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Christian Parent, Crazy World

English, Children-Kids, 1 seasons, 99 episodes, 2 days 7 hours 35 minutes
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Christian Parent, Crazy World is a podcast dedicated to helping you be a godly parent in an ungodly world.
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What Most Americans Don't Understand about Freedom (w/ Os Guinness) - Ep. 93

Catherine is joined by one of the great intellectual minds in the world today to discuss the nature of freedom and the future of our country. Having authored and edited over 30 books, including The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom, Os Guinness is a world-renowned authority on freedom. Having lived through the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949 as a westerner and then having extensively studied the fields of history, philosophy, religion, theology, apologetics, and culture, Os possesses not a one-in-a-million perspective on the nature and necessary foundation for freedom to exist and thrive—his perspective is one-in-8 billion.   As Os reveals, slavery is the norm in human history. Freedom is the anomaly. What was unique about the American quest for freedom? America’s founders uncovered the roots of freedom not in 17th century enlightenment, but in the ancient Hebrew Repub
04/03/202430 minutes 38 seconds
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How Is Equality Impossible without the Christian Worldview? (w/ Dr. Douglas Groothuis) - Ep. 92

Something in the human soul cries out for equality. It is certainly a virtue that our culture lauds and espouses.   Where does the idea of equality come from? Can we arrive at the concept of equality from a naturalistic or humanistic worldview? How do we obtain equality?   Catherine’s special guest in this episode is an expert in the fields of philosophy, theology, and apologetics. Dr. Douglas Groothuis has devoted an entire chapter of his recent book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Streets-Confidently-Incendiary-Cultural/dp/1684513081/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1TG81CH5R275V&amp;dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.7-zLXICM6RYWdhJ2XfM1fwKdGbHbXoXS8GQk2skedvKyeDZTXLFY19cgMEpv54xjMfTtzMkpvEBGLq9bdChEOdwTSXAX_6u2I_oKtpjALIHjGCZIJhugE3A5XAZ6pohq.kgLntSkeSSh2qa4zBix1DBl6yqD-fw-Q18Bs8CoRoGg&amp;dib_tag=se&amp;keywords=fire+in+the+streets+douglas+groothuis&amp;qid=1708896096&amp;sprefix=Fire+in+the+Streets%2Caps%2C125&amp;sr=8-
26/02/202445 minutes 15 seconds
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The Shocking Roots of Cancel Culture (w/ Dr. Douglas Groothuis) - Ep. 91

Cancel culture is nothing new. We see it all throughout Scripture. The enemy loves to cancel people. He tried to cancel Jesus, but it didn’t work. Satan never stops trying to silence the truth.   In this episode, Catherine investigates the shocking roots of the new political movement that has codified cancel culture in our society. Where does it come from?   Catherine’s special guest has written a brilliant response to the radical ideology at the heart of cancel culture, an ideology that has set our cities on fire and exacerbated the racial divide. Dr. Douglas Groothuis has authored dozens of books and scholarly articles and is a leading expert on philosophy, theology, history, religion, and culture. His latest book, Fire in the Streets: How You Can Confidently Respond to Incendiary Cultural Topics, expertly traces cancel culture back to its Marxist roots.   Topics covered in this episode include:   Marxism &am
19/02/202444 minutes 59 seconds
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Infidelity in Marriage: How To Find Restoration after An Affair (w/ Josh & Katie Walters) - Ep. 90

Is it possible for a marriage to recover from infidelity? Can the emotional wounds of an affair ever be a thing of the past? Can trust be rebuilt after betrayal?   Catherine’s special guests in this episode answer those questions with a resounding “yes!” Josh and Katie Walters, authors of New Marriage, Same Couple: Don’t Let Your Worst Days Be Your Last Days, had a marriage that was rocked to the core from an affair that nearly destroyed their relationship. Their restoration required grace, forgiveness, hope, and leaning into God like never before, but now their marriage is the epitome of love and fulfillment that we all long for with our spouses.   In this raw conversation, Josh shares how the desperation of his darkest hours fed a hunger for God like never before, and that hunger brought hope and healing. Katie shares how she found in Christ a loving
12/02/202431 minutes 16 seconds
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The 4 Mindsets Every Couple Needs for a Thriving Marriage... Just in Time for Valentine's Day! w/ Josh & Katie Walters - Ep. 89

One-third of Christian marriages end in divorce, a figure that is “statistically identical to that of non-born again adults” according to recent research from Barna. What critical foundation are so many Christians missing in their marriage that leads to the demise of their primary relationship?   Josh and Katie Walters, authors of the brand new book New Marriage, Same Couple: Don’t Let Your Worst Days Be Your Last Days, identify four essential principles that will help every marriage to thrive. After a devastating season involving an affair that rocked their marriage to the core, Josh and Katie discovered four Biblical mindsets that transformed their relationship. Those mindsets form the word STAY:
05/02/202432 minutes 40 seconds
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The 3 Biggest Life Lessons Every Parent Needs to Teach Their Kids - Ep. 88

Life has tough lessons in store for all of us. Seeing those experiences through the lens of Biblical truth is imperative if we want to thrive in these difficult seasons and grow. As parents, we want to prepare our kids for these challenges so they can flourish.   What lessons are most important for our kids to learn?   In this wildly creative episode, Catherine digs into her acting roots and shares the three most important lessons life teaches everyone by examining the foundational principals of improvisational acting. Those lessons are:   1.  You can’t choose what happens to you in life, but you can choose your response.   At some point, life throws everyone a curve ball. An anticipated promotion doesn’t happen. A beloved child has a permanent disability. A routine outing results in a tragic accident. In big ways and small ways, life disappoints us. So what do you do? Life lesson # 2 tells us.   2.  Wha
29/01/202427 minutes 11 seconds
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How Can You Protect Your Kids from Being Sexually Exploited? w/ Dr. Rondy Smith - Ep. 87

We think of sex trafficking as being out there somewhere in the jungles of Central America or in Thailand and Cambodia. And to be sure, it is there. But what we must understand as parents and as Christians is that human trafficking is in every zip code in the United States as well. What do we need to know as parents to help prevent our children from being sexually exploited?   In this episode, Dr. Rondy Smith shares the shocking way many young girls are being lured by sexual predators. She reads a letter from a young woman with the pseudonym “V” who was sexually exploited for all of her teenage years—and  her parents had no idea even though it was happening under their roof. “V” was lured into a sexually exploitive relationship by a distant family member in his 30s who was posing as a suicidal 12-year-old boy from a neighboring school. Once this predator got his first image, he had control which he used to manipulate “V” for 8 years.
22/01/20241 hour 29 seconds
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How Can Christians Get Involved in the Fight against Human Trafficking? w/ Dr. Rondy Smith - Ep. 86

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Joining Catherine in a vital conversation to promote awareness is an expert in the field of sexual trauma recovery. Dr. Rondy Smith is the Founder &amp; CEO of Rest Stop Ministries,Tennessee’s first long-term residential restoration program for female survivors of sex trafficking. Rest Stop walks hand-in-hand with victims of sexual trauma through a 3-year recovery program. Graduates are able live happy, healthy, productive lives after completing this God-ordained work.   Catherine’s powerful conversation with Rondy reveals the magnitude of the problem, highlighting the shocking fact that sex trafficking exists in every zip code in the United States. Human trafficking is a world-wide, multi-billion dollar industry that is hidden in plain sight. Here is the alarming reality:   There are 27 million people enslaved in the world to
15/01/202442 minutes 51 seconds
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8 Words Every Parent Must Say To Their Child - Ep. 85

There are eight critically important words that as parents we need to say to our kids, as often as necessary—and they are hard. They may be the hardest words to say in the English language. They are relationship building words, and words that model what true repentance looks like. If you don’t learn how to say these words, at some point, your relationship with your child will break. Those words are:   “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me.”   In this episode, Catherine walks through the vital components of this critically important admission. It isn’t enough to express regret or sorrow. When we have wronged our child, as parents we must also admit culpability, which helps to free our child from the injury and begin the process of healing. Finally, we must ask for forgiveness, which helps our child to actively release the wound to God.   Also in this episode, Catherine shares:   3 key objectives tha
08/01/202420 minutes 29 seconds
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13 Ways To Be a Better Parent This Year - "Best of" New Year's Episode

This is one of Catherine’s most practical podcast and has been selected as a "best of" episode from 2022. In this insightful message, Catherine helps you leave behind the old and embrace the new with a “Dashboard for Life,” which is a report card containing 13 gauges on how to improve in the new year. Catherine walks you through how to examine your faith life, your marriage or dating life, your family life, and nine other areas by offering simple, everyday guidance on how to make effective and lasting change.This powerful tool for self-assessment will help all of your relationships, especially your parenting relationships. But most of all, it will help improve your relationship with God. And when that relationship is better, all of your relationships are better. To get the “Dashboard for Life” Report Card, subscribe on Catherine’s website: https://catherinesegars.com/OTHER RESOURCES MENTIONED:
01/01/202431 minutes 25 seconds
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How To Learn More Scripture in 2024 Than You Ever Have Before!

