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April 2014
April 18, 2014

It's Good Friday, a time to reflect and talk with a friend about faith and life. Whether it’s over the phone, on email, or hopefully in person. It’s the Millrose Club on Midday Connection and if you can’t get a date on the calendar with a girlfriend, let us stand in and help you process what’s going on in life. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Millrose Club, Lebo Pooe


April 17, 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 Shane O’Regan join us as we talk about how we should relate to the world around us and the current events we read in the news. Current Events


Panel: Anita and Melinda, Mike Murphy, Shane O'Regan


April 16, 2014

What happens when we listen well to our lives? Sharon Swing asked that question and it sent her on a journey of helping to create OneLifeMaps. On this Midday Connection, with the help of Sharon, we’ll take a look at Reviewing our Days and what we can learn from that exercise. Listen to Your Life

Featured Guest: Sharon Swing
Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Lori Neff


April 15, 2014

Wisdom is certainly a character quality that most of us wished described us. On this Midday Connection, we have the privilege of soaking up the wisdom of Gordon and Gail MacDonald, two saints who share freely with us on the program. We’ll delve into another topic with the MacDonalds that I guarantee will get us all thinking. Community

Featured Guests: Gordon and Gail MacDonald
Host: Anita Lustrea


April 14, 2014

What happens when four women from very different life circumstances begin journeying together? They first figure out they need some sensible walking shoes. On this Midday Connection, Sharon Garlough Brown joins us to talk about the spiritual formation of the female soul as we walk through some holy habits highlighted in her book Sensible Shoes. Sensible Shoes

Featured Guest: Sharon Garlough Brown
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff


April 11, 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: Millrose Club, Karen Beattie


April 10, 2014

If your husband doesn’t share your faith, you may feel like you are walking a tightrope of spiritual survival, guarding the flame of your belief in Christ, yet unable to share it with the person you love most. On this Midday Connection, Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller join us to talk about how to thrive in a spiritually mismatched marriage. Winning Him Without Words

Featured Guests: Lynn Donovan, Dineen Miller
Host: Melinda Schmidt


April 9, 2014

It’s Open Forum on Midday Connection and we want to hear from you. The question on the table is "What Are You Thankful For?" If you stopped to think, right now, could you think of 5 to 10 things you are thankful for? What difference does living life with an attitude of gratitude make? Open Forum: What Are You Thankful For?


Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Caryn Rivadeneira


April 8, 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 Guest: Charles and Janet Morris
Host: Melinda Schmidt


April 7, 2014

From time to time prophetic Christian voices rise to challenge our nation’s “original sin.” On this Midday Connection, we’ll be joined by Ed Gilbreath, author of Birmingham Revolution. We’ll look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic words and historic efforts as we consider his Letter from Birmingham Jail and its relevance for the church and culture of our day. Birmingham Revolution

Featured Guest: Ed Gilbreath
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Mike Murphy


April 4, 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, Mike Murphy


April 3, 2014

What happens when we get weary and maybe even begin to burn out? On this Midday Connection, Jeff Caliguire joins us to talk about the words of Jesus at the end of Matthew 11 and how he says come to me and I’ll give you rest. My burden is light. We’ll also hear an update from Tamara Peterson about the Artful Lent Journey that over 500 of you are doing. Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Featured Guest: Jeff Caliguire
Host: Melinda Schmidt


April 2, 2014

In Davis Bunn’s new novel The Turning, a set of characters become convinced that God has told them to make ‘a turning’ in their lives. On this Midday Connection, New York Times bestselling author, Davis Bunn, joins us to talk about how we can develop the discipline of listening to God in order to be receptive to his voice. The Turning

Featured Guest: Davis Bunn
Host: Melinda Schmidt


April 1, 2014

“God wants me to try harder. He blesses me when I’m good and punishes me when I’m bad.” We all have ideas about God. Some are true, many are false. On this Midday Connection James Bryan Smith joins us to talk about the good and beautiful God of the Bible, the God Jesus knew. We’ll turn to the gospels and put our view of God to the test. The Good and Beautiful God

Featured Guest: James Bryan Smith
Host: Anita Lustrea


March 2014
March 31, 2014

What do you do when you find yourself bullied, or put down by someone over and over again? On this Midday Connection, Dr. Jennifer Degler joins us to talk about verbal and emotional abuse and what it truly is and is not. What does it look like in a marriage or in the workplace? Or, what if you are the abuser? We’ll tackle it all on this Midday Connection.  Emotional and Verbal Abuse

Featured Guest: Jennifer Degler
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


March 28, 2014

In the course of life, things happen that we’d like to process with someone. We want to call a friend and talk, but sometimes we don’t have time. 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: Millrose Club, Joe Carlson


