What must it be like to have a family member in prison? Far too many spouses and families know the pain and helplessness of seeing a loved one behind bars. Thankfully, there are ministries like Kairos Prison Ministry International with volunteers who give of their time regularly to care for prisoners and their families. Kairos CEO Evelyn Lemly joins host Chris Johnson to share how this successful ministry meets the spiritual and emotional needs of this population.
The nation of Israel was born in a day in May 1948, but it took the involvement of President Harry Truman, a Jewish businessman and others to bring to pass the rebirth of a homeland for the Jewish people. Listen as Craig von Buseck, author of I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel, shares how President Truman was convinced to support the new nation by his Jewish friend. Dr. von Buseck's book is a biography of the Zionist movement.
Many believers today live the Christian life on the surface. They get busy with work, meet the needs of the family and serve God at church. But they often lack intimacy, unity and connectedness with God and other believers. Michael Thompson, co-founder of Zoweh Ministries and author of The Heart of a Warrior: Before You Can Become the Warrior, You Must Become the Beloved Son, joins host Chris Johnson on this episode to discuss this lack and share what he has learned about performance vs. relationship in his walk with God.
"To know is to be empowered." Author and Senior Pastor Mark Amoateng believes Christians need to understand when activity is heightened in the spiritual realm. In this episode with host Chris Johnson, Dr. Amoateng explains what spiritual portals are and how knowing about them can help believers be more effective in their prayer life.
Most everyone needs a cell phone these days. Now every time you make a call, you can contribute to the church or Christian organization of your choice. Faith Wireless business partners Christian Massi and Tim Theriot share with host Dr. Steve Greene why they got into the cellular business when there is such heavy market competition. Listen to learn how your cell phone use can not only be affordable but also can help you give toward kingdom purposes.
In 1981, when Doug Stringer handed out a business card reading, “Somebody Cares, call 24 hours a day,” it was the beginning of what came to be Somebody Cares International. In this Charisma Connection episode with host Chris Johnson, Somebody Cares Vice President Jodie Chiricosta reflects on the multifaceted ministries of this dynamic organization, from Adopt-A-Gang for prayer to leadership development to crisis response.
Are you a parent to spiritual sons and daughters? Dr. Shirley Brown, senior pastor of Destiny International Ministries Apostolic Training Center, is a spiritual mother to many and shares wisdom from her years of accepting this God-given assignment. Dr. Brown cautions mothers and fathers in the faith to not try to be friends with their sons and daughters but to guide them in their growth in the Lord and in life. Listen to learn why it's important for spiritual parents to be healthy themselves before helping sons and daughters in the faith.
Iraq War veteran, author and pastor Jason Tanksley discusses with host Chris Johnson the similarities between physical and spiritual warfare. Pastor Tanksley, known as "Tank" in the military, identifies how the enemy is at work in believers' lives and how Christians must learn to march in unity against the powers of darkness. Listen to learn more about his e-book, "Tactical: Exposing Demonic Strategies," and about his ministry in this episode.
Shane W. Roessiger lived as a drug addict for 20 years until his declaration of the blood of Jesus freed him. Now founder of H.O.T. House of Truth Apostolic Center in Southwest Florida and author of several books, including "Chunks of Meat," he experienced a miraculous healing of his leg at a Full Gospel meeting when he was just 7 years old. In this episode of Charisma Connection, Roessiger shares his powerful testimony and challenges believers to mature in their faith through God's Word.
Shalom Almog, co-owner of Coral Travel & Tours, goes the second mile is serving Christians who want to have their own experience of visiting the land of the Bible. This former "full bird colonel" in the Israeli Defense Forces has developed a great love for Christians and enjoys sharing the land he loves with them. He also is growing in his love for Jesus. And, as Almog told host Chris Johnson on this Charisma Connection episode: "Once you'll be in Israel, you'll not be the same."
Derek Grier had little experience with faith as a child. His Catholic mom prayed with him by his bedside and sent him to a Baptist summer camp. There he felt the presence of God but didn't experience the Holy Spirit in that way again until he was in class at Howard University. As an African-American, Grier felt Islam appealed to him more than Christianity, but when he encountered Jesus in a significant way, his life was thoroughly changed. In his new book, "When God Stops," Dr. Grier, now pastor of a large church, shares his own story alongside the accounts of eight biblical men and women. Listen as Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson asks him to share more of his life-transforming testimony.
Rob Saunders, a fourth-generation investment banker known as the "Wealth Codes Coach," knows the language of business. More than that, though, he has learned to walk through life with love and laughter. No longer is he out for gain only, but he now has a kingdom purpose that drives his business and ministry. Listen to this conversation with Saunders and host Chris Johnson on this episode of Charisma Connection.