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Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef

English, Religion, 1 season, 244 episodes, 5 days, 11 hours, 8 minutes
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Join Jonathan Youssef for a candid look at the Christian faith. Each week, Jonathan will tackle tough issues, answer the hard questions, and will host thought-provoking conversations with respected Christian leaders. Topics include theology, Biblical parenting, healthy sexuality, world religions, engaging a post truth world, and so much more.
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Episode 244: Are You Walking in Truth?: Jonathan Youssef

Join Jonathan Youssef to navigate the complexities of truth and love. In this episode of Candid, Jonathan will examine the challenges of understanding these concepts, including whether absolute truth exists and the multifaceted nature of love.The conversation touches on the Christian perspective of being salt and light to a dying world that lacks an understanding of truth and love. It highlights the importance of living out the truth of our faith with love and patience in the community.Further, we explore the apostle John's transformation from a zealous youth to a wise elder who embodies truth and love. Through his letter to Gaius, we uncover the joys of faithfulness to the Gospel, the significance of hospitality, and how to discern true from false teachings. This episode aims to inspire a deeper understanding and practice of truth and love in listeners' lives. It encourages reflection on personal beliefs and actions in light of these foundational principles. Join us to explore how these ancient virtues remain relevant and transformative today.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodThis transcript recounts Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef Episode 244, Are You Walking in Truth?:Today I want to talk to you about Truth and love. These are two words with many different definitions. When I say truth and love, you don’t even know what I could say next. I could say anything. Is it my truth? Is it your truth? Is it his truth, her truth, their truth? It’s almost as if it’s just a subjective topic, a subjective term. Is there anything like absolute truth?And love, my goodness, are we talking about romantic love, brotherly love, or agape love? Are we talking about love that is just tolerance and acceptance? Do we love each other only as long as we agree with each other? Or is it just a feeling or an emotion? Is love self-defined? Love is love.The world today is tied up into knots over these two terms. Can a person have truth and not love? Can a person have love but not truth? Here’s the reality: I don’t expect the world to get this right. I don’t have a great hope that things will get a lot better at any point in time because this is not our home. But at the same time, I have not been called to run out into the hills and build a bunker and stock up on ammunition. We have been called to look at a dying world that does not know the truth and does not understand love, and we are called to be salt, and we are called to be light to them. We are called to encourage one another, to gather and praise God's name together, and to go out and witness to the world together because our message is far greater than any message they will ever hear. No matter your age or stage of life, if you put your saving trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, then your calling is to be obedient to the truth and to walk the truth out in love. A. W. Pink was a reformed theologian who wrote several great books and many fantastic sermons. His writing is so helpful; I’ve used several of his writings in research that I’ve done for other sermons. Martin Lloyd-Jones, who was succeeded by our dear friend R. T. Kendall at Westminster Chapel said, “Don’t waste your time reading these other theologians,” like Karl Barth and Bruner. He said, “Go and read Arthur Pink. Read Pink.” Pink would tour around America and Australia preaching and teaching, but he was never well-known until after he died. Pink finished out his days living in isolation in Scotland with his wife. They never really became part of a church body. They never got situated with a good church community. Lloyd-Jones also said of Pink, “As it related to his inability to be patient with people and remain in a particular church, if I had behaved as Pink did, I would have achieved nothing. I could see that the only hope was to let the weight of truth convince people, so I had to be very patient and take a long-term look at things; otherwise, I would have been dismissed, and the whole thing would have been finished.”Pink was a man who was grounded in the truth and yet, for whatever reason, was not walking it out. And his own friends testified against him. That’s why Scripture is very careful to teach us that we walk these two things out together—truth and love. We should be people who are marked by truth, strong in our convictions, and hold fast to the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, for the glory of God. But we should also be marked by love and generosity, grace and humility, hospitality, and care because all of these are the markings of Jesus’s life and ministry on Earth.So, we read about these two things, truth and love, in the shortest letter in the Bible, John’s third epistle. Before we go any further, let’s take a minute and read from Third John:The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are a faithful ... you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.John wrote the Gospel of John and First, Second, and Third John. He would also later write the book of Revelation. First John was written to a very general audience. Second John was written to a specific church. And this letter, Third John, was written to a very personal and specific person. Let’s take a minute to get to know John. He was a disciple, and he was nicknamed by Jesus, with his brother James, the “sons of thunder”. When Jesus and the disciples were turned away from hospitality from a Samaritan village, it was James and John who went to Jesus and said, “Can we call for fire to come down to judge these people,” - a la Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Jesus rebukes them because his first coming was not one of judgment but to preach the good news, to bring healing, and to bring life. But compare John in his youth to this John here in writing his third letter, and he is referred to simply as “the elder.” John grew from a brash, arrogant young man filled with fire, to this wise, gentle, loving older man who is full of love and truth. What happened to John? How did he move from a son of thunder to the loving elder? What had he experienced? He had witnessed a lot. He had witnessed Jesus’s teachings, Jesus’ miracles, Jesus’ preaching. He witnessed Jesus’ patience with the disciples. He witnessed the transfiguration and saw Christ with Moses and Elijah, a depiction of the Law and the prophets. He also witnessed His Lord and Savior crucified on the cross. It was then he was given the position of caring for Jesus’s mother, Mary. This is John, who would also see His Resurrected Lord and Savior. John is a man who has been used mightily by the Lord.And John is writing this letter to a man called Gaius. Now, we don’t know anything about Gaius. He doesn’t appear to be in any sort of leadership in the church that we can tell. All we see is Gaius’s character, and that character is being reported back to John. We see that there was some conflict in the church over who was trustworthy. They wanted to know who they could believe.There are so many mixed messages. A preacher would travel from house church to house church and depend on other believers to show them hospitality. In John’s second epistle he warns the believers not to welcome in or even greet the false preachers and teachers because that would only help them spread a false gospel. He’s saying, “Do not endorse these people, but take the faithful in and welcome them.”So, what are the distinguishing marks between a false teacher and a faithful teacher? Now, these weren’t denominational issues. They weren’t in disagreement over infant baptism and believer’s baptism. They disagreed over whether Christ had physically come in the flesh. John says, “Leave these people alone. Let them go on their way. The truth itself will testify to the faithful teachers.”In essence, he is saying, “If you are a believer who has heard and received the Gospel and your spiritual eyes have been opened, your spirit inside you will resonate with what is being taught and you will know a true teacher of the Gospel.”Teachers were dependent on hospitality. They didn't have Holiday Inn or Motel 6. This is why hospitality was such a major issue in the early church. When Jesus sends out the 12 and the 72, He tells them they will be provided for by people of peace. When Paul writes to the Romans, he fully expects that they will financially support his mission journey to Spain. And the book of Hebrews urges the hearers not to neglect hospitality to strangers. Two great needs, truth and love, together.So John writes to Gaius, verse 1, “The elder to the,” in the ESV, beloved, I’m going to use that term, “the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.”What does it mean to love in the truth? John says that Gaius continues to be faithful to the truth concerning Jesus Christ. And it is the truth that binds us together. We know love because we know the truth.John writes in his first epistle, 1 John chapter 3 verse 16, “By this, we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers because of the truth of the gospel.” Because of the gospel's truth, we are called to love one another. Strangers? Never heard of it, not in the church. I may not know your name, but we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We have more commonality than flesh and blood oftentimes do. Listen to what John writes in verse 2, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health as it goes well with your soul.”How does he know it’s going well with Gaius’s soul? We read it in the next verse: "For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.”John knows it is going well with Gaius’s soul because he is living out the gospel's truth. They testified about his faithfulness to the gospel. Gaius is living out the truth of the gospel in love. He’s walking in the truth.John emphasizes that Gaius’s faithfulness involves his holding to true doctrine and his persistence and actions, which are consistent with what is in the doctrine. In verse 4, John says that his greatest joy is not that his 401(k) is strong, not that his children’s academic and athletic successes are great, not that the design of his home is beautiful, nor that his favorite sports team won a big game. His greatest joy is that his children fellowship with him and actively walk in the truth.In each of his three letters—to the general church, to the specific church, and to the individual—he goes out of his way to say, “This is important to me. I’m conveying what brings me joy: that you are walking in the truth.”Gaius has remained faithful to the gospel. He has not fallen to the false teachings that were swirling around. And he is a source of the elder’s greatest joy. Moms and dads, what is your greatest joy regarding your children? Is it that they are academically successful and get into a fantastic college? Is it that they are athletically successful and get scholarships? Is it in your position and the status of your vocation? Is it in the appearance of your home?And this goes beyond families because Gaius is not John’s physical son; he’s his spiritual son. And so when we are here together as a body, we are, again, brothers and sisters in Christ, and we’re constantly putting forth and putting on display what we prize. I wonder if we went around and asked all the children, “What is it that your mom and dad prize, or your grandma and your grandfather?” What are we displaying as the greatest value to the next generation? But I also understand that this can be a source of great pain for many people. Your children may not be walking with the Lord, so instead of being a source of great joy, it is a source of great struggle and pain. I think John would give the word to those in that situation to remain in the truth and love. Don’t take truth as a 2 x 4 to your children and try to beat them up with it, insisting that this is right. Your children will despise you for that, and they will despise the truth. But you walk this out in love, with compassion. Don’t forget the truth. Instead, hold it together with love. That is the gospel's message as it was put on perfect display by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Then John praises Gaius for his hospitality to traveling preachers. “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testify to your love before the church.”His efforts for the faithful brothers is what John commends as faithful. It isn’t just what Gaius believes is faithful, but also his actions. And it is because of what Gaius believes, what he has planted his faith in, that he can be faithful with his actions. Because if you’re not planted in something faithful, your actions won’t reflect faithfulness. But Gaius is planted in a living hope. He is planted in a resurrected hope. He is planted in an unconquerable hope. These believers go back to Ephesus, where John was, and they say, “We had an amazing time preaching in this little town. You wouldn’t believe it. In this little town, there was a brother in Christ called Gaius, and he was a brother who was strong in the truth. And he was a brother who loved well. He took us in, cared for us, and introduced us to people in the church. He is a dear brother.”How good is it when people speak well of us? Have you ever been conversing with someone you didn't know very well, and you mention a friend, and that person immediately starts to gush over that person? “Oh, I love that person. They are so fantastic! Let me tell you. We were moving, and they came and helped us move.” And then you’re sharing stories about how fantastic this person is, how much you love this person, how helpful and insightful they are, and what a blessing they are to know them. I remember in Australia, there was a well-known evangelist and preacher who was contemporaries with John Stott and Dick Lucas, and just like those two men, this man never married. And the Lord used their singleness to serve the global church so well. This man’s name was John Chapman, and in typical Australian lingo, they shortened it incredibly and just called him Chapo. He was funny, he was kind, he was generous, he was hospitable. He was a mentor to my pastor in Sydney. He had done some work with Dad in the past as it related to evangelism.And I remember after Chapo died watching his funeral online. The Archbishop of Sydney got up and shared, and he mentioned how deep of an impact Chapo had on so many people. And then he said, “Why don’t we all take a minute right now and have everyone just share your Chapo story with your neighbor?” I mean, I almost burst into tears because it was immediate. Not a second had passed, and the room was filled with smiles, laughter, love, and storytelling. And the problem was that they finally had to get up and say, “Stop. Be quiet. Stop. We have to keep going with the service.” Because they could have gone on like that for hours.I have a feeling that would have been Gaius. Maybe on a smaller scale, but that would have been Gaius. People would have gone on and on about how dearly he was loved and his impact on them. I wonder what people would say at a celebration of your life? Would people easily share what an encourager you have been and what a great help you were? Or would they talk about how you may have had your doctrine perfect, dotted every I, and crossed every T, but had no love, like Arthur Pink? There weren’t universities, trade schools, or tertiary education in the first century. There were these philosophers who would gather in the town square and philosophize. They would just drone on and on about how their philosophy was right. Nothing has changed. They would try to attract hearers, and then they would start these schools with the hopes that some of these families would say, “We want to send our son to your school,” and then they would train them in that philosophy. Some thought that just as there were stoics, cynics, and epicureans, Christians would have a school like this, and then they would just train up their people like this, that they were just another philosophy of life.But Christians refused to take this money because Christians were not saying they were just another philosophy amongst the rest. They were announcing the Kingdom of God. They were telling people the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is not just a philosophy; that is a total worldview perspective that affects everything and everyone. So John says, “These men come in the name of Christ, preaching the word of Christ, and they refuse help from the pagans; therefore, we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”Now listen, I understand we may not be in the same position as Gaius or this church, but think about your missionary care and support. Think about your care and your support for ministries that strive to take the gospel to the lost and those on the outside. Think about how you care for and support the pastoral team in your church. Think about how you care for and support your small group leader; how you care for and support your Bible study leader. Think about what it means to support people in ministry. We are all fellow workers for the truth. Your support carries on our work as preachers. It allows for ministries like Leading The Way to exist, and that work leads to ultimate destinies being changed in people's lives. I read a letter from a young Muslim convert a while back. He was watching the Genesis series we did a while back and talked about how it served, blessed, encouraged, and equipped him. So, your support of the truth motivated by love is serving and blessing this community here and to the rest of the world. What a privilege it is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to be supportive of something outside ourselves. When we see that people are blessed and are walking in the truth, that can serve as our greatest joy. I want to leave you with three questions. It would be good to write them down and to think about them this week. First, where does your great joy come from? Second, do people speak well of you regarding truth and love? And finally, are you a fellow worker for the truth? I hope these will serve you well today, tomorrow, the week ahead, and the rest of your life. I hope that they will serve as great motivation.
4/9/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 243: The Reason for Forgiveness: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

How do you forgive when you feel deeply wronged and wounded?  Is it important to ask for forgiveness when we have wronged someone else?On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 and reveals how giving and receiving forgiveness are intertwined.  After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/2/202429 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 242: Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?: Jonathan Youssef

Good Friday invites us to witness Christ's profound love and sacrifice, urging us to ponder our role in this redemptive narrative. It calls us to seize the hope and transformation found only in Jesus’s death and Resurrection, motivating us to live lives that reflect Christ's calling.Join Jonathan Youssef for a thoughtful reflection on the events of Good Friday. We'll explore the depth of Jesus's suffering and its crucial role in delivering salvation and hope to the world. We’ll also explore the critical moments at Golgotha, including Jesus’s crucifixion, the division of his garments, and the powerful expressions of love and sacrifice from that day.By the end of this episode, you’ll gain insights into the significance of Good Friday in the foundation of Christianity, emphasizing the salvation plan and the transformative impact of Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice.Stand alongside Jonathan at the base of the cross where Christ was crucified and contemplate the magnitude of God’s love for humanity during this Holy Week.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/26/202425 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 241: Prayer that Moves Mountains: Jonathan Youssef

Is your prayer life effective? Like many, you may ask, "What is an effective prayer life?"Join Jonathan Youssef to explore the question of what makes prayer effective. With insights from James 5:16 and the prophet Daniel's prayer life, listeners are guided through the foundational aspects of a prayer that resonates with God, including righteousness, praise, confession, mercy, and bold petitions.Jonathan emphasizes the importance of aligning our prayers with God's will, as revealed through Scripture. He demonstrates how a righteous life and heartfelt prayer can lead to significant spiritual growth and transformation. This episode encourages listeners to re-evaluate their approach to prayer, ensuring it's rooted in a deep relationship with Christ and a sincere desire to see God's will done on earth.Whether seeking to invigorate your prayer life or deepen your spiritual walk, this episode offers valuable insights into connecting more meaningfully with God through prayer. Tune in for a journey that promises to uplift and inspire your faith.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/19/20245 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 240: Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Phylicia Masonheimer

In this enlightening episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef welcomes Phylicia Masonheimer, an influential writer, speaker, and the founder of Every Woman a Theologian. With a Bachelor of Science in Religion and author of pivotal books such as Every Woman a Theologian: Know What You Believe, Live It Confidently, Communicate It Graciously, and Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World, Phylicia shares her compelling journey from growing up in a culture adjacent to legalism to empowering women in their faith and understanding of the Bible.Phylicia delves into the critical issues surrounding purity culture, the importance of theological education for women, and the nuanced challenges of navigating legalism and fluffy, feel-good teachings within the Christian community. Further exploring the balance of family life, ministry, and personal growth, Phylicia and Jonathan discuss practical strategies for managing time, the value of intentional living, and the profound impact of home discipleship on children's spiritual development. Phylicia's insightful perspectives on critical thinking, engaging with Scripture, and the transformative power of the Gospel offers you a refreshing approach to your faith journey.This episode is not just a conversation but a heartfelt invitation to embrace theology with open arms and discover the strength and grace that come from a deeper understanding of God's Word.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/12/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 239: Uncovering the Poverty in the Prosperity Gospel: Jonathan Youssef

Join Jonathan to discover the roots and the dangers of the prosperity gospel. In this insightful reflection, Jonathan highlights the danger of the prosperity gospel and its power to distort faith into a tool for material gain, urging listeners to prioritize their devotion to Jesus Christ over wealth. He emphasizes the importance of choosing eternal treasures over worldly ones, using Moses and Jesus Christ as models for forsaking earthly riches for God's glory.The episode of Candid challenges listeners to reflect on their values and the true meaning of living a life of Biblical prosperity, encouraging a life aligned with God's purposes rather than pursuing material wealth.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/5/20247 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 238: New Age to New Life: Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor was entrenched in the New Age for more than ten years. She practiced witchcraft, performed spells, was a tarot card reader, and enrolled in classes to sharpen her psychic abilities. She was a certified Reiki master and yoga teacher. She used crystals as a means of healing, protecting, and manifesting. She worshiped nature and worked with goddesses. She found her spirit guides and let them lead the course of her life. She believed she created her reality and was her god, controlling her life. But she grappled with darkness, deception, and a yearning for more…until she had an encounter with God. Jordan Taylor first shared her testimony of giving her life to Christ on Facebook, which went viral. She then turned that post into an article for the Gospel Coalition. We wanted to know more, so Jordan joins Jonathan for a Candid Conversation to discuss what led her into the New Age, what prompted her to consider a relationship with Christ, and how that relationship has transformed her life from anxiety and darkness to peace, love, and light in Christ.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/27/202433 minutes
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Episode 237: Breaking the Idol of Entertainment: Jonathan Youssef

With the average day filled with endless smartphone scrolling and binge-watching, how often do we pause to reflect on the deeper longing behind our screen time? Join Jonathan to explore the complex relationship between modern entertainment and our spiritual well-being. Jonathan shares the balance between enjoying life's pleasures and not letting them overshadow our primary purpose: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Inspired by insights from the digital age and the wisdom of scripture, this reflection confronts the challenges of navigating a world designed to capture our attention, discussing the impact of entertainment on our spiritual journey.Listen now to receive Biblical insight on how to live intentionally in a distraction-filled world, finding joy and purpose in God's presence above all else.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/20/202412 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 236: The Importance of Using Your Spiritual Gifts: Dave Hubbard

In this NEW episode of Candid Conversations, host Jonathan Youssef welcomes Dave Hubbard back to the program. Dave is a former NFL football player and pastor at The Church of The Apostles. In this encouraging episode, he shares his rich experiences and insights on serving both within the church and in the broader community. With a background that spans professional sports to full-time ministry, Dave offers a unique perspective on the importance of active service and its challenges and rewards.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/13/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 235: Is God Real? Exploring the Ultimate Question of Life: Lee Strobel

Jonathan sits with internationally renowned author, apologist, evangelist, and former investigative journalist Lee Strobel. Known for his bestselling book, The Case for Christ, Strobel shares insights from his remarkable journey from skepticism to faith. The discussion then turns to his latest book, Is God Real? Exploring the Ultimate Question of Life, where he blends his investigative skills with theological inquiry. The episode offers an enlightening perspective on the recurring question of God's existence, backed by logical arguments, scientific evidence, and profound personal experiences. Listen and then share it with a friend who may benefit from this conversation.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/6/202434 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 234: Praying for Your Unsaved Loved Ones:Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

The question that weighs heavily on so many hearts and minds is, "How do I pray for and reach my unsaved loved ones for Christ?"On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks this question and provides Biblical insight into why we pray, the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, and the blessing we have in bearing witness to and praying for our unsaved loved ones.  After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
1/30/202418 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 233: When the Word of God Dwells Richly in Your Heart: Jonathan Youssef

Explore the transformative power of God’s Word in this new Candid Conversations episode. Learn how it acts as a guardian, strengthens character, sustains through life's pressures, and heals the spirit. Join Jonathan as he reflects on the cleansing, covering, and correction offered through God's Word as outlined in Psalm 119. Listen now, discover practical ways to integrate God’s Word into your daily life, and experience the enrichment available only in the Truth of Christ.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/23/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 232: Choosing Calling Over Career: Rocky Seto (Reprise)

As we walk closely with Christ, there will be times when we must choose between the calling God has put on our lives and something else like a relationship, friendship, family, or career choices. Can you imagine being at the top of an illustrious career when God asks you to leave it for vocational ministry? When most people revel in success and stay to move up to their dream position, today's Candid Conversations guest chose to follow the call of God on his life to serve Christ and His church in pastoral ministry.Rocky Seto, former Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach, talks with Jonathan about his journey to football, salvation, and rise in coaching from college to the NFL. Rocky gets candid about his struggles and the deep calling to serve Christ and His church in pastoral ministry. You don't want to miss this episode. It is a beautiful reminder of God's goodness when we delight in Him and are faithful to live out His calling.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/16/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 231: Discover Your Calling: Clay Kirkland (Reprise)

Have you ever wondered what God's call is for your life?  Do you think about what He created you to do?  Do you wrestle and ask if you are in the center of His will? These are questions we all wrestle with periodically. If you are in that place now or know someone who is, today's podcast is for you.Jonathan welcomes Clay Kirkland back to Candid Conversations. Clay is a life coach who served 18 years as the Director of Staff Development at The Wesley Foundation at The University of Georgia, where he mentored and coached thousands of young adults.  He is also a certified Strengths coach and consultant who helps people discover and operate in their God-given strengths.Together, Jonathan and Clay will navigate deep questions of purpose using Scripture as their guide. Join them now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/9/202447 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 230: Allow God's Presence to Renew You: Jonathan Youssef

