Two Thirds of 18-29 year-olds who grew up in the church have left. Why? We gave them everything expect the presence of God. An assist from Jim Samra, lead pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Then if Perry could give drivers in Michigan (himself included) one thing; it would be the patience not to ride the bumper on the car in front of us. Next, the only gift that will satisfy our deepest longings this Christmas is the living presence of Jesus. Then, God is not a doctrine, a philosophy, a force, a theology textbook. He’s a person to be experienced, to be encountered. Jim Samra shares how he experienced God in college—God taught him Calculus. And finally, what does it look like that the Word of God who created the universe became a human being? It looks like a man trying figure out how to rescue birds in a winter storm.
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 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.