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January 28, 2021

Identity Received Not Achieved

Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings, Cary Schmidt was living the dream:  On staff at a thriving mega-church in Southern California. He was young, strong, and invincible.  Then it came to a screeching halt:  He was diagnosed with cancer and then called to the backwoods of New England to help rebuild a small, dying church.  His identity of successful, achieving pastor was rocked and God used the pain and confusion to teach him who he really is—the one Jesus loves.  It’s a conversation about the unearnable, life-giving identity that God gives us and the painful, yet beautiful journey God uses to push it into our hearts.  There is real life when we get off the treadmill of trying to achieve our identity!  Cary is the author of Stop Trying—How to Receive, Not Achieve Your Real Identity from Moody Publishers.  And he pastors Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, CT.  Perry and Shawna wrap up the show with this conversation:  Following Jesus is not about being all put together, it’s more like a sweaty wrestling match.  Find out what we mean!


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Perry LaHaie

Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.


Shawna Beyer

Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.

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