Helping the Homeless – Pastor Harold Brown, Luke Gibson, Steven Roberts

Helping the Homeless – Pastor Harold Brown, Luke Gibson, Steven Roberts

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Today on Educate For Life, Kevin has as guests Pastor Howard Brown, Luke Gibson, and Steven Roberts. Pastor Howard is with the East County Transitional Living Center. The East County Transitional Living Center helps the homeless living on the street get back into life by helping them beat addictions and overcome difficult life situations. Steve has been through the program and will share his amazing journey and testimony. Luke Gibson is a business owner who helps ECTLC by hiring people in the program and giving them valuable work experience.

The story began over 15 years ago as a group of businessmen and a small church began to transform not only an old motel but thousands of homeless men, women, and children. Many of the larger churches in the county, the Southern Baptist Association and the City of El Cajon all came together to develop one of the most successful transitional living centers in the country.

The story continues as you now consider becoming a part of providing an additional 40 rooms for homeless families. Today in San Diego County hundreds of families are sleeping in their cars and are waiting for a room to open so that they too would experience the transformational change that is offered here at ECTLC. Join them and become a part of that story by donating your time, talent and or treasure to this great work that is happening right here in San Diego. ECTLC plans to expand its outreach by building two dormitory style building and remodeling 40 of its existing rooms opening the door for 40 to 50 new families and possibly 100 children. No child in the USA should have to sleep in a car or under an overpass. Won’t you help them to provide a hand up and guidance back into safe and healthy living conditions? Your donation no matter how large or small will help us to achieve our goals this year.

Tune in for an inspiring show and learn how you can be part of this important organization. To learn more about ECTLC, go to https://ectlc.org.

This episode first aired on April 28, 2018.

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Should Teachers Be Forced to Pay Union Dues? – David Schmus

Should Teachers Be Forced to Pay Union Dues? – David Schmus

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Would you donate to a cause that you don’t believe in? What if you were forced to support a cause because you were part of a certain organization? If you are a teacher, you are likely a member of a union. Even if you’re not in a union, you generally still have to pay dues to a union. If you are a conservative and/or a Christian, your dues are likely being used for causes you do not support. But, there is a Supreme Court case that may soon change that.

Today on Educate for Life, Kevin will speak with David Schmus. David has been involved in public schools for over 15 years, both as a high school AP US History/Government teacher and as a Christian Club adviser. He has been repeatedly honored as Most Inspirational Teacher. David and his wife Elizabeth have been married since 1992 and have 3 daughters. He holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Biola University, taught Biblical Worldview classes as an adjunct professor for 14 years, and was recently a featured speaker for the Talbot School of Theology Chapel Series. Now on staff full-time with CEAI as Executive Director, David is passionate about coming alongside Christian educators to provide them with resources and encouragement to enable them to walk out their calling.

David will also talk about Janus v. AFSCME, a Supreme Court case concerned with freeing public school educators from forced unionism. Many expect the case will be resolved in favor of Mark Janus when the ruling is announced in June. If the court does rule favorably, public employees will have the option to join a union, another professional association like CEAI, or nothing at all. We encourage you to get the facts and pray about this important decision. It is important to note that CEAI is not anti-union, but are opposed to forced union membership. If you feel God is leading you to remain a member of your union, then do that. However, if you are a teacher and feel God is leading you to seek other options, then CEAI encourages you to allow them to serve you by becoming a member of their association.

Tune in for a very informative episode. If you are a teacher or know someone who is a teacher, you can find great resources and information at their website: https://ceai.org/.
This episode first aired on April 21, 2018.

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Is Using Marijuana Morally Wrong? – Dr. Julie Hayden

Is Using Marijuana Morally Wrong? – Dr. Julie Hayden

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Marijuana recently became legal in California and many other states are sure to follow. But just because it’s legal does that mean it’s right to use it? How addicting is it? What are its effects on the body and mind?

To answer these questions, Kevin has as his guest Dr. Julie Hayden. Dr. Julie Hayden is a licensed Psychologist, the Dean of the Graduate School of Behavioral Sciences at Southern California Seminary, and the Executive Director of Rhombus. She is also the co-chair of the San Diego MFT Consortium and involved with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Dr. Hayden has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Masters of Religious Studies, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology.