In this new reflection on renewal, Jonathan Youssef delves into the power of the new year as a time to reflect on our faith with a powerful message from Hebrews 13:5-6.  First, he reminds us of God's unchanging promise never to leave us and explains how understanding this truth will allow us to live without fear, embracing contentment and courage in Christ.Join Jonathan and be encouraged to reflect on how God is shaping you to be more like Christ and to serve others in the coming year. He will guide you in writing prayers to seek a renewed mind and spirit and to commit to ministering love and hope. As we review these prayers, we're urged to thank God for His faithfulness and step into the new year with joy and anticipation for His continued work. After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
1/2/20243 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 229: Candid Christmas Caroling with Mac Powell (Reprise)

The Christmas season is ending, but before it's over, we wanted to share some special Christmas Caroling with Mac Powell and Jonathan Youssef. Mac Powell is the worship leader at The Church of The Apostles. He is also a Grammy award-winning recording artist. In this Christmas episode, Mac and Jonathan have a lot of fun talking about their favorite Christmas traditions, songs, and the incredible reality of God’s saving love through His son Jesus. Oh, and yes… Mac will be serenading us with a few of his favorite tunes. It's a special episode you definitely don’t want to miss!After you listen to this episode, you may have  questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/26/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 228: 3 Ways to Reclaim the Wonder of Christmas: Jonathan Youssef

The Christmas season often captivates us with its superficial wonders—exchanging presents, festive gatherings, and decorating our spaces. In this new Christmas reflection, Jonathan warns that these things can sometimes overshadow the reason for the Advent season, preventing us from focusing on the profound meaning of Christmas—Emmanuel, God with us.After you listen to this episode, you may have questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodTo give to Leading The Way's Triple Matching Challenge, please visit us at https://ltw.org
12/19/202313 minutes, 7 seconds
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Do You Make Room for Christ?: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

Could you be missing a miracle of God?  Are you too busy for God's intrusion into your life?  God took on flesh in Bethlehem on a night when the streets were bustling with congestion created by a mandatory census. People were busy, but the Messiah quietly came into the world. Some stopped what they were doing and followed God's prompting, but so many missed it.How will you spend Christmas? Will you join the hustle and bustle and miss the true gift of the season?  Or, will you slow down, seek the heart of the Father, and prepare to encounter the living Christ?Join us as Jonathan shares a special Christmas reflection and reminds us that the true beauty of the Christmas story is this- God's power makes regular intrusions even when we make no room.  No room in the Inn? God still took on flesh. No room in your holiday traditions? God still calls to your heart. No room in your isolation? The Savior still invites you to intimacy with Him. We pray this episode will encourage you to make room for Christ this Christmas and each day that follows.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodTo give to Leading The Way's Triple Matching Challenge, please visit us at https://ltw.org 
12/12/20237 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 226: A Fun Way to Cultivate Love for Christ with Your Children: Zack Carden

As a Christian parent, you undoubtedly yearn to guide your children in nurturing their love for Christ. But the question remains: How can you enjoyably accomplish this meaningful task? If you want to connect your children with the love of Christ, you won't want to miss this episode.Today, Jonathan is delighted to welcome back Zack Carden to Candid Conversations. Jonathan and Zack share a deep bond, with both serving for many years on staff at The Church of The Apostles. Zack now holds the role of senior pastor at Marietta Community Church.In this enlightening Candid Conversation, Zack introduces us to The Adventures of Greybobby, a lovable cartoon character who doubles as a podcast host on a mission to equip parents with rich yet accessible and entertaining Biblical resources for the spiritual development of their children.Join Jonathan in unraveling the backstory of Greybobby and discover more about this captivating character who plays a pivotal role in devotional content and engaging videos, all designed to effectively convey the message of Christ's love to the little ones in your life.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodWatch The Adventures of Greybobby
12/5/202324 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 225: How to Consider Conflicting Opinions in the Church: Dr. Bruce Lowe

Should Christians allow their children to trick-or-treat? Is Santa Claus ok? Are we free to send our children to public school?  The list of debatable issues is endless - places where Biblical principles should be applied, but will every Christian apply them the same way?  Join Jonathan Youssef and Dr. Bruce Lowe to explore the delicate balance between conviction and grace, navigate the complexities of disagreements within the Christian faith, and understand when to hold Christian beliefs with a closed hand and embrace Christian liberty. Bruce Lowe is a scholar, author, and a favorite professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. Please take a few minutes to settle in and listen to a thoughtful and inspiring Candid Conversation.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/28/202340 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 224: Cultivate a Heart of Biblical Gratitude: Mary Mohler (Reprise)

November rolls around and we all think about giving thanks. Jonathan welcomes Mary Mohler to Candid Conversations to  discuss what Biblical gratitude really is – a gratitude that is more than thanking God for all the good things in our lives.  Mary Mohler serves in ministry alongside her husband, Dr. Al Mohler, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute, an academic program for students' wives that she started over 20 years ago at Southern Seminary.  A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mary is a summa cum laude graduate of Samford University where she earned a BS in Biology. She is a proud mother of two children and several grandchildren. She is also the author of the book, Growing in Gratitude, Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart - a book you won't want to miss on Biblical gratitude.Join the conversation now and be encouraged to cultivate a heart of gratitude that goes far beyond our usual gratitude checklists. Get Your Copy of Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful HeartAfter you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/21/202344 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 223: The Loneliness Crisis: Jonathan Youssef

In Genesis 2:18, God made a profound statement: “It is not good for man to be alone.” God did not design us to navigate the waters of life in isolation. Today, Jonathan explores the depths of a modern epidemic, loneliness, and provides a biblical framework for understanding and responding to this crisis.Today's episode is a call to action. Whether you're basking in the warmth of Christian fellowship or you're in a season of profound solitude, there is a step you can take. For some, it might be extending an invitation into your community; for others, it may be reaching out for the fellowship you crave.Join Jonathan now to dive into The Loneliness Crisis and discover how, through Christ, we can reclaim the connection we were created for.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
11/14/20237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 222: Mama Bear Apologetics: Hillary Morgan Ferrer (Reprise)

When it comes to ensuring the spiritual well-being of our children, how do we go beyond just “raising them in church”? As the next generation navigates unprecedented issues surrounding gender identity, doubt, and resistance to the Christian faith—it won’t be enough for them to have “the faith of their parents.” How do we equip them to become disciples of Jesus Christ in a hostile world?According to Barna and USA Today, nearly 59% of youth leave the church after graduation, and only 17% maintain a Biblical worldview. According to a Lifeway survey, youth are moving to college, witnessing hypocrisy within the church, and no longer feeling connected to the body of Christ.This week, Jonathan welcomes Hillary Morgan Ferrer to Candid Conversations. Her passion is to help equip parents to answer the questions that our children will inevitably ask and teach them how to “demolish arguments raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor 10:5). She is the founder and Mama-Bear-in-Chief of Mama Bear Apologetics and she has a burden to help provide accessible apologetics resources for busy parents. Together, Jonathan and Hillary discuss how we can better equip children and parents with resources and critical thinking skills, including her own methodology called “ROAR,” to help families recognize unbiblical ideas and develop discernment.Hillary is the chief author and editor of the bestselling book Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies and Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality: Empowering Your Kids to Understand and Live Out God’s Design. Hillary has her master’s degree in biology from Clemson University and is working on her master’s in apologetics from Biola University. She loves helping moms to discern both truths and lies in science and culture, and she specializes in understanding the root causes of doubt.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/7/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 221: A New Reformation: Jonathan Youssef

Imagine waking up to a message that challenges the core of your beliefs, putting your faith and freedom on the line. Would you surrender, or would you stand firm? In today's reflection, Jonathan shares how some youth today would respond to a threat to limit their freedoms in exchange for their lives.  In response, Jonathan will trace the threads of history and explore the essence of the Christian faith and why we desperately need a new reformation.  Today, on the day we celebrate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Jonathan will dive deep into the roots of Christian beliefs, the transformations of key figures like Martin Luther, and the crucial moments that have shaped our world and faith. So, grab your headphones, settle in, and join Jonathan for this thought provoking new reflectionTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/31/202315 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 220: Where is God in Seasons of Sorrow: Tim Challies (Reprise)

The holiday season is approaching – a  time of year filled with joy, tradition, faith, and nostalgia–but also a season of sorrow for so many.  Where is God in seasons of sorrow?Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one, a lost relationship, an unsaved family member, or an unfulfilled dream, today’s Candid Conversation guest will minister powerfully to you. Author, blogger, pastor, and theologian, Tim Challies recently released a new book, Seasons of Sorrow,  a real-time, first-person, present-tense series of reflections on the pain that comes with loss and the comfort that God alone can provide. Join Tim and Jonathan as they discuss what Godly grief looks like and how we can keep moving forward through deep seasons of sorrow through faith in Christ. Visit Tim Challies' blog: https://www.challies.com/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.inst
10/24/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 219: Defending Your Faith When You Don't Have All The Answers: Tim Barnett (Reprise)

As you scroll through social media, it's no longer uncommon to come across a video shared or created by a friend that challenges elements of the Christian faith. You don't agree with their logic, but you aren't quite sure how to highlight the error you see. You honestly want to offer insight, but you don't want to come across angry or defensive.  How can we lovingly help someone who is experiencing doubt or who has drawn a wrong conclusion based on faulty logic?Today's guest, Tim Barnett,  author of TikTok profile Red Pen Logic, has gained millions of online followers by helping Christians defend their faith in gracious and understandable terms. Tim began Red Pen Logic with Mr. B  on YouTube in the wake of the pandemic to defend Christianity in an ever increasing world of false and misleading social media content.  Together, Jonathan and Tim discuss the importance of Christian apologetics, the need to give an informed defense of the  faith, and how we can respond clearly and graciously in a social media world rampant with bad theology and deconstruction videos.  Our hope is that this episode will empower you to confidently share your faith both on and offline.Check out Red Pen Logic with Mr. B. on:YouTubeTikTokFacebookTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/17/202355 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 218: How to Read the Bible (As if Your Life Depends On It): Dr. Michael Youssef

Dive into a groundbreaking exploration of the Bible with Dr. Michael Youssef’s new guide, How to Read the Bible (As If Your Life Depends on It).With five decades of experience in preaching and studying God's Word, Dr. Youssef calls this book, “the culmination of a lifetime of proclaiming the uncompromised Truth of God's Word” and “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.” Imagine a guide where you can rediscover the awe-inspiring narrative of the Bible, learn its reliability, uncover its consistent Gospel message, avoid common pitfalls of Bible study, and experience an intimate connection with its divine Author.This isn't just another book on your shelf. This will be your Bible study companion, your guide that will deepen your love and understanding of God's enduring Word.So, whether you’re a seasoned theologian or someone just beginning your spiritual journey, How to Read the Bible promises insights that will stay with you forever. Stay with us as we delve deeper into what makes this book unique and hear from Dr. Youssef himself about the passion and dedication behind every page.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodIf you want o learn more about the ministry of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, please visit our website. 
10/10/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 217: Gen Z's Real Faith Questions: David Robertson

What are the questions you wrestle with in life? We all have that innate desire to ask questions, seek answers, and engage in conversations that challenge our thinking.In today’s Candid Conversation, Jonathan gets helpful answers to some hard questions as David Robertson answers tough questions, and makes theology accessible to everyone.David is not just an apologist, minister, author, and blogger, he is a bridge between questions and answers, doubt, and belief. With books like The Dawkins Letters and A.S.K: Real World Questions/Real Word Answers, and his recent release, SEEK: More Real World Questions, More Real World Answers,, David is a beacon for those seeking answers – especially those in Gen Z. So, whether you're here searching for the answer to a nagging question or are seeking a deeper connection with God, listen to this conversation for a candid exploration of life's intriguing questions.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpod
10/3/202329 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 216: Should Christians Be Concerned About Artificial Intelligence?: Dr. Kristen Davis

As artificial intelligence (AI) grows exponentially in its capabilities, we find ourselves grappling with profound questions about consciousness, morality, and the very nature of existence.  Dr. Kristen Davis joins Jonathan to discuss AI and how it should be viewed from a Christian perspective. Dr. Davis is a powerhouse in both apologetics and advanced technology. She completed her doctorate dissertation on Christianity and Artificial Intelligence – dispelling the myth that AI would one day disprove the existence of God.  She is the founder of Doubtless Faith Ministries and speaks internationally. She is also the Senior Manager of Systems Integration for a financial tech company, where she leads an international team of software developers. Join Jonathan and Dr. Davis for an enlightening conversation to explore the intriguing intersection of AI and Christianity, delving into the challenges and opportunities with AI for Christianity. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
9/26/202345 minutes
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Episode 215: Will Christianity Survive?: Jonathan Youssef

Our malls display it. Our shows advise it. Our commercials glorify it. Our news justifies it. Our universities disseminate it. Have you guessed it? Every aspect of our culture proclaims that what matters in life is our feelings—our guide in this world is our pleasure—and anything that would deny us our freedom to "follow our truth" should be dismantled.Under such pressure and persecution, and with the siren song of our culture calling us to capitulate to the ways of the world, Jonathan addresses the question, "Will Christianity survive?"  Join him to consider the future of Christianity.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
9/19/20239 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 214: Debunking Misconceptions About the Holy Spirit: Costi Hinn

Costi Hinn is a voice of clarity in a world filled with prosperity gospel confusion. Formerly surrounded by the opulence and excesses of the Word of Faith movement, he left it all for an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ based on the Truth of His Word. Today, Costi serves as the Teaching Pastor at Shepherd’s House Bible Church in Chandler, Arizona. He is currently completing his doctorate work at The Master’s Seminary. In today's conversation, Costi joins Jonathan to discuss his latest book, Knowing the Spirit: Who He Is, What He Does, and How He Can Transform Your Christian Life. Join them and then get a copy of Costi's book to take a deep dive into the true nature and work of the Holy Spirit. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/12/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Heavenly Habits: 4 Tips for Forging a God-Centered Gospel: Jonathan Youssef

As Christians, if we want to live transformed lives, we must first treasure our Redeemer. When we do, we'll have the wisdom to discern what to prioritize and understand the importance of letting go of our disappointments and failures so that we might gain something greater. With this in mind, Jonathan shares some practical tips in this Biblical reflection to help you grow in your delight of the Lord and His plans for you.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
9/5/20236 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Caller, The Called, and The Calling: Erin Johnson

We all wrestle with questions of purpose, calling, and how to align with God’s will for our lives. The age-old adage says, 'A calling is given to the called by a Caller.' But what does that mean? How do we identify our purpose? And most importantly, how do we teach these values to young adults who are on the brink of life-defining decisions?Jonathan's guest for today's candid conversation is Erin Forrest Johnson. Erin brings a unique blend of experience as a Founding Principle of the executive recruiting firm, Forest Johnson Consulting, her hands-on training as a mother of four, and her incredible zeal for discipleship. Erin has not only lived her calling but has also penned a comprehensive guide titled The Caller, The Called and The Calling: A 100-Day Guide to Understanding Your Purpose, which is an excellent resource for teenagers, college students, young adults, and even their mentors.This inspiring and informative book, released today, is woven with scriptural insights over a span of 100 days. It seeks to provide a much-needed biblical perspective on career choices and the larger role we all play in the redemptive Gospel narrative.Whether you are a young adult seeking direction, a mentor guiding someone, or simply curious about life's purpose and calling, today's episode is just for you.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
8/29/202347 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 211: The Great Dechurching: Michael Graham

We are currently experiencing the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. History. It’s called dechurching and it impacts more people than the First and Second Great Awakening and every revival in our country combined...but in the opposite direction. Very little study had been done on dechurching until Jim Davis and Michael Graham commissioned the largest and most comprehensive study of dechurching in America by renowned sociologists Dr. Ryan Burge and Dr. Paul Djupe. Together, they share their findings in their new book The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why They are Going, and What Will it Take to Bring Them Back? – released today!This week, Jonathan welcomes Michael Graham to Candid Conversations to discuss the dechurching shift. What you will hear is shocking, but also encouraging – because there are tangible steps you can take to help stem the tide.Michael Graham is Program Director at The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. He is also the executive producer and writer for the As In Heaven podcast. He received his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is a member at Orlando Grace Church and he is married to Sara, and they have two kids. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/22/202343 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 210: Discipleship: Reclaiming What’s Missing in the Western Church: Thomas Tarrants

A topic that comes up almost weekly in our Candid planning meetings is Biblical discipleship – the importance of being discipled in Christ by mature believers and the importance of discipling others as you mature in the faith. Today’s conversation on growing in the Christian faith is with Thomas Tarrants – a guest we couldn’t wait to have back on the podcast. He is an author and the President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. Tom holds a Masters of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is also the author of Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love: How a Violent Klansman Became a Champion of Racial Reconciliation - the topic of our last Candid conversation with Thomas. Thomas has so much Biblically informed, life-tested wisdom to share. Join Jonathan and Thomas to get back to some fundamental basics of the Christian faith. Together, we will be reminded of the importance of being part of the body of Christ who is prayerfully preparing to stand firm in Christ in the coming days.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
8/15/202340 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Should We Care for Our Aging Loved Ones? (Part 2): Dr. Bill Davis

Are you part of the sandwich generation - caring for your children and aging parents?  If so, we hope you caught part 1 of this two-part conversation with Dr. Bill Davis on how to care for your aging loved ones. If you haven’t, take time to listen to both of these episodes. In the first half of the conversation, we discussed honoring your parents in their older years. In this half of the conversation, we will get into more specific questions about how to care practically for your aging parents or loved ones.Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of Philosophy at Covenant College, an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has spent over two decades on hospital ethics committees, confronting the profound challenges of end-of-life care decisions. He brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and Biblical insight to the topic, and he captured this wisdom in his book, "Departing in Peace."So, whether you are currently caring for aging parents or preparing for the future, this insightful two-part episode promises to provide valuable insight into questions Christians commonly asked about elder care. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
8/8/202349 minutes, 43 seconds
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How Should We Care for Our Aging Loved Ones? (Part 1): Dr. Bill Davis

How do you honor your aging loved ones' desires when they need care and still keep them safe? How do you balance caring for your aging parents, caring for your spouse and children, and holding down a full-time job? What does honoring your parents look like as you grow older? Dr. Bill Davis joins Jonathan on Candid today to answer these pressing questions. Dr. Davis has been at the forefront of exploring the delicate balance between respecting an individual's autonomy and ensuring that the values and beliefs of our aging loved ones are cherished and God is honored in their most vulnerable moments. Dr. Davis has spent over two decades on hospital ethics committees, confronting the profound challenges of end-of-life care decisions. He brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and Biblical insight to the topic, and he captured this wisdom in his book, "Departing in Peace: Biblical Decision Making at the End of Life."So, whether you are currently caring for aging parents or preparing for the future, this insightful two-part episode promises to provide valuable insight into questions Christians commonly asked about elder care. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
8/1/202336 minutes
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Episode 207: Can a Christian Date a Non-Christian?: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

As a young adult pastor, Jonathan Youssef often hears the question, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" In this episode of Candid, Jonathan shares Biblical wisdom and insight as he answers this heartfelt question.Dating can be difficult and can lead to so many questions. One question Jonathan Youssef often receives from his young adult group is, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" Recognizing the struggle behind this question, Jonathan's answer provides Biblical wisdom and insight that will help believers understand what is most important in their dating relationships and, ultimately, their marriage.CANDID FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/candidpod/CANDID TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodCANDID INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/candidpod/
7/25/202321 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 206: Uncover Your True Identity in Christ: Melissa Kruger

Jonathan welcomes a special guest to Candid Conversations this week – Melissa Kruger. She is an author, speaker, the Vice President of Discipleship Programming for The Gospel Coalition, and a woman with a heart to help others uncover their true identity in Christ. She has a knack for connecting with women right where they are, with wisdom deeply rooted in the truths of the Bible. Melissa has dedicated her life to helping women understand their identity in Christ. She firmly believes that when we understand who we are in Him, we unlock a whole new level of purpose, grace, and strength. Through her teachings, her writings, and this candid conversation, she's here to guide us along that journey.Grab a coffee, settle in, and get ready to delve deep into meaningful discussions and transformative truths. Take a few minutes to listen now to a conversation that might change your life. Discover more about Melissa Kruger. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/18/202348 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 205: Surviving Religion 101: Michael Kruger

As fall approaches and students return to school, many will embark on their college journey for the first time. College life presents more than just an academic transition. It introduces new relationships, social experiences, and newfound freedom that can pose challenges to one's spiritual life. Unfortunately, colleges are not typically known for fostering a strong relationship with Christ or providing guidance for standing firm in the Christian faith.Join Jonathan in a conversation with Dr. Michael Kruger as they explore the difficulties of maintaining a Christian faith in college. Together, they delve into general apologetics questions such as the origins and authenticity of the Bible. They also discuss the significance of staying connected to the body of Christ during college and empowering parents to equip their children for the academic culture of doubt and disbelief.Dr. Kruger, the President, and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary. His latest book, Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College, offers valuable insights.In this episode, we aim to encourage you to anticipate the challenges that may arise during your college journey or for parents to prepare their children. Discover how to approach these challenges with grace, respect, and a strong defense of our hope in Christ.Read Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College when you purchase your copy now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/11/202342 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 204: Candid Favorites: Understanding Progressive Christianity: Alisa Childers

This month, as we celebrate reaching the milestone of 200 episodes of Candid, our podcast producers are taking a moment to reflect on their most beloved episodes. This week, the team shines a spotlight on Jonathan's captivating interview with Alisa Childers. Alisa, widely known as the author of the popular apologetics blog AlisaChilders.com and the host of The Alisa Childers Podcast, may also be familiar to you as a former member of the Christian band Zoe Girl.In this thought-provoking episode, Alisa opens up about her faith journey, starting from her childhood faith in Christ, through a period of deconstruction where she questioned and examined her beliefs, and ultimately arriving at a reconstruction of a solid, Biblically grounded faith in Christ. This conversation is not only enlightening but also serves as a valuable resource for those seeking comprehensive answers about the Christian faith. To go deeper, Alisa's book, Another Gospel, provides a helpful guide for unpacking and understanding Progressive Christianity.Join us now for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this Candid Conversation. Prepare to be enlightened, educated, and encouraged as Alisa shares her insights, offering a fresh perspective on faith.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/4/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 203: Candid Favorites: Consumed By Hate, Redeemed By Love: Thomas Tarrants

