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July 2014
July 30, 2014

If you’ve found yourself saying, “I can’t stand my job anymore, I don’t have any life purpose,” then this Midday Connection is for you as Bill Hendricks joins us to talk about why you’re here, why you matter, and what you should do with your life. He’ll give practical help on uncovering your giftedness and put you on a path to living out God’s intended purpose for your life. The Person Called You

Featured Guest: Bill Hendricks
Host: Anita Lustrea


July 29, 2014

Many global missionary women are depleted from living cross-culturally. That, coupled with family and ministry demands can leave them weary and in need of renewal. On this Midday Connection Lorrie Lindgren and Cindy Judge join us to talk about Thrive, a ministry empowering and encouraging our global missionary women. Thrive Ministry

Featured Guests: Lorrie Lindgren, Cindy Judge
Host: Melinda Schmidt


July 28, 2014

It’s Open Forum on Midday Connection and the question on the table is “Where have you noticed God?” As your summer unfolds, where are you seeing God? In the flowers and birds? In the soft cry of a newborn? Maybe in the provision of a job? In unexpected places? Where are you noticing God in your life?  Open Forum: Where Have You Noticed God?


Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Caryn Rivadeneira


July 25, 2014

Conversation is a lost art. Some have said social media plays a part in its demise, but on the Millrose Club conversation is king and on this program we’ll hear thoughts and opinions around the table and get to know each other a little bit better as we converse together. Community is essential in the body of Christ, and it’s happening on the Millrose Club on Midday Connection.  Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira, Mike Murphy


July 24, 2014

How is Jesus setting you free from "Idol Lies"? On this  Midday Connection  we continue our series with Dee Brestin and look at our cheating hearts. Jeremiah paints God's bride as a restless wife to whom the bonds and burdens of true love were slavery, and the lure of the forbidden irresistible. We'll look at this difficult part of our story as we face the truth about our deepest desires on this  Midday Connection .

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


July 23, 2014

What does it look like to live as a spiritual orphan? On this Midday Connection, Christine Wyrtzen joins us to talk about how many of us are living this way, but unaware of it. The spiritual orphan is one who feels alone, trying to get her needs met the best she can, and not knowing how to receive the love of her Heavenly Father. Spiritual Orphans, Part 1

Featured Guest: Christine Wyrtzen
Host: Melinda Schmidt


July 22, 2014

Why does chasing the good life make us feel so bad? We dream big, spend our money and time pursuing those dreams and sometimes find ourselves exhausted, deep in debt, and spiritually empty. On this Midday Connection we’ll talk with Mark Scandrette, who decided to choose a different path. He and his wife live debt free in one of the most expensive cities in America. Free

Featured Guest: Mark Scandrette
Host: Anita Lustrea


July 21, 2014

Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more or turn from their sin. On this Midday Connection, Matthew Stanford joins us to give a biblical and scientific perspective as we focus specifically on depression, a mental illness plaguing so many. Depression

Featured Guest: Matthew Stanford
Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Lori Neff


July 18, 2014

Conversation is a lost art. Some say social media plays a part in its demise, but on the Millrose Club conversation is king and on this program we’ll hear thoughts and opinions around the table and get to know each other a little bit better as we converse together. Community is essential in the body of Christ, and it’s happening on the Millrose Club on Midday Connection. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira, Judy Sandiford


July 17, 2014

It's all about Idol Lies on this Midday Connection and Dee Brestin joins us to continue our series on facing the truth about our deepest desires. This time we tackle a shocking metaphor God uses in scripture to speak of the idols of our hearts. He says we are committing adultery and breaking his heart. The truth is, God is the lover of our souls and desires intimacy with us. Idol Lies, Part 4

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


July 16, 2014

God has given us two ears and one mouth, yet listening is still a struggle. On this Midday Connection, Sibyl Towner joins us to talk about the important spiritual practice of listening. We’ll talk about how we listen to scripture and how we can listen well to each other so we can encourage and point out the work of God in someone else’s life. Listening

Featured Guests: Sibyl Towner, Sharon Swing
Host: Melinda Schmidt


July 15, 2014

Kary Oberbrunner says, “Numbing your pain is numbing your potential.” And on this Midday Connection he joins us to talk about life purpose. First there needs to be healing, and we’ll look at the five steps that let our hurts lead to our healing. Let’s walk the healing journey together, then discover what God created us for. Hurts Leading to Healing

Featured Guest: Kary Oberbrunner
Host: Melinda Schmidt


July 14, 2014

As you look at the world around you, what are the issues we should be interested in as followers of Christ? On this Midday Connection, Mike Murphy and Ashanti Pettaway join us to talk about how we should relate to the world so we can engage with other around current events we read about in the news? Current Events


Panel: Anita and Melinda, Ashanti Pettaway, Mike Murphy


July 11, 2014

Friends are invaluable in life. Whether your life is smooth sailing right now, or you're in the midst of crisis, we need friends to walk with us and help us process life. It's the Millrose Club on  Midday Connection , and it's an opportunity to discuss and think out loud. To sometimes disagree, but always to get to know each other just a little bit better. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Melinda Schmidt, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira, Jamie Janosz


July 10, 2014

Deep down, every woman longs to feel loved and secure. We may think we look to God for these things, but in reality we often run to food, Facebook or friendships. On this Midday Connection, Dee Brestin continues to help us identify the idolatry that is destroying our intimacy with God and stealing our joy. It's part three of our series, Idol Lies, on Midday Connection. Idol Lies, Part 3

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


July 9, 2014

Jesus asked in the garden tomb, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” On this Midday Connection, Janet Davis joins us to talk about how often we persist in trying to find life in areas where it has already left. Maybe it’s in friendships grown distant, or a stale prayer practice. Whatever it is for you, join us to move forward.

