Have you ever felt separated from God’s love? All of us will experience seasons when we feel distant from God…when it feels as though his presence is far from us. In this episode of Soul Talks, Bill & Kristi share the story of Darren. A pastor who Bill had the privilege of walking with as he navigated such a season. Listen to Darren’s story and the hope and freedom he encountered.
“I’m fine,” we say. Men especially do this to be “strong” — much to the disappointment of family and friends (especially women!) who want more connection. Burying emotions is actually a weakness that disrupts life and ministry. Bill Gaultiere and John Loppnow, fellow pastors and counselors, share how they connect with their emotions and with God. John introduces “Immanuel Journaling” as a tool for self-awareness and prayer.
Like many Christians today, Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand his playfulness at first. They were shooing away the children because they thought Jesus was too busy for them, but the Lord rebuked his stuffy friends! The way we perceive and experience God has a direct impact on our ability to rest and enjoy God’s presence. Join Bill & Kristi as they look at Jesus the joy giver and his intimate connection with his Daddy… free of burden, free of anticipation, full of joy! Jesus is inviting us to play!
The Apostle Paul captivates us with Christ! Let’s draw on his incredible life story and winsome words from Philippians to be satisfied in the sweet sufficiency of Jesus with Paul. In this episode Bill and Kristi draw you into their conversation, meditations, and especially their joy and laughter of delighting in the Lord Jesus! Get ready to be blessed!
This is the cry of “J. P.’s” heart. We share his story of not feeling God’s presence, struggling with depression and alcohol, being judged. His earnest faith, spiritual disciplines, and service in church aren’t helping. He asks, “Bill and Kristi, what would you say to me?” If you or someone you know relates to J. P., tune in for empathy, affirmation, and spiritual formation coaching.
Like some ministry leaders today Nicodemus was stuck in his head and emotionally reluctant. Jesus offers masterful empathy to help him re-think — and re-feel! — his life to be “born from above” in the Kingdom of God. Here’s an insightful Bible study on John 3:1-17 put into the format of a refreshing empathy-based conversation.