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August 2014
August 28, 2014

How do we turn our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh? Dee Brestin would say by surrendering the idols of our hearts to God. On this  Midday Connection  we wrap up our study of  Idol Lies  as we talk about the work God can do in a heart that is open and willing to have heart surgery. Idols can't just be removed, they must be replaced. Idol Lies, Part 10

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


August 27, 2014

It’s back to school time for most, and on this Midday Connection, educator and specialist in multiple intelligences, Dr. Kathy Koch, joins us to talk about what parents need to pay attention to as their children head back to school. Everything from noticing how kids are wired, to how much time we allow them to be connected and online will be discussed. How Am I Smart?

Featured Guest: Dr. Kathy Koch
Host: Melinda Schmidt


August 26, 2014

Have you put your trust in Christ asking him to forgive you? Are you trying hard to please him with your life and yet you still feel like you don't measure up? On this  Midday Connection , Charles and Janet Morris join us to say many Christians try hard to live their faith but what they don't realize is that they are trying too hard. It's about the relationship Jesus wants to have with us in the everyday. Missing Jesus

Featured Guests: Charles and Janet Morris
Host: Melinda Schmidt


August 25, 2014

How do we communicate with people who disagree with us? Friends and strangers clash with each other over issues large and small, and on this Midday Connection, Tim Muehlhoff joins us to provide a strategy for having difficult conversations that will move us from contentious debate to constructive dialogue. Disagreeing Well

Featured Guest: Tim Muehlhoff
Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Caryn Rivadeneira


August 22, 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: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Randi Lundgren, Felecia Thompson


August 21, 2014

In the Song of Songs we read "Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away." How do we find ourselves responding to our one true lover? On this  Midday Connection  Dee Brestin joins us as we continue our series about  Idol Lies . Dee will help flesh out how transformation comes when we do arise and come to Him and cast off our idols.

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


August 20, 2014

What does it look like to live as a spiritual orphan? On this Midday Connection, Christine Wyrtzen joins us to continue our conversation 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 2

Featured Guest: Christine Wyrtzen
Host: Melinda Schmidt


August 19, 2014

The story of each person is a story of want, about desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. On this Midday Connection Jen Pollack Michel joins us to unpack why we want and how we can want well. We’ll address the important piece of a God who would give us the desires of our hearts.  Desire

Featured Guest: Jen Pollock Michel
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Caryn Rivadeneira


August 18, 2014

It’s Open Forum on Midday Connection and you’ll be the guest. We want to hear your stories about moving. What have been some of the blessings of moving homes or locations?  Open Forum: Blessings of Moving


Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Judy Sandiford


August 15, 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, Sibyl Towner, Sharon Swing


August 14, 2014

How do we rid our heart of old affections? On this  Midday Connection  Dee Brestin joins us as we continue our series about Idol Lies. She says idols cannot be removed, only replaced, and we'll talk about the expulsive power of a new affection as we look at displacing the idols in our lives on this Midday Connection. Idol Lies, Part 8

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


August 13, 2014

When the chaos of life starts to take over, that’s when we need to establish some sacred rhythms. On this Midday Connection, Ruth Haley Barton joins us to talk about how, no matter what season of life we are in, we can develop holy habits that will take us deeper with God. If life feels out of control, join us as we discuss sacred rhythms on Midday Connection. Sacred Rhythms

Featured Guest: Ruth Haley Barton
Host: Anita Lustrea


August 12, 2014

Is paperwork driving you crazy? Are stacks of paper and clutter multiplying in your home or office? On this Midday Connection Marcia Ramsland joins us with practical tools to help us conquer the clutter of paper. She’ll give systems that aren’t difficult to maintain and your problem with paper will be over. Paperwork Organization

Featured Guest: Marcia Ramsland
Host: Melinda Schmidt


August 11, 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 Brian Dahlen join us to talk about how we should relate to the world so we can engage with others around current events we hear or read about in the news.  Current Events


Panel: Anita and Melinda, Mike Murphy, Brian Dahlen


August 8, 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, Caryn Rivadeneira, Randi Lundgren


August 7, 2014

In Romans we read, “I do not do what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate…” Why is it that we can’t just say no? On this Midday Connection, we continue our series with Dee Brestin on her book Idol Lies, and we’ll discuss how the law by itself lacks teeth, and how we need someone bigger than ourselves to rescue us.

Featured Guest: Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


August 6, 2014

It's the YouPick book club on Midday Connection, and we'll be discussing our current pick, Sing For Me by Karen Halvorsen Schrek . We hope you're reading along with us and that you'll be a part of our conversation as well as part of the voting group who chooses our next book.  We'll describe three new possibilities and you get to pick.  YouPick Book Club: Sing for Me


Panel: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira


August 5, 2014

We’ve been working our way through the challenging thoughts of James Bryan Smith looking at our Good and Beautiful God. And on this Midday Connection, we focus on the truth that God is love. We’ll look at the false narrative that "God only loves us when we’re good" and we’ll read the Jesus narrative that says God welcomes sinners.  The Good and Beautiful God, Part 5

Featured Guest: James Bryan Smith
Host: Anita Lustrea


August 4, 2014

Chances are, you, or someone you know and love has been affected by trauma. On this Midday Connection, Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez join us to talk about their own experience of trauma, and to point us toward hope as we look at PTSD and some of the desperation that sets in because of trauma. We’ll also hear the very comfort of God through these two women. Love Letters from the Edge

Featured Guests: Shelly Beach, Wanda Sanchez
Host: Melinda Schmidt


August 1, 2014

Some say women use 20,000 words a day and men only 7,000. While research may 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: Millrose Club, Norma Blank


July 2014
July 31, 2014

How do we marry the mystery of God to the grace of God? When the hard stuff of life touches us, is it really God's grace? On this  Midday Connection  Dee Brestin joins us as we continue our  Idol Lies  series and we take a look at what happens when the earth shakes? Is God still to be trusted, is he still good, and how much of it is a mystery?

Featured Guest: Summer of Compassion 2014, Dee Brestin
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


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