King David said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)   As Believers, we know that we are supposed to hide God’s Word in our hearts, but most of have a really heard time retaining Scripture. We know that a verse is somewhere in this book of the Bible, and we sort of know what it says—but we can’t quote it, or even find it without an aid.   What if there were some simple techniques that helped Scripture to stick in your memory and reside in your heart?   There are.   In this special New Year’s episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, Catherine shares her tried and true method for memorizing Scripture. Her secret is the power of song. And she welcomes Zac Fitzsimmons, an insanely talented singer/songwriter to share his music with the CP/CW audience.   Zac is devoted to creating powerful, anointed songs from word-for-word passages of Scripture. He sings Psal
26/12/202347 minutes 58 seconds
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Family Traditions That Keep Christ at the Center of Christmas (w/ Bethany Kimsey) - Ep. 83

Keeping Christ at the center of Christmas is a huge challenge. Busy parents are constantly pushed and pulled a hundred different directions, especially at the holidays. Our event calendar in December can look like a flow-chart from an international airport with constant departures and arrivals. It is easy to forget Christ in the hustle and bustle of baking, shopping, wrapping, and party-hopping.   How do we keep our families focused on Christ during the hectic holiday season? Bethany Kimsey, host of the Warrior Mama Podcast, joins Catherine again to discuss how to keep our hearts and our families concentrated on Christ during the Christmas season. These two moms have over 40 years of parenting experience, and in this episode, they share their favorite Christ-centered family traditions. These traditions are:   *Don’t compare yourself to other families. *Study th
18/12/202331 minutes 4 seconds
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What Huge Lie Does Culture Teach Our Kids at Christmas? w/ Bethany Kimsey - Ep. 82

“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake.”   Our culture tells us that Jolly ole St. Nicholas is keeping a list, and he’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. So the gifts under our tree at Christmas are a direct result of how good or bad we’ve been throughout the year.   Is that how our faith works?   Did God give the great gift of Christ to the world because we were good? Because we deserved Him?   No.   The Christian faith tells us that a very good God sent the gift of his Son to a broken humanity, to a hopeless people who have fallen short of His glory. We don’t deserve the gift of Jesus, but God gave this gift because of His overwhelming love for us.   Likewise, the gifts under our tree for our kids must not be a
11/12/202325 minutes 56 seconds
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Can Your Kids Be Whoever They Want to Be in Life? - Ep. 81

There is a powerful and pervasive cultural myth being piped into our kids these days, and you are a bad parent if you don’t buy into it. The myth says that our kids can be whoever they want to be in life.   Is this idea BIBLICAL?   Is it TRUE or even REALISTIC?   In this solo episode, Catherine tackles this topic head on to establish what is Biblical and what is cultural when it comes to the dreams that our children pursue in life.   The idea that you can be whoever you want to be is the central theme in countless books, movies, and television shows. If you can dream it, you can be it. So the pressure is on for parents to support our child’s dream no matter what it is. After all, one of the most popular verses in the Bible tells us that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)   We often fail to note that this verse is cherry-pick
04/12/202321 minutes 27 seconds
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How Can Celebrating Advent Enrich Your Family's Christmas? (w/ Laurie Christine) - Ep. 80

Keeping Christ at the center of the Christmas season is always a challenge. The hectic pace of life intensifies during December, and often our focus shifts to the never-ending list of responsibilities and chores to complete before the big day.   Strategically celebrating Advent is a wonderful way to keep Christ central in all the commotion of gatherings, parties, concerts, baking, and buying. Utilizing Advent calendars, candles, and books help us to focus on the magnitude of what Christ accomplished in coming to earth while pointing us toward his return.   Catherine’s guest in this episode, Laurie Christine, has accumulated a wealth of devotional resources that will help enrich your Christmas season by celebrating Advent. Catherine and Laurie start by digging into the history of Advent, and then they highlight the great gift of celebrating God’s hope, peace, joy, and love in line with each candle lit. Laurie also offers devotional and book recommendat
27/11/202341 minutes 50 seconds
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How To Biblically Parent a Child Who Identifies as LGBTQ (w/ Melinda Patrick) - Ep. 79

  Biblically parenting a child who struggles in their sexuality requires resting on a bedrock foundation of truth while always operating in a spirit of love, humility, and surrender to Christ. We must never deny God’s truth, but a child struggling in this area must first be completely secure in their parents’ unconditional love. Focusing on the relationship is paramount. That relationship is secured by practicing unconditional love, the same love that God gives to us.   What can parents do to build a strong relationship with a child struggling in their sexuality? Incorporate this guidance:   *Commend your child’s courage for sharing their struggle with you. *Express your unconditional love for your child. Say, “There is nothing you can think, say, or do that will change my love for you. I love you unconditionally, and so does God.” *Pray fervently. Use the Word of God to pray over your child daily. (Find Scriptures to
20/11/202355 minutes 11 seconds
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Should a Christian Identify as Gay or Trans? (w/ Melinda Patrick) - Ep. 78

A Christian can struggle with any number of attractions or temptations, including same sex desire and gender confusion. But should a Christian consider that struggle to be part of their identity? Should who we are attracted to or how we feel about our bodies be central to our being? Is our sexuality an immutable characteristic like our race or ethnicity? In other words, should we should claim our sexuality as part of our essence?   And if we do, what are the ramifications of this conclusion theologically and practically?   Christopher Yuan, author of Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, lived for many years as a gay man. He addresses the issue of our Christian identity very clearly saying:   “If I were to identify as a gay Christian, I would be trying to resuscitate my dead man. We
13/11/202348 minutes 12 seconds
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An LGBTQ Mom Responds to Andy Stanley (w/ Melinda Patrick) - Ep. 77

Statistics show that one in five Gen Z children are identifying somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. One in five. Parents must realize that all of our children are dealing with this issue, because even if our kids aren't personally struggling in their sexuality, their friends are. This issue affects every parent and every child.    The church needs to have a loving and truthful approach for families facing this issue.   One of the largest and most influential churches in the United States, North Point Community Church, pastored by one of the most influential ministers in the world, Andy Stanley, just went on the record telling us about his church’s approach. Stanley’s message, along with the Unconditional Conference for parents of
06/11/202351 minutes 18 seconds
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What Vital Question Do Many Parents Never Ask God? - Ep. 76

There is a question that many Christian parents never ask God. Catherine and her husband didn’t ask God this question for the first two decades of their marriage, despite attending church weekly, tithing, going so small groups, and having daily devotionals. That question is:   WHAT DOES GOD WANT MY FAMILY TO LOOK LIKE?   We often seek God about where we should work, live, and go to church, what school our kids should attend, and how to raise our children—but many parents never ask God how many kids they should have, adopt, or foster.   Why is that?   In this episode, Catherine explores this topic and then allows listeners to be a fly on the wall of her post-interview conversation with Kirsten Vossler, a mother of nine (soon to be ten). They discuss how the church has been subtly influenced by the world’s perspective on parenting and children.   If Jesus is to truly be Lord of our lives, that means He mus
30/10/202344 minutes 44 seconds
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What Is Really Happening When We Blow It with Our Kids? (w/ Kirsten Vossler) Ep. 75

When it comes to blowing up at our kids, it’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. It happens to the best of us. But often the inciting incident isn’t the real issue because the thing that sets us off isn’t the root of the problem. We’ve got to dig up the root if we want to get rid of the bitter fruit.   In this episode, Catherine continues her encouraging and incredibly practical conversation with Kirsten Vossler, a mother of 9 and host of the The Rejoicing in Motherhood Podcast. Together, these mamas dig deep to find out what is really going on when that one last nerve is raw and exposed and we just can’t seem to keep it together. They also discuss how to exercise restraint and not indulge that fleshly desire to yell at our kids. The key is leaning into the Holy Spirit.   Using the 7 steps that Kirsten outlined in <a href="https://www.lifeaudio.com/christian-parent-crazy-wo
23/10/202328 minutes 25 seconds
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3 Empowering Podcasts for Christian Moms

As a Christian parent, you can never have too many resources! Hear compelling segments from three fascinating LifeAudio shows hosted by Christian homeschooling moms and discover a new podcast you'll love!  Subscribe to the featured shows below &amp; listen to more of their episodes! Empowering Homeschool Conversations with Peggy Ployhar: https://apple.co/3rStaIj / https://sptfy.com/P4uL  Real Refreshment with Rachael Carman: https://apple.co/400Tq00 / https://sptfy.com/P4uJ  Homeschooling Families with Leslie Nunnery: https://apple.co/45y46UT / https://sptfy.com/P4uK  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio
20/10/202316 minutes 52 seconds
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7 Steps to Reset When You Blow It with Your Kids (w/ Kirsten Vossler) - Ep. 74

Let’s be honest… sometimes we blow it as parents. We lose our temper and fly off the handle. It is vital that we know how to reset when we do. All the hard work we do as parents to strategically establish a solid spiritual foundation for our kids will be severely comprised if our relationship is broken.   Catherine’s special guest in this episode is a pro on the parenting front. With nine kids, Kirsten Vossler is devoted to mothering full-time, and she imparts her hard-earned wisdom weekly on The Rejoicing in Motherhood Podcast. Kirsten shares with the CPCW audience seven vital steps that we should take when we blow it with our kids. Those steps are:   1. Stop. (Easier said than done, but shut your mouth.) 2. Get alone. Remove yourself physically from the crazy situation. 3. Cry out to God. Be honest. 4. Ask God what He wants to say to you. Not to your kids. To y
16/10/202324 minutes 36 seconds
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How Can God Forgive Sins Like Abuse, Rape, and Murder? (w/ Elizabeth Urbanowicz)

There are some sins that seem unforgivable… and yet God forgives. But He doesn’t forgive because those sins are okay. He doesn’t brush those sins under the rug and say, “I’ll let it slide this time, but try your best not to torture, rape, or murder anyone again.”  That is not God’s response to these heinous acts.   So what is His response?   His response is the cross. His response was to take that sin upon Himself and pay the price so that every heinous act is punished. Every sin is paid for.   To thoroughly unpack this difficult topic, Catherine continues her conversation with Elizabeth Urbanowicz from Foundation Worldview, concluding last week’s conversation which analyzed some of the complaints and inaccurate portrayals of God in the deconstruction movement. In this episode, Catherine and Elizabeth discuss who God is more fully, in particular the extent of His mercy which forgives all who repent.  
09/10/202331 minutes 55 seconds
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What Do Deconstructionists Often Get Wrong about God? (w/ Elizabeth Urbanowicz) - Ep. 72

  Deconstruction is a growing trend within evangelical circles. With a majority of Christian kids leaving the faith after they leave the nest, the number of young people sharing stories of how they are dismantling their faith is on the rise. Many of these stories have inaccurate or incomplete depictions of God.   Richard Dawkins opens the second chapter of his New York Times best-selling book The God Delusion describing the God of the Old Testament as “arguably the most unp
02/10/202339 minutes 22 seconds
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How Does God Bring Beauty out of the Broken Places in Our Lives? (w/ Andy Howard Pt. 2) - Episode 71