March 27, 2014

It's the 'We Pick' book club on Midday Connection, with Dr. Rosalie de Rosset.  We'll be discussing the Alan Paton book, Too Late the Phalarope, and we'd love to hear your thoughts, observations, and questions.  As usual, we'll unveil our next selection toward the end of our discussion.  Book Club Discussion: Too Late the Phalarope

Featured Guest: Rosalie de Rosset
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff


March 26, 2014

We know bible reading and prayer is the mainspring of our Christian lives, but sometimes we struggle with the discipline to meet God regularly. On this Midday Connection, Whitney Kuniholm joins us to talk about his struggles and breakthroughs. He calls it “Confessions of a Guilty Bible Reader.” Sound familiar? Confessions of a Guilty Bible Reader

Featured Guest: Whitney T. Kuniholm
Host: Melinda Schmidt


March 25, 2014

Wisdom is certainly a character quality that most of us wished described us. On this Midday Connection, we have the privilege of soaking up the wisdom of Gordon and Gail MacDonald, who share freely with us on the program. We’ll delve into another topic with the MacDonalds that is guaranteed to get us all thinking. In Praise of Peaceful People, Part 2

Featured Guests: Gordon and Gail MacDonald
Host: Anita Lustrea


March 24, 2014

It’s Open Forum on Midday Connection and the question on the table is “How do you say ‘NO’ to stress?” We want to hear from you and find out your best suggestions that help you get to a happier place. When you get in that place of stress, what can calm you down and turn it around. Give us a call, email us, or leave a comment on Facebook for this Open Forum Midday Connection. Open Forum


Hosts: Anita and Melinda


March 21, 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: Melinda Schmidt, Lori Neff, Lebo Pooe, Joe Carlson


March 20, 2014

What can we learn from a New York Times bestselling author? You'd be surprised. On this Midday Connection we get a bird's eye view into the life of T. Davis Bunn. We'll look at what God worked in his life to prepare him for a career in writing. How nothing rarely happens 'overnight' and how hard work and discipline in your craft pay off. Writing and the Spiritual Life

Featured Guest: Davis Bunn
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


March 19, 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


March 18, 2014

What happens when we say yes to Christ and begin walking the spiritual journey? For one thing, change. We begin to change in a variety of ways. If you map out the spiritual life, most certainly you'll see several stages of faith that all people go through. On this  Midday Connection , founder of One Life Maps, Sibyl Towner, joins us to talk about  The Critical Journey  and what it looks like. The Critical Journey

Featured Guest: Sibyl Towner
Host: Anita Lustrea


March 17, 2014

What can God do through an ordinary woman? On this Midday Connection, Jamie Janosz joins us to talk about what God did do through 8 such women. We’ll travel back to the time of floor length skirts and corsets. To the time of Fanny Crosby, Mary Bethune, Evangeline Booth and others. These are stories that can change your life. When Others Shuddered

Featured Guest: Jamie Janosz
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


March 14, 2014

Meeting with a friend to talk over the ‘stuff of life’ is essential in this fast paced world we live in. Whether it’s over the phone, on email, or hopefully in person. It’s the Millrose Club on this Midday Connection and if you can’t get a date on the calendar with a girlfriend, let us stand in and help you process what’s going on in life. Millrose Club


Millrose Club: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Ashanti Pettaway, Adelina Ghilea


March 13, 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, Caryn Rivadeniera , Ashanti Pettaway, and Mike Murphy join us to talk about how we should relate to the world around us and the current events we read in the news? Current Events

Featured Guests: Ashanti Pettaway, Caryn Rivadeneira, Mike Murphy
Host: Melinda Schmidt


March 12, 2014

Jesus regards our attitudes about money as very important in the formation of our character. And on this Midday Connection Klaus Issler joins us to talk about generosity. What is our attitude toward our material possessions? Ultimately everything we have is on loan from God. Living Into the Life of Jesus, Part 10

Featured Guest: Klaus Issler
Host: Melinda Schmidt


March 11, 2014

What does it mean for the Christ Follower to reclaim our creative essence? On this Midday Connection, Erwin McManus joins us to talk about how God has something to say about how we partner with him in crafting our lives. As we are made in the image of our Creator God, the ultimate creative, we too can be a work of art in how we live out our lives. The Artisan Soul

Featured Guest: Erwin McManus
Host: Anita Lustrea


March 10, 2014

What happens when 4 women from 4 very different life circumstances begin journeying together? They first figure out they need some sensible walking shoes.  Sharon Garlough Brown joins us to talk about the spiritual formation of the female soul as we walk through some spiritual disciplines highlighted in her book Sensible Shoes. Sensible Shoes, Part 4

Featured Guest: Sharon Garlough Brown
Hosts: Anita and Melinda


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