This month, in celebration of reaching 200 episodes of Candid, our podcast producers are discussing their most cherished episodes! This week, the team delves into Jonathan's remarkable interview with Thomas Tarrants. Thomas, a former white supremacist and prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan, was once notoriously known as the "most dangerous man in Mississippi." However, in this captivating episode, he joins Jonathan to recount his extraordinary journey from a life defined by violence and hate to one characterized by radical love, all inspired by the transformative power of Jesus Christ's grace and mercy. Listen now to gain an exclusive, behind-the-scenes perspective on this Candid Conversation that left a lasting impact.Get Your Copy of Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by LoveAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/27/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 202: Candid Favorites: "God's Got This!" Worshiping God Through Difficult Times: Julie Chapman

As we continue to celebrate 200 episodes, our podcast producers are sharing their favorite episodes. This week you’ll hear the podcast team talk about Jonathan's interview with Julie Chapman, a three-time cancer and brain tumor survivor. Her optimism, determination to point others to the light and Truth of Jesus, and unwavering faith will inspire and encourage you to dive deeper into your relationship with Christ—especially in difficult times. Learn how to draw near to God in worship, even when the road ahead seems dark, uncertain, or impossible.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/20/202336 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 201: Candid Favorites: Transgender to Transformed: Laura Perry

This month, in celebration of 200 episodes of Candid, our podcast producers are talking about their favorite episodes!  This week the team talks about Jonathan's interview with Laura Perry. From transgender to transformed, Laura's story is an inspiring and life-changing testimony of the power of Jesus Christ to heal and redeem. Listen now for a behind-the-scenes look at this Candid Conversation.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/13/20231 hour, 46 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 200: Celebrating With Candid Favorites

200 episodes!  Candid Conversations just hit 200 episodes and we want to celebrate this milestone with you.In this episode, Jonathan and our listeners share their encouraging words on how Candid Conversations has changed them and encouraged them in their spiritual walk with Christ.  Over the next month, the Candid production team will share our favorite episodes and will provide insight into how Candid is produced.  It's a fun glimpse into the back end of a podcast and how it impacts our team long before it reaches our listeners.  Thank you for listening to and sharing Candid Conversations! We have exciting new episodes airing in July with guests you won't want to miss!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/6/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 199: How 20 Minutes Can Impact Your Child's Spirituality: Tyler Van Halteren

In this episode of Candid, Jonathan welcomes Tyler Van Halteren, a man with a deep-rooted commitment to enriching the lives of children and youth through the power of Christian faith and storytelling. Tyler, a Master's Divinity graduate from the Master's Seminary, has dedicated most of his life to sharing the teachings of Christ and the wisdom of the Bible through storytelling.From serving as an Associate Pastor at Gorrie Bible Fellowship in his home country of Canada, to teaching at Phnom Penh Bible School in Cambodia, Tyler's journey has been one of service and exploration. But it was the profound impact of 20-minute bedtime stories on his own son that sparked an innovative idea in him - why not blend the charm of bedtime stories with enduring lessons from the Bible?Taking up this challenge, Tyler founded Lithos Kids in 2020. His venture was no less than a mission to transform the world through biblically faithful and beautifully illustrated children's books. The launch of his first book, 'Little Pilgrim's Big Journey', on Kickstarter was a resounding success, exceeding its funding goal by 500%.  It quickly became a treasured children's book and Little Pilgrim's Big Journey, Volume 2 was released shortly after and Little Pilgrims Big Journey, Volume 3 is releasing soon. Now, as a father and an author, he continues his mission from southern Ontario, Canada, where he resides with his growing family. Join us as we dive into this inspiring journey with Tyler, discussing the importance of spiritual mentorship, the creative process behind his illustrated books, and his vision for instilling Christian values in young minds.This is an episode you don't want to miss, especially if you're a parent, an educator, or anyone interested in spiritual growth and innovative approaches to faith-based education. Be sure to tune in!Books by Tyler Van Halteren:Little Pilgrim's Big Journey Volume 1Little Pilgrim's Big Journey, Volume 2Little Pilgrim's Big Journey, Voume 3, Pre-OrderKingdom of God Storybook BibleTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/30/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 198: Caring for the Vulnerable: Jessica Mathisen

Hearing about the pressing need for compassionate arms and welcoming homes to accommodate vulnerable children in foster care is heart-wrenching. There are over 11,500 children in foster care in Georgia alone, with a staggering 391,000 nationwide. As believers, how do we help care for the vulnerable? May marks National Foster Care Month, and to honor this, Jonathan is joined by author and Bible teacher Jessica Mathisen. Propelled by the desire to expand her own family, Jessica answered the call to become a foster mom. She and her husband have provided a loving home for six foster children and she has written two books, Praying for Your Foster Children and Fostering Prayer:  A 40 Day Guide For Foster Parents, to help guide foster parents in prayer. In this meaningful discussion, Jonathan and Jessica delve into what it truly takes to foster children - and no, you don't have to be a "super" Christian to make a difference!We invite you to tune into this enlightening episode. Jessica shares her journey and provides valuable advice for prospective foster parents. She encourages the church community to support foster families in their congregations. Finally, she explores the theme of trusting in the Lord with the unknown aspects of our future - yes, even when it comes to expanding our families.To follow Jessica's journey:Visit Jessica's BlogTo read Jessica's books:Praying for your Foster Children: A 30 Day GuideOverwhelming Hope: How the Spirit Brings Peace to Our StormsAlready Chosen: Loving Your Life in the Midst of LongingProverbs 31: A Life of Truth and GraceChoosing Contentment: A Four Week Guide to Dropping Comparison and Embracing GratitudeTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/23/202345 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 197: Can God Really Change Me?: Jonathan Youssef

Do you find it difficult to change? Do certain habits, behavioral patterns, and sins tempt you daily, leaving you longing to resist but feeling powerless?What does it mean to truly be sanctified?  Can people really change?  In this new reflection, Jonathan Youssef reveals the hope that is found in sanctification and rejoices in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - which was not only a historical event but also our hope that change is possible.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/16/20237 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 196: The Blessing of Persevering Through Trials: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

We all face difficulties.  Why? What is the purpose of trials? How should we view them as followers of Christ? How do we keep going when things seem unbearable? In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks wisdom from James 1 about how we are to handle trials and the blessing we receive when we persevere.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/9/202315 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 195: The Secret to Developing Spiritual Endurance: Jonathan Youssef

As believers in Christ, we are called to run the race of faith with endurance, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. But what does it mean to have spiritual endurance, and how can we cultivate this quality in our lives?In this episode, Jonathan Youssef explores the biblical concept of endurance, drawing on examples from Scripture to demonstrate how endurance is an essential quality for a life of faith. Listen today to delve into this crucial aspect of the Christian life, and discover how we can run the race of faith with endurance, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/2/20237 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 194: Where is Your Focus?: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

It's easy to lose focus on what’s important when you are constantly surrounded by messages that distract you from the best God has for you. The lens you look through can shift your focus and, ultimately, lead to a distorted perspective in life.In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef encourages you to reflect on what has captured your attention lately and shares how to refocus on the right things.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: TRUTH TIPSTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/25/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 193: How Facing Death is Teaching Me to Live: Sarah Pattison

What would you do if you were told you had two years to live?Join Jonathan for this powerful episode as he welcomes guest Sarah Pattison, a current cancer survivor, a passionately inspiring blogger, and her husband, part owner and operator of the paper company "The Happy Envelope.”Sarah shares with listeners her story of the challenge of starting her own company as a young mom, and she delves into the beginnings of her cancer diagnosis. She and Jonathan discuss the trials she and her husband endured while navigating the grim news of a terminal diagnosis. Please listen to the very end of the interview for an incredible update on Sarah's story.To follow Sarah's journey, Sarah's Blog.To follow Sarah's paper goods company, The Happy Envelope.Related Content:  Episode 38:  "God's Got Me!" : Worshipping God in Difficult Times: Julie ChapmanEpisode 65:  Cancer Saved My Life: Paul ReevesTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/18/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 192: Where Is God in Infertility?: Kara Duncan

Join Jonathan for this insightful podcast episode as he talks with Kara Duncan, author of "Love Always Wins: One Couple's Story of Infertility, Adoption, and a Faithful God," about navigating the journey of infertility while keeping faith in God. Despite the challenges and pain of waiting, Kara shares how she and her husband found God's gracious plan for their family. Delve into the tension of fulfilling God's command to be fruitful while experiencing physical limitations. You will learn how to access the comfort that comes from God's presence in times of suffering. Kara also offers valuable advice on supporting couples going through infertility, sharing what to say and what not to say.Please listen and then share this episode with friends and family who may be struggling today.Get your copy of Kara's book today.  Love Always Wins: One Couple’s Story of Infertility, Adoption and a Faithful God.To follow Kara's journey, Kara's Website.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/11/202337 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 191: It's Not About You: The Importance of Biblical Theology with Nancy Guthrie

In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan welcomes author and teacher Nancy Guthrie who highlights the advantages of examining the Scriptures through the lens of holistic Biblical theology. By shifting our focus from ourselves to God when studying the Bible, we can experience the text in a more profound and accurate way.Nancy draws from her personal experiences, including her work in publishing and the tragic loss of two children, to illustrate how God intensified her love for His Word.As an esteemed author, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at the Gospel Coalition, and a Bible teacher at her local church in Nashville, Nancy frequently leads her popular Biblical Theology Workshop for Women at national and international conferences. She and her husband also established Respite Retreats, which offer support to grieving couples.In this powerful episode, we delve into the multifaceted aspects of God's character and His unwavering love for us to gain a deeper understanding of His Word. Let us be inspired to move beyond seeking how the Word of God applies only to us and instead discover who God truly is and what we can learn about His attributes and essence.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/4/202343 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 190: How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy?: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

Tragedy occurs, followed by sadness and despair. We seek to understand the reasons, assign blame, and uncover every detail of the incident. But is this the appropriate reaction? How did Jesus approach tragic events, and what lessons can we draw from Him?Tune in with Jonathan Youssef as he offers insights from Luke 13 on the Christian response to tragedy. In this passage, Jesus guides His disciples towards a broader perspective when confronted with tragic events, and instructs them on how to react through the lens of the Gospel.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/30/20237 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 189: The Prodigal Son, Part 3 (Reprise)

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this third part of a three-part reflection, Jonathan looks at the older brother who remained in his Father's house.Listen and  reflect on the lavish grace and forgiveness of God the Father and the gentle reminder of God's continuing grace, forgiveness, and provision for those who remain in His care.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/28/202316 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 188: The Prodigal Son, Part 2 (Reprise)

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this second part of a three-part reflection, Jonathan looks at the prodigal son who left home.  Listen and learnhow this parable provides unique insight into our relationship with God and those around us.  Don't miss this opportunity to understand our depravity and the incredible redemption offered by the loving heart of our heavenly Father.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/21/202310 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 187: The Prodigal Son, Part 1 (Reprise)

In this episode of Candid, Jonathan  reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this first part of a three -part reflection, he describes the father's joy when his son repents and turns back to him.  Join him as he unpacks God's heart towards His children and receive a reminder of God's unrelenting love for you. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/14/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 186: Ashley Poptodorova: He is a God of Restoration (Reprise)

Restoration. Have you taken the time to meditate on how the Lord is restoring you? It's easy to focus on the negative around us. However, it's far more edifying to seek out the ways the Lord is working good out of even the worst circumstances.Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes Ashley Poptodorova to Candid Conversations. Ashley has an incredible testimony of restoration from a childhood of abuse and its long-lasting consequences. Today, she is a passionate Christ follower who has been healed and restored by God and she enjoys  a thriving marriage and effective ministry for Christ. Ashley has a background in health and nutrition and is the founder of Ladies Who Love Christ, a women's ministry that has over 5,000 members in over 40 countries. She hosts a weekend radio show on Faith Talk Atlanta on 590 & 970 AM. It can be found on all major platforms including iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio and YouTube, too.    You won't want to miss this moving reminder of Christ's restorative work - available to every believer. To learn more about Ladies Who Love Christ, visit https://ladieswholovechrist.com/ To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/7/202358 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 185: Radical Reliance on a Faithful God: Tammyma

Imagine raising 46 children from traumatic circumstances in South Asia, relying fully on the Lord for every provision. It's a modern-day George Mueller story. For Tammyma, it’s an incredible undertaking that flowed out of an unwavering trust in the faithfulness of God.Today, Jonathan welcomes Tammyma to Candid Conversations. Tammyma was born and raised mostly in Georgia in her own traumatic circumstances. She was an avowed atheist until she placed her faith in Jesus Christ at the University of Georgia. Raised without a father and with no understanding of the Christian faith, Tammyma began reading the Bible and took God at His Word—trusting Him to provide and lead her daily. He led her to South Asia where she established K-Homes and several other ministries to serve women and children in profound need.We cover a lot of ground in this conversation: trusting God, missions, parenting, the revival at Asbury, persecution, and what happens when life suddenly changes directions.  Tammyma now lives in the United States and leads Mom of Many, a ministry designed to help Christian parents intentionally connect with and guide their children into a vibrant relationship with the Lord. She is also starting a new podcast of the same name to coach parents facing common parenting challenges.Our hope is that this episode encourages you in your walk with Christ, invigorates your prayer life, and reminds you that nothing is impossible with Christ! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
2/28/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 184: Does Worship Music Need to be Biblically Accurate?: Shane and Shane

You may be familiar with the acoustic duo Shane & Shane and their songs I Will Wait for You: Psalm 130, or worship renditions of Hymns, Come Thou Fount, Holy Holy Holy, or How Great Thou Art. Their prolific work has been a staple in the musical worship of many churches.  Today, Jonathan welcomes Shane & Shane. They met in college and twenty years later are still praising the Lord through music, touring, writing, and equipping the next generation of worship leaders through their project,The Worship Initiative.We invite you to tune in to this week’s episode of Candid for an in-depth, fun, and entertaining conversation with Shane Barnard and Shane Everett as we discuss their beginnings, how the Lord has changed them over the last ten years of touring, the conviction in their hearts to write Biblically accurate worship songs for the church, and their desire to encourage other worship leaders to do the same.This episode is one you don’t want to miss. It was a great encouragement to hear how these brothers in Christ yearn to be good stewards of God’s Word through music. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/21/202346 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 183: Becoming Free Indeed: Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo

You might remember TLC’s most popular hit TV show, ‘19 Kids and Counting’. Averaging 2.3 million viewers each week, the show highlights the Duggars, a family of devout Christians. Each episode shows the daily routine of raising 19 children and the joy and challenges they face as their family continues to grow up— featuring everything from toddlers to teens and courting to marriage.Today we have two special guests returning, Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo. Jinger is the 6th child in the Duggar family, and Jeremy is her husband. Jinger recently released her new book, Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Fear from Faith. In just one week it hit the New York Times Best Sellers list Together Jinger, Jeremy, and Jonathan unpack some of the unhealthy ideology of her childhood, the damage done by the Basic Life Principles from Bill Gothard, and some of the lies she believed that many Christians have also fallen prey to—including prominent Christian pastors who sent their staff members to learn Gothard’s principles. In this Candid Conversation, Jinger isn’t deconstructing her faith but disentangling false beliefs from Biblical Truth. With a renewed faith founded on Biblical Truth, Jinger has found freedom in Christ. Join Jonathan for this eye-opening conversation, which will challenge you to look deeper into your own heart to determine your motives for following Christ—and encourage you to pursue the path to true freedom in Christ. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/14/202348 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 182: Does Science Support Faith in God?: Dr. Michael Guillen

God is in the details. Discoveries in neuroscience, physics, astronomy, and mathematics point to one Creator. Still, most modern scientists would disagree. Why? Is it possible for our worldview to be consistent with both God AND modern science?Today’s guest is Dr. Michael Guillen. He is an esteemed teacher, best-selling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, public speaker, scientist, former ABC News Science Editor, and a former physics instructor at Harvard University. Michael had no concern for God until he began to look at all religions. Eventually, he was challenged to read the Bible. What he found in the New Testament was different from every other philosophy he'd encountered. Digging deeper, he also found no conflict between science and the Christian faith; in fact, he found science to be on the side of the Christian faith. Pulling back the curtain of science and faith, Dr. Michael Guillen shares his journey of Christ with us.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/7/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 181: Four Signs You've Found a Bible Believing Church: Jonathan Youssef

We cannot have a healthy, vibrant relationship with the Lord if we are neglecting the church. It is through the local church that we experience Christ, meet with our heavenly family, and grow in love and faith as we are stretched by one another. That is why, throughout the New Testament, early Christians were exhorted to gather together and that exhortation remains true for today.In this episode of Candid, Jonathan shares four things to look for when you are finding a church home.  If you know someone who is having a hard time knowing if they've found the right church, share this episode with them!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/31/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 180: A Dramatic Journey from Islam to Christianity, Part 2 (Reprise)

Ash grew up in a loving Islamic family. He was chosen to be the future leader of his tribe of over 800 family members. He was mentored by his grandfather for years. But everything changed when Ash began to question his faith and his future.Join Jonathan Youssef on a dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity as he welcomes Ash, a former Muslim and one of Leading The Way's follow up coordinators, to the Candid podcast.In Part 1 of this two-part interview, you will learn why Ash began questioning his faith and how he came to faith in Christ. In Part 2, Ash will recount the danger he faced as he shared his new faith with his family and you will discover how God uses our most difficult circumstances to answer our most fervent prayers.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/24/202329 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 179: A Dramatic Journey from Islam to Christianity, Part 1 (Reprise)

Ash grew up in a loving Islamic family. He was chosen to be the future leader of his tribe of over 800 family members. He was mentored by his grandfather for years. But everything changed when Ash began to question his faith and his future.Join Jonathan Youssef on a dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity as he welcomes Ash, a former Muslim and one of Leading The Way's follow up coordinators, to the Candid podcast.In Part 1 of this two part interview, you will learn why Ash began questioning his faith and how he came to faith in Christ. In Part 2, Ash will recount the danger he faced as he shared his new faith with his family and you will discover how God uses our most difficult circumstances to answer our most fervent prayers.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
1/17/202323 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 178: Do You Know God's Vision for Your Life: Dr. Michael Youssef and Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

Are you struggling to find direction? Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know how to align your vision with God's plan?Join Jonathan Youssef and his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, as they discuss the importance of having a God-focused vision for life and provide insight to help you align your vision with God's plan.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/10/202314 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 177: Listen to This Before You Pick a Bible Reading Plan: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

Are you looking for a way to study God’s Word consistently? Do you need a new Bible reading plan? Join Jonathan as he shares his favorite plan, as well as the potential pitfalls and rewards of a Bible reading plan by  Robert Murray M'Cheyne: Daily Bread.We pray that this episode encourages you in the general reading of God's Word and that choosing a reading plan will help you grow in your relationship with Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/3/202320 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 176: Do I Really Need to Go to Church? Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

What comes to mind when someone mentions church? For some, it's a positive thought full of love, warmth, and community. For others, it immediately sparks feelings of judgment and rejection. Through the local church, we should experience Christ, meet our heavenly family, and grow in faith and love as we are stretched by one another, but is this happening?  In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks God's purpose and design for the church.  He shares why going to a Biblical church can help you build a healthy and vibrant relationship with the Lord. He also provides valuable insight into finding a body of believers rooted in the Word of God. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
12/27/202219 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 175: Incredible Testimonies to Encourage You This Christmas: Jonathan Youssef

Let's celebrate the real reason for Christmas and hear how Christ's saving work continues around the world today.  Join Jonathan for this episode of Candid Conversations as he shares incredible testimonies of lives that have been transformed by the Gospel. A great episode to lift your spirits and remind you of the real joy of the season.  Listen and then share it with a friend! To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/20/202218 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 174: Seven Ways to Savor Christ at Christmas: Jonathan Youssef

Christ's birth is worthy of our time and attention, but it can be difficult to stay centered on Christ with all of the activities designed to celebrate the season.  Join Jonathan this week as he shares seven simple ways to center our hearts and minds on Jesus this season.  Choose one or a few that resonate with you and focus on Christ in this season of celebration of the incarnation of Christ.We also want to share the following helpful seasonal resources with you. We hope they are a blessing to you.Advent Resources from Leading the Way Enjoy Christmas Worship on Candid with Jonathan YoussefDownload Your FREE Verse Memorization GuideTo ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/13/20225 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 173: Julie Chapman - “God’s Got Me”: Worshiping God in Difficult Times (Reprise)

How do we truly count our suffering as joy and draw near to God in our trials? Today's guest, Julie Chapman offers insight into the incredible power of worshiping God in the midst of difficult times.   Julie is a three-time cancer and brain tumor survivor. She's also the friend you would call if you got bad news or needed your spirits lifted. Her optimism, determination to point others to the light and Truth of Jesus, and unwavering faith will inspire you to dive deeper into your relationship with Christ—especially in difficult times. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/6/202230 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 172: Mama Bear Apologetics: Hillary Morgan Ferrer

When it comes to ensuring the spiritual well-being of our children, how do we go beyond just “raising them in church”? As the next generation navigates unprecedented issues surrounding gender identity, doubt, and resistance to the Christian faith—it won’t be enough for them to simply have the faith of their parents. How do we equip them to become disciples of Jesus Christ in a hostile world?According to Barna and USA today, nearly 59% of youth leave the church after they graduate, and only17% maintain a Biblical worldview. According to a Lifeway survey, the most common catalysts for leaving the church are moving to college, witnessing hypocrisy within the church, and no longer feeling connected to the body of Christ.This week, Jonathan welcomes Hillary Morgan Ferrer to Candid Conversations. Her passion is to help equip parents to answer the questions their children will inevitably ask and teach them how to “demolish arguments raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:5). She is the founder and Mama-Bear-in-Chief of Mama Bear Apologetics, and she has a burden to help provide accessible apologetics resources for busy parents. Together, Jonathan and Hillary discuss how we can better equip families with resources and critical thinking skills, including her own methodology called “ROAR,” to help recognize unbiblical ideas and develop discernment.Hillary is the chief author and editor of the bestselling book, Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies and Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality: Empowering Your Kids to Understand and Live Out God’s Design. Hillary has her master’s degree in biology from Clemson University and is working on her master’s in apologetics from Biola University. She loves helping parents discern both truths and lies, understand science and culture, and understand the root causes of doubt.Visit the Mama Bear Apologetics' blog: https://mamabearapologetics.comTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/29/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 171: Cultivate a Heart of Biblical Gratitude: Mary Mohler (Reprise)