Brokenness is a reality of life. We all experience it. Something breaks each and every one of us, usually many things. But God promises to use our brokenness to find beauty in this world.   Catherine continues her heart-warming conversation with Andy Howard, a father who received a devastating diagnosis with his first child that broke him. As we heard in the last episode, Andy’s daughter Peyton was born legally blind with 10% brain function. As a baby, Andy was told that she would never walk and would likely never speak. That diagnosis led to a four-year season of depression.   But the skies began to clear on a beach trip when Andy saw a couple picking up sea shells, and whenever they found a broken one, they would throw it back. God spoke so clearly to Andy’s heart that morning, telling him that there is beauty in those broken shells... and Andy has been collecting beautiful broken shells ever since.   In this episode, Catherine and A
25/09/202329 minutes 14 seconds
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When God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers the Way We Hoped He Would - (w/ Andy Howard Pt. 1)

It is so hard when God’s answer is no—for us and for our kids. There are times in our lives when we pray and we fast and we hope for a miracle and we speak the Word of God over a situation in our lives—and God is still faithful—but He doesn’t give us the answer we hoped for. The answer we prayed for. The answer that this person might have gotten and that person might have gotten, but for some reason we didn’t.   Catherine’s special guest in this episode has walked that path. A devastating diagnosis with his first child blindsided him and led to a four-year battle with depression. But God met him in the most beautiful way, walking with Andy Howard through his darkest hours as a parent. God has truly brought beauty out of what broke Andy. And what he has learned will bless us all.   In this first installment of a two-part interview, Andy share’s his testimony of receiving a life-altering diagnosis with his first child, Payton, at Dallas Childre
18/09/202334 minutes 38 seconds
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Introducing: Hearing Jesus for Kids

The LifeAudio Podcast Network is thrilled to announce that Hearing Jesus for Kids is now available on all podcasting apps!  Sometimes people think that the Bible is just for adults, but God actually wants kids to know about Him and encourages parents to raise faithful families. So, on Hearing Jesus for Kids, your children are going to be able to learn all about God’s Big Story and how he shows Himself to us through the Bible. Host &amp; Children's Pastor Rachael Groll is excited to help your kids learn what the stories in the Bible mean so that they can learn how to live out their faith in everyday life! SUBSCRIBE NOW:  Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3sCuEXf   Spotify: https://sptfy.com/OSgW  <
07/09/20231 minute 7 seconds
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What Question Burns in the Heart of Your Child? - Episode 69

One prevailing question burns at the heart of each generation—one question keeps them up at night. Understanding this question helps us know how to reach people of every age, especially our kids.   For the Baby Boomers, people born in the 40s, 50, and 60s, that question is:   What is TRUE?   Like the great philosophers of old, this generation was preoccupied with truth.   For Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980, that question is:   What is REAL?   This generation invented reality TV because they are preoccupied with finding authenticity.   For Millennials, born between 1981 and 1995, that question is:   What is GOOD?   This generation is deeply concerned about the environment, justice, and contributing to t
04/09/202332 minutes 54 seconds
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What Critical Foundation Do Many Parents Miss When Discipling Their Kids? w/ Robby Angle - Episode 68

Where does discipleship in the home start? Do you use a particular curriculum or a new Bible study or is there a check list that gets the job done? All of those things can be helpful, but they aren’t where discipleship starts. Discipleship needs to begin with a spiritual truth that so many parents miss because often they don’t know it themselves.   That truth is identity.   Understanding our identity in Christ is central to our walk with God, which makes it central to our parenting and our discipleship of our kids and their understanding of who God has created them to be. If we miss the core component of identity, that omission will show up everywhere else.   Joining Catherine to unpack the foundational truth of identity is Robby Angle, President and CEO of Trueface, based in Dawsonville Georgia. A small group
21/08/20231 hour 4 minutes 46 seconds
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5 Simple Habits That Will Reduce Stress in Your Parenting (w/ Elizabeth Andreyevskiy) - Episode 67

There isn't a more stressful job in life than raising children to be God-loving, God-fearing, competent, motivated, responsible adults. After all, that is the goal. A large part of that process, we don’t have control over. But there are parts that we do. There are habits we can employ that will reduce stress and promote peace in our parenting.   Catherine’s guest in this episode is Elizabeth Andreyevskiy, a stress coach for Christian moms and host of the Emotionally Healthy Legacy Podcast. A mom of 4 herself, Elizabeth knows the value of emotional wellness in parenting and the impact it has on the whole family. She is passionate about teaching moms how to prioritize their needs guilt free, lower daily stressors, set healthy boundaries and implement healthy habits. Elizabeth teaches moms how
07/08/202358 minutes 57 seconds
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How Can A Good God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering in the World? (with Dr. Douglas Groothuis) - Episode 66

According to recent Barna research, reconciling a good God with an evil world is the number one barrier to the Christian faith for the next generation. As parents, if there is an obstacle to our kids’ faith, we need be prepared with some answers.   Catherine’s special guest for this episode is eminently qualified to help us reconcile any difficult question concerning the Christian faith. Dr. Douglas Groothuis is one of the great apologetic voices in the world today. He is the author of 17 books, including Christian Apologetics: <a href="https://www.christianbook.com/christian-apologetics-comprehensive-biblical-2nd-edition/
17/07/20231 hour 2 minutes 55 seconds
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Where Did Woke Come from and Where Is It Going? - Episode 65

Woke ideology is everywhere. You can’t escape it. As parents, we need to understand exactly what it is so we can help our kids to understand it. That means we need to know where it came from and where it is going.   Catherine wraps up this two-part series on Woke by digging into the history of Woke philosophy:   Who were the major players? What did they believe? How did they introduce Woke ideology to the West? What tools do they use? What is the ultimate goal of Wokeism?   Catherine answers those questions by giving an aerial view of Woke’s history and then shows where it is headed.   PODCASTS REFERENCED &amp; CONSULTED:   CPCW Worldview Series: Ep. 6 “5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids about Other Worldviews”</p
03/07/202339 minutes 2 seconds
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What Gives Woke Ideology Its Power - Episode 64

Woke ideology permeates our culture. It has saturated our airwaves—sung in our songs, read in our novels, acted out in our films, espoused by our educators, preached by our politicians, and even (re)written into our history.   But what exactly is woke, and what makes it so powerful?   Catherine begins a new two-part solo series on woke ideology by looking at the long view of history to properly establish the platform it rests on. After all, you can’t de-platform something unless you understand what is holding it up. There is a kernel of truth that perpetuates this dangerous philosophy.   So in this episode, Catherine identifies that truth by examining the abuse of power operating in hierarchical structures throughout human history, from the Egyptian subjugation of the Israelites to the conquest of Canaan to the Hebrew occupation by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Romans. She also examines th
19/06/202335 minutes 52 seconds
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Practical Advice for Parenting through a Crisis (with Laine Lawson Craft) - Episode 63

At some point, every parent will have to work through a crisis with their kids. Whether their child deals with a substance addiction or battles an eating disorder or questions their sexuality or walks away from the faith, parents need encouragement and strategy to work through these difficult seasons.   Joining Catherine again to discuss parenting through the hard times is best-selling author Laine Lawson Craft. Laine’s brand new book, The Parent’s Battle Plan: Warfare Strategies to Win Back Your Prodigal, covers a plethora of parenting potholes. Together, Catherine and Laine cover this vital parenting ground:   Maintaining self-care in a crisis Evicting enablement Establishing healthy boundaries Changing the rules Responding to manipulation Dealing with the judgment of others Establishing community Fi
05/06/202353 minutes 12 seconds
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Hope and Strategy for Parents of Prodigal Children (with Laine Lawson Craft) - Episode 62

Statistics show that a majority of Christian kids are leaving the faith when they leave the nest. That means a majority of Christian parents are parenting a prodigal child. Support for those walking through the prodigal journey is one of the greatest needs for parents in the body of Christ today.   Where does the prodigal parent start?   Joining Catherine to discuss parenting prodigal children in a two-part series is bestselling author Laine Lawson Craft. Laine’s brand new book, The Parent’s Battle Plan: Warfare Strategies to Win Back Your Prodigal, chronicles her 15-year journey with multiple prodigal children who struggled with drugs, sex, depression, suicidal ideation, and so much more.   Parenting has always been hard, but it’s even harder in today’s dark
22/05/202344 minutes 25 seconds
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What to Pray in the Morning for a Worry-Free Day | Teach Us to Pray

Do you wake up anxious first thing in the morning? Is your mind racing with thoughts of what you need to get done today and what you failed to do yesterday? If this is a pattern for you, we challenge you to break the morning cycle of worry with prayer! In this episode preview from Teach Us to Pray, host Christina Patterson shares what to pray in the morning for a worry-free day.   Discover More Episodes of 'Teach Us to Pray' with Christina Patterson: 3 Signs God Is Trying to Get Your Attention: https://apple.co/3pmZYHN / https://spoti.fi/42uBdYS  How to Turn Your Worries into Prayers: https://apple.co/3I4FPgd / https://spoti.fi/3VTyWUO  How to Pray When You Sense God Moving You In a New Direction: https://apple.co/42tOrVJ / <a
18/05/202315 minutes 27 seconds
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Hope for Families That Are Battling Mental Health Disorders - Episode 61 (with Peyton Garland)

May is mental health awareness month, and more families than ever are battling challenges in this area of health. Catherine and her special guest, Peyton Garland, dive deep into the topics of OCD, anxiety, and depression in this episode to offer unique insights, education, and encouragement to weary parents.   Peyton has a powerful testimony of how God is using a mental health disorder in her life for her good and for His glory. Having dealt with obsessive compulsive thoughts since early childhood, Peyton breaks down the four primary types of “sticky thoughts” that people who battle OCD contend with. They are:   Mental Thoughts &amp; Taboo Rituals (a.k.a. Religious OCD) Symmetry Contamination Harm   Peyton expertly navigates the detours and dead ends associated with these compulsive thoughts, and Catherine shares the victor
08/05/202359 minutes 11 seconds
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How Does a Drag Queen Become a Minister of the Gospel? (with Blake Howard) - Episode 60

