Welcome To The Encouraging Others Through Christ Podcast!

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.

Thanks For Subscribing To The Encouraging Others Through Christ Podcast:
Zune iTunes RSS Feed

Play

I can’t believe that it has been TWO YEARS since the previous episode of Encouraging Others Through Christ. With that said, I knew that I would only create new episodes of this podcast as The Spirit led me to do so.

For the past three years, I’ve been on an amazing journey as God has helped me navigate my way through a life free from obligation, conformity and condemnation. Today’s podcast is simply the very first time I’ve felt led to create a new episode of EOTC. Moving forward, it is still my plan to only publish new episodes as I feel led to do so. However, I have a suspicion that future episodes will be just around the corner as I do feel The Spirit stirring something up inside of me as it relates to this particular podcast.

 
 
Finding Church With Wayne Jacobsen
In this episode, I’m very excited to tell you that I am, once again, joined by my great friend, Wayne Jacobsen. This time around, Wayne and I had the opportunity to meet face to face for the first time. When I saw that Wayne was visiting Kentucky, I had reached out to him to invite him to stop by my place and maybe even record a podcast episode in my new studio and he graciously accepted my invitation. Wayne and I took this opportunity to discuss his new book, “Finding Church” that will be released on October 15th.

fc-lowresI have read many books that have promised a better way of “being the Church” or living the life of the Church that more closely resembles what we read about in the New Testament. For many years, I was heavily involved in the cell church movement. Though, admittedly, I had attempted to establish cell groups within a traditional congregational setting. I will not go into details about the various initial successes and then ultimate failures of each of these attempts.

Later, I had read a book called “Simple Church” by Thom. S. Rainer and Eric Geiger. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I read that book. It seemed to have all the answers for a more relational approach to living life with others in a congregational setting.

Stephanie and I immediately set out to find a “Simple Church.” We had found one that pretty much matched up with everything written in that book. In fact, I had shared this book with the pastor and he got copies for the entire staff of the congregation. They went on a leadership retreat and pretty much restructured their approach to match what was prescribed in the Simple Church book.

Things were great for the first twelve to eighteen months. However, over time, this simple church wasn’t so simple any more. More and more structure was added, more and more obligations were thrust upon the volunteers and, before too long, the congregation ended up just like every other traditional congregation that we had been a part of.

Since September 2011, Stephanie and I have been living our life of faith outside the confines of any local congregation. Episodes of this podcast, starting with episode 121, have documented much of the early part of this journey.

I believe that the conversation that Wayne and I had in this episode will help fill you in on some of the things that we have discovered about our relationship with Christ and with others over the past three years. So much of my growth had been facilitated by the wonderful things that Wayne has shared on his podcast called “The God Journey.”

Wayne had shared and advance copy of his new book with me and I could hardly put it down. This book sheds the light on the true Church that Jesus has been building these past two thousand years. Finding Church does address much of what the life of the Church could and does look like outside of the traditional, institutional or congregational setting. However, this book does not prescribe that leaving the congregational setting is the answer. Instead, it’s intent is to open the dialog among all followers of Christ as to what it would take for us all to fulfill His prayer that we may all be one.

I hope that you enjoy this episode and that you will consider reading this book once it becomes available on October 15th.

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
– 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

Thanks For Subscribing To Encouraging Others Through Christ:
iTunes RSS Feed

{ 0 comments }

Play

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

Thanks For Subscribing To Encouraging Others Through Christ:
Zune iTunes RSS Feed

{ 3 comments }

Play

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

Thanks For Subscribing To Encouraging Others Through Christ:
Zune iTunes RSS Feed

{ 10 comments }

130 EOTC – Remembering David Foster

July 29, 2012

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 […]

8 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

7 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

7 comments Full Post Here →

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. […]

1 comment Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

5 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

2 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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, […]

2 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

8 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

2 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

2 comments Full Post Here →

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. […]

0 comments Full Post Here →

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 […]

0 comments Full Post Here →