November rolls around and we all think about giving thanks. Jonathan welcomes Mary Mohler to Candid Conversations to  discuss what Biblical gratitude really is – a gratitude that is more than thanking God for all the good things in our lives.  Mary Mohler serves in ministry alongside her husband, Dr. Al Mohler, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute, an academic program for students' wives that she started over 20 years ago at Southern Seminary.  A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mary is a summa cum laude graduate of Samford University where she earned a BS in Biology. She is a proud mother of two children and several grandchildren. She is also the author of the book, Growing in Gratitude, Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart - a book you won't want to miss on Biblical gratitude.Join the conversation now and be encouraged to cultivate a heart of gratitude that goes far beyond our usual gratitude checklists. Get Your Copy of Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful HeartAfter you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/22/202244 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 170: Where is God in Seasons of Sorrow?: Tim Challies

The holiday season is here – a  time of year filled with joy, tradition, faith, and nostalgia–but also a season of sorrow for so many.  Where is God in seasons of sorrow?Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one, a lost relationship, an unsaved family member, or an unfulfilled dream, today’s Candid Conversation guest will minister powerfully to you. Author, blogger, pastor, and theologian, Tim Challies recently released a new book, Seasons of Sorrow,  a real-time, first-person, present-tense series of reflections on the pain that comes with loss and the comfort that God alone can provide. Join Tim and Jonathan as they discuss what Godly grief looks like and how we can keep moving forward through deep seasons of sorrow through faith in Christ. Visit Tim Challies' blog: https://www.challies.com/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/15/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 169: You've Voted. Now What? Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

You cast your vote. Your civic duty is done. Now what do you do?  Join Jonathan as he discusses the role of fear and faith in our lives post-election. In this episode of Candid Conversations, he reflects on the reminder we have in Scripture to cast off anxiety while prayerfully trusting in the Lord for our future.  Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend who is struggling with fear over the outcome of this election.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/8/20227 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 168: Defending Your Faith When You Don’t Have All the Answers: Tim Barnett

As you scroll through social media, it's no longer uncommon to come across a video shared or created by a friend that challenges elements of the Christian faith. You don't agree with their logic, but you aren't quite sure how to highlight the error you see. You honestly want to offer insight, but you don't want to come across angry or defensive.  How can we lovingly help someone who is experiencing doubt or who has drawn a wrong conclusion based on faulty logic?Today's guest, Tim Barnett,  author of TikTok profile Red Pen Logic, has gained millions of online followers by helping Christians defend their faith in gracious and understandable terms. Tim began Red Pen Logic with Mr. B  on YouTube in the wake of the pandemic to defend Christianity in an ever increasing world of false and misleading social media content.  Together, Jonathan and Tim discuss the importance of Christian apologetics, the need to give an informed defense of the  faith, and how we can respond clearly and graciously in a social media world rampant with bad theology and deconstruction videos.  Our hope is that this episode will empower you to confidently share your faith both on and offline.Check out Red Pen Logic with Mr. B. on:YouTubeTikTokFacebookTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/1/202255 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 167: What is Progressive Christianity? Alisa Childers (Reprise)

Progressive Christianity. Deconstruction. We are hearing these terms more regularly as some Christian leaders walk away from Biblical orthodoxy. What is the impact of redefining the Christian faith?In today’s episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef welcomes Alisa Childers whose book, Another Gospel, is a helpful guide to unpacking and understanding Progressive Christianity.  Alisa is the author of her widely read apologetics blog, AlisaChilders.com. She is also the host of The Alisa Childers Podcast. You may also remember her as part of the Christian band, Zoe Girl.  Join Jonathan on a journey with Alisa from a childhood faith in Christ to a deconstruction of that faith and finally a re-construction of a solid Biblical faith in Christ. This conversation is eye-opening, educational, and encouraging to those searching for solid answers about the Christian faith. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/25/20221 hour, 1 minute, 57 seconds
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Episode 166: Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom: Os Guinness

This week's Candid Conversation is with a man who is known as a quiet voice on behalf of faith, freedom, truth, reason, and civility.  Jonathan welcomes Os Guinness to the program. Os is an author, social critic, and great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He has written or edited more than 30 books that offer valuable insight into the cultural, political, and social contexts in which we all live. Os Guinness  was born in China in World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. He witnessed the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949 and was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.  He now resides in the United States.Together, Jonathan and Os discuss Scripture and Os' most recent book The Magna Carta of Humanity. Join them as they go around the globe and talk about what Os sees as an American crisis of polarization. Then, dive into the most recent change overseas, a new King in England and what “defender of the Faith” now means to the monarchy. Os also tells us a bit about his incredible family lineage from Christian brewers to pastors to a Christian author. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/18/202237 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 165: Different Covenant, Same God: Jonathan Youssef

Should Christians throw out the Old Testament, claiming its teaching is no longer relevant because of Christ's finished work on the cross? What exactly changed after the Crucifixion and Resurrection? Did God change? Is He a God of wrath or mercy?Join Jonathan as he shares the importance of the Bible as a whole and the cohesive, overarching narrative that spans both the Old and New Testaments. He also shines light on how the Old and New Testaments complement rather than contradict each other. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is God's Word to us, communicating His character and revealing His Son. Every portion of Scripture points to Christ as our Redeemer.We hope this episode encourages you to embrace the totality of Scripture so you do not miss out on the beauty and fullness of God revealed in His Word.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/11/20229 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 164: Is The End Near?: Dr. Michael Youssef

Are the end times upon us? That's the question pastor and author Dr. Michael Youssef is asking in his latest book, "Is The End Near?: What Jesus Told Us About the Last Days." With the ever-streaming flow of chaotic events, it can feel like the end is upon us.  However, we don’t have to rely on speculation, we can look to Jesus’ own words.  Join Jonathan and Dr. Youssef as they dive into the Word of God to discover the Truth on this hot topic.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
10/4/202226 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 163: Confronting Cultural Lies: Alisa Childers (Reprise)

"You are enough!"  "God wants you to be happy."  "Be the boss of you!" These popular quotes sound encouraging and empowering, but are they really Biblical? Jonathan welcomes Alisa Childers back to Candid Conversations to discuss the infiltration of cultural lies into Christian circles. Together, they unpack the importance of holding every thought captive to the knowledge of God where true life and empowerment are found.  Alisa is the author of her widely read apologetics blog, AlisaChilders.com and host of The Alisa Childers Podcast. You may also remember her as part of the Christian band, Zoe Girl.  Her book, Another Gospel?, is a helpful guide to unpacking and understanding Progressive Christianity.  This is an encouraging episode that will equip you to counter cultural lies with Biblical Truth, so take a few minutes and listen now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/27/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 162: Counting On Christ: Jeremy & Jinger Vuolo

You might remember TLC’s popular hit TV show 19 Kids and Counting. The show followed the Duggar family, devout Christians who offered 2.3 million viewers a glimpse into life with 19 children. Each episode chronicled the joys and challenges of raising children—from toddlers to teens and from courting to marriage.  On this episode of Candid, Jonathan welcomes Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo. They share about their upbringing. Jeremy talks about life as a pastor's kid with a passion for soccer that led to him becoming a professional soccer player and Jinger offers insight into her upbringing in the Duggar family in the public eye on a reality show. They both share how they came to know Christ, how they met, the theological differences they had to work through with their families, and how they graciously navigated those waters. Now married with two girls, Jeremy and Jinger have a new book out for children, You Can Shine So Bright. We hope this episode encourages you in your walk, in your dating life if you are single, and even as a parent as you strive to shepherd your children’s hearts toward Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/20/202237 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 161: Trusting Truth: Jonathan Youssef

When the surrounding culture or our feelings contradict the Truth of God, what should we believe is true?  In today’s Candid episode, Jonathan Youssef reflects on why it is vitally important to consider life's most difficult questions through the lens of Scripture - even when the answers aren't always what we want to hear.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/13/20228 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 160: Is Mormonism Just Another Branch of Christianity?: Dave Hubbard

The Mormon faith seems shrouded in mystery. Is it another branch of Christianity? Do we believe the same things about Jesus? If not, where do we differ?Join Jonathan as he sits down with Dave Hubbard for a deeper dive into the theological differences of Christianity and Mormonism. Dave grew up as a Christian in California but was an All-American collegiate athlete at Brigham Young University. He went on to play in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints. After the NFL, Dave went into full-time Christian ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dave has served as an associate pastor in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Georgia. He currently serves as Small Group Ministry Assistant and Local Ministry Connections Pastor at The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta.In this episode, Dave shares what it was like to be a devout Christian attending and playing football for a Mormon institution like Brigham Young University. During his time there, he did a deep dive into the Mormon faith and he shares his unique insight with us today.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
9/6/202249 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 159: Making the Right Call: Mark Richt (Reprise)

Fall is just around the corner. Leaves are changing. Grills are being fired up. That can only mean one thing. It’s time for football and we can't wait! In July of 2021, Jonathan sat down with Coach Mark Richt for a candid conversation about faith and football. With football season kicking off, we thought it was the perfect time to re-air this fan favorite episode.Coach Richt played football at Miami and coached at some of the top football schools in the Southeast, including Florida State, the University of Georgia, and the University of Miami. He was a three-time Coach of the Year and led his teams to two SEC Championships, five SEC division titles, and one ACC division title. Most importantly, he has impacted countless young men for Christ by coaching and mentoring his players not only in how to play great football, but also how to be better leaders in their homes, careers, and as Christ followers.Join us today as we talk football, his journey to faith, his passion for the younger generation, the setbacks he’s endured, and his empowering book, Make the Call: Game Day Wisdom for Life’s Defining Moments.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
8/30/202238 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 158: Choosing Calling Over Career: Rocky Seto

As we walk closely with Christ, there will be times when we have to choose between the calling God has put on our lives and something else like a relationship, a friendship, family, or our career choices. Can you imagine being at the top of an illustrious career when God asks you to leave it for vocational ministry? When most people would revel in the success and stay to move up to their dream position, today's Candid Conversations guest chose to follow the call of God on his life to serve Christ and His church in pastoral ministry.Rocky Seto, former Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach, talks with Jonathan about his journey to football, his salvation, and his rise in coaching from college to the NFL. Rocky gets candid about his struggles and the deep calling to serve Christ and His church in pastoral ministry. You don't want to miss this episode. It is a beautiful reminder of God's goodness when we delight in Him and are faithful to live out the calling He places on our lives.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/23/202251 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 157: The Reason for Forgiveness: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

How do you forgive when you feel deeply wronged and wounded?  Is it important to ask for forgiveness when we have wronged someone else?On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 and reveals how giving and receiving forgiveness are intertwined.  After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/16/202229 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 156: Surviving College: Michael Kruger (Reprise)

Fall is right around the corner and students are back in school. Many are heading to College for the first time. These students will be faced with so much more than the next step in their education. They will navigate new relationships, new social experiences, and a new found freedom that can be a challenge to the spiritual lives of many students. College is not known for encouraging students to grow their relationship with Christ or teaching them how to stand firm in the faith.  Join Jonathan as he welcomes Dr. Michael Kruger to discuss the challenges of holding firm to the Christian faith in college. Together they unpack some general apologetics questions like, “How was the Bible written?” and “Why do we need the Bible? What makes it authentic?” They also talk about why it’s important to stay connected to the body of Christ in college, as well as how we can empower parents to prepare students to stand firm in an academic culture of doubt and disbelief.Dr. Kruger serves as President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary.In addition to his duties as president, he is one of today’s leading scholars in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College.  In this episode, we hope to encourage you to consider the challenges that may await you as a college student (or your child if you are the parent of a college student) and how you can be prepared with a gentle and respectful defense of the hope we have in Christ.Read Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College when you purchase your copy now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/9/202242 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 155: Five Ways to Follow Christ as a Family: Jonathan Youssef

Raising children to know, love, and follow Christ in a culture hostile to the Gospel is a daily challenge. How do we follow Christ as a family and help lead our children grow into godly men and women?  Join Jonathan as he offers insight into Biblical parenthood. In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan offers five Biblical keys to following Christ as a family.Please listen to and then share this timely episode. We hope it will help you and many others follow Christ as a family, leading many families into a vibrant relationship with our Lord and Savior.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/1/20228 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 154: Father, Forgive Them: One Woman's Journey to Freedom

She was wrongly accused, betrayed by her family, wounded by deep loss, and left with no choice but to leave her entire life behind. Still, she forgave... and the Lord brought incredible redemption out of the most painful season of her life.Today's guest had every reason in the world not to forgive or forget the profound abuse she endured. However, she has learned the important truth that forgiveness and freedom are deeply intertwined.  Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes a special guest who, in order to protect her identity, will remain anonymous. She shares her incredible testimony of freedom from a life of abuse and oppression in a third world country to freedom in America. Through Christ, she found forgiveness for herself and others and discovered God’s path forward for her life.You don't want to miss this incredible story of the Lord's pursuit of and saving power for His beloved children—available to every believer in Christ!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/26/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 153: A Challenge to Embrace the Blessing of Special Needs Ministry: Bruce and Rachel Lowe

The population of students with special needs is growing and accounts for close to 15 percent of the total student population. Special needs are medical, mental, or psychological disabilities that require special care. Unfortunately, people with special needs can be overlooked in the church because we don't know how to serve them well. In today's Candid Conversation, Bruce and Rachel Lowe join Jonathan for a frank discussion on how to serve special needs families in the local church. The Lowes share their own personal story of the joys and struggles of raising their children with Fragile X syndrome and how they express the loving character of God in unique and challenging ways. Together, they discuss how we can be more intentional about including special needs children and adults in the church by recognizing their God-given spiritual gifts.In addition to being a fantastic scholar and published author, Bruce Lowe is a beloved seminary professor, friend, and mentor of Jonathan’s.You don't want to miss this sweet episode as Jonathan and the Lowes peel back layers of the challenging yet rewarding work of engaging with our brothers and sisters with special needs.eeds. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
7/19/202251 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 152: Roe v. Wade Conversations: What I Wish I Had Known Before My Abortion with Bree Tuttle

Is abortion a stepping stone to a better life for women? How does an abortion impact the daily life of a woman? Today's Candid Conversations guest, Bree Tuttle, shares an intimate look at life in the aftermath of her abortion and the healing she has received through a vibrant relationship with Christ. Bree joins Jonathan Youssef to share the truth she wishes she'd known before her abortion.  Bree is a trained crisis pregnancy counselor and an outspoken and passionate advocate for women facing unplanned pregnancies. If you or someone you know is facing an unplanned pregnancy, help is available. Please call the National Crisis Pregnancy Helpline at 800-712-HELP to talk to someone today.Are you looking for help moving past the pain of a past abortion? The following post-abortion Bible studies and recovery resources may be helpful to you.Surrendering the SecretAbortion Changes YouSave One Hope After AbortionHealing After AbortionTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
7/12/202237 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 151: Free to Live for Something Greater: Jonathan Youssef

Red, white, and blue. The American Dream. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, coming from nothing, working hard, and making something of yourself.The American Dream is beautiful. However, is there an even greater gift than American freedom? Today, Jonathan shares a reflection on the greater gift for believers and what it means for Christians to be "doubly free." We are free by nature of our political system, but we are also free because of the redeeming work of Christ in our lives. In this special July 4th reflection, Jonathan looks at Galatians 5:1, which says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." More than political freedom, we are free from the penalty of sin and the weight of death in our lives. Join Jonathan as he explores this passage in Scripture and provides helpful background for Paul's warning to the Galatians—a warning that we can apply to our own lives today.We hope wherever you are on July 4th, that the greatest freedom ever offered would be yours in Christ Jesus.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/4/20227 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 150: Roe v. Wade Conversations: What Happens Next? with Carrie Murray Nellis

You’re hearing about it on the news and in your social media feeds: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have officially been overruled through the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It seems like half the nation is rejoicing… and half the nation is shocked and outraged. But what really happens next? What are the legal implications of this decision?There is a lot of misinformation going around about the outworking of this decision from a legal perspective. So, we invited Carrie Murray Nellis to Candid Conversations. Carrie is an attorney at the Murray Nellis Law Group, and she specializes in adoption and child advocacy. She’s also the executive director of the Abiding Love Adoption Agency and Abiding Love Charities.  She has been following this case closely.Together, we discuss what the decision means and how it will impact abortion on a national and state level. We also cover how we, as believers, can be ready to come alongside expectant mothers who will need support as they navigate a difficult and life changing situation.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
6/24/202242 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 149: LGBTQ Conversations: Transgender from Biblical Times to Now, Claire and Rob Smith

In the past few years, we have seen the rise of the public debate around gender and transgender. What makes a man a man and a woman a woman? Is this a new debate or an ancient one?  Jonathan Youssef welcomes Claire and Rob Smith from Sydney, Australia to Candid Conversations. Rob Smith lectures in theology, ethics, and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Ministry Training and Development for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the theology of sex and gender.  Claire Smith is a writer and women's bible teacher. She is a nurse by background. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Moore Theological College and is the author of God's Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women.  Claire and Rob are members of St. Andrew's Anglican Cathedral in Sydney and have been contributors to Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition (Claire Smith and Rob Smith).To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/21/202252 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 148: Roe v. Wade Conversations: When Does Life Begin? with Dr. Bill Davis

In the past few weeks, we’ve heard news of a possible overturn of Roe v. Wade as the abortion debate continues. How should we think about abortion biblically, philosophically, and ethically?  How does the Biblical perspective of family contrast the Western perspective and how does this impact our thoughts on this issue?Join Jonathan as he welcomes Dr. Bill Davis back to Candid Conversations to discuss the value of life and the impact of church and government involvement in abortion.Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of Philosophy at Covenant College and an adjunct professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.Our hope is this episode will bring clarity of conviction to this much debated topic, while at the same time stirring mercy, patience, and understanding for our friends and neighbors struggling with this issue.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/14/202251 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 147: LGBTQ Conversations: Transgender to Transformed with Laura Perry (Reprise)

This month throughout the U.S. many will celebrate Pride month.  In today's episode we look at God's perspective on human sexuality. You may have heard of the term gender dysphoria. If you haven’t, it is the psychological distress endured by a person because of a perceived mismatch between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity.  What causes gender dysphoria and what lies behind the desire to be a different gender? How should Christians view gender and how can we share the Truth in love with those struggling with gender dysphoria?Today’s Candid Conversations guest, Laura Perry, shares her struggle with gender dysphoria. She opens up with Jonathan in this conversation about her path from being a transgender male to a transformed woman of God. Don't miss a minute of this awe inspiring and transformational testimony of the power of Jesus Christ to heal and redeem.Get a Copy of Laura Perry's book, Transgender to TransformedTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/7/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 146: How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

In light of all of the tragic events over the past weeks and months, Jonathan shares with us a heartfelt and Scripture-led response to tragedy. Tragedy strikes. Grief and sorrow follow. We want to know why it happened, who is to blame, and all the details of what happened.  Is that the right way to respond? How did Jesus respond to tragedy? What can we learn from Him?Join Jonathan Youssef as he shares insight from Luke 13 about how Christians should respond to tragedy. In this chapter, Jesus reminds His disciples of the bigger picture when facing tragedy and teaches them how to respond with the Gospel. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/31/20228 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 145: Christ and Culture: Jonathan Youssef, Zack Carden, and Jeff Falkowski

Modern culture rarely agrees with the Biblical Christian worldview. As Christians, how do we engage with the culture around us? Jobs, politics, raising children, the entertainment industry, and the news challenge us daily. Should we ignore and isolate away from the culture or do we engage with it?  To what degree should we engage? And, if necessary, how do we confront the culture?Join Jonathan as he welcomes Zack Carden and Jeff Falkowski to Candid Conversations for an in-depth discussion of these hard questions that Christians must wrestle with. Together, they discuss "Christ and Culture" by Richard Niebuhr.  Richard Niebuhr, an ethics professor from Yale Divinity School wrote a book in 1951 entitled “Christ and Culture." He describes five models of how Christians engage with culture. The book has been massively successful for over 70 years and has helped countless Christians understand how the Christian life has been lived out in culture over many years.Jeff Falkowski and Zack Carden are both pastors who work alongside Jonathan at The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, GA. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Bethel Seminary. He is the director of Young Families and Discipleship at The Church of The Apostles. He and his wife Gwen have three grown children.  Zack is a graduate of University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Covenant Seminary. He and his wife Tennyson have four children.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
5/24/202246 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 144: Fighting Financial Fear in the Face of Inflation : David Nicholas

It feels like we are on a financial roller coaster. Inflation is impacting much of the world. When the prices on daily necessities shoot up, fear is often our natural response. Today's episode of Candid Conversations will help you fight against the fear that an uncertain economic future can trigger. Jonathan welcomes financial advisor, David Nicholas, back to the podcast to help us navigate tumultuous financial waters by providing Biblical Truth and insight into wise financial principles no matter your age or stage of life. They also talk about an issue many of our listeners are wrestling with: whether or not our faith should impact the companies we invest in, like Disney or other businesses whose values may not align with our own.David Nicholas is president and founder of Nicholas Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment advisory company. He is a weekly market commentator on major media networks including Fox Business, CNBC, CNN, and CBS. He was previously named one of Atlanta's most powerful leaders by Atlanta Magazine. David has served on the vestry at his church and in his free time enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Kristin and their three children. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/17/202237 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 143: Why You Can Trust the Bible: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

Can you trust the Bible? It is an important question to answer when considering the Christian faith. Is there evidence to support the validity of Scripture or does it need to be accepted on blind faith?In this episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef shares practical evidence for the validity of Scripture and he also unpacks the reason why so many choose to deny its Truth.Listen and learn why you can trust that the Bible is indeed God’s Word—and find renewed confidence and excitement to seek God in the Scriptures.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: FOUR REASONS YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLETo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/10/202213 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 142: Let's Talk About Addiction: Rand and Randy Eberhard

Addiction. It's far more common than you think and the statistics are staggering. In fact, 45 million people in America are directly impacted by addiction. 1 in 3 households is exposed to, suffering from, or otherwise impacted by addiction.Are you struggling with being addicted to something, but you aren't sure how to get help? Maybe you have a loved one who is suffering from addiction and you want to help them get the help they need. Perhaps you have a legacy of addiction and you don't know if true freedom is possible. If these questions resonate with you, don't miss this candid conversation.  Join Jonathan as he welcomes Rand and Randy Eberhard, a father and a son who personally know the pain and consequences of addiction. God has brought them through the dark valley of addiction that cost their family dearly and has called them to a life of counseling those who struggle with addiction and the families who love and suffer with them.In this episode, they share the raw truth about their path to healing. We invite you to listen to Randy and Rand’s personal struggle of addiction and how the Lord has saved and restored them both. Today, they provide comfort and care to countless others journeying on the road to recovery.Randy Eberhard and Rand Eberhard both work on The Church of the Apostles' pastoral care team. Randy is a Pastoral counselor and certified drug and alcohol counselor. He has worked with countless adults, adolescents, and their families with an emphasis on career coaching, addiction, and recovery. He also serves as the Senior Area Director for Young Life – an international Christian youth organization.  Rand is the Director of Congregational Care at The Church of The Apostles, a ministry designed to help those dealing with difficult situations like grief, divorce, life transitions, or relational brokenness.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/3/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 141: What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?: Jonathan Youssef

