Envy. It’s insidious. Pervasive. Corrosive. In the age of materialism and social media, it’s difficult not to feel the creep of this increasing and ever-present temptation. Our guest, a Pastor and teacher, diagnoses the problem of this pervasive sin. He uses biblical stories with often-overlooked ties to envy that expose and demonstrate the seriousness and harm caused by our unexamined motives. When envy is allowed to reside unchecked in our hearts, there are internal, relational, and societal costs. But we are not left to despair. Instead, we are invited to know a kind and gracious Father who calls us to identify and assault this enemy.
Today we learn how to pray for those whom God has called into the entertainment industry – the largest group of influencers in the world. Then, it should not surprise us when we see God use the common things of life--snow, streetlights, a rented suit, a mop--to accomplish the incredible. But it should inspire us. From the depths of near obscurity at the turn of the last century, a young African American man rose to fame through those ordinary things--listening intently out in the snow as a child to beautiful music in an elegant hall, listening to his grandfather sing the old slave songs as he lit the streetlamps, sweating through a rented suit during an audition for a musical scholarship, a chance meeting with a musical legend as he was mopping the halls of his school. Through the seemingly insignificant pieces of life, God led Harry T. Burleigh along the path to fame and through him preserved the songs that would form the basis of a uniquely American music.
Dr. Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in South Orange County, California and has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He is committed to clearly communicating God’s word verse-by-verse and encourages his listeners to apply what they have learned to their daily lives. Pastor Mike is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology (M.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (D.Min.). Mike is heard on hundreds of radio programs across the country on the Focal Point radio program and has authored several books, including 10 Mistakes People Make About Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife, Raising Men Not Boys, Lifelines for Tough Times, Preaching That Changes Lives, Getting It Right, Praying for Sunday, and Why the Bible?
As Founding Director of Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen speaks and teaches around the country on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. She is also a published co-author of two books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out and The Day I Met God. Aside from her leadership at HPN, Karen is Co-Founder and Producer for JC Productions, an independent TV and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming. Karen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Entertainment Task Force. She is a graduate of USC with a BA in Producing.
Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and the Digital Content Manager for the Parenting section of Focusonthefamily.com. He is a contributing writer for CBN.com, MTL Magazine, thewriteconversation.blogspot.com, and Charisma Magazine. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University. His most recent book is Victor! The Final Battle of Ulysses S. Grant. Craig’s book, I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel, won the prestigious Selah Award for nonfiction and was nominated for The Truman Award by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library. Craig is also the author of Praying the News, co-written with 700 Club co-host Wendy Griffith; Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story; Forward! The Leadership Principles of Ulysses S. Grant, NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men; Seven Keys to Hearing God’s Voice; and other ghost-written books. Craig has extensive speaking experience and travels often to speak at conferences, professional and ministry events, and writer training seminars. Craig served for several years as Ministries Director and Programming Director for CBN.com, one of the world’s most popular Christian websites.