In this episode, Catherine continues her riveting conversation Blake Howard, the committed church kid raised in a Christian home who struggled with same sex attraction from a very young age. Then, tragically, Blake was molested and bullied in school for acting gay. So after high school, he became gay. He was also addicted to drugs and was doing drag to receive the love and affirmation that his heart longed for. Blake shares this part of his testimony in Episode 59.   Now you will hear the rest of the story… as Paul Harvey used to say. You will hear about Blake’s dramatic alter-call conversion to belief in Christ, his deliverance from drug addiction through the power of the Holy Spirit, and his continued struggle with homosexuality and eventual complete submission to Christ in that area of his life. You’ll also
24/04/202343 minutes 17 seconds
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How Does a Committed Church Kid Become a Drag Queen? (with Blake Howard) - Episode 59

We’ve all seen these stories. Many parents are living them. Sometimes the lessons we teach our kids don’t stick. The faith we hand down doesn’t become their own. They have outside influences that erode the foundation that us parents seek so diligently to build. In this episode, Catherine shares a cautionary tale of a young man who was raised in the church, in the Bible belt, and yet he chose a very destructive path. Blake Howard found love and affirmation under layers of make-up and pounds fake body parts. There are a lot of lessons that parents can learn from his story. Catherine and Blake discuss: Why we need to talk to our kids about sex early, and how to go about that. The effects of bullying on kids who are struggling in the area of sexuality. How the church often reinforces unhealthy ideas about gender. How to help our kids understand masculinity and femininity. The effects of worldly affirmation. A
10/04/202348 minutes 1 second
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7 Lies Culture is Selling Our Kids: Are They Buying? (with Elizabeth Urbanowicz) - Episode 58

Our culture is selling a pack of lies to the next generation. Are your kids buying? Joining Catherine again in this episode is Elizabeth Urbanowicz, creator of Foundation Worldview, a Christian worldview curriculum for kids ages 14 to 4. Elizabeth has distilled the catalog of cultural falsehoods into a best-of list containing the top seven most prevalent lies being sold to our kids. They are: If I feel it, it must be true. Follow your heart. Love is affirming everything we feel. Faith is the opposite of knowledge. Humans are the products of blind, unguided evolution. You are the one you’ve been waiting for. A good God wouldn’t judge. In this episode, Catherine and Elizabeth break down each lie and offer ways that you can teach your children to recognize them, reject them, and stand for what is true. We’ve got to kn
27/03/20231 hour 3 minutes 30 seconds
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Break the Grip of Anxiety & Worry: What You Can Do to Stop Stress | Breathe

What type of mindset makes us vulnerable to chronic stress, anxiety &amp; depression? When you are stressed, what automatic coping mechanisms have you adopted that don’t help, but diminish your wellness?  What holds you back from getting the rest that you need when you’re stressed?   In this episode from Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast (another free show from LifeAudio), soul care coach Bonnie shares how to ditch mindsets that keep you stuck in anxiety, worry, and stress and what you can do to stop the stress, when you need it most. This episode will help you let go of unhealthy thinking patterns and replace them with a healthy biblical mindset to create a new rhythm to stop the stress cycle.   DISCOVER MORE EPISODES OF BREATHE: THE STRESS LESS PODCAST FROM BONNIE GRAY: Is Self-Care or Soul-Care Selfish or Unspiritual? - <a href="https://
24/03/202320 minutes 38 seconds
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How To Teach Your Kids the Christian Worldview (with Elizabeth Urbanowicz) - Episode 57

The Christian worldview is challenged like never before in American culture. With a majority of kids leaving the faith after they leave the nest, Christian parents need to prioritize establishing a biblical worldview in the lives of our children. Our kids can’t keep what they don’t own, and they can’t own what they haven't received.  But how do we teach our kids the Christian worldview? What foundational principles need to be covered and how do we break it down for young minds to grasp? Catherine’s guest in this episode is an expert at teaching the Christian worldview to children. Elizabeth Urbanowicz holds a B.S. from Gordon College in Elementary Education and Spanish, an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University in Literacy Education, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Several years into her tea
13/03/202341 minutes 25 seconds
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How To Teach the Next Generation To Pray (with Erica Renaud) - Episode 56

There is no greater discipline that we can teach our children than the daily practice of prayer. Communing with our heavenly Father is the lifeblood of our faith. But how do we teach our kids to pray? Catherine wraps up this series on Gen Z by exploring that question. Joining Catherine to discuss this vital topic is Erica Renaud, author of the brand new book Pray with Me: Help Your Children Engage in Authentic and Powerful Prayer. In addition to being a captivating speaker and writer, Erica is a mother five kids ages 18 to 6, and she is passionate about prayer. Together, Catherine and Erica investigate what prayer is, why we pray, what prayer accomplishes, how to prepare for prayer, and how to respond when our prayers aren’t answered the way we hoped—all using terminology
27/02/202343 minutes 1 second
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The 5 Greatest Cultural Challenges Facing Gen Z (with Dr. Jonathan Morrow) - Ep. 55

Every generation has faced challenges from the culture, but the intensity and ferocity of the challenges facing Gen Z is new. These challenges are pummeling the next generation like waves, one after another after another. What are the cultural waves facing Gen Z? We can’t respond to them if we don’t know what they are. Joining Catherine again to discuss these cultural waves is Dr. Jonathan Morrow, the director of cultural engagement and student discipleship at Impact 360 Institute. Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for over 16 years and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He holds a Master of Divinity, a Master of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology. An adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University, Jonathan has authored s
13/02/202344 minutes 33 seconds
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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Gen Z (with Dr. Jonathan Morrow) – Ep. 54

The gap between generations has never been greater. Understanding the unique aspects and challenges of Gen Z is vital if we want to reach this generation with the truth of the Christian worldview. How well are we doing? Recent statistics show that half of Gen Z children raised in the church are leaving the faith after they leave the nest, and recent research from Barna shows that only 4% of Gen Z has a Biblical worldview. How do you disciple them? How do you relate? What obstacles do they face and how can you teach them to pray? To answer those questions, Catherine launched a new 4-part series on Gen Z. Joining her for the second installment is Dr. Jonathan Morrow, the director of cultural engagement and student discipleship at Impact 360 Institute. Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for over 16 years and is passionate about seeing a new
31/01/202340 minutes 5 seconds
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Practical Ways to Disciple Gen-Z (with Dana Che) - Episode 53

Raising the next generation presents some very unique challenges. Recent statistics show that half of Gen Z children raised in the church are leaving the faith after they leave the nest. And recent research from Barna shows that only 4% of Gen Z has a Biblical worldview. How do you disciple them? How do you relate? What obstacles do they face and how can you teach them to pray? Catherine and her guests will answer all of those questions in this new 4-part series on Gen Z. Joining her for the premier episode of this series is special guest Dana Che, marriage coach and host of Real Relationship Talk, a podcast that delivers authentic, inspirational relationship advice for your most intimate relationships. Dana, a mother of four Gen Z’rs, shares her relationship expertise and hard-earned advice on how to disciple the next generation through everyday conversations with your kids. She shows us how to make an infinite God
16/01/202343 minutes 44 seconds
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12 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Kids This Year - Episode 52

How can you eat better, sleep better, exercise better, work better, play better, spend better, save better, serve better, worship better, and pray better? Those are very good questions to ask at the beginning of a new year. But how can you improve your relationship with your kids this year? Now that’s a question to put at the top of the list. In this special New Year’s episode, Catherine specifically talks about how we can improve our relationships with our kids. CPCW spends a lot of time counteracting the onslaught of secular ideology and theology that is coming against our children in an attempt to subvert their faith, and that is critically important work for us to do. But we can’t really help our kids with those ideas if we don’t have a solid relationship with them to start with. So this episode is all about improving our relationship with our kids. Catherine offers 12 ways that you could do that—including the question every paren
02/01/202328 minutes 9 seconds
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5 Family-Centered Films for Christmas - Episode 51

Finding worthwhile holiday entertainment is quite a challenge these days. A recent list of “The Top 100 Christmas Movies of All Time” on Rotten Tomatoes placed a movie called “Tangerine” at number 4. Brace yourself for the description: “After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a transgender sex worker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.” According to the largest movie review website in the world, this is the fourth-best Christmas movie OF ALL TIME. What exactly transgendered prostitution and revenge have to do with the birth of our Lord is unclear, but parents are certainly struggling to find family-friendly entertainment when this is what the film industry celebrates. In this episode, Catherine offers five wholesome, family-centered Christmas movies for your viewing pleasure this holiday season. She has a recommendation for the kids, the guys, the girls, the couples, an
19/12/202228 minutes 3 seconds
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Should We Baptize Our Babies? | Kainos Project

Baptism is an important part of being a Christian, regardless of your theological tradition. However, we can’t all seem to agree upon exactly how we’re supposed to do it. In this special episode, Catherine provides a special preview of Kainos Project, another podcast on the LifeAudio podcast network that's perfect for parents! Every week, hosts Dale and Tamara Chamberlain help you tackle ancient truths in everyday settings. Tune in to hear Dale and Tamara discuss the different traditions and beliefs surrounding baptism in the western Church, where they find their scriptural support, and how these views affect our faith and theology overall. LISTEN &amp; FOLLOW KAINOS PROJECT: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kainos-project/id1508890853Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7FLwkMnnFwukDXzzDuLgJiWebsite: https://kainosproject.com/podcastsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privac
19/12/202258 minutes 48 seconds
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What Can We Learn from a Survivor of Teen Suicide? - Episode 50

Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States?Catherine recently sat down with one such teen for a two-part series on suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with anxiety led her to take a gun, point it at her chest, and pull the trigger. Only 1% of people with self-inflicted gunshot wounds survive. Emma is in that 1%. She is an absolute miracle and an inspiration.Joining Catherine and Emma for this vital conversation is Jennifer Ellers, a Christian counselor, crisis responder, and trainer. Jennifer has authored a course on youth suicide and is an instructor of the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Hope-Focused 3-R Suicide Program.In Episode 49, part one of this series, Jennifer discussed the explosion of suicides occurring in very young children and shared the signs we should look for in kids under the age of twelv
12/12/202239 minutes 24 seconds
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How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide? - Episode 48

Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States? Catherine recently sat down with one such teen for a two-part series on suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with anxiety led her to take a gun, point it at her chest, and pull the trigger. Only 1% of people with self-inflicted gunshot wounds survive. Emma is in that 1%. She is an absolute miracle and an inspiration.According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 2019 study revealed that 8.9% of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past twelve months. There has been a 33% increase in suicides since 1999. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death in young people. Joining Catherine and Emma for this vital conversation is Jennifer Ellers, a Christian counselor, crisis responder, and trainer. Jennifer has authored a
05/12/202233 minutes 5 seconds
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How Our Culture is Distorting Sexuality and Harming Children - Episode 48

Just mentioning God’s plan for our sexuality has become hate speech these days. How did that happen?That question is answered as Catherine concludes this series on sexuality by discussing the overarching narratives that are competing with the Biblical view on sexuality. Also addressed is the sinister agenda taking place in our nation’s hospitals where children are being maimed in transitional surgeries disguised as “gender affirming care.” Joining Catherine again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling, and is working on her doctorate in Christian counseling with an emphasis on the topic of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett are founders of The Home Educated Mind, a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and support for Christian parents.As parents, we need to be proactive about discussing sexuality with our children because the wor
14/11/202234 minutes 16 seconds
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What Is Our Culture Teaching Our Kids about Sexuality - Episode 47

Biblical sexuality and cultural sexuality are diametrically opposed to one another. Our kids are neck deep in a culture that says everything the Bible teaches on sexuality is not only wrong but oppressive, divisive, and hateful.As parents, we need to know what our culture is saying about sexuality. We must know where these ideas are coming from and how to talk to our kids about it.In part 3 of a 4-part series on sexuality, Catherine and her guest break down our culture’s definition of sexuality starting with the philosophical roots and ending with the barbaric fruits.Joining her again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling, and is working on her doctorate in Christian counseling with an emphasis on the topic of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett are founders of The Home Educated Mind, a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and su
07/11/202234 minutes 54 seconds
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How To Talk To Your Kids about Biblical Sexuality - Episode 46

Some topics that CPCW covers are relevant to lot of parents and a lot of kids, but the topic of sexuality is relevant to ALL parents and ALL kids. We cannot escape this issue in our families and our friendship circles. So who defines our sexuality? Our celebrities, our politicians, our teachers and school administrators, our friends, our feelings… or God. If we want to call ourselves Christ followers, the answer to that question must be God because He designed our sexuality. And the parameters He places around it in His Word are not there to oppress us and deny our authentic selves. Those parameters exist to bless us and to bring us freedom. In part 2 of a 4-part series on sexuality, Catherine discusses the loving parameters that God places around our sexuality to protect us and how can we communicate Biblical sexuality to our kids. Joining her again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s d
31/10/202231 minutes 41 seconds
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How Do We Help Our Kids to Understand Biblical Sexuality? - Episode 45

Your kids cannot go into a public restroom these days, turn on the television, go to school, or play high school or collegiate sports without being confronted with the question of sexuality. Who defines it? Our politicians, our celebrities, our educators, our feelings… or God? This is the most relevant cultural issue of our day. The question of sexuality goes to the very core of who we are as human beings. Are we made in our own image according to our own feelings, or are we made in God’s image according to His design?In this first episode of a four-part series on sexuality, Catherine digs into what God has to say about our sexuality. We need to be having discussions with our kids about this topic because the world is. Our voice needs to be a trusted source of truth for our kids to navigate the dangerous secular landmine of their sexual identity. Joining Catherine for this vitally important discussion is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, co
24/10/202231 minutes 15 seconds
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Have You Or Your Kids Been Wounded in the Church? - Episode 44

Sometimes we can feel like the walking wounded in the church. Some people will jump from church to church trying to forget their wounds. Others will leave the church altogether. The injuries we incur in these close quarters can follow us around for a lifetime if we let them.In this episode, Catherine talks about the wounds that can happen when we walk closely with other believers in the church. She also reveals the central role that the church plays in our lives as believers and in the world, because knowing that divine design helps us to stay planted when we are tempted to leave. Then Catherine offers FOUR STEPS you can take when you or your kids have been wounded in the church. When we realize how important the church is for our individual purpose in life, we can make sense of why we get wounded there. The answer isn’t remaining a Christian casualty. The answer is finding healing through God in the church.PODCASTS MENTIONED:“The Rise and Fall o
10/10/202226 minutes 58 seconds
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Why Does Abuse Happen in the Church?--Episode 43

Abuse in the church is hard to understand ourselves, much less to explain to our kids. But we need to have these conversations. CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD focusses on topics that can build our kid’s faith or tear it down. This is most certainly one of those dangerous topics that can tear down their faith as they get older, causing them to leave the church and Christianity altogether.Why does this happen?In this episode, Catherine looks at an underlying root cause, and then she points us towards we want and need to offer to our kids—that is hope and healing.RESOURCES CITED:“Growing Home Together” Podcast with Rob and Joanna Teigen: https://www.lifeaudio.com/growing-home-together-podcast/ ARTICLES CITED:“Abuse in the SBC: Why It Happened and Where We Find Hope,” https://bit.ly/3BGWbrh “T
26/09/202228 minutes 23 seconds
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Three Steps to Take When You Or Your Kids Are Judged - Episode 42

Being under the scrutiny of a fellow believer is such a painful place to be. And when someone judges our kids, we often feel it more than they do. If we don’t deal with the judgements of others properly, the wounds can lead us and our kids away from the body of Christ and from the faith.Judging is going to happen in the church, and as we have learned in this series, that is by design. We are supposed to keep one another accountable, and we need to respond properly.Catherine gives the most practical advice yet in this final episode on judging by properly defining the criteria of a Godly judgement. Then Catherine show us how to respond when we are judged. SCRIPTURES CITED IN THIS SERIES:Hebrews 4:12-131 Corinthians 5:1-13Psalm 139:23-24Psalm 51:10-12Proverbs 27:6Galatians 2:11—212 Peter 3:15Luke 23:34OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:Episode 39: Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians? <a href="https://bit.ly/3
12/09/202224 minutes 16 seconds
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Six Problems We Encounter When It Comes to Judging - Episode 41

As parents, we have to judge the actions of our kids. And we live in families, neighborhoods, communities, and churches where we hold each other accountable. So sometimes that requires us to assess the actions of other people. (Especially the little people who live with us.) We have to consider the fruit in people’s lives, as Jesus said to do. And they have to do that with us as well.But in that process, there can be some problems. If not done properly, judging can create wounds in our lives and in the lives of our kids. We want to avoid these pitfalls, so we need to address them head on.In this episode, Catherine continues in a series on judging by discussing the problems we encounter when it comes to examining the lives of others. They are:1. Judging the motive, not the action.2. Adding to God’s standard.3. Judging without love.4. Judging with grace.5. Thinking that stating God’s standard is judging.6. Not judging at all.Knowing the
05/09/202225 minutes 44 seconds
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Is It Ever Right to Judge Others? - Episode 40

Some would say that it’s never right to judge another person. Others say that it is. So which is it? At some point in our Christian walk, we are going to be judged by other believers, and so will our kids. It is important that we know what Scripture says about this issue.In this episode, Catherine continues in a series on judging by examining what the Bible has to say on this critical topic. Everyone knows Christ’s instruction to “judge not lest ye be judged,” but most people don’t know that just after these words, Jesus told us to examine the fruit coming from the lives of fellow believers. And the Apostle Paul gives us some vital guidelines on judging as well. Join Catherine to discover the when, where, why, and how of judging. SCRIPTURES CITED:1 Corinthians 5:5, 9-13Matthew 7:1-3, 15-20SOURCES CITED:CPCW Episode 26: What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Prodigal Child: htt
29/08/202220 minutes 33 seconds
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Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians? - Episode 39

We’ve all come under the scrutiny of others, and so have our kids. When we are judged by other Christians, the pain can be acute. It can lead us away from God and the faith. Catherine begins a new series on judging by establishing a proper foundation of God’s overwhelming love before we dissect someone’s behavior. Then she examines the pain that ungodly judgments can cause. With those critical prerequisites in mind, Catherine begins to unpack what Scripture has to say about judging other people. This series will bring a lot of insight, hope, and healing to parents and kids dealing with the pain of judgment from others. SCRIPTURES CITED:Matthew 18:6Romans 5:8Luke 15Romans 8:35-39Matthew 7:1-3Romans 7:7SOURCES CITED:Episode 4: Is Christian Just a Religion of Do’s and Don’ts?: https://bit.ly/3T9DxAaBait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense by Joh
22/08/202223 minutes 58 seconds
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How Do Our Words Form a Legacy for Our Children? - Episode 38

Catherine concludes this uplifting series on the power of our words by pulling the lens way back to show how our words water the seeds of legacy in our kids’ lives. In this episode, Catherine travels to the future, to a place where all our hard parenting work is done. All the seeds are planted. All the water has poured out of us onto those little seeds, and these precious plants are strong and vibrant. The fruit growing out of their lives is bold and beautiful. And these plants are blessing others. They are blessing us. That may seem like a long way off, but when you are in the thick of a long journey, you need to be reminded of the destination, because those sweet reminders keep us going. “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom… Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.” (Psalm 91:12, 16)SCRIPTURES CITED:Proverbs 18:21Deuteronomy 11:18-21Psalm 90:12, 16OTHER EPISOD
15/08/202221 minutes 1 second
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Seven Ways to Bless Your Kids with Words - Episode 37

