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Perry and Shawna Mornings

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May 09, 2024

“If I Make This Free Throw I’ll Go to Heaven”

Perry was about 9. He was at the free throw line and thought, “If I hit this shot I’ll go to heaven.” The drive to earn God’s favor started early in Perry. But it’s actually imbedded in the human heart. What are the ways we’re still “shooting free throws” to get God’s favor?

Next, it’s by believing in Jesus’ work that we are set right with God, not by our own works. But Shawna says, “Believing for me, at times, is hard work.” So is faith a kind of work we do to get God’s favor?

Ever wish you had a more powerful testimony? Shawna has. There’s never been a time she didn’t know God’s love. But she shares, “It also breaks my heart that even though I’ve always known God’s love, I’ve still chased lesser things.” We all need to run home to God’s radical grace and forgiveness.

Then, Shawna’s been noticing how often we use the word “invitation” when we talk about what God is calling us to do and be. Perry and Shawna wrestle with, “Is what God has called us to an invitation or is it actually a command?”

During Perry’s senior year at Olivet he became hyper-aware of the sins of his teenage years. He felt the compulsion to go back and fix everything. He felt the need to be punished. That’s when the gospel began to come alive in his heart!

What God has done for us in radically canceling our sin debt may leave us wondering if that decision can be revoked? Is it too good to be true? Praise God that as he hung on the cross Jesus declared, “It is finished!”


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Perry LaHaie

Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.


Shawna Beyer

Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.

Perry and Shawna Mornings

The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.