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Encouraging Others Through Christ PodcastThe Encouraging Others Through Christ podcast is a show that is devoted to real talk about real faith. If you listen, you’ll find that this is the place where it’s okay to talk about things related to faith without being judged for what you believe or struggle believing. This show is more about asking questions than it is about giving answers.

If you like this podcast, you may also like the Family From The Heart or Pursuing A Balanced Life podcasts. Of course we invite you to please check out the complete list of our podcasts.

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I am so delighted to have Wayne Jacobsen join us once again here on Encouraging Others Through Christ. This time around, Wayne and I discuss what a life of faith might look like for those who are not a part of an institution. In our conversation, I mention a blog post I recently wrote about this subject. You can read that post by clicking here.

So You Don't Want To Go To Church AnymoreOf course, I can’t pass up this opportunity to plug Wayne’s book, “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church.” Those who have been following my journey know just how much of an impact that this story had on my journey.

Here are some important links that I think you should know about:
- God Journey Podcast – Website | Podcast
- LifeStream Blog – Website | Podcast
- The Jesus Lens – Website
- So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore – Amazon
- He Loves Me – Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection – Amazon

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I am super excited to release this 131st episode of the Encouraging Others Through Christ Podcast. Out of all the podcast episodes that I have produced since December 2005, this is, by far, my favorite episode to date. In this episode, I share an hour long conversation that I had with Steve Brown from Key Life Ministries.

If you have been following my journey, since September of last year, you have certainly heard me mention Steve Brown on multiple occasions. Back in September, Steve’s Scandalous Freedom Podcast was such an amazing breath of fresh air after being smothered by religion for the past twenty years of my life.

 
 

Since episode 121 of this podcast (Previously named the About The Church Podcast), I have shared many of the sources that God has been using to communicate to me about the unconditional love that He has for me. When I look back over this past year, it is fun to actually play the “connect the dots” game, tracing all the steps that God took to get me to this place. The story of how I was introduced to Steve and how this conversation with him came about is worthy of a whole episode of its own.

I’m happy to announce that something finally clicked for me when I read Steve Brown’s most recent book, Three Free Sins. Somewhere in the middle of this book, I became so overjoyed that I actually did a little dance. I felt fully loved by my Heavenly Father and I still do.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from this book:

1) Repentance is from a Greek word meaning to chanege one’s mind. It doesn’t mean changing your ways.

2) Having free sins doesn’t only mean that you can throw away the mask, it also means that you don’t have anybody to please except Jesus–and he’s already pleased.

3) You don’t have to get better to get God to love you. You don’t have to get better to maintain God’s love. You don’t have to get better to witness. You don’t have to get better to be forgiven. You don’t have to get better to “make a difference.” And You don’t have to get better to be sanctified or holy!

I sincerely hope that this conversation that I had with Steve blesses you and that if you are not already convinced that God loves you, that it will at least draw you closer to Him.

Sincerely,

Cliff

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This episode of Encouraging Others Through Christ is long overdue. I am finally at place where I am ready to record this episode devoted to remembering my good friend, David H. Foster.

My great friend, David, passed away on April 1st, 2012. However, not before having a profound impact on my life.

In this episode of the Encourage Others Through Christ podcast, I have taken 14 audio clips from the last sermon David ever preached, just hours before dying, to help remember what this man stood for. I can personally attest that this man lived out what he believed and preached.

So much more could be said. However, it is my sincere hope that this episode will, even in a small way, honor this man’s life and the friendship that I had with him.

The following video is a memorial video that was put together by members of David’s church family. All the clips, like the ones I played in this podcast episode, are from David’s final sermon.

Here are direct links to the six sermons that are a part of the final sermon series that David preached. (iTunes Link)

1) The Broken (Why some people suffer needlessly)
2) The Beat-up (How to develop a big-picture mind-set)
3) The Betrayed (The 3 things you want that God will never give you)
4) The Bothered (Chasing after God knows what)
5) The Bored (Where to find your misplaced hope)
6) The Burnt (David’s Final Sermon)

I encourage everyone to listen to David’s Renegade’s Guide To God podcast. (iTunes Link)

One thing is for certain… I’ll never forget the way that David Foster made me feel!

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129 EOTC – Know God, Love God & Live The Life For Which You Were Created

February 10, 2012

In this episode Cliff is once again joined by his good friend David Foster. Together they talk about true identity in Christ. They talk about money being a good thing and a God thing. And they talk about the journey of knowing God, loving God and living the life for which we are created. Thanks […]

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128 EOTC – Is God More Real Than Your Bank Account?

January 19, 2012

I am so delighted to have Wayne Jacobsen join us once again here on Encouraging Others Through Christ. This time around, Wayne shares some thoughts around a message that he sent me in an email a few weeks ago. Here’s what he had written to me… This has been one of the greatest joys of […]

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127 EOTC – He Redeemed My Mind To Think Big

January 16, 2012

I am excited to share a message from my good friend, David H. Foster, from his Renegade’s Guide To God podcast. In this episode of the Encourage Others Through Christ podcast, I have taken the most recent podcast from my good friend, David H. Foster, and edited it down to be included here for you. […]

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126 EOTC – A Conversation With Wayne Jacobsen

December 22, 2011

Back in episode 121, I shared some pretty shocking information related to my journey of faith and where I stand on my relationship with “the church.” In that episode, I had shared just how much of an impact the book “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church,” by Wayne Jacobsen, had on me. In […]

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125 EOTC – Encouraging Others Through Christ

December 21, 2011

The About The Church podcast was launched in January 2006 as the third podcast produced here at the Generally Speaking Production Network. In this episode, I share the reasons why, after 125 episodes, I’ve decided to re-brand the show. From this point forward, this podcast will be known as the Encouraging Others Through Christ or […]

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124 About The Church – A Conversation With David Foster

December 13, 2011

In this episode of the About The Church Podcast, I am delighted to share a recorded phone conversation that I recently had with my good friend, David H. Foster from DavidFoster.tv. I wish I had time to sit down and take notes about all the things we talked about in this conversation so that it […]

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123 About The Church – The Parable of The Incredibly Loving Father

October 26, 2011

It’s been just over a month since our family decided that we were “Not Going To Go To Church Anymore!” In the past, if I would miss going to church a few weeks in a row, I would feel incredibly guilty and I would see my life’s priorities getting all out of whack. However, if […]

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165 Almost Daily Devotional – Life Without Following The Rules

October 26, 2011

It’s been just over a month since our family made the decision to “stop going to church.” I’m sure that many people wondered just how far off the path I might get when it comes to my priorities and my spiritual life. Heck, I’ll be honest and tell you that I had wondered the same […]

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164 Almost Daily Devotional – Who Do You Follow?

October 10, 2011

I have recently come to a place in my journey of faith where I have learned how important it is that my relationship with Jesus is the foundation for my relationship with God, our Father. For too long, I’ve focused too much on what other people think or teach. I do believe that sound doctrin […]

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122 About The Church – How To Win At Life With Money

September 30, 2011

In this episode of the About The Church Podcast, Stephanie and I share part 1 of 5 in a sermon series titled “Moneyology” by David Foster. You can gain access to the original sermon series without our commentary by going to http://gspn.tv/moneyology. Thanks For Subscribing To The About The Church Podcast: Plus Members Subscribe Using […]

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163 Almost Daily Devotional – Let Me Love You

September 28, 2011

Ever since I’ve recently been made increasingly aware of God’s unconditional love for me, a love that I do not have to do ANYTHING to earn, it seems as though God is connecting me with an amazing number of people who are experiencing this same exact truth. In this episode, I share nearly six minutes […]

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162 Almost Daily Devotional – He Loves You Anyway

September 26, 2011

Have you ever felt that you had to adhere to a certain set of rules or principles to be worthy of God’s love for you? For me, I have no problem believing that we are saved by faith in God’s Grace alone and not by works. However, somewhere along the lines, I became convinced that, […]

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121 About The Church – Not Going To church Anymore!

September 22, 2011

In this episode, I share some pretty shocking information related to my journey of faith and where I stand on my relationship with “the church.” However, it is really difficult for me to actually state the decision that our family has recently made. The reason is because the statement is that our family has decided […]

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120 About The Church – Rob Shares His Experience With New Bible Reading Plan

December 14, 2010

In this episode, Cliff and Robert discuss what has been going on in their hearts and minds as it relates to faith in Christ and their involvement in the local church. Robert shares his experience with a new Bible Reading Plan that he’s enjoyed very much. We also get some amazing feedback from Dr. Paul […]

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119 About The Church – Eagerly Awaiting The Restoration of Eden

October 13, 2010

In this episode, Cliff and Robert discuss what has been going on in their hearts and minds as it relates to faith in Christ and their involvement in the local church. They mention two books in this episode. The Epic of Eden – http://amzn.to/d0yK1j Mere Churchianity – http://amzn.to/b1R56W Click Here To Download This Episode Thanks […]

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118 About The Church – Liturgy of The Hours

August 30, 2010

About The Church Podcast Liturgy of The Hours Click Here To Download This Episode In this episode of About The Church, I’m joined by Dane Falkner and Greg Pedroza from DivineOffice.org. In Podcast Answer Man episode 174, I explained how Divine Office had offered to sponsor a trip to Podcamp Boston 5 that Stephanie and […]

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117 About The Church – My Prayer Partner

August 6, 2010

About The Church Podcast My Prayer Partner In this episode of About The Church, I’m joined by Robert Johnson. Robert has been my prayer/accountability partner for over ten years now. DG needed to take some time off from the podcast for a while and he hopes to be able to return in the near future. […]

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116 About The Church – Making Room For A Biblical Model of Ministry

July 9, 2010

About The Church Podcast Making Room for a Biblical Model of Ministry Cliff and DG are at it again in this episode. Of course, this time, DG completely steels the thunder from Cliff’s argument about something that DG shared about the United Methodist Church. If you want to get the book we discussed at the […]

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115 About The Church – Big Butter Jesus Struck By Lightning

June 17, 2010

About The Church Podcast Big Butter Jesus Struck By Lightning In this episode, Cliff and DG actually sing! Do we really need to post anything else here in the show notes to get you to want to listen to this episode? I didn’t think so! Click Here To Download This Episode Thanks For Subscribing To […]

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