Words can change the course of a life. They can build dreams, or they can break them. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We want our words to produce healthy fruit in the lives of our children. But how can we do that specifically?In this refreshing episode, Catherine offers seven ways to bless your kids with words. As a parent, you need to:1.Speak into your kids’ strengths.2.Speak into your kids’ weaknesses.3.Thank your children for what they do well.4.Ask God to give you a life verse for your child.5.Ask God to give you a specific word of encouragement for your child.6.Write a note of encouragement for your child7.Speak this blessing over your child.SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:Proverbs 18:212 Corinthians 2:9Psalm 46:4SOURCES CITED:“Olympic Memories of Wilma Rudolf/Doctor Said She Could Not Walk, So She Ran,” Sports Café: <a href="https://bit.l
08/08/202226 minutes 25 seconds
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How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids? - Episode 36

A little boy whose dreams were dashed by the words of a teacher. A young man whose aspirations were ignited by the words of a co-worker. A poor child who believed he could be anything if he kept reading because his illiterate mom said so. These are some of the incredible stories that Catherine brings to life in this uplifting series on the power of our words. Words are weighty. They can shape the course of a life.Scripture tells us that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21Our tongues can be a megaphone we use to cheer our kids on in their purpose and calling in life, or they can be a sword that cuts them down, that brings death to their destiny. We’ve got to speak life over our kids because what we tell our kids sticks. The good and the bad.Join Catherine in this uplifting series on how impacting our words can be in the lives of our kids. RESOURCES CONSULTEDSean Dietrich, a.k.a. “Sean of the South”: Personal Me
25/07/202219 minutes 24 seconds
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What Do We Do with the Parts of Scripture We Still Don’t Understand? – Episode 35

In this episode, Catherine wraps up this series on dealing with the difficult parts of the Bible by addressing those parts of Scripture we still don’t understand. Let’s be honest—sometimes Scripture does say what we want it to say. What is the point of these passages dealing with rape, slavery, and murder? Issues like these frequently come up when discussing the Christian faith with unbelievers and with our kids. They wonder how we can overlook such things.We shouldn’t.We should wrestle with these sections of Scripture. We must not change them. We must not discard them. We must study and question and pray and wring our hands. Often when we do, we will find answers rendered more precious because of the journey it took to find them. Join Catherine in this divine search for answers to the tough questions in the Bible.EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? – <a href="https://bit.ly/3xX9XnV" rel="noopene
12/07/202220 minutes 21 seconds
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How Can We Help Our Kids Understand Who God Is? - Episode 34

Catherine continues in a series on dealing with the difficult parts of Scripture by discussing two often misunderstood aspects of God’s nature: his mercy and his justice. These attributes are opposite ends of the divine pendulum. If we don’t understand them, we don’t understand who God is. We must properly comprehend these parts of God’s character if we want to prevent our kids from falling for the mischaracterizations of God that abound in our culture. In a tour through literature that ends with a fascinating story from a world-renowned theologian, Catherine unpacks these beautiful attributes of God. He is passionately concerned about justice, but he is equally if not more concerned about mercy. Time and time and time again we see that God forgoes justice and gives mercy. Mercy literally runs through God’s veins. But God does not force his mercy upon us. If we don’t choose to receive God’s mercy, we will receive his justice. We must teach our kids that God is merciful
04/07/202223 minutes 11 seconds
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Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? – Episode 33

There are many out there who would mischaracterize God. We need to prepare our kids for these mischaracterizations of God. We must not ignore, sanitize, or downplay the difficult parts of Scripture. We must address them head on and give our kids an accurate understanding of who God is.If we read the Old Testament honestly, we will see a God of great compassion and mercy. A God who pleads with his people to choose wisely. A God who continually points to his plan of salvation for all mankind – Jesus. And Jesus continually points back to God in the Old Testament. You can’t separate the God of the Old Testament and Jesus. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? – https://bit.ly/3xX9XnVEpisode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scr
27/06/202220 minutes 27 seconds
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How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? – Episode 32

Catherine continues in her series on dealing with difficult parts of Scripture with installment two. In this episode, Catherine applies the practical guidelines that she gave in episode 31 to a difficult story from the Bible that led a young college-age Christian to abandon his faith. Our kids are getting blindsided by parts of the Bible that they haven’t heard or haven’t properly considered, and this is causing many young believers to leave the faith.We need to help our kids find reasonable, rational answers for why the Bible is true. As you walk with Catherine through this difficult part of Scripture, you will learn how to provide those answers yourself.GUIDELINES for dealing with the difficult part of Scripture:1. Take away the ambush.2. Don’t ignore the question.3. Don’t downplay the question.4. Pray about it.5. Get to work. (Research)6. Stand on what you know.7. Wrestle out loud.RESOURCES MENTIONED:Episode 31: Why doe
15/06/202226 minutes 34 seconds
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Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? - Episode 31

There is stuff in the Bible that is hard to understand and difficult to explain. And too often, the first time many Christian kids encounter these difficult parts of the Bible is when an atheist professor brings them up in a class, or a friend who is a secular humanist challenges them in the cafeteria or at work. Kids are getting blindsided because they didn’t cover those topics in Sunday School or in their youth group. Moms and dads, we aren’t doing our kids any favors when we skip these parts of the Bible. In this episode, Catherine discusses what can happen when our kids get questions about parts of the Bible that they’ve never considered or even heard before. Then she offers 7 practical guidelines on how to approach these sections of Scripture with your kids.GUIDELINES: 1. Take away the ambush. 2. Don’t ignore the question.3 .Don’t downplay the question. 4. Pray about it.5. Get to work. (Research)6. Stand on what you know.7. W
31/05/202226 minutes 20 seconds
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Is It Okay to Question God and The Christian Faith? – Episode 30

In this episode, Catherine tackles a question that every parent needs to have firmly settled: is it ok to question God and the Christian faith? Kids are coming home from school, extracurricular activities, higher education, work, or even church with serious questions about their beliefs. This is a good thing. But how do you handle that? How do we help our kids with these difficult topics? How do we encourage them to seek answers?Catherine answers those questions in this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD. And she gives some critically important advice on how to prepare for the tough conversations that inevitably arise in our parenting.*REFERENCES CITED:The Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University:https://www.ccu.edu/strobelcenter/https://www.ccu.edu/The Case for Christ by Lee
16/05/202229 minutes 25 seconds
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7 Guidelines for Challenging Our Culture – Episode 29

When it comes to defending your faith, you don’t always need to play defense. Sometimes you need to go on the offense. These 7 guidelines will help you and your kiddos challenge cultural lies and lead others to the truth. You and your children need to:1. Always define your terms.2. Question everything.3. Challenge labels. (Don’t label and discard.)4. Don’t Cancel. Instead, consult.5. Don’t censor lies. Defeat lies with the truth.6. Use the boycott wisely. 7. Go directly to the original source.Moms and dads, let’s be a force for good in the way we engage others to think and act!ARTICLES REFERENCED OR CONSULTED:6 Guidelines for Challenging Our Culture: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/guidelines-for-challenging-our-culture.htmlNew York Post: “Judge Jackson declines to define ‘woman,’ s
02/05/202234 minutes 7 seconds
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Can Our Words Change the Future? – Episode 28

How powerful are our words? Can they change the future? In this episode of CPCW, Catherine takes a fascinating, prophetic look at how words have the power to shape reality in the past, present, and future. Our leaders are using words to confuse and distort reality. But as faith-filled parents, we can use our words through prayer to effect change in our lives, in our kid’s lives, and in the world. When our words have the power of TRUTH behind them, God’ truth in His Word, and when they are connected to His will—things can change. Radically.Let hope stir within you, moms and dads. Do our words have the power to change the future? You be they do. If our words are backed with the Word of God and the will of God, they can change everything for the better. So speak to the wall that your child is facing and command it to come down in the name of Jesus.SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:Proverbs 18:21Genesis 1:3Romans 4:17Galatians 6:9Scripture List to pr
18/04/202232 minutes 43 seconds
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What Do Christian Apologetics and Nashville Hot Chicken Have in Common? – Episode 27

Get to know Catherine better in this wacky bonus episode of CP/CW as she shares a very fun and lively interview with Larry Roberts from the recent Spark Media Conference in Nashville, TN. Hear more about her background, how the podcast started, her passion for Christian apologetics, her two miraculous trips to the maternity ward in her 40s, and more than you ever wanted to know about Nashville hot chicken. What do Christian apologetics and Nashville hot chicken have in common? Tune in to find out.Resources Cited:https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/10/01/why-nashville-anderson-bourdain-parts-unknown-sot.cnnFollow Catherine:https://catherinesegars.com/https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/See
04/04/202228 minutes 14 seconds
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What Every Parent Needs to Know about the Prodigal Child – Episode 26

What Every Parent Needs to Know about the Prodigal Child – Episode 26*CONGRATULATIONS to CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD for being named the 2022 Best Kids and Family Podcast by Spark Media.* https://bit.ly/3qmrx1K Catherine brings some much-needed truth to our perspective on parenting in this episode of CPCW by discussing what is the parent’s responsibility, what is the child’s responsibility, and what is God’s responsibility. By addressing the four stages of a child’s development, Catherine delineates the proper role of the parent throughout your child’s life. And Catherine will share what is the greatest question you could ever ask your child. The fact is, some kids are hardwired to do things the hard way. They are made to push the boundaries. By examining God’s response to the wandering child in Scripture, we can gain clarity, insight, direction, and hope as parents in our pursuit of godliness ourselves. <
21/03/202234 minutes 56 seconds
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How Did We End Up With 50+ Genders and Drag Queen Story Hour? – Episode 25