Her clinical experience includes working with chronic mental illness, substance and sexual addictions, adolescents, families, PTSD, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and more. Her goal is to increase education and skills to help people live healthy lives and strengthen families. She believes truth comes from Scripture, the inerrant Word of God, and any effective tool will be in line with a biblical worldview.

Tune in for an informative episode on drugs, addiction, and psychology. To learn more about Dr. Julie Hayden and her work, visit http://www.genesisrecovery.com/about-us/our-team/.

This episode first aired on April 14, 2018.

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Young Life – Tobias Haglund and Kristi Fox

Young Life – Tobias Haglund and Kristi Fox

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Today on Educate For Life Kevin has as guests, Tobias Haglund and Kristi Fox. Tobias and Kristi are with Young Life a Christian Youth Ministry. Young Life is a group of caring adults who go where kids are, win the right to be heard and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

The vision began in the early 1930s when an elderly woman, Clara Frasher, recruited a group of her friends to pray for the teenagers attending Gainesville High School in Texas. Six years later, during the spring of 1939, a young seminarian, Jim Rayburn, started a chapter of the Miracle Book Club in Gainesville, Texas, a small town 75 miles to the north of Dallas. As he was developing the program in Gainesville, Rayburn also worked with a local pastor, Clyde Kennedy.

Today, the Young Life mission is still committed to incarnational witness: embodying and expressing the love of Christ through relationships with all kinds of kids: WyldLife is our outreach to middle school kids, Young Life for those in their high school years, and Young Life College is our program for college and university students. In addition to the ministries mentioned above, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond, the Small Towns/Rural initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people, and Amicus is Young Life’s student exchange and hosting program for international kids.

Tune in to hear more about Young Life and their incredible ministry and how they are changing lives one kid at a time. If you want to explore more, head over to https://www.younglife.org.

This episode first aired on April 7, 2018.

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I Can Only Imagine – Jon Erwin

I Can Only Imagine – Jon Erwin

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Today on Educate For Life, Kevin has as his guest Jon Erwin. Jon Erwin is the co-writer and director of a new movie called “I Can Only Imagine” based on the hit song by the Christian band MercyMe.

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft. Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

Tune in for an inspirational story and to learn more about the directors and the movie. To find a theatre and get tickets for the movie, head over to https://icanonlyimagine.com/themovie.

This episode first aired on March 3, 2018.

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Is Abortion Ever Acceptable? – Rebecca Kiessling

Is Abortion Ever Acceptable? – Rebecca Kiessling

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Today on Educate For Life, Kevin has as his guest Rebecca Kiessling. Rebecca Kiessling is a remarkable woman with a powerful story to tell. She is the daughter of a woman that was raped and she was conceived as a result. Her mother could have aborted her, but she didn’t. Rebecca is here today to explain how abortion is not acceptable even under the exception of rape.

We’ve all heard someone say: “I’m pro-life, well, except in cases of rape . . .” or “I’m pro-choice, especially in cases of rape !” Have you ever considered how really insulting it is to say to someone, “I think your mother should have been able to abort you.”? It’s like saying, “If I had my way, you’d be dead right now.” And that is the reality with which Rebecca lives every time someone says they are pro-choice or pro-life “except in cases of rape” because Rebecca absolutely would have been aborted if it had been legal in Michigan when she was an unborn child, and she can tell you that it hurts. But she knows that most people don’t put a face to this issue — for them abortion is just a concept — with a quick cliche, they sweep it under the rug and forget about it. Rebecca hopes that, as a child conceived in rape, she can help to put a face, a voice, and a story to this issue.

In reply, some have said to her, “So does that mean you’re pro-rape?” Though ludicrous, she’ll address it because she understands that they aren’t thinking things through. There is a huge moral difference because she did exist, and her life would have been ended because she would have been killed by a brutal abortion. You can only be killed and your life can only be devalued once you exist. Being thankful that her life was protected in no way makes her pro-rape.

Tune in to hear a powerful testimony and learn how even under rape, abortion is not a good response. If you want to learn more about Rebecca Kiessling and her work, head to http://www.rebeccakiessling.com/.

This episode first aired on March 10, 2018.

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