Would you consider yourself a disciple of Christ? What is discipleship and how do we pursue it?Join Jonathan for this episode of Candid as he examines these questions and reveals the elements necessary to pursue a life of Christian discipleship. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/26/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 140: Do You Know God's Vision for Your Life: Dr. Michael Youssef and Jonathan Youssef

Are you struggling to find direction? Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know how to align that vision with God's plan?Join Jonathan Youssef and his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, as they discuss the importance of having a God-focused vision for life and provide insight to help you uncover your vision.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/19/202214 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 139: Faith Like a Child: Easter with the Candid Kids

It's Easter week and Jonathan, along with the Candid team, have put together a very special Easter episode that you don't want to miss.Join Jonathan and his son Isaac as they welcome the Candid team's kids to help retell the Easter story. This is an episode so sweet that we are sure you will smile at the beautiful faith of a child. We also hope it helps you to remember the beautiful promise of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/12/202211 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 138: Three Reasons for Suffering: Jonathan Youssef (Reprise)

What is suffering? Why is there suffering in this world? Why aren't we immune to it as Christians? Why would a loving God allow suffering?One of the most asked questions by young people in the Western world is, "Why is there suffering?" Pain and hardship are part of the human experience but why?The Bible is clear that we will all face suffering to some degree and that it will ultimately be used for good in the life of a believer.In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef explores three main reasons for suffering and gives Biblical encouragement to persevere in the face of suffering. If you have wondered why there is suffering, you won't want to miss this episode.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
4/5/202218 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 137: How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy: Jonathan Youssef

Tragedy strikes. Grief and sorrow follow. We want to know why it happened, who is to blame, and all the details of what happened.  Is that the right way to respond? How did Jesus respond to tragedy? What can we learn from Him?Join Jonathan Youssef as he shares insight from Luke 13 about how Christians should respond to tragedy. In this chapter, Jesus reminds His disciples of the bigger picture when facing tragedy and teaches them how to respond with the Gospel. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/29/20227 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 136: Building Bridges in a Cancel Culture: Bill Davis

Should believers be on the frontlines of culture wars?  Is cancel culture impacting how younger Christians engage with the church and with secular culture? How can different Christian generations with diverse opinions come together in unity to overcome cancel culture?  On today’s episode, Jonathan welcomes Dr. Bill Davis as they discuss culture wars in and outside of the Church along with what the Bible has to say about honoring Christ in our response to culture.Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of philosophy at Covenant College and an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He is a deep and compassionate minister of the Gospel and a guest we’re honored to have back.We hope this episode will help you build a bridge between generations - helping difficult conversations to be filled with love and understanding.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/22/202245 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 135: Discover Your Calling: Clay Kirkland (Reprise)

Have you ever wondered what God's call is for your life?  Do you think about what He created you to do?  Do you wrestle and ask if you are in the center of His will? These are questions we all wrestle with periodically. If you are in that place now or know someone who is, today's podcast is for you.Jonathan welcomes Clay Kirkland back to Candid Conversations. Clay is a life coach who served for 18 years as the Director of Staff Development at The Wesley Foundation at The University of Georgia where he mentored and coached thousands of young adults.  He is also a certified Strengths coach and consultant who helps people discover and operate in their God-given strengths.Together, Jonathan and Clay will navigate deep questions of purpose using Scripture as their guide. Join them now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/15/202247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 134: Confronting Cultural Lies: Alisa Childers

"You are enough!"  "God wants you to be happy."  "Be the boss of you!" These popular quotes sound encouraging and empowering, but are they really Biblical? Jonathan welcomes Alisa Childers back to Candid Conversations to discuss the infiltration of cultural lies into Christian circles. Together, they unpack the importance of holding every thought captive to the knowledge of God where true life and empowerment are found.  Alisa is the author of her widely read apologetics blog, AlisaChilders.com and host of The Alisa Childers Podcast. You may also remember her as part of the Christian band, Zoe Girl.  Her book, Another Gospel?, is a helpful guide to unpacking and understanding Progressive Christianity.  This is an encouraging episode that will equip you to counter cultural lies with Biblical Truth--so take a few minutes and listen now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/8/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 133: Never Give Up: Michael Youssef

As false teachers tear down Biblical morals and many deconstruct their faith, how are believers to respond? Jonathan Youssef welcomes his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, to Candid to discuss his new book, Never Give Up: Holding Fast to Biblical Truth in Times of Danger and Despair. Together, they discuss Paul's writings to Timothy and the Church in 2 Timothy, an incredible encouragement for us to hold fast to Biblical Truth in the face of opposition and during difficult times. Listen today to be built up in your faith in God and His Word so that you can take a stand for Truth in the midst of opposition and personal trials.  The victory is yours in Christ!If you would like to order Never Give Up, it is available now at LTW.org for your gift of any amount to the ministry of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/1/202225 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 132: Jonathan Youssef Answers Your Questions (Reprise)

We love receiving your questions at Candid Conversations. We want to help you navigate the hard questions of the Christian faith. We all have questions about Christianity, so let’s dive in and answer them together.On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan takes a few minutes to unpack answers to your recent questions, including: Why would God create us knowing we would fall and suffer?How could a loving God send anyone to hell?What should I do to encourage someone who had a bad experience in church?Do I need to keep asking God to forgive my sins?How much theological training do I need for ministry?We also want to offer the following resources for additional insight. Take a few minutes to review these links after you listen to this episode.Understanding Suffering in Light of the GospelWhy Did God Allow the Fall?Heaven Is for Real—and Hell Is, TooFour Things to Look for in a ChurchForgiveness & ConfessionIs Seminary Really Necessary?After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/22/202217 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 131: Can Critical Race Theory Offer Racial Healing?: Monique Duson

Critical Race Theory is being offered as a framework that will help with the work of racial healing.  Is this true?  Can Critical Race Theory bring racial healing?  Can it bring Biblical unity? Join Jonathan and his guest, Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity, to peel back the layers of Critical Race Theory. Monique is a racial unity advocate and co-founder with Krista Bontrager of the Center for Biblical Unity. Monique spent two decades advocating for Critical Race Theory (CRT), but through a series of events, began to clearly see the contradictions of CRT with the historic Christian worldview. In this conversation, she helps shed light on the philosophies behind CRT, the role the Christian church should take in fighting racism and seeking racial healing, and the importance of Biblical discipleship in the journey toward Biblical unity. Monique Duson has a BA in Sociology from Biola University. She is working on a MA in Theology. She has a background in social service and children’s ministry—working with a diverse array of under-served communities. Monique served as a Missionary to South Africa for over four years, serving children and teachers impacted by drugs, violence, and trauma.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/15/202231 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 130: The Life of a Legend: Darryl Strawberry

Join Jonathan as he sits down with famed baseball player and sports legend, Darryl Strawberry. Darryl Strawberry is a former professional baseball player, who rose to fame in 1980 and became the number one draft pick at the age of 18. Three years later he became Rookie of The Year, and went on to play 17 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, known for his home runs. During his baseball career he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series Championship and the New York Yankees to three World Series Championships.In this special episode, Darryl shares with us his incredible story from a childhood of abuse, to a fast rise to fame. His struggles of drug abuse, and chasing a life with no meaning left him empty. Through trials and pain he realized there was so much more in life by finding Christ and walking in true discipleship with the Lord.  We hope this episode encourages you in you walk with Christ and the importance of discipleship in your own life.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/8/202240 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 129: Listen to This Before You Pick a Bible Reading Plan: Jonathan Youssef

Are you looking for a way to study God’s Word consistently? Do you need a new Bible reading plan? Join Jonathan as he shares his favorite plan, as well as the potential pitfalls and rewards of a Bible reading plan by  Robert Murray M'Cheyne: Daily Bread.We pray that this episode encourages you in the general reading of God's Word and that choosing a reading plan will help you grow in your relationship with Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/1/202220 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 128: So Long Normal: Laura Story

As frustrating as it may seem, life never goes according to plan. Almost nothing is normal.Today, Laura Story joins Jonathan on Candid to discuss her new book, So Long, Normal: Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith. Laura is a wife, mother, songwriter, worship leader, author, artist, and Bible teacher. Her songs—which have won Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, and Dove Awards—include “Blessings” and Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” She is the bestselling author of two books and Bible studies, When God Doesn’t Fix It and I Give Up. She has a Master of Theological Studies and a Doctorate in Worship Studies, and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005.  In this encouraging episode, Laura shares personal stories of struggling to fit into a "normal mold" only to realize that God is writing a greater story for her. Join Jonathan and Laura as they peel back the layers of normal to reveal the beauty of a Creator who is writing a greater story for each of us - one that far surpasses normal.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/25/202235 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 127: Persistent Prayer: Dr. Guy Richard

Why do we pray? What is prayer?In this episode Jonathan welcomes Dr. Guy Richard to discuss your most common questions about prayer. He is the author of Persistent Prayer and Executive Director and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta.Together, Jonathan and Dr. Richard  unpack the misunderstandings of prayer, explain how prayer can be misused, and offer clarity on how a vibrant prayer life is vital to a healthy relationship with the Lord. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/18/202242 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 126: The Blessing of Persevering Through Trials (Reprise)

We all face difficulties.  Why? What is the purpose of trials? How should we view them as followers of Christ? How do we keep going when things seem unbearable? In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks wisdom from James 1 about how we are to handle trials and the blessing we receive when we persevere.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/11/202214 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 125: Spiritual Growth in 2022: Jonathan Youssef

Do you hope to grow spiritually in 2022?Jonathan encourages you to take some time to reflect on and plan the ways you can grow spiritually this year--finding your hope, joy, peace, and contentment in Christ alone. After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
1/4/20223 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 124: Courage to Answer the Call of God: Bruce Deel

Would you follow God away from comfort and security into hard places?  Would you welcome prostitutes and drug users into your home?  Do you lead with trust in relationships or is trust earned?  For believers, these are hard questions that can only be answered when someone is rooted in Biblical wisdom and is seeking answers from God. Today's Candid Conversations guest has had to trust God for the answer to each of  these questions and God has led him into hard places. In these places, he has seen miraculous life transformation. Bruce Deel joins Jonathan on the final episode of Candid for 2021.Bruce is the CEO of City of Refuge in Atlanta, Georgia. Bruce is also the Senior Pastor of The Mission Church and a graduate of Lee University. Bruce spent 14 years as a pastor in the suburbs of Atlanta until God boldly moved his heart into the struggling inner city to join the fight against the darkness and hopelessness found there. He founded The City of Refuge in 1997 with a mission to bring light, hope, and transformation to individuals and families in Atlanta.Join Jonathan as Bruce walks us through his powerful story of giving up everything to follow the call of Christ to serve God’s people. We pray this testimony will leave you inspired to follow the call of God on your life in this new year – trusting that with God, nothing is impossible.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodTo give to Leading The Way's Triple Matching Challenge, please visit us at https://ltw.org 
12/28/202125 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 123: Do You Make Room for Christ?: Jonathan Youssef

Could you be missing a miracle of God?  Are you too busy for God's intrusion into your life?  God took on flesh in Bethlehem on a night when the streets were bustling with congestion created by a mandatory census. People were busy, but the Messiah quietly came into the world. Some stopped what they were doing and followed God's prompting, but so many missed it.How will you spend Christmas? Will you join the hustle and bustle and miss the true gift of the season?  Or, will you slow down, seek the heart of the Father, and prepare to encounter the living Christ?Join us as Jonathan shares a special Christmas reflection and reminds us that the true beauty of the Christmas story is this- Gods power makes regular intrusions even when we make no room.  No room in the Inn? God still took on flesh. No room in your holiday traditions? God still calls to your heart. No room in your isolation? The Savior still invites you to intimacy with Him. We pray this episode will encourage you to make room for Christ this Christmas and each day that follows.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodTo give to Leading The Way's Triple Matching Challenge, please visit us at https://ltw.org 
12/21/20217 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 122: A Very Candid Christmas with Jeremy and Lauren Ezell

The closer we get to Christmas, the more preoccupied we can become with the trappings of the season - diverting our attention away from the true meaning of Christmas.  Today, we offer another gift to help you center your heart on Christ - A Very Candid Christmas with special guests Lauren and Jeremy Ezell. They are accomplished musicians, song writers, and worship leaders. Jeremy leads worship with Mac Powell and the team at The Church of The Apostles and Lauren occasionally accompanies. Lauren is also the Candid Podcast producer and the coordinator for several ministries at The Church of The Apostles.Join Jonathan as he invites Lauren and Jeremy to lead us into a place of worship this Christmas season. We hope you enjoy this place of rest, as well as hearing some of the stories behind some classic Christmas hymns.After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/14/202124 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 121: Candid Christmas Caroling with Mac Powell

Christmas time is here and we are excited to share a couple of fun, festive, and encouraging Christmas episodes recorded with some of our favorite worship leaders. We hope these episodes will offer a relaxing break in what can be a chaotic time of year.  This week, we welcome Mac Powell back to Candid to kick off some Candid Christmas Caroling.Mac Powell is the worship leader at The Church of The Apostles. He is also a Grammy award-winning recording artist. He recently released a new Christmas single, Jesus Christ is Born and his first solo album entitled, New Creation. He  is currently on a K-Love Christmas tour, but took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Jonathan for a few minutes.In this episode, Mac and Jonathan have a lot of fun talking about their favorite Christmas traditions, songs and the incredible reality of God’s saving love through His son Jesus. Oh, and yes… Mac will be serenading us with a few of his favorite tunes! It's a special episode you definitely don’t want to miss!After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidGet Your Copy of Preparing for the King: A 4-Part Advent DevotionalWatch Leading The Way LIVE (10:30 am on Sundays and 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve)Also, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/7/202139 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 120: Preparing for the King: An Advent Reflection with Jonathan Youssef

It is the first week of Advent in the liturgical Christian Church. It is a season of celebration of the first coming of Christ but also a time of expectant waiting in preparation for the second coming of Christ.  Excerpted from the new Advent devotional by Dr. Michael Youssef, Preparing for the King, this reflection offers four things to reflect on during this Advent Season.  We pray that you'll take time in this busy season to ponder both the wonder and humility of the Christ child and the glory of Christ in his second coming. After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidGet Your Copy of Preparing for the King: A 4-Part Advent DevotionalAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/30/20217 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 119: Following God into the Hard Places: Hammond McEver, Part 2

Last week Jonathan began a conversation with a longtime friend, Hammond McEver. Together, they discussed the call God put on Hammond's life to minister to children in the inner city of Atlanta. The Lord planted a dream in his heart to start a school to help the children thrive in the Lord and then in their education. Today, Jonathan and Hammond finish their conversation as Hammond unpacks more of the incredible story of what God has been doing through Thrive Academy. Together, they discuss the importance of community, the difference one person can make, and how to keep moving ahead in the face of opposition. Join Jonathan as he and Hammond jump back into this powerful conversation about how his heart of gratitude to the Lord moves him to serve his local community. We hope this episode encourages you in your calling!After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidGet Your Copy of Preparing for the King: A 4-Part Advent DevotionalAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/23/202137 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 118: Following God Into Hard Places: Hammond McEver

How do you know your calling? Do you have the right calling if you hit roadblocks and opposition?Today, Jonathan welcomes a longtime friend, Hammond McEver, who shares his story of prayerfully considering and answering God's call to disciple and help educate inner-city children. Hammond shares how the Lord led him to break idols of personal achievement and comfort in favor of God’s call to disciple children in desperate need of care and direction. If you are struggling to hear God’s voice or accept His call, this is a conversation you don’t want to miss.Hammond McEver has a Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary and is the founder of Thrive Academy in Atlanta, GA. After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidGet Your Copy of Preparing for the King: A 4-Part Advent DevotionalAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/16/202131 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 117: Cultivate a Heart of Biblical Gratitude: Mary Mohler

November rolls around and we all think about giving thanks. Jonathan welcomes Mary Mohler to Candid Conversations to  discuss what Biblical gratitude really is – a gratitude that is more than thanking God for all the good things in our lives.  Mary Mohler serves in ministry alongside her husband, Dr. Al Mohler, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute, an academic program for students' wives that she started over 20 years ago at Southern Seminary.  A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mary is a summa cum laude graduate of Samford University where she earned a BS in Biology. She is a proud mother of two children and several grandchildren. She is also the author of the book, Growing in Gratitude, Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart - a book you won't want to miss on Biblical gratitude.Join the conversation now and be encouraged to cultivate a heart of gratitude that goes far beyond our usual gratitude checklists. Get Your Copy of Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful HeartAfter you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidGet Your Copy of Preparing for the King: A 4-Part Advent DevotionalAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/9/202144 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 116: How a Violent Klansman Came to Christ: Thomas A. Tarrants, Part 2

Join Jonathan for part two of a real life story that has kept us on the edge of our seats. Today Jonathan finishes his two-part conversation with Thomas Tarrants, a former white-supremacist and Klansman, once infamously called the "most dangerous man in Mississippi".  If you missed last week's conversation, we encourage you to go back and listen to the first part of this conversation with Thomas. Then, join us to uncover the power of prayer in Thomas' conversion, his path to racial reconciliation, and his heart for discipleship.  Thomas A. Tarrants is President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. After serving twelve years as president and nine years as vice President, he retired from his position as Vice President for Ministry and Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, with CSLI in June 2019.  Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.Get Your Copy of Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by LoveAfter you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/2/202154 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 115: How a Violent Klansman Came to Christ: Thomas A. Tarrants

A former white-supremacist and Klansman, once infamously called the "most dangerous man in Mississippi," sits with Jonathan and retells his incredible journey from a life of violence and hate to a life of radical love fueled by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.  In high-school, Thomas was enticed by extremist ideology and became involved in the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He was shot and wounded several times and arrested by police after an attempted bombing of the home of a Jewish leader. Thomas was sentenced to thirty years in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He then escaped prison but was captured by the F.B.I. He was returned to prison where he would spend the next three years in a small, solitary cell.  During this time, Thomas began to search for truth. He started with the great philosophers and was then led to the Bible where he truly encountered Jesus Christ for the very first time.  This dramatic interview will have you in awe and on the edge of your seat as Thomas tells of his radical transformation that smacks of a live action movie. His complete change is evidence that the Gospel of Christ can transform even the hardest heart and mind.Thomas A. Tarrants is President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. After serving twelve years as president and nine years as vice President, he retired from his position as Vice President for Ministry and Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, with CSLI in June 2019.  Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.Get Your Copy of Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by LoveAfter you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/26/202137 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 114: The #1 Question Young People Are Asking: David Robertson (Reprise)

Do you know the #1 question young people worldwide are asking about the Christian faith? Why are only youth in the West asking about suffering? Do you feel equipped to answer questions about Christianity?Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes David Robertson to Candid Conversations. David is an experienced minister and gifted apologist who can explain complex theological Truth in a simple and engaging way.He has written several books including The Dawkins Letters, he has The Wea Flea blog, and he has recently released ASK: Real World Questions/ Real World Answers. In it, he takes questions from young people around the world about Christianity and provides simple but profound answers. As he shares, you will learn how to answer popular questions about the faith using Biblical Truth and insight.ASK: Real World Questions/Real World AnswersTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/19/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 113: The Reason for Forgiveness, Jonathan Youssef

How do you forgive when you feel deeply wronged and wounded?  Is it important to ask for forgiveness when we have wronged someone else?On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 and reveals how giving and receiving forgiveness are intertwined.  After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/12/202129 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 112: How to Minister to Others During a Difficult Time: Stan Carder, Reprise

Your best friend just lost their job. Your co-worker is sick in the ICU. Your neighbor just lost their spouse. You want to help, but you don't want to say or do the wrong thing. Today's Candid Conversations guest, Stan Carder, is here to help.  For over 40 years, Stan has walked through fierce personal trials and has, in turn, walked countless others through difficult times. From a small rural church in the Midwest to a megachurch in California, Stan has faithfully ministered God's love and Truth to those who are suffering.Stan joined the pastoral care staff at The Church of The Apostles in 2003 and became the Director of Congregational Care in 2006. He recently retired from this role, but he continues to serve on the Leading The Way pastoral care team—ministering to each person in a caring and compassionate way. Allow Stan to guide and encourage you to minister to those in your life today!To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/5/202132 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 111: Who Are Our Real Enemies? Jonathan Youssef, Reprise

Jonathan shares a Biblical reflection from the book of James on who our real enemies are and how we can understand them in light of the Gospel.  Take a deeper look at how the world, our flesh, and the devil work against us and how we can claim the promises of God and have daily victory over these enemies of our soul.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/28/202111 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 110: Praying for Your Unsaved Loved Ones : Jonathan Youssef

The question that weighs heavily on so many hearts and minds is, "How do I pray for and reach my unsaved loved ones for Christ?"On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef unpacks this question and provides Biblical insight into why we pray, the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, as well as the blessing we have in bearing witness to and praying for our unsaved loved ones.  After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod   
9/21/202118 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 109: Persecuted Christians Flee Their Homeland: Rami and Zaina Rizk

We’ve heard and seen a lot about the hardship and devastation people are facing who are desperate to flee Taliban in Afghanistan. It is utterly heartbreaking. Among those in danger are Christians who will face persecution and possibly death for their faith.  It is hard to comprehend what they are facing. Today, you will hear a powerful testimony of a Christian couple caught in similar circumstances when Isis took over portions of Syria.  They endured death threats, attempted kidnappings, the loss of personal freedom, and lived under a constant threat of imprisonment or death.  Rami and Zaina Rizk are from Syria. They lived in Syria when ISIS took control of certain regions in 2011 and they endured death threats, attempted kidnappings, the loss of personal freedom, and a lack of basic necessities. They fled Syria in 2013 with their young daughters – escaping ISIS rule. They first went to Lebanon and then the United States. This was not only a scary time for them and their family, but also a time when our Lord provided for them. In the face of their greatest trial, the Lord strengthened their faith and led them to safety and freedom.Join us as we discover how to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are enduring great persecution today--and be reminded that our greatest gift, our faith in Christ, is refined by fire. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 108: Michael Kruger, Surviving College

