Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings, as a 19-year-old single woman, Amy Ford found herself in an unplanned pregnancy. She and the baby’s dad decided to have an abortion. They went to the abortion clinic, but Amy couldn’t go through with it. Out of her brokenness God brought new life: The life of her son that she didn’t abort and the ministry Embrace Grace that helps women in unplanned pregnancies. Her new book is Help Her Be Brave. First Amy takes us back to when she was 19, single, and pregnant. Then if you’re facing what Amy was, she has some words of hope for you! Next, take the pain in your life and use it to heal the broken. Then Amy shares the many ways Embrace Grace is bringing new life, including resources to help you do the same. Then if you’ve had an abortion, we have grace to pour over you! Next, what it took for Amy to go all in with Jesus was a community of Christians who accepted her! Then, if you’ve lost a child unexpectedly, we have hope for you. Next, Amy shares about one of the first single moms in the bible: Hagar. God saw Hagar in her pain, and he sees you! Finally, we have a conversation about helping teen moms. Share this show to pass on the hope of Jesus!
Chris Coursey, author of The Joy Switch is with Perry and Shawna today. Chris helps us better understand why sometimes we feel more relational than others: It’s like we have a switch in our brain. When The Joy Switch is on, we’re happy to be with each other. When it’s OFF, we’re not: We’re grumpy, disconnected, we feel like enemies. The good news is that we can learn to turn the JOY switch on and thrive in our relationships! First, Chris shares about a married couple that felt only pain being around each other and even thinking about each other caused pain. We talk about the tools they learned to find joy again in marriage. Then, Chris’s friend Mason confronted Chris one morning in anger. Find out how Chris was able to move Mason from enemy to friend in just a few minutes and how you can do the same. Next, find out how to move *yourself* from enemy mode to relationship mode. Then, Chris used to see God as angry with him. The Joy Switch helped Chris see God as he really is: The Father running to embrace him! Next a listener, Josh, shares how breaking his leg helped him see that God loves him apart from his performance. Next Chris shares about his friends Tim and Janet who only felt pain being around each other and how learning The Joy Switch tools restored their love. Then, The Joy Switch can help us experience God’s love. And finally a story of a woman who felt abandoned by Jesus for forty years and how God used Chris to help her connect with the love God had always had for her.
Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings Shawna admits that she had been grabbing her phone first thing in the morning to see what had happened while she was sleeping. What was intended to be a quick two minute check in became 15-20 minutes of wasted time. It’s a real life story about how to break real life bad habits. Then, knowing deep down what God says about us, that he loves us apart from anything we do, has the power to change us from the inside out, and to make us a river of life to our world! We get an assist from Brian Aulick, lead pastor at EnGedi Church in Holland. Next, Shawna is asking for an unrestrained boldness that comes from the Holy Spirit in 2021. And rather than waiting for it to happen, she’s going to take some risks to speak out when she would otherwise stay quiet. It’s a challenge to make some big asks of God in 2021 and then to step out in faith. And finally, the only way to become the person God created you to be; the only way for you to become for others who they need you to be, is to live into and out of our unearnable identity in Jesus. Another assist from Brian Aulick. If you’re encouraged, please share today’s show!
Be the change. But to be the change we need to be changed. Which begs the question: How do we really change, at the heart level? In John 4 Jesus meets a woman at a well. It shows us the only way to change from the inside out. We get an assist from Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Church in NYC.
Then recently Shawna reached out to some friends asking them to point out her blind spots. What was she thinking?? Find out what happened. Next Romans 12:2 gets at the heart of how to change: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Perry and Shawna give their camera angles on this powerful passage.
Then if you know Perry, you know he’s a disciplined person. And so that means if he wanted to lose some weight, he could do it. But he also knows this: No amount of discipline can change his heart. There’s only one thing that can do that. Another assist from TK. And finally Perry and Shawna with another riff on Romans 12:2. God can and does change us!
There are thousands of Muslims living with us in West Michigan and across America: Students, classmates, co-workers, neighbors. The Lord has brought them to us. He’s given us an open door to share his love with them. And to help us with this is Tim Harris. Tim and his wife Miriam live in West Michigan and have co-authored the new book, Loving Your Muslim Neighbor. First, more Muslims have come to Christ in the last ten or twenty years than in all the fourteen centuries of Islam. Why? 9/11 and prayer!
Then, at the time Tim didn’t know anything about reaching Muslims, and yet the Lord used him to lead Abdul to Jesus. And he can use you! Next, there’s a stereotype: “All Muslims are terrorists.” Not true: Hear about four Muslims that represent what many Muslims are really like. Then, a LOT of Muslims are disillusioned with Islamic radicalism. Some say, “If this is Islam, I don’t want it anymore.” That’s why Tim’s friend, Hassan, decided to follow Jesus. Next, we talk about the massive difference between religion and the gospel.
Then, reaching out to Muslims can be hard. But so worth it! Tim shares about his friendship with Ali. How it took over four years for Ali to move from completely disinterested in Jesus to follower of Jesus. It’s because Tim and Miriam kept loving him. Next, we talk about one thing you can do right now, without any training, to reach Muslims with Jesus’ love. Then, how do we get “God so loved the world,” beating in our chest? Finally we take on this fear: “What if Muslims take over America?” Please share this if you’re encouraged!
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.