “Wake up every day and LIVE it. Have a passion for what you do. If you can’t, then figure it out, find it, and start LIVING it!”

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02: Leadership that Connects Authentically with Jody Holland

Jody Holland received his B.A. in Communications from Angelo State University in 1994. He has received specialized training and certifications in physiognomy, conversational hypnosis, team-building, leadership, management, and psychometric testing. Jody’s clients would say that his capacity for creating ROI is what they appreciate the most. He normally gets between a 10X and 25X return on their investment. He has been sought after by clients to speak at their retreats, to assist in changing behaviors in top executives as well as coaching C-Suite leaders for success.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Jody has worked with all kinds of people, from ex-convicts to Boy Scouts!
  • How Jody discovered that the same principles that define great leaders also define great Christians
  • Three of Jody’s favorite books he has written are: The Quest: How to Discover God’s Call for Your Life, The Six Demons of Fear, and My Judo Life: How to Turn the Challenges of Life in Your Favor and Propel Yourself Forward.
  • Jody claims daily inspiration from II Timothy 1:7 and living in God’s spirit of calmness and sanity. Which spirit are YOU living in today?
  • A defining moment for Jody came in 2003 during his prayer time, but he was trapped in what was an unfulfilling profession for 12 more years before realizing his calling to write and speak.
  • Of the Seven Cultural Mountains, Jody believes he is called to Art and Business.
  • From Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: “Every setback holds within it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”
  • Jody tells the story of one particular failure, when he held training in Madrid for pharmaceutical researchers and couldn’t even communicate with them using his “Texas-brand Spanish.” Laugh along with us!
  • Jody remembers a defining moment at age 4, when he first knew he wanted to talk in  front of people for a living.
  • After leaving the technology world, Jody finally claimed his calling to write books, speak, and train others. How many people NEVER claim their calling?

Let’s Get Real Round Questions:

  • What is your biggest strength? “Being able to see wisdom beyond just the realm of the physical world, and to put it on paper.”
  • What is your biggest weakness inside that strength? “Missing the rest of the world when getting into writing. I need to have a balance.”

Kung Fu Round Questions:

  • How do you share the gospel in your daily life? “I try to live as an example of the behavior with which Jesus lived. I teach those leadership examples and then people ask me about something deeper. This opens the door for me to share the gospel.”
  • What is a daily habit that contributes to your walk with God? “It’s my prayer life. I’ve learned to be quiet and still and to get in tune with Christ.”
  • What is a recent helpful book that you’ve read? “I love anything by Max Lucado. Two that come to mind are Cure for the Common Life and Wild at Heart.”
  • What is a resource that you can recommend to our listeners? “I love www.audible.com  and Automobile University. I also recommend my blog, www.jodyholland.com.
  • What advice would you give to the “younger” you? “I would speak to myself on the first day of 8th grade, when I was SO concerned about what people thought of me. “Be confident in you. Find out as soon as you can WHO you were designed to be, and STOP caring what other people think of you.”
  • What parting advice do you have for our listeners? “Each of us was designed for greatness. We weren’t designed to be miserable. Claim the connection to God that you were created to have. The only definition of you that really matters is that you are a child of God. Everything else is secondary.”

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01: The Sound of Heaven with Matt Dietz

Matt is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Amarillo, TX. His most recent release is Sound Of Heaven, which can be heard worldwide on iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify. You can also catch the official lyric video on YouTube. Matt is also a father of two beautiful girls. He’s a creative at heart and it shows, not only in the music he writes, but also in the homes he builds and renovates.

Listen to the show to hear Matt discuss:

  • How he started writing songs and playing music
  • The experience when he found God ministering to him, through him
  • The moment Matt picked his music back up after 8 years
  • Matt’s 7 mountains and the calling to them
  • Why it’s important for Matt to be both a King and a Priest
  • How Matt’s marriage has taught him about grace
  • Matt’s darkest days as his marriage fell apart
  • How Matt had to learn to love himself through the trials.
  • Who in Matt’s life has “fathered” him in a way he really needed
  • What God reveals in the place of The Presence translates to the rest of life

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