Fall is right around the corner and students are back in school. Many are heading to College for the first time. These students will be faced with so much more than the next step in their education. They will navigate new relationships, new social experiences, and a new found freedom that can be a challenge to the spiritual lives of many students. College is not known for encouraging students to grow their relationship with Christ or teaching them how to stand firm in the faith.  Join Jonathan as he welcomes Dr. Michael Kruger to discuss the challenges of holding firm to the Christian faith in college. Together they unpack some general apologetics questions like, “How was the Bible written?” and “Why do we need the Bible? What makes it authentic?” They also talk about why it’s important to stay connected to the body of Christ in college, as well as how we can empower parents to prepare students to stand firm in an academic culture of doubt and disbelief.Dr. Kruger serves as President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary.In addition to his duties as president, he is one of today’s leading scholars in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College.  In this episode, we hope to encourage you to consider the challenges that may await you as a college student (or your child if you are the parent of a college student) and how you can be prepared with a gentle and respectful defense of the hope we have in Christ.Read Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College when you purchase your copy now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/7/202142 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 107: Coach Mark Richt: Make The Call

Fall is just around the corner. Leaves are changing. Grills are being fired up. That can only mean one thing. It’s time for football! This week's Candid Conversations guest is a fan favorite around here—Coach Mark Richt.Coach Richt played football at Miami and coached at some of the top football schools in the Southeast, including Florida State, the University of Georgia, and the University of Miami. He was a three-time Coach of the Year and led his teams to two SEC Championships, five SEC division titles, and one ACC division title. Most importantly, he has impacted countless young men for Christ by coaching and mentoring his players not only in how to play great football, but also how to be better leaders in their homes, careers, and as Christ followers.Join us today as we talk football, his journey to faith, his passion for the younger generation, the setbacks he’s endured, and his new book, Make the Call: Game Day Wisdom for Life’s Defining Moments.Make the Call  releases today. Get your copy now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/31/202138 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 106: Laura Perry: Transgender to Transformed, Part 2

Last week we started an in-depth conversation with Laura Perry about her path from transgender to transformed. If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and listen to the first part of this conversation when Laura and I discussed the wounds of her past and her gradual physical transformation from female to male. Though all her outward physical dreams were coming true, she was spiritually empty and aching on the inside. Today, we will finish this conversation. Join us to hear how the Lord drew Laura back to Himself and how His love radically transformed every area of her life. Get a Copy of Laura Perry's book, Transgender to TransformedTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/24/20211 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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Episode 105: Laura Perry: Transgender to Transformed, Part 1

You may have heard of the term gender dysphoria. If you haven’t, it is the psychological distress endured by a person because of a perceived mismatch between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity.  What causes gender dysphoria and what lies behind the desire to be a different gender? How should Christians view gender and how can we share the Truth in love with those struggling with gender dysphoria?Today’s Candid Conversations guest, Laura Perry, shares her struggle with gender dysphoria. She opens up with Jonathan in the first of a two part conversation about her path from being a transgender male to a transformed woman of God. Don't miss a minute of this awe inspiring and transformational testimony of the power of Jesus Christ to heal and redeem.Get a Copy of Laura Perry's book, Transgender to TransformedTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/17/202140 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 104: Baby Youssef has Arrived

Celebrate with Jonathan and Lindsey Youssef as Jonathan shares the good news of the arrival of their daughter, Eva Adair Youssef. Please join us in prayer for Jonathan, Lindsey, Isaac (Eva’s older brother!), and Eva as they adjust to life as a family of four. Welcome to the Candid Conversations family, Eva!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/10/20211 minute, 22 seconds
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Episode 103: Anne Graham Lotz (Reprise)

Called the best preacher in the family by her father, the late Billy Graham, Anne speaks with wisdom and authority from years spent studying God’s Word. Her aim is clear and evident in both her life and this conversation: to call people into a personal relationship with God through His word.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/3/202132 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 102: Rosaria Butterfield: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey (Reprise)

Jonathan welcomes Rosaria Butterfield to Candid Conversations to discuss building up the church to live like the family of God to provide a powerful Christian witness to your neighbors.  Rosaria is a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University. She was converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her PhD from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women's studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.In 1997, while Rosaria was researching the Religious Right “and their politics of hatred against people like me,” she wrote an article against the Promise Keepers. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right, their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout—in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.Rosaria’s second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance that she often encounters during speaking engagements. In her third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World, Rosaria explores how God used a humble couple’s simple invitation to dinner to draw her—a radical, committed unbeliever—to himself. With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, she invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the Gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a home school mother, author, and speaker.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
7/27/202157 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 101: Jonathan Gets Candid on Crosswalk with Gino Geraci

On this week's episode the tables are turned! Jonathan Youssef is a guest on Crosswalk with Gino Geraci on KRKS-FM in Denver.In this interview, Jonathan gives insight into his unique family history, his ministry time in Australia , and his passion to intentionally pursue the next generation for Christ through Candid Conversations.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/20/202119 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 100: It's Time to Celebrate

It's time to celebrate! Candid Conversations just hit 100 episodes and we want to celebrate this milestone with you.In this episode, Jonathan, listeners, and previous guests share their encouraging words on how Candid Conversations has changed them and encouraged them in their spiritual walk with Christ.  Thank you for listening to and sharing Candid Conversations - here's to 100 more episodes! We can't wait for you to hear what's next.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/13/202110 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 99: The Prodigal Son (Part 3)

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this third part of a three-part reflection, Jonathan looks at the older brother who remained in his Father's house.Listen and  reflect on the lavish grace and forgiveness of God the Father and the gentle reminder of God's continuing grace, forgiveness, and provision for those who remain in His care.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/6/202116 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 98: The Prodigal Son (Part 2)

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this second part of a three-part reflection, Jonathan looks at the prodigal son who left home.  Listen and receive insight into how this parable provides unique insight into our relationship with God and those around us.  Don't miss this opportunity to understand our depravity and the incredible redemption offered by the loving heart of our heavenly Father.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/29/202110 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 97: The Prodigal Son (Part 1)

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  In this first part of a three -part reflection, he describes the father's joy when his son repents and turns back to him.  Jonathan then shares how the father in this story is a beautiful mirror image of God, the Father. Join him as he unpacks God's heart towards His children and receive a reminder of God's unrelenting love for you. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/22/202118 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 96: Fatherhood

Father’s Day is a great time to reflect on the incredible blessing a loving and godly father is to his children.  However, not everyone has had a great or godly father. No matter your relationship with your earthly father, your Heavenly Father can use this episode of Candid to reframe fatherhood for you.Join Jonathan as he welcomes a couple of members of the pastoral staff of The Church of the Apostles to discuss fatherhood. Zack Carden is the Director of Family Ministries and Mark Johnston is the Pastor to High School and College Students. Along with Zack and Mark, are their sons, Seth Carden and Elijah Johnston.  Together, they explore the father/son relationship and how we are to train up children under Christ’s headship. This conversation covers the struggles and joys of instructing, guiding, and modeling Christ in the home. Seth and Elijah also join in this fun conversation and help us to see the challenges of seeking Christ in a social media age and the importance of finding biblical community while in college. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/15/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 95: Dee Barnes: Redeemed Sexuality (Reprise)

Jonathan has a heartfelt conversation with Dee Barnes about how God saved her and redeemed her sexuality as she pursued a relationship with Christ.  Her transparent testimony of transformation through the power of God's Word has compelled her to lead others struggling with sexual and relational issues to the freedom only possible in Christ.Dee Barnes is the founder of His Wonderful Works, a ministry dedicated to bringing hope, healing, and freedom to the Body of Christ in the areas of family relationships and sexuality.His Wonderful Works comes alongside individuals, ministries, and churches to provide insightful Biblical teaching, testimonies, lay counseling, healing prayer, and trusted resources.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/8/202147 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 94: Part 2, Matthew Lucas: Beauty From Ashes

Last week, Jonathan introduced Matt Lucas. If you haven’t listened to part 1 of his testimony, we would suggest you listen to it first and then come join us for this part of the conversation – look for episode 93 of Candid Conversations.In today’s conversation, Matt is candid about losing his son, Caleb, five years ago. Caleb was in college when he tragically passed away from a fatal drug interaction.Matt shares how the Lord has met him in grieving the loss of his son and has used it so powerfully to reach others for Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFollow our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
6/1/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 93: Matthew Lucas: Where Does Your Strength Come From?

His father is a Gold medal Olympian and NBA All-Star. He is married to the woman of his dreams, has three beautiful children, and enjoys a successful career in film. He has worked with some of the greatest media innovators of our time and he has seven Emmy awards under his belt. Matthew Lucas has lived an incredible life filled with awe inspiring highs, but he has also endured heart-breaking lows. Through it all, his faith in Christ remains the focus of his life and his testimony overflows with love, faith, gratitude, and passion.In this conversation Matt walks us through the beginnings of his life from adoption to college basketball to a career in film with a growing family.  This episode will leave you encouraged to live for Christ no matter where you are in life. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFollow our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpodShow Less
5/25/202140 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 92: Gino Geraci: Let God Lead You

Gino Geraci lives a radically transformed life in Christ and you don’t want to miss a minute of his testimony.  Gino Geraci is a senior pastor emeritus, seasoned police chaplain, and former FBI chaplain. He has ministered to first responders, victims, and families facing tragedy at Ground Zero on 911 and after the shootings at Columbine High School and the Aurora Theatre in Colorado. He is also the host of the popular radio talk show, Crosswalk, on KRKS radio out of Denver, CO.    In this conversation, Gino reveals how one invitation changed his life and how God continues to lead him to each unique assignment. This episode will leave you in awe of the Lord and how He guides and directs our paths uniquely.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFollow our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/18/202147 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 91: Jonathan Youssef Answers Your Questions

We love receiving your questions at Candid Conversations. We want to help you navigate the hard questions of the Christian faith. We all have questions about Christianity, so let’s dive in and answer them together.On today's episode of Candid, Jonathan takes a few minutes to unpack answers to your recent questions, including: Why would God create us knowing we would fall and suffer?How could a loving God send anyone to hell?What should I do to encourage someone who had a bad experience in church?Do I need to keep asking God to forgive my sins?How much theological training do I need for ministry?We also want to offer the following resources for additional insight. Take a few minutes to review these links after you listen to this episode.Understanding Suffering in Light of the GospelWhy Did God Allow the Fall?Heaven Is for Real—and Hell Is, TooFour Things to Look for in a ChurchForgiveness & ConfessionIs Seminary Really Necessary?After you listen to this episode, you may have your own questions. We would love to hear from you! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidAlso, join the conversation on our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod   
5/11/202117 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 90: Paul David Tripp: Uncover the Marriage of Your Dreams (Reprise)

Marriage. It is a blessing from God but it can also be difficult and complicated. We get married because we believe marriage is a good thing that will bless our lives. But much of the time, marriage morphs into something we didn’t intend it to be. When it does, we need something sturdier than romance and deeper than shared interest and mutual attraction.Jonathan welcomes Dr. Paul David Trip to Candid Conversations. Dr. Tripp believes marriage requires changed expectations, radical commitments, and most importantly, grace.In this engaging podcast interview you will uncover the right expectations for marriage, what it means to reflect the Gospel in marriage, and why being disappointed in your marriage can be a good thing.Get Paul’s marriage book: https://www.paultripp.com/products/wdye-bkTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFollow our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/4/202132 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 89: Can a Christian Date a Non-Christian? (Reprise)

Dating can be difficult and can lead to so many questions. One question Jonathan Youssef often receives from his young adult group is, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" Recognizing the struggle behind this question, Jonathan's answer provides Biblical wisdom and insight that will help believers understand what is most important in their dating relationships and, ultimately, their marriage.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/27/202121 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 88: Deepak Reju: Have Relationships, Dating, and Pornography Changed in the Pandemic?

How does one search and find the "right one"?  Relationships and online dating have changed in the pandemic, so how should a believer approach dating and address the longing for a Christian marriage? What role does the church play in helping believers build godly relationships?  Join Jonathan Youssef as he sits down with Deepak Reju. Deepak is the Associate Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and also serves on the board of directors of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is not only a counselor, he is an author of several books including “She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Girls Settle." In today’s Candid Conversation, Deepak and Jonathan peel back relationship layers and discuss what Christian singles should look for in a marriage partner. They also discuss red flags in dating and the challenges of building godly relationships in a global pandemic.  Please listen and share with someone who would benefit from the Biblical wisdom offered in this episode of Candid Conversations.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidJoin and share the conversation on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/20/202149 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 87: John Stonestreet: How Equal Is The Equality Act?

The Equality Act is on the political horizon, already passed in the House and on its way to the Senate. What is it, and why should we care? As Christians, what does this mean for religious liberty? Can LGBTQ protections and religious liberties coexist?In today’s episode, Jonathan welcomes John Stonestreet, President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, an organization committed to equipping Christians with a solid Biblical worldview so they can navigate today’s culture. Together, Jonathan and John discuss The Equality Act and the troubling implications this bill could have not only for Christians, but for an even broader spectrum of people. This episode is informative, tremendously eye-opening, and educational. This is also a sensitive topic, and some of this conversation may not be suitable for young ears.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/13/202152 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 86: David Nicholas: Financial Wisdom in the Face of Crisis (Reprise)

There are many unknowns right now. Among them is the long term effect of the COVID crisis on both the economy and our personal finances. Jonathan Youssef welcomes David Nicholas to Candid to help explain what we are facing financially, as well as how we should frame it in light of Scripture. David also offers some practical counsel like the best way to prepare for the months ahead and how to use your stimulus check. David Nicholas is President and Founder of Nicholas Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment advisory company. He is a weekly market commentator on major media networks including Fox Business, CNBC, CNN and CBS. He was recently named as one of Atlanta's most powerful leaders by Atlanta Magazine. David serves on the vestry at his church and in his free time enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Kristin and their two daughters. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/6/202136 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 85: Resurrection is the New Normal

We all hoped the pandemic would be over by last Easter. Instead, it has continued for a year with devastating effects. Today, things are slowly opening up and people are wondering what the new normal will look like.Join Jonathan as he reflects on the last year and gives insight into a new normal ushered in by Christ and His Resurrection.Take a few minutes to listen to this short reflection and then send it to others to share the  hope and freedom offered through Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection! To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/30/20216 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 84: Alisa Childers: What is Progressive Christianity?

Progressive Christianity. Deconstruction. We are hearing these terms more regularly as some Christian leaders walk away from Biblical orthodoxy. What is the impact of redefining the Christian faith?In today’s episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef welcomes Alisa Childers whose book, Another Gospel, is a helpful guide to unpacking and understanding Progressive Christianity.  Alisa is the author of her widely read apologetics blog, AlisaChilders.com. She is also the host of The Alisa Childers Podcast. You may also remember her as part of the Christian band, Zoe Girl.  Join Jonathan on a journey with Alisa from a childhood faith in Christ to a deconstruction of that faith and finally a re-construction of a solid Biblical faith in Christ. This conversation is eye-opening, educational, and encouraging to those searching for solid answers about the Christian faith. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/23/20211 hour, 1 minute, 57 seconds
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Episode 83: Sir Brian Souter: Christ Above All Things

Jonathan welcomes Sir Brian Souter to Candid Conversations. Sir Brian is one of the UK’s most successful businessmen and generous philanthropists. He is the founder of the Stagecoach Group of bus and rail operators, his investments company Souter Holdings Ltd, and the Souter Charitable Trust. In 2011, he was knighted by the Queen of England for his efforts in the transport and voluntary sector.  In this episode of Candid Conversations, Sir Brian illustrates the difference Christ has made in his life as he shares about his upbringing, his challenges, and the victories he has experienced throughout the years.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod   
3/16/202124 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 82: Matt Merker: How Should the Church Gather as God's People?

Worship. Thousands of songs, playlists on Spotify, and countless books have been written on the subject. It’s a topic churches wrestle with, but what is true worship? Are there different types of worship? Would it surprise you to know it’s more than music and a "me-and-Jesus" moment?Jonathan welcomes Matt Merker, a leader in corporate worship. You may know him from songs like, “He Will Hold Me Fast,” “I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130),” and “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”. Matt's hymns have been recorded by artists including Keith and Kristyn Getty, Shane & Shane, Sandra McCracken, Sovereign Grace, and more.Matt serves as the Director of Creative Resources and Training for Getty Music. He served on the pastoral staff and as an elder of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  He also has recently released a new book, "Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God's People".  In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan and Matt take a deeper look into worship as the gathered body of Christ.  As you listen today, may you be encouraged to gather in Biblical community to worship!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpod
3/9/202141 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 81: Mark Allaby: The Cost of Faith in the Workplace

Do people in your workplace know that you are a Christian? Are you concerned about the backlash you might face for your faith in Christ?  In today’s episode, Jonathan welcomes Mark Allaby, a corporate leader living in Australia. Mark shares how, while serving on the board for a secular business, his involvement with a Christian organization turned into a scandal that landed him on front page news. It's a candid, concerning, and confirming conversation about the cost of faith in Christ in our modern culture and how God works through our trials for a greater good.Mark Allaby has a background in the consulting and financial services with IBM in Australia and New Zealand. Mark has held executive roles in both the Banking Sector and with global Consultancies in the financial sector. He and his family now reside in Australia.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/2/202145 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 80: David Robertson: The Tragedy of Ravi Zacharias

It's difficult and heart breaking to process the news of confirmed allegations of personal impropriety by Ravi Zacharias. Apologist David Robertson joins Jonathan Youssef for a respectful conversation on the importance of grieving this report, what it means for Christian leaders to be held accountable, whether or not scandal discredits previous teachings, and what we can learn, if anything, from this revelation.  David Robertson is from Scotland where he was a minister and apologist for 33 years before moving to Australia to lead Third Space, an evangelistic initiative of City Bible Forum in Sydney. He has written several books including The Dawkins Letters and A.S.K: Real World Questions/Real World Answers. He is an award-winning blogger with The Wee Flea blog and is a contributor to premierchristianity.com.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/23/202141 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 79: Michael Youssef, Hope for this Present Crisis

Jonathan welcomes his dad, Dr. Michael Youssef, back to Candid Conversations for a special episode discussing his newest book, Hope for this Present Crisis. Historic times, a global pandemic, economic crisis, political and social unrest, and cultural deviation from Biblical principles; all of these can lead us to disillusion and despair.During this candid conversation, Dr. Youssef encourages us to open our spiritual eyes and walk the narrow path in these challenging days to empower and give us hope!  If you would like to pre-order Hope for this Present Crisis, it is available now at LTW.org for your gift of any amount to the ministry of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter:https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/16/202130 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 78: Bruce Lowe: Why Are We So Angry?

So many difficult things have happened in the last year and the challenges keep coming. It’s not surprising that the stress of a worldwide pandemic, economic lockdown, and national unrest have stirred up negative emotions, including anger. Join Jonathan Youssef and Bruce Lowe as they discuss anger in the lockdown. What is root of this anger our hearts? Where does it sprout from? And how should we respond?Bruce Lowe is a scholar, author and professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. He recently wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition on this very topic, "Why Has Quarantine Made Me So Angry?"  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/9/202134 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 77: Ashley Poptodorova - Restoration

Restoration. Have you taken the time to meditate on how the Lord is restoring you? It's easy to focus on the negative around us. However, it's far more edifying to seek out the ways the Lord is working good out of even the worst circumstances.Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes Ashley Poptodorova to Candid Conversations. Ashley has an incredible testimony of restoration from a childhood of abuse and its long-lasting consequences. Today, she is a passionate Christ follower who has been healed and restored by God and she enjoys  a thriving marriage and effective ministry for Christ. Ashley has a background in health and nutrition and is the founder of Ladies Who Love Christ, a women's ministry that has over 5,000 members in over 40 countries. She hosts a weekend radio show on Faith Talk Atlanta on 590 & 970 AM. It can be found on all major platforms like iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio and YouTube, too.    You won't want to miss this moving reminder of Christ's restorative work - available to every believer. To learn more about Ladies Who Love Christ, visit https://ladieswholovechrist.com/ To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/2/202158 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 76: Monica Cline: The Secret to Parenting in a Sexual Age (Reprise)

Join Jonathan for part two of an eye-opening two-part conversation with Monica Cline. For over a decade, Monica worked in HIV prevention education, comprehensive sex education as a Title X family planning Training Manager, and as a volunteer educator for Planned Parenthood.In part one of this conversation (Episode 75), Monica shares the truth behind comprehensive sex education and the disturbing approach she learned during training with Planned Parenthood.In this episode, Monica explains the key role parents play in sexual education and how we can become our children's greatest advocates and educators in this area.  She also shares how God has taken what the enemy meant for evil in her life and is using it for good and for the saving of many lives. If you are a parent or a grandparent, please take some time to listen to and share both episodes.To learn more about Monica Cline, visit her website: https://www.monicacline.comTo learn more about It Takes a Family, visit https://ittakesafamily.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/26/202139 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 75: Monica Cline: What Planned Parenthood Taught Me (Reprise)

Join Jonathan for an eye-opening two-part conversation with Monica Cline. For over a decade, Monica worked in HIV prevention education, comprehensive sex education as a Title X family planning Training Manager, and as a volunteer educator for Planned Parenthood.During this time, she came to learn that serving the marginalized meant meeting them where they are and then leaving them there. A combination of that philosophy, her experience in the community, and her own personal testimony prompted her to question comprehensive sex education and Planned Parenthood crisis pregnancy counseling. Her questions and concerns were not welcomed by her superiors and she was told she was not welcome if she was not in agreement with their approach.In part 1, Monica boldly exposes what she learned in her training at Planned Parenthood. She also shares the truth behind comprehensive sex education and the harm it causes our children, families, and communities. Her goal is to encourage parents to “reclaim Parenthood” and become their children’s greatest advocates and educators. Listen to part 2 of this Candid Conversation.To learn more about Monica Cline, visit her website: https://www.monicacline.comTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/22/202145 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 74: Erick Erickson: Save the Country, Save the Gospel?

A new wave of political unrest has left Christians wondering, "How should we engage in politics?" Erick Erickson joins Jonathan Youssef to discuss politics and faith and reveals where Christians should place their focus during this tumultuous time for our nation.Erick Erickson is a conservative, evangelical, author and runs a political blog The Resurgent as well a weekly radio host on Atlanta’s WSB, 750AM. ‘Evening News with Erick Erickson’.He has previously served as the editor-in-chief and the CEO of the conservative political blog RedState, while working at RedState, Erickson developed a reputation ‘as one of the most influential American conservatives’ and he has previously served as a political contributor for CNN and Fox News. He practiced law for six years, oversaw a number of political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. He was also an elected city councilman in Macon, GA.Join Jonathan and Erick for a candid conversation that will challenge and encourage you.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod     
1/19/202124 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 73: Clay Kirkland - Discover Your Calling

Have you ever wondered what God's call is for your life?  Do you think about what He created you to do?  Do you wrestle and ask if you are in the center of His will? These are questions we all wrestle with periodically. If you are in that place now or know someone who is, today's podcast is for you.Jonathan welcomes Clay Kirkland back to Candid Conversations. Clay is a life coach who served for 18 years as the Director of Staff Development at The Wesley Foundation at The University of Georgia where he mentored and coached thousands of young adults.  He is also a certified Strengths coach and consultant who helps people discover and operate in their God-given strengths.Together, Jonathan and Clay will navigate deep questions of purpose using Scripture as their guide. Join them now.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/12/202147 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 72: Episode 9: David Jensen - Keys to Sharing Christ in Any Culture (Reprise)

Dave Jensen grew up in a Christian home but he didn't follow Christ. As a young man, he went down every dead end road available in an attempt to find meaning and satisfaction in life. By 28 years old, he had pursued every road and found the end of all of them to be horrific.He was in great despair until someone explained who Jesus was and what Jesus did. Although he had heard it many times before, Dave says, "In that moment, God revealed to me that Jesus Christ died for sinners, of which I was the worst. And so I became a Christian. I repented and put my faith in Jesus."Unable to contain his new faith, he began telling everyone he knew about Jesus. Over the past ten years, he has shared Christ and ministered to young people in both Sydney, Australia and Belfast, Ireland--contextualizing but never compromising the Truth of God. In this episode of Candid, Dave shares how you can be an effective witness for Christ no matter where the Lord places you.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: BUILD YOUR BOLDNESSTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/5/202133 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 71: Moving Forward into 2021

2021 is here and we have no idea what it holds. Regardless of what is to come, we can trust the One who holds our future in His hands. In this personal reflection, Jonathan reminds us of the importance of focusing on Christ and why sharing His comfort can be life-changing for both us and those God places in our lives.The entire Candid Conversations' team wishes you a Happy New Year filled with the love and hope of Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/29/20207 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 70: It's a Very Youssef Christmas (Reprise)

Relax and have a little fun by joining Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes his wife, Lindsey, to Candid Conversations. In this special Christmas episode, they share a little bit about how Christmas was for each of them growing up and how they plan to celebrate it as a family in the future. To wrap things up, they play a short round of This or That: Christmas edition.From the entire team at Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef, we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.Join us for worship on Leading The Way LIVE at Apostles on Christmas Eve at 2:00 PMTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/22/202041 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 69: Aimee Miller: God Be Praised

Can we say that God is good all the time regardless our circumstances? Is God still good and worthy of praise when we are in the valley?This week, we wrap up our conversations with the Apostles' worship team. Today, Aimee Miller joins Jonathan Youssef for a Candid Conversation to introduce her song,  "God Be Praised," the final song in the Apostles Worship series.Aimee is a singer-songwriter hailing from worship roots in Athens, GA before joining the Apostles' team where she shares her heart of praise and musical talent weekly. "God Be Praised" is the the perfect bookend in this Apostles Worship series, music written for the church.Be encouraged to worship our Lord in this Christmas season regardless of your circumstances because He is worthy of our praise.Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend.God Be PraisedJoin us for worship on Leading The Way LIVE at Apostles Sunday at 10:30 AM.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/15/202028 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 68: Seth Rice: Come and Lift Your Head

David in Psalm 24 asks the question "Who is the King of Glory?" The response is, “The Lord  strong and mighty...lift up your heads.” Our Lord is strong and powerful.  Today, Seth Rice joins Jonathan Youssef for a Candid Conversation that takes a deep look into Psalm 24. It is the inspiration behind the new Apostles' worship song "Come and Lift Your Head Up" - included on the newest Apostles Worship, music written for the church.Seth Rice is a singer/song-writer, producer, live studio guitarist and session player. He's spent 10 years leading worship for various churches in the Atlanta area before joining the Apostles' Worship team this year.  Come and be encouraged to lift your head in worship to our strong and mighty Lord--no matter where you may be today.Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend.Come and Lift Your Head UpJoin us for worship on Leading The Way LIVE at Apostles Sunday at 10:30 AM.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.faceboowww.LTW.org/livek.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
12/8/202025 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 67: Jeremy & Lauren Ezell - The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength

We don’t often think of suffering as a path that leads to praise. However, the Psalmist writes in Psalm 126 that “those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.” In Nehemiah 8:10, Ezra writes: “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Jonathan Youssef welcomes Jeremy and Lauren Ezell to Candid Conversations. Both are accomplished musicians, song writers, and worship leaders.  They sit down with Jonathan to discuss their battle with infertility, the songwriting process for their most recent release, and how they find strength in God as they praise Him in the midst of their trials.Their recent trials are the inspiration behind their latest song release, "Renew Our  Song"; one of a four-part series on the newest Apostles Worship, music written for the church.  Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend. Listen to Renew Our Song HereTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/1/202043 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 66: Gratitude in the Hard Places

Join Jonathan this Thanksgiving week as he reflects on how to embrace gratitude during a difficult season. In this episode, Jonathan will share insight from Philippians 4, an anecdote to anxiety and worry. This year has forced us to live in the hard places. Take a few minutes to exchange your anxiety for the peace of God as, together, we give Him thanks for His spiritual and physical provision this year - even when it's been difficult.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/24/20206 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 65: Paul Reeves: "Cancer Saved My Life."

At 34 years old, Paul Reeves was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer.  He was a healthy and active husband, father, and worship leader who never expected to have a life-threatening illness.  What happened after Paul's diagnosis will remind you that some of our greatest blessings come through our fiercest trials.  In this episode of Candid Conversations, Paul sits down with Jonathan to discuss an incredible story of God's unrelenting love and faithfulness through his two battles with cancer.  This season is the inspiration behind his latest song release, "The Shepherd's Song"; one of a four-part series on the newest Apostles Worship music written for the body of Christ.  Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend. Listen to The Shepherd's SongTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/17/202039 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 64: R.T. Kendall: We've Never Been This Way Before

A Global Pandemic. Racial violence. Protesting. Upheaval. Where is God in the midst of this? What does it look like as a Christian to live in these unprecedented times in America? Are these trying times a sign of God's judgment?  Join Jonathan as he welcomes R.T. Kendall back to Candid Conversations. Dr. Kendall is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher who pastored Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years.  In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan and Dr. Kendall discuss his latest book, We've Never Been This Way Before, with a focus on how to view recent trials by reflecting on Joshua's words to the children of Israel before they entered the land of Canaan.Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/10/202020 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 63: You Voted. Now What?

You cast your vote. Your civic duty is done. Now what do you do?  Join Jonathan as he discusses the role of fear and faith in our lives post-election. In this episode of Candid Conversations, he reflects on the reminder we have in Scripture to cast off anxiety while prayerfully trusting in the Lord for our future.  Take a few minutes to listen and then share this episode with a friend who is struggling with fear over the outcome of this election.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/3/20207 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 62: Jane Robelot: Truth vs. Fake News (Reprise)

The pursuit of Truth and uncompromising integrity are the foundation of good journalism. Why, then, are Christians hesitant to pursue a career in mainstream media?Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes Jane Robelot to Candid to discuss how her Christian faith intersects with her successful career in broadcast journalism. Jane is an award-winning journalist and local news anchor, former CBS morning show co-anchor, and cohost of Leading The Way’s daily radio program and television specials.In this inspiring interview, Jane shares her personal testimony and details the importance of checking bias at the door of the newsroom as journalists seek the Truth. She also encourages young Christians to be salt and light in the workplace—including mainstream media.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD:A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW OF GOVERNMENTTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/27/202033 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 61: Connie Musselman and Jeannie Brostrand: Your Parenting Questions Answered

Jonathan welcomes Connie Musselman and Jeannie Brostrand to Candid Conversations to answer your parenting questions. Together, they give invaluable insight  into raising children who love God and follow Christ.  Together, they have more than 50 years of experience nurturing the hearts of children at home, in the church, and in our schools. Connie currently serves as the Director of Children’s ministry at The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, GA. She has a B.A in Bible and Christian Education. She is also a wife, mother of four, and a grandmother.Jeannie currently serves as the Director of Parent Mentoring at Redeemer Day School and has previously served as the Lower School Principal at Whitfield Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a wife, mother of two, and a grandmother. Together, they will tackle the tough questions that many parents are asking like:What does it look like to raise children in a technologically savvy world?How can we help guide our child's heart towards Christ without being overbearing?Which resources do you recommend on parenting?Parents, we hope you will listen to this encouraging and challenging conversation.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
10/20/202048 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 60: Claire and Rob Smith: Transgender From Biblical Times to Now

In the past few years, we have seen the rise of the public debate around gender and transgender. What makes a man a man and a woman a woman? Is this a new debate or an ancient one?  Jonathan Youssef welcomes Claire and Rob Smith from Sydney, Australia to Candid Conversations. Rob Smith lectures in theology, ethics, and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Ministry Training and Development for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the theology of sex and gender.  Claire Smith is a writer and women's bible teacher. She is a nurse by background. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Moore Theological College and is the author of God's Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women.  Claire and Rob are members of St. Andrew's Anglican Cathedral in Sydney and have been contributors to Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition (Claire Smith and Rob Smith).To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
10/13/202052 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 59: Monica Cline: The Secret to Parenting in a Sexual Age

Join Jonathan for part two of an eye-opening two-part conversation with Monica Cline. For over a decade, Monica worked in HIV prevention education, comprehensive sex education as a Title X family planning Training Manager, and as a volunteer educator for Planned Parenthood.In part one of this conversation (Episode 58), Monica shares the truth behind comprehensive sex education and the disturbing approach she learned during training with Planned Parenthood.In this episode, Monica explains the key role parents play in sexual education and how we can become our children's greatest advocates and educators in this area.  She also shares how God has taken what the enemy meant for evil in her life and is using it for good and for the saving of many lives. If you are a parent or a grandparent, please take some time to listen to and share both episodes.To learn more about Monica Cline, visit her website: https://www.monicacline.comTo learn more about It Takes a Family, visit https://ittakesafamily.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
10/6/202039 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 58: Monica Cline: What Planned Parenthood Taught Me

Join Jonathan for an eye-opening two-part conversation with Monica Cline. For over a decade, Monica worked in HIV prevention education, comprehensive sex education as a Title X family planning Training Manager, and as a volunteer educator for Planned Parenthood.During this time, she came to learn that serving the marginalized meant meeting them where they are and then leaving them there. A combination of that philosophy, her experience in the community, and her own personal testimony prompted her to question comprehensive sex education and Planned Parenthood crisis pregnancy counseling. Her questions and concerns were not welcomed by her superiors and she was told she was not welcome if she was not in agreement with their approach.In part 1, Monica boldly exposes what she learned in her training at Planned Parenthood. She also shares the truth behind comprehensive sex education and the harm it causes our children, families, and communities. Her goal is to encourage parents to “reclaim Parenthood” and become their children’s greatest advocates and educators. Listen to part 2 of this Candid Conversation.To learn more about Monica Cline, visit her website: https://www.monicacline.comTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/29/202045 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 57: Dr. Michael Youssef: Living for Treasure That Lasts

Jonathan welcomes his father, Dr. Michael Youssef, back to Candid Conversations to discuss his new book, Treasure that Lasts: Trading Privilege, Pleasure, and Power for What Really Matters.  Daily, we are surrounded by the temptation to glorify ourselves. We post carefully curated selfies on Instagram, chase money and pleasure, and live the "image is everything" lifestyle. We've created a culture of envy, emptiness, and depression. Even the church has bought into worldly values of wealth and status. God put us on this earth not to seek our own glory but to shine the light of his glory on a dying world.During today's candid conversation, Dr. Youssef shares from the life of Moses the importance of living for God's glory instead of the world's gold.  Listen today and discover the best place to invest your time, talent, and treasure.If you would like to receive a copy of Treasure That Lasts, it is available now for your gift of any amount to the ministry of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/22/202024 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 56: Dearly Beloved

It's all too common to forget God's design for marriage and instead focus on daily challenges.  In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef reminds listeners that through marriage, we reflect the beautiful union Christ has with His church.  Take a moment to be reminded that you are are wholly and dearly loved by God and remember the incredible and eternal purpose He has for your marriage. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/15/202010 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 55: Mac Powell: Trusting Jesus with the Unexpected

Join Jonathan for part two of a “candid conversation” with Mac Powell. In this part of the conversation, Mac opens up about trials he and his family have faced over the past year – and how they have found strength in their faith in God and encouragement from their church family. If you are struggling with issues you never thought you would face and aren’t sure why, you will definitely want to listen to today’s conversation. Mac Powell is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who formed the Christian rock band Third Day with guitarist Mark Lee.  Mac has written and produced some of the most prolific modern worship songs of our time.  To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/8/202018 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 54: Mac Powell: A Soul on Fire

Join Jonathan for the first of a two-part “candid conversation” with Mac Powell. Mac is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who formed the Christian rock band Third Day with guitarist Mark Lee.  Mac has written and produced some of the most prolific modern worship songs of our time.  In this first part of the conversation, Mac shares his background, offers insight into contemporary Christian music, and reveals three things that inspire him daily in his relationship with Christ.  This conversation will encourage and uplift you in Christ.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
9/1/202046 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 53: Eric Metaxas - The Gospel and Politics

Jonathan welcomes Eric Metaxas to Candid Conversations to discuss the importance of bringing the Gospel into politics without politics becoming an idol.  Eric Metaxas is a popular author, speaker, and conservative radio host. He has also written humor, children's books, and scripts for VeggieTales. He is the founder and host of the NYC-based event series, "Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life" and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Eric Metaxas Show. To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/25/202025 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 52: Jonathan Youssef: Who Are Our Real Enemies?

Jonathan shares a Biblical reflection from the book of James on who our real enemies are and how we can understand them in light of the Gospel.  Take a deeper look at how the world, our flesh, and the devil work against us and how we can claim the promises of God and have daily victory over these enemies of our soul.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/18/202011 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 51: Rosaria Butterfield: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey

Jonathan welcomes Rosaria Butterfield to Candid Conversations to discuss building up the church to live like the family of God to provide a powerful Christian witness to your neighbors.  Rosaria is a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University. She was converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her PhD from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women's studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.In 1997, while Rosaria was researching the Religious Right “and their politics of hatred against people like me,” she wrote an article against the Promise Keepers. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right, their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout—in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.Rosaria’s second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance that she often encounters during speaking engagements. In her third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World, Rosaria explores how God used a humble couple’s simple invitation to dinner to draw her—a radical, committed unbeliever—to himself. With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, she invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the Gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a home school mother, author, and speaker.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod   
8/11/202057 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 50: Dr. Tony Evans: The Church's Role in Fighting Racism

Jonathan welcomes Dr. Tony Evans to Candid Conversations to discuss the Church's role in fighting racism, the importance of living out our identity in Christ, and his plan to unite churches to overcome racial barriers in our communities.Tony Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He is also a renowned speaker, author, and has a widely syndicated radio and television program, The Urban Alternative. Download A Kingdom Strategy for Community TransformationResources for Racial Unity from Tony EvansTo ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
8/4/202021 minutes
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Episode 49: Bree Tuttle: What I Wish I Had Known Before My Abortion (Reprise)

Some celebrities are celebrating abortion as a stepping stone to a better life for women. Today's Candid Conversations guest has a very different perspective to share. At just 20 years old, Bree Tuttle had an abortion and suffered through physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional scarring. Bree joins Jonathan Youssef today to share the truth she wishes she'd known before her abortion.  Bree is a trained crisis pregnancy counselor and an outspoken and passionate advocate for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy?  Call the National Crisis Pregnancy Helpline at 800-712-HELP to talk to someone today.Are you looking for help moving past the pain of a past abortion? The following post-abortion Bible studies and recovery resources may be helpful to you.Surrendering the SecretAbortion Changes YouSave One Hope After AbortionHealing After AbortionTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
7/28/202036 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 48: Dr. Bruce A. Lowe: Why Do We Need to Talk About Sin? (Reprise)

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe from Reformed Theological Seminary joins Jonathan to take a deep dive into the topic of sin. Together, they discuss several aspects of sin, including:• What is sin and who defines it?• Why is the topic of sin taboo in the church of all places?• How do I address the problem of sin in my life?• Why is isolation dangerous?• What role does community play in breaking habitual sin?• What is the danger in not talking about sin?To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/21/202031 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 47: Clay Kirkland: How Do You Combat Rising Anxiety? (Reprise)

As stress and isolation grow, how can we combat rising anxiety without normalizing it? Clay Kirkland offers unique insight and help from his personal struggle with anxiety and years of providing spiritual direction for thousands of young adults while leading one of the largest campus ministries in the United States. In this episode of Candid, Clay unpacks his own personal struggle with anxiety and shares how the Lord met him during it. He also takes you into the Word of God to help you understand the spiritual root of anxiety and unpacks the steps to walking in peace—even when your circumstances haven’t changed.Connect with Clay Kirkland who  helps individuals, couples, and businesses overcome obstacles to thrive in what God has called them to do.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/14/202049 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 46: R.T. Kendall: Forgiving the Unforgivable (Reprise)

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel. Not just forgiveness but total forgiveness. A forgiveness that completely sets us free from the wages of sin and death. Not only are we totally forgiven but the Lord asks us to totally forgive others, too. Without giving and receiving forgiveness, we live a life of bondage.Join Jonathan and Dr. R.T. Kendall as they discuss the importance of forgiveness and his hope for younger generations. Dr. Kendall is a respected Christian writer, speaker, and teacher who was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. He is author of more than 50 books, including Total Forgiveness.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
7/7/202010 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 45: A Special Message from Jonathan

Join Jonathan as he reflects on the past year with Candid and shares a special Summer announcement.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/30/20206 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 44: Horst Schulze: Creating Excellence in a World of Compromise

Jonathan welcomes Horst Schulze to Candid Conversations - the man who defined the luxury hotel experience through his long tenure as President of The Ritz Carlton Hotels.  He then went on to define what ultraluxury meant as the Founder of the Capella Hotel Group.  His worldly success is remarkable, but what is most notable about Horst Schulze is his love for our Lord and how that overflows into his love for people and service to them.Horst is an exemplary leader and he is the expert on building an organization focused on excellence.  In fact, he wrote a book entitled, Excellence Wins, A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise.  This episode is filled with wisdom that will challenge you to rise above management to true leadership.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/23/202045 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 43: Dr. Chase Kuhn: Is Online Church Here to Stay?

Technology has helped believers stay connected during quarantine, with local churches streaming Sunday services and small groups connecting online. But once churches are fully re-opened and believers can meet in person, what is the role of online church services? In this episode of Candid, Dr. Chase Kuhn joins Jonathan Youssef to discuss the role of the digital church, as well as the Biblical model for local church bodies.    Dr. Kuhn is the Director of the Centre for Christian Living and is a lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is also a contributor to the Gospel Coalition and recently wrote an article on why church structures may be undermining the Gospel.  If you have been struggling to understand the role of the local church and your place in it, you will not want to miss this episode.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
6/16/202026 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 42: The Blessing of Persevering Through Trials

We all face difficulties.  Why? What is the purpose of trials? How should we view them as followers of Christ? How do we keep going when things seem unbearable? In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks wisdom from James 1 about how we are to handle trials and the blessing we receive when we persevere.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
6/9/202016 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 41: Mo Isom Aiken: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot, Part 2

No matter who you are, Mo Isom Aiken is going to challenge and encourage you in your relationship with Christ. She is a powerful witness to the sufficiency of Jesus' sacrifice to cover and deliver us from all sin. In part 2 of this candid two-part conversation, Mo shares the practical steps she took to walk free of sexual impurity and pornography--and she offers wisdom and free resources to help guide you on your journey to freedom.Mo is the New York Times Bestselling author of Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold and the author of Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot. She is a nationally sought after speaker and a popular faith-based blogger. She was also an All-American goalkeeper for the LSU Women’s Soccer team.  Mo has been featured at Liberty University, The Gospel Coalition, The 700 Club, The Ellen Degeneres Show, ESPN, CBS, CBN and many other television, radio and digital platforms. To learn more about Mo Isom Aiken, visit her website: https://www.moisom.com Learn More About Sex and Jesus, The Conversation Continued - a free 8-part video series you can do individually or with a group. This series will guide you in hard but holy conversations about sexuality in a sin-saturated world. There is also a FREE 37-page group study guide.  To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
6/2/202041 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 40: Mo Isom Aiken: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot, Part 1

No matter who you are, Mo Isom Aiken is going to challenge and encourage you in your relationship with Christ. She is a powerful witness to the sufficiency of Jesus' sacrifice to cover and deliver us from all sin. In part 1 of this candid two-part conversation, Mo shares her compelling personal testimony.  Mo is the New York Times Bestselling author of Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold and the author of Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot. She is a nationally sought after speaker and a popular faith-based blogger. She was also an All-American goalkeeper for the LSU Women’s Soccer team.  While her young life was riddled with great personal tragedy – things she will share in this episode—Mo was miraculously saved and transformed by the grace of God. She now speaks bold and courageous Truth to a generation being crushed under the weight of their sin, their circumstances, and the lies of the enemy. Mo has been featured at Liberty University, The Gospel Coalition, The 700 Club, The Ellen Degeneres Show, ESPN, CBS, CBN and many other television, radio and digital platforms. To learn more about Mo Isom Aiken, visit her website: https://www.moisom.com To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
5/26/202043 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 39 - Stan Carder: How to Minister to Others During a Difficult Time

Your best friend just lost their job. Your co-worker is sick in the ICU. Your neighbor just lost their spouse. You want to help, but you don't want to say or do the wrong thing. Today's Candid Conversations guest, Stan Carder, is here to help.  For over 40 years, Stan has walked through fierce personal trials and has, in turn, walked countless others through difficult times. From a small rural church in the Midwest to a megachurch in California, Stan has faithfully ministered God's love and Truth to those who are suffering.Stan joined the pastoral care staff at The Church of The Apostles in 2003 and became the Director of Congregational Care in 2006. He recently retired from this role, but he continues to serve on the Leading The Way pastoral care team—ministering to each person in a caring and compassionate way. Allow Stan to guide and encourage you to minister to those in your life today!To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/19/202031 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 38: Julie Chapman - “God’s Got Me”: Worshiping God in Difficult Times

How do we truly count our suffering as joy and draw near to God in our trials? Today's guest, Julie Chapman offers insight into the incredible power of worshiping God in the midst of difficult times.   Julie is a three-time cancer and brain tumor survivor. She's also the friend you would call if you got bad news or needed your spirits lifted. Her optimism, determination to point others to the light and Truth of Jesus, and unwavering faith will inspire you to dive deeper into your relationship with Christ—especially in difficult times. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod   
5/12/202031 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 37: What God is Teaching Me (and You!) in Quarantine

We are all facing challenges in quarantine and we can easily become focused on our suffering and miss what God is doing. In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef takes a few minutes to share what God has been teaching him in quarantine.  We asked you to share what God has been teaching you during quarantine and Jonathan also offers your insight during this episode.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
5/5/202020 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 36: David Nicholas: Financial Wisdom in the Face of Crisis

There are many unknowns right now. Among them is the long term effect of the COVID crisis on both the economy and our personal finances. Jonathan Youssef welcomes David Nicholas to Candid to help explain what we are facing financially, as well as how we should frame it in light of Scripture. David also offers some practical counsel like the best way to prepare for the months ahead and how to use your stimulus check. David Nicholas is President and Founder of Nicholas Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment advisory company. He is a weekly market commentator on major media networks including Fox Business, CNBC, CNN and CBS. He was recently named as one of Atlanta's most powerful leaders by Atlanta Magazine. David serves on the vestry at his church and in his free time enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Kristin and their two daughters. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/28/202038 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 35: A Personal Look at Suicide (Reprise)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds and the rate of suicide in the United States has increased 33% from 2000 to 2017. As the current global pandemic of COVID-19 continues, there has been an exponential increase in calls to suicide hotlines. This is the time to talk about suicide.Jonathan Youssef welcomes friend and former colleague, Laura, to Candid to share her personal experience of losing her mother to suicide. She tells her story to help people understand the reality of suicide, the impact of suicide on those left behind, and to provide words of love and hope to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.Jonathan also talks with seasoned counselor, Rand Eberhard, who has walked with countless people through their struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts. Rand offers wisdom on how to respond if we are struggling ourselves with suicide or if we are walking alongside someone considering death by suicide.If you are personally struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone. If you are involved in a church, please contact your pastor. If you are not connected with a church, please call the national suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK– https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
4/21/202029 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 34: Dr. Bill Davis: Let's Talk About Suicide (Reprise)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds and the rate of suicide in the United States has increased 33% from 2000 to 2017. As the current global pandemic of COVID-19 continues, there has been an exponential increase in calls to suicide hotlines. This is the time to talk about suicide.Join Jonathan Youssef and Dr. Bill Davis for a candid conversation about the root of suicide, the church's historical and modern response to suicide, as well as the impact of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why on young people considering suicide.Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of philosophy at Covenant College and an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has spent a good deal of time discussing suicide with his students and he has developed a training for pastors who are dealing with the issue in their churches. He is a deep and compassionate minister of the Gospel.If you are personally struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone. If you are involved in a church, please contact your pastor. If you are not connected with a church, please call the national suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/14/202040 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 33: The Hope of Waiting

Jonathan Youssef reflects on the blessings  to be found in seasons of waiting and the hope we have in Christ as we celebrate Easter.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
4/7/202015 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 32: Clay Kirkland: How Do You Combat Rising Anxiety?

As stress and isolation grow, how can we combat rising anxiety without normalizing it? Clay Kirkland offers unique insight and help from his personal struggle with anxiety and years of providing spiritual direction for thousands of young adults while leading one of the largest campus ministries in the United States.  In this episode of Candid, Clay unpacks his own personal struggle with anxiety and shares how the Lord met him in the midst of it. He also takes you into the Word of God to help you understand the spiritual root of anxiety and unpacks the steps to walking in peace—even when your circumstances haven’t changed. Connect with Clay Kirkland who  helps individuals, couples, and businesses overcome obstacles to thrive in what God has called them to do.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/31/202049 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 31: A Candid Take on COVID-19

Jonathan Youssef offers timely Biblical encouragement for believers during the COVID-19 crisis. He also shares the  importance of welcoming and addressing difficult questions from your children in trying times.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/24/20207 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 30: Al Mohler: Netflix and the Coronavirus

There are 169 million Netflix users, 28 million Hulu users and 74 percent of Americans have subscriptions to online streaming services. In just three short months, Disney+ had 28.6 million subscribers. With so much content readily available,  how should we, as believers, decide what and how much to consume?Dr. Al Mohler joins Jonathan Youssef for a conversation about media and our consumption of it. Dr. Mohler also takes a moment to address the fear surrounding the Coronavirus crisis. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
3/17/202028 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 29: Mike Galanos: From Fame to Faith

Jonathan Youssef welcomes Mike Galanos to Candid Conversations for an inspirational conversation on how God shifted his focus from pursuing fame to pursuing a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ. Mike is a longtime anchor for CNN Headline News  who offers encouraging insight for people working in secular environments who want to be a witness for Christ but don't know how.To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
3/10/202027 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 28: Do I Really Need to Go to Church?

What comes to mind when someone mentions church? For some, it's a positive thought full of love, warmth, and community. For others, it immediately sparks feelings of judgment and rejection. Through the local church, we should experience Christ, meet our heavenly family, and grow in faith and love as we are stretched by one another, but is this happening?  In this episode, Jonathan Youssef unpacks God's purpose and design for the church.  He shares why going to a Biblical church can help you build a healthy and vibrant relationship with the Lord. He also provides valuable insight into finding a body of believers rooted in the Word of God. To ask Jonathan a question or to connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod  
3/3/202019 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 27: Roe v. Wade Conversations: What I Wish I Had Known Before My Abortion with Bree Tuttle

Some celebrities are celebrating abortion as a stepping stone to a better life for women. Today's Candid Conversations guest has a very different perspective to share. At just 20 years old, Bree Tuttle had an abortion and suffered through physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional scarring. Bree joins Jonathan Youssef today to share the truth she wishes she'd known before her abortion.  Bree is a trained crisis pregnancy counselor and an outspoken and passionate advocate for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy?  Call the National Crisis Pregnancy Helpline at 800-712-HELP to talk to someone today.Are you looking for help moving past the pain of a past abortion? The following post-abortion Bible studies and recovery resources may be helpful to you.Surrendering the SecretAbortion Changes YouSave One Hope After AbortionHealing After AbortionTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
2/25/202036 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 26: Dr. Bruce A. Lowe: Why We Need to Talk About Sin

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe from Reformed Theological Seminary joins Jonathan to take a deep dive into the topic of sin. Together, they discuss several aspects of sin, including:• What is sin and who defines it?• Why is the topic of sin taboo in the church of all places?• How do I address the problem of sin in my life?• Why is isolation dangerous?• What role does community play in breaking habitual sin?• What is the danger in not talking about sin?To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/18/202031 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 25: Dr. Michael Youssef: Does Christianity Need Saving?

So many teachers and theologians are teaching falsehood under the guise of Truth. What causes them to give in to this false teaching? Some think they are "saving" Christianity but does Christianity need to be saved?Jonathan Youssef welcomes Dr. Michael Youssef back to Candid Conversations to answer these questions and to share about his newest book, Saving Christianity?.Dr. Youssef has written over 40 books but says Saving Christianity? is his most important work to date. In it, he confronts the dangerous ideas that are destroying the church from within. This book is written to equip believers to identify and stand strong against the growing tide of false teaching in the church.Pre-Order Your Copy of Saving Christianity?To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/11/202031 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 24: Paul David Tripp: Uncover the Marriage of Your Dreams

Marriage. It is a blessing from God but it can also be difficult and complicated. We get married because we believe marriage is a good thing that will bless our lives. But much of the time, marriage morphs into something we didn’t intend it to be. When it does, we need something sturdier than romance and deeper than shared interest and mutual attraction.Jonathan welcomes Dr. Paul David Trip to Candid Conversations. Dr. Tripp believes marriage requires changed expectations, radical commitments, and most importantly, grace.In this engaging podcast interview you will uncover the right expectations for marriage, what it means to reflect the Gospel in marriage, and why being disappointed in your marriage can be a good thing.Tickets for The Marriage of Your Dreams Conference in Atlanta: http://themarriageofyourdreams.org/Can’t attend Atlanta? Stream instead: http://stream.themarriageofyourdreams.org/Get Paul’s marriage book: https://www.paultripp.com/products/wdye-bkTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFollow our social media pages:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
2/4/202031 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 23: Three Reasons for Suffering

What is suffering? Why is there suffering in this world? Why aren't we immune to it as Christians? Why would a loving God allow suffering?One of the most asked questions by young people in the Western world is, "Why is there suffering?" Pain and hardship are part of the human experience but why?The Bible is clear that we will all face suffering to some degree and that it will ultimately be used for good in the life of a believer.In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef explores three main reasons for suffering and gives Biblical encouragement to persevere in the face of suffering. If you have wondered why there is suffering, you won't want to miss this episode.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/28/202019 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 22: R.T. Kendall: Forgiving the Unforgivable

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel. Not just forgiveness but total forgiveness. A forgiveness that completely sets us free from the wages of sin and death. Not only are we totally forgiven but the Lord asks us to totally forgive others, too. Without giving and receiving forgiveness, we live a life of bondage.Join Jonathan and Dr. R.T. Kendall as they discuss the importance of forgiveness and his hope for younger generations. Dr. Kendall is a respected Christian writer, speaker, and teacher who was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. He is author of more than 50 books, including Total Forgiveness.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/21/202010 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 21: David Robertson: The #1 Question Young People Are Asking

Do you know the #1 question young people worldwide are asking about the Christian faith? Why are only youth in the West asking about suffering? Do you feel equipped to answer questions about Christianity?Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes David Robertson to Candid Conversations. David is an experienced minister and gifted apologist who can explain complex theological Truth in a simple and engaging way.He has written several books including The Dawkins Letters, he has The Wea Flea blog, and he has recently released ASK: Real World Questions/ Real World Answers. In it, he takes questions from young people around the world about Christianity and provides simple but profound answers. As he shares, you will learn how to answer popular questions about the faith using Biblical Truth and insight.ASK: Real World Questions/Real World AnswersTo ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
1/14/202030 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 20: Dave Hubbard: The 3-Word Prayer That Saved My Life

Do you want spiritual and physical help making progress on your health and fitness goals this year? Join Jonathan as he talks to Dave Hubbard, a former NFL player who is now America's Fitness Coach.Dave grew up on a farm in California. He played college football and then was drafted by the New Orleans Saints to play in the NFL. After leaving the NFL to become a pastor, he was almost killed when his parachute did not open on his first skydiving adventure. During his recovery, Dave was overweight and out of shape for the first time in his life. This led to what Dave describes as his "fitness crisis" and his search for a fitness formula that would help him get and stay fit.In this episode of Candid Conversations, Dave shares the captivating story of his fitness journey. As he does, you will receive Biblical encouragement to pursue physical fitness and practical tools to improve your strength and stamina in just 10 minutes a day so you can live a healthier and more productive life in Christ.You can learn more about Dave's 10 minute fitness program at https://GetFit10.com.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
1/7/202043 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 19: Looking Forward to 2020

Thank you for joining us for Candid Conversations in 2019.  In this New Year's Eve episode, Jonathan offers his appreciation for you and your engagement with the podcast this year.   He also reveals little known facts about resolutions including which states are the best and worst at keeping resolutions.  Sorry, Texas.Jonathan also reads some of your encouraging notes to our team and shares how you can help direct content on future episodes of Candid Conversations. We want to hear from you.From the entire Candid Conversations team, we wish you a  happy and healthy New Year!
12/31/201911 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 18: It's a Very Youssef Christmas

Relax and have a little fun by joining Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes his wife, Lindsey, to Candid Conversations for the first time. In this special Christmas Eve episode, they share a little bit about how Christmas was for each of them growing up and how they plan to celebrate it as a family in the future. To wrap things up, they play a short round of This or That: Christmas edition.From the entire team at Candid Conversations with Jonathan Youssef, we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
12/24/201941 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 17: Zack Carden: Why Should I Care About the Old Testament?

One of the issues in the church is the move by some to disconnect the Old Testament from the New Testament. Does the Old Testament really matter? What value does it have for the church today?Jonathan Youssef welcomes Zack Carden to Candid Conversations to help us understand the importance of both the Old and New Testaments and the purpose of the Biblical covenants.Zack has a Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and has been a pastor for 18 years. He also has a teacher’s heart and a gift for simplifying and sharing complex Biblical Truth. If you want to enjoy your Christmas in Biblical technicolor, listen to this episode!To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/17/201930 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 16: A Personal Look at Suicide

Jonathan Youssef welcomes friend and former colleague, Laura, to Candid to share her personal experience of losing her mother to suicide. She tells her story to help people understand the reality of suicide, the impact of suicide on those left behind, and to provide words of love and hope to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.Jonathan also talks with seasoned counselor, Rand Eberhard, who has walked with countless people through their struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts. Rand offers wisdom on how to respond if we are struggling ourselves with suicide or if we are walking alongside someone considering death by suicide.If you are personally struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone. If you are involved in a church, please contact your pastor. If you are not connected with a church, please call the national suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK– https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/10/201928 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 15: Dr. Bill Davis: Let's Talk About Suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds and the rate of suicide in the United States has increased 33% from 2000 to 2017. It's time for Christians to talk about suicide. Join Jonathan Youssef and Dr. Bill Davis for a candid conversation about the root of suicide, the church's historical and modern response to suicide, as well as the impact of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why on young people considering suicide.Dr. Bill Davis is a professor of philosophy at Covenant College and an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has spent a good deal of time discussing suicide with his students and he has developed a training for pastors who are dealing with the issue in their churches. He is a deep and compassionate minister of the Gospel.If you are personally struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone. If you are involved in a church, please contact your pastor. If you are not connected with a church, please call the national suicide prevention hotline – 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK– https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
12/3/201938 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 14: John Dickson: Always Be Prepared to Give an Answer

Dr. John Dickson thinks, writes, and speaks. Starting out as a singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, academic, and media presenter. In 2007 he co-founded (with Dr Greg Clarke) the Centre for Public Christianity, and has published 18 books and three TV documentaries. He teaches ‘Historical Jesus’ at the University of Sydney, and is a Visiting Academic (2017-2020) in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford.In 2019 he was appointed Distinguished Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Public Christianity at Ridley College, Melbourne. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, he strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith. His podcast Undeceptions seeks to promote clarity about Christianity in doubting times. Having lost his father in a plane crash at 9, John is sympathetic to the sorrows and questions of our world, and values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod 
11/26/201930 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 13: Dee Barnes: Redeemed Sexuality

Jonathan has a heartfelt conversation with Dee Barnes about how God saved her and redeemed her sexuality as she pursued a relationship with Christ.  Her transparent testimony of transformation through the power of God's Word has compelled her to lead others struggling with sexual and relational issues to the freedom only possible in Christ.Dee Barnes is the founder of His Wonderful Works, a ministry dedicated to bringing hope, healing, and freedom to the Body of Christ in the areas of family relationships and sexuality.His Wonderful Works comes alongside individuals, ministries, and churches to provide insightful Biblical teaching, testimonies, lay counseling, healing prayer, and trusted resources.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/19/201947 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 12: Can a Christian Date a Non-Christian?

As a young adult pastor, Jonathan Youssef often hears the question, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?"  In this episode of Candid, Jonathan shares Biblical wisdom and insight as he answers this heartfelt question.  Dating can be difficult and can lead to so many questions. One question Jonathan Youssef often receives from his young adult group is, "Can I, as a Christian, date a non-Christian?" Recognizing the struggle behind this question, Jonathan's answer provides Biblical wisdom and insight that will help believers understand what is most important in their dating relationships and, ultimately, their marriage.To ask Jonathan a question or connect with the Candid community, visit https://LTW.org/CandidFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/candidpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/candidpodTwitter: https://twitter.com/thecandidpod
11/12/201922 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 11: Anne Graham Lotz

Called the best preacher in the family by her father, the late Billy Graham, Anne speaks with wisdom and authority from years spent studying God’s Word. Her aim is clear and evident in both her life and this conversation: to call people into a personal relationship with God through His word. 
11/5/201932 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 10: Why You Can Trust the Bible

Can you trust the Bible? It is an important question to answer when considering the Christian faith. Is there evidence to support the validity of Scripture or does it need to be accepted on blind faith?In this episode of Candid, Jonathan Youssef shares practical evidence for the validity of Scripture and he also unpacks the reason why so many choose to deny its Truth.Listen and learn why you can trust that the Bible is indeed God’s Word—and find renewed confidence and excitement to seek God in the Scriptures.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: FOUR REASONS YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLEConnect with us at https://LTW.org/Candid!
10/29/201913 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 9: David Jensen - Keys to Sharing Christ in Any Culture

Dave Jensen grew up in a Christian home but he didn't follow Christ. As a young man, he went down every dead end road available in an attempt to find meaning and satisfaction in life. By 28 years old, he had pursued every road and found the end of all of them to be horrific.He was in great despair until someone explained who Jesus was and what Jesus did. Although he had heard it many times before, Dave says, "In that moment, God revealed to me that Jesus Christ died for sinners, of which I was the worst. And so I became a Christian. I repented and put my faith in Jesus."Unable to contain his new faith, he began telling everyone he knew about Jesus. Over the past ten years, he has shared Christ and ministered to young people in both Sydney, Australia and Belfast, Ireland--contextualizing but never compromising the Truth of God. In this episode of Candid, Dave shares how you can be an effective witness for Christ no matter where the Lord places you.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: BUILD YOUR BOLDNESSConnect with us at https://LTW.org/Candid!
10/22/201933 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 8: A Dramatic Journey from Islam to Christianity, Part 2

Ash grew up in a loving Islamic family. He was chosen to be the future leader of his tribe of over 800 family members. He was mentored by his grandfather for years. But everything changed when Ash began to question his faith and his future.Join Jonathan Youssef on a dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity as he welcomes Ash, a former Muslim and one of Leading The Way's follow up coordinators, to the Candid podcast.In Part 1 of this two-part interview, you learned why Ash began questioning his faith and how he came to faith in Christ. In Part 2, Ash will recount the danger he faced as he shared his new faith with his family and you will discover how God uses our most difficult circumstances to answer our most fervent prayers.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: INSIGHTS INTO ISLAM
10/15/201929 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 7: A Dramatic Journey from Islam to Christianity, Part 1

Ash grew up in a loving Islamic family. He was chosen to be the future leader of his tribe of over 800 family members. He was mentored by his grandfather for years. But everything changed when Ash began to question his faith and his future.Join Jonathan Youssef on a dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity as he welcomes Ash, a former Muslim and one of Leading The Way's follow up coordinators, to the Candid podcast.In Part 1 of this two part interview, you will learn why Ash began questioning his faith and how he came to faith in Christ. In Part 2, Ash will recount the danger he faced as he shared his new faith with his family and you will discover how God uses our most difficult circumstances to answer our most fervent prayers.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: INSIGHTS INTO ISLAM
10/8/201923 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 6: Jane Robelot: Truth vs. Fake News

The pursuit of Truth and uncompromising integrity are the foundation of good journalism. Why, then, are Christians hesitant to pursue a career in mainstream media?Join Jonathan Youssef as he welcomes Jane Robelot to Candid to discuss how her Christian faith intersects with her successful career in broadcast journalism. Jane is an award-winning journalist and local news anchor, former CBS morning show co-anchor, and cohost of Leading The Way’s daily radio program and television specials. In this inspiring interview, Jane shares her personal testimony and details the importance of checking bias at the door of the newsroom as journalists seek the Truth. She also encourages young Christians to be salt and light in the workplace—including mainstream media.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: TRUTH TIPS
10/1/201932 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 5: Where is Your Focus?

It's easy to lose focus on what’s important when you are constantly surrounded by messages that distract you from the best God has for you. The lens you look through can shift your focus and, ultimately, lead to a distorted perspective in life.In this episode of Candid Conversations, Jonathan Youssef encourages you to reflect on what has captured your attention lately and shares how to refocus on the right things.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: TRUTH TIPS
9/24/201912 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 4: Doubt is a Useful Tool

Can a Christian walk away from the faith? What about a Christian leader? Two influential Christian leaders have recently considered leaving the faith. How do we remain steadfast in the face of doubt?GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: TRUTH TIPS
9/17/201910 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 3: Michael Youssef, Part 2: How to Develop Discernment

Dr. Michael Youssef joins Jonathan on the Candid podcast to encourage listeners to stay rooted in the Word of God and community, both keys to a fulfilling and fruitful relationship with Christ. In part two of this two-part interview, Dr. Youssef shares the importance of praying for wisdom and offers tangible ways to develop discernment. GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: FOUR REASONS YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLE
9/10/201917 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 2: Michael Youssef, Part 1 – Questions, Doubts, and the Gospel of Grace

Dr. Michael Youssef joins Jonathan on the Candid podcast to encourage listeners to stay rooted in the Word of God and community, both keys to a fulfilling and fruitful relationship with Christ. In part one of this two-part interview, he shares what he learned from his mentor as a young man and why Christians should be unafraid to ask and pursue answers to hard questions. GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: FOUR REASONS YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLE
8/27/201918 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 1: Get to Know Jonathan

Join host Jonathan Youssef as he walks you through his personal background and shares his passion and purpose for Candid Conversations. Jonathan is the youngest son of Dr. Michael Youssef and currently serves as the Director of 20s and 30s ministry at The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia. Jonathan and his wife, Lindsey, have spent the last few years in Sydney, Australia, ministering to young adults. Jonathan’s experience ministering to young adults in Australia, a post-Christian country, is invaluable in light of the fact that our country, but for the intervention of the Lord, is only a handful of years behind Australia’s post-Christian culture. GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD: FOUR REASONS YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLE
8/20/20198 minutes, 46 seconds