Catherine continues in a series on truth by examining another way that the enemy is attacking the Christian faith and the next generation. In this episode, Catherine connects the dots between a prominent philosophical movement and the current state of gender and sexuality in our culture. The influence of nominalism has led not only to the denial of universal truth, but the denial of universals in reality. This denial is having a tremendous impact on society and our children, especially in the area of sexual identity and gender.The Christian faith is not a nominalist doctrine. It is a faith that supports universal concepts in reality—universal truth being chief among them. As parents, we need to teach our kids that Jesus is truth and truth is universal, and therefore there are universal truths all around us. There are trees and clouds and cats and dogs. There are boys and girls. These aren’t just names that we’ve forced onto things and people—they are truths that corresp
03/03/202234 minutes 49 seconds
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What Is the Enemy’s Greatest Weapon of Mass Destruction in Our Lives? – Episode 24

Catherine continues in a series on truth with this second installment, which identifies the leading way that the enemy tricks Believers. Truth is the central issue of the Christian faith—it is the primary reason Christ came to earth, and yet nearly half of all born again Christians do not believe in universal truth. The enemy has a plan to twist and contort the truth, and in this episode, Catherine examines his tactics by peering into his playbook. She will take you on a tour of history, literature, current media trends, and even a classic hymn, all the while using theological truth as our guide to uncover the enemy’s greatest weapon of mass destruction in our lives. Teach your children to see what the enemy is doing. Let your home be a place where truth reigns supreme.SPARK MEDIA FAN AWARDS: Nominate CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD for a Spark Fan Award in the categories of “Best Female Podcast” and “Best Solo Podcast.” <a href="https://www.sparkmedia.ventures/sit
14/02/202230 minutes 43 seconds
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What Is The Biggest Threat to Our Faith and Our Culture Today? – Episode 23

In this episode, Catherine identifies the greatest threat to our faith and our culture today. That threat involves an attack on something that is so central, so foundational to our faith, that to attack it is to attack the very core of who we are as Christians. Truly, it is an attack on Christ Himself. This threat is leading to an erosion of both our faith and our culture, and it is leading to the massive youth exodus from the church that we have been trying to assuage since episode 1 of this podcast.But first, Catherine asks this question: “Why did Jesus come into the world?” The answer to that question is central to our faith, and it shows us why the biggest threat to our faith and culture is what it is today.Nominate CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD for a Spark Fan Award in the categories of “Best Female Podcast” and “Best Solo Podcast.” https://www.sparkmedia.ventures/site/awardsRe
31/01/202233 minutes 3 seconds
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13 Ways to Be a Better Parent in 2022 – Episode 22

This is Catherine’s most practical podcast yet. In this insightful episode, Catherine helps you leave behind the old and embrace the new in 2022 with a “Dashboard for Life,” which is a report card containing 13 gauges on how to improve in the new year. Catherine walks you through how to examine your faith life, your marriage or dating life, your family life, and nine other areas by offering simple, everyday guidance on how to make effective and lasting change. This powerful tool for self-assessment will help all of your relationships, especially your parenting relationships. But most of all, it will help improve your relationship with God, and when that relationship is better, all of your relationships are better. NOW, with each and every one of these gauges, don’t just write something down on how to improve. Our methods, our remedies often fall short. Ask God. And listen to His prompting. See what He has to say. Because He has the remedy that really works.To ge
17/01/202234 minutes 22 seconds
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Why Are So Many People Obsessed with Hallmark Films? – Episode 21

The Hallmark Channel has found a cash cow with their Countdown to Christmas, attracting around 80 million viewers during the 8-week event. These films are a cultural phenomenon. Why are they so popular? After all, they are predictable and a little cheesy. Why do we love them so much?Catherine has a theory on that, which is both enlightening and entertaining. The answer is very significant both culturally and spiritually. In this episode of CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD, Catherine identifies what we are really looking for when we imbibe hours of this fluffy, feel-good entertainment. And then she points us towards what we really need.ARTICLES REFERENCED:“Why Are So Many People Obsessed with Hallmark Movies?” https://bit.ly/3swRhdL“Hallmark Christmas Movies: Five Reasons To Be Careful”: https://bit.ly/3E7qPJK“Should Christians Be Concerned by the L
20/12/202130 minutes 31 seconds
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How Does the Enemy Use Culture to Lead Us Astray? - Episode 20

Culture swings on a pendulum between two extremes, and the enemy is very adept at using these extremes to his advantage. He is masterful at hiding our vices, and using a complementary virtue to reinforce what is our greatest area of weakness, as a culture and as individuals. In this episode, Catherine shows how culture how ebbs and flows between these two extremes throughout history. Then she identifies what is the greatest virtue of our culture and how the enemy is using that virtue to lead us astray.Resources mentioned:The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis: https://bit.ly/3GEdNF9Audio version from Focus on the Family: https://bit.ly/3IJP8kuThe Unfortunate Tale of the Witch of Pungo: https://bit.ly/3ymyNNFC.S. Lewis quote: https://bit.ly/33g0jB0</
13/12/202133 minutes 18 seconds
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6 Guidelines to Living a Counter-Cultural Life - Episode 19

HOW DO YOU LIVE BIBLICALLY WHEN EVERYONE AROUND YOU ISN’T? Or a lot of people around you aren’t. In other words, how do you live a counter-cultural life? Good question, huh? We are in the middle of a series on how to be a counter-cultural Christian. In this episode, Catherine offers six guidelines to help you and your kids swim upstream in our downstream culture.At the end of life, all that matters is our faithfulness to God. Did we stand strong? Culture is always flowing downstream. Always has been. Always will. Did we go with the flow, or were we determined to swim the other way?If we want to swim upstream, we need to:(1)Know the Word(2)Find encouragement in those who swam upstream before us.(3)Question everything.(4)Expect opposition and even persecution.(5)Listen intently for God’s voice.(6)Maintain an ETERNAL MINDSETIf we can do these things, and if we can teach our kids to do these things, we will be swimming the right w
29/11/202126 minutes 3 seconds
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How to Swim Upstream in a Downstream Culture - Episode 18

If we are going to swim God’s direction in this downstream culture, people will think that we are odd. They will have all kinds of choice words to describe us. We need to have this expectation in life, and we need to give our kids this expectation as well. If our children stay true to God’s Word and God’s standard, our culture will not celebrate them. In fact, our culture will accuse and may even cancel them. Other Christians may accuse and cancel them. But that’s ok. We stand in good company when we are accused and canceled for our faith. This episode is the first in a series on being a counter-cultural Christian. In order to do that, we need to (1) stay grounded in the Word, and (2) draw inspiration from those who swam upstream before us. In this first installment, Catherine gives some practical tips and lots of Biblical inspiration to help us swim upstream in our downstream culture.PODCASTS REFERENCED:CPCW 4-part Worldview series – you can find all the episod
15/11/202125 minutes 28 seconds
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How to Discover Your Purpose in Life - Episode 17

EPISODE 17—HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSELinks3:38Do you know that you have a purpose in life? Like beyond parenting. Beyond what you do for a living, even, perhaps. Beyond paying the bills and doing the chores and feeding the kids. You have a purpose in life. Something that God created you to do before you were ever born. God has a very specific part for you to play in the grand story He is writing throughout all of historyIn this podcast, I’m going to talk about how to discover why you were born. I will give you the Five P’s of finding your purpose.Discovering your purpose in life really does tie into your parenting in a big way. Because when your kids see you living your purpose in life, they are going to be inspired to live out theirs. The majority of people live and die without ever discovering their purpose in life, the reason God created them. Isn’t that sad. But what is even more sad is that the majority of Christians, the majority of p
25/10/202135 minutes 4 seconds
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How to Help Your Kids Develop Their Spiritual Gifts – Episode 16

The more your kids understand their God-given purpose in life, the more likely they are to stay grounded in their faith into adulthood. As parents, we have this incredibly unique position in our kid’s lives. We are literally front row center for most of the first two decades. We are, hands down, the most important influence on our kids during their formative years. We have not just the ability, but the responsibility to uncover those spiritual gifts in our kids’ lives, and to cultivate them. You could say that we are the chief gardener in their lives. How well those little seeds do is, in a large part, up to us.“God gave you your kids for a reason, your specific kids. That’s because you hold the key to unlocking who God created them to be.”***Tips for Cultivating Your Child’s Spiritual Gifts:1. What do you see in your child’s life that isn’t like your other kids, or other peoples’ children? When you see a gift – feed it. Call it out and encourage it. Water t
04/10/202130 minutes 36 seconds
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What Should I Expect When I Battle in Prayer? – Episode 15

When you step out with God in prayer, you need to expect opposition from the enemy. That’s because prayer changes history. Your history, your child’s history, human history.***Resources:Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.comGod Is Good, But This Isn’t: Blogcast Recording | Article.Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life's Not Okay***Scriptures to Pray When You Go to Battle in Prayer:Jeremiah 24:7John 8:31-32 2 Corinthians 3:16-172 Peter 3:9 Exodus 23:25-26Galatians 3:29 Matthew 6:10Romans 8:28Whatever happens in this life, it won’t happen because I didn’t pray with faith. Whatever doesn’t happen in this life, it won’t fail to happen because I didn’t pray with faith. Because I didn’t fight, because I didn’t take the authority that God has given me, those keys, and use them to speak forth what I believe is His will here on earth. HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE when it comes to prayer
13/09/202128 minutes 34 seconds
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How to Battle for Your Kids in Prayer – Episode 14

Get close to God. Seek His face. Declare who He is. Exclaim His goodness. Ask for direction. Request what you need. And command His will to be done here on earth in your life as it is in heaven. Pray some bold prayers. Scriptures referenced:James 1:5Philippians 4:6-7Psalm 37:4Psalm 144:1-2Article referenced:Is God Still Speaking to Us in Dreams, Even Today?Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.comTeaching referenced:8 Steps to Find Redemption after Loss***Follow Catherine at https://catherinesegars.com/Episode Image Credit: Getty/Yelyzaveta HryhorievaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/08/202136 minutes 31 seconds
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4 Types of Prayer Every Believer Should Know - Episode 13