Featured Guest: Janet Davis
Host: Melinda Schmidt


July 8, 2014

What does it look like to walk in faithfulness in our life with God? On this Midday Connection, Kyle Strobel joins us to talk about being formed for the Glory of God. He’ll use spiritual practices from the life of Jonathan Edwards to illustrate what a vibrant walk with God looks like. It’s unveiling the theological depths of Christian practice on Midday Connection.  Formed for the Glory of God

Featured Guest: Kyle Strobel
Host: Anita Lustrea


July 7, 2014

We all feel it at one time or another, that there is something profoundly and dreadfully missing in our lives. On this Midday Connection, Daniel Hill joins us to talk about the abundant life Jesus came to offer and how even fervent followers of Jesus sense that some vital and fundamental part of life is elusive. We’ll focus on John 10:10 and get a fresh perspective.  Live Life to the Fullest

Featured Guest: Daniel Hill
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Mike Murphy


July 4, 2014

Some say women use 20,000 words a day and men 7,000. While you can refute these statistics, suffice it to say, women enjoy talking in the company of other women, and need to! It’s the Millrose Club on Midday Connection, and whether or not you have more words to use up, you might want to grab your girlfriends and take our topics a little deeper. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Melinda Schmidt, Caryn Rivadeneira, Janis Backing, Shane O'Regan


July 3, 2014

When God, through friends and His Word, revealed Dee Brestin's hidden idol of control, a dramatic transformation followed.On this Midday Connection as we continue our series, on Idol Lies with Dee. She’ll share joyful testimonies and powerful truths about what can happen when the idols of our hearts are replaced by the Lover of our Souls. Idol Lies, Part 2

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Host: Anita Lustrea


July 2, 2014

Ever experienced drama in your marriage? Whether your answer is ‘yes’ or ‘no’, you won’t want to miss this Midday Connection when Ray and Nancy Kane continue their series on Drama Proofing your Marriage. The Kane’s will talk from a place of personal experience, healing, and hope. If you are struggling in your marriage join us for this Midday Connection. Drama Proofing Your Marriage, Part 8

Featured Guests: Ray Kane, Nancy Kane
Host: Anita Lustrea


July 1, 2014

Falling in love with the God Jesus knows means coming face to face with the false narratives we’ve come to believe about God. On this Midday Connection James Bryan Smith joins us as we continue our series on The Good and Beautiful God focusing on the false narrative of earning God’s favor, and replace that with the Jesus narrative that God is generous. The Good and Beautiful God, Part 4

Featured Guest: James Bryan Smith
Host: Anita Lustrea


June 2014
June 30, 2014

What happens when you find the way you used to relate to God no longer works? That’s often the struggle of a new mom. On this Midday Connection, Micha Boyett joins us to say that after the birth of her first child, she lost prayer, and in the midst of diapers, errands, and household chores, she struggled forming the words to speak to God. Found

Featured Guest: Micha Boyett
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff


June 27, 2014

Friends are invaluable in life. Whether your life is smooth sailing right now, or you're in the midst of crisis, we need friends to walk with us and help us process life. It's the Millrose Club on Midday Connection, and it's an opportunity to discuss and think out loud. To sometimes disagree, but always to get to know each other just a little bit better. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Anita and Melinda, Judy Sandiford, Lisa Larsen


June 26, 2014

What’s hiding in your heart? Deep down, every woman longs to feel loved and secure and we may think we look to God for these things, but in reality we often run to food, facebook, or friendship first. On this Midday Connection, Dee Brestin talks to us to talk about the idolatry of worshiping God’s gifts instead of God himself. Idol Lies, Part 1

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


June 25, 2014

It’s the YouPick book club on Midday Connection and we’ll be discussing the book you chose, In Broken Places, by Michelle Phoenix. It’s a story of brokenness and healing and we’ll find out what you thought about the story as you read it. We’ll introduce three new choices for you to vote on for our next YouPick book club. YouPick Book Club: In Broken Places


Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira


June 24, 2014

Few things in life are more satisfying than succeeding as a parent. But sometimes we, as parents can get in the way of setting our kids free to be all that God created them to be.  On this Midday Connection, Jill Savage joins us to talk about No More Perfect Kids. How can we remove the perfection inflection from our parenting and really know each child so we can embrace their unique design? No More Perfect Kids

Featured Guest: Jill Savage
Host: Melinda Schmidt


June 23, 2014

How do we engage unbelievers with intelligence and imagination? On this Midday Connection Alister McGrath joins us to talk about apologetics, but not in a dry way that appeals only to the mind. He’ll point us toward engaging the heart and the imagination and talk about the many right ways to share our faith. Apologetics

Featured Guest: Alister McGrath
Host: Melinda Schmidt


June 20, 2014

Conversation is a lost art. Some say social media plays a part in its demise, but on the Millrose Club conversation is king and on this program we’ll hear thoughts and opinions around the table and get to know each other a little bit better as we converse together. Community is essential in the body of Christ, and it’s happening on the Millrose Club on Midday Connection. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Anita and Melinda, Jamie Janosz, Darbi Masters


June 19, 2014

What happens when life doesn't turn out the way you'd planned? On this  Midday Connection  Dr. Cynthia Uitermarkt joins us to talk about her journey after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. What is the mental and emotional impact of living with a chronic disease, and how does a follower of Christ live with uncertainty? Living with Illness

Featured Guest: Cynthia Uitermarkt
Host: Anita Lustrea


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