I love apologetics, explaining the faith and equipping parents to help their children stand strong in the faith. But there comes a time in life when we need to stop explaining and start exercising – we’ve got to start walking out all that we know.In this episode, we will cover:1. The four types of prayers we should be praying when we are in a battle for one of our kids2. The greatest impediments that keep us from being effective in our prayers.***The Four Types of Prayers:1. Declarative Prayer2. Exclamatory Prayer3. Interrogative Prayer4. Imperative Prayer ***Scriptures referenced:James 1:5Phil. 4:6-7Matthew 16:19 Matthew 18:18Luke 10:19Mark 11:23John 14:122 Chronicles 16:9Matthew 13:58***Read my article on this topic on Crosswalk.com***Books referenced:Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch Sheets, pg. 23 &
16/08/202127 minutes 56 seconds
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What to Do If Your Child Walks Away from the Faith – Episode 12

We spend a lot of time worrying that our children will leave the faith in college. But statistics show that children are more likely to leave the faith before they leave the nest.In this episode, Catherine covers:1. What is to blame when your child walks away from the faith (and what NOT to blame).2. A battleplan for going to war for your child’s faithArticles and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:Read Catherine's accompanying article on Crosswalk: https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/what-to-do-if-your-child-has-walked-away-from-the-faith.htmlAlready Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church And What You Can Do To Stop It by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer, and Todd Hillard (pgs. 31-32)Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God by Jentzen Franklin.Praying Circ
02/08/202135 minutes 47 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Speak the Truth In Love? - Episode 11

We have all heard at some point to “speak the truth in love." But how exactly do we do that? Where in scripture are we instructed to do so? In this episode, we are going to break down this popular saying and discuss how to humbly lead others to the truth. Our goal should not just be to speak the truth, but that our expression of truth is effective and genuine. Resources Mentioned:Article: The Danger of Speaking Truth without Love by Catherine SegarsScripture Referenced:Paul’s admonition to speak the truth in love: 1 Corinthians 13Zacchaeus’ story: Luke 19The woman at the well: John 4The woman caught in adultery: John 8"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV)Paul’s admonition not to judge the world: (1 Corinthians 5:12).Follow Catherine at https://catherinesegars.com/<b
06/07/202127 minutes 46 seconds
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6 Guidelines for Discussing Sensitive Topics with Your Kids – Episode 10

Our social and political landscape is incredibly contentious. We need guidelines to help us and our kids navigate these treacherous waters. In this episode, we discuss how to talk about sensitive topics with our kids, telling them the truth – which is often offensive -- but with love. How do we do that? I’ve got 6 guidelines.Read the article that goes with this episode.GUIDELINES:1. Listen. Really listen.2. Respect other people’s beliefs. Don’t ridicule3. Don’t assume a motive. Challenge methods, not motives.4. Be more concerned about people than your position.5. Speak in love while never denying truth.6. Recognize that what people need most is not an argument, it is an experience with God.Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matt. 7:12)***Resources and Articles Mentioned in This Episode:The “love” chapter: 1 Corinthians 13The Danger of Speaking Truth without LoveC.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianit
21/06/202131 minutes 19 seconds
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How Does the Christian Worldview Create a World We All Want to Live In? – Episode 9

This episode is the culmination of all the hard work we have done in the last three episodes! We are going to look at why the other worldviews we’ve looked at begin to fall apart because they don’t accurately explain and represent reality.Resources and Articles Mentioned in This Episode:1. Eric Metaxas interview with John Smirak2. John Smirak article: Is the Woke Cult Just a Spastic Reaction to Darwinism?3. Christian Headlines article on Richard Dawkins, Atheist Richard Dawkins Says Its 'Wise and Sensible' to Abort Babies with Down Syndrome, Serious Disabilities4. Five Worldview Comparison Chart from Xenos.org5. Postmodernists deny that there "are objective, or absolute, moral values.”6. William Wilberforce’s Christian faith and crusade to end the slave trade.7. The testimony of John Newton8. Martin Luther Kings’ 'I Have a Dream' Speech“***Follow Catherine at <a href="https://catherinesegars.com/" rel="noop
07/06/202130 minutes 16 seconds
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What Sets the Christian Worldview Apart from Other Worldviews? - Episode 8

Natasha Crain expertly challenges us: Instead of asking if a worldview is religious or non-religious, we should ask – from where does this worldview get its authority?Research and Resources That Went into This Episode:Natasha Crain’s Website: https://natashacrain.com/Crain’s podcast that asks, “From where does this worldview get its authority?”Debate between Alan Dershowitz and Alan Keyes on religions role in society (quoted material starts around 32:00)https://www.c-span.org/video/?159474-1/organized-religion-debateSlaves Sold by African Rulers and Tribal Merchants:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxt3gk7/revision/7https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NXC4Q_4J
24/05/202132 minutes 4 seconds
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What Worldviews Are Competing with Your Kids' Faith? - Episode 7

Today, we’re getting brainy. But we’re also going to have a lot of fun. The subject of worldviews can be overwhelming and confusing. But you and your kids are going to need to understand these concepts. I break down each main worldview in easy-to-understand terms and have a ton of resources to help you explore and explain these worldviews to your kids.When it comes to worldviews, the question we have to ask ourselves is: “Which worldview best represents and explains reality?” We don’t want our kids to believe the Christian faith just because we told them to, but because they have investigated other worldviews and believe Christianity is the best explanation of reality.We want our kids’ beliefs to be:Sound, Logical, Cohesive, Coherent, and ConvincingWhen you combine all of that with a personal relationship, your kids will have a really solid faith. If you missed Episode 6, be sure to go back and check it out.So, what are the various worldviews
10/05/202132 minutes 23 seconds
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5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids about Other Worldviews - Episode 6

Some might argue that we should simply teach our kids the principles of the Christian faith and ignore other worldviews. Isn’t knowing the truth enough?Catherine doesn’t think so. We want our kid’s faith to be challenged. Resistance creates strength. Lack of resistance creates a wimpy, flabby faith.In this episode, she will give you FIVE reasons why we want to teach our kids other worldviews. You can read the article that accompanies this episode here.Resources Mentioned:Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, by Hillary Morgan Ferrer, states: “Most studies indicate between 45%-48% of youth leave the church after their freshman year in college and never return” (pg. 27)Bible Verses Referenced:“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring l
26/04/202124 minutes 43 seconds
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Is the Bible Just a Book Written by Some Ancient Dead Guys? - Episode 5

If we want our kids to stand strong in their faith, we need to have real answers to some of their hardest questions about God and His Word.Why did God use men to write his book? In this episode, Catherine unpacks this question and the powerful, life-altering answer. The fact is: that God used the men and women he did to write the Bible and share the gospel should give us incredible hope for our own lives.Resources Mentioned in this Episode:Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch SheetsBible Verses Discussed in This Episode:2 Chronicles 16:9; Matthew 13:54-58Find Catherine at https://catherinesegars.com/Episode Image Credit: Getty/DaseugenSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/04/202126 minutes 21 seconds
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Is Christianity Just A Religion of Do’s and Don’ts? – Episode 4

One of the main reasons young people are leaving the faith is because they are growing up in a legalistic faith. They approached their faith as a list of do’s and don’ts. Their relationship with God was a checklist, a duty.In this episode, Catherine unpacks what the rules in the Bible are all about, why they are important, and how we sometimes misunderstand what they are about. The rules aren’t about pleasing God. God’s rules are given as a way to approach us.Scripture Referenced in This Episode:The tree of knowledge of good and evil: Genesis 2:15-17The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:1-7The Parable of the Lost Son: Luke 15:11-32Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Church of the Highlands: Freedom CurriculumLiving in the Tree of Life, Jan. 17, 2021, Chris Hodges, Church of the HighlandsEpisode Image Credit: Getty/Maliha MajeedSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information
29/03/202122 minutes 45 seconds
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How Do I Teach My Kids to Contend for Their Faith? - Episode 3

In the last episode, we talked about what our kids need for an authentic faith. We concluded that we need to teach our kids how to wrestle - how to contend - for their faith. One of the primary reasons cited for this youth exodus by Tom Bisset in his book Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith is surprisingly simple: “They left because they never personally owned their faith.” In other words, their faith was an offshoot of their parent’s spiritual journey. Like Esau, who didn’t value the birthright his father wanted to bestow, these kids never found a personal faith. They never wrestled with God like Jacob did. They never contended with the ideas of men and women. They never learned how to overcome. And when faced with worldly ideals backed by popular secular ideology, the faith of these young people couldn’t stand.In this episode, Catherine shares 7 steps parents can take to help their kids begin to wrestle with their faith.Be sure to check out Catherine's
22/03/202122 minutes 27 seconds
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What Is The Key for Our Kids to Have an Authentic Faith? - Episode 2

The key to an authentic faith? Wrestling. In this episode, Catherine walks us through the story of Jacob and how, through his wrestling, his faith became his own.A new LifeWay Research survey says Two-thirds of young people say they stopped regularly going to church for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith by Tom Bissett. In that book, he gives the top four reasons. Scripture Covered in this Episode:Esau despises his birthright: Genesis 25:19-34Jacob takes Esau’s blessings: Genesis 27Jacob wrestles with God: Genesis 32:22-32Be sure to check out Catherine's related article: Christian Kids Are Leaving the Faith. What Can We Do About It?Find Catherine at https://catherinesegars.com/ Episode Image Credit: Getty/SurfUpVectorSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/03/202114 minutes 39 seconds
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Why Are So Many Kids Falling Away from The Faith? - Episode 1

An astronomical number of Christian young people are leaving the faith after they leave the nest. A recent New LifeWay Research survey shows that two-thirds of Christian youth stop attending church for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.A study from the Assemblies of God shows that “at least half and possibly over two-thirds of Christian young people will step away from the faith while attending a non-Christian college or university.” A similar study from the Southern Baptist Convention “indicates that they are currently losing 70-88% of their youth after their freshman year in college.”In her recent book, Mama Bear Apologetics, Hillary Morgan Ferrer offers a somber reality when it comes to our Christian teens and twenty-somethings: “Most studies indicate between 45%-48% of youth leave the church after their freshman year in college and never return.” (pg. 27)If the massive youth exodus we are experiencing in the church doesn’t concern us as parents,
15/03/202119 